LAS VEGAS: Brighten up your winter with a trip to Las Vegas!
Las Vegas here we come! Have you always wanted to try your hand at the casinos in Las Vegas? Well, here is your chance! Top quality lodgings and hotels are slashing their prices and inviting you to stay with them during your winters break in the gambling capital. There is a vast array of residences to choose from to make your stay affordable and we make booking simple.
When to visit based on priceSummer months find the best rates in Las Vegas mainly because of the heat. You can also find super low rates in October and November.
Key attractionsLet’s face it; the main attraction is the Vegas casinos, both “The Strip” as well as “Old Vegas” downtown. With outstanding shows like knights in shining armor fighting on horseback at Excalibur, to Siegfried & Roy and their Bengal Tigers, it’s always Showtime. During the evenings, the light show outside the Bellagio Resort is spectacular.
Try not to limit yourself to just one or two casino’s, but rather take the tram system that travels’ up and down the Las Vegas Strip, because every casino offers something unique.
Having funFor excitement other than the dice on the table, why not spend some time at Adventuredome, the 5-acre indoor amusement park inside Circus Circus? There’s fun for the entire family or just you two honeymooners. Make sure you test your nerve on the El Loco Roller Coaster.
Spend some time in Old Town Las Vegas, especially the Freemont Street area. From the evening Viva Vision Light Show at night, Slotzilla, a 12-story slot machine inspired Zip Line you will be entertained. You can also take a guided tour and learn the sinister history of Las Vegas, and maybe even a secret or two of where the bodies are buried.
For the golfers who are looking for excitement on the greens, there are some excellent golf courses in Las Vegas, including the championship course at the Winn Resort. Keep in mind, especially during summer months, that the best t-times are early in the morning, so plan ahead.
ShoppingIf your pockets can afford it, there’s nothing quite like shopping or just strolling around the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Another upscale shopping adventure is The Grand Canal Shoppes with both men’s and ladies apparel shops, as well as the new Armani Collezioni men and women’s apparel store.
If your taste in shopping is more tailored to malls and discount shopping, Las Vegas offers that too. The Fashion Show Mall offers main department stores, like Macy and Nordstrom’s, but also much smaller jewelry, children’s fashion and other stores for your shopping pleasure.
One of the best day trips is also one of the most experienced sites, Hoover Dam, less than an hour from the strip. This is an experience that you just have to live, not see in a book. Standing on top of this monster is amazing, and taking the elevator down to see the inside is insane. This visit will give you great opportunities for a killer “selfie”.
Another excellent day trip is to travel out west of Vegas and visit the Red Rock Canyon in the famous Mojave Desert. You can choose to see the spectacular sights by car or by bike on it’s 13 mile scenic loop. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to see bighorn sheep, waterfalls and ancient Indian petroglyphs.
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Days Inn Las Vegas at Wild Wild West Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, NevadaWhat Guests Like What guests appreciate the state the days in Las Vegas at the Wild Wild West gambling hall is being just off the Las Vegas strip yet close enough to visit? It's also a great location if you are visiting your children who were students at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas because it's close by. For the golfer that dr......ViewRooms from$20.00
the D Las VegasWhat Guests Like Sometimes being on the Las Vegas Strip is a little bit much, and relaxing in downtown Las Vegas offers a better experience for visitors. Those who choose to stay at the D Casino & Hotel totally enjoy the central Las Vegas location, near the popular Fremont Street Experience. Guests enjoy the Valet check-in, rooms......ViewRooms from$42.00
Travelodge Las Vegas Center StripWhat Guests Like Budget minded guests love staying directly on the Las Vegas strip convenient to the attractions made famous in Las Vegas. When they say location is everything, they are correct. The money you'll save by staying in the Travelodge will allow you to entertain yourself more freely in the surrounding casinos restaurants a......ViewRooms from$55.25
Flamingo Las VegasWhat Guests Like From the moment you arrive at this bright colorful hotel, you know you have arrived in Las Vegas. The “bling” is on. Although this hotel has been around for many years, it’s still got the pizzazz, and being located on the Vegas Strip, super. Being located close to the Las Vegas Convention Center, th......ViewRooms from$35.00
La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport North ConventionWhat Guests Like The La Quinta Inn & Suites is located right next to Las Vegas Convention Center offers you free airport shuttle to and from the hotel. For business travelers this is an excellent location being close to the airport, and for those visiting Las Vegas for pleasure it makes getting to your hotel as well is when you l......ViewRooms from$49.00
Alexis Park All Suite Resort, Las Vegas, NevadaWhat Guests Like Yes local location of the Alexis Park all suites resort, which is located just east of the Las Vegas strip. You’re close enough to jump on the Las Vegas monorail and visit any of the big casino resorts as well as close to the Thomas and Mack Center for major events. If you’re in Vegas visiting your childr......ViewRooms from$59.00
Red Roof Inn, Las Vegas, NevadaWhat Guests Like The location of the Red Roof Inn in Las Vegas is a major draw because it's located just one block away from the famous Las Vegas strip. A five-minute walk brings it to the strip and Caesar's Palace. The hotel is also less than 1 mile from McCarran Airport and close by the Las Vegas convention Center. For great food a......ViewRooms from$59.00
