Cheap Wine

Keeping in the spirit of Vegas Seven’s wine issue, let’s take a look at a few of Las Vegas’ many deals on the grape. The sheer number of restaurants and bars and nightclubs in this town lead to all sorts of plays on wine all over town. The biggest problem is staying up with them. Here’s a list of some the top deals going on right now.

The obvious and easy ones are the happy hours. Not all of them discount wines, but those that do typically sell glasses of some fairly high-end vino for $5-$7, plus you’re getting the good appetizers alongside at similar pricing. At Aria, you can sit down at the bar in upscale Sirio from 5 to 7 p.m. for $7 appetizers (three for $18) and wines by the glass for $6. Right next door, American Fish runs happy hour during the same hours, with $5 appetizers and $7 wine (get there at 5 and you can sample them both). The least expensive by-the-glass price I’ve seen is $4, which can be had at the House of Blues from 2 to 6 p.m. daily (and try the awesome meatball sliders there).

In some places the deal is 50 percent off by the glass. The non-casino Grape Street, for example, sells an advertised 80 selections of wine by the glass for half price, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Todd English P.U.B. in Crystals does the same from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and you can pair with $2 oysters on the half shell. Head to the Hard Rock Hotel, from midnight to 8 a.m. Sunday-Thursday for two-for-one wine at all casino bars.

If half off a glass is good, half off a bottle is better. These deals come and go, but the aforementioned Grape Street does 50 percent off all bottles on Mondays, while the west-side Sedona has 50 percent off bottles on Tuesdays. As I said, these come and go, but the monster of these deals came and stayed. Originally meant to be a limited-time promotion ending last December, Aria has extended a locals-only deal for 50 percent off all bottles priced up to $500 from Sunday to Thursday at all of its restaurants. Wow!

Perhaps the best all-the-time deal in town is at Marche Bacchus in Desert Shores, where all bottles, regardless of price, are sold for just $10 above retail. “All the in-the-knowers drink their wine at Bacchus,” Eating Las Vegas co-author John Curtas says.

And this one’s my favorite. If you know your stuff and have your own stash, some restaurants will let you bring it in for a “corkage fee.” A few years ago, I surveyed every restaurant in town and found 155 that offered corkage. The fees ranged from $5 to $50, with just one charging absolutely nothing to uncork and serve your wine in their glasses. It’s Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian. Quite a deal, and they make a pretty mean pasta, to boot.