Top 12 best happy hours & drink specials in Las Vegas (Vegas Hacks)
March 21, 2020
Top 12 best happy hours in Las Vegas –
Cheapest drink specials on the Las Vegas Strip
(Vegas hacks for drinkers & money-saving tips)
It is sad and shocking that all of the bars, hotels and casinos and most of the restaurants in Las Vegas had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most restaurants and lounges as well as most of the Las Vegas casinos re-opened on June 4, 2020 with physical distancing and other safety measures in place. Almost all of the lounges, bars, night clubs and dayclubs had re-opened with very few health restrictions on June 1, 2021.
Given the reduced capacity due to physical distancing and the fact that these establishments need to make back some money that was lost during the shut-down, some of these drink specials and happy hour specials may not resume at first or possibly ever. Also, their hours of operation may have been reduced, so please contact them before going.
However, the Vegas restaurants, bars and lounges will also need to have some promotions to bring the customers (which may not return in large numbers at first) back.
The information below is based on research done before the shut-down as well as personal experience from trips I took before the pandemic.
Many of my friends who frequent Las Vegas don’t really care about saving money on cheap drinks. They want a good vibe or a good location to people-watch.
I have found that the best places for inexpensive drinks in the Las Vegas Strip are in Miracle Mile Shops, near the LINQ Promenade, near Flamingo Resort, or on Fremont Street. Otherwise, the further you get from the Strip, the cheaper the drinks generally are. For example, I recently read that Margaritaville at the LINQ Promenade had $0.05 beers from 5 to 6 PM, but I am not sure if that promotion is still offered.
You can copy and paste the list below into your own cheap drink “cheat sheet” to print and put in your pocket for your trip.
Most of you probably want to stay on the main Strip, so here is a list of some places where you can save 50% or more off of the prices elsewhere on the Strip.
1. Most bars & lounges offer discounted appetizers during happy hour from 3 to 6 PM.
2. Bird Bar at Flamingo (sometimes referred to as Bird Cage Bar) – $0.50 beer from 5-6 PM. Get there early or you won’t get a table and be forewarned that it can be a zoo during happy hour. $4 draft beer & $5 cocktails from 10 PM to 2 AM.
4. Stage Door Casino (near Flamingo) has $1 or $2 beers & $2 ¼ pound hotdogs all day.
5. Tequila Taqueria Bar at Bally’s – Happy hour from 3-5 PM and 10 PM to 2 AM plus all-day drink specials at the bar ($3 tequila shots, $4 draft beer, & $5 margarita or sangria).
6. O’Shea’s at the LINQ – From 11 AM to 2 PM, O’Shea’s has $3 Miller Lite and Coors Light drafts and $4 Guinness drafts, $6 shot specials that includes Jameson, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, and $3 Jell-O shots.
7. Hash House a Go-Go at the LINQ – 3 PM to 6 PM at the bar. $5 appetizers and $3 beer, well cocktails & house wine.
8. Coyote Ugly at New York, New York – 6 to 9 PM. $4 Jell-O shots & $6 beer and cocktails.
9. PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops – 2-6 PM. Half-price draft beer & cocktails. PBR Rock Bar also sometimes does an all-day open bar. Our friends love this place. It is good for people-watching too.
10. Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops – Mon-Fri from 3-5 p.m. Half-off regular margaritas, red or white sangria, draft beers and select appetizers. $21 for 50-oz margarita or sangria.
11. Ocean One Bar & Grille at Miracle Mile Shops – Sells most drinks 3-for-1 for $10 all day and has $5 lunches.
12. Peppermill Fireside Lounge on the Strip between Wynne & Riviera. From 3pm – 6pm, Peppermill has special pricing on well drinks, select beers, and house wines. This is an old-school Vegas lounge that gets rave reviews and is popular with employees & entertainers who work on the street and locals.
BONUS TIP #1: The cheapest way to drink on the Strip is to bring a backpack cooler and load it up with $1 beers from one of the many stores on the Strip (drug stores are usually cheaper than liquor stores) or just buy a beer whenever you pass a drug store. It is okay to have open liquor and drink it on the Strip as long as you don’t have a glass container. Click here to see our other blog post about the Top 10 things you need to know about Las Vegas.
BONUS TIP #2: Some smaller casinos and some that are slightly off-Strip, including Slots-a-Fun at Circus Circus ($1 hotdogs and draft beer), Casino Royale ($3 beers and hotdogs) and Cromwell ($5 for 3 chili dogs and a soda) have cheap prices on food and drinks all day. The Stage Door Casino behind the Flamingo is considered somewhat of a “dive bar” by some (they even call themselves a dive bar on their website), but some people love the colourful characters, cheap food (like $2 quarter-pound hotdogs), and cheap drinks (such as $1 beers) there. The same goes for some casinos and restaurants on Fremont Street. Try the $2 hot dogs and $0.99 famous shrimp cocktails at Lanai Deli at the Fremont Hotel or the $9 prime rib dinner at Tony Roma’s from 4:30 to 6 PM.
BONUS TIP #3: This is expensive ($20), but The Chandelier multi-level lobby bar at the Cosmopolitan (surrounded by a $30 million chandelier, which is the largest in the world) has a secret, off-menu unique drink that makes your mouth numb & tingly called Verbena or the Szechuan flower drink.
BONUS TIP #4: Here are some other ideas for cool places to have an alcoholic beverage. Carnaval Court at Harrah’s is an open-air street party in the center of the Strip. Although not known for cheap drinks, it definitely has a great party atmosphere with live bands, DJs, and flair bartenders flipping bottles. A cool place for some decent happy hour specials from 4-7 PM or cocktails anytime (including a flaming drink) in a Polynesian atmosphere is Golden Tiki in the Asian District not far from Rio.
BONUS TIP #5: For more Las Vegas happy hour food and drink specials, see