Headed to Sin City on a budget? These affordable happy hour on the Las Vegas Strip offer the most bang for your buck, not to mention prime location and plenty of upside.
The Las Vegas that most out-of-town visitors know is the one of sheer opulence, fast money, gluttonous excess, glitzy sensory overload, and high-stakes swings in fortune. Of course, the locals and insiders are happy to indulge all those “Sin City” stereotypes, because that’s the version that many tourists pay handsomely to witness – hey, there’s no business like show business!
And Las Vegans (hilarious, but yes that’s what they’re called) play the fiddle in tune because “a fool and his money are soon parted” as the old saying goes. Hey, there’s a reason why there’s no state income tax in Las Vegas: millions of visitors a year foot those locals’ tax bills via hotel taxes, entertainment taxes, sales taxes, and all other taxes on general debauchery (and stupidity).
That being said, having a blast in Las Vegas on a budget is actually much easier than you think. It starts with the right cheap hotel choice, and after that you can save A TON money for all the fun stuff: shows, attractions. reasonably priced (aka “Ballin on a Budget”) bars and nightclubs… and of course, “Happy Hour” aka the food & drink deal of all deals. Take it from us experts: there are a plethora of entertainment options that offer loads of fun in the central location you want – right smack dab on The Strip – at ridiculously reasonable price points.
But, we know you’re here for a good time, not a long time… so you’ll need some expert guidance to help narrow down your choices. And that’s where we come in! Here in order of our highly experienced customer service staff’s preferences is our Discotech Top 10 best Happy Hour deals list of on the Las Vegas Strip that you and our friends can give a whirl in those hours to kill between partying your face off at the dayclubs and nightclubs.
1) Stage Door
- Location: LINQ Promenade (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Literally 24/7
- Happy Hour Deals: $1 domestic beers, $3 shots, $5 well cocktails
- View Stage Door Menu: here
If it’s all about cheap drinks for you – ambiance (or lack thereof) be damned – then there’s a clear-cut #1 happy hour to hit up while on a budget in Las Vegas. Stage Door Casino is a local classic – cheap drinks all day and night, central location, slots and video poker at the bar, a world-renowned juke box, a liquor store for to-go orders, and some of the friendliest bartenders in town… and not just behind the bar, but sitting next to you as they get ready for or unwind from their grueling work shifts on the Strip. And of course, this “mother of all dive bars” is the home of the 24-hours-a-day $3 beer and hot dog – you remember their can’t-miss sign from every walk you’ve ever taken on the Strip, and you won’t find that deal anywhere else in Vegas. Added bonus: Stage Door was a favorite hideaway to Las Vegas celebrities back in the glory days of the 60s and 70s – Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack would relax at there after their legendary performances, and heavyweight championship boxers like Smokin’ Joe Frazier would wet their whistles there before and after fights. So you can tell Grandpa (post-COVID of course) that you drank at his favorite bar in Vegas, and paid the same prices he paid to do so.
2) 107 SkyLounge
- Location: Stratosphere aka “The Strat” Hotel & Casino (North Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Daily from 4PM to 7PM
- Happy Hour Deals: Half-price cocktails, wine, and beer; social plate specials (e.g. cheese plate with truffle gouda, Saint Andrè brie, manchego, spiced Marcona almonds, seasonal fruit, and local honey as well as lollipop chicken wings served with spiced sweet chili sauce)
- View 107 SkyLounge Menu: here
You want views with your Happy Hour deal, The Strat is the place to get them. Being 107 stories above the Vegas strip in the Stratosphere Tower gives this ultra-lounge its name; while it lacks a unique moniker, 107 SkyLounge makes up for that with the most unique skyline view of the city. It’s the highest point on the north end of the Strip facing properties south, so it offers scenery only matched by the high-rise private residential towers in that area. Their drinks are incomparable as well: high-end martinis and more adventurous spirits expertly crafted from award-winning bartenders. 107 does have DJ formats and morphs into a quite lively “clubby” scene on the weekend evenings… but if a high-volume party isn’t your forte, it’s still got plenty of quieter nooks and crannies to enjoy the desert sunset and subsequent evening and ridiculous views in the company of a special date.
- Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (South Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Daily from 2PM to 6PM, 10PM to 3AM
- Happy Hour Deal: $4 select draft beers, $4 gourmet hot dogs
- View Beerhaus Menu: here
Built in 2016, the 20,000-seat capacity T-Mobile Arena is Sin City’s ultra-modern gathering place for large-scale concerts and sporting events (the NHL’s Golden Knights play their home games here, and it’s the arena where the UFC hosts their megafights). To complement the hundreds of entertainment dates scheduled at the arena annually – and also to draw tourists to the area on the few nights the arena is dark – the stadium grounds are bordered by The Park Vegas, an open-air cobblestone footpath lined with casual restaurants and bars that are perfect for T-Mobile pre-partying… and post-partying, since Vegas never sleeps duh. The best of the bars in the bunch is Beerhaus, an uber-fresh take on the German beer hall concept that features hundreds of craft beers on top complemented by made-to-order high-end bar grub favorites – burgers, ribs, hot dogs, brats, soft pretzels, wings, tater tots etc. – using hormone-free meat and locally sourced produce. On any sports nights at the stadium, the place is packed for happy hour more than two hours in advance and one hour after. Even if you don’t have tickets to the night’s event at T-Mobile, Beerhaus is perfect for getting together with friends, sampling new small-batch brews, and watching your team (or the team you just placed a bet on) on one of the pristine flatscreens, while taking periodic breaks to talk smack over a game of ping pong, Connect Four, or cornhole under the patio misters.
