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.