Yes it’s a tough gig, but someone had to do it.
A few weeks ago when you were in Las Vegas for six days, your dedicated (and thirsty) gambling correspondent made it his business to do as many happy hours as possible. And at the risk of using my own proverbial horn, the tour went quite well, thank you.
Here are 10 happy hours. We highly recommend giving you a chance next time in Sin City – not just because they are easy on your wallet and reserve your bankroll for the tables, but also for the quality of the food and drink and the venues themselves.
The good news? There are literally hundreds of happy hour specials on offer 24/7 in Las Vegas, so we barely scratched the surface with this list. So stay tuned for Part II (and possibly III, IV, V, and beyond).
10. Herbs and rye
We begin our Las Vegas Happy Hour Tour by driving off the beaten path on West Sahara Avenue, about two miles west of Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.
After hearing about Herbs and Rye from a number of Las Vegas experts over the years, we finally decided to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint. This is a venue with a classic “old school” feel to it. the kind of place you want to go in and order a scotch and light a cigar right away.
Happy hour is more food-themed than drinking-themed, and it’s safe to say the secret is out: it was jam-packed on Thursday night we were there, and it seemed to be mostly locals, always a good one Character . From Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from midnight to 3 a.m. all well drinks are half price, as are all steaks and other selected dishes on the menu. For example, the 18-ounce ribeye might go for just $ 30, and if you go that route, I highly recommend adding in the $ 3.75 brandy and peppercorn sauce.
9. The blind pig
This is another off-strip locale recommended by the good folks who appear on the annual Las Vegas Lifestyle issue of the always-entertaining “Beating the Book” podcast, which is a definite must-see each year. The Blind Pig is located on Dean Martin Drive behind the Aria Resort & Casino and has numerous televisions. So it’s a great place for a great gaming atmosphere. I was lucky enough to see a Vegas Golden Knights playoff game and the joint popped.
From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and until 11:00 pm (listed as “whenever” on the menu), Social Hour offers $ 4 shots and imported beers, $ 3 domestic beers, and half-price entrees in the earlier hours. Our recommendations for apps are fried calamari and fried ahi tuna. Yum.
8. The Salon in El Cortez
Check in to @ElCortezLV celebrating its 75th anniversary. Loaded with Vegas “old school” charm. pic.twitter.com/KQLSJ6SQDK
– Gary Trask (@casinocityGT) October 30, 2016
We stayed at the inimitable El Cortez Hotel & Casino in 2016 when the downtown Las Vegas hotel celebrated its 75th anniversary, and we’ve always tried to make it back to The Parlor Bar & Lounge for happy hour ever since.
From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., this stylish eatery offers $ 5 worth of appetizers, half-price draft beers, and 2-for-1 cocktails. The bar has a great ambience and also offers monthly $ 5 margarita specials. I suggest that you plan your visit during stone crab season and enjoy these juicy creatures next door at the property’s signature Siegel’s 1941 restaurant before or after (or both) reach The Parlor.
We’ll return to downtown later in the list, but for now we’re driving due south to the other end of the strip. . .
7. Foundation Room in the House of Blues
Late at night, this is one of the hippest and most popular nightclub scenes in town. But if cover fees, loud music, and outrageous bottle service aren’t your thing, check out the swanky Foundation Room for the breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Foundation Room is high up on the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and celebrates happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 8pm with USD 10 appetizers and USD 5 specialty drinks.
The park – an outdoor dining and entertainment district opened in 2016 – runs right from the Strip to the T-Mobile Arena. One of the better venues is Beerhaus, and the happy hour here screams “value”.
Select beers are $ 4 with discounted entrees every day from 2pm to 6pm. The “reverse” happy hour special from 10pm until closing offers the same, but plan ahead as this special is not available on “select dates”, i.e. when a large event is taking place at T-Mobile.
5. Nine fine Irish
Maybe it’s the “Boston” in me, but I love Irish pubs and Guinness on tap, and every time I’m in Las Vegas and can escape the casinos for a few drinks and al fresco dining, everything is me for this. Nine fine Irish people at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino check all of the above and have predictably become a popular spot on the Strip.
