Vegas VR App

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is intoxicating. One visit to Vegas and you’re hooked. You might become obsessed and look for up to the second news on every renovation or opening. Maybe you might just want to relive the amazing experience again. You can only rifle through your own Facebook posts, Instagram videos and tweets before they feel old.
Well, the folks that work for Las Vegas have an app to help relive your favorite experience and find new experiences to try on future trips.

The new Vegas VR app offers one-of-a-kind Las Vegas experiences through one of the more accessible virtual reality systems available. All you need is the app (Free download for iOs and Android), a smartphone and a cardboard viewer to get the best virtual reality experience. When using Vegas VR, you’re are directly connected with a series of 12 original 360-degree interactive videos that become immersive virtual reality experiences when used with a VR Viewer compatible with smartphones, such as Google Cardboard.
You can watch the videos without the viewer but won’t feel the same sensation. Even without a cardboard viewer, you’re able to watch all of the 360-degree videos on the app and interact with the videos using gyroscope, swipe and zoom functions without using additional virtual reality technology.

Riding the Slotzilla zipline down Fremont Street is one of the best experiences available even if you’re just watching the YouTube video. Here are all of the experiences that are available with the app.

  • Gondola Rides at The Venetian Las Vegas – Authentic Venetian gondola ride down the Grand Canal.
  • Lago by Julian Serrano at Bellagio Resort & Casino – Introduction by Julian Serrano and cocktail demonstration by Ricardo Murcia, Master Mixologist
  • SlotZilla Zip Line at Fremont Street Experience – Zip line experience above Fremont Street Experience
  • Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace (Part 1) – Villa tour by Gigi Vega, Vice President and General Manager
  • Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace (Part 2) – Villa deck tour by Gigi Vega, Vice President and General Manager with guest appearance by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Aerial tour of the Strip by Maverick Helicopters – Overhead view of the Las Vegas Strip from inside a Maverick helicopter
  • BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino (Part 1) – Cocktail demonstration by Nathan Grates, Assistant General Manager
  • BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino (Part 2) – Culinary interview with Joshua Smith, Executive Chef
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience: Authentic NASCAR Entertainment at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – NASCAR racecar driving experience
  • Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino – Cocktail demonstration
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area at Red Rock Canyon – Car drive through Red Rock Canyon
  • EDM Stage at Life is Beautiful – Crowd perspective of the EDM Stage at Life is Beautiful Festival

There are plenty of ways to look for things to do in Las Vegas and there are plenty of ways to keep those memories alive. The new Vegas VR app fits nicely into your life since it’s available whenever you want or wherever you need your fix of Vegas Baby!

Happy Hour at Monte Carlo

Monday, 25 April 2016 by Blog Category: Nightlife.

Monte Carlo has been in the news a lot lately. Along with New York-New York, the casino-resort is a bookend to The Park entertainment area and T-Mobile Arena which both recently opened. The newness in doesn’t end there as The Park Theater is currently under construction in the area most recently helmed by the Blue Man Group Theater. The new theater will expand the original venue and seat 5,000 people.

Fear not, the refreshment of this aging property will continue later this year when the Monte Carlo name is replaced with something new and more fitting with the recent developments of the area. After all, the renovations and additions to Monte Carlo have essentially wiped away the original Monte Carlo theme of the property.

With all of that being said if you’re on the Vegas Strip and looking for a way to save some money on food and drink you might want to look towards Monte Carlo or whatever the new name may be. Even though Monte Carlo is in the middle of receiving numerous upgrades there are some of the best Happy Hour deals on the Vegas Strip found at various restaurants inside the casino-resort.

Andre’s – This restaurant and lounge is an AAA 4-Diamond contemporary French restaurant what has an excellent Happy Hour. The discounted Happy Hour menu at their bar or cigar lounge lasts two hours but can be extended to last all night if you have an M Life players club card (sign up here).

Brand Lounge – The Lounge area of Brand Steakhouse offers Happy Hour prices for both food and drink. Special prices include $3 Off beer, cocktails and wine while appetizers start at $8 each.