Howard Johnsons Inn, Las Vegas StripWhat Guests Like Guests looking for a great deal in Las Vegas where they are near all the attractions but not in one of the busy larger hotels. Howard Johnson has always been a name of quality, and guests feel like they are at home here. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as close to Fremont Street Experience and downtown attrac......ViewRooms from$34.00
The CromwellWhat Guests Like Guests that stay within the Cromwell enjoy the high quality rooms they sleep in, complete with everything they could possibly want from the stay. In addition, the staff working in the hotel is welcoming, friendly and helpful for anything you request of them. Enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer when you stay in a hotel ......ViewRooms from$145.00
Gold Coast Hotel & CasinoWhat Guests Like The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is convenient to many of the sites on attractions of Las Vegas. It's located 1/2 mile from Chinatown, just a mile west of the Las Vegas strip. With over 711 rooms to choose from, recently remodeled, they offer the guests a boutique like hotel experience. This hotel offers you not only ......ViewRooms from$44.00
Boulder Station Hotel and CasinoWhat Guests Like This is a fantastic hotel/casino to stay at if looking to be “off the grid” so to speak, and not in the middle of the jungle that can often be the Las Vegas Strip. Guests like the fact that they are only a couple blocks from the strip, yet in a much smaller and quieter setting. For those visiting not only......ViewRooms from$29.00
Travelodge Las Vegas Airport North/ Near the StripWhat Guests Like There are many things hotel guests like about the Travelodge and one of them starts when they depart their plane at the airport, and that's free airport shuttle to the hotel at scheduled times. If they drove their car or rented a car the parking at the Travelodge is also free. Being located close to the Thomas and Ma......ViewRooms from$39.00
Tropicana Las Vegas - a Doubletree by Hilton HotelWhat Guests Like If you're a guest that dislikes large crowds a lot of activity and noise, then a stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas still gives you access to the strips excitement. The new updated rooms offer new exciting linens as well as in room Wi-Fi. This is a 4-Star Resort Hotel located conveniently near the Las Vegas Strip as wel......ViewRooms from$41.00
Downtown Grand Las VegasWhat Guests Like When visiting Las Vegas for guests who maybe have already stated in the Las Vegas strip and are looking for something different or those just wishing not to stay on it, the downtown grand Las Vegas is an excellent choice. Visitors law of experiencing what's becoming more of a major attraction in Las Vegas, the Fremon......ViewRooms from$39.00
Fortune Hotel & Suites, Las Vegas, NevadaWhat Guests Like The Fortune Hotel & Suites is conveniently located near the airport, at the East end of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests like the free airport shuttle service offered by the hotel, 24 hours a day. If they have driven to Las Vegas, or rented a vehicle, parking is available free of charge. Arriving at the hotel, the gra......ViewRooms from$21.00
Rumor Boutique HotelWhat Guests Like This “boutique” hotel was designed for the adults in mind, with all of its 150 rooms being suites. Lavish contemporary furnishings, modern couches and custom made beds are just some of the features here. Romance is the theme, from the magnificent outdoor pool and its surroundings, to the complementary &ld......ViewRooms from$49.00
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Forget the Las Vegas Strip, Experience Fremont Street instead
Back in the early 1900’s downtown Las Vegas was known as “Glitter Gulch” because of all the neon signs and lighting. Today the same is true, with all the signs and lights, but there are so many more exciting attractions today. Take for instance that you can actually climb a 12-story tower and “zip-line” over the entire Fremont Street and people below with Slotzilla Zip Line. There are actually two lines to choose from, a lower called “Zipline” only 77 ft. in the air for $20. Then for the real thrill seekers, there’s “Zoomline that soars at 114 ft. and a much longer ride, all for only $40.
The Slotzilla Tower is the largest slot machine in the world, featuring dice, coins, martini glass and of course two showgirls. It’s definitely a great place for a photo to remind you and your Facebook friends of this experience.
Another excellent place for your “selfie” is at Binion’s, where at 10 AM and 11 AM you can have your picture taken with one million dollars in cash. Caption for that selfie, “look what I won in Vegas”?
Now one thing you need to understand about “Old Downtown Las Vegas”, its not for the prudes at heart, and definitely not for small children. Adults and adults with older teens should be just fine, but we don’t want to mislead you. Sex is a big part of Las Vegas, and for sure its everywhere in the Fremont Street area, tasteful and not so. Expect to see many half naked women and men, some body painted, some in very minimal clothing. I’m not just talking about in clubs, but on the streets as well.
It’s all part of the Las Vegas experience, so if you’re not that kind of guy or gal, there’s always Disneyland.
If you’re staying in the downtown Fremont Street area hotels, parking won’t be an issue for you, but if not, expect trouble finding parking. You will be better off taking The Deuce, a buss that runs down the strip and ends at Fremont Street.
A canopy with its 2 million plus lights and massive sound effects covers five city blocks. During the hot times of year, you’ll be happy to be under that canopy, because it includes an awesome “misting system” to cool off those below.
