Top 3 Las Vegas Indulgences on a Budget

There’s nothing much that’s cheap in Vegas unless you’re willing to take your chances on $9.99 deals for steak dinners and watered down beer pairings. But when in Las Vegas you should be able to experience a few indulgences despite your budget or losings at the tables. Go on! Get out of that dark casino and into the sunlight to explore a different side of Vegas. 

Las Vegas, Mirage & The Venetian by @Wandertraveler

3. Get a Kobe Beef Burger at Stack in the Mirage

What’s more satisfying than a burger after a night of drinking? Las Vegas has no shortage of places that offer delicious high end burgers. One of the most expensive burgers ($32) used to be at the Boulud restaurant at the Wynn and contained foie gras, beef and pork but since it’s closing I now turn to Stack. For $29 you’ll be fully satisfied with 10 oz of kobe beef piled on top of a soft yet slight crispy bun and their signature special sauce. It’s the perfect game day meal or to fuel up before a night out with your boys. Stack is also a great spot to take in any sports game and has a comfortable modern bar to hang out as you contemplate why that guy split tens. Watch out for the occasional beer and burger combo special or save 15%-25% with a dinner and show package. Cirque du Soleil’s Love is the best show on the strip and is accompanied by iconic Beatle’s music.

Bellagio Sweets

2.  Have Champagne & Chocolates

It’s a tradition of mine to have Champagne or sparkling wine and decadent chocolates on the first night. However, hotels can charge an upwards of $150 to deliver the items to your room. The wine ends up being something you’ve never heard of and too sweet or too acidic and the chocolates are soggy chocolate covered strawberries. You can also pay through the nose for pastries while waiting in a long line. Instead get exactly what you want by shopping at the discounted ABC or a grocery store off the strip. These shops are located all over the strip and downtown. You can get a reasonably priced bottle of wine that fits your budget and do a little souvenir shopping for the people you left back at home. Some ABC stores also supply simple grocery items such as bread, cheese and eggs for cheap. For around $6-$10 US you can have breakfast for an entire week. 

Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains & Paris Hotel by @WanderTraveler

1. Be on Top

The Paris Hotel & Casino offers one of the best views of the Bellagio’s Lake Como fountain show. At night time head to the top of the Eiffel Tower ($16.50 for evening tickets) and get a good spot along the railing. From here you’ll see the surrounding mountains turning deep purple during a desert sunset and a unique perspective of the fountain show. Afterwards head on over to Napoleon to grab a drink and watch the duelling pianos – For drink specials happy hour is from 4pm-7pm.
If you’re looking for something more intense look no further than the Stratosphere’s Big Shot ride ($15). You’ll be shot up 160 feet at 45 miles per hour while on top of the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. The view of the strip at night is spectacular and the ride will inject some adrenaline into your veins preparing you for another all nighter. 

Why not save up to $200+ per night and stay at a hostel in Las Vegas. Rates at the Hostel Cat:
Private rooms from $21 CAN and shared dorms from $12 CAN

Week stays starting from $72 

The Bellagio Fountains is the most popular free attraction on strip. Find more free shows at the Wynn, Mirage and Treasure Island
The Bellagio Fountains is the most popular free attraction on strip. Find more free shows at the Wynn, Mirage and Treasure Island

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