For Your Eyes Only: Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas

Last week at the Hyde Bellagio, I sipped a 2009 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir from one of the most coveted seats in Las Vegas. I was sitting at the Patio on what has been referred to as the 50-yard line of the Bellagio Fountains. The comfortable space is really not a patio — it’s an indoor-outdoor space that captures views of the fountains with floor-to-ceiling glass — that was open. I sat in a glam wrap-around couch, so close to the fountains that I could feel the spray once they began their swaying. With 100F Vegas temps last week, that mist felt mighty good.

The center-stage Hyde Bellagio seats are a must-do for any Bellagio Fountain fan like me. Door opens at 5 p.m. for an early evening experience of pre-theatre bites and drinks. At 10 p.m. the space morphs into one of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs.

Insider’s secret: once those fountains start swaying to the music of the likes of Frank Sinatra, the sound system within the Hyde channels up with the music of the fountains … and you’re in for a real surround-sound experience!

Next time I go, I’m ordering a Love Unit (as featured in the New York Times.) It’s so gorgeous in the picture above that I have to try this little pretty — mixed with Stolichnaya Elit vodka, Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, Thai basil/freshly pressed lime, grapefruit and hand-extracted bell pepper juices. Shaken, not stirred.
 
 
UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Wittig is a freelance Arizona travel writer based in Flagstaff, AZ. Watch for pictures of the sought-after table and view of fountains in her next travel column in the Winter 2012 issue of  Arizona Vines and Wines magazine. Although she was a guest of the Hyde Bellagio, as is common in the travel industry, that does not affect her opinions expressed here. The food, wine and travel writer believes in full disclosure.

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