Last weekend I went to a conference in Las Vegas and met up with some friends in the area. We drove out to the M Resort, which was a good twenty minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, to have dinner at Veloce Cibo and then some drinks at the Hostile Grape. Dinner was good, I had a Chilean Sea Bass but the fun part of the night was at the “basement” wine bar Hostile Grape.
I’ve never been to a “wine tasting bar” but I thought the idea was very clever and very cool. Here’s a shot of the inside taken by Nightclub.com:
There is a seating area in the middle, a full bar to the left, and then plenty of wine on the right. In the above photo, the photo is taken as if you were sitting at the bar and looking at the wine sampling area. You start by getting yourself a card that gets you access to the wine machines. The cards are $5 (they have a smart chip inside), reloadable in $25 increments, and our group of four shared a single card (since only two were locals, no sense in out of towners to get their own cards). Then you just walk up to one of the machines, stick your card in, and decide how much wine you want. You can choose among a 1 oz. tasting, a 3 oz. tasting, or a 5 oz. tasting.
Here’s a look at one of the chilled wine machines:
It was a cool experience, we enjoyed a lot of wine, and I definitely see it as a fun place to go if you’re a wine enthusiast. You can sample all manner of wines without committing to a full bottle. If you’re not a wine enthusiast, you can still sample a few wines (to see if there’s something you’d like) and then order something up at the bar. Afterwards, you can hit up a craps table. 🙂