D.Vino – The Italian restaurant and wine bar offers discounted prices at the bar all day but even better prices during Happy Hour. Special prices include $3 draft beer, $5 well drinks and wine along with $6 appetizers.

The Pub – The best beer bar on the Vegas Strip has one of the best beer specials you’ll find in the area. Special prices include $3 off beer and $3 Off appetizers. I recommend you stick with cheap beer.

Diablo’s Cantina – Head to the cantina bar with a view of the Vegas Strip and discounted prices for Happy Hour. Special prices include $5 draft beer and $4 tacos.

Double Barrel Roadhouse – The all-American roadhouse has live entertainment at night and Southern-inspired food but the Happy Hour is focused on booze. Special prices include $5 Bud, Bud Light, Shocktop, Firestone DBA Draft Beer and $6 well vodka cocktails.

The name change is confirmed to happen later this year. Usually, when there’s a name change to the hotels the restaurants also change but that might not be the case with Monte Carlo. The refreshment of the casino-resort and adjacent entertainment district might be enough to keep these Happy Hour deals intact. We’ll keep our eyes open for any changes.

Average Ticket Price For Las Vegas Shows Almost $100

Thursday, 21 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

The average* list price for a ticket to see a show in Las Vegas is nearing $100. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that show tickets in Las Vegas, on average, are now $90. That price is $5 more than last year and $15 more than 5 years ago. The survey from Las Vegas Advisor doesn’t count every show in Las Vegas but more than half of the shows they did survey did have at least one level of tickets for at least $100.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s visitor profile from 2015, people are spending $61.95 per visit on shows. That’s an increase of more than $14 from 2014 where the average show expenditure per visit to Las Vegas was $47.56. The higher expense seems to have actually caused fewer people to take in a show when visiting Las Vegas. Last year 61% of visitors to Las Vegas attended a show. That’s down from 65% of visitors in 2014 and down even more from 2013 when 72% of visitors attended a show.
The reason people are spending more money on shows for each visit to Las Vegas isn’t just the ticket price increase but which shows people are seeing. Of the people that saw a show in Las Vegas last year 26% saw a big name headliner like Britney Spears (more on here ticket prices in a second). This is a relatively large increase as only 17% of people saw a similar big name headliner in 2014. Further, fewer people (72% in 2015 from 87% in 2013) opted for less expensive lounge acts.
It’s harsh to say that paying retail price for show tickets in Las Vegas is for suckers but there are plenty of options to find discount show tickets. If you’re reading Travel Vegas then the chances are good that you aren’t paying full price for your show tickets. Hopefully you’re not letting your friends pay full price for show tickets. After all, friends don’t let friends pay full price for show tickets. Personally, I share with my friends looking for show tickets whether they’re looking for discounts or not. Nobody will get angry when they can save a few bucks.
Including ticket packages, Britney Spears “Piece of Me” show has 37 different ticket prices that retail anywhere from $100 to over $1,000. The show isn’t discounted very often but you can actually save a 5% when you purchase “Piece of Me” tickets on Travel Vegas.
I’m not asked to shill for TravelVegas but this is the website that I refer to any time a friend is looking for show tickets. For what it’s worth, I love Britney and loved “Piece of Me.” It’s a great show for fans of Brit Brit. If you’re not a fan you should check out a different show. It’s just not a show for everyone.
TravelVegas isn’t the only option to save on show tickets but it’s a great option to purchase at home or on the go. When you’re in Las Vegas you can stop by one of the many Tix4Tonight booths scattered all over the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. The half-price ticket stands are sometimes a good in-your-face reminder that you can easily find discount show tickets in Las Vegas.
Show ticket prices are on the rise and even though fewer people are making shows a part of their Las Vegas experience those who are seeing shows are seeing the big shows. They’re also paying more for the experience. Use websites like Travel Vegas and discount ticket booths like Tix4Tonight when you’re in Las Vegas to save some money on show tickets.

