The annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) took place in Las Vegas this week. There are seminars for the casino business to discuss the state of their industry but that’s not what’s interesting to most casino visitors. G2E also has an expo where casino game manufacturers debut their new games for casinos. Some of these games are concepts that we may never see and some of the ideas are ready to hit casinos. Here are a few trends in new slot machines that we can expect to see hitting casino floors in the next year.
Skill Based Slot Machines
Skill based slot machines have the biggest buzz as manufacturers and casinos seek to find games that appeal to younger gamblers. The average slot machine player is a 55 year old married woman so this change may not happen right away. While the first phase of these games might not reach millennials, the first skill based games that hit the casino floors might help bring that average age of slot machine players a few years. When you reach the Space Invaders bonus round in this slow machine from Scientific Games you can have returns based on your video game skills or you can set the game to randomly max out at a certain return rate. It’s unknown right now what range returns will be with these skill based games but they’re estimated somewhere between 90% for low skill and 99% for high skill.
Space Invaders is probably appealing to people that grew up in the 1980’s and are currently in their 40’s. That’s a slightly younger slot machine player but not drastically and not the millennial that marketers crave so much. There are other companies with less familiar skill based games that might attract younger players but Scientific Games (they own WMG and Bally Technologies) is one of the largest slot manufacturers so they have a good chance of these games hitting casinos sooner. They estimate this game is will hit casinos in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
Every year there are a slew of new slot machine themes based on familiar TV, movie, music and lifestyle brands. Many of the biggest names are slapped onto older cabinets with technology that you’ve already played. The familiar themes and familiar game play make many of these new releases immediately popular. Some of the slot machines with new skins with game play that may look familiar include Breaking Bad, Caddyshack, Cher, Downton Abbey, Elvira, Harley Davidson, House of Cards, Magic Mike XXL, Margaritaville and Orange Is The New Black. Expect to see many of these slot machines in casinos before some other, more technologically advanced, games.
While I can be easily impressed with slot machine themes that I love (like Caddyshack) the thing that I find most appealing in slot machines is technological advancement. The new slot machine for The Simpsons is the biggest advancement in mainstream slot machine technology that I saw at G2E that will actually hit casino floors. Many will simply love The Simpsons slot machine because it features all of the favorite characters from the show. The things that got me excited about The Simpsons slot machine was the technology. The graphics were as crisp as any slot machine and the game is displayed on what appears to be 4 screens. There’s one main screen with one on each side of the main slot game. There’s a 4th screen above the main screen to show even more action.
One of the more subtle technological advancements in The Simpsons slot machine is the motion sensor. When you get the Doughnut Bonus you place your hand under the the motion sensor and actually catch falling sprinkles in your hand for more spins or credits. This is a simple use of the new technology but it seems like it’s just the beginning of this motion sensor technology for slot machines. There’s always one slot machine that offers something different and awesome at G2E and this year it was The Simpsons. Sadly The Simpsons slot machine isn’t expected to hit casinos for another year.
We each have our own reasons when picking one casino versus another. I have 3 casinos within a few minutes of my house and I choose to go to Red Rock Resort almost exclusively for a few reasons. Red Rock has an excellent selection of restaurants, they have one of the best sports books in Las Vegas and their owner, Station Casinos, gets deeply involved in the local community.
For the sixth year in a row, Station Casinos will host “Project Pink,” a company-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds raised throughout October will benefit the Southern Nevada affiliate of Susan G. Komen and American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
From October 1-31, the majority of Station Casinos properties and venues, including restaurants, bingo rooms, spas as well as at designated blackjack and poker tables will be pink to signify where the company will donate its proceeds from its retail sales and gaming winnings. Since its inception, Project Pink has raised more than $286,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
If I’m going to spend money in a casino then some of it may as well go to a good cause. Project Pink has actually grown a lot since I first learned about it years ago. Here’s a quick look at how you can participate in Project Pink at Station Casinos in October:
“Pink Pastries” at the Grand Cafes and Café Fiesta: A variety of exclusively created desserts such as strawberry shortcake, peanut brittle, pink and white cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate glittered popcorn, to name a few, will be available at all café locations. The pink pastries range in price beginning at $1.99 per item on up.
