Our Guest Editor this week is Ariel Abbott, Editor of EarlyVegas.com, a website for all fun things in (fabulous) Las Vegas! I do believe that Ariel has visited even more wine bars than I have, and here she showcases five of her favorites. Join me in welcoming and thanking Ariel for her generosity in sharing this information!
What could be better than enjoying a night out in Vegas with a perfectly selected glass of wine? I’m no wine expert, but when it comes to finding wine bars in Las Vegas, I like to think that I am pretty experienced. While the famous Las Vegas nightlife and pool parties can be fun, Vegas has so much more to offer than the casinos, raging parties and neon lights that initially meet the eye. If you live in Vegas, or travel there often, you eventually get over the hype for Vegas nightlife, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a nice night out in Las Vegas and enjoy all that the city has to offer. As I visit Vegas more and more often for work, there’s nothing I love more than to take a stroll through the famous hotels or venture off of the Strip to find my new favorite restaurants or bars and savor the world class cuisines and wine pairings. Since I figure most people visiting Las Vegas stick to the Strip, the following list of my favorite Las Vegas bars for wine lovers is comprised mostly of bars on the Strip. However, don’t be shy to venture away from the Strip and try some local wine bars and restaurants, as they can often be a pleasant surprise and much better for Vegas on a budget. Here are my picks for the Top 5 Las Vegas Bars of 2013 for wine lovers.
1. The Wine Cellar at the Rio All Suite Hotel:
If you’re looking for excellent service and a great wine selection from a wine bar on the strip, the Wine Cellar at the Rio Las Vegas hotel is hard to beat. The staff have always been friendly and helpful in deciding what type of wine to pick, and I love learning something new about my wine. Located in the lower level of the Rio, The Wine Cellar is in a basement type atmosphere with a long bar and and set up like a true wine cellar. The bar typically has around 10,000 bottles valued at over $10 million, and they offer over 100 wines by the glass so you’ll have plenty to choose from. If you’re not very experienced with wine, don’t be intimidated as the staff will gladly help you pick something out. Their wine flights make trying different kinds of wine easy and affordable, and my favorite was the Cabernet flight at $70.00.
2. The View Wine Bar & Kitchen:
For those looking to escape the Las Vegas Strip for a more local Las Vegas favorite wine bar, make your way over the The View Wine Bar & Kitchen of the Westside Las Vegas in Tivoli Village. For those on a budget, there’s $2 wine happy hour at the bar by the kitchen from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.. If you’re headed out on a date, this is a great location for a Las Vegas date with its relaxed atmosphere where you won’t have trouble hearing conversation, and a classy spot with good prices. My favorite foods from the menu were the Tuna tartare tacos, the fries poutine, and the Chicken pot pie nugets, all of which were tapa style. As for the wine selection, I loved the Earthquake Petite Sirah that our waiter suggested, as well as the Robert Hall, Paso Robles 2009 Merlot.
3. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel:
For those looking for some tasty tapas and a great wine in Las Vegas, head to La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway for a wide selection. I prefer to order the wine flights so that I can try several wines instead of just sticking to one. This wine bar is great for those who want that intimate wine bar feel but a little more upbeat lounge atmosphere. The tapas can be a bit pricey, but for a Vegas hotel wine bar the prices aren’t out of the ordinary. Plus, your taste buds will agree that the tapas are definitely worth the price. My favorites are the Salmon Sashimi Tostada with Avocado ann Sesame soy Dressing, the Flatbread with fiery artichoke, roasted pepper and olives, and the short rib capellini. As for the wine, I loved the Italian Arneis and the Oregon Pinot Noir. You may want to avoid this Las Vegas restaurant and wine bar if you’re doing Vegas on a budget because the prices are a bit high, but if you can afford it, put it on your can’t miss in Vegas list. Plus, if you or your friends are looking to experience Vegas Clubs after your wine and dinner, there are several inside or connected to the Wynn that you can try out.
4. View Bar at The Aria Resort & Casino:
While technically more of a lounge than a Las Vegas wine bar, this could be one of my favorite bars in Vegas for getting my glass of wine. Off of the lobby at the Aria Las Vegas hotel, it is reasonably priced and has a very nice selection of wine by the glass. I had one of my favorite glasses for $11, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and we were also served complimentary snacks of nuts, peas and cranberries, and if you’ve been to Vegas, you know that not much is free in Vegas when it comes to food. Plus, if you’re going out with people who are not as interested in wine, there’s bound to be a beverage they like from the specialty drink menu. While there’s no view of the Strip from this Vegas hotel bar, the view for people watching can’t be beat, as you can watch all types of people walking by. Head to this Las Vegas bar for a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink and socialize with friends and still experience the Vegas nightlife buzz.
5. Napoleon’s Piano Bar the Paris Las Vegas:
If you can’t make a trip all the way to the Eiffel tower, luckily you can still visit the Paris Las Vegas hotel for an experience that will leave you feeling like you’ve just landed in France. Napoleon’s Piano Bar, however, does not have any pretentious French feel to it. This dueling piano bar is great for groups of friends and is not your typical wine bar in Vegas. Although they don’t serve food, they have a great selection of drinks and wine at their full bar, and the free live music makes it totally worth the night out. If you’re looking for a nightclub or a snooty wine bar this is not the place, but if you’re ready to kick back, laugh and enjoy some drinks then it’s the bar for you.
This article was written by Ariel Abbott, Editor of EarlyVegas.com, a site all about getting the best value when traveling to Las Vegas. Ariel is responsible for finding the best Vegas deals, promo codes, events, shows, and things to do in Las Vegas so that travelers who use EarlyVegas can experience the best of Vegas every time they visit.