Las Vegas Tips and Tricks
Unfortunately, Vegas bankrolls all this fun and craziness by making as much money off visitors as they can (anyone who has been to the Subway across the Cosmopolitan knows what I’m talking about. Paying $12 for a gross sandwich is not unheard of on the strip), and you should be well aware of this fact before you try to make your next trip to Las Vegas. Luckily, with enough planning and creativity, an amazing trip to Vegas doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve got 5 awesome tips to help save you time and money on your next trip to Las Vegas:
1. Get Off The Strip And Check Out Fremont Street
If you sleep, gamble and drink exclusively on the strip, you’re almost guaranteed to pay the highest prices in Vegas. Hotels and casinos on the strip are betting that you’ll fly in, take a taxi and be confined to the strip through the entirety of your whole trip. This is why they can charge premium prices (especially for food). Consider spending a night or two (or your entire trip) on Fremont Street.
Fremont Street is classic Las Vegas: old casinos, storied hotels and $3 blackjack tables. This is an area of Vegas that’s managed to maintain its charm and style, and it’s much more affordable than the strip.
Vegas Tip: Stay at The Golden Nugget (on your second trip)
For your first trip to Las Vegas you’ll want to stay at one of the monster Casinos on the main strip, but once you’ve seen all the attractions and understand the chaos that goes on from walking the strip and dealing with the high prices, you’ll understand why I would suggest an alternative.
The Golden Nugget, in my opinion, is the nicest place to stay on Fremont Street.
Where some of the Casino’s on Fremont Street are much older, the Nugget is far from a dump. In fact, their newest tower is extremely modern. The Nugget’s casino is pretty standard, but for me it was the restaurants and pool that made it a favorite of mine.
The Golden Nugget’s pool actually has a water slide that goes through a shark tank!
2. Free Booze Takes Forever, Cheap Booze Comes Fast
The “I’ll Just Look Like I’m Gambling And Get Free Drinks” Thing Doesn’t Work.
I hate to break it to you, but if you’re planning on saving money in Vegas by sitting at a slot machine and throwing in a quarter or two every half hour in the hopes of getting plastered for free, it’s not gonna work. Cocktail waitresses aren’t idiots; they’re experienced professionals who are well aware that shmucks like me and you want to get drunk on their casino’s dime.
Booze Trick #1: The trick to Las Vegas is changing the way you think about the “free drink” system. The Casino’s strategy is to offer you a free drink allowing you plenty of time to pump hundreds of dollars into a slot machine as you wait for a free beverage.
Free booze sounds amazing and is a major draw for people to go to Las Vegas, how does 10 drinks for $10 sound?
Here’s the reality of the drink process: The waitress serving you likely has a massive section and will focus most of her attention on where she can make the most money from tips. If you think about it, you’d do the same thing if you were in her shoes – so don’t judge.
The trick to getting her to come by a lot is to tip her on every single drink she brings you.
What you do: When she brings you your first drink you look her in the eyes and tell her that you’re going to tip her $1 for every time she brings you a drink. If you’re with a friend, tell her that you each are going to tip her $1 for every visit – This works even better. The waitress now knows that every time she swings by to see you and your friend she makes $2. If you’re motivated to drink she’ll take notice and start making extra visits your way.
Bonus Tip: Learn the basics to the game Craps. Every Casino has free lessons every day to show you how to play. Not only is this a great way to learn an awesome game, it’s the best game to be playing for getting drinks. The waitress can empty an entire tray of drinks around a craps table and make $20 in five minutes. The craps tables see heavy attention from waitresses.
Other Alternative: Another option is to find a liquor store off the strip, buy booze there at a reasonable price and bring as much as you can with you while you enjoy Vegas (a camel pack filled with whisky and coke is ideal for these sorts of things). Also, drinking on the street is legal in Las Vegas. Plan accordingly, and you won’t have to sit alone at a slot machine like a dumbass while irritated cocktail waitresses pass you by.
3. Don’t Go Clubbing Without Doing Some Research
A few years ago, Vegas casinos began to see their gambling revenue go down, and they had to think of other ways to bring in money. Dance clubs have become a massive industry in Las Vegas, and if you’re not careful about the club you go to, you could drop anywhere between $50-100 just to get in the door. Drinks at these clubs sometimes start at $12. As a guy, this is a big problem you’re likely going to run into time an time again in Vegas (women tend to always get in these clubs for free).
Before you head out for the night, do a little research into promotions and deals for local clubs. No CoverNightClubs.com has a good list of clubs that men can get into for free or a reduced price.
Also, if you can avoid it, go to these clubs with women, and not just a huge pack of horny dudes. Dance clubs are sure to let you in for free or cheap if you have some girls in your group. If you’re a guy trying to get in alone at a club, they might not let you in no matter what because that’s just creepy.
4. Check Out LasVegasAdvisor.com For a List Of Cheap Buffets
This is an awesome website with a huge list of Vegas buffets which includes prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a star rating. Vegas is a town where you can get steak and eggs for $3.99, but do you really want to do that? This site is great because it’ll help you decide on buffets that are cheap but high quality.
Main Street Station’s buffet is a good example of a place that’s cheap ($8.99 for breakfast) but still has 3 stars.
5. Check Out VegasFanBoy.com
This is a glorious site created by a Vegas native that’ll get you privy to Vegas tables that are $5 and under, a comprehensive city-wide happy hour list and even a podcast where you can hear about insider Vegas tips to help steer your trip in the right direction. The site’s also packed with helpful reviews and information about hotels and casinos.
Vegas can be insanely expensive, but it doesn’t have to be with some research and planning. The most expensive thing you could do is to fly in to Vegas, and find restaurants and a hotel on the spot, but then again spontaneity is what a lot of people are looking for. At the end of the day, the type of Vegas trip you want to take entirely depends on you and what you’re looking to get into. Rolling into Vegas without reservations or a plan could be one of the funnest experiences of your life, if you can afford it.
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