Round Up for Project Pink: Guests dining at any Station Casinos-owned restaurant (cafes, steakhouses, buffets, oyster bars and Italian and Mexican outlets) as well as at any hotel check-in are welcome to round up their bill for Project Pink
“Meals for a Cause” served at Mexican Restaurants: $1 from every order of traditional fajitas with pink flour tortillas (chicken, steak and shrimp) and pink sopapillas will be donated. Additionally, complimentary tortilla chips and salsa with pink chips will be served to all guests. Restaurant locations include Cabo inside Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station; Garduños inside Fiesta Rancho; and Amigo’s inside Fiesta Henderson.
Hotel Gift Shop merchandise: Pink-ribbon retail items including t-shirts, hats and water bottles will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds being donated.
Gift Cards: Pink-packaged gift cards are available for purchase inside any hotel gift shop with 5-percent of the gift card value being donated.
Poker Goes Pink: Properties that offer poker will have a designated “pink” table Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 with a portion of the rake being donated back to the local charities. Table felts were generously donated by gaming partner GPI.
Additionally, Bounty Poker Tournaments will be hosted on various Sundays at Green Valley Ranch Resort (October 11), Santa Fe Station (October 18) and Red Rock Resort (October 24) with a $75 buy-in of which $25 from each entry will be donated.
21 for the Cure: Properties that offer blackjack tables will have a designated “pink” table Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 with a portion of the winnings being donated back to the local charities. Table felts were generously donated by gaming partner GPI.
Commemorative Pink Boarding Pass Card: Guests may purchase a commemorative Project Pink Boarding Pass loyalty card for $1 at the Rewards Center to benefit the charities.
Bingo Pink Packs: Special bingo pink packs will be offered at every Sunday bingo session in October for $4. Pink packs will be available in both paper and electronic and all proceeds will go to the cause. The $1 Cash Ball validation fee is not included in the purchase price of the pink packs. Bingo pink packs were generously donated by gaming partner Fortunet.
Spa For A Cause: The Spas at Green Valley Ranch Resort (GVR) and Red Rock Resort will offer special pink-themed treatments, including the 50-minute “Pink with a Purpose” facial and “Pinking about You” pedicure at the Spa at GVR and the 80-minute “Scrub Yourself in Pink” body treatment at The Spa at Red Rock. 20-percent of the proceeds from these treatments will be donated.
Cowboys and Cowgirls for the Cure at Revolver Saloon and Dance Hall inside Santa Fe Station: Every Wednesday night in October, Revolver will donate $1 from the $5 cover after 10 p.m. to benefit the charities.
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk at Red Rock Resort: On Sunday, October 25, Red Rock Resort will once again serve as the host site for American Cancer Society’s 5K “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” walk at 7:30 a.m. To sign up for the walk, please visit MakingStridesWalk.org.
Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft have returned to Las Vegas and it should better than their first time. When the ride sharing companies first entered Las Vegas you weren’t able to be picked up at casinos on the Vegas Strip. That has changed and each casino hotel should have a designated ride sharing pickup area. You may want to find this area a few minutes before your scheduled pickup because the designated area may not be the same at all properties.
Moving forward you should have even more access to ride sharing companies. They’re expected to be approved for airport pickups in the coming months. Uber and Lyft starting operations last week came as a small surprise many people in Las Vegas. Ride sharing companies were approved for operation by the state of Nevada last Monday but were not given the go ahead to begin operations in Las Vegas.
Ride sharing companies were supposed to be wait for Clark county to create a legal framework to issue business licenses for ride sharing companies to operate in Las Vegas. Uber and Lyft decided not to wait and began operating the next day.
Las Vegas taxis are known for being plentiful and useful but some are known for overcharging customers. Ride sharing was welcomed to Las Vegas with the hopes of offering a less expensive option to getting around town than taxis. Well, ride sharing will be less expensive for Las Vegas but Uber’s prices are among their most expensive in the nation. Here’s a snapshot of Uber’s prices around the country.
