Our favorite unique souvenir drink containers in Vegas

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An assortment of Vegas' most unusual souvenir drink containers

An assortment of Vegas' most unusual souvenir drink containers (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

What is it with all of the outrageous and oversized drink containers in Sin City? You know the ones we’re talking about. If you walk on the Las Vegas Strip or stroll Fremont Street Experience in downtown, you’re guaranteed to encounter any number of visitors slurping away on a straw with a giant football, Champagne bottle or Eiffel Tower gripped tightly in hand.

So why have wacky souvenir cups become wildly popular in Vegas? We posed this and other questions to Ashley Mazzone, assistant general manager of Purple Zebra in The Linq. The retail store and self-serve daiquiri bar, which opened in late December, carries countless types of drink containers. When you step into Purple Zebra, you’ll see them stacked from floor to ceiling in every shape, size and color imaginable.

“I think that souvenir cups are what Las Vegas is all about. They’re fun, unique and excessive – the perfect way to beat the intense Las Vegas heat,” said Mazzone. “For so many people, souvenir cups have become a can’t miss part of their Vegas vacation.”

Plus, these containers make great piggy banks to save change for your next drinking adventure in Sin City. This is something all the designers must have realized, because many come with a coin slot.

In addition to fanciful drink containers designed like cupcakes, soccer balls and stocking-clad legs (now we can re-create the lamp from “A Christmas Story” ), Purple Zebra stocks an array of seasonal vessels. For St. Patrick’s Day, they offered a green and yellow striped hurricane glass with a shamrock-shaped straw. While the NCAA championship basketball tournament is under way, fans can booze it up from a basketball cup.

Purple Zebra's massive selection of drink vessels

Purple Zebra's massive selection of drink vessels (photo by Andy Blanchard)

“We carry all of the classic souvenir cups, such as the ‘bling bottles,’ the 100-ounce ‘yarder’ vessels, the giant beer bottles and more,” said Mazzone, “but we’ve also created some of our own that are unique to Purple Zebra, like our ‘Zebra hoof’ vessels. We try to have a perfect vessel for everyone, and our huge selection makes that possible.”

At VEGAS.com, we decided not only to pick a favorite from Purple Zebra’s multifaceted hoard, but also to scour the city and round up the most unique souvenir drink containers we could get hold of. Below you’ll find, in no particular order, the ones that caught our attention. (Office fights broke out over individual favorites, so to avoid bloodshed we went with an unordered list.)

These containers range from historic to tacky, from musical to patriotic, and from sexy to sexual. Some of these cups can be re-purposed when you get home, but most will serve as reminders of all your good times in Vegas.

Note: The prices listed below may or may not include tax and are subject to change without notice. Many of these containers are available at multiple bars in Las Vegas, so costs – even for the empty ones – do vary.


Trevi's Welcome to Las Vegas sign souvenir cups

Trevi's logo and Welcome to Las Vegas sign cups (photo courtesy of Trevi)

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign

Where to find it: The walk-up gelato bar at Trevi in The Forum Shops at Caesars

Amount it can hold: 32 ounces

How much it costs: $15 filled with one of three frozen cocktail flavors (strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and Bellini). Refills and empty containers are priced at $10.

Why we love it: The actual sign, which is situated just south of Mandalay Bay, has been a landmark since 1959. A photo in front of it is a rite of passage for Vegas visitors. Just imagine how cool you’ll look standing in front of the iconic 25-foot sign while clutching its mini-me in your hand. Although the drink container doesn’t light up like the original, your face surely will – especially if you’ve consumed all of its alcohol-laden contents. And Trevi, if you get a light-up version, we’ll buy that one too and pay extra for it.


Golden Gate retro signage souvenir cup

Golden Gate retro signage souvenir cup (photo courtesy of Golden Gate)

Golden Gate sign

Where to find it: One Bar at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

Amount it can hold: 77 ounces

How much it costs: $25 filled with beer or $36 filled with one or a combination of 12 frozen drink flavors such as hurricane, mudslide, banana, Long Island iced tea, piña colada and mango, among others. Empty containers are priced at $20.

Why we love it: Looking for a way to combine your love of imbibing with your passion for Vegas’ neon sign history? You can enjoy both by purchasing this drink container made to resemble the Golden Gate’s retro-looking signage. Built in 1905 as the Hotel Nevada, the property has roots dating back to the birth of the city. In 1955 a group of Italian-Americans from the Bay Area bought and established it as the Golden Gate. Bada bing, bada boom…enda story, so drink up!


