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.
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1. Room Rates - Circus Circus - - $37 and up
Room rates move back to the top of the list after yielding one month to the opening of SLS Las Vegas. The city’s ongoing low rates are as much the reason for this year’s record-breaking visitation as anything else, and the recent increase in inventory from the new resorts is helping to keep them low. 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. These codes are good for shows, too. For example, there’s currently a deal for $41 tickets to Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s ($49 after taxes and fees). That’s $25 per ticket below rack rates.
2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
To get the $7.99 price for the Ellis Island steak dinner you need two separate coupons, both obtained from an EI kiosk. The first requires only that you swipe your players card and drops the price of the special to $8.99. Then, after playing at least $1 in any machine (with your club card inserted), you can print out a coupon for $1 off any food item, which can be applied to the steak. The first discount is good for your entire party, but each diner has to have their own second discount or the steak price will be $8.99.
3. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
The Skyline shrimp cocktail is an even better deal now, considering the recent price increase for the shrimp at the Golden Gate. The two are similar in quality, but Skyline’s is only $1.49 compared to $3.99 at GG. It’s served 24/7 at the main bar.
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. 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” contest from Boyd Gaming (#10) is only one of several free contests this year, as you’ll read in Gambling. But if you play only one, this should be it. Swipe your B Connected card in a kiosk at Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, or Fremont for a chance to win up to $20,000. Must submit picks before the kick-off of the first Sunday game.