It just doesn’t seem like a trip to Vegas without a happy hour at Bouchon in the Venetian (https://www.thomaskeller.com/las-vegas-nevada/bouchon-bistro/wine-cocktails). It is one of my husband and my favorite traditions. We have made it a point to do happy hour at Bouchon almost every time we go to Vegas. What is it about Bouchon that inspires such loyalty? Well, they have a variety of delicious fresh oysters, salmon rillette so decadent that you will want to get EVERY bite, a wine list that suits all palettes, and innovative cocktails. Two of our favorites are pictured above, the Sazerac on the left and the Aviation on the right. We try to arrive between 3pm and 4pm. The restaurant is closed while they prepare for dinner service. We sit at the bar and enjoy a reprieve from the hustle of Vegas.
Oyster Options and Other Treats
The fresh oysters and other seafood are proudly displayed as you enter the bar. There is a sign on the wall with the day’s selection of oysters. The shuckers take care in their presentation. The attention to detail is clearly apparent. Oysters are served with two sauces, traditional cocktail sauce and mignonette, a shallot and vinegar sauce that, in my opinion really lets the flavor of the oysters come through. We often order the seafood tower with oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams and lobster but on this trip we decided to be purist and just have oysters. We sampled 6 of the Beau Soleil and 6 of the Fancy Sweet, both from New Brunswick and thoroughly enjoyed both. We wanted a little more so we moved on to the deviled eggs and even had a nice fruit sorbet for dessert. Then we were back to the casino ready for some more action.