Uber has a base rate is $2.40 per mile while a traditional taxi charges $3.45 for the initial charge and $2.68 a mile. Even though Uber’s base rate is less expensive than current Las Vegas taxi fares but the rates are still more expensive than it is in other cities. While the lower base rate with Uber is nice that won’t be the case on busy nights until there are enough drivers to meet demand.
On their first weekend of operation the one thing that seemed to catch Uber riders in Las Vegas was their dynamic pricing known as Surge pricing. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that dynamic pricing rates were between 1.2 to 3.6 times the normal Uber rate. These dynamic rates are meant to incentivize drivers to make themselves available. The dynamic pricing will be in effect when Las Vegas is busy until there are enough drivers to fill demand. Keep this in mind when looking for a ride share during the weekend.
Ride sharing is still new to Las Vegas and issues with the amount of drivers, pickup areas and times will all be worked out in time. Right now it seems as though ride sharing will be least expensive during weekdays which will be good for convention attendees that make up a good amount of people visiting Las Vegas.
There are more ways to watch football in Las Vegas this year than ever before. Unless you’re an early riser you probably won’t get a free seat in a sports book. If you’re a low roller, like most people, you probably won’t be spending the money to book a VIP couch or booth. Thankfully many of the restaurants and bars in Las Vegas are offering food and beverage specials during the games. Here’s a look at some of the specials you’ll find for watching football this year.
Anchor Bar at The Venetian is offering a limited number of special “Hot Seat” packages during the game of your choice – from kickoff to the last play – for $100: Guaranteed front row Anchor Bar seat for the game of your choice (there are less than 10 seats), Double Wing Combo, Unlimited Genesee or PBR, 20% all other purchases during the game and A free wing sauce pack during Buffalo Bills game if they win.
Anchor bar also has a special game day menu with Mini Beef on Weck, Wings & a Beer for $16, Single Wing Combo & a 16 oz. Beer for $19, Two Commemorative Flask 64oz Beers & Double Wing Combo for $90, Single Wing Combo & 40oz. Cocktail for $30, Double Wing Combo & Two 16oz. Beers for $36, Four Quarters & Four Shots for $20, Bucket of Four 24oz Beers (PBR or Genesee) for $25 or Wing Head Hat Special – Commemorative Wing Head hat filled with 20 Wings for $45.
Blondies at Planet Hollywood has a host of drink specials for football season. Saturday and Sunday early-bird specials from 5 to 10 a.m. include $5 well drinks, $4 Bloody Mary’s, $3 Mimosas and $2 Rolling Rock drafts. Their all-day drink specials include buckets of beer for $25.
BLT Burger at The Mirage will have $5 craft beers including Brooklyn Brown, Firestone Easy Jack IPA and Fat Tire, $20 mixed beer buckets (5), $7 Red Bull, $16 Philly Cheesesteak served with truffle fries.
Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo has Early Morning Football Specials every Sunday Game-Day at 9 a.m. which include Double Barrel’s early morning menu featuring the Breakfast Burrito with smoked apple wood bacon, scrambled eggs, crushed potatoes and salsa verde for $14 and Breakfast Sliders with BBQ beef brisket, fried egg and chipotle mayonnaise for $10. Other specials during all professional and college games include pints of beer for $5, Gridiron Shots for $6 and Jack’s Pregame Show for only $25.
Every Saturday and Sunday Downtown Grand has $1 draft beers, $2 hot dogs, $3 brats and $3 hamburgers until 4pm.
El Cortez has .50 cent wings, $3 CraftHaus pints, 2 for 1 cocktails and $15 Budweiser buckets (6) for Monday Night Football from 4p.m. until the game is over.
Ellis Island has a dollar menu during all NFL games on Sunday, Mondays and Thursday with $1 drafts, hot dogs, $2 wings.
Hearthstone inside Red Rock Resort has $12 All You Can Eat Wings and $8 Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers for Monday Night Football.