Bikini girl cup at D Bar

The bikini girl cup at D Bar (photo by Andy Blanchard)

Bikini girl

Where to find it: D Bar at The D Las Vegas

Amount it can hold: 44 ounces

How much it costs: $26 filled with a frozen drink, which comes in 18 different alcohol and nonalcohol-infused flavors (everything from strawberry, margarita, piña colada, mango and banana to hurricane, blue lagoon, mudslide, Long Island iced tea and Jack Daniel’s and Coke) or $27 filled with a mixed drink. Empty containers are priced at $15.

Why we love it: Wish you could sit down for a drink with one of the sassy servers who dance on the countertop at the D Bar? We love that you keep believing that fantasy, but chances are slim you’d ever score a date with one of those girls. However, you can always have a drink from the shapely cup that dons a similar fringed bikini to keep your dream alive.


Saxophone drink cup

A silver saxophone container from Purple Zebra (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Saxophone

Where to find it: Purple Zebra in The Linq

Amount it can hold: 100 ounces

How much it costs: $35.95 filled with one or a combination of 10 nonalcoholic slush flavors (like Watermelon Buffalo, Goin’ Bananas, Cosmic Lemonade, Polar Punch and Grape Ape) or $49.95 filled with one or a combination of 18 daiquiri offerings (such as Peachy-Keen with Cîroc Peach vodka, Seeing Stripes with Jägermeister Pure Energy and the signature Zebrita with Patrón Silver tequila and margarita mix). Empty containers are priced at $26.95.

Why we love it: If not the leader of the band, you’re sure to be the life of the party at any nightclub in Vegas. You may even draw a crowd of followers just by strutting down the Strip with this eye-catching metallic container because everyone knows that saxophonists – think Branford Marsalis and President Bill Clinton – are smooth, especially with the ladies.


Rockhouse's guitar drink cup

Rock out with Rockhouse's guitar cup. Note: Model is not included. (photos courtesy of Rockhouse)

Guitar

Where to find it: Rockhouse in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo

Amount it can hold: 88 ounces

How much it costs: $35 filled with either draft beer or a blended frozen drink from the daiquiri bar, which includes flavors like strawberry, margarita and others. Refills are priced at $22, and empty containers cost $20.

Why we love it: Guitarists are sexy and confident. If you’ve always wanted to be one but have never had a lesson, this is the cup for you. It comes in colors like white, red, blue, green, hot pink and yellow. You can get the gist of things as well as condition your fingers and hands without rupturing the eardrums of everyone around you. Once you’ve mastered the fine art of faking it, you’ll be ready to beat the pants off your friends at video games like Rock Band. Pair this with the saxophone above and you’ve got the start of a pretty good air band. Now if only someone could make a drum set drinking container.


Margaritaville's signature Booze in the Blender cup

Margaritaville's signature Booze in the Blender cup (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Blender

Where to find it: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Flamingo

Amount it can hold: 45 ounces

How much it costs: $33.95 filled with any of Margaritaville’s creative booze concoctions (including signature margaritas like Who’s to Blame and Fins to the Left) as well as drinks that are frozen or on the rocks. Empty containers are sold in the retail store for $10.95.

Why we love it: Want to “mix” with your fellow revelers? Why not raise a toast to the city that loves libations from the kitchen appliance that makes all of those drinks possible. Plus, Margaritaville’s creation is one of the few containers that has a practical use other than as a piggy bank. The handle on the back makes it the perfect size to serve drinks to your friends as you’re wasting away in Margaritaville – either at home or in Las Vegas.

 


Binion's cowboy boot

Binion's cowboy boot cup (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Cowboy boot

Where to find it: Whiskey Licker Bar at Binion’s

Amount it can hold: 46 ounces

How much it costs: $10 filled with beer or fruit juice, $17 filled with a mixed well drink, $19 filled with a frozen alcohol-infused drink and $25 filled with a mixed drink made with premium liquor. Empty containers are priced at $9.

Why we love it: Gold and shiny with Binion’s logo, this drink container would do any cowboy or cowgirl proud. It features a cut-out handle, which means you can keep a firm grip on your boot so the contents don’t go scootin’ away. Plus, your other hand is free for ropin’ up a good time on Fremont Street. The snap-on lid has a slot for coins, so this boot can be used to save up your change for your next Vegas hoedown.


Bucking bull cup from PBR Rock Bar & Grill

The bucking bull cup from PBR Rock Bar & Grill (photo by Jennifer Whitehair

Bucking bull

Where to find it: PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Amount it can hold: 32 ounces

How much it costs: $22 empty or filled with whatever you desire at the bar – from beer to specialty cocktails.

