The Local ups Henderson’s grape game

Greg Thilmont

For all the gazillion gallons of vino sipped in this thirsty desert oasis each year, the Las Vegas Valley has never truly seemed like a wine bar kind of place. But now, Henderson is stepping up the cork-popping quotient with the Local, a sociable boîte in the District at Green Valley Ranch.

Opened by restaurateurs Chris Connors and Li Sun—who own Me Gusta Tacos in the same center—the Local is a sunshine-filled West Coast take on the traditional wine bar, with an alabaster-toned marble bar, white-and-black geometric tile work, wrought-metal lighting and stylish potted verdure. It’s a pretty space that doesn’t feel Instagrammably cloying or cutesy.

The eclectic selection of wines is mercifully free of big corporate labels, and the per-glass price points range from reasonable ($19) to splurge-worthy ($49). Flights are a handy way to get acquainted with your new winey neighbor: The summery New World White selection features Three Brooms’ Sauvignon Blanc, the Fableist’s Grüner Veltliner, Buena Vista’s Chardonnay and Eberle’s Viognier for $16. There are five other such curations with reds and mimosas.

Want to be a dark-berry baller? Splash out with a goblet of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s DeBeikes ($25) or a 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Provence’s Louis Bernard ($28). Sparkles are served by the glass and bottle, too. The menu also includes a compact roster of craft beers and cocktails, plus light eats like charcuterie and cheese boards.

THE LOCAL 2240 Village Walk Drive #136, 702-665-6050. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

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