Come on, get happy: Happy hour in Vegas

Food, drink, fun — it seems to be the way I’ve lived my life since moving to Vegas. Often times at happy hour.

There are a few benefits to happy hour versus a full meal. First, it doesn’t take as long. Second, you don’t need reservations. Third, you get to the heart of the matter: eat, drink, socialize. No listening to a lengthy list of choice favorites and specials. No selecting from a book-sized wine list and pairing with your food. It’s a drink — in your hand, in minimal time — and hopefully food in the other hand.

Here are a few of my favorite happy hours.

Morton’s

Many a business deal has been made at Morton’s happy hour –s o many that the restaurant just east of the Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road has taken to calling it “Power Hour.” From opening – 6:30 p.m., Morton’s offers beer, wine and cocktails, most between $5 – 7. The “Bar Bites” menu offers $6 – 7 dishes. Power Hour is available Sunday – Friday, but just in case you didn’t catch the early seating, Morton’s reverse Power Hour is from 9 p.m. – close.

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Queen's Park Swizzle at Comme Ça.

Chart House

The Chart House at the Golden Nugget is a fine dining seafood and steak restaurant — but don’t let that intimidate you. Enjoy plates for  $5 – 7 during their happy hour, uniquely scheduled in the afternoon from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. You can also order $3 beer, $5 cocktails and $6 martinis.

Comme Ça

The Hourglass specials at Comme Ça in the Cosmopolitan feature a few cocktails worth having, like the Queen’s Park Swizzle (pictured here.)  Hourglass specials are from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and feature the 18A cocktail menu at half-price in the lounge. The reverse happy hour starts at 10 p.m.

Charlie Palmer Steak

One of my personal favorites, Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons offers small plates in the bar from $4 – 7 each. A fantastic selection of wines by the glass are half price. It’s quiet and elegant, but casual.

Simon

It’s getting chilly in Vegas, but at Simon in Palms Place, people are still getting hot for Happy Hour. Simon’s happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The specials (select appetizers, drinks, sushi rolls) are all just $6 each.

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina

You’ve scoured Stella McCartney for that gold-laced Falabella boucle bag and stopped by Pucci for a scarf — and now you need a drink. Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina in Crystals offers a “Happy Hour Every Hour” menu. That’s right, the happy hour is the whole day. With cocktails, wines, beer and appetizers all for under $7 each, this happy hour doesn’t get much happier (unless you also stopped by Tiffany & Co.)

El Cortez

Seldom can I drink more than one martini an hour. Luckily, at El Cortez Martini Madness, they give me two.  Every day, get two-for-one martinis off their martini menu from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at all casino bars.

Spa at Ravella

Not often enough do you get a manicure with your martini. Sure, martinis are good, but your polish is chipping on your right hand and your glass is flinching every time you pick it up. The Spa at Ravella offers a happy hour beverage and hors d’oeuvres along with a mini spa treatment every Thursday. The treatments, along with the food and beverage offerings, change weekly. For example, martinis and manicures takes place Nov. 3 and next Thursday is Long Islands and lashes. Each guest receives a cocktail, mini-treatment, hors d’oeuvres and a spa gift for $25.

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