10 Las Vegas Bars to Visit Now
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With countless 24-hour bars and restaurants, and free drinks on every casino floor, you’ll never go thirsty in Las Vegas. But Sin City is far from a cocktail lover’s paradise: All too often, ordering a beverage can be, well, a roll of the dice.
So we turned to a pair of local mixological luminaries for some advice: Tony Abou-Ganim, master bartender, author, and Liquor.com advisory board member, and Tobin Ellis, founder of cocktail consultancy BarMagic. From high-end lounges on the Strip to hidden gems off the beaten track, any of these watering holes are a sure bet.
CARNAVAL COURT, HARRAH’S, 3475 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 702 369 5000:
With bottle-flipping "flair" bartenders, raucous cover bands, DJs, and even a set of blackjack tables, this place is everything you’d expect in a Las Vegas bar. The potent drinks might not be quite up to cocktail-snob standards, but, Ellis says, "If you can’t have fun here, you’re just a miserable human being."
What to Drink: Tim’s Purple Skittle (Bacardi Limón Rum, Chambord, pineapple juice, sweet & sour mix, Sierra Mist)
CULINARY DROPOUT, HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO, 4455 PARADISE ROAD, 702 522 8100:
Just off the casino floor at the Hard Rock is Ellis’ favorite spot "to escape the ridiculousness that is Las Vegas and feel like I’m in a slightly more normal city." There’s a menu of gastro-pub bites including charcuterie, burgers and a great grilled artichoke, along with a long list of creative concoctions.
What to Drink: The Persuasion (Martin Miller’s Gin, yuzu, honey syrup, Zipang Sparkling Sake)
DOUBLE DOWN SALOON, 4640 PARADISE ROAD, 702 791 5775:
Vegas has plenty of dank, dark and dirty watering holes, but, according to Ellis, the Double Down isn’t your run-of-the-mill dive bar. For one, it never closes, the walls are covered with… less-than-savory murals and the house specialty "cocktail" is something called A** Juice. On any given night, you’ll find tourists, bikers and off-duty bartenders rocking out together to live music.
What to Drink: Miller High Life Beer
DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM, 111 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 702 880 3696:
Fifty years ago, downtown was the center of the Las Vegas nightlife, but today the area plays second fiddle to the glitzy Strip. However, Abou-Ganim says, "This is the place that brought proper cocktails — along with the art of making them — back to downtown." The mixological haven boasts a list of original tipples that wouldn’t be out of place in New York or San Francisco, and it’s just a block from the Fremont Street Experience’s famous light show.
What to Drink: Don’t Fig with Me (applejack, fig, orange, molasses)
FIRESIDE LOUNGE, 2985 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 702 735 4177:
"This is the Vegas lounge you wish still existed," Ellis says. The kitschy, ‘70s-inspired joint in the back of the Peppermill restaurant serves standards of the period like Brandy Alexanders and Grasshoppers, and what Ellis calls "the best Pousse Café I have ever seen in a bar."
What to Drink: Blue Hawaiian (vodka, blue Curaçao, pineapple juice)
HERBS & RYE, 3713 WEST SAHARA AVENUE, 702 982 8036:
"If anyone has truly embraced the pre-Prohibition golden age of cocktails and the art of mixology, it’s Nectaly Mendoza and his staff at Herbs & Rye," Abou-Ganim says. "This is the place to go if you’re looking for lost and forgotten treasures made right." Located in a neighborhood most visitors never see, it’s easy to miss but well worth the trip.
What to Drink: Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Lillet Blanc, triple sec, absinthe, lemon)
NORA’S ITALIAN CUISINE, 6020 WEST FLAMINGO ROAD, SUITE 10, 702 873 8990:
"When you find a joint off the Strip where you can get great Italian food, a wonderful wine selection and a perfect Negroni, it’s not hard to understand why this is one of my favorite spots," Abou-Ganim says of this establishment on Vegas’ less touristy west side. (Ellis recommends it, too.) The skilled bartenders here do a great job with the classics but also have a nice set of original concoctions if you’re feeling adventurous.
What to Drink: Negroni (Plymouth Gin, Campari, Cinzano Rosso Vermouth)
PARASOL DOWN, WYNN LAS VEGAS, 3131 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 702 770 7000:
A day at the craps table can be stressful. Take your mind off the dice and relax at this calming lounge overlooking the Wynn’s 3-acre Lake of Dreams. It’s "one of the most beautiful rooms in Vegas," Ellis says. "Nothing Earth-shaking as far as cocktails but some solid drinks without all the typical Vegas nonsense."
What to Drink: Cucumber & Ginger Cooler (Hendrick’s Gin, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, cucumber, lime juice, agave nectar, club soda)
PETROSSIAN BAR, BELLAGIO, 3600 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 888 987 6667:
The Bellagio’s luxe lobby bar has "the best people-watching in town," Abou-Ganim says. The comfortable spot overlooks the resort’s gorgeous Dale Chihuly glass installation and features live music courtesy of an impressive Steinway grand piano from 10 AM to 1 AM every day. Order a vodka sampler with some caviar or try one of the concoctions made with house-infused spirits.
