Las Vegas Top Ten ValuesSince 1983 the Las Vegas Advisor has provided hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas visitors with a monthly list of the best bargains in town.
About the Top Ten
1. Room Rates - El Cortez et al. - - $30 and up
Maybe it will change when summer’s over, but for now, room rates retain the #1 spot in the Top Ten. The “$30 and up” designation in the list comes straight from the abbreviated rate survey we do every month, as we continue to find several options for rooms in the $30 range (midweek), and that’s with resort fees included. For best results, monitor our room and show codes at LasVegasAdvisor.com and sign up for the LVA Gold online newsletter, which we send out every week for free.
2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
We continue to field emails telling us we’re wrong about the price of the complete steak dinner and beer for $7.99 at Ellis Island. “It’s $8.99,” we keep being told. No. It’s $8.99 when you show a club card, but if you play just $1 in any machine with your card inserted, you can swipe at a kiosk before going to the restaurant to get a coupon for $1 off, or $7.99. Granted you could lose the dollar, but you could also win, and the expected loss is just 2¢ (so the correct price is really $8.01).
3. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
The shrimp cocktail at Skyline is served 24/7 at the main bar and comes in a cocktail glass, with no filler lettuce or celery, and topped with a tangy sauce.
4. Beer - Casino Royale - 24 hours - $1
One of the town's best drinking options is located center-Strip at Casino Royale where Michelobs are $1 and a Coors Light draft is 75¢.
5. Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $5.99-$14.99
The Station buffets prices are $5.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $7.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations (except $10.99 for dinner and $13.99 on Saturdays at Santa Fe). Prices are higher for the better-quality buffets at Red Rock and GVR, but with the exclusion of specialty nights (mostly weekends), only by $1-$5. No other buffet deal in town has a better mix of price, quality, and convenience. Must show a Boarding Pass to get these prices, and be sure to use your Member Rewards Book twofers to cut these numbers in half.
6. Mac King Comedy Magic Show - Harrah's - Tues.-Sat. - $9.95
The monster value of the $9.95 deal for the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s shines through when you compare it to the current $82+ average for show tickets. You can get the Mac tickets at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask at the box office where they’re being distributed.
7. Hot Dog - Suncoast - 24 hours - 75¢
Same deal, different location for the hot dog special in the #7 spot. South Point and Suncoast have both had 75¢ers for years, but South Point has gotten the nod for its more convenient location. Suncoast now trumps that with 24-hour availability after moving its dog from a sports book cart to the nearby Bagel Corner restaurant. Whereas the South Point cart operates only from 10 am to 5 pm, the Bagel Corner is open 24/7 serving the big dog that still comes with kraut, onions, and relish, and is still 75¢.
8. Lunch Special - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $22.14
The price of the three-course lunch special at Cosmo’s Estiatorio Milos has been raised, but we’re not assessing the Top Ten’s standard price-increase penalty. That’s because the increase is just a penny to reflect the new year. The new price is $22.14 for this awesome deal that runs weekdays from noon to 2:30 pm.
9. Prime Rib - Hooters - Daily - $2.48-$9.95
New to the list this month is the prime rib special in the Mad Onion at Hooters, served daily from 5 to 11 pm. It’s a good one for $9.95, but the deal is in the discounts. By taking advantage of food vouchers and matchplays available to some degree on every visit, the mathematical price of the dinner can be as low as $2.48. Now that’s a Top Ten play.
At #10 is the tried and true lunch comp at the Crown & Anchors on the east and west side of town. Play $20 through a machine and get anything on the menu, comped. Hours are 8 am to 2:30 pm at the east location (Tropicana/Maryland Pkwy.) and 11 am-3 pm at the west (Spring Mtn./Decatur). If you miss lunch, the offer is extended until 6 pm on the east and 7 pm on the west for a free appetizer, and the deal is good every day.