Last Updated: 02/01/20 | February 1st, 2020

I love Las Vegas. I avoided going for years because I like to gamble and didn’t want to empty my bank account. However, when I finally went, I found the city used a lot a lot more than just ways to lose money.

Most people think vegas is expensive — and it certainly can be if you splash out and indulge (or are horrible at playing cards!) — but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to experience vegas without breaking the bank.

Today, I’ve enlisted my pal Abby Tegnelia, former editor of vegas magazine and all-around vegas guru to show us how to have a first-class vegas holiday without going home broke.

In recent years, Las vegas has exploded with five-star dining, A-list shows, and world-famous nightclubs.

But not everyone can afford to pay top dollar for a Hangover-worthy weekend or a food fest that belongs in the pages of Gourmet.

While it’s easy to blow the bank the second you land in Vegas, the gambling mecca has also made it much easier to experience its newly diversified enjoyment offerings at a fraction of the full price.

To help you plan your trip and keep your budget intact, here’s everything you need to know to be a high roller in vegas on a low-roller’s budget!

Table of Contents

How to eat Five-Star Food on a One-Star Budget

How to take pleasure in the Nightlife like a Celebrity

Vegas shows Without the vegas Price

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More Money-Saving Tips

How to eat Five-Star Food on a One-Star Budget

Prime-time seating at the Strip’s five-star restaurants is between 8pm-10pm, but these hot spots like to be full all the time so a lot of have both delighted hour and pre-show menus to kick off their evenings between 4pm and 7pm. (Details can vary between restaurants, so be sure to call first.)

Belly up to the bar if you don’t want to commit to a full table seating but are still hungry to try some popular food at low prices. Or sit down in the early evening for a pre-theater meal. (You don’t have to produce a theater ticket to keep the reservation.) Some also have prix fixe lunch menus as well.

Here are just a few of Vegas’s gourmet restaurants where the cost of a meal under normal conditions could reach into the hundreds of dollars, but you can use this idea to take pleasure in a five-star meal for under $100 (wine pairings might be more):

L’Atelier Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand)

Milos (Cosmopolitan)

Jean-Georges Steakhouse (Aria)

Michael Mina (Bellagio)

Eiffel Tower (Paris)

American Fish (Aria)

Reverse delighted Hour
Many vegas restaurants stop serving food by 10:30pm, but there are so lots of performances finishing up about that time that the strip has a tradition of the post-10 (or 11, depending on the place) “reverse delighted hour” with food and drinks starting as low as $3.

Some of the best reverse delighted hours in vegas are:

Firefly (two blocks off-Strip)

Bootlegger Bistro (old-school Italian, five minutes from Mandalay Bay, “graveyard specials”)

Holstein’s (Cosmopolitan)

Red Square (Mandalay Bay)

Stripburger (Fashion show Mall)

Ra Sushi (Fashion show Mall)

Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro (The Palazzo)

Sushi Samba (Venetian)

Późne śniadanie
A boozy brunch is a sin City staple. and in Vegas, the best ones come with unrestricted food and drinks on the weekends. here are some of the best brunches in town:

Border Grill (Mandalay Bay): take pleasure in all-you-can-eat five-star Mexican small plates, both sweet and savory, plus low-cost bottomless mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys.

La Cave (Wynn): On Sundays only, one of the Strip’s fanciest resorts uses a $48 all-you-can-eat brunch with mouth-watering dishes such as truffled grits, Canadian bacon, and French toast, plus $29 all-you-can-drink mimosas, caipirinhas, or mojitos.

Studio B (M Resort): At $25, this is a incredibly budget-friendly breakfast buffet with a complimentary Bloody Mary bar, champagne and mimosas, beer and wine.

How to take pleasure in the Nightlife like a Celebrity

To many, the holy grail of a weekend in vegas seems to be getting into the Strip’s world-famous nightclubs. Dobre wieści? Unlike other club-centric destinations such as South beach and LA, vegas is somewhat of a democracy. If you patiently stand in line and follow the dress code, you will eventually get in.

If you don’t have an expensive table reservation or know someone at the door, you’ll need to make sure you arrive early if it’s a busy night. I recommend being there by 10pm at the latest.

Being a group of people will make it harder to get in, so be prepared to shell out the full price for entry. Clubs like a 2:1 girl-guy ratio. If in any way possible, people must try to meet some girls earlier in the evening and go to the line with them. There is a good chance that you won’t go to the end of the line; instead, you could be put in one of the “half-way” lines. You still might have to pay full price, but there’sa chance you won’t, and at least you won’t have to stand in line as long.