What to Drink: Tennessee Highball (Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey from Bellagio’s house barrel, lemon juice, orange bitters, ginger ale)
VESPER BAR, THE COSMOPOLITAN, 3708 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD SOUTH, 702 698 7000:
Though this spot (pictured above) is in one of the city’s newest resorts, it’s all about the classics, offering a rotating menu of old-school (and old-school-inspired) tipples. Before you leave, Abou-Ganim also recommends stopping by The Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan’s more modern cocktail bar.
What to Drink: Vesper (Citadelle Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Lillet Blanc, orange bitters)
The Best Las Vegas Lounges With A Nightclub Feel For 2021
A Las Vegas lounge with a nightclub feel? Only here can a cocktail lounge ascend to the heights of near nightclub status. And just as there are some Las Vegas nightclubs you just don’t want to miss, the same is true for Las Vegas lounges. Lounges that surpass mere bars thanks to a long checklist of attributes including decor, ambience, libations, music, and service. (At LasVegasNightclubs.com, we’re nothing if not thorough.) Read on to learn about the best lounges in Las Vegas. If you still have more questions, visit our discussion board.
This giant ferris wheel is the world’s largest observation wheel, located smack dab in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The High Roller takes you 550 feet up for an unforgettable view of the neon lights of the Strip, the whole Vegas valley, and the majestic mountains that surround the city.
The wheel takes 30 minutes to make its full rotation, and you’ll be comfortable in their spacious cabins that fit up to 10 people. If you’re traveling with your family, there’s a self-guided lesson plan to make the experience educational for the kids. For adults, you won’t want to miss the Happy Half Hour, where you have an open bar and bartender for the full half hour.
Location: The LINQ Hotel + Experience, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bars in casino's
I know there expensive but it gets sort of old walking to your room for a drink.Are bars inside the casino's open?Thanks!
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Yes. Well, most. Casino bars were not under the shut down order. That said, not every casino bar will be open and some have limited hours
Casino bars are CLOSED. You are not able to walk up to a bar and order a drink.
See below from 10 days ago:
Last call: Las Vegas to shut bars down again Friday night to thwart coronavirus spike
What trek said, only the complete opposite.
If the bars serve food as well then they could be open but if they are purely a bar then they are closed.
“ Casino bars were not under the shut down order.”
“ The state’s Phase 1 reopening criteria requires bars that do not serve food to remain closed, while establishments that do serve food can remain open while not allowing individuals to use bartops or congregate at a bar. Sisolak said the closure requirement will also affect any bartop with an attached casino gaming machine.”
Edited: 4:47 pm, July 20, 2020
Serious question. Is the stage door open ? They sell hot dogs.
Stage Door is closed, except for their liquor/conscience store side. And bars in restaurants are not open for seating.
“Conscience store” no wonder trump tower is so far from one.
All casino bars are closed. The bar top VP machines have been turned off. A few local taverns that serve food have moved stand up VP machines to the side of the bar. Bar stools have all been removed.
2021 Top 10 List of the Best Las Vegas Buffets
Las Vegas is all about extravagant experiences. From world-class shows to luxurious hotels, everything in Vegas is done in over-the-top glamour. Food here is no different. Las Vegas is famous for its buffets, which are an experience all on their own. With gigantic selections of cuisines from around the world displayed in elaborate presentations, they are an all-you-can-eat fantasy for foodies and families alike. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 best Las Vegas Buffets that you’ll have to see (and taste) to believe!
#1: Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace (open)
This buffet opened on May 20th. Because of limited seating, there is a 90 minute time limit for dining at a table. Brunch is not yet being served. Dining hours are Thursday – Monday: 4pm to 10pm.
Voted “Best Buffet in Las Vegas” by USA Today, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace is the ultimate Vegas all-you-can-eat experience. It underwent a $100 million renovation in 2012, and Thrillist calls it “The standard against which all Las Vegas Buffets are judged”. Overlooking the Garden of the Gods pool complex, this 25,000 square-foot dining area features 9 kitchen areas with globally-inspired cuisine choices.
The décor and atmosphere of this buffet is like dining at an upscale restaurant, and a lot of the dishes are presented on small plates, which is a nice change from the serve-yourself steam trays at a lot of buffets in town. You can work your way around the 9 show kitchens, and find a lot of your absolute favorite dishes, or try amazing new ones. There truly is something for every taste at this buffet.
The seafood-lovers in your group will be blown away by the selection of fresh seafood available to choose from, including king crab legs, oysters, salmon and pan-seared halibut. The American show kitchen offers mouth-watering barbeque favorites like dry-rubbed smoked ribs, tender brisket and smoked pork belly. We particularly love the Mexican section which showcases freshly-made traditional tacos like a taco truck would make, with a huge selection of salsas and guacamoles.