Every Monday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can get $ 5 pints and cocktails, plus entrees like sausages, Irish nachos (yes, potatoes and corned beef are included) and beer-n-cheese dip for the price of Enjoy 5% $ 6.
4. Cabo Wabo Cantina
The view, the drinks, the food and the # Vegas weather! What a perfect combination for #CincoDeMayo? pic.twitter.com/4LAjjvXPWj
– Cabo Wabo (@CaboWaboLV) May 5, 2018
Across the street, just outside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, one of Cabo Wabo’s four locations – the others are in Lake Tahoe, Hollywood, and of course Cabo San Lucas – has outdoor seating and views of the Strip . Every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the restaurant chain, inspired by rocker Sammy Hagar, offers half-price starters, draft beer, house margaritas (try the tangy Mango Picante with fresh jalapenos and mango), sangria and cabo shots.
3. Interlude at Cromwell
Who is ready for $ 1 cocktails? Visit us at #Interlude from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.! ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/6Oo0Yh2o02
– The Cromwell (@CromwellVegas) May 3, 2018
Last summer we set out many reasons why The Cromwell is one of the most underrated resort casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, and now we can add a killer happy hour special to that list.
Interlude is located in the middle of the casino and has the unbeatable price of 1 USD for Ketel One Vodka and Ciroc Vodka martinis or cocktails, every day of the week from 6pm to 7pm. Then from 7pm from 12pm to 8pm there is a $ 5 draft beer for Coors Light, Miller Lite, Blue Moon and Modelo, and $ 3 for New Amsterdam vodka drinks. Then there is the live music that is played for two hours.
Simply put, there is no better or cheaper place to start your night while on the strip.
2. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere in Flamingo Las Vegas
It’s Friday Jr! Visit us in the # 5Oclocksomewherebar for 5-cent beers from 5pm to 6pm! pic.twitter.com/jW1j0dLuT6
– Flamingo Las Vegas (@FlamingoVegas) April 26, 2018
5 cents beer.
We don’t have much else to say to draw you here. Every day from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., this open-air bar in the Margaritaville Casino (think palm trees, cheesy tropical decor, and a helping of buffet music) with Nickel Miller designs will bring you back to your college days. As you can imagine, the store gets crowded pretty quickly and the lines can be long. So don’t be shy when you place your order.
Conveniently, Flamingo Las Vegas is right next to the Cromwell. So if you choose the right time, you can drink cheaply for three hours every day without having to venture very far. Case in point: I’ve seen a brave bachelorette party with about a dozen girls celebrate 5 cent happy hour at Flamingo. Around 5:30 am they grabbed two draft beers apiece and strolled over to Interlude with double fists to grab a top notch table. By the time they finished swallowing their nickel beer, it was top of the hour and all around $ 1 martinis.
Well played ladies. Well played.
1. Oscar’s Steakhouse in the Plaza Hotel & Casino
It’s a meal. #OscarsSteakhouse #Tomahawk #Crablegs #WedgeSalad #MacnCheese #Steakhouse ??: @LVFoodie #LVFoodie Thank you for the great picture! https://t.co/OAqbY6gBI1 pic.twitter.com/zu0JKRXSgY
– Plaza Hotel Casino (@PlazaLasVegas) May 5, 2018
Of all of the above specials, Oscar’s Steakhouse offered the best quality and value for money and food.
Oscar’s is named after the hugely popular former mayor and infamous mob lawyer of the city, Oscar Goodman, who is a frequent guest at this restaurant of the same name, which features personal artifacts, photos of celebrities and politicians (we’ve counted four US presidents ) and news littered is clips. The stylish venue is located in the legendary dome of the Plaza Hotel and Casino and offers perfect views of Fremont Street and downtown Las Vegas.
Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., happy hour in Oskars Lounge offers guests half of all beers, glasses of house wine and drinks, as well as half of a selection of starters. Our group didn’t hold back when ordering and loved Johnny Quinn’s Crab Cakes, Sal’s Shrimp Cocktail and the Mob Meatballs.
Great value for money, great food and service, plus bartenders who consider their mixology an art, all with a nice view of DTLV. Oh yes we will be back.