Here's how drinking works in Las Vegas: you can either chug down a slushie mixed with vodka from a 2ft-tall plastic cup and blow a mortgage payment on bottle service at the club, or you can chill out with a smooth glass of wine. You shouldn't have any trouble finding the latter among your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas -- or probably the former -- but here are some prime bar destinations that are truly dedicated to vino lovers, whether you prefer red, white, or that rosy pink stuff.
This inventive spot from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich has 5,500 bottles of Italian wine, making it one of the largest collections in Las Vegas. The choices thoroughly represent every region in Italy, with many available by the "quartino" or quarter-liter. Book a table in the private dining room and you'll be surrounded by shelves of wine (as if you needed more inspiration to get in the mood).
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With 50 choices by the glass and more than 250 bottles on the menu, La Cave is the perfect date night location for vino lovers looking to split small plates of food. Grab a table indoors and soak in the energy from the busy bar and dining room or head outside on the patio where the atmosphere is calm, quiet, and just right for sharing a wine flight with a flatbread or cheese plate.
This French bistro features elegant indoor seating as well as an outdoor terrace on the water. Prefer to grab-and-go? There's also a wine shop with more than 950 international labels, including some that you won't find anywhere else in Nevada.
The selection is so large that bottles are stored in a four story-tall wine tower. Women known as “wine angels” are hoisted into the air to fetch them for you... and give you some acrobatic eye candy to go along with your drink.
Hop on a couch near the bar or head outside to the fire pit on the patio with one of 30 wines by the glass. If you can’t decide, try a sample from the Enomatic station or come in during the long happy hour from 3:30-7:30pm. Specials include a wine of the day chosen by the manager.
To the side of the casino floor is a staircase that takes you down to one of the largest and most impressive public wine collections in the United States. There are roughly 7,000 bottles on hand at any given time, valued at millions of dollars, including an 1800 Madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar and more than 100 options by the glass.
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Despite only being open Wednesday-Saturday, Hostile Grape draws wine lovers with a relaxed lounge atmosphere and a vast collection featuring varietals from Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, and Germany. Sample from the dispensing system with prepaid cards or choose from more than 160 wines by the glass.
On Thursday nights, Rock 'n Roll Wine holds free tastings at a rotating list of locations (since it has no main location) that range from the Artisan Lounge to the Foundation Room. All you have to do is sign up for the list in advance. Their red and white blends are always offered but sometimes a few other surprises show up as well.
Morels may be a French steakhouse, but the wine selection draws heavily from California vineyards, as well as those in Europe. There are more than 450 choices, including 70 by the glass, so make sure you enjoy a few sips outside on the patio by the Strip. The owners even got into the act themselves, opening up their own winery, Vanishing Point, in 2010. It recently released a premium 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon along with a second label called Squirt Gun. And yes, both can be sampled at Morels.
The very name of this rustic wine bar stands for “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” -- the highest level of Italian wine origin. So it shouldn’t surprise you that the list features more than 500 wines from Italian regions that go perfectly with the veal chop marsala or a platter of artisanal meats and imported cheeses. There are also 20 choices by the glass that can be served in a quartino (about a third the amount of a standard bottle) and a mezzo (a half-liter or about two-thirds the size of a bottle).
Red Rock Resort
Any day of the week is perfect to check out Hearthstone, but the Private Cellar events every Thursday offer free pours from a featured winery. Expect a few appetizers and surprises from the chef to be passed around as well.
As one of the top reasons to visit the Downtown Summerlin shopping center, Grape Street offers the best of both worlds with a calm, relaxing patio and a full dining room designed to resemble a rustic wine cellar with brick walls, sky-high shelves loaded with bottles, and a chandelier made from wine glasses. The food menu is simple but the wine selection offers a nice excuse to take a break in the middle of a shopping day. You may also want to visit their sister location, Grape Vine (formerly known as the original Grape Street) on Lake Mead Blvd, which is a popular West Valley hangout with more than 40 wines by the glass. Both spots have retail shops if you want to take a bottle home with you.
It's known for its whiskey program nearly as much as its steak, but this Emeril Lagasse dining spot also has a deep wine selection with more than 2,300 labels. Just don't try to sip them all in one evening. A big chunk of the list is devoted to smaller artisan wineries who tend to minimize the use of chemicals and sulfates during production.
This spot across the street from the Hard Rock has been offering homemade Italian food as well as an extensive wine program for more than two decades. The wine list alone is more than 60 pages and has been recognized s one of the best anywhere. It includes choices from around the world but your best bet is to order 3 or 5oz tastings and explore the delicious beauty of Italy by region.
This casual lounge lives up to its name with wide windows that overlook Tivoli Village from the second floor. The wine list changes with the season while the food serves up a unique twist on the farm-to-table concept with tuna tartare nachos, poutine with pork belly, and a vegan cheese platter.
Strip House has not only quietly become one of the best steak joints in Vegas, but has also become one of the best places to sample some vintage wine. The restaurant is now using the Coravin system which allows you to sample from a crazy expensive bottle without popping the cork. That means you can sample tastings of ultra rare wine (from $25 to $175 for a 3 or 6oz pour) without spending a car payment on the whole bottle.
The namesake restaurant from one of the most acclaimed chefs in France has a reputation to live up to, especially when it comes to wine. There are more than 1,700 bottles on the list, with some impressive choices for Burgundy and Bordeaux. But you can also keep things simple with a California cabernet to wash down all the foie gras on your plate.
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It may seem a little odd to find a restaurant full of heavy Italian food and wine in a French-themed casino, but it’s worth checking out for the Eggplant Stack and Meatball Salad alone. The extensive wine list includes Chef Steve Martorano’s own label which is hard to find anywhere else.