Breakfast is definitely worth a mention, with delicious offerings like avocado toast, a build-your-own crepe station and a fresh juice bar. There’s also an upgrade for unlimited adult beverages which gives you bottomless beer, wine, sangria, champagne and mimosas.
- Made-to-order sushi
- Fig and prosciutto pizza
- Kalbi (Korean short ribs)
- Incredible selection of gelato flavors: we loved mango-chili-lime and sea salt vanilla.
This is one of the buffets featured in the Buffet of Buffets deal, which gives you as many buffet visits as you like within 24 hours, at multiple buffets, for a set price!
#2: The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas (temporarily closed)
As you would expect from Wynn founder Steve Wynn’s high standards, The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas is always chosen as among the best 3 Las Vegas buffets. As soon as you walk in you are blown away by the gorgeous presentation of the dining area itself: an atrium with marble floors and elaborate floral arrangements. The Buffet at Wynn has 15 cooking stations that offer over 120 globally-inspired dishes, presented artfully in single servings.
For the vegans among you, this is the ultimate choice for buffet dining in Las Vegas because Steve Wynn is vegan himself. That means you’ll find a wide selection of mouth-watering options that suit your dietary needs. Those who love seafood will be impressed by the wide selection of seafood, including steamed Alaskan snow crab legs, pan-seared salmon with spinach, oysters in a half shell and steamed black mussels in white wine. Carnivores will be in heaven too, with options including Memphis barbeque ribs, salt-crusted prime rib, and even quail.
The Buffet excels on the breakfast front. We loved the orange and white chocolate French toast, the crab cakes eggs benedict, and the individual bottles of amazing juices like watermelon ginger and pineapple guava. Dessert is over-the-top amazing, featuring a chocolate fountain and an immense array of ice cream flavors like strawberry cheesecake, cookie dough and sea salt caramel.
- Spaghetti and meatballs made from Frank Sinatra’s family recipe!
- Lobster ravioli
- A great selection of salads including red kale salad with salted caramel vinaigrette and maple roasted Fuji apple salad
- Carne asada street tacos made right before your eyes
#3: Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan (open with restrictions)
This buffet is now open, but you will need to ask servers to bring items you select directly from the buffet to your plate.
Located inside The Cosmopolitan, Wicked Spoon is a fresh take on the traditional Las Vegas buffet. The style of this buffet is upscale and quirky, just like the Cosmopolitan itself. The editors at Las Vegas Review-Journal named it “Best Buffet” in Las Vegas, and we can see why. Wicked Spoon started the trend of individual servings attractively presented on small plates, and the dishes are truly gourmet. If you like to try new dishes that are unlike anything you’ve had before, this is the buffet for you.
Wicked Spoon has quite a few delicious options when it comes to seafood. Seared salmon with cauliflower puree and blistered tomatoes was a favorite of ours, as were the snow crab legs. They also have grilled shrimp and even salt and pepper calamari. As far as meat entrees go, they serve up prime rib, roasted pork loin, lamb, and roasted chicken at their carving station. In the Asian section you can taste spicy Korean chicken wings as well as apricot glazed pork belly with kimchi and cashews. Yum!
The pizza station is well worth mentioning, because they have very gourmet ingredients that make the pizzas shine, such as fig and pear, or lamb sausage. They also offer awesome eggplant parmesan in the Italian section. Dessert is truly delectable at this buffet, featuring 18 different flavors of gelato and ice cream to choose from, as well as chocolate dipped strawberries and white chocolate mousse cake.
Breakfast and lunch combine at Wicked Spoon to create a brunch that lasts all morning and afternoon. Their brunch stands out as a fantastic time to dine, with delicious dishes like eggs benedict, cheesy hash browns, and even donuts. There are 2 options when it comes to alcoholic beverages: a happy hour from 4pm – 7pm each night with discounted drinks, or an unlimited beverages option that offers all-you-can-drink beer, wine, champagne, bloody marys, mimosas, and Moscow mules.
- Jamaican chicken tacos
- Buffalo frog legs (for the adventurous)
- Swedish meatballs and lingonberry sauce
- Deep fried chicken served in adorable little deep-frying baskets
- Crab, avocado and grapefruit salad
#4: The Buffet at Bellagio (temporarily closed)
The Buffet at Bellagio is as lavish as you would expect from being located in such a famously upscale hotel. The first gourmet buffet of its kind in Las Vegas, it offers a wide variety of delectable dishes at globally-inspired stations such as Italian, American, Mexican and Asian. We recommend dining on a Friday or Saturday night to get the full “Gourmet Dinner” experience, which gives you more extravagant options like jumbo king crab legs, beef wellington and Chilean seabass.
The Buffet at Bellagio is a seafood-lover’s dream, with options like snow crab, paella, chilled shrimp and even caviar! They also have less common seafood options not normally found at a buffet like crab cakes and crawfish. There are plenty of delicious choices for carnivores, like kobe beef, lamb, venison, quail and roasted duck.
