This restaurant’s encyclopedic wine list is the city’s largest and boasts many firsts, not to mention the famous four-story, Adam Tihany-designed wine tower that houses the wines—long a big tourist attraction. Wine Director William Sherer continually conducts tastings and updates his wine list, which features about 2,500 labels. Aureole was the first Vegas restaurant to win the coveted Grand Award from Wine Spectator and the first to use the “e-book.” It allows clients to order online, and keeps real-time inventory. Better yet, there are dozens of boutique wines on the list for less than $50.

In Mandalay Bay, 632-7401.

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