New York New York will have the following Game Day Appetizers (11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday); Beef Sliders $16, Irish Flatbread Pizza $15, Mini Corndogs $14, Buffalo Chicken Tenders $14
PBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood will be football headquarters this fall with open bar specials, delicious appetizers and a prime football-viewing experience. The restaurant will offer a $125 package that includes guaranteed seating, all-day open bar, and one appetizer. PBR Rock Bar has 105 HDTVs. PBR Rock Bar is also rolling out a Football Specials Menu, which will include such comfort food favorites as the Turkey Jamwich ($12) and Mini Corndogs ($8).
The Pub at Monte Carlo offers All You Can Drink for $39.99, All You Can Eat for $29.99, $20 beer bucket (Bud, Bud Lite, Ultra Lite, Bud Lite Lime, Shock Top).
All locations of Nacho Daddy have $5 Jim Beam & Absolut cocktails and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon. Late NFL games fall during Happy Hour (3 – 6 p.m. Sunday – Friday) which has $5 house wine and margaritas, $4.50 Mexican draft beers, $4 quesadillas, $5 and $6 street tacos, $5 chipotle sliders, $5 queso dip with house-made chips and $6 ceviche.
Pizza Rock has 128 Bud Light towers for $28 on Sunday. They also extend their awesome Happy Hour for Monday night football from 3p.m. to close. You can see menu details here.
PUB 1842 at MGM Grand will have Monday Night Football Giveaways – guests can win NFL helmets, jerseys and hats from the teams playing that night, $5 Draft Beer, $8 Featured Cocktails, $10 Beer & Shot specials and Special brunch menu available Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm
Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay will have $5 Heineken pints during football games.
Rockhouse at The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian & The Palazzo will make the 2015-16 football season a rocking good time with open bar specials, tasty appetizers and 80 HDTVs to watch the gridiron action. The restaurant will offer a $100 package that includes guaranteed seating, all-day open bar and one appetizer.
South Point – The showroom is open for Monday and Thursday Night Football with $1 hot dogs, $3 pizza slices and all-you-can-drink draft beer for $15.
Station Casinos will have $2 Bud and Bud Lights at all sports book bars while games are being played. Bud Light Girls will visit the various sports books and have lots of Bug Light swag and promotions. Station will also have $1 hot dogs during game time at the sports book (excluding Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort). Each Station property will have cocktail specials priced between $2 and $5 depending on the drink.
TAP at MGM Grand will have Monday Night Football Giveaways – guests can win NFL helmets, jerseys, hats and t-shirts from the teams playing that night, $8 Draft Beers and Featured Cocktails, $12 Beer & Shot specials and Friday and Saturday morning brunch specials.
Tilted Kilt at The Linq is offering discounted drinks as follows: $5 Coors & Miller Light (14 oz), $6 Bud & Bud Light (14 oz), $6.00 Bloody Marys
Twin Peaks at Harmon Center (next to Planet Hollywood) offers a 10 ounce “girl sized” beer during football games for $3. The bar also has half-off selected appetizers during Happy Hour for Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football.
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book will have the following Football Specials at SLS Las Vegas. Game-Day Specials from Thursday – Monday during all college and professional football games include Bud Light pitchers for $8 and glasses for $2, Bottomless Rolling Rock draught beer for $35, Select shots for $5, Free $5 parlay bet from William Hill Sports Book with food/beverage purchase.
On Thursdays, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Umami Burger offers 50-cent chicken wings, the first 97 guests will receive gifts, and guests can enter to win end-of-season prizes.
Via Brasil has $24.99 all-you-can-eat brunch with a single 150-inch projection screen showing the best game of the day.
Vice Versa at Vdara will have $10 Absolut Vodka Bloody Marys, Don Julio Margaritas and Jack Daniel’s + Coke and $25 bucket of beer (5) Stella Artois, Goose Island or Bud Light.
*We will continue to update this list os specials so make sure you come back. If you feel we have missed anything and think it should be added to our list of football deals let us know below.