Save room for dessert! Their dessert section is filled with mouth-watering treats like crème brulee, chocolate-covered strawberries, mango mousse and gelato. Breakfast at The Buffet offers all your favorite breakfast dishes as well as a made-to-order omelet station. As far as drinks go, there is a huge selection of sodas at the serve-yourself drink station, or you can opt for all-you-can drink adult beverages which include bloody marys, margaritas, draft beer or sparkling wine.
If you want to go all-out with your dining experience, consider upgrading to the Chef’s Table experience which allows you to meet the executive chef of the Bellagio, and to have access to dishes not available to anyone else.
#5: The Buffet at Aria (temporarily closed)
Located on the 2 nd floor of Aria Resort and Casino, The Buffet at Aria has a stunningly stylish atmosphere and a truly international selection of cuisine to choose from. It’s kind of a hidden gem because the lines are not normally long. It offers 11 food stations with cuisine from all corners of the globe and something for every taste.
The seafood selection is great at this buffet, with choices like fish & chips, salmon, crawfish, oysters, as well as paella. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at their Gourmet Dinner, you can also enjoy all-you-can-eat king crab legs. As far as meat dishes go, you’ll find barbeque beef ribs, rotisserie chicken, prime rib and more.
2 food stations stand out as being something that other buffets just don’t offer: the Mediterranean section and the Tandoori section. The Mediterranean station offers healthy dishes from North Africa and the Middle East, like kabobs, pita and hummus. The Tandoori station has tasty traditional Indian cuisine including naan bread fresh from the oven, chicken tikka masala and pompano fish. They also have a great baked potato bar where you can create your own loaded baked potato.
The Buffet at Aria has an awesome breakfast selection, some highlights being smoked salmon eggs benedict, red velvet pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and stuffed French toast. For dessert you’ll find all kinds of sweet surprises like gelato, cookies, crème brulee and apple pie.
Their all-you-can-drink upgrade allows you to get unlimited bloody marys, champagne, mimosas, rum punch, margaritas, as well as premium beer and wine. Inside tip: Aria offers an all-day buffet pass which allows you to visit The Buffet for all 3 meals right up until 10pm. This offer is only available on weekdays.
- Ham & truffle macaroni and cheese
- Chicken parmesan
- Shrimp pad thai
- Peking duck
- Made-to-order poke
- Spiced meatloaf
#6: Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay (temporarily closed)
Offering a sweeping view of the tropical pool area and gardens at Mandalay Bay, Bayside Buffet has the quality you would expect from a buffet located in a 4 star resort, at a very reasonable price. This buffet has a diverse range of cuisines that will cater to the tastes of anyone in your group.
Bayside Buffet gives you a variety of seafood options. They have steamed Alaskan crab legs, classic Las Vegas shrimp cocktails, Spanish paella and herb crusted salmon, to name a few choices. For the meat lovers in your group, there is a carving station that serves grilled flank steak, prime rib and roast turkey. We also recommend the Swedish meatballs, barbeque pork ribs and teriyaki beef.
Breakfast at the Bayside Buffet gives you all you would expect from a fabulous Las Vegas buffet. Some of our favorites are the chicken fried steak, the omelet station and eggs benedict. For dessert you’ll find a wide selection of cakes, pies and pastries. We especially loved the cheesecake. There is an all-you-can-drink option for adult beverages that gives you unlimited beer, wine and champagne.
- Hawaiian barbeque chicken
- Tempura shrimp
- Baked tilapia with teriyaki glaze
- Korean flank steak
#7: Cravings at The Mirage (temporarily closed)
If you’re looking for a great buffet that is also great value for money, Cravings buffet at The Mirage is the perfect choice for you. With 11 cooking stations offering a wide array of international dishes, your whole group will find something they love at this buffet. The décor and atmosphere is casual but attractively designed. One of the highlights of the buffet is their self-serve drink station, which has over 150 flavor variations of coca cola products.
Seafood at this buffet is infused with delightful dishes such as clam chowder in bread bowls, penne with prawns, or fish and chips. They also have mussels with tomatoes and garlic, broiled mahi-mahi and snow crab claws. Cravings has a mouth-watering menu of meat options such as apple pecan pork tenderloin medallions, chili & honey glazed chicken, barbeque ribs and grilled flank steak.
We loved having breakfast at Cravings, where they served all of our favorite breakfast classics like eggs, sausages and hashbrowns, but with some outstanding treats like champagne pancakes with chocolate cream, and brisket eggs benedict. The dessert section is excellent, with sweet delights like white chocolate raspberry cake, gourmet cupcakes and a gelato dispenser. Cravings has an unlimited beverages upgrade where you can get all-you-can-drink beer, cocktails (including screwdrivers, bloody marys and rum punch), as well as wine and champagne.