- Location: LINQ Promenade (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Monday through Friday from 10AM to 2PM and 2AM to 6AM
- Happy Hour Deal: $8 Irish Hand-Cuffs (a beer and shot of Jameson); $4″Irish dessert” (12 oz. Guinness draft)
- View O’Sheas Menu: here
With its brightly lit neon “O” sign beckoning thirsty patrons strolling down the prime location of retail and entertainment that is the LINQ Promenade, O’Sheas Casino has a fair share of tourist traffic wandering in and out at all hours of the day but especially during happy hour. In the late afternoon, the foot traffic tends to linger a bit longer… and the world-class beer pong tables – well-kept with glossy surfaces and eye-catching O’Sheas branding – are the key reason why. In addition to great Happy Hour specials, O’Sheas has $5 table games, an Irish cover band slapping 90s and 2000s hits, and even a leprechaun pouring shooters down visitors’ throats. But let’s be honest: people stay to take part in beer pong table after glorious beer pong table, and to take on the crowd of revelers lining up to stake claim to the “Best Ponger in (Insert Your Home State)” title and accompanying bragging. It’s a competitive but super-friendly and super inexpensive atmosphere: only $28 gets you one pitcher of beer plus server gratuity, 20 plastic cups, and 2 ping pong balls with unlimited use of beer pong tables first-come, first-serve. So get down to LINQ, get happy for their amazing happy hour, and shoot your shot champ!
5) Bird Bar
- Location: Flamingo Resort & Casino (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Daily from 5PM to 7PM, 2AM to 10AM
- Happy Hour Deal: 50 cent beers from 5-6pm, $1 beers from 6-7pm; $4 draft beer and $5 fruity tropical cocktails from 2-10am
- View Bird Bar Menu: here
Flock on over to Bird Bar and get your beak wet with some of the most intoxicating drinks on the Las Vegas Strip, each named after an exotic bird. Which one will you put into your cage: the Pink Flamingo (Barefoot Rose, New Amsterdam Peach Vodka and a splash of soda), the Blue Jay (Bacardi Limon, Blue Curacao, Lemonade, & a splash of lemon-lime soda, with a float of Cruzan 151 Rum) or the Jungle Bird (Bacardi Dark Rum, Cruzan 151 Rum, Peach Schnapps, Orange and Pineapple juices, and a splash of grenadine)? In addition to tropical paradise in adult drink form, Bird Bar offers Strip-side people-watching, live entertainment on some nights, and easily accessible table/slots gaming right outside the bar floor… oh, and did we mention dollar drafts? Still not enough for you? There’s an Instagram-worthy bevy of birdcages hanging from their bar ceiling, and an outdoor patio that’s perfect if you and your crew are feeling caged in and want to fly the coop. (Had enough bird puns yet?)
6) PBR Rockbar
- Location: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Monday through Thursday from 2PM to 6PM, 12AM to 2AM
- Happy Hour Deals: Two-for-one draft beers and well cocktails; $5 and $7 small plates
- View PBR Rockbar Menu: here
Deep in the heart of Tex… – ahem, Vegas – is a rodeo-themed gem of a drinking post with Texas-sized happy hour deals. Located on the highly trafficked Strip side of Planet Hollywood’s famed Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar & Grill is a Professional Bull Riders affiliated mega-venue that truly epitomizes the phrase “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock Bar is a sprawling, modern, 16,800 square-foot backyard barbecue featuring two DJ booths, and hundreds of big screen TVs lining the bar. However, its crown jewel – or is it its shiny, oversized belt buckle? – is its massive hydraulic mechanical bull at its center, mounted and ridden in constant rotation by buxom staff and ballsy tourists. Get on up, squeeze tight, pull the bull rope and lean back for the greatest ride of your life… getting bucked will never feel so good, especially if you’ve already had a few of PBR Rockbar’s signature frozen cocktails to work up that liquid cowboy courage. Giddy up!