Sports and sporty aren’t quite the same. Both involve physical activity but the latter involves less physical exertion. Let’s be honest, when most people visit Las Vegas the last thing they want to do is exert themselves. Visiting Las Vegas is usually a vacation and a time to relax. Sitting around a blackjack table or a spa all day may be vacation for some people but that isn’t for everyone. Sometimes you want to get out and move around a little. We’re not talking about making serious exertion during your trip to Las Vegas. Here are 5 fun ways to enjoy something remotely involved with sports for $20 or less in Las Vegas.
Hey, if ESPN considers bowling a sport so can we! Bowling is one of the least strenuous ways to compete in a sport. You might be surprised to know that there are many places to bowl in Las Vegas. You can roll balls out at the Suncoast in Summerlin, you can roll balls at Brooklyn Bowl on the Vegas Strip and plenty of locations in between. You’ll find the price for games varying anywhere from $2.25 to $20 depending on your location.
Auto racing is one of the biggest sports in the country. In Las Vegas you can race just about any kind of car around a track but driving a Go Kart is the kind of fun that the whole family can enjoy. Pole Position has multiple locations in Las Vegas including one on Arville just a few minutes from the Vegas Strip. Races cost as little as $18 for younger and smaller drivers. If a single race isn’t enough entertainment there are plenty of games to help pass the time. This in an indoor facility so you can enjoy Pole Position year round.
Las Vegas doesn’t just have mini golf. Las Vegas has KISS Glow In The Dark Monster Mini Golf. If you’re a fan of the band KISS then this is a must visit. There are memorabilia and paintings of the band all over plus there is a memorabilia shop. This wouldn’t be a KISS themed mini golf course if the holes didn’t bring the band’s influence. Yes, there’s a huge replica (bigger than life sized) of Gene Simmons’ tongue. The indoor mini golf course is located across the street from the Hard Rock hotel. Each round is $11.95.
Sure Slotzilla is a ride but riding a zip line takes some kind of muscular effort which makes it somewhat sporty. Slotzilla is both a zip line and zip ride. Both zips let you fly through the Fremont Street Experience. The lower zip line allows you to slide in a foot-first position above the crowd on Fremont Street. The upper zip line shoots you out of the giant slot machine face first so you fly like a superhero. Both zip line options will get your blood pumping but the lower zip line is just $20 for a once in a lifetime experience.
True Story – walking was an Olympic sport. Race walking (AKA speed walking) was an Olympic sport in 1992. There are still race walking events today. Yes, walking fast is a sport. Walking slow is just sporty. There is so much history in Las Vegas that there are a ton of walking tours available. You can print out free walking tours online, you can download apps or you can hire a walking tour guide to show you around town. This is a great way to learn about parts of Las Vegas you may not be familiar with.
Entertainment in Las Vegas changes regularly. Last week there were more announcements than usual. Rather than a fun anecdote about my love for Britney Spears we’ll just get to the details of a bunch of entertainment news. Here’s a quick overview of each.
Britney Spears extended her residency at Planet Hollywood for another two years. Britney: Piece of Me will remain at The Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood through December 2017. Tickets for her new performances from January through April 2016 went on sale to the public Monday, Sept. 14. Tickets were available to Total Rewards members two days earlier. Let this serve as a reminder to sign up for a Las Vegas players club. The show will soon undergo a substantial re-imagination, allowing the Brit Brit to deliver brand new, jaw-dropping elements and take her spectacular show to new heights.
Cubs Debut at The Mirage
Siegfried & Roy welcomed four tiger cubs to their home at The Mirage on September 12 when Liberty, Justice, Hirah and Maharani made their public debut. Born on August 5 at the Secret Garden to mother Indira and father Svengali, these are the first tiger cubs to be introduced at The Mirage in five years. Animal lovers from around the world will be able to watch and follow the cubs’ journey using the Twitter and Instagram handle @SARMOTIcubs and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SARMOTIcubs.
Jabawokees Opening at MGM Grand
The world famous dance crew Jabbawockeez announced its highly anticipated new show will debut inside the intimate, newly renovated Jabbawockeez Theater at MGM Grand Hotel Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The change in location from Luxor also brings changes to the Jabbawockeez show. Co-Founder Phil Tayag says “We’ve re-imagined our show for our new state-of-the-art theater and look forward to taking the show to whole new levels for our fans.”
