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).
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.
The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
At Aliante Station Casino Hotel, it's possible to court Lady Luck at the 24-hour casino, watch a giant-sized IMAX movie, mingle at a Latin dance party, and catch a live concert, all in one place. Just 30 minutes from Vegas’s main drag, this multimillion-dollar casino hotel would fit right in on The Strip, but instead stands apart in a quiet, North Las Vegas neighborhood. Away from the glaring glitz, marked by manicured parks and picturesque trails, Aliante’s environs provide a welcome dose of peace and quiet. When ready to explore the rest of the city, resort visitors are within easy driving distance of weekend stock-car races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the cornucopia of Sin City casinos and nightclubs.
Plates piled high with Emerald Isle favorites such as corned beef and shepherd’s pie grace Kavanaugh's tables, which open their mahogany arms to families as well as those looking for a casual pint. The rustic, clover-laden interior is the setting for limerick recitations and scrumptious meals such as the corned beef and cabbage—thickly sliced slabs of meat paired with seasoned cabbage and buttery boiled potatoes ($14.99). The ground-beef shepherd’s pie bakes up lean beef, peas, carrots, and mashed potatoes culled from Mr. Potato Head's personal entourage into a golden-brown crust ($12.99). A flavorful host of American-style pub fare complements the Irish cuisine, with Sean Patrick’s burger charting in at a robust half-pound ($5.99), and appetizers such as nachos ($4.99) and chicken wings ($7.99) courting frothy pints of Guinness. A Little Leprechauns lunch menu ($3.99) allows parents to inundate youthful lads and lassies with old-country culture in a friendly atmosphere, without the threat of ferocious Celtic tigers.
Inspired by Prohibition-era vigilante Richard Williams Jr.'s illicit liquor deliveries, Whiskey Dick’s boasts a menu of savory burgers, sandwiches, and more, as well as 16 draft beers. Goad chompers into taking on the Big Dick’s burger challenge, a beef binge that bombards mouth caverns with nine 1/3-pound patties slathered in cheese ($26.11). Those who complete consumption in 15 minutes are rewarded with a T-shirt, not having to pay for the burger, and a set of false teeth once worn by champion eater George Washington. Vacant belly hovels can also be furnished with the fried mac 'n' cheese ($8.79) and a slab of Don’t Let Your meatloaf ($10.14, available 5–11 p.m.)