Vegas.com’s south Strip bar crawl: Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay

We’re still a little hungover from our last Vegas.com pub crawl. But by the first shot we’ll be back in the game. This time we’re heading to the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, to crawl our way through Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. The best part of this crawl, other than the booze of course, is that we don’t even have to go outside. Sure, you can if you want to, if you’re one of those fresh air and beautiful scenery types. But if none of that appeals to you more than seeing the bottom of a glass in front of your eyes, then stay on the path and enjoy this indoor, three-casino bar crawl.

No matter how drunk you get, don't pull on those dangly things. It's just mean. Photo courtesy of Octane.

No matter how drunk you get, don’t pull on those dangly things. It’s just mean. Photo courtesy of Octane.

Octane at Excalibur
We’re starting off with a classic party bar named after fuel and set into a casino shaped like a mythical castle. Are we drunk already? Anachronisms aside, Octane is the type of bar a medieval rogue would feel at home. It’s a place to party, cut loose and not have to worry about mincing words regarding that scoundrel King Henry. You know the one. This is the spot to start our crawl because it’s high-energy, anything-goes and always a good time. This will gear you up for the rest of the night – or day depending on your schedule.
What to order: Beer and a Shot special for $12

Can we just get one of those bottles and a funnel, please? Photo courtesy of Tacos & Tequila.

Can we just get one of those bottles and a funnel, please? Photo courtesy of Tacos & Tequila.

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor
Let’s get some food in us before we go any further. After walking across the walkway to Luxor, head up the mezzanine level and find Tacos & Tequila, a hopping little taco spot with a full bar and a truly spectacular selection of tequila. We’re still rocking the party atmosphere, and we’re adding delicious food to the mix. You’re welcome to sit for a while and savor your meal, or just hammer back some shots, squeeze some limes and lick some salt – not necessarily in that order. Whenever you’re ready we’ll head out. No no, take your time. *sarcastically looks at watch*
What to order: What’s the name of the place?

If we just lay behind the bar can you turn all those taps on for a while? Photo courtesy of Rí Rá.

If we just lay behind the bar can you turn all those taps on for a while? Photo courtesy of Ri Ra.

Rí Rá Irish Pub in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place
Walking from Luxor to Mandalay Bay means going through the beautiful Shoppes at Mandalay Place. After the amount of drinkies you’ve ingested by this point, you might be tempted to do a little shopping. We highly encourage this behavior. After all, everyone makes better decisions after drinking. And you totally look good in those boots. No really. Buy them. *snicker* While you’re regretting that, hit up Rí Rá for an authentic Irish pub experience. We’re talking whisky, beer, whiskey with an e and much more. They may even have some lively music going. This is a much more relaxing spot than previous stops, but it’s still got the energy to keep you river dancing to the next cold spot (that’ll make sense soon).
What to order: Anything off the “Kick in the Ass” section of the drink menu

Oay. Ou thunn thay thee thuth thoo thuh thath. Photo courtesy of Minus 5.

Oay. Ou thunn thay thee thuth thoo thuh thath. Photo courtesy of Minus 5.

Minus 5 Ice Bar in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place
So far we’ve gone USA, Mexico, Ireland. Now we’re going to… Greenland? We guess? Maybe that country that has the ice hotel, or wherever Happy Feet was from. Whatever you wanna call it, Minus 5 Ice Bar at the other end of the Shoppes at Mandalay Place is an experience you won’t forget. The coldest place in the desert, other than our bed when we forget our anniversary (sorry, babe), Minus 5 has all the drinks you’d expect at a Las Vegas bar and the atmosphere of a frozen work of art. Spend as long as you can stand in the ice itself, or just get a frozen drink at the regular bar. Whatever you choose, this is the place to cool off from all the dancing.
What to order: Vodka flight all the way

This is how you end a bar crawl. Photo courtesy of Skyfall.

This is how you end a bar crawl. Photo courtesy of Skyfall.

Skyfall at Delano
Once you head down to the Mandalay Bay casino, hang a quick right and walk toward Delano, the luxury hotel connected to Mandalay Bay. At the very top you’ll find Skyfall, a gorgeous bar with a breathtaking view that’s the perfect spot to end our crawl. No matter how you’re feeling at this point, drunk, very drunk or super duper mega drunk, that view will make tomorrow’s hangover worth it. Sit back, relax and take in the night at this luxury lounge. And if you need to do anything in the bathroom – which we do not want to know about – be sure to check out that view too.
What to order: Get a signature cocktail like the WindingWheel. You deserve it.

Alternate Ending:

This is also how you end a bar crawl, if you like lots and lots of vodka. Photo courtesy of Red Square.

This is also how you end a bar crawl, if you like lots and lots of vodka. Photo courtesy of Red Square.

Red Square at Mandalay Bay
Like the DVD release of a movie from 30 years ago that didn’t end the way you wanted (we’re looking at you “Pretty in Pink”), we’ve added an alternate ending to this crawl. If you’re afraid of heights or just prefer the view of a communist leader’s severed head, pop through the Mandalay Bay casino and check out Red Square. The Russian restaurant and vodka bar has some amazing selections of vodka and ice on the bar to keep them cold. Splurge on entry into the fabled vodka vault and finish your bar crawl by slamming shots and trying to explain to Lenin why the disenfranchisement of the proletariat isn’t sufficient grounds on which to form a social safety net as the bourgeoisie will continue their motivated domination, even under strict wealth redistribution. Like, duh.
What to order: All the vodka, because capitalism… or something.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.