Free Shows at the Palms

Monday, 18 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

It’s no secret that Las Vegas show tickets continue to rise in price. Even if you find a great discount website like TravelVegas or purchase at a half price ticket booth in Las Vegas you’re still going to pay a pretty penny. According to a recent survey by Las Vegas Advisor the average ticket to a Las Vegas show will cost $90.
Part of the reason to increased ticket prices are the fact that more people are willing to pay for the higher priced tickets. According to the most recent Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s visitor profile, 26% of people that saw a show in Las Vegas saw a big name headliner. Only 17% of showgoers saw a similar show last year. These are the shows with the biggest budgets and are often the easiest to find.
At the same time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fewer people last year saw a lounge act. These shows are much less expensive and sometimes free. They have a smaller marketing budget and aren’t nearly as easy to find. Have no fear, we got your back!
One of the best free entertainment deals can be found at the Palms. The Lounge inside Palms often has free or relatively inexpensive (far below the average ticket price mentioned above) entertainment. These free performances have become so popular that they’ve expanded to another venue at Palms, Social.
It becomes more difficult every day to find free entertainment in Las Vegas so you might want to pass this info along to a friend. In an effort to save you the most money we’ll focus only on the FREE shows at the Palms for April and May.
Date: Thursday, April 21
Artist: Sin City Sinners
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Sin City Sinners are Las Vegas’ top headlining rock band. The Sinners are more than just a band, it’s an experience… What began in 2007 as a weekly ‘just for fun’ jam at a local dive bar, evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rock’s hottest musicians and celebrities.
Date: Friday, April 22 & Friday, May 13
*Performance at Social
Artist: The Hal Savar Band
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Live, human jukebox – all request!
Description: The Hal Savar Band brings a sizzling interactive show to audiences with a phenomenal mix of equal parts versatile request cover band and original folk rock blues band. The press has called Savar a “Live Human Jukebox” and his band “A cover band on steroids!”
Date: Saturday, April 23
Artist: Pop Strings Orchestra
Time: 11 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Pop Strings Orchestra is a 15-piece band comprised of the leading musicians from the city’s major productions shows and bands. Performances will feature arrangements of songs made popular by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and club hits in the contemporary ensemble’s classic setting.
Date: Thursday, April 28
Artist: Stoney Curtis
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock, Blues and Guitar
Description: The Stoney Curtis Band has been working in Los Angeles and Las Vegas clubs for years, making their own brand of psychedelic blues rock, readying their show for the road ahead. Heavily driven in ’60s and ’70s psychedelia, the Stoney Curtis Band bring a high energy to their phenomenal live shows.
Date: Friday, April 29
Artist: Rockie Brown & The Fellas
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: R&B, pop & Top 40
Description: Rockie Brown and the Fellas is a neo-soul band that plays the hippest tunes of R&B, Pop and Top 40s, bringing a raw and soulful spin to popular music. Lead female vocalist Rockie Brown pours her heart and swag into every note, stamping them all as her own with her unique sound crossing Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill.
Date: Friday, April 29; Friday, May 20
*Performance at Social
Artist: Paul Charles
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Pop Rock
Description: Award-winning drummer-turned-frontman Paul Charles Campanella has enjoyed a 20-plus-year career as a touring and session drummer, solo artist and backing vocalist with artists such as rock legends Cheap Trick and celebrated blues guitarist Sean Costello.
Date: Saturday, April 30
Artist: Brent Muscat & Friends
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: Hard rock guitarist Brent Muscat began his professional career in 1986 as a founding member of the band Faster Pussycat and since, has appeared on stages the world over with artists including Guns N Roses, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Whitesnake.
Date: Thursday, May 5 & Saturday, May 7
Artist: Latin Vida
Time: 10 p.m.
Genre: Latin
Description: Driven by an incredible, electrifying energy, Latin Vida delights audiences with a unique blend of Top 40, Latin crossover, Latin traditional and stage choreography. The multi-talented members bring to the stage both listening and visual excitement.
Date: Friday, May 6
*Performance at Social
Artist: Jefferson Montoya
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Pop/Rock
Description: Jefferson Montoya is a powerful vocalist, passionate songwriter, and an amazing live performer whose high-energy acoustic music crosses genres and emotions. Jefferson is now an Emerged Music artist and is working on his initial album with the label.
Date: Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 28
Artist: Pop Strings Orchestra
Time: 11 p.m.
Genre: Rock
Description: The Pop Strings Orchestra is a 15-piece band comprised of the leading musicians from the city’s major productions shows and bands. Performances will feature arrangements of songs made popular by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and club hits in the contemporary ensemble’s classic setting.
Date: Friday, May 27
*Performance at Social
Artist: Patrick Sieben
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Genre: Modern Pop and Classic Hits
Description: Emmy-award winning singer/songwriter Patrick Sieben, from Hastings, Minnesota, has quickly become one of Las Vegas’ top artists, while continuing to travel across the country performing.

