No budget friendly trip should really go without at least one happy hour experience. I, of course, have not tried every happy hour in Las Vegas, but that won’t keep me from coming up with this definitive, unquestionable “best of” list of Vegas happy hours. So, not to belabor the point, here are some of the “best” happy hours in Las Vegas:
Skylounge Level 107 – Stratosphere
Three happy hour times at the Skylounge. 4pm – 7pm will get you half priced appetizers and 2-for-1 drinks. 10:30pm – 1am will get you half priced appetizers and from 1am – 4am you again get 2-for-1 drinks. Pity anyone who arrives between 7pm and 10:30pm. Although the Strat isn’t walkable from most Vegas hotspots, the trip is definitely worth it. Easily one of the, if not, the best views of both the Strip and Downtown.
Red Square – Mandalay Bay
Taking us down to the complete opposite end of the Strip, please don’t walk from the Strat, is the Soviet-themed Red Square. From 4pm – 7pm daily you can get some great food specials including Oysters, Kobe beef sliders, and duck fat fries. Mmm…duck fat.
777 – Main Street Station
If Red Square has you in the mood for some Cold War Era flair and you’d like to relieve yourself on a piece of history, head to Main Street Station, where you’ll find a slab of the Berlin Wall in the men’s bathroom off the casino floor. While you’re there, stop by 777 Brewery for one of the more expansive happy hour menus in town. From 3pm – 6pm drinks can be had for as low as $2.50 along with $3, $5, and $7 food specials. These are Cold War prices. When your stomach is full, head to Boar’s Head for some great craft beer at one of the best video poker bars around.
D.Vino – Monte Carlo
D. Vino is generous with their happy hour times, offering virtually an all day happy hour, along with Sunday specials. You’ll find $5 wines and cocktails along with discounted appetizers. Unfortunately, no word on how long D. Vino, or any other Monte Carlo restaurant will be around with the announced changes to the property.
Tom’s Urban – NYNY
If D. Vino doesn’t hit the spot or is shuttered, you can simply head next door to Tom’s Urban and NYNY. Their “beat the clock” happy hour starts at 4pm with $4 specials and prices rise every hour until 7pm. Early birds win here. But, if you’re a night owl, their late night happy hour starts at 11pm and prices drop until 2am.
Located West of Las Vegas BLVD on Sahara, Herbs and Rye offers up what is likely some of the best cocktails in Vegas. Starting at 5pm, you’ll get discounted cocktails and half off their steaks. Who doesn’t like half off meat?
Another off-Strip joint, this time on the east side off of Paradise. Del Frisco’s offers an expansive wine menu to pair with their steaks, but at 4:30pm in the lounge is when and where you’ll find the best deals. All bar menu items are 2-for-1 along with other, $5, $6, and $7 drink specials.
Maybe you don’t need fancy food fare and just want to sling back a few brews. Banger Brewing downtown is just the place. From both 1pm – 3pm and 9pm – 11pm you can enjoy great craft brews for $5 a piece.
Stripsteak – Mandalay Bay
Yet another spot in MB, I know, but I can’t help myself. While the prices during the 4 – 5:30pm happy hour aren’t the best you’ll find, the food at Stripsteak is simply fantastic. The discounted appetizers are made by the same great chefs cooking the delectable, full priced entrees. It’s a great way to get some great food inexpensively and will hold you over if you have a late dinner elsewhere.
Bardot Brasserie – Aria
Again, another high-end happy hour. Daily from 5:30pm – 7:30pm and 10pm – 11pm in the bar and lounge. The heralded French restaurant offers discounted cocktails, beer, and wine along with some fine bites. Notably, oysters, ora king salmon tartar, and Le steakburger. For our non French-speaking listeners, that translates to “The Steakburger”.
Trevi – Caesars Palace
This Forum Shop restaurant offers some very good Italian food. From 2pm – 6pm and 9pm – close in the bar, you’ll find $7 wine by the glass and speciality cocktails, along with some $6 Trevi bites. Mini cheese stuffed burgers and a cocktail for $13 is a pretty good deal in my book.
Pizza Rock – Downtown Grand
The fan favorite and a must visit if you’re in the downtown area. Everyday from 3pm – 6pm and 10pm to close they have discounted drinks, but it’s far from the star. Stop by for the $4 and $5 small bites, including the must have meatballs and the $7 specialty personal pan pizzas. But, even if you can’t get there during the happy hours, regular hours offer food that’s damn good.
Obviously, this isn’t truly a “best” of list. These are just a few samples of what some of I and a few Twitter followers enjoy. One of the great things about Vegas is that there is a seemingly endless supply of top-notch restaurants. Almost every resort has at least one happy hour special in-house, so no matter where you are staying, you can find deal nearby. If you want to see more, head to the happy hour page to see a more expansive list of specials up and down the Strip.
Have a favorite not on this list? I’d love to hear it!