- Spicy Szechuan eggplant
- Linguini with saffron lobster sauce
- Shrimp tostadas with avocado
#8: A.Y.C.E. Buffet at The Palms (temporarily closed)
In late 2017 The Palms Casino Resort shut down its buffet to do a $6 million renovation, and reopened as A.Y.C.E (which stands for All You Can Eat). As the newest player in the Las Vegas buffet scene, this buffet is fast becoming one of the most popular choices. The price here is unbelievably affordable, the fare is delectable, and the vibe is modern and stylish. The 7 cooking stations at A.Y.C.E. are named after the dishes’ preparation methods, rather than countries of the world, which makes for a nice twist.
If you’re a carnivore, you’ll want to head to The Roastery section, which is a carving station that serves up special dishes like Korean short ribs, salt & pepper chicken wings, ham, turkey and roast beef. The Smoke & Fire section is also a must for meat lovers, offering smoked turkey wings and blackened catfish among other delicious dishes. If you’re a vegetarian, on the other hand, this buffet is made for you! The Greenery section has gourmet salads including watermelon citrus salad and roasted eggplant salad. And the Revival section is ALL vegetarian, with mouth-watering options such as vegetarian chili and vegan stuffed peppers. Yummy!
Breakfast at A.Y.C.E. is divine, featuring a made-to-order omelet station, smoked brisket eggs benedict and fresh pressed juices. Vegetarians will be thrilled to find a veggie version of bacon made with eggplant! Saturday and Sunday brunch automatically comes with all-you-can-drink champagne. The Sweet & Light section, their dessert section, is absolutely awesome because of its made-to-order ice cream sandwich station, with so many different variations of the classic treat. They also have temptations like coffee mousse and cheesecake parfait.
- Chipotle lime chicken
- Spicy Cheetos elotes (Mexican corn on the cob)
- Red curry muscles
- Cold ramen station with 13 topping choices
- Spicy buffalo mac n cheese
#9: MGM Grand Buffet (temporarily closed)
The enormous buffet at MGM Grand is a favorite with visitors to Las Vegas. It definitely has a huge variety of cuisine for a reasonable price, in a comfortable and clean atmosphere. You get the best experience when visiting the MGM Grand Buffet for dinner on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, when the menu offered becomes more expansive and includes snow crab.
There are lots of seafood options available at this buffet, including fried fish, oysters, shrimp, crab salad and mussels. Carnivores will be delighted at the range of meat options, like barbeque pork ribs, New York strip steak and fried chicken. All dinner buffets (even on weekdays) come with unlimited beer and wine, which is an awesome bonus.
Breakfast at MGM Grand Buffet offers a made-to-order omelet station, eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy among many other tasty choices. If you go to Saturday or Sunday brunch, you’ll also get all-you-can-drink champagne and mimosas. The dessert section is really spectacular at this buffet, with delightful offerings like deep fried twinkies and Bailey’s cheesecake.
- Pho station
- Organic salad section
- Fresh fish cooked to order (during weekend dinner)
#10: Carnival World Buffet at Rio (temporarily closed)
The original mega-buffet in Las Vegas, Carnival World Buffet at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino has a huge selection of dishes to try, in a comfortable and casual setting perfect for families. Live cooking stations let you watch your food being freshly prepared, and there are over 200 dishes on offer daily. This is another buffet where you can use your Buffet of Buffets deal – an offer that allows you to visit multiple locations as many times as you like over a 24 hour period.
Although Carnival World Buffet dropped its massive seafood selection from the menu a few years ago, there are still some great seafood options available today. These include blue crab, fresh salmon, green mussels, clams with garlic and parsley, as well as a selection of fresh sushi. For those of you who crave meat in your meal, you can choose from all the standard carvery options as well as more unique offerings like teriyaki pork ribs, grilled pork belly and mini corndogs.
Champagne brunch, only on Saturdays and Sundays, comes with unlimited champagne and mimosas as part of the deal. You’ll find made-to-order pancakes and French toast, which is a nice touch. The dessert options are vast and include all the standard Las Vegas buffet dessert choices, including cupcakes, mousses, fruit pies and soft-serve ice cream.
So there you have it, our top ten list of the ultimate Las Vegas buffets! But there are so many options available when it comes to buffet dining experiences on the Vegas Strip. Here are some others worth mentioning!
Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Las Vegas (temporarily closed)
This excellent high-end buffet is too good not to mention, even though it’s only available on Sundays. As soon as you’re seated in Bally’s stylish BLT Steak restaurant, you’ll be met with champagne (which is unlimited) and delicious Gruyere cheese-flavored popovers. You can enjoy a buffet line including premium seafood options like Alaskan king crab legs, lobster tails and fresh-shucked oysters. Other delicious options include unlimited caviar, prime rib, filet minion, and rack of lamb. You can also order small dishes with your server that the whole table can share, like eggs benedict and lobster bisque. An absolute winner for brunch!
