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With a hulking four-story glass-and-steel wine tower that shoots up from the center of the main dining room, every table at Aureole Las Vegas will feel like the best in the house. The famous tower holds about 10,000 bottles of vino that are overseen by “wine angels” who use harnesses to glide up and down cables to retrieve bottles. Inspired by Mission: Impossible, the black-catsuit-clad wine angels can scale the tower and deftly fetch a bottle in less than three minutes. It’s enthralling to watch the acrobatic wine angels, who also perform Cirque du Soleil-like stunts, work during dinner, so ask for a table with a view of the tower.
For a more romantic setting, make your way to the elegant “Swan Court,” in the back of the Mandalay Bay restaurant. This glass-encased room overlooks a lovely outdoor lagoon where the snow-white birds swim and seek shade from the desert sun under the palm trees. Most diners come into the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant angling for a table near the wine tower, unaware that the Swan Court exists. The intimate swan-filled spot is even more top-secret than those spy-like wine angels.