The massive and very exciting light and sound show starts at dusk, around 7:30 PM, and repeats itself again at 8, 9, 10, 11, and lastly at midnight.
A couple other sights that you must visit are the Neon Museum and the Heart Attack Grill. The museum contains the history of Vegas neon lights, and is just incredible.
The Heart Attack Grill is a hospital theme burger joint serving delicious killer food like their “Flatliner” fries and “Quadruple Bypass” burgers. Of course, there are some excellent restaurants on Fremont Street where the food won’t kill you.
Doing the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas December
Ever since 1986 in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Cowboy Christmas event has been going on. This is where you can get all your boots, spurs jeans, jewelry, furniture, artwork and much more. If you’ve arrived in town for the rodeo, but aren’t dressed for the occasion, this is the place to shop. With over 400 vendors located on 400,000 square feet of floor, you could spend days and never see everything for sale here. And, like most places on the Las Vegas Strip, there’s a free shuttle to and from the Thomas & Mack Center to get back to the action.
For entertainment there’s no shortage, because this is Las Vegas! Besides the rodeo finals, you can catch your favorite country western music star at one of the many concerts going on in the various casinos. Reba, Brooks & Dunn are together again for shows at Caesars Palace, Big and Rich at the Gold Nugget, Trace Adkins and Merle Haggard both at the Gold Nugget, and so many more.
And then there are the “Wrangler NFR After Dark Parties” around town where the action is hot and lasts all night long. Night events like Gary Leffew’s Legendary “Buck’N Ball” in the Orleans Hotel every night from 9PM “till the cows come home”.
The official NFR After Party is held each night of the rodeo at the Mirage Hotel with top music artists performing nightly from 6:30 PM until 4 AM.
And lets not forget the 5th Annual Mechanical Bull Riding Competitions at Sam’s Town Hotel. If you’ve never seen one of these mechanical bulls in action, this is the place to watch. If you think you have the balance and nerve, you could win the bucket and $500 in cash. All you have to do is hold on and stay on.
Here’s one great suggestion for attending the rodeo finals in the Thomas Mack, especially for those intending to party through the days events. Get to the Mack early before the crowds, and make friends with one of the bartenders in the lobby, especially with what you plan to drink. As the crowds get large and hectic later on, when you get his or her eye, they will already know what you want, and you can get to the head of the line, every time.
“Up in Smoke”, don’t worry, it can stay in Vegas!
Pair all this up with exhibits of the latest and greatest gold equipment, and luxury cars which one would expect to see on display in Las Vegas, and you have opportunities to experience luxury at it’s best.
Although it does cost a bit to attend this function, if you divide up all that’s included, from food, drinks and cigars, over a three day period, or for just one day, it’s not that much. The ability to enjoy complementary cigars from over twenty-five of the top premium cigar producers in the world, and if you indulge in this pleasure, you know the price of a good cigar, is priceless.
Pair that with sipping a fine glass of scotch wine as you admire and learn the in’s and out’s of something like the new Lamborghini and you’ll feel like a star yourself.
And what could be more appropriate for having a “dress-up” evening than the Cigar Aficionado’s “Big Smoke” in Las Vegas?
Now this event isn’t all about standing in a smoky room filled with people sipping wine and talking to each other. There are awesome seminars offered too on Saturday and Sunday.
Learn about the latest news coming from our government and our much-improved relationship with Cuba and how it will affect what you smoke in the future.
Learn about what’s actually going into your favorite cigars, and where those wrappers come from, and what they offer your senses. You will find our why its so important to keep your quality cigars in a good humidor and how it affects your enjoyment of that fine cigar.
If you have never dipped your business end of a Maduro into a glass of very fine Bourbon and enjoyed what it can do for your taste buds, then you can learn at a seminar on why Bourbon is best with a premium cigar.
These are only a few reasons to attend a Big Smoke in Las Vegas, but just being in Las Vegas is an event itself. If you book at the famous Mirage Resort Hotel where the event takes place, you are staying at one of the “Strips” finest. Even though each day at the event, there’s either a buffet of a sit-down luncheon, the hotel offers some world-class eats’ too, from sizzling steaks to burgers and pizza.
So if you choose to expand your knowledge in the world of the cigar, no worries about the rest of the world even knowing you do smoke an occasional fine leafed cigar, because we all know, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”.
The Inexpensive Vacation at Caesars Palace
Beijing Noodle No. 9 – This is the place where you can get two great deals in one. They hand pull their noodles so essentially you get a free show while they make you meal. I know hand pulled noodles do not satisfy the entertainment quota for most of us but it is a rather intriguing way to spend a few minutes. If you sit at the table tops right by the noodle pullers you can eat and be entertained. Order sparingly and you will save money and be full. Portions are large enough that you do not need three entrees to be satisfied.
Absinthe – This adult show is among the best in Las Vegas and there is no way you will not walk out of the theatre without a smile on your face. During the day there are people handing out coupons for the show near the Absinthe box office. This show will change your perspective about Las Vegas entertainment.
