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Shibuya in the MGM Grand introduced the first world-class sake program in Las Vegas at the tail end of the 20th Century and is still going strong. MGM partnered with renowned sake author, John Gauntner, also the founder of Sake World, a sake sommelier certification, to develop the program. One of his first disciples took over at Shibuya, which now has over 125 labels. A more recent addition is Bar Masa in Aria, a sibling of famed New York haute sushi parlor Masa, both by renowned Japanese chef Masa Takayama. The wine list includes 13 sakes by the carafe, four by the glass, and nearly 100 by the bottle. Social House in the Crystals Mall at CityCenter is more accessible, with sakes for every budget, and even sparkling sake. But Social House also offers several rare and one-of-a-kind labels such as Divine Droplets, the only sake brewed in an ice dome for purity, and the $2,500 Super 9, made in batches of 100 bottles annually. The new flagship world’s largest Nobu opened in Caesars Palace this year and carries a broad range, including chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s own private label sakes.