10 Vegas happy hour hot spots

Happy hour – it’s that magical time of the day in the late afternoon or early evening when you can relax, unwind and find great discounts on cocktails and bites of food.

Whether you want to grab a pre-dinner drink or maybe have a snack before a late dinner or show, Vegas restaurants and bars have you covered for happy hour. Here are 10 suggestions for places to get your early evening party on:

1)      Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan: Enjoy happy hour all day with the Milos Meze menu. Offered daily at the cocktail bar, guests can experience the taste of Greece with fresh Mediterranean cuisine for under $9. Highlights include salmon or tuna tartare, Maryland crab cakes, grilled jumbo shrimp, fried calamari, zucchini or eggplant, and much more. As a bonus, guests who sign up for the restaurant’s new loyalty program through December 1 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night stay for up to four guests on Milos’ private yacht in Greece. The winner will be selected at random on Dec. 15.

2)     Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge at Mandalay Bay: Red Square features a daily happy hour from 4 – 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy complimentary vodka tastings, half-price appetizers, $4 domestic beer, $6 wine and $10 handcrafted signature cocktails.

3)      Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo: Guests at Diablo’s Cantina can enjoy $5 beers and tasty margaritas from 3 – 7 p.m. daily. There are also food specials and the “Wheel O Sin” is spun regularly to determine new drink specials.

4)      Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan: This French restaurant serves up happy hour Monday – Thursday from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy half off specialty dishes and cocktails from the happy hour menu. Cocktails include the White Mint, made with vodka, sugar, fresh mint, lemon and champagne – and the Penicillin, with scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and Islay float. For a tasty treat, guests can indulge in the tarte flambée with smoked bacon, goat cheese and caramelized onion or crispy pig fries with beer mustard and house-made pickles. Seafood lovers can indulge in oysters for only $1.50 each.

5)      Culinary Dropout inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Culinary Dropout features happy hour specials from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. Guests can choose from a selection of starters, sandwiches and salads including the grilled cheese sliders, the soft pretzels and provolone fondue and chopped salad for $6. You can also indulge in house potato chips with onion dip and fresh hand-cut french fries for $3. Pair your food with $3 mug beers, $4 well cocktails and the $6 Double Blind special including a paper bag beer and shot of the bartender’s choice.

6)      Fogo de Chão, 360 E. Flamingo Rd.:  Fogo de Chão serves Fogo bites at the bar Monday – Friday, 4 – 6 p.m.  Patrons can pull up a seat in the bar and lounge area to nosh on a variety of Fogo signature dishes including the house specialty Picanha, crispy polenta, Linguica (sausage), cheese and charcuterie platter, warm cheese bread and more. All bar menu items are $8, but guests who choose to stay for dinner will receive their bar food on the house. Fogo’s bar bites are available during happy hour only. Diners can also delight in half-priced cocktails, $4 bottled beers and $4 off any glass of wine.

7)      T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort or Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch: Both of these restaurants have expanded their happy hour by an hour, giving guests additional time to party. Offered daily from 4 – 7 p.m., with gourmet appetizers starting at 5 p.m., guests can nosh on snacks for less than $12 and enjoy half off craft martinis. Dishes include Vegas shrimp; watermelon salad with feta cheese; ham and cheese with Serrano jamon, machego cheese, roasted peppers and fig preserves; and ahi tuna tacos. Craft martinis include the Koi (Smirnoff Peach Vodka, fresh mango puree, fresh lime juice, fresh sour, splash of soda); Life’s a Peach (Smirnoff Peach Vodka, peach schnapps liqueur, fresh orange juice, Sierra Mist) and Picasso (X-Rated Liqueur, Pama Liqueur, Smirnoff Vodka).

8)      The Country Club – A New American Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas: This restaurant offers happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday in the bar and lounge, with panoramic views of the resort’s championship golf course and 18th hole waterfall. Chef Carlos Guia has created a menu of happy hour small bites that pair perfectly with brews, wine or cocktails, including maple and bourbon cured candied bacon with Aleppo chile, oyster shooters with Creole spiced Bloody Mary, American Wagyu beef skewers, peppadew pepper poppers and BBQ pulled pork sliders, as well as cheese and charcuterie platters that are ideal for sharing. The bar offers featured spirits, Cruzan Light Rum or Skyy Vodka for $7 in addition to specialty cocktails for $7 – $8, and select beers for $4. Small bites are priced from $3.50 – $8 and shared plates start at $18.

9)      The Barrymore at the Royal Resort:  This trendy bar and restaurant offers $5 select cocktails and glasses of wine and 50 percent off select bottles of wine. Happy hour is available at the bar or patio from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. There are also food specials ranging from $5 – $9 including lobster mac and cheese, roasted artichoke and Catalan-style grilled octopus.

10)  Verandah at Four Seasons – Head out to the patio at Verandah overlooking the Four Seasons’ pool and indulge in five specialty cocktails and five small plates for $5 each. The special is offered every day from 4 – 7 p.m.  Small plates include beef sliders, Caprese flatbread, calamari fritti and more. You can also head next door to Press, the lobby bar at the Four Seasons for social hour from 5 – 7 p.m. daily for half-price martinis and draft beer.

Bonus: Trevi at The Forum Shops at Caesars: This might not be a conventional happy hour, but it’s still worth checking out. Patrons can cool off all summer long with a gelato happy hour featuring $2 scoops of gelato throughout the week. The special is available Monday through Friday from 2 – 6 p.m. through July and August.



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