Circus Buffet at Circus Circus (temporarily closed)
A delightfully affordable buffet option for the whole family, with all of the brunch and dinner favorites. Features a salad bar, carving station, all-you-can-eat fried shrimp and a selection of delicious desserts.
The Buffet at Excalibur (temporarily closed)
Another very affordable buffet on the Strip, with a particularly awesome value-for-money breakfast menu that includes made-to-order crepes and eggs benedict. Upgraded dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights has the best selection, with way more menu offerings. There’s an all-day buffet pass available that allows you to visit the buffets at Excalibur AND the Luxor as much as you like for breakfast, brunch and dinner.
Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo (temporarily closed)
This is a family favorite of ours, with a wonderful view of the tropical gardens and the real flamingos and birds. The brunch menu has made-to-order omelet and crepe stations, while dinner features delicious Cajun and Southern-inspired cuisine. Hey, and you can use your Buffet of Buffets deal here too!
Flavors Buffet at Harrah’s Las Vegas (temporarily closed)
Flavors has a mouth-watering selection of unique tastes, like Brazilian barbeque, pizza made in a wood-burning oven, hand-made sushi and… yes! All you can eat crab legs! There’s a great dessert selection including a gelato station, and you can purchase an all-you-can-drink champagne add-on during brunch. This is yet another option with your Buffet of Buffets pass!
The Buffet at Luxor (temporarily closed)
The Luxor has a wonderfully affordable buffet with a 30-foot salad bar, homemade pizza station and carving station. Breakfast features an omelet station, and there’s always a fantastic range of desserts on offer. The Buffet at Luxor has an all-you-can-drink option for an extra cost. Purchase an all-day buffet pass to dine at the Luxor AND Excalibur buffets all day for a set cost!
Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas (temporarily closed)
This buffet is worth visiting for its décor that makes you feel like you’re in a real French Village, with 5 cooking stations bringing to life the 5 provinces of France. Featuring delectable dishes like truffle mac n cheese, prime rib and snow crab legs, this experience is a delightful culinary tour of France. You can use your Buffet of Buffets deal at this location too!
Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas (temporarily closed)
Spice Market Buffet serves prime rib every single night, along with roasted turkey, tri-tip and barbeque spiced chicken. The expansive selection of cuisines available at this buffet includes American, Asian, Mexican, Italian, and even Middle Eastern fare. Brunch at Spice Market buffet is a real favorite of ours, with excellent eggs benedict, champagne and mimosas. They have an all-you-can-drink adult beverages upgrade available. Use your Buffet of Buffets deal here!
Crafted Buffet at The Stratosphere (temporarily closed)
Featuring Pan-Asian, Southwestern and American comfort food dishes, Crafted Buffet is well worth checking out. Champagne brunch on Saturdays and Sundays includes all-you-can-eat New York steak and peel & eat shrimp, as well as (you guessed it) unlimited champagne. Enjoy a carving station, omelets made to order, a great deli section and a variety of delicious desserts.
Garden Buffet at South Point (open with staff serving guests)
This buffet offers nightly prime rib and sirloin steak with many international dishes. They also have a great breakfast selection with all the basics you expect, like eggs, bacon, sausages, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, French Toast, assorted breakfast meats, and more. It is one of the more economical buffets. You can also get seafood on Fridays that includes crab legs. Bottomless Mimosas are part of their weekend brunch. It is located about 8 miles south of the Strip, but worth the drive if you are looking for a solid economical buffet option.
Sticky buns at Sadelle's at Bellagio Las Vegas
"Sticky buns" is an understated name for this masterpiece &mdash Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
This cafe overlooking the Bellagio's gorgeous Conservatory is so inviting, you'll want to spend the day there and you can because they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sadelle's is all about elevated comfort food, and the pastry cart alone will elevate your mood, never mind your sugar level. Make sure you order the sticky buns which are to sticky buns what the Mona Lisa is to paintings. Made fresh in-house every morning from brioche dough laminated with butter, they're rolled in cinnamon and baked in caramel, then finished with Maldon salt. You won't find a better way to start or end a day.
10 Las Vegas Travel Tips
Whatever happens in Vegas certainly doesn't need to stay in Vegas. We've collected some of our Deal Experts' favorite tips and memories for traveling to the ultimate adult playground that is the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. More itinerary suggestions -- and exclusive deals -- can be found within Travelzoo's Las Vegas destination page.
