In front of us sit ornate little plates with delicate snails covered in pastries, french fries and plump cooked shrimp as well as two decent sazeracs. The grand total: $ 28.
At this facility, Michael Mina’s newest venture in Las Vegas, known as Bardot Brasserie, you typically don’t get much more than a glass of Beaujolais or a clamshell for $ 28. Eating out in Las Vegas is expensive, especially if you’re dining in a celebrity chef restaurant.
The solution? Happy hour. It’s an opportunity to try the food in an expensive restaurant, and if you’re not a really big eater, you can even make a meal out of it. My daughter and I happily grazed on small plates except for one meal during our three day Las Vegas trip.
One caveat: not many happy hours are offered on weekends. But even if it’s not happy hour, you can often find something on the bar menu that is quite filling and not insanely expensive. One evening I took a seat in the posh new Franklin Bar in the new Delano Hotel and ordered the typical daiquiri for $ 14 and a grilled cheese with a spicy tomato soup dipping sauce for $ 15. The combo made a dandy dinner.
However, to really save money, stick with Happy Hours, which offer cheap bites and usually the chance to get a glass of wine for less than $ 10. Let’s check out some of the happiest hours on the strip:
Bardot Brasserie in Aria: This French brasserie is shiny and new. and the bartenders were quick to provide our above nibbles and drinks. The little plates were quite small – three snails; two prawns – but with the added fries everything worked out. Happy hour is every evening from 5pm to 7pm.
Julian Serrano at Aria: This tapas spot is perfect for happy hour: $ 5 red sangria and $ 3.50 pan tomato with garlic and tomato spread. A Spanish egg tortilla with potatoes and onions costs only $ 4. The very short happy hour is from Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bar Vdara in Vdara: Five plump arancini with mushrooms cost 8 US dollars. I paired it with a $ 7 glass of crispy and dry house whites during this unbeatable lunchtime happy hour Monday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand: Louisiana goodness! With $ 5 gumbo, $ 8 fried golf oysters, and half-shell oysters for $ 1.75 each, this is a winner. Pair it with a $ 5 Firestone Pale Ale between 2pm and 6pm or from 9:30 pm to close every day.
Pub 1842, MGM Grand: $ 8 kale and coleslaw brisket pusher goes great with a $ 6 rye-based cinnamon whore. Look forward to it from Sunday to Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay: Rick Moonen’s happy hour has fresh, beautiful seafood, but I have to say that paying $ 3 for each oyster and $ 4 for each shrimp is not happy. Tastier: a spicy tuna hand roll for $ 6.50. Pair it with a glass of Albarino for $ 7.