It’s 2 a.m. in Las Vegas. You stumble out of a nightclub, buzzing from all the champagne you’ve had, and the loud music you’ve been dancing to all night. You only want one thing: food.
If you were in any other town, you’d be going to bed hungry and dreaming of tomorrow’s breakfast, but you’re in Vegas, baby. Not only is it possible to get a meal in Sin City after midnight, it’s also possible to get a really, really good meal – though if your drunken state only requires something deep-fried and greasy, that’s cool too.
Here’s where to eat in Las Vegas after midnight.
The Peppermill has been a Las Vegas institution since 1972. Maybe that’s why stepping inside the iconic spot feels like being transported to a time when suede and fringe reigned supreme. The 24-hour restaurant, which is outfitted with neon, velvet and cocktail servers in evening gowns, is a surreal locale that even better at 3 a.m. Order a massive plate of French toast, a porterhouse steak or a Reuben sandwich, share a 64 oz. scorpion drink with your friends and take it all in.
So many Strip casino cafes serve the same forgettable fare. Café Hollywood aims to make an impression. The immaculate white and blue diner evokes a sense of Americana. Here, you can enjoy the 24-hour restaurant’s High Roller Sampler (chicken tenders, Texas tostados, buffalo wings, five cheese dip and tempura shrimp served on a mini Ferris wheel) whenever you want. Other must-try items include pork belly ramen, blackened chicken pasta with spicy cream sauce and some truly insane milkshakes topped with donuts, cake and lollipops.
Few casinos capture the smoky magic of vintage Vegas quite like Downtown’s El Cortez. If you happen to be haunting Fremont Street after the clock strikes 12, head to Siegel’s 1941 for the kind of meal that really epitomizes old Vegas. Order shrimp cocktail, an iceberg wedge, a big plate of spaghetti with hand-rolled meatballs and then hit the slots and try your luck again.
Strat Café and Wok
Is the Stratosphere on the Strip or is it Downtown? Who cares when it’s after midnight and you’re starving? The only thing that matters is that it’s home to Strat Café and Wok. The 24-hour eatery, which was formerly a 1950s-style diner, serves Asian food and American comfort food, so whether you want lemon poppy pancakes with blueberry compote or beef brisket egg noodle soup with chili bean sauce, they’ve got you covered.
Herbs and Rye
From the outside, Herbs and Rye looks like any other unassuming building in a Las Vegas plaza. But inside you’ll find leather booths, red Baroque-style wallpaper and one of the best late night happy hours in Las Vegas. From Monday through Saturday, you can take 50% off steaks from 11:59 p.m. until 3 a.m. There are also drink specials from the restaurant’s impressive cocktail list, which is organized by era.