Take advantage of the world-class spas: I think the great thing about spas in Vegas is they have the full facilities like steam rooms, whirlpools, saunas, and they give you snacks! It's the perfect way to detox after a fun night out. Vegas is my favorite place to hit up the spa. Every single spa at every high-end hotel is just amazing. - Lily Fu, producer, travel
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Skip the taxi from the airport: For parties of two or less, it's more economical to arrange roundtrip airport shuttle service. While The Strip looks close, traffic can be terrible and the taxi meter just keeps running -- plus drivers have a tendency to take the longest route if you don't instruct them. - William Brown, associate publisher, travel
Some of the best entertainment can be found in the off nights: Imagine our delight to discover a packed piano bar downtown full of singers and performers from The Strip on their off night taking turns at the keys! What followed was countless Lady Gaga covers, and flowing vodka sodas was the best break from The Strip. - Hilary Solan, editor, travel
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Say Prost: Head off strip for a taste of Munich with a trip to the traditional beer hall Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas for polka music and a stein of Bavarian beer. - Blaire Constantinou, senior associate producer, travel
Travel midweek or in the summer: There no question that Vegas runs full throttle on the weekends, but don't discount the idea of staying midweek - when hotels and shows offer their best deals. Let's face it, there's not really a dull night in Sin City, plus you'll find a little elbow room at the tables and a bigger budget for blackjack. And no matter how hot it gets in the summer, remember that it's always 65 degrees in the casino. - Andrew Young, editor
The vibrant art scene is worth a look: Las Vegas is finally getting a downtown that's worth the effort to go to. The Arts District is south of Fremont. Head over on the first Friday of every month when dozens of shops and galleries stay open late and scores of vendors come in for a party into the night. On another night, check out Bar+Bistro, an Italian tapas restaurant with fantastic bartenders. - Ben Jennings, executive producer, travel
Not all memorable meals are dinners: The best breakfast in town and my favorite memory of Vegas: Hash House a Go Go. - Barrie Kosberg, senior producer, travel
Remember to cool off and cool down: When I need a break from the flashing lights and dinging slot machines in town, I'll head out to Lake Mead for a day. If it's really hot -- anytime between July and October --nothing feels better than splashing around outside in this man-made lake that powers the Hoover Dam. Lots of companies rent boats, jet skis and kayaks by the hour or the day, and the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert makes for some truly scenic shoreline. Don't forget the sunscreen! - Kevin Kitchen, senior associate producer, local deals
Nab big savings off The Strip: Look for hotels off The Strip. Sometimes rates will be lower, and most of the hotels and resorts have free shuttle service to the airport and The Strip. For a change of pace, tack on a day or two at Lake Las Vegas for a little desert resort R&R after some hard-charging Vegas nights. - Jessica Tilley, senior associate producer, travel
Take in the views: Head to the Stratosphere for great views of The Strip. Visit the conservatory at the Bellagio. The theme of the conservatory changes often and admission is free. The fountain show outside the hotel is also a treat, especially at night. Downtown Vegas near Fremont Street has been revitalized and offers some of the best dining and bar experiences. - Veronica Crews, senior associate producer, travel
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The 21 best restaurants in Las Vegas right now
One of the top things that comes to mind when planning a Vegas getaway is the dreamy list of eateries to experience. After all, the best restaurants in Las Vegas include a ton of culinary sensations ranging from Michelin-starred chefs to budget bites to bountiful buffets. While you&rsquoll find an incredible selection of dining right inside your favorite casinos , it&rsquos worth venturing off-Strip to sample local favorites. Increasingly, chefs who&rsquove trained and worked on the Strip are taking their talents to the neighborhoods, striking out with fresh, exciting (and slightly less expensive) restaurants that now rank among the city&rsquos favorites. Plus, there&rsquos long-standing traditions that have stuck around for good reason. Whether you want Tokyo-style sushi , homemade pasta, truly exceptional steak or category-obliterating Spanish-Japanese cuisine, Las Vegas is ready provide. Dig in!
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DTLV – Downtown Las Vegas Restaurants Off The Strip
Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) has seen a complete rebirth in the last 10 years. The downtown project has helped fuel many local businesses including new local restaurants.
From Fremont Street to Container Park, the options are numerous. In downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Vegas on a budget.
1- Cheffini’s – The Cheffini Hot Dog
Container Park, an urban park, part of the downtown revitalization project, offers a mix of restaurants and bars, independently and locally owned.
Cheffini’s was one of the first businesses to open its doors in Container Park. The co-founders first started their business in 2010 with a hot dog cart in downtown Vegas.
Committed to putting a spotlight on this American food staple, everything they make is made from scratch.
Famous for their unique sauces and toppings, Cheffini’s combines the classic hot dog with international flavors. Cheffini’s became one of the local favorites in Container Park.
We sampled the classic Cheffini’s dog, which combines a nice bite from jalapeno peppers with a smooth finish from a tasty pineapple sauce.
This is a great local place to eat on a budget while strolling downtown and around the park.
Where to Eat The Best Hog Dog in Vegas
Container Park, 707 Fremont St #1050, Las Vegas, NV.
Sun – Thurs, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Fri – Sat, 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Updates: Cheffini’s downtown location is now permanently closed. Cheffini’s is now serving hot dogs in front of El Cortez Hotel, 600 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas NV in the evening. Check out their Facebook page for more information on the hours.
