The Vegas Strip is home to second (or third or fourth) outposts some of the most celebrated (and expensive) restaurants in the country, from Masa to Joël Robuchon. In the past five years alone, the competition amongst the better restaurants in town has grown to a boiling point, with every resort recruiting more and more acclaimed chefs to their lobbies. But while the Strip is now known for its food, it is generally not known for being entirely budget-friendly.
So, to help keep budgets in check, we rounded up some of our favorite happy hours on the Strip. These are restaurants we’d want to eat in (and have), happy hour deal or not, and are the perfect places to kick off an evening of (drunken) splurging.
Michael Mina’s totally delicious American Fish hosts a happy hour Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food is $5 (from the bar and lounge menu), cocktails (like a classic Manhattan or the bartender’s daily choice) are $7, wines by the glass are $7, and beers are $4.
This popular Los Angeles sushi restaurant sits in a sleek corner spot at Caesar’s Palace and hosts happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with nothing costing more than $6. Sushi rolls, appetizers, and desserts range from $3 to $6, while beer is $4, well drinks are $5, sake is $3, wines by the glass are $5, and house champagne is $6.
Italian restaurant in the evening, nightclub at... night, Lavo is a Vegas Strip favorite. Their happy hour may be limited to weeknights (Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), but if you’re there during the week, sitting out on their terrace overlooking the Strip with a $5 Bellini, $5 beer, and a selection of dishes from their special small plates menu seems like an ideal evening. (Photo coutesy of Flickr/venetianlasvegas)
Every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Emeril’s Table 10 in The Palazzo hosts a happy hour with most menu items priced at less than $10. Sangria is $6, cocktails (like Lagasse Lemonade) are $7, wines are all $6 or less (though they offer three premium wines for $11 to $13), beers are $4.50, and snacks (like duck fat fries, popcorn shrimp, barbecue shrimp, and a cheese plate) range from just $5 to $9.
Sitting in the Hard Rock Hotel, Pink Taco is like a Mexican restaurant on steroids — the music is loud, the portions are enormous, and the margaritas are strong. But what it may lack in "authenticity," it makes up for in surprisingly good food and a genuinely good time. Their happy hour is available at the bar only from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with two-for-one beers and margaritas, as well as half off appetizers. Sundays through Thursdays, they also have "featured specials" from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.