You don’t need a bottomless budget for celebrity chefs, craft cocktails and Cirque shows to enjoy Las Vegas. Here are some of the best things to see, do, eat, drink and more on a budget.
People have quite a few preconceived ideas about what a Las Vegas vacation should look like, usually involving suites, champagne, and $500 chips. But the reality is quite different, with far more visitors seeking to get a deal than blow a jackpot.
An old-school Vegas classic, Battista’s Hole in the Wall has been serving Italian food and wine—lots of wine—since 1970. A warren of rooms crammed with photos, decanters, novelty lamps, and other memorabilia, Battista’s also features a wandering accordionist. The menu is Italian classics, such as ravioli with meat sauce and chicken parmigiana, but all meals come with bread, soup or salad, cappuccino, and unlimited red or white wine.
A combination bar, restaurant and music venue, the Las Vegas version of Brooklyn Bowl offers something for everyone. There are daily happy hours from 5 to 7 p.m.and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a half-price deal on drinks and appetizers. While you’ll have to shell out for name acts like the Deftones or Gary Clark, Jr., Brooklyn Bowl does offer some no-cover shows, usually local acts or the occasional tribute band.
The Double Down Saloon is a beloved bar for 25 years now for many reasons: the charming bartenders, the eccentric regulars, the banging jukebox, the unique interior décor. But there’s also the bottom line of cheap drinks and free music. Whether punk or blues, movie night or burlesque night, there’s never a cover and the drinks are always reasonably priced. And Mondays through Fridays, happy hour runs 12–5 p.m., with any beverage in the house from PBR to Grey Goose running you a mere three bucks.
While the words “chocolate factory” should be enough to intrigue anyone, the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory offers more than just a sugar rush. The factory is situated out in the suburb of Henderson and contains a botanical garden of cacti and other succulents for visitors to wander through. Consider it a way to walk off any samples you might score on your factory tour.
What’s more fun than pizza, beer and insane stunts that are liable to get someone killed? Evel Pie is an Evel Knievel-themed pizzeria and bar in Downtown Las Vegas that takes its motif seriously, from the Evel pinball machine and Evel action figures to Evel Ale beer and rattlesnake sausage pie. A fun atmosphere along with cheap beer-and-slice deals have won locals and tourists alike—as well as the approval of the Knievel family.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.