1. B & B Ristorante3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
2. La Cave3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. Marché Bacchus2620 Regatta Dr, Las Vegas
4. Aureole Wine Lounge3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. Double Helix6599 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
6. Wine Cellar & Tasting Room3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
7. Hostile Grape12300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
8. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. D.O.C.G.3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
10. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
11. Grape Street Cafe7501 W Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas
12. Delmonico Steakhouse3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
13. Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar4480 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
14. View Wine Bar & Kitchen420 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas
15. Strip House3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
16. Joël Robuchon3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
17. Martoranos At The Rio3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
In terms of italian chefs, Mario Batali is one of THE guys. This outpost of his and Joe Bastianich's New York City restaurant is located inside the Venetian hotel and lives up to it's hype with a diverse menu and an Italian wine list.
Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.
Marche Bacchus is an upscale bistro and wine shop off-strip in Summerlin. This classy locale offers classic French fare (steak frites, moule frites, and nicoise salads, for example) and an extensive selection of reserve bottles from Europe and the Americas alongside sweeping lakeside views. Ambiance is romantic and intimate, and the food is flavorful and refined.
The selection is so large that bottles are stored in a four-story-tall wine tower. Hot chicks known as “wine angels” are hoisted into the air to fetch them for you -- giving you some acrobatic eye candy to go along with your drink.
This swanky bar right on the Strip features the holy trinity of fancy indulgences: wine, whiskey, and cigars. A menu of sharable plates, charcuterie, and cheese selections keeps the focus on the expensive drinks being poured behind the bar. With over 100 different whiskeys, ryes, and bourbons, not to mention the exhaustive wine list, you could stay here trying different drinks for days. The staff have created many a themed flight of whiskey or wine in case that's what you want to do, including the Rye Not? flight of ryes and the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) flight of white wines. A lengthy happy hour makes this rather upscale place more affordable, so you can end your meal with one of their 14 varieties of cigar.
To the side of the casino floor is a staircase that takes you down to one of the largest and most impressive public wine collections in the US. There are 10,000 bottles valued at more than $10 million, including an 1800 Madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar and more than 100 options by the glass.
Despite only being open Wednesday-Saturday, Hostile Grape draws wine-lovers with a relaxed lounge atmosphere and a vast collection featuring wines from Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, and Germany. Sample from the dispensing system with prepaid cards or choose from more than 160 wines by the glass.
At this French-inspired steakhouse in The Palazzo you will find corn-fed Iowa steaks aged for 28 days, one of the largest selections of cheeses on this side of the planet (we're talking more than 60 farmhouse artisanal cheeses), and a full iced seafood bar that's as fresh as it gets. Not to mention an emphasis on high-quality service and the best patio seating you’ll find anywhere on the Strip.
The name of this rustic wine bar stands for “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (aka the highest level of Italian wine origin), so it shouldn’t surprise you that the list features more than 500 Italian wines that go perfectly with the veal chop marsala or a platter of artisanal meats and imported cheeses.
90% of the dishes are wood-roasted in one of two oversize hearth ovens at this appropriately named rustic eatery on The Strip. Hearthstone also offers great shareable appetizers truffle popcorn, meat and cheese charcuterie; entree selections include poached Alaskan salmon and Wagyu short ribs.
This busy bar on Lake Mead Blvd actually feels like a real wine cellar with brick walls and bottles stacked high on the shelves. The spot is also known for a great selection of flights, more than 80 options by the glass, and bottles to-go from the retail shop.
Emeril Lagasse’s 150-seater steakhouse remains a Vegas crowdpleaser since its opening in the late 90s' . The menu is a mixture of French, Italian, and Creole influences and also boasts an exquisite wine menu comprised of more than 2,300 labels, mostly from smaller, biodynamic wineries. If vino's not your thing, good thing Delmonico's also houses nearly 600 whiskey selections.
This spot across the street from the Hard Rock has been offering homemade Italian food as well as an extensive wine program for more than two decades. The wine list, which was recognized byWine Spectator, is more than 60 pages long and includes choices from around the world, but your best bet is to order 3 or 5oz tasting glasses and explore the delicious beauty of Italy region by region.
This place lives up to its name thanks to wide windows that overlook Tivoli Village from the second floor. The wine list changes with the season, and the food puts a unique twist on the farm-to-table concept with tuna tartare nachos, poutine with pork belly, and a vegan cheese platter.
This steakhouse inside Planet Hollywood serves up all your traditional cuts of meat (22oz ribeye, filet mignon, etc) plus departures from the expected like jumbo shrimp and rack of lamb. Their dock-to-dish seafood program serves up line-caught fish so fresh it may have been swimming in the waters of Hawaii the day before. On any given day you can get some smoked crudo, pan roasted ono, or blackened white walu. Be sure to leave room for dessert, because their famous 24-layer chocolate cake has earned rave reviews from Food & Wine and more.
One of only two restaurants in the Americas from acclaimed French chef Joël Robuchon (the other, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is on the same floor of MGM Grand), this restaurant has a formal dress code and dishes that cater to a sophisticated palette. Carefully crafted seasonal menus pair well with free-flowing Champagne, but be sure to pay attention to the wine list. There are more than 1,700 bottles featured, with some impressive choices for Burgundy and Bordeaux. But you can also keep things simple with a California cabernet to wash down all the foie gras on your plate.
It may seem a little odd to find a restaurant full of heavy Italian food and wine in a French-themed casino, but it’s worth checking out for the eggplant stack and meatball salad alone. Plus, extensive wine list includes Chef Steve Martorano’s own label which is hard to find anywhere else.