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 - Wild Wild West et al. - - $26 and up
Room rates are #1, especially considering that we’re moving into the super-bargain time of the year. In addition to low base rates, good bundled deals are also showing up, such as a $43 rate at Treasure Island that comes with 2-for-1 tickets to Mystère and a 2-for-1 buffet. That’s strong! Tickets for Mystère go for $79-$105, so the show twofer alone is worth more than you’re paying for the room for one night. The buffet is worth $25 and there’s a $5 drink at Gilley’s. When you apply the $109 in extras against the cost of the required two-night stay, it’s like paying $17.50 per night to stay center-Strip at TI! This deal is still available with the code provided in the “"Top Las Vegas Promotions” section at LasVegas Advisor.com. Sign up for the LVA Gold online newsletter to get notifications of deals like this when we find them.
2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
The Ellis Island steak dinner (#2) is served in the Café and requires that you print out two coupons from an EI kiosk, the second after playing at least $1 in any slot machine with your club card inserted, to get the $7.99 price. In addition to the best steak deal in town, you’ll also be entertained while you wait.
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. It's still only $1.49.
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 - 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. 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.
8. Prime Rib - Hooters - Daily - $2.48-$7.48
The prime rib special in the Mad Onion at Hooters is 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.
9. Hot Dog - South Point - Daily - 75¢
Even with all the football specials, $1 hot dogs are getting more and more rare, which is why the 75¢ dog at South Point makes the list at #9. These dogs are sold from a cart in the sports book daily, from 10 am till about 5 pm. Top ’em with onions, relish, and kraut at no extra charge, but expect long lines on game days.
The “Pick the Pros” football contest from Boyd Gaming (#10) steps it up a notch by raising the weekly prize from $20,000 to $30,000 (it will jump again to $50,000 in weeks 14-17 of the season). This free contest has the most money in it by far, so it attracts a big crowd and almost always requires a perfect card to win. But it doesn’t cost you anything to take a shot. Swipe your B Connected card in a kiosk at Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, or Fremont to play. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the first Sunday game.