Wine bars have sprung up all over Las Vegas – both on and off the Strip. Whether you’re an aficionado or a newbie, you can enjoy vino by the glass, flight or bottle in a wonderfully hip and relaxed atmosphere. Here’s just a sampling of where you’ll find a cork-poppin’ good time!
1.) Onda Wine Lounge at The Mirage
Part of Onda Ristorante, this stylish Italian-inspired lounge has wood floors and chic white furnishings. You can taste a fine selection of wines individually or by the flight – and don’t miss out on a platter of the artisan meats and cheeses.
2.) Aureole at Mandalay Bay
This famed Charlie Palmer restaurant features an architecturally amazing wine tower designed by Adam D. Tihany that’s four stories tall and holds almost 10,000 bottles. “Wine angels” in black catsuits are hoisted up and down with harnesses to retrieve them.
3.) Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge in The Palazzo and Town Square Las Vegas
These stylish lounges are found in bustling retail areas – a circular area on the second floor of The Shoppes at The Palazzo and a lovely nook with a patio right across from Rave Motion Pictures at Town Square Las Vegas. At both venues, you can order more than 50 wines and whiskeys by the glass. Plus, there are pre-selected flights as well as a menu of “winetails” (specialty cocktails made with wine).
4.) d.vino at Monte Carlo
A sophisticated spot, d.vino invites guests to indulge in the savory flavors of Italy (think wood-fired pizzas along with imported fromaggio and salami). About 18 splendid wines are dispensed from a state-of-the-art Enomatic serving system in one-, two- or five-ounce pours.
5.) Sunset & Vines, 40 Costa di Lago in Lake Las Vegas
With a loft-like setting and location next to a picturesque lake, this is a fabulous wine destination. You can test your knowledge of vino with one of the Fun Flights tasting games or indulge in a wine pairing dinner. Stop by on Tasting Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m., when you can savor pours of hand-selected wines for $10 per person (and that money will be applied to your check for the evening – thus, making the event free!).
6.) Hostile Grape at M Resort
Walk down the stairs into a classy cellar-like setting for a wine experience unlike any other. Just grab a glass and serve yourself here. By purchasing a prepaid card, you can access 160 different wines by the glass. They come in one-, three- and five-ounce pours via a special dispensing system.
7.) Milo’s Cellar at 538 Nevada Way in Boulder City
A stop here is a must if you’re heading to or from Hoover Dam. Located in the historic “old town” part of Boulder City, this charming sidewalk café and wine store boasts more than 50 wines and beers by the glass. Several special events are held weekly including Martini Mondays from 4 – 10 p.m., Ladies Night Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m. and P.I.G. Night Fridays from 4 – 7 p.m. (for “professional and intellectual gentlemen”).
8.) Vintner Grill, 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 150 in Summerlin
A unique take on the wine bar concept, this restaurant with stunning modern décor and an enchanting patio (it has two large cabanas) offers more than 100 fine wines from 10 different countries as well as 30 beers from around the world.
9.) Marché Bacchus, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106 in Summerlin
This French bistro/wine shop overlooks a lake at Desert Shores. In the store, there are more than 950 different labels of American and international wines, which make up the restaurant’s wine list. You can pick one out and drink it inside or on the patio in an idyllic setting. Free wine tastings are also held every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
10.) The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room at Rio
This place is home to a truly impressive wine collection. There are more than 10,000 bottles in stock valued at more than $10 million! You can see historic museum-quality bottles like an 1800 Madeira once owned by Thomas Jefferson or a collection spanning 1855 to 1990 from the Château d’Yuem, a prestigious vineyard in France. In addition to enjoying more than 100 wines by the glass, you can indulge in a chocolate-themed tasting.