Extended Show Residencies + New Nightclubs for 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Las Vegas residencies aren’t renewed as often as you might think despite the constant barrage of press releases stating “new shows added.” Shows for long-term residencies aren’t booked or announced at once so you’ll see multiple announcements about performances. Having said that, it’s nice to see which regular shows in Las Vegas are most popular and get extended.
This week we actually have three different resident performers who are announcing extensions to their current residencies in Las Vegas. In the past week, Terry Fator, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart each announced a different kind of extension to their residency.
Terry Fator (The Mirage)
Last week Terry Fator and friends were celebrating his seventh anniversary at The Mirage when the President of the casino, Trevor Scherrer, made an announcement. He announced that Fator had signed a 5-year contract extension that would keep him in Las Vegas until 2021. Dates for the next 5 years of performances for the singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist haven’t been announced yet. It’s probably safe to expect to see Terry Fator continue with a similar schedule moving forward.
Carlos Santana (Mandalay Bay)
House of Blues and Carlos Santana just announced that 16 shows will be added to his residency named “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live.” The new shows will take the guitar legend into the fifth year of his concert residency at Mandalay Bay.
The new show dates are as follows:
September: 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23,24, 25
November: 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13
On a related note, a reunited Santana with their lineup from the 1970’s will release a new album called Santana IV on April 15.
Rod Stewart (Caesars Palace)
The shortest of the residency extensions this week belongs to Rod Stewart. He recently kicked off the 5th year of his Caesars Palace residency with a couple of sold-out shows. Stewart’s extension should take him through the end of the year with performances scheduled throughout August.
The new show dates are as follows:
August: 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21
Those are the three big residency announcements for the week but I want to give a heads up to the fans of nightclubs and DJ’s. There are two new clubs opening soon that may or may not have DJ residency announcements coming soon:
Nightclub Residencies TBA (Aria and Encore)
There are two new nightclubs opening soon and, at least, one of the clubs will be announcing their resident DJ lineup. Jewel nightclub opens on May 19 at Aria. Hakkasan Group, who handles talent for Omnia at Caesars Palace and Hakkasan at MGM Grand is in charge of talent at Jewel and should be announcing their resident DJ lineup soon.
Intrigue will be replacing Tryst nightclub at Encore. The club opens on April 28 but may not offer the same kind of resident DJ’s as other nightclubs in Las Vegas. Their pre-opening marketing says that they’re trying to offer a different nightlife experience. If you’re into nightclubs or just curious about Intrigue you might want to follow them on Facebook or twitter to see what the club will offer.