Funny In The ‘Burbs
Stand up comedy isn’t too difficult to find in Las Vegas. However, good stand up comedy has become difficult to find. That changes this fall and winter with Comedy Rocks at the Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort. Comedy Rocks will be held the third Saturday of each month, beginning with comedy veteran and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” star Mark Curry on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. There will be national touring comedians every month including Orny Adam Saturday, Nov. 21, Hal Sparks Saturday, Jan. 23 and funny guy magician Justin Willman on Saturday February, 20.
Remember Cameo? He sings that jam “Word Up.” In case you didn’t know Cameo is more than just the “Word Up” guy. He’ll be bringing his talents to Las Vegas very soon. Cameo returns to the stage with a new residency show at Westgate Las Vegas. The residency kicks off on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, in the Westgate Cabaret. As one of the most influential groups in funk music in the 1970s and 1980s, Cameo will perform weekly from Wednesday through Saturday at 7:00 PM.
Las Vegas is no longer the home of the $1.99 all-you-can-eat buffet capital of the world that people came to love in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s actually difficult to find a buffet in Las Vegas that offers quality food at a bargain price but we’ll discuss that another day.
We recently looked at how and where you can eat quality food in Downtown Vegas restaurants for $30 a day. That kind of all day quality bargain dining isn’t available on the Vegas Strip unless you’re eating at one of the upgraded food courts or during Happy Hour.
That said there are still a few dining options on the Vegas Strip where you can find a quality meal for around $10. Some are restaurants and some are grab n go joints.
Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan
This isn’t a secret anymore. It seems as though Secret Pizza at the Cosmo has become everyone’s go to places for an inexpensive and/or quick bite to eat for lunch, dinner or fourth meal on the Vegas Strip. A large slice of pizza and a drink will cost just under $10. You can eat your meal quickly standing up in the restaurant or head outside and grab a seat on the couch. If you visit for a late night snack don’t be surprised if you have to wait up to an hour for a slice of pizza. Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood is a popular secondary option to grab a slice of pizza on the Vegas Strip. They have a similar style of pizza and outdoor seating so you can enjoy the views.
When I’m looking for a quick bite to eat I’ll always think of Earl of Sandwich first. Planet Hollywood has been a go-to casino for years and I’m partial to being able to use Total Reward comps after a night in the casino. The Quizno’s-style toasted sandwiches at this small chain restaurant are always tasty and a good option for breakfast, lunch or a late night bite. Earl of Sandwich now has locations at Caesars Palace, Palms and Downtown Summerlin if you’re craving an inexpensive sandwich in other parts of Las Vegas.
Denny’s at Casino Royale
You can eat Denny’s anywhere in America so this may be one of the least exciting restaurants to choose on the Vegas Strip. However, this is Denny’s on the Vegas Strip so it’s not your average Denny’s. The recently renovated Denny’s at Casino Royale is one of the few places you can still find a full breakfast under $10. That meal can also come with a beautiful view of the Vegas Strip. The new Denny’s is two levels with a small patio right across the street from The Mirage volcano. Just a heads up that this is Denny’s earns the most revenue of all of their restaurants and is always always always busy for breakfast.
Buca Cafe Italiano at Bally’s is a new restaurant from the Buca Di Beppo Italian food restaurant chain. Unlike other Buca restaurants this location at Bally’s has a buffet. This is where the bargain comes in. The lunch buffet is $12.99 or $11.99 with a Total Rewards card per person. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers one of the best lunch buffet prices on the Vegas Strip. If you visit for dinner you can enjoy the traditional family style dishes which will feed a family of 4 for about $10 per person.
Fast Food Restaurants
There are a few non-food court fast food restaurants where you’ll be able to find a meal for under $10. Chipotle in between Harrah’s and Casino Royale is one of my favorite quick bites to eat on the Vegas Strip. A couple of other options include McDonald’s (same location as Chipotle) which has a similarly priced menu that you’ll find off the Vegas Strip and White Castle at Casino Royale.