Why we love it: You have to admit it…the idea of drinking from a straw that’s sticking out of the back end of a bucking bull is pretty funny. And it just gets funnier the more you drink, trust us. The only thing funnier would be to drink from the container while getting on top of a mechanical bull (too bad that’s not allowed because PBR Rock Bar & Grill has an infamous bull ready and waiting for you to give it a try).

 


The flag pole container from T&T's Chonga Bar, up close and placed for comparison next to the huge iconic white mask sculpture outside the Jabbawoockeez theater at Luxor (photos by Ryan Shewchuck and Andy Blanchard, respectively)

Flag pole

Where to find it: Chonga Bar outside T&T (Tacos & Tequila) at Luxor

Amount it can hold: 100 ounces

How much it costs: $38 empty or filled with one or a mixture of the bar’s six frozen drink flavors (blueberry citrus, coral crush, pink lemonade, strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and margarita). All of the flavors are poured as “virgin” drinks with the alcohol (whatever you want – such as whiskey, rum, vodka or other selections) mixed in. Refills cost only $12.50 and you are welcome to get as many refills as you like during your Vegas visit, even if that visit lasts several days.

Why we love it: It’s humongous. It’s monstrous. It’s super colossal. Measuring a full yard, there really aren’t enough size adjectives to describe this behemoth of a cup. Although you can literally hang a flag from it, the name “flag pole” comes from the fact that it was originally served with frozen drink flavors in the colors of red, white and blue swirled together, thus creating a patriotic appearance. Thankfully, it has a neck strap. Even if you manage to muster some kind of grace while toting it around, you’re guaranteed to pass out the minute you finish drinking its contents.


Fishnet stockinged leg cup

Fishnet stocking-clad leg cup from Walgreens (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Fishnet stockinged leg

Where to find it: Walgreens in downtown Las Vegas on the corner of Fremont and Fourth streets. At least two of the Walgreens locations on the Strip carry it as well (i.e., at the Harmon Corner shopping complex next to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and in The Plaza next to Smith & Wollensky).

Amount it can hold: 100 ounces

How much it costs: Only empty containers are sold at the downtown Walgreens for $14.99. At the Strip locations, the same empty containers cost $19.99 and can be filled with soda or a slush for $22.99.

Why we love it: Attention all bargain hunters and DIYers! This fishnet-stockinged leg in a red high heel and garter is for you. By purchasing it at a drugstore, you’ll pay bare bottom prices…which means you’ll be a leg up on all the Vegas visitors who spent an arm – or a leg  – on it at the bars. We are already trying to figure out how to transform our leg cup into a lamp.


The Eiffel Tower drink cup at Paris Las Vegas

The Eiffel Tower drink cup at Paris Las Vegas (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Eiffel Tower

Where to find it: At Paris Las Vegas in the casino bars or at the walk-up bar near the replica of the Eiffel Tower

Amount it can hold: 60 ounces

How much it costs: $16.99 empty or filled with beer, a mixed drink or one of three frozen alcohol-infused flavors (margarita, strawberry daiquiri and piña colada).

Why we love it: Simply put, it’s très French. Drinking from this container will instantly make you feel more international and European. You may even find yourself uttering French words like “bonjour” and “au revoir” with the hint of an accent. Just be careful to whom you say, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?” And if you discover, for no explicable reason, that you’ve made a beeline to the boulangerie inside the resort to buy a baguette, don’t worry…that is perfectly natural behavior in France.


Cupcake drink cup at Purple Zebra

The cupcake drink cup at Purple Zebra (photo by Ryan Shewchuck)

Cupcake

Where to find it: Purple Zebra in The Linq

Amount it can hold: 8-10 ounces

How much it costs: $10.95 filled with one or a combination of 10 nonalcoholic slush flavors or $12.95 filled with one or a combination of 18 daiquiri offerings. (Note: Several of these flavors were mentioned above for the saxophone drink cup.) Empty containers are priced at $9.95.

Why we love it: It’s just so small and cute. We like to pick it up and go “aahhh!” If this container looks like a sippy cup, that may have been the designer’s intention. When filled with one of Purple Zebra’s nonalcoholic offerings, the cupcake and a similarly sized soccer ball are perfect for kids. But that’s not to say adults won’t adore them. We would be thrilled to get one at a wedding shower or to carry one around during a club crawl in Vegas as part of bachelorette party. In fact, they’ll make the maid of honor’s job a piece of cake, or rather cupcake, when it comes to planning the gift bag.


So there you have it, those are our favorite drink cup containers in Vegas. Do you have a favorite that we haven’t mentioned? If so, let us know about it…we may go add it to our collection!

Renee LiButti

I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.

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