Serendipity 3 – Big portions and plenty of the sweet stuff. Sit out on the patio and you can people watch while you eat. Do not over order because you will end up wasting food and spending too much. This is a spot where sharing really is caring.
Forum Shops – Don’t buy anything here because is very expensive but spend an entire day window shopping and you will have a great time. The Forum Shops are huge and the amount of stores, galleries and boutiques are worth a visit. Walking through the climate controlled corridor gives you an opportunity to see what people do with all the money they win at the gaming tables. (yes, most of the expensive stores seem empty so maybe people are not winning all that much)
Spago Las Vegas – Meatloaf and a glass of wine. It may seem like an expensive meal but the time you spend on the patio at Spago is worth it. It feels like a real vacation and if you split the meal along with a salad it would feel like the best cheap meal you have ever had. The people watching here is great as it seems like everyone in Las Vegas wants to walk through the Forum Shops.
Shadow Bar – Ordering a drink is on the pricey side but no more expensive than most bars and you get a good show behind the bar. Dancers are backlit on the walls behind the bar and you get to see them perform their act in a shadow. It is quite enticing and entertaining. The lounge area is worth a visit and is a good spot to both begin and end you night.
Pool – The Garden of the Gods complex at Caesars Palace is really one of the pool areas where you can get a different experience depending on where you decide to chill out and sunbathe. The main pool is spacious, the pools tucked away are quaint and the adult pool is very lively. Spend an entire day here and you’ll spend no money on gambling and you’ll rejuvenate your body for a long night out on the Las Vegas strip.
Las Vegas - Honeymoon in Vegas On a Tight Budget
With plenty of budget hotels, shows and restaurants the Las Vegas strip helps you create some long lasting memories while working as a jumping off to a life of romance and excitement with your new spouse. Sure those other super expensive places might be nice but they cannot even compare to the non stop excitement, entertainment and value found on the strip.
So how are you going to do it? Honeymoon in Vegas, done on a tight Budget
Where To Stay: Tropicana Hotel and Casino: This icon on the Las Vegas strip has all you need for a splendid Las Vegas honeymoon for a fraction of the cost of most strip properties. It is located across the street from MGM Grand and NY/NY casino and is walking distance to the center of the strip. The rooms are slightly larger than average Las Vegas hotel rooms and the pool is among the best in town. This entire property has recently been remodeled so if you knew the old Tropicana you might not recognize the place. Other good cheap hotel options include The D Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas, The Flamingo Las Vegas and Monte Carlo Resort.
Where to Eat: Happy Hour at Comme Ca is the best of both worlds. You get a good deal an a restaurant that is among the best on the strip. It can get pricey if you order from the regular menu but if you stick to the bar menu at happy hour you’ll be fine. Step out on the patio to steal a romantic kiss with a view. If you are going to spend some money on one restaurant his is a good bet and if you grab a table by the window you’ll be treated to a fabulous view with your meal. Other budget friendly restaurant options include: Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria Las Vegas, Postrio at Venetian, Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas
What to See: Absinthe is the one show that is a must when on your honeymoon. Simply because it is a little raunchy and over the top but mostly because it is dirty and vulgar. Yes, you get good dirty comedy as part of your romance package on the budget friendly Las Vegas honeymoon. You will fin dit hard not to laugh and when you leave the show you might be ready for a little action of your own if you know what I mean. Other entertainment options that are budget friendly: Jeff Civillico at The Quad and Jabbawockeez at Luxor Las Vegas.
What to do: The LINQ Las Vegas is the newest attraction on the strip that can fill your evening with budget friendly people watching and widow shopping. You can also choose to ride the High Roller Observation wheel and take in all of Las Vegas from high above or find yourself a seat at one of many bars and restaurants situated in this entertainment district. Stroll into the Polaroid Fotobar and capture a few memories of your honeymoon to take back as souvenirs or fill up on the sweet stuff at Sprinkles cupcakes. Take in some live music at Brooklyn Bowl, sample some beers at the Yard House or walk into Osheas and relive a little of old Las Vegas right in the heart of the strip.
3 New Hotels in Las Vegas
The first new addition to the hotel game in Las Vegas is the The Delano, it actually takes over the spot where THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay use to be. The new hotel is a complete rebranding and remodel of the previous resident of this space. Gone are the dark woods and modern design that had started to look dated and in its place is a new bright look. You can expect the same large rooms with separate seating areas and floor to ceiling windows that make the rooms look even larger. You’ll also get all updated furnishings so the super lux beds and the flat screen televisions go along with the spacious restrooms and comfortable yet modern furniture. Downstairs there is a new spot for cocktails and a restaurant. Upstairs MIX is still open for business with views of the Las Vegas strip that are hard to beat. You still get access to all that Mandalay Bay Las Vegas has to offer so you can have the best of both worlds.
TIP: This is the hotel you book when you want a little nicer accommodation with no casino but you still want to save money on food and entertainment. Budget properties Luxor and Excalibur are just a few steps away via monorail or the shopping area known as Mandalay Place.
