“Aléatoire bêtises français.” Or, for the English speaker, “We love wine.” It’s the spice of life, a girl’s best friend and it completely makes the heart grow fonder. Yeah yeah, we know those aren’t the sayings. Don’t ruin this for us. We’re trying to Wine Wednesdays to be a thing in the office, so be cool and read the best wine spots in Vegas.
Bar profile: Cool steel with a hint of sweet wood and sunlight
Crawl out of the dusty cellar and remember that wine is about connection and expression. Aureole by Charlie Palmer at Mandalay Bay knows that so well that they put their wine in a massive tower for everyone to see. Not that we have anything against wine cellars. There are plenty on this list and we’re sure Batman probably has an impressive collection. If you prefer to actually drink wine instead of just stare at it, the collection includes more than 50,000 bottles from around the world. You can scroll through them all on the iPad wine list, or just ask your sommelier for a recommendation. Like pretty much everything you’ll find on this list, Aureole knows precisely how to pair their wines with their exceptional meals to give you a superb experience.
Bar profile: Cured brick with rich, reclaimed wood holding it up
Let’s just go ahead and name our new bar and restaurant after the absolute highest quality of Italian wine possible. That must be the conversation Chef Scott Conant had at some point. And we’re sure glad he did. A restaurant called “That Stuff You Tried to Make Yourself in the Kitchen Sink” probably wouldn’t do as well. Inspired by Italy but fitting perfectly in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, D.O.C.G. is as delightful to eat at as it is time-consuming to type. When you want some high quality selections in a more laid-back atmosphere than you’ll usually find accompany wines of that caliber, D.O.C.G. is the place to be. Their wine list pairs perfectly with the full dinner menu or the quick lunch menu. Have a glass or two and savor something simple in the afternoon or buy a bottle and enjoy a relaxing dinner.
Bar profile: A breath of fruity air in the middle of a shopping center
We’re not making a play on the name when we say that Double Helix is actually two bars. We also don’t know if they planned that. But Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge at Town Square and Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Bar at Palazzo are both fantastic drinking spots where you can get away from the bustle of shopping. Both bars have brilliant wine lists and expert staff to help you choose the best wine for you. Or you can just let them pick and trust they know what they’re talking about. That’s what we usually do, but we like being surprised—like when you’re walking through the Palazzo shops and find an awesome wine bar in the middle of the room. Whichever Double Helix you pick, you can be sure you’re going to have a fantastic glass of wine.
Bar profile: Crisp Mediterranean air and plump grapes
Here’s another Italian restaurant and bar that really knows how to live it up the way we all assume Italians do all the time. But d.vino at Monte Carlo is as much Vegas as it is Rome. The menus are authentic and bring in fresh ingredients to ensure a meal you won’t forget. And the wines work so well you might forget that they weren’t designed just for you. The whole experience at d.vino is a cool and casual while still evoking the sophistication you expect from a posh wine bar. And you can even get half price bottles during their Red Sauce Sundays events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to score a bottle you might not otherwise pop for, but really should. After the first sip you won’t have anything to regret.
Bar profile: Homemade tomato sauce with a shot of limoncello
Just off the Las Vegas Strip, across Paradise Road from the Hard Rock Hotel, is a local restaurant called Ferraro’s, and we love it. We love the family atmosphere and the fact that they’re open late. We can score some divine gnocci al pesto at midnight. But what we’re here to mention is the wine. The wine list is long and lovely, offering varietals from around the world. And the staff is more than just knowledgeable, they take pride in the establishment’s ability to give you the meal of a lifetime. Ferraro’s is the place to go when you want to feel like your taste in wine matters, even if you don’t really know what you’re talking about, because everyone there will treat you like family. And, even though it’s not wine, treat your table to a shot of limoncello after dinner. Your server might even join you.
Bar profile: Modern motifs that evoke notes of attitude and abandon
Now we’re seeing what wine can be in the modern age. It doesn’t have to be stuffy or be dominated by old men whose snobbery rivals a socialite’s dog when it turns up its nose at kibble. Wine can be contemporary and approachable to everyone. That’s what Hostile Grape at M Resort does so well. You can walk in knowing exactly what you want, what you like and what you want to share with those around you. Or you can just take one look at their wine dispensers and realize you can sample enough wine to make the “Real Housewives” turn civil. The M Resort offers many beautiful venues that aren’t as packed as places on the Strip, and Hostile Grape adds to the allure with its collection of 160 wines available for sampling by the glass.
Bar profile: A solemn cave that hugs the glass and always asks for more
With a view of the pool area and a feel that’s somewhere between hidden gem and resort classic, La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn is a gorgeous place to dine and drink. Whether you prefer to be inside where you can feel the cavernous draw of the bar space, or out on the patio where the sounds and scents of the pool flow in, this is one restaurant and bar that has its experiences set and its desires fulfilled. You can head down to the cellar to see the wines or just hang out at the bar and have them come to you. This place is, more than anything, about the moment. The food will be delicious and the wine will be perfect, just remember to savor it all at this luxurious hideaway.
Bar profile: The sounds of Venice mixed with the passion of people walking through
In St. Marks Square in the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian, Chef Mario Batali has placed a casual eatery which fits perfectly in the space. Drinking at Otto Enoteca is as easy as sitting down at the beautiful marble bar and ordering your favorite style. With 100 bottles to choose from, you might find yourself tasting a variety and working up a hunger for some delectable pizza. Stop in during your shopping spree or sightseeing and you’ll find a place to rest your feet and fill your belly with all the wine you need to stay energized the rest of the day. Turn around in your bar stool and people watch or talk with the experienced staff all about wine and how it pairs with pizza. Then drink and eat more. That’s really why you’re here, after all.
Bar profile: White linen and a sparkling sense of sophistication
We’re throwing in another Italian restaurant because we know how well they work with wine. When you’re savoring a glass of red with the coastal Italian menu at Portofino in Mirage, you’ll see why we’re so in love with Italiana. Portofino is less about the quick glasses of wine that some other entries may be great for. You’ll want to spend a little while in this spot. You won’t have to worry about the casino spilling over into your meal. And you’ll know that you’re in good hands with the expert staff. This is the night to take yourself away from everything else and remember just how flourishing a good glass of wine can be. Let it lift your spirits and carry you aloft into new delights.
Bar profile: Oak barrels and carved stone that hints at times gone by
We told you we’d get to a real wine cellar eventually. Sorry it had to be last. Blame the alphabet. The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room at the Rio has one of the finest wine selections around including more than 100 wines by the glass. They also have some wonderful “cult wines” that you might not find elsewhere. In addition to the small bites and cheese available for pairing, the Wine Cellar and Tasting Room gives you the wine experience that’s probably flowed through your head when you think about stepping down into a wine cellar and trying something you’ve never dreamed of before. The space is casual and rustic but definitely knows all about wine. Come here to relax, cool off and just drink wine. What else do you really need to do when you’re in Vegas?