Only in Las Vegas: An Open Bar on the World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel

The Linq High Roller’s ‘Happy Half Hour’is a whole lot of fun
Linq High Roller Happy Half Hour
Dan Myers

There are few cooler places to have a drink than on a massive Ferris wheel!

Las Vegas has no shortage of unique places to have a drink, from Oak & Ivy (an upscale Downtown cocktail bar that’s nestled inside a shipping container) to the Skyfall Lounge, located on the 64th floor of The Delano. But how about an open bar while riding the world’s tallest Ferris wheel?

The Happy Half Hour is a little-known offering at the Linq High Roller, which towers over the Strip at 550 feet high. For $40 during the day and $52 at night (or $35 and $47 if you purchase tickets online), you can have your fill of beer, wine, and mixed drinks during the 30 minutes it takes the enormous wheel to make one full rotation. After your ticket is scanned, you stand in a separate area on the platform, and as the “bar car” approaches (one comes through about every 10 minutes) you prepare to hop on board.

Each of the 28 “cabins” is glass-enclosed and offers some obviously stunning views, and monitors let you know the elevation and when you’ve reached the apex. A fully-stocked bar cart awaited us when we took it for a spin recently, and the bartender kept the drinks flowing (because you’re allowed to drink outside in Las Vegas as long as there’s no glass, you can even take your last round to-go). It makes an already-fun experience even more special, and as there were only a few other couples on our mid-afternoon ride, we had plenty of room to spread out.

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Whether you’re just looking to have a glass of wine or two during the ride, or to begin (or end) the evening’s festivities in an out-of-the-box fashion, the Happy Half Hour is something that every Vegas visitor should know about. It’s available every day of the week from noon to 1 a.m., and (naturally) you must be over 21 to ride in the cabin.