Right in the center of Las Vegas Blvd. Bill’s Gambling Hall (formerly Barbary Coast) has now been transformed into The Cromwell. This boutique Hotel replaces the once super budget friendly spot with a property that is a bit more expensive. Don’t fret, this hotel is not priced in the outrageous price level as its neighbors across the street, Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Giada De Laurentis has a restaurant on the property that is more affordable at lunch than dinner and a coffee shop still has a decent breakfast option that is included with you room if you so choose. The rooms offer a super sexy modern approach to Las Vegas hotel rooms. Deep leather couches and two way mirrors accent the look of an “adults only” feel. (kids are allowed but with a two way mirror in the shower make sure to check the lighting when you are showering.)
Way down the strip SLS Las Vegas has just opened and they are offering a cool vibe with a side dish of sexy. This new property has transformed the old Sahara Hotel space and now delivers a Las Vegas party scene that will be a hot spot for some time to come. Budget friendly food options will make you visit more than once as Los Angeles transplants Umami Burger and 800 Degrees pizza both have opened at this site. Two nightclubs, two outdoor bars and a lounge scene that must be experienced are just the tip of the iceberg at SLS Las Vegas. LIFE the nightclub at SLS Las Vegas is the larger of the two nightclubs along with Foxtail. Foxtail gives you the VIP experience of an ultra lounge and LIFE just beckons you to dance. The Sayers Club is a casual yet upscale lounge with an outdoor patio that features both live music and DJ’s spinning music. The cocktail program is impressive but be wary as prices can escalate quite quickly. Midweek prices at SLS Las Vegas are very good and it will be hard to beat the quality of the Las Vegas vacation you can get here for the price that you will pay.
5 Downtown Las Vegas Bars
As you prep yourself for a night out in the revitalized part of town I would be remiss if I did not mention that you have to try Carson Kitchen on 6th and Carson. They have a fun patio upstairs and some good cocktails but it is not a bar, just a spot where the evening can get started over a few small dishes that are meant for sharing.
Once the evening is set to begin you'll be off and the spots you are visiting vary from comfortable lounges to casino bars:
Commonwealth – This spot on Fremont Street is home to some craft cocktails, craft beers and an atmosphere that says a lot about the transformation of Downtown Las Vegas. Mingle in the main room downstairs or head upstairs to where the music is going and dancing can get beyond the static lounge scene.
Bin702 at Container Park – This is not exactly super cheap but the prices are reasonable and if you have children with you they can play on the giant tree house in the center of the Container Park while you enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer. You are paying for the ambiance of this exciting development that mixes a little industrial feel with a start up community with a slice of hipster. It is a mesh of experiences that will have you pondering a move to Las Vegas. In case you are wondering, adults are allowed in the tree house and after 9pm you will not find any children inside.
Long Bar at D – Sitting right on Fremont Street this is a bar where you can get cheap beers while watching people fly by above you on the Slotzilla Zip Line. The mingle factor is high here and the crowd changes regularly. If you don’t find someone you like, wait around for 5 minutes and I am sure you can find a new friend willing to have a conversation.
Triple 7 & Brewery at Main Street Brewery – This is where you go in Downtown Las Vegas when you want great food and drink specials while catching a game on the big screens. The room is large enough to see more than one game and a seat at the bar gets you some very good drink and food specials. Happy hour is impressive for the amount of food you get for a low price and beer specials. The late night menu should have you ending your evening here and they even have affordable sushi on the menu.
The Griffin – This is the gem that you have been looking for when considering Downtown Las Vegas as a destination. Cheap beer on tap, no cover charge to get in and plenty of space to sit, stand, flirt or just chill out. If this bar was in your neighborhood you would hang out there all the time simply because it is a casual spot for a beer. There is absolutely nothing special about this place and that is why it is so special. They don’t need a theme or big name playing the music or some fancy signature cocktails. It requires that you check it out, but be aware that weekends after 11 can get very crowded. Weeknights will see a decent crowd as well.
Cheap Nightlife Options in Las Vegas
Las Vegas nightclubs aren't the only places to have a fun evening on the Strip as we have put together a list of alternatives to spending too much money on nightlife. Several spots offer cocktails and DJ music in a sexy atmosphere at a much more affordable rate. Where are these places, you ask? Right here....
Lily Bar, Bellagio: Run by Light Group, the same company behind many of Vegas' hottest nightclubs and dayclubs (including The Bank, 1OAK, Haze, Light, DayLight, Bare and more), Lily is an elegant escape with high energy--but not deafening--DJ music and mixology-level bar service. While you can get bottle service here, there is also open seating. A great place to meet someone you know, or someone you'd like to.
Mix Lounge, The Delano: Well worth the elevator ride, this penthouse lounge adjacent to the Mix restaurant offers an atmospheric bar inside and one of the best Strip views from the balcony tables. DJs on the weekends.
The Beatles REVOLUTION lounge, Mirage: To answer your first, obvious question, no, they don't play Beatles music here all night. In fact, although the mini-club was created to accompany the Beatles LOVE show at the resort, it is an entirely contemporary venue, with just a bit of the Mod spirit that the Beatles' embodied. DJ and live music here varies night to night, so feel free to ask before entering. Or just grab a drink at the Abbey Road bar outside.
