Vegas may be a lot of things, but modest isn’t one of them. Home to a casino bar made from two million chandelier crystals (The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan), a $40,000-a-night hotel suite (a Sky Villa at the Palms) and several of the world’s most expensive nightclubs and restaurants, Vegas is a city that serves up glittery opulence in diamond-crusted spades.
A budget-friendly evening in Sin City is possible, however, if you know where to go. Dare to venture away from the tourist corridor and you’ll find a smorgasbord of bargain deals, from discounted drinks to two-for-one appetizers and free live music. The following five off-the-Strip Happy Hours are heavy on the fun, light on the wallet and completely worth the drive.
Herbs and Rye
3713 W Sahara Ave.
Located in a nondescript parking lot about two miles off the Strip is one of the trendiest steakhouses in Las Vegas, and one of the only Happy Hours in the valley that offers half-off on both cocktails and steaks (yes, succulent cuts of well-seasoned prime rib and filet mignon are 50 percent off). From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then again from midnight to 3 a.m., you can pair a classic cocktail with Mediterranean flatbread, pan-seared salmon or a filet slider in this cozy prohibition-themed speakeasy.
6593 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Blue Martini is a popular locals hangout situated just South of the Strip, in the chic and airy Towns Square outdoor shopping complex. Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, this 16,000-square-foot bar and club offers half price discounts on tapas and all beverages, including over 40 signature martinis. Sit outside on the elegant second-floor outdoor balcony and watch the sun dip behind the palm trees as you sip on a Bellini, Strawberry Basil or Cucumber Martini.
508 Fremont St.
Named in honor of the motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, this 1970s New York-style pizza shop’s motto is “Live hard, ride fast, eat pizza.” Featuring ‘70s rock, pinball machines and Evel Knievel memorabilia, Evel Pie is a downtown Las Vegas hangout that boasts one of the best Happy Hour deals in the city. Every day from 2 p.m. until 6, Evel Pie offers a slice of pizza and a beer for just five dollars (or, if you’re feeling extra thirsty, you can get an entire pitcher and whole pizza pie for just $20). Come hungry and ready to rock.
The Downtown Cocktail Room
111 S Las Vegas Blvd.
The Downtown Cocktail Room is an upscale mixology bar and lounge that serves an eclectic menu of craft cocktails, including the Bazooka-flavored “All Outta Bubblegum” and the lime, celery and bell pepper-flavored gin drink “#UrbanLawnCare.” Monday through Friday between 4 p.m. and 7, the Downtown Cocktail Room offers a “Halfy Hour” that includes a 50 percent discount on all drinks. You can continue the party after Happy Hour at “Sip and Tip,” a speakeasy-inspired “bar within a bar” hidden inside the Downtown Cocktail Room. Pull up a stool, throw on some tunes on the jukebox and kick back with a $5 beer, or a shot of Irish Whiskey (also $5).
11011 W Charleston Blvd.
The Red Rock Casino and Resort, located in the upscale suburban neighborhood of Summerlin, provides a relaxing alternative to the tourist-clogged Strip and includes several decent happy hour specials, including a $7 specialty food and drink menu at the rustic-yet-refined Hearthstone. Hearthstone’s Happy Hour menu includes hipster faves like jalapeno hummus, harvest quinoa salad, vegetarian sliders, pepperoni pizza and more, as well as wines on tap, draft beers and well drinks. Sip a Pinot as an acoustic guitarist plays a gentle cover of “Sweet Child of Mine,” or challenge a friend to a lively game of shuffleboard. Happy Hour, which is offered on weekdays between 5 and 7 p.m., features both live music and free shuffleboard.