Sometimes you just want cheap eats in Las Vegas. Got it. How about eating way more than anyone should for under $20 a day? Got that too.
There is a plethora of fine dining in Las Vegas but you can also find some insanely cheap deals. Once again, we head to Downtown Las Vegas for a day of overstuffed cheap eats. Actually, we give you a smallish lunch so you can breath between stuffing your face. Here’s how you can eat in Las Vegas for under $20 a day.
Start your day off soaking up whatever you had the night before with All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for just $4 from Denny’s at Neonopolis on Fremont Street. You may know this Denny’s from its neon lights, you may know if as ‘the Denny’s where you can get married’ or you may not even know it exists since it’s not in a casino. Denny’s on the corner of Fourth Street and Fremont Street near the entrance for Slotzilla. I recommend you wait a little while after stuffing your face before you fly down Fremont Street. If you’re looking to stretch your budget or just don’t need AYCE pancakes you can have a normal stack of pancakes for only $2. There are plenty of deals on the Denny’s $2-$4-$6-$8 menu. Check for yourself.
Lunch – $3.25-$3.95
Pizza isn’t technically a “light” dining option but on this day it feels that way. After you fill your face with pancakes for breakfast you can have a smaller lunch on the other side of Fremont Street at the Plaza. Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza is located just off the sports book at the Plaza and has some of the best affordable slices of pizza you’ll find in Las Vegas. A slice of cheese pizza is only $3.25. If you’re a big eater you shouldn’t worry about just having a single slice pizza. This should be large enough to get you through the afternoon after having all of the pancakes for breakfast. If you’re looking for a slice with toppings you can still find options under $4. You can see the full Pop Up Pizza menu here.
Sometimes it seems as though the most famous food in Las Vegas is Prime Rib. You will find prime rib dinner specials at almost every casino on Fremont Street. Some are cheaper than others but few come with an overwhelming positive impression like the $11.99 Prime Rib dinner at Magnolia’s inside 4 Queens. Your full dinner includes a salad and a side with your Prime Rib. This isn’t the cheapest Prime Rib in downtown Las Vegas but sometimes it’s worth paying a few bucks more for better food. Besides, you’re only spending $20 on meals for the day. Note, you’ll need a 4 Queens players club card for the $11.99 price. The meal is $13.99 without the card.
One of the most popular ways to save money in Las Vegas is to find cheap dining. Websites like Travel Vegas have excellent deals on shows and hotel rooms but they don’t always offer discounts on dining. Enter the blog guy who tries to keep track of the best deals in Las Vegas. This isn’t entirely selfless, I like to eat on the cheap too.
Living, working and vacationing in a 24 hour city means that you can eat any meal at any time of the day. Eating at odds hours of the day is a great way to save money in Las Vegas. Here just a few Happy Hour and Late Night specials available.
Many mid-priced restaurants all over Las Vegas offer some kind Happy Hour drinking and dining deals. Here are some of my favorite Happy Hour deals in Las Vegas.
Herbs & Rye – This might be the best Happy Hour deal in Las Vegas. You can save so much money that it can easily be worth a cab ride off the Vegas Strip. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and again 11:59 p.m. to 3 a.m. Drink discounts are fine but you can find certain items on their food menu, including steak (cost around $50) that are discounted by 50%. That’s a legit steak and discounted drinks for around $25 max.
Country Club (Wynn) – Happy Hour at Country Club is every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Small bites that are often enough for an individual meal and are priced from $3.50 to $8. Drink specials include select beers from $4 and select cocktails from $7. This is a chance to wine and dine at a beautiful restaurant that may normally be beyond your budget.
The Pub (Monte Carlo) – Happy Hour at The Pub is every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. This is one of the best beer bars on the Vegas Strip. You get $3 off all draft beers (normally $6 and up) and food between $3 and $6. Head here closer to 6p.m. and get the night started on the right foot.
Late Night Specials
Late night (aka graveyard) specials are a great way to end the night. The food is rarely fine dining quality but that doesn’t matter at 2 a.m. These meals can be as satisfying as a $60 steak from earlier in the evening. Here are a few great places to eat complete meals for under $6.