Bourbon Bar, Venetian: And now for something completely different. Speaking of bars inspired by shows, the Venetian created this bar in tribute to their own resident Rock of Ages show, itself a nod to LA's hair metal glory days. Here you'll find an amazing return to the 1980s, with performing waitresses in spandex and teased hair, air-guitaring to old MTV music videos, and inviting you along. If this place doesn't make you crack a smile, you might want to consult your doctor.
RhumBar, Mirage: Across the casino floor and a world away from REVOLUTION, the stark white RhumBar is a slice of the sexy Caribbean that is almost guaranteed to please. Not only do they have one of the Strip's best rum selections, as well as a smart cocktail menu, but they also offer comfortable outdoor seating, Latin-inspired DJ music, and for those who choose, a nice cigar selection.
Gilley's, Treasure Island: More of a country fan? You'll feel at home in this replica of the Texas legend, with a big bar--stools shaped like saddles--full menu and live/DJ entertainment. Did I mention karaoke? Okay, you've been warned. Did I mention bikini bull riding? Yeah, that too. Bring your cowboy boots for stomping across the wood dance floor.
Deuce Lounge, Aria: Another Light venue, Deuce is a semi-secluded enclave on the Aria casino floor (don't miss the Christopher Walken portraits) that combines a VIP gaming lounge with nightclub ambiance and creative cocktails. Oh, and during the afternoon, it's a pretty nice place to watch a game, too.
Senor Frog's, Treasure Island: Upstairs from Gilley's but also overlooking the lagoon (great Strip views, actually), Senor Frog's is one place that definitely would never be mistaken for a nightclub. But if you're looking for a fun evening, don't count it out:
On Saturdays, the music is Latin-themed (Salsa, Cumbia, Rock En Espanol y mas), but other times they may play hip-hop, pop, 80s New Wave, retro rock... you never know. Audience participation is definitely part of the spirit here, so be prepared, and feel free to come casual--beach attire is actually encoraged. The food's not bad either.
Shadow Bar, Caesars Palace: A classic pre-club haunt, Shadow Bar on the Forum casino floor features mood-enhancing silhouettes of showgirls dancing to the DJs. Flair bartenders may try to take some of your attention away.
Secret Cheap Spots in Las Vegas
We know how it is: seems like everywhere you turn in Las Vegas, things are expensive. Not so--you just have to know a few secrets. Stick with us, we'll give you the scoop. Check out these 5 secret cheap spots in Las Vegas.
1. "Secret" or "No-Name" Pizza, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Hungry? Of course you are. This spot might be one of the worst kept "secrets" on the Vegas Strip. Amid the hotel's legendary third floor dining level in between the Blue Ribbon and Jaleo restaurants, you will see an unmarked hallway with a lot of framed old vinyl LP covers on the walls. Walk down the hallway and you will arrive at a hidden (but popular) counter that sells New York style pizza by the slice, and even whole pies to order, with a variety of good quality toppings. Eat at the counters here or take them outside to the center lounge areas, nobody will mind. The white pizza (no sauce) is some of the best on the Strip. Cheap beer on draft here, too. Open late
2. Sand Volleyball Court, Monte Carlo: Looking for a fun, energy-burning activity for your group, or just a way to meet some people? The Monte Carlo's pool area might be one of the least appreciated among the Vegas Strip resorts--with its own wave pool, 400 foot lazy river (only one of three on the Strip), and this true rarity, a full sand-floored volleyball court, free for all Monte Carlo guests every day, as well as locals and guests of other MGM properties Monday-Thursday (locals and other MGM guests are welcome for a $10 fee Friday-Sunday, still not a bad deal).
3. Mizuya Lounge, Mandalay Bay: Wanna dance, but not to "dance music?" You might laugh at the thought of this being a "secret," since you can hear it across the casino floor, but the circular Mizuya sushi restaurant is actually one of the most raucous casino "lounges" on the Strip, with a regular schedule of rocking cover bands who earn their audience appreciation every night. No cover, and no purchase necessary--you can even stand on the outside edge of the lounge and watch, if you want--but if you can resist the urge to grab a cold one, you're stronger than we are. (Note: Mandalay also has another, more sedate Orchid lounge closer to the hotel lobby and elevators, which features softer live entertainment on weekends).
4. Fun Dungeon, Excalibur: You might be aware of the midway games up at Circus Circus, and even the arcade at New York, New York. But for some more innocent, family-friendly fun, go underground (never mind the tantalizing name) at Excalibur where you'll find classic carnival midway games, video games, interactive sports games, and lots of fun ways for kids of all ages to win prizes.
5. The Wildlife Habitat, Flamingo: Don't ask us how a 15-acre conservatory housing a huge flock of live Chilean flamingos as well as dozens of other flying and swimming species can remain a "secret," but somehow this gorgeous escape on the grounds of the Flamingo resort remains overlooked, even by Vegas locals! Ringtailed ducks, sacred Ibis, brown pelicans, swans, ducks, koi fish, turtles, hummingbirds, parrots and more can all be enjoyed among lush jungle landscaping. There are also two demonstrational feedings daily. Totally free--the animals won't even accept tips!
