Visiting the Double Helix Wine Bar, nestled between two of my favorite high-end designer boutiques – Diane Von Furstenberg and Christian Louboutin – is potentially budget crushing.
Luckily, once dodging the delicious patterns and the red-soled beauties in the window, Double Helix, located in the middle of the second floor shopping area at Palazzo, is surprisingly affordable and a place where quality beverages flow easily.
In fact, Double Helix is a casual, comfortable place, filled with bar height tables and rich leather chairs that look inviting, especially if you’re actually wearing a pair of 6-inch Louboutins. But don’t be fooled, it’s not your average bar with only draft beers and watery cocktails. Double Helix is focused on giving guests a great wine selection and much more.
“I wanted to have a place where someone could come to a bar and have a great glass of wine,” said Owner Raymond Nisi.
And that he has. The bar also has a neighboring retail outlet where anxious wine enthusiasts can pick up a bottle (or a case) for their rooms.
At first glance, possibly the most intriguing items are the bar’s “winetails,” a full mix cocktail that contains wine. The Lucky Ray (named for Nisi himself) was a perfect blend of Riesling, pineapple juice, peach schnapps, and a pinch of grenadine for a beautiful yellow and red hue.
In terms of drinks, Nisi houses a vast collection of wines but also has other drinks including a full bar, sake, beer, and what he calls the best cappuccino on the Strip. He might even make it for you himself because you can often find Nisi at the Double Helix.
“I take great pride in the fact that at any given night of the week the owner or the general manager is here,” says Nisi.
Double Helix is that rare combination of substance with great wines and cocktails and lots and lots of style.