The Cafe (Ellis Island) – Ellis Island is a 3 minute walk from Bally’s on Koval Lane. There are dining specials here all day and night where you can pretty much eat a full meal for around $10 any time of day. However, the amount of late night breakfast dishes under $5 is tremendous. You can choose from 2 or 3 Eggs Any Style with hash browns and toast, The Breakfast Special with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and bacon or sausage and Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast.
Coronado Cafe (South Point) – The sheer number of late night Specials here could fill up a lesser cafe’s entire menu. You’ll find a Cheeseburger, Biscuits and Gravy, Bacon and Eggs, Steak and Eggs and even a Pancake Sandwich (with ham and fried eggs) for under $4! The South Point is about a 10 minute taxi from Mandalay Bay during the overnight hours and these prices are worth the trek if you’re looking for a late night bargain.
Grand Cafe (Station Casinos) – There are 7 different properties offering various overnight specials if you have a Boarding Pass players club card card. The All-Nighter Skillet (2 eggs, hash browns, toast) is only $1.99, a Short Stack of pancakes or an order of Biscuits and Gravy are each also $1.99. You can step up your meals to a Classic Burger & Fries for $2.99 or 8 oz. New York Steak and Eggs for $5.99.
It’s hard to believe that SLS Las Vegas has already been open for a year. It almost feels as though the property, built using the bones of the Sahara, just opened its doors. Simultaneously with a rash of changes recently it almost feels as though the property has been open for years. The latest change comes in the form of its entertainment.
When SLS Las Vegas opened their main entertainment focus was on its nightclub, LiFE. The nightclub has already closed and the entertainment in undergoing a transformation. While the outdoor entertainment at Foxtail continues the party vibe there will be an infusion of affordable rock music coming to Sayers Club beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9 when they introduce ‘X-Effect Wednesdays.’
A weekly event will support local bands while featuring the hottest pop, rock and punk bands in Las Vegas such as Avalon Landing, Shallow Like Me, Eliza Battle and more. SLS Las Vegas is teaming up with local radio station X107.5 for X-Effect Wednesdays. Doors open at 10 p.m. Locals will receive complimentary admission ($10 for non-locals) to support their favorite local musicians. Here’s the lineup:
Sept. 9: Avalon Landing
Sept. 16: Shallow Like Me
Sept. 30: Lovesick Radio
Oct. 14: Almost Normal
Oct. 21: Crash Kit
Oct. 28: The Dirty Panties
Nov. 4: Eliza Battle
Nov. 25: The Solid Suns
In addition to X-Effect Wednesdays, SLS Las Vegas is about to launch ‘Buckin Fridays’ at The Sayers Club. Beginning September 11 this new weekly event presented by Ben Carey, former member of the award-winning rock band Lifehouse, will offer a unique blend of top country hits and classic rock, providing an alternative nightlife experience for Vegas partygoers.
Each Friday, The Sayers Club will transform into a southern sensation featuring a specially curated playlist by Carey. The musician will make a special appearance each week, occasionally performing alongside the venue’s impressive new country rock band. Doors open at 10 p.m. for ‘Buckin Fridays’ and tickets are $10.
But wait…there’s more rock.
Earlier this year Bunkhouse Saloon in downtown Las Vegas abruptly shut down. Instead of cancelling the shows they’ve moved to SLS Las Vegas. The Bunkhouse Series will bring a variety of very different national rock bands to The Sayers Club. Show dates are sporadic and listed below. Tickets are between $10 and $25.
August 8: Dawes with John Moreland
August 11: Happyness
August 18: The Drums with Froth
August 21: Savages
August 29: Melvins with Big Business
September 19: Mew with The Dodos
September 21: Saul Williams
September 21: Legendary Shack Shakers (late show)
September 23: The Lemonheads
October 7: The Mynabirds with Bad Bad Hats
October 18: Doomtree with Astronautalis
November 5: Deerhoof with Dy Dune, The Anti-Job
November 11: In the Valley Below
November 18: The Polyphonic Spree
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