Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 | midnight
Vegas can be a blast for a weekend trip, but it can leave a huge hole in your wallet by Sunday morning. Here’s a list of bars and hangouts that won’t break the bank for bowl weekend:
If you’re looking for a good time with a group of friends who have a good sense of humor, head to Dick's Last Resort at the Excalibur. The wait staff is notorious for their wisecracks and slightly vulgar humor. Expect to walk out with a giant, white paper hat with a witty souvenir from the staff written across it and an above par bar food experience. Every Sunday during football season, purchase a pigskin sampler platter and get a free 48-ounce pitcher of Bud or Bud Light. Happy hour is every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $20 all you can drink Bud Light drafts.
Blondies in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops boasts 40 flat screen plasmas with all the major sporting events where fans can enjoy pizzas, wings and sandwiches and drink specials. Stop by from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day for $10 all-you-can-drink well drinks. And for college students sticking around past the weekend, Mondays are $5 pitcher nights with a college ID.
Irish-pub chain favorite McFadden’s is located off the Strip at the Rio. Almost every Saturday, the pub does an all-you-can-drink open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight -- ladies pay $10 and, sorry guys, it’s $20 for you. If you’re birthday is in December, you drink free on Dec. 20.
Beer connoisseurs can head to the Yard House at Town Square just past the Strip for the world’s largest selection of beers (or so they say). Each Yard House location has 600 barrels of beer (just about 1,000 gallons) with a fleet of 100 to 250 taps. The average cost for a pint is around $6 but fear not, there are two weekend happy hours -- Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m -- with beers from $3.50 to $4.50.
Squeezed between the Flamingo and Imperial Palace is O’Shea’s Casino where it’s happy hour 24 hours a day with $2 domestic drafts, $3 “Big Daddy” drafts, $4 apple martinis and $5 shot-and-a-beer. There’s a beer pong area, too, which can be a home-away-from-home for any college frat guy.
Downtown at the Fremont Street Experience, the Beauty Bar has cemented itself as a hipster favorite in Las Vegas. The bar has a retro beauty shop theme, with the decor shipped from an old beauty shop in New Jersey. It might be the only place in town where you can get your nails done, listen to local punk and drink cheap beer out of red Solo cups. Cover is usually $5 on the weekends and it's open until 4 a.m.
Also next door is another local hangout, the Griffin, which has drinks ranging from $5 to $10. One perk: the bar still has a jukebox.
The PT’s chain is always a favorite for locals looking for cheap drinks and game day snacks and can be found scattered all over the Las Vegas Valley. PT’s Pub, Place and Gold locations do it right with $2.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $3.50 mugs Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And if none of these deals sound good enough in these tough economic times, maybe these dollar specials will fit your budget. Casino Royale next to the Venetian does $1 margaritas all day, every day. You can find $1 Bud and Bud Lights at the Fiesta Hendersonand $1 Miller Genuine Drafts at Silverton’s casino bar.