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My wife and I will be in Vegas at xmas, and are looking for some
recommendations for good liquor and wine stores.... I like single malts, and
we both like fine wine and especially champagnes.  Any help is greatly
appreciated!

(We will be staying at the Venetian, so that will be our starting point)

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Will you have a car? If so, most (self included) will recommend Lee's
Discount Liquor (or something like that--look it up). They have like
six stores, and you want the one that is big, so call one and ask. I
know where it is, but I don't knwo the street off hand. It's up to the
top of the strip, then left on Sunset, then several miles, I think.
You'll need to drive in any case. Everything on the strip is wildly
overpriced. I lived in the area (Park City, UT) and vacationed in Vegas
several times a year, to qualify. Oh, and your luck will be better with
malts than wine, although they do have a legit cellar. Vegas is nothing
like New York, though. It's all about slushy drinks, Bud, and Elvis
impersonations, not quality. That's a generalization, of course. Best
of luck!

John


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On 17-Jul-2005, NoSPAAMderbyjohn@hotmail.com wrote:

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Thanks John.... we'll have a car for a day or two, and I've seen Lee's
mentioned before (both positively and negatively) so have that on the list.
Thanks for the heads-up about better single malt selection than wine.

Gary

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I can't remember the name of it but there is a nice "cellar" shop at
the Rio.

Dave


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That wine shop in the Rio has a great selection but expect to pay
dearly.  I can second the recommendation to go off-strip to stock your
liquor supply if you're going to be in town a while.  Where exactly
doesn't matter much, it'll be so much cheaper than the strip hotels
it's a bargain.


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I wouldn't waste my time at the Rio. When we were there the smoke from
the bar was so bad you could not taste anything. Overpriced is an
understatement. I reiterate my recommendation of Lee's Discount Liquors
to stock up. We just had lunch at The Burger Bar at Mandalay Place
(http://www.usmenuguide.com/burgerbar.htm). It is not to be missed if
you have the chance. They have gourmet hamburgers. A lot of places on
the strip will give you a $100 meal for $200 and you leave feeling
ripped off. This place was expensive, but worth every penny. Their
burgers are better than most steaks. They allow corkage. I got cut off
before I could find out how much. I kept thinking that the only thing
that could improve the experience was a vintage Bordeaux from my cellar.
We will know for next time. And there will be a next time. The wine
store at Mandalay Place is worth a look. Only look, don't buy anything.
Talk about overpriced.

Fred.

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There's a decent wine shop in the mall at Mandalay Bay. Selection is not
too big, but they have some good stuff. The wine lists at many of the
restaurants are fantastic, though.


Dimitri


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And so are the prices. Though I did get some ok champagne for a fairly
good price at some liquor store off the strip. The name escapes me now
though.

But I have been to several Vegas liquor stores and none of them had a
very good selection of Single Malts.


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Where in the hell is Vegas???????

Is it Las Vegas, US ??? please understand thet the internet is worldwide!


Regards

Krumme
Copenhagen
Denmark



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I think he meant Las Vegas, Denmark ;-) There's only one Vegas. I guess
you've never been? It's kind of a cross between Monte Carlo, the Sahara
desert, Disney Land, and Madrid...without the class.


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NoSPAAMderbyjohn@hotmail.com wrote in news:1121813036.260114.151610
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I have had good results with Lee's Discount Liquors. They have several
locations around the valley. They have a good selection and good prices.

Fred.
117 degrees in Las Vegas today
Highest temperature recorded and highest low (95) recorded

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I live in Vegas and Lee's is the way to go if you have transportation.
You may be tempted to try "55 degrees" at Mandalay bay, but pass.
Obviously this is very pricy.

I found Lee's when I was looking for Amarula, which is not always easy
to find. I now order online at the Big Wine Shop because the price is
better. Lee's Discount Liquor has a large selection, so I'm sure you'll
be able to find what you want. I find the only issue is that I over
spend when I go in there.  Since a lot of folks drink wine here, you'll
probably be surprised at the selections in the local (not near strip)
grocery stores.  Selections are good and so are prices.

Lee's 1780 SOUTH RAINBOW BLVD
LAS VEGAS, NV 89146 Phone:  (702) 870-6300

This is about 8 miles from the strip.  From the Venetian you could go
(from Las Vegas Blvd) straight down Flamingo to S Rainbow and turn
right.  Or. go N. on the strip to Sahara (turn left) and down to S.
Rainbow.  Its REAL close to the corner of Sahara and S. Rainbow.

Hope this helps.  Also, while at home, check out the site I mentioned.
If you drink a lot of wine (buy by the case) or can't find something
locally, I've found they have lots of choices.  I also take advantage
of the 10% of a case discount one of their merchants offers.

Good luck when you arrive.  If you're staying through New Years, the
fireworks are out of site!


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I was in Las Vegas for New Year's a few years back and I didn't see any
fireworks. What I saw was a lot of mayhem and chaos on The Strip. Where
are the fireworks?


Dimitri


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On 21-Jul-2005, czddaypubs@hotmail.com wrote:

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Thanks.... Lee's seems to be the consensus, and I'd already planned on a
visit there so I guess it'll be my first stop.

What is Amarula?

What's the URL for the Big Wine Shop?

Thanks again,
Gary

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I live in Las Vegas and can highly recommend Lee's Discount.  I
stumbled on it when I first moved here looking for Amarula - $200 worth
of wine later...you get the picture.  I now order it on line at the Big
Wine Shop for a better price - its hard to find. Great selection and
good prices. Its about 8 miles off the strip:
1780 S Rainbow Blvd
Since you'll have a car - either take Flamingo or Sahara from Las Vegas
Blvd to S. Rainbow (turn right).  Its practically on the corner of
Sahara and S. Rainbow.  It'll take you about 15 min to get there.

Don't be tempted to go to "55 degrees" at Mandalay Bay - very pricy of
course. For wine also try local (not near the strip) grocery stores.
You'll be really surprised at the selection and prices (we love our
wine in Vegas).  Since you'ee out and about, try the selection at Whole
Foods (8855 W Charleston Blvd- 3 miles from Lee's) From Lee's go north
on Rainbow, and Charleston is a couple blocks down (turn left).  This
will give you a nice little tour of the residential areas.

Although I like Lee's we tend to buy by the case so we've been taking
advantage of a 10% case discount at the Big WIne Shop.  Might want to
check them out from home (http://www.bigwineshop.com).

I wish you good luck while you're here!


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I live in Las Vegas and can highly recommend Lee's Discount.  I
stumbled on it when I first moved here looking for Amarula - $200 worth
of wine later...you get the picture.  I now order it on line at the Big
Wine Shop for a better price - its hard to find. Great selection and
good prices. Its about 8 miles off the strip:
1780 S Rainbow Blvd
Since you'll have a car - either take Flamingo or Sahara from Las Vegas
Blvd to S. Rainbow (turn right).  Its practically on the corner of
Sahara and S. Rainbow.  It'll take you about 15 min to get there.

Don't be tempted to go to "55 degrees" at Mandalay Bay - very pricy of
course. For wine also try local (not near the strip) grocery stores.
You'll be really surprised at the selection and prices (we love our
wine in Vegas).  Since you're out and about, try the selection at Whole
Foods (8855 W Charleston Blvd- 3 miles from Lee's) From Lee's go north
on Rainbow, and Charleston is a couple blocks down (turn left).  This
will give you a nice little tour of the residential areas.

Although I like Lee's we tend to buy by the case so we've been taking
advantage of a 10% case discount at the Big WIne Shop.  Might want to
check them out from home (http://www.bigwineshop.com).

I wish you good luck while you're here!


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