Caesars Entertainment has announced a handful of hotel room upgrades planned for their properties all over the United States throughout the year. The most important of those upgrades, of course, will take place in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment plans to upgrade 5,000 rooms and suites in four different hotels including two towers at Caesars Palace.
Late last year we gave you a heads up to Say Hello To The Julius Tower At Caesars Palace. Well, it’s time to say goodbye to the Roman Tower and hello to the new Julius Tower. The renovations and upgrades will include all 586 rooms in the original tower at Caesars Palace. Caesars Entertainment isn’t stopping with just one tower at their flagship hotel. They will be fully refreshing full the Augustus Tower which has approximately 948 hotel rooms.
While the Julius Tower hotel rooms will see an entirely new hotel room, the rooms in the Augustus tower will just be refreshed or modernized. This makes sense since the Augustus is one of the newer towers at Caesars Palace, opening in 2005. The design might need a facelift but the room, itself, should still meet today’s standards. The original Roman Tower opened with the rest of the property in 1966. Simply cleaning up the rooms wouldn’t meet the requirements of customers today.
The room and suite upgrades at each of the Las Vegas hotels will include modern room designs, enhanced in-room electronics, new furnishings, and soft goods like upholstery and bedding. Unlike some renovations in the past (Looking at you Flamingo Fab rooms) every room will include a fully refurbished bathroom. Technology will also be a major improvement with each of the hotel rooms. Ever room will now feature at least large 50″ TV, improved in-room amenities and services.
One of the biggest examples of these major upgrades will be the suites at Planet Hollywood. The new suite will offer a fresh design complete with retro round sleeping beds (see rendering above) and hanging daybeds. In total, Planet Hollywood will reimagine more than 1,294 rooms and suites throughout the property. This is in addition to the small sample of rooms that were upgraded in late 2015.
Harrah’s and Paris Las Vegas are the two other Caesars Entertainment hotels with plans to upgrade their rooms. Harrah’s plans to overhaul approximately 672 rooms of the hotel’s south tower and Paris Las Vegas plans to transform approximately 1,320 rooms and suites.
Caesars Entertainment is just the latest hotel on the Vegas Strip to upgrade their rooms. In recent years that have been renovations to hotel rooms extending from Mandalay Bay to all the way to Encore and many properties in-between. By the end of the year Caesars Entertainment will have renovated over 10,000 rooms in Las Vegas over the past three years.
These upgrades are important for Caesars Entertainment to retain their customer base even though they’re really just a small dent in the overall room product of Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, there are over 150,000 in Las Vegas. For perspective on the number of hotel rooms being upgraded by Caesars Entertainment, The Venetian and The Palazzo combine to make one of the largest hotels in the world and they account for over 7,000 of those hotel suites.
These upgrades will take place throughout the year and all will be complete by the end of the year. Each will come online periodically throughout the year so expect more announcements. The new rooms should be a welcome sight for Total Rewards members all over the country looking for a new experience in Las Vegas. Just don’t be too surprised when the new rooms come with a higher price tag.

Wayne Newton Returns To The Vegas Strip This April

Thursday, 07 April 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

There’s no denying that Las Vegas is changing. Some of us love to see the evolution but not every feels that way. There are plenty of people who want the same great town they grew up with. Well, Caesars Entertainment hears that and is bringing a Las Vegas legend back to the Vegas Strip.
Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, is back in Las Vegas with a new show at Bally’s called “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal.” The show will take place at the Windows Showroom at Bally’s beginning April 21, 2016. “Up Close and Personal” will mark Newton’s return to the stage in Las Vegas for a regularly scheduled and original production show for the first time in more than five years. Wayniacs know that this show isn’t the first time that he’ll be gracing the stage in Las Vegas in 2016. Newton will be sharing the stage with The Killers on April 6, 2016, when T-Mobile Arena opens behind New York-New York.
Newton has been working since he was a child and decided to take some time off a few years back. He’s slowly getting back into the public eye after a 50+ year award winning career in entertainment. Last year Wayne Newton opened a new “Casa de Shenandoah” to the public and this year he returns to the stage where he’s most famous.
“Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” will offer a different kind of entertainment experience for Las Vegas today. Of course, Newton will sing crowd favorites including his platinum record hit, “Danke Schoen,” but he’ll also engage with the audience by answering questions and telling stories. Think of this show as Story Tellers: Legends Edition. The show will be made up of a little music, a little story telling a little Q & A and a whole lot of Wayne Newton goodness.
Here’s a quote about the show from the man himself, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to return home to the Las Vegas stage, especially to perform such a personal and unique show. This will be very different and a more intimate show than I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to interacting with each audience and sharing stories from my life in Las Vegas, some of which I’ve never told before,” Newton said.
This is not a cheap show. Ticket prices for “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal” start at $75. There’s also a VIP package that includes VIP seating and a meet and greet for $150. Tickets will be subject to additional service charges and fees but this may be your last chance to experience Mr. Las Vegas up close and personal. Finally, all shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. but you should check before ordering tickets in case that changes in the future.

7 Tasty Bites Under $7

Friday, 25 March 2016 by Blog Category: Food.