7) Foundation Room
- Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (South Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Daily from 5PM to 8PM
- Happy Hour Deal: Select beer, wine, and Ketel One cocktails for $6; gourmet appetizers (e.g. Yuzo Miso Wings, Shortrib Poutine) for $8-10
- View Foundation Room Menu: here
This is Vegas baby Vegas, where you can make a spectacular rooftop bar view even better by stopping by during a stunning sunset happy hour. Foundation Room – one of the Mandalay Bay Resort’s premier gathering spaces – offers the most spacious amount of real estate for large groups of happy hour enthusiasts to mingle comfortably. The venue is located 63 floors high and gives visitors an exhilarating panorama of the world-famous lights of the Las Vegas Strip; in addition to breathtaking outdoor vistas, the dimly lit interior exudes intimacy and dark-toned luxury. It’s a very popular space with corporate clients as a gathering backdrop for high-ranking executives sporting suits, or just middle managers in polos and khakis happy hour pregaming before throwing themselves headfirst into the late-night craziness of the Vegas strip down below.
8) Brooklyn Bowl
- Location: LINQ Promenade (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Daily from 5PM to 7PM and 11PM to close
- Happy Hour Deal: $6 craft beers; 50% off all cocktails and appetizers
- View Brooklyn Bowl Menu: here
Located on the LINQ Promenade just steps away from the High Roller Ferris wheel, Brooklyn Bowl is an ultra-hip upscale bowling alley, a well-loved restaurant by Vegas locals (their Blue Ribbon fried chicken is some of the best in the city), and a concert venue showcasing heavyweight names in reggae, alt-rock, and other lightweight music genres that have rabid followings. But its expansive bar area at the front of the spacious venue also shines as one of the best and most underrated drink stops in Vegas. The craft beer selection showcases the best of East Coast and West Coast microbrews and rotates frequently, and perhaps even better than the beer is their bar food menu which offers high-end creative takes on the classics. Insiders tip: if you’ve got concert tickets, we highly recommend you come for Happy Hour and then stay for the concert afterward to avoid long waits in line. Except on the 1-2 times a month a major artist drops in for a more intimate show, Brooklyn Bowl is one of the more affordable ways to drink, eat, and catch live music on the Strip… and thus always draws a crowd.
- Location: The Cromwell Hotel & Casino (Center Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Monday through Friday from 9PM to 8PM
- Happy Hour Deal: Vodka cocktails and beer specials for $2
- View Interlude Food Menu: here
Ummm…. in case you just missed it above, this place offers $2 well vodka drinks from 9 in the morning until 8 at night – 11 straight hours of debauchery. Oh, you need us to sell you harder than that? Interlude, the classy casino lounge inside new(ish) Cromwell Hotel, is the perfect spot to meet up with friends for a happy hour drink at any time of the day. Located at the heart of the resort’s richly red-hued upscale gaming floor, Interlude is surrounded by all the blinking-lights-and-dinging-sounds action Vegas is known for, which makes it the perfect spot to connect with friends and strangers, socialize, and tell your tawdry Sin City stories about last night. Booth and table seating offer intimate spaces to gather, and video poker fans can enjoy plenty of space at the bar while friendly bartenders are quick on the draw with a happy hour cocktail. Guests can enjoy free live music on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, or from Thursdays to Sundays take in one of the best people-watching scenes in Vegas: the evening crowd buildup to crazy nights – and crazy lines – at Drai’s Nightclub and Drai’s After Hours, each located next-door to Interlude and hands-down two of the best hip-hop music scenes in all of Vegas.
10) Tom’s Urban
- Location: New York New York Hotel & Casino (North Strip)
- Happy Hour Time: Monday through Friday from 2PM to 5PM; Sunday through Thursday from 11PM to close
- Happy Hour Deal: Half off bottles of wine, all beers, & punch bowls; $5 and $10 appetizers & bites (e.g. loaded tots, mac and cheese, fried pickles, chicken potstickers, sliders, and wings).
- View Tom’s Urban Food Menu: here
A national casual dining chain founded in 2012, Tom’s Urban evolved into a restaurant and interactive sports bar with “big watch opportunities” AKA ones where guests would gather to watch various big-ticket sporting events from the Super Bowl and the NCAA March Madness basketball tourney to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to live music performances and even major e-sports tournaments. If you’re in search of a food-centric happy hour experience on the Strip that remains reasonably priced, Tom’s Urban literally has something for everyone in your group with its eclectic blend of – and flavorfully unique takes on – the world’s favorite street foods. From signature dishes such as The Slopper and Asian Crispy Duck Wings to classics like burgers, wings, pizzas, and sandwiches, Tom’s Urban is one of the best casual dining joints and watering holes in all of Las Vegas. It’s also great for late-afternoon happy hour people-watching, with two covered outdoor patios sporting state-of-the-art misters to help you beat the summer heat as you laugh at all the inebriated tourists (including yourself) crowding the Vegas Strip.
OK, so you’ve gotten your “Happy Hour in Vegas” itch scratched early, and for your next chapter in your storybook Vegas weekend you’re ready to let loose on a pulsating dance floor, amirite? What’s the next step??? Line up your party plans in advance and set aside the appropriate budgets (or sign up for guest lists) using our Discotech app. Available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp!, Discotech is here to make sure that rising bar buzz of yours carries over into high-energy late-night and next-day adventures. Cheers lads and lasses!