Heard the one about the $50 buffet? It’s true—today’s Las Vegas is no place to come hunting for deals. Think $9 draft beers, $20 hamburgers—heck, even a mediocre slice of pizza can run you upwards of $6 nowadays (no, really).
Almost competely behind us are the days when casinos lured customers in with cheap eats and cheaper booze, a strategy deployed in order to keep you coming back to the tables. It’s not as if we can complain, either—it, is not, for instance, MGM’s fault that not enough of us are spending our Vegas time stuffing quarters into their slot machines. Revenue-wise, gaming accounts for less and less of the house’s take—it should come as no surprise then, that a Las Vegas hotel stay is now not all that much unlike a hotel stay in any top tourist destination. (Anyone for a $20 club sandwich?)
Until, of course, it’s not. Even the fanciest hotels in the most popular places can’t avoid the occasional discount, and Las Vegas is no exception. If you know where to look, the discounts can be terrific, and they’re all over, too—all the way from Mandalay Bay on up to the Stratosphere. Bound for Sin City? Bookmark this list of the best happy hours on the Las Vegas Strip.
#1 Beerhaus The Park
When Daily 2-6p
What $4 select draft beers, $4 gourmet hot dogs
Why Craft-focused beer hall just steps from both Monte Carlo and New York located inside one of the best new developments along the Strip.
#2 Scarpetta Cosmopolitan
When Mon-Thu 5:30-7p
What $7 small plates and drinks
Why Sample Scott Conant’s short rib and bone marrow agnolotti or some of the best arancini (rice balls) of all time, for just $7 per plate. Value tip: Skip the drinks, order more food.
#3 Trevi Forum Shops
When Daily, 2-6p, 9p-close
What $6 appetizers, frozen bellinis $4
Why Fountain-adjacent stop for hearty Italian apps—meatballs, calamari, bruschetta and more—and bellinis. Other drinks available.
#4 Tom’s Urban New York, New York
When Mon-Fri 4-7p, Sun-Thu 11p-2a
What Food $4-$6, drinks $5-$7 (prices fluctuate depending on how early or late you order)
Why Decent beer list, plus other drinks and an imaginative food menu at a cheerful spot with comfortable outdoor (Strip-facing) seating.
#5 Buddy V’s Palazzo
When Daily 4:30-6:30p in bar and lounge, 11:30am-6:30p on patio
What $4 beers, wines, prosecco, bloody marys and sangria, $5 small plates
Why Perfectly priced refreshment break for Strip strollers, one flight up from the sidewalk in a lightly-traveled corner of the Palazzo.
#6 Peppermill Lounge North Strip
When Daily 3-6p, 9-11p
What 50% off well drinks, wine and beer, $4.50 martinis, snacks from $3.50-$8
Why Classic Vegas at almost-classic prices, an easy walk from Wynn/Encore, SLS, Circus Circus and other north end hotels and resorts.
#7 Yard House The Linq
When Mon-Fri 3-6p
What $1 off domestic pints and other drink deals, extensive food menu ($5-$8)
Why Besides beer, beer and more beer, this is an excellent choice for hungry types on a budget—so what if it’s a chain.
#8 Stripburger Fashion Show Mall
When Daily 4-7p
What Drinks $3-$4, eats $2.50-$7
Why PBR for $3 + loaded nachos for $5 + across the street from Wynn = perfect.
#9 Grand Lux Café Palazzo
When Mon-Fri 4-6:30p
What $5.50 small plates, beer, wine and cocktails $4-$5.50
Why Sit at the bar and stuff yourself silly with this generous weekday deal at the ever-popular Cheesecake Factory spinoff.
#10 STK Cosmopolitan
When Mon-Thu 5:30-7p
What $10 food, $5 beers, $8 vodka cocktails
Why Wagyu sliders with truffle fries, baked oysters, spicy pickled prawns and more serious food for just $10 in a very sexy setting. Pricier, yes, but very good value.
#12 Ra Sushi Fashion Show Mall
When Mon-Sat 3-7p, 10p-close, Sun 3p-close
What Food from $3.50-$9, drinks $3-$8
Why Spicy tuna rolls for $5.75 and hot sake shots for $3. You’re welcome.
Here’s a tip for your next trip to Vegas—don’t drive. Cruise the Strip without the traffic headaches on the open-top Big Bus, which offers convenient hop-on-hop-off service for a reasonable fee. You can check out routes, timetables and fares here.