If you meet one of the VIP hosts and aren’t sure if you’ll go to the club, know that the lists close at 9pm. try to call or text by about 7 or 8 to confirm your place on the list to beat the rush. know your assets: if you’re a group of young girls, ask your host to let you know if any of his tables of people are trying to find girls to hang out with them. Tip: lots of of the nightclub workers also have drink tickets for complimentary cocktails, so it never hurts to ask them to share!

Girls, do stop and speak to the promoters handing out flyers. Their job is to get as lots of ladies into the club as possible, so you can easily get complimentary entry with those flyers. Sorry, guys, but you’re out of luck there.

There’s a separate line at every club for hotel guests, so make sure to bring your room key. depending on the night, you may also get a discounted rate.

If you’re not staying at the hotel whose club you’re trying to get into, you can also make a dinner reservation at the associated restaurant if it has one. dining at Tao or Lavo will get you into their clubs that night, and eating at Andrea’s at Encore will garner a hand stamp for Surrender.

If a local puts you on a list through someone high-level at the club, make sure to mention that name at the door. Otherwise, you might be stuck in a longer line than you need to be.

All bets are off after about 2am, when the hosts have seated a lot of of their big clients, and the lines of people trying to get in have waned. If you manage to reach your VIP host by means of text, he’ll probably be finished with those paying customers. He can, therefore, run down to get you outside to let you in and might be a lot more generous with his drink tickets or finding you a place to sit. That said, if he’s partying too hard, he might not get your text to begin with.

Vegas shows Without the vegas Price

My favorite part about living near the strip is getting to see so lots of shows. similar to the discount booths in Manhattan for Broadway shows, Tix 4 Tonight has booths at fashion show Mall, Circus Circus, town Square, four Queens downtown, and various other locations around town. There you can find tickets for shows that night for 50% off.

The booths open at 10am and accept both major credit scores cards and cash. get there early!

Also make sure to check out, which has listings and deals for shows and some food specials. You can typically find some good deals here.

More Money-Saving Tips

Here are a few money-saving ideas you can use to keep your budget intact while still having an fantastic trip:

1. skip the weekend – a lot of people check out Las vegas on a Friday or Saturday and stay for the weekend which indicates this is the most expensive time to visit. By checking out the city during the week you can avail of the substantially minimized room rates and restaurant prices.

2. Gamble responsibly – It’s Vegas, of course, you’ll want to risk a few dollars in a casino, but don’t go wild. only gamble what you can easily afford to lose, because chances are, the house will win.

3. get comps – If you’re gambling the casino will typically reimburse some of your losses in the form of meals, discounted show tickets, and rooms. Make sure to ask about these (they’re used typically to returning visitors too, so make sure you don’t unsubscribe from the hotel/casino’s mailing list.

4. use vouchers – vouchers are nearly a currency in Las Vegas; casinos will give you a book of them when you sign up for a (free) player’s card and you’ll find 2-for-1 uses on meals in restaurants on the Strip.

5. Don’t pay cabs with a credit scores card – Taxis charge a service charge when you pay with a credit scores card (up to $3 sometimes!). avoid the charge by paying cash.

6. eat at the buffet – vegas as some of the best food in the world. With all the money flowing in, it must be no surprise but if you really want to save money on food, stick to the all-you-can-eat buffets. They will cost you about $20-30 — but you can eat enough to keep you going for a long time!

7. Pre-drink at the casino – To cut down on expensive drinks at the bar or club, drink on the casino floor first. The drinks are complimentary as long as you’re playing one of the games so just sit down at a penny slot machine, play slow, and drink fast. You can have 10 drinks for the price of one at the club! just make sure you idea your server.

A note about automobile Rentals

Here’s where I would save your money. Unless you’re planning on some off-Strip activities on your own, there’s no need to rent a car. The airport is 10 minutes from any hotel, so a cab is easiest. and even if you do decide to go off-roading or to the Hoover Dam, there are plenty of shuttle options when you make your reservations.

I’d only suggest renting a automobile if you plan to drive to the Grand Canyon or spend a couple of days outside the city. InneMądry, pomiń wynajem i zaoszczędź pieniądze.

Wiele osób mówi mi, że przybywają do Vegas, czują się przytłoczeni wszystkim, co można zrobić. Las Vegas może powodować przeciążenie sensoryczne i pozostawić nie wiesz, od czego zacząć. Znając kilka pomysłów i sztuczek, Twoja podróż do Vegas może być wspaniałym czasem, w którym traktujesz się jak VIP bez konieczności wydawania pieniędzy VIP.

Abby Tegnelia to były bloger Tarveler i były redaktor naczelny magazynu Vegas. Obecnie mieszka w Saratoga w stanie Nowy Jork i możesz śledzić jej przygody na Twitterze.

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