3:13 PM PDT, May 22, 2013
In today’s economy, everyone is looking for a deal — especially when they’re on vacation. Luckily, Las Vegas’ many restaurants and lounges don’t disappoint. Whether it’s food or cocktails you crave, Las Vegas has a happy-hour special that will please both your palate and your pocketbook.
Not surprisingly, one of the city’s best happy hours isn’t found on the Strip. However, with two locations to choose from — the original at Town Square (6653 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) and one at Tivoli Village (420 S. Rampart, Suite 180) — Brio Tuscan Grille’s Tuscan Tasters menu is definitely worth the trip. Available in the bar Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and then again Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to close, Brio’s Tuscan Tasters menu features 10 delectable items ranging from the chorizo fonduta to the margherita flatbread for just $2.95 each. Despite the menu’s name, the portions are actually big enough to share, making Brio’s happy hour ideal for larger parties or those with a hearty appetite. As far as drinks go, Thursday is Martini Night, where guests can enjoy 11 different martinis for just $5 each from 4 p.m. to close.
For those staying on the west side of town, T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge inside Red Rock Casino Resort Spa offers one of the city’s most popular off-Strip happy hours. Available Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the bar, T-Bones’ T-Time menu features a selection of bar snacks like the popular chicken n’ waffles and tangy pulled pork sliders for just $5 to $9, as well as select specialty cocktails for $7, beers for $5, wines by the glass for $7 and premium spirits for $5 to $9. Got a sweet tooth? Then be sure to try the deep-fried Oreos with a glass of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.
If you’re looking for a happy hour experience you’ll never forget, then look no further than the Level 107 Lounge. Located on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, the Level 107 Lounge not only offers some of the best views of the city, but also one of the tastiest happy hours around, as all of its menu items come from the award-winning Top of the World restaurant downstairs. Guests can enjoy half-price appetizers and two-for-one martinis from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with such mouth-watering must-tries as the Wagyu beef tenderloin carpaccio and ahi tuna tataki and Asian salad made with seared tuna, wasabi vinaigrette and potato chips. The lounge also features live jazz every Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Another memorable happy hour can be found at Brand Steakhouse and Lounge inside the Monte Carlo. Running daily from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the restaurant’s chic lounge, guests can choose from six different appetizers for only $9 each while enjoying $5 Skyy Vodka cocktails, domestic beers and glasses of red or white house wine. For those looking for a fun, interactive happy hour experience, be sure to order the hot rocks: thinly sliced strips of sirloin guests cook right at their table on a sizzling hot rock.
For those with more worldly palates, be sure to check out SushiSamba’s new twist on happy hour — Samba Hour — inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo. Available at the bar Sunday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and then again from 11 p.m. to close, SushiSamba’s Samba Hour menu changes every month to highlight the restaurant’s tri-cultural heritage and give guests a chance to try each country’s flavorful fare. December will feature Brazilian-themed specials, January Peruvian and February Japanese, with items costing just $5 to $6. Guests can also partake in contests, enjoy cultural entertainment and more while devouring the delicious food and drink selections.
Since a lot of people just use happy hour as a chance to score an affordable dinner, Bacio’s happy hour prix fixe menu inside the Tropicana shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. At one of the city’s more unique happy hour offerings, guests can enjoy a three-course meal every Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. plus a glass of house wine and coffee and tea for just $33. Guests can start off with the tasty mozzarella in carozza — two deep-fried breaded mozzarella sandwiches served with marinara sauce — before moving on to such flavorful Italian entrées as the penne alla vodka or cotoletta di maiale in agrodolce: a tender 16-ounce pan-seared pork chop sautéed in sweet and hot cherry peppers.
Finally, for guys (or girls) hoping to set the mood, Lakeside, the restaurant situated on the picturesque Lake of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, offers an oyster happy hour at its bar and lounge from 5:30 to 7 p.m. nightly. At just $1.50 each, Hama Hama, Shibumi, St. Simone and Rappahannock oysters make for one shell of a good time.
—Heather Turk, Custom Publishing Writer