Full of Cheer
Make a date with the grape at Vegas’ wine bars
Drink up. Those long days of touring around Las Vegas or hitting the tables call for a glass of wine. Here’s a look at some of the wine bars catering to the more refined palates on the Strip.
Owners Steve Kennedy and Michael Greco teamed up with Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish to create this institution of all things bubbles. The $3 million Fizz at Caesars Palace features a two-story interior from designer Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio bathed in champagnes, cognacs, coppers and ivories with a backdrop of more than 50 works from photographers Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Steve Klein direct from Furnish and John’s private collections. Before even seeing the list of champagnes, you notice the silk moiré and walnut walls and bronze glass, cream leathers, faux furs and cheetahs that make this space look like something straight out of the late ’60s.
Try out one of the champagne cocktails here including the Fizz Noir, a mix of cherries, lemon juice, Grey Goose Cherry Noir and rock candy syrup topped with brut champagne or the Fizz Fraise, an ode to strawberries and champagne with gin and Fragoli wild strawberry liqueur thrown in the mix. Just remember, no photos allowed.
The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room
Perhaps one of the Rio’s best-kept secrets is The Wine Cellar, with its 10,000 bottles of wine valued at more than $10 million. The place is like a museum with its collection that includes an 1800 Madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar. And you can buy it. Find a wine collector’s dream come true in the wine vault or try one of the many wine flights that are arranged by vintage or varietal and order up a charcuterie plate to complement.
Laguna Champagne Bar
At The Palazzo, Laguna Champagne Bar specializes in all things bubbly with six champagnes by the glass in either 2- or 5-ounce pours, including everything from Moët & Chandon Impérial to Krug Grande Cuvée Brut for $29 a tall pour. Also find three half bottles, 19 full bottles, six magnums (including the $9,500-a-bottle B de Boërl & Kroff), one 3,000-milliliter Jeroboam and two 6,000-milliliter Methuselahs on the menu.
Try one of the classic champagne cocktails such as the Kir Royale with Marie Brizard crème de cassis and Moët & Chandon Impérial or the French 75 with Bombay Sapphire, sour, simple syrup and Moët & Chandon Impérial. Or go for one of their own concoctions including the Midnight Rose made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur and Moët & Chandon brut.
Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Bar
In the middle of The Grand Canal Shoppes on The Palazzo side lies this circular bar, a respite for the weary shopper, with more than 50 wines by the glass. Every Friday between 5 and 7 p.m., stop by for $5 wine tastings of up to four wines with various cheeses and charcuterie on hand. On the wine menu, find everything from Dom Pérignon champagne, Antinori’s Italian super-Tuscan Tignanello or California’s famed Silver Oak cabernet served by the glass. Want it sent to your hotel room? Double Helix delivers bottles to any hotel on the Strip.