Bonus spot: Although it's not really a 'secret,' it's also not really pointed out: Anyone can stop and have their picture taken in front of the famous "Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas" sign (you can also arrange to be married there). From Mandalay Bay, drive South (or take a short cab ride and have the driver wait) and pull into the center median parking lot
Kids Shows in Vegas
These shows are perfect for any audience but kids in particular will enjoy them while parents will enjoy that the cost of a ticket will not necessarily break the bank. I should point out that you can find coupons for these shows around the internet and on the Las Vegas strip. The cost of the tickets fluctuates depending on when and how you purchase them.
Jeff Civillico at The Quad: If there is an afternoon show that delivers more laughs than this one I have not found it. Jeff Civillico comes on stage to juggle anything possible but then he includes the audience in his show. He then makes you laugh with his creative dialogue and his penchant for interacting with the audience. Forget that this guy can balance stuff on his head or throw multiple objects in the air and juggle them, this guy can entertain you. Look for discount coupons on the internet and at The LINQ Las Vegas and this will lend up being the best entertainment value in all of Las Vegas.
Mac King at Harrah’s: If magic and comedy are what you seek then you need not look any further than Mac King. His show is among the very best on the Las Vegas strip and when you consider that this afternoon show is priced significantly less than any other magic show you can see why the family will enjoy it. The kids will be amazed and the parents will not stop laughing. Use your ticket stub to the Jeff Civillico show and you get a discount on the Mac King show.
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur: This show is a bit more expensive than the previous two shows however you will get dinner and a show included. The action happens before you as the performers race around on horses and play the jousting game that was all the rage in the medieval times. Kids love the action and they get to eat with their hands.
Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo Hotel : The energy and the perfomances you get out of the Blue Man Group are hard to top. This is a show for all ages but those kids that can already read get a bit more out of it. This is not a kid specific show but the music and the performers make it very entertaining for most ages. I would suggest you leave the grandparents in the hotel room because the music gets loud and the beats may be too repetitive for them. This is a ticket that can get expensive but check with the Monte Carlo hotel concierge for discount coupons.
Mystere by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island: This is the one show that is hard to find a discount for but they do exist. If you can only see one Cirque du Soleil show this is probably the one you should see and it is the longest running Cirque show in Las Vegas. Get to the showroom early because the pre-show entertainment is a bonus and plays a huge role in the overall show.
So you need Tickets for a show and you don’t want to pay full price? Don’t worry, once you get to Las Vegas you can find the half price ticket booths located around the strip. They have 11 Tix4Tonight locations so you should find one quite easily.
Downtown Las Vegas For A Cheap Vacation
Walking around Fremont Street the bright lights were once blinding and the casino action seemed to spill out onto the street. The Fremont street experience still lights up the action but the casino action almost seems to be a bit more subdued. Live music venues fill the streets and a visors fly by above the action on ziplines. Small kiosks selling trinkets and mementos fill the street and the atmosphere is far more about the overall downtown experience than just about the action on the tables in the casinos.
Visitors to Downtown Las Vegas are now experiencing a turnaround in the quality of accommodations. The D hotel recently opened and features modern rooms and a revamped look in the casino while the Golden Gate has done similar work to its property while adding an entire tower of suites. These hotels are still amongst the most affordable for Las Vegas visitors. Those visitors looking for a little more luxury can stay at the Golden Nugget which boasts its Rush Tower accommodations that rival some of the best hotel rooms on the Las Vegas strip. If you choose this property make sure to pack your swim trunks because you must hop in to the water slide that passes through a real life aquarium. Don’t worry those sharks can’t bite you.
Once you have a place to stay you need a place to play and the one thing that has not changed in Downtown Las Vegas is the affordable gambling options. Low limits and penny slots can still be found on Fremont Street. Gamblers can really stretch their dollars on this side of town as even weekend table limits stay low even as the crowds come in.
Head east on Fremont Street and experience the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. Fremont East boasts art galleries, restaurants, bars and a real neighborhood feel that gets you thinking that you should head to downtown more often.
Don’t miss these spots in Downtown Las Vegas
Container Park – One spot where you realize that they have completely changed the way you feel about Downtown Las Vegas. Live music, food, shopping and a place for the kids to be entertained in the middle of the day.
Park on Fremont – It is a place for a drink, a bite to eat and a spot to congregate all on Fremont Street and all set in a location that could easily double as someone’s backyard.
Commonwealth – It’s a bar but it is also a great spot to just take in what is happening in Downtown Las Vegas. Sit up top and you get a sense that this is where Las Vegas visitors and locals converge and find some common ground. It can get crowded and at times seems a bit confused as to whether it is a locals bar or a tourist attraction but that is what gives it a bit more of an attraction.
Le Thai – It’s Thai food but it is one of the first places to come down to Downtown to help spark the revitalization. Hit the bar and share a noodle dish with a beer and you can’t go wrong. It does get crowded and their might be a wait but if you are just walking over from your Downtown Las Vegas hotel what does time really mean to you anyway?
