Ten must-try happy hours in Vegas

You can’t walk more than a few feet in Las Vegas in the late afternoon or early evening without running into some happy hour or another. There are plenty of excellent happy hours in this town, but these 10 are must-tries, be it because of the variety they offer, the location, or something else that you don’t see elsewhere.

You can enjoy the patio view of the Las Vegas Strip, a cocktail and a cigar at Rhumbar.

Rhumbar: This Caribbean-inspired patio bar at The Mirage offers $5 cocktails and beer and $8 cigars from 2 to 6 p.m. daily. Try one of their rum-based concoctions like the Latin Manhattan or The Old Cuban and pretend you’re enjoying a nice little getaway in 1940s Havana.

Double Helix Wine and Whiskey: The Palazzo location’s happy hour features half-price beer and wine from 3 to 6 p.m., while the loungier Town Square spot has half-price wine, whiskey and small plates (think tapas-style bites) from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

PJ Clarke’s New York Chophouse: The famous New York-based restaurant’s pub-style eats have delighted guests at Caesars Palace for a while now, but the draw for Happy Hour is their fresh oysters. The Oyster Riot Happy Hour features $1 oysters from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday through Friday, as well as select two-for-one drinks.

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina: The bar at this eatery at  Crystals at CityCenter offers a “7 for $7” happy hour menu daily from 5 to 7 p.m., which includes select cocktails and Italian-style appetizers like tomato bruschetta with basil and Parmesan, calamari fritto and vegetable pizza at $7 apiece.

Society Café's drink specials are as pretty as they are palatable.

Society Café: Enjoy two-for-one margaritas, sangria, beer and appetizers starting at $6 at the bar and lounge area, weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. This Encore café has appetizers that run the gamut from meatballs and mac ‘n’ cheese bites to tacos and chicken wings.

Level 107 Lounge: Enjoy the view at what bills itself as the “highest happy hour in Vegas” – not that anyone will refute that. This Stratosphere lounge offers half-off appetizers and two-for-one martinis daily from 4 to 7 p.m., with angus sliders, banh mi-style duck sliders, and roasted pork belly among the selections on the varied appetizer menu.

Sushisamba: This blend of South American and Japanese cuisine at the Palazzo gives you two chances for happy hour, offering a regular happy hour Sunday through Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. and a reverse happy hour from 11 p.m. to close. The $6 special menu includes edamame, select sushi rolls, ceviche, taquitos and more, along with $6 caipirinhas and mojitos.

Lavo's Beer, Bubbles and Balls happy hour has a satisfying selection of drinks and eats.

Lavo: Beer, Bubbles and Balls. That’s what they call happy hour at Lavo, because they’ve got $7 Peroni (beer) $7 Iondo Prosecco (bubbles) and $7 meatballs, rice balls, fried crab balls, tuna tartare balls and brownie balls.  These deals run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily in the lounge and terrace areas.

Rock & Rita’s: This quirky bar and restaurant inside Circus Circus – think luchador masks and “American Gothic” with KISS face paint adorning the walls – offers a reverse happy hour. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, get two-for-one drinks and selections from a $5 food menu.

Brand Lounge: You can grab $5 Skyy cocktails, wine and domestic beers, as well as $9 appetizers including delicious thin slices of sirloin prepared tableside, calamari with sauce, sliders and wings at this Monte Carlo staple. Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.