When chef John McKibben first opened Grape Street Cafe in 1997, his small restaurant took a back seat to a large front-of-the-house retail area where customers could purchase house-made sauces, salads, and high-quality wines. Though the concept quickly transitioned to focus on the fresh, house-made dishes flying out of his kitchen, McKibben has held on to his retail license and continues to encourage his diners to finish their meal by picking up a bottle of wine to go or commissioning a self-portrait painted with balsamic vinegar.
With the exception of a handful of rotating nightly specials, the menu has stayed largely the same, and Chef McKibben credits the cuisine as the eatery's 14-year secret to success. Dinner finds the shop's signature hot sandwiches, creamy pastas, and pizzas sharing top billing alongside nationally inspired entrees such as a baked Alaskan halibut topped with lemon beurre-blanc and Colorado lamb in a sweet-and-sour mint glaze. However, the diverse menu is designed to complement the restaurant?s real draw: its extensive wine selection. Up to 90 vinos are available by the glass each day, with selections that hail from as near as Napa and as far away as Mosel, Bordeaux, Rioja, and Mos Eisley.
For more than 30 years, Lee's Discount Liquor has stocked its shelves with myriad spirits, beers, and wine, earning a readers' pick as the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best Liquor or Wine Store of 2012. Prospective imbibers get lost in a fluorescent catwalk of domestic and international tequilas, rums, cabernets, and microbrews, which deck out beverage collections with enough flavors to match any type of cuisine or postage stamp desired. Lee's Discount Liquor also hosts in-store tastings and an annual spirit-sampling event, which merges its myriad sips with entertainment from live bands.
Underneath Sierra Tap House's metal-banded glass lamps, between its yellow walls and exposed brick, patrons gather around polished wood tables. In warm weather, they also spill outside onto a patio overlooking the Truckee River, which grants views of the river walk. The small pub first opened its doors in the midst of the 2006 Reno River Festival. Since then, its staff has poured imported and American beers, as well as rotating draft beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company?such as Torpedo Extra IPA, Knightro stout, and Celebration ale. Servers pair these pints with simple bar food such as pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and chicken wings.
Whether you've come for a specific hard-to-find pinot from a small family vineyard or to peruse the impressive selection for inspiration, the professional staff at Bella Vino can answer any of your wine-related wine questions and admirably tolerate unrelated whines. Bella Vino carries more than 1,000 varieties of wine, ensuring that no oenophile will be left behind when it comes to taste. The specialty selection is impeccable, so if you are an accomplished aficionado of grape bloods, stroll confidently up to the counter and ask the merchants for the current market values of some of the best wine available. If you'd rather peruse the inventory for yourself, you'll encounter bottles of liquid treasure such as Redtree pinot noir ($12.95), Three Clicks sauvignon blanc ($19.95), Cucao chardonnay ($14.95), and Sole Luna Red ($14.95).
The Summerlin outpost of BJ’s Restaurant is one of three locations throughout Las Vegas. Located directly across from the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, the casual eatery always seems to attract a crowd. Well known for brewing their own beer and an eclectic menu that ranges from deep dish pizzas and hamburgers to gluten-free meals, BJ’s loves catering to their guests. New flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant and a relaxed, if slightly boisterous vibe, make the Summerlin location a welcome destination for all. Around the holidays, guests are treated to a slew of new menu options, from steak and lobster entrées to seared mahi mahi, with souvenir glasses to take home at the end of the night.
Named Best Brewpub of 2010 by LocalEats, Boulder Dam Brewing Company surrenders up flights, pints, and growlers of its delicious brews to awaiting mouths. The brewery magic begins with six samples of the pub's dam-inspired brews, such as the High Scaler IPA, a bold beverage packed with cascade hops, and the Aggregate Amber, a smooth, copper-colored ale whose bubbles contain immaculately preserved prehistoric fossils. The Powder Monkey Pilsner, named after the dam's explosive-packers, boasts a refreshing, malty flavor. Once the sampling is completed, choose your favorites for two more pint-size preparations. This cavalcade of brews can be enjoyed with selections from the pub's tasty menu (not included in today’s Groupon).