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2- Project BBQ Food Truck
In the center of the pedestrian walkway of Fremont Street, Experience you’ll find Project BBQ Las Vegas food truck.
This permanent food truck stands out in the middle of the flashy casinos, entertainment area, and street performers.
Using high-quality ingredients, this local spot started with the simple idea of offering “a great BBQ experience” in the Las Vegas desert.
The barbecue sandwiches are made with either beef brisket, pulled chicken or pork. They are served with a side of homemade potato chips and coleslaw.
The meat is seasoned with a house made sauce which has beer and cheese in it.
This unique food truck is a great option for lunch or a snack on while checking out all the entertainment on Fremont Street. It ranks high on our list as one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget.
The barbecue sandwiches are delicious and overflowing with tender and juicy meat. The flavorful barbecue sandwiches reminded us of the best barbecue we had in Austin, Texas.
With the order of chips served on the side and with the freshly made coleslaw, you’ll be in for a treat.
Where to Eat BBQ in Vegas
Address: 4 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV.
Hours: Mon – Sun., 11:00 am – 2:00 am.
The name says it all. At this local breakfast and lunch spot, chef, Natalie Young has a simple philosophy.
Eat is about local food and fresh ingredients. It is also about fostering communities and education through food.
Chef Natalie was one of the original chefs involved in the DTLV revitalization project. Her success has landed her many awards including one of the best restaurants for “seriously good comfort food”.
On the menu, you’ll find American comfort food with a creative twist. Eggs are served all days and locals rave about the delicious egg sandwiches and the crispy pancakes.
Locals rate this restaurant in Las Vegas as one of the best places to eat off the strip.
With her success, chef Natalie, recently opened up a second location in downtown Summerlin, a trendy local Vegas neighborhood.
While Eat caters mostly to breakfast and lunch eaters, we were interested in tasting her cuisine at dinner.
We chose to go to Chow, her other restaurant in downtown Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, we were misinformed and found the restaurant closed. Chow is now a space dedicated to catering events only.
Running out of time in Vegas, we sadly didn’t have the chance to try Eat. Needless to say, this restaurant is high on our list for our next Vegas stop, and it should be on your list as well.
Where to Eat Breakfast off the Strip in Vegas
Address: 707 E Carson Ave, Las Vegas, NV.
Hours: Mon – Fri , 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Sat – Sun 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
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What is the most popular club in Las Vegas?
The most popular clubs in Las Vegas are Omnia, Hakkasan, XS, Drai’s and Marquee. What makes these the hottest clubs in Vegas right now is the fact that these clubs fall under the “mega-club” category and have top DJs and performers each night they are open.
How much are Las Vegas nightclubs?
General admission cover charge for most nightclubs are between $20 – $100 for men and $10 – $30 for women. The price can vary based on night of the week, DJ performer or if it is a holiday weekend such as Memorial Day, 4 th Of July, Labor Day, New Years Eve, etc.
How do you get into nightclubs in Vegas?
One of the easiest ways to ensure entry into a Las Vegas nightclub is by connecting with a club promoter or VIP host. Promoters are employed by clubs to fill the club’s guest list, ideally with women and VIP hosts are also employed by the clubs to assist you with bottle service reservation. You can find Vegas a list of club promoters and VIP hosts by visiting our host contacts page.
What do you wear to Vegas clubs?
Most all “official” Las Vegas nightclub dress codes will tell you that you can’t wear any of the following and get in the club:
- Baggy Jeans
- Sports hats. (Exception: fedoras and the like are usually ok.)
- Tennis shoes.
- Shoes that are considered too “sports like.”
- Cut offs
What time do Las Vegas Nightclub open?
Las Vegas nightclubs open between 10pm – 10:30pm and remain open until 4am.
How old do you have to be to get into Vegas clubs?
You must be 21 years of age with a valid ID. Expired IDs are not valid. If you’re a foreigner, make sure you bring your passport. If your birthday falls at midnight the next day, wait until after midnight to enter. Security will not let you in before even if you have a ticket, are on the guest list or reserved bottle service.
What time do the main DJs go on?
You can expect headliner DJs to go on between 1am – 1:30am and play until 3am – 3:30am. If there is a special performer, expect them to go on around 2am – 3am. There will be a closing DJ after the main performance until the clubs close.
How can I get into Las Vegas nightclubs for free?
All Vegas clubs offer guest list. Rules differ for each club and each night of the week. Usually girls will always get in for free, and men will have to pay unless they are with the same amount of girls. Make sure you read our guide on Las Vegas guest lists.
How can I book bottle service in Las Vegas?
The easiest way to book bottle service at a Las Vegas nightclub is to contact a VIP host using our VIP host contact page. Just fill out the form and your request is sent to an actual host at the club. You will also receive an email with there direct contact information for last minute reservations. You will never be asked to pay until you are sat at your table inside the club. And there are no booking fees, as you are booking directly with the nightclub and not a 3 rd party service.