Las Vegas is one of the culinary capitals of the United States. There are more Forbes Travel Guide winners in Las Vegas than most cities in the country. While luxurious $100 per person meals are great not every meal has to cost that much. Even some of the more basic meals in Las Vegas will cost $20 per person. If you’re in town for a few days this all adds up.
Not every meal has to cost $20 or $100. There’s definitely a time and a place for meals under $10. We’ve put together a list of 7 restaurants in Las Vegas where you’ll find a delicious and filling meal for less than $7. Add a soft drink to these meals and you’re still under $10. Heck, one of these deals even comes with a beer for $6. Check it out.
Breakfast Buffet (Palace Station)
$6.49 (with Boarding Pass players club card)
The days of the 99 cent buffet may be gone but some affordable options for a buffet still exist in Las Vegas. Buffet prices on the Vegas Strip have exploded in the past few years but Palace Station is close to the strip and still has an inexpensive all-you-can-eat option to start your day.
Chick’n Shack – Shake Shack (New York-New York)
The world famous burger joint, Shake Shack, recently introduced a new chicken sandwich called Chick’n Shack. This sandwich made with cage-free chicken on a non-GMO potato bun has debuted to rave reviews. Pro-Tip: Dine on the patio with a great view of the Vegas Strip and The Park.
Hot Italian Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood)
Earl of Sandwich is one of the best cheap eats you’ll find anywhere on the Vegas Strip. All sandwiches are under $7 and breakfast sandwiches are even under $5. Planet Hollywood is chock full of places to get an inexpensive bite to eat and these baked sandwiches are probably the best option.
Jackie’s Burger Deal (El Cortez)
This is one of the most traditional deals in Las Vegas. Jackie’s Burger has been around for years and includes a draft beer and a side of chips. This is a no-frills burger and it’s one of the most filling meals you’ll find for $6. You can switch out the beer for a soft drink if you prefer.
Slice Of The Day at Pizza Rock (Downtown Vegas, Green Valley Ranch)
There’s a new “slice of the day” every day at Pizza Rock. Sure price matters when looking for a deal and you can find slices of pizza all over Las Vegas for under $6. You’re going to pay a little more for this slice of pizza than some others around town but you always get a large slice with fresh, top-shelf ingredients at Pizza Rock.
Shrimp Cocktail at DuPar’s (Golden Gate)
The shrimp cocktail at DuPar’s is another Las Vegas classic. You can find a different take on shrimp cocktail all over Las Vegas but few match the quality and size of these shrimp. None of those that can match the quality can also match the price. This dish might be an appetizer in some restaurants but at DuPar’s it’s a meal.
Two Tacos at Tacos El Gordo (On and off the Vegas Strip)
$2 – $2.50 each
Taco El Gordo is probably the most popular destination for tacos in Las Vegas. Tacos are made right in front of you with fresh ingredients. This goes a long way to making this one of the best and most popular cheap eats in Las Vegas.

5 Places To Enjoy Pizza In Las Vegas

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 by Blog Category: Food.

