Vegas Weekender: Rodeo rides into town

Cowboys, start your bulls! Vegas goes country this weekend with The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo riding into the Thomas & Mack Center Dec. 2 – 11. The Las Vegas Strip comes alive with plenty of country-themed things to do, so grab your 10-gallon hats and come join us! From mechanical bull-riding to topless temptations, it’s all happening this weekend in Vegas.

Cowboys’ night out

If you’re in town for the rodeo and want to have the ultimate guys’ night out, start with cocktails and cuisine at PBR Rock Bar. With lip-smackin’ ribs, pulled pork nachos and Dorito-crusted mac & cheese, PBR Rock Bar is the ultimate country experience. Drinks like the Stubborn Mule and the Hat Bender don’t disappoint. There’s even a mechanical bull, which makes for great entertainment. PBR Rock Bar is open daily and is located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood with indoor and outdoor dining that opens right onto the Las Vegas Strip.

Cabo Wabo Las Vegas

Cabo Wabo Las Vegas

Cabo Wabo at Planet Hollywood features country music and drink specials during the rodeo. Fans will enjoy two-for-one drinks all weekend with their NFR ticket stub. And Cabo Wabo will be serving up $8 Cowboy Cocktails – a Coors Original draft and a shot of Jack Daniels.

Once you’ve had your fill of bull riding and bar fare, continue the night with a steamy performance from the girls at “X Burlesque.” With sexy dance moves and clever use of props, the girls of “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo offer a seductive topless show that’s sure to please every male fantasy. The show plays Dec. 2 – 5 and show time is 10 p.m. on all nights. Tickets start at $54.02.


The lineup of concerts and shows in town this weekend reads like a who’s who of country’s finest.

Ron White will be sure to keep you laughing with his comedy show at the Mirage. White, best known for his act in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” will be appearing Dec. 3 – 4. Tickets start at $72.40 and show time is 10 p.m.

White’s tour mate, Bill Engvall, will also be in town at the Treasure Island, Dec. 2 – 3. The “Blue Collar Comedy” comic talks about life, his family and hands you your sign at his stand-up comedy routine. Show time is 9:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets start at $49.

Listen to the sounds of Lee Greenwood as he brings his Tennessee Christmas show to the Orleans. Tickets start at $33 and show time is 8 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Country superstar Clay Walker performs all of his hits at the Golden Nugget at 10 p.m. Dec. 3 – 4. Tickets are priced from $57.85.

Easton Corbin has two shows in town during NFR, one Dec. 3 at Boulder Station and one Dec. 4 at Santa Fe Station. Tickets start at $19 and showtime is 8 p.m.

Country diva Laura Bell Bundy plays at the Silverton Casino Lodge Dec. 3. Tickets are $20.

Travis Tritt performs all of his classic songs at 10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Eastside Cannery. Tickets are $49.95 and up.

Country music icon Garth Brooks returns to the Wynn hotel for exclusive performances Dec. 3 – 5 at 8 p.m. with an extra 10:30 p.m. show on Saturdays. Tickets are $253.

“American Idol” alum Josh Gracin sings his songs, country-style at 11 p.m. at the Monte Carlo Dec. 4. Tickets are $22.50


Home of bikini bull riding, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & BBQ at Treasure Island offers fun and food, all night long. The saloon portion is where the moody mechanical bull awaits, ready to buck you off without hesitation. The main dining room offers a great view of the Sirens of TI pirate show and plenty of Texas-style fare plated in Texas-sized portions.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s is a place where country music plays, the drinks like Who’s Your Daddy Margaritas flow, and Southern-style comfort food comes out of the kitchen. Perfect for a celebratory rodeo victory party, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill also features