Fremont Street Experience – You have to stand under the canopy of lights and take it all in. You no longer get a clear view of all the casino lights because of stages and ziplines but the over head light show does a little to help you capture the Vegas moment. The show is free and it happens on the hour as the sun goes down.
Afternoon Shows in Las Vegas
Quite often people ask about entertainment options in Las Vegas and are quick to point out that the best shows cost so much money you can’t really afford them if you are on a tight budget. While some of those statements are true if you consider an afternoon show in Las Vegas you can be entertained and you can pay less to see some high quality performances.
5 Afternoon Shows in Las Vegas That Will Not Bust Your Budget
Jeff Civillico at The Quad is not only a great deal but some of the best entertainment on the strip. His clever performance is anchored by his ability to interact with the crowd while dazzling you with his juggling skills. This is a very interactive show so don’t be surprised if you end up on the stage showing off your talents. This is one of those shows that is good for all ages and even though the kids will really enjoy it that does not mean that parents will feel as if they are being talked down to. If there is one show that works for all ages this is it.
Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s – The best way to describe Mac King is to say that someone pulled a time machine into the theatre and out popped Mac King. His show takes you back to a time before special effects and dazzling extras to make it appear as if the show you are seeing is better than it is. Mac King does not hide on the stage as things happen around him, he makes the stage come alive with magic, comedy and an approach to humor that is a lost art. I often say that this is the best show in Las Vegas and one thing is certain, you will not leave disappointed.
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at the Saxe Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas – This afternoon comedy and magic show has a bit more edge than Mac King but it is quite entertaining. You get the traditional magic tricks along with a few surprises. Yes, you will see someone split in half and there is a good chance that a box will appear on stage and someone will vanish. However, Nathan Burton performs with a bit of flair and comedy to make some of the usual tricks slightly better. Consider the price and the presentation and you get some quality entertainment without a major strain on your vacation dollars.
Legends in Concert at Flamingo Las Vegas – If you are into tribute shows there is no need for you to look anywhere else. This show is not only a good deal but it packs so much entertainment into a performance that you’ll feel like you are stealing. You might see Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears in one performance. These impersonators are among the best anywhere and the performance always seems very intimate. This is a family friendly show as long as you children are fans of the music and the entertainers performing.
If you are still looking for cheap shows in Las Vegas consider more of the shows at the V Theater and the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood and check out the shows at The Stratosphere Tower. Pin-Up and Frankie Moreno are both highly entertaining evening shows with a very good price point.
Cheap Things To Do in Las Vegas
Landing in the Las Vegas strip you will quickly realize that not everything is expensive but all the things that you want to do seem to cost a lot of money. That holds true for plenty of vacation destinations but when you consider the Las Vegas strip you have to attempt to think “outside the box” when planning your daily activities if you want to save some money and make the most of your holiday in Vegas.
7 Cheap Things To Do In Las Vegas
If you are looking for something free to do, look no further than the Bellagio Fountains and Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens. Both attractions are free and they can easily take up a good portion of your day. Walk to the front of Bellagio Hotel and watch the dancing fountain show before you step inside and peruse the gardens. As you approach the gardens you can admire the Dale Chihuly glass sculpture near the hotel lobby as well rub shoulders with the upper class hotel guests of this luxury hotel. The display at the Conservatory and Gardens changes seasonally and is open 24 hours a day.
You’ll need to eat so walk over to the Monte Carlo Hotel and walk along Las Vegas Blvd where the property has come alive with restaurants and bars. Share a pizza at 800 Degrees and get a beer at Double Barrel right next door. The pizza is the best deal in Las Vegas and the beer gets you an opportunity to sit with a view of the Las Vegas strip without paying a large price tag for the experience.
If you are a sports fan, watching a game at a Las Vegas Sports Book is an experience that you must check off of your list. You can sit at a spot like Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo but that can get expensive, instead hit one of the larger sport books like Caesars Palace or Mandalay Bay and listen to the roar of the crowd as people wager on the horses and all the games happening at that given time. Watching is free while placing a bet might make you some money.
I cannot guarantee that this is a fun thing to do but I can tell you that my wife loves window shopping at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. She can walk around this giant indoor mall for hours without spending any money. It is free entertainment and she never gets tired of it. I wait for her at Casa Fuente with a Mojito or at Spago with some meatloaf and a glass of red wine. Spend some time in the Forum Shops and you’ll see some talking statues, a giant fish tank and so many expensive shops and galleries that you’ll probably convince yourself to spend money. Don’t do it, if you need to shop check out the outlet shopping malls around the Las Vegas area for even better deals.
If those suggestions don’t work for you when trying to save money consider a long day at the pool. Going to Las Vegas should be about a little relaxation and what better way to do that than a swimming pool. Don’t forget the sunscreen and keep the alcoholic drinks to a minimum to save money. You can also hit the half-price ticket booths along the strip in order to catch a deal on a Las Vegas show. Most days there are a few shows that deliver some quality entertainment for half the price of a regular ticket. Another option for a cheap thing to do resides in Downtown Las Vegas where you can grab yourself a fried Oreo cookie and you can people watch the madness on Fremont Street.