When you think of pizza the first two cities that probably come to mind are probably New York City and Chicago. Last Vegas might not be at the top of the list for the best pizza in America, but variety and quality have greatly improved over the past few years. This New York pizza snob may never think any slice in Las Vegas is as good as in New York but after a few years of living here I finally feel comfortable eating pizza again. Not only has the quality of pizza gotten better but there are many more options available.
Thanks to its relatively inexpensive ingredients, pizza has also become one of the best bargain dining options in Las Vegas. You can typically enjoy pizza for under $10 per person. Here are some of the best pizza shops in and around Las Vegas casinos to grab a slice or a pie and eat on the cheap.
Pizza Rock (Green Valley Ranch, Downtown Vegas, Little Tony’s at Palace Station)
All 3 locations offer similar menus and use the same recipes for their pizza. This isn’t the least expensive pizza in Las Vegas but the ingredients they use make their pizza some of the best in the city. Grabbing a slice to go at the downtown location might be the best quick bite in the area. You can eat on the run, sit down outside or walk over to the bar for a nice craft beer or two.
Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan, also Inna Gadda di Pizza at Pawn Plaza)
Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan isn’t really a secret aside of its lack of a sign. The pizza here is pretty good and makes for a nice lunch, quick dinner or even better a late night snack. If you’re visiting Gold & Silver Pawn (that the “Pawn Stars” store) you can head to Inna Gadda di Pizza at Pawn Plaza for a slice of pizza from the same people who brought you Secret Pizza.
Pop Up Pizza (Plaza)
This is one of the more interesting pizza shops. If you’re sitting and eating a slice near the counter it almost feels like you’re in a New York Pizzeria from the 80’s. When you approach Pop Up Pizza it just looks like another pizza stand inside of a casino. The pizza here is ready in an instant and its proximity to the sports book makes it a great slice or pie to eat while watching the games.
Pin Up Pizza (Planet Hollywood)
The large slices of pizza and relative bargain prices at Pin Up Pizza make this one of the best dining deals on the Vegas Strip. The food is served by women dressed like pin up’s from the 50’s and the restaurant is open until 4 am. I have two tips. 1) Add garlic knots to your order if you’re hungry. 2) Don’t confuse Pin Up Pizza with Pop Up Pizza. You’ll get strange looks.
Naked City Pizza
This is one of the best-kept secrets in Las Vegas even though it’s been featured on “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” on Food Network. Two different locations just off the Vegas Strip on Paradise or inside Moon Doggies Bar offer a good excuse to step away from the action. The prices reflect the cheaper rent than you’d typically pay in the touristy parts of Las Vegas. The best thing about Naked City Pizza is that the quality of the food remains high in spit of the growing popularity from being on TV.

5 Meals On The Vegas Strip For $5 Or Less

Friday, 18 March 2016 by Blog Category: Food.

It feels as though it’s becoming more difficult to find a legitimate bargain or cheap bite to eat on the Vegas Strip. Every time a new restaurant opens it seems as if every penny that went into the opening of the new venue is accounted for. There’s nothing wrong with that on the business side but it doesn’t make it easy to find a bargain. Even older restaurants that aren’t in casinos on the Vegas Strip are raising prices. These prices aren’t always that much of an issue but not every meal in Las Vegas should cost $20.
Just because it’s not easy to find cheap eats on the Vegas Strip doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Grab your complimentary drink in the casino and grab one of these 5 meals for $5 or less on the Vegas Strip.
Breakfast at Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood)
Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood has some of the best priced food you can eat at any time of the day. Breakfast sandwiches will cost between $3 and $4 depending on your meat toppings. This baked sandwich is one of the best morning bargain bites you’re going to find anywhere on the Vegas Strip for under $5. The best part about this breakfast is that the sandwiches are prepared in just a few minutes so you won’t have to wait too long to get the day started.
Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan)
This pizza place was never really a secret despite the lack of a name and sign identifying where it’s located at the Cosmopolitan. A plain slice of pizza will cost $5 and should fill anyone. A filling slice of pizza is commonplace in New York City but not Las Vegas. This is a legit slice of pizza that will satisfy at 3 am as much as it does at 3 pm.
Street Tacos At Yolos (Planet Hollywood)
This is a time specific $5 deal. Stop by Yolos Mexican Grill at Planet Hollywood for Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This happy hour deal includes an order of street tacos for $5. Each taco has double tortillas so you shouldn’t have a problem feeling full by the time you’re done with your $5 snack, lunch or dinner.
McDonald’s (In between Harrah’s and Casino Royale)
There are a few locations on the Vegas Strip but this McDonald’s is sort of hidden in a small food court that’s tucked away from the strip between the two Harrah’s and Casino Royale. It’s one of the best secrets for grabbing a quick and cheap bite on the Vegas Strip any time that it’s open. Unlike some other chain restaurants, you’ll typically find the same pricing at this McDonald’s that you’d find anywhere else in the country. The $1 menu comes in handy if you’re down on your luck or just don’t feel like spending much money on a quick bite to eat.
Footlong Hot Dog (Casino Royale)
There are plenty of hot dogs on the Vegas Strip but there probably isn’t a better deal than the $2.49 footlong hot dog at Casino Royale. Add a $1 Michelob at the new sports bar and you have a quick and cheap lunch for $3.49. Heck, add 3 beers and have a party for $5.49!