For a more sublime experience, including sweeping views of the Bellagio's ( MGM) world-renowned fountains, the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine entertains with such gourmet fare as Peking duck carved tableside, build-your-own-omelets made from organic brown eggs, Kobe beef carpaccio-wrapped white asparagus with truffle emulsion and American caviar with buckwheat mini waffles and chive creme fraiche. Add to that live cooking stations, tableside preparations such as a pea meal Canadian black bacon or honey-glazed slab bacon and a wine list that boasts aromatic whites and medium-bodied reds, domestic and French, and you have an unrivaled gourmet Asian brunch experience not to be missed.

If you'd prefer a zenlike brunch with a punch, MOzen Bistro is for you. A play on "Mandarin Oriental" and "Zen," the name is apt given the restaurant's clean, crisp interior, which is outdone only by its eclectic Asian menu. At once authentic and contemporary, its brunch includes items such as pan-seared scallops with tapioca pudding, fried buttermilk chicken liver, bacon and poultry jus and Nantucket egg (grilled jumbo lump crab cakes, poached eggs, baby spinach and hollandaise sauce). To top it off, you have a choice of free-flowing Ty Ku sake cocktails such as the Ty Ku mojito and Ginger Crush, Veuve Clicquot champagne or mimosas.

Hankering for a taste of Paris without leaving the strip? Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at the Palazzo ( LVS) boasts comfortable patio dining overlooking the strip, two private dining rooms and several bars -- only one of which is for cocktails. There's an iced seafood bar, for instance, and a cheese and charcuterie bar, as well as a windowed wine cellar with more than 400 varieties of wine inside it. Top off your sweet and savory ham and gruyere crepes with a bloody mary or maria from the Handcrafted "Bloody" Cart served tableside, with shaved horseradish, fresh-cut herbs, pickled garnish, your choice of frozen vodka or tequila.

Enjoy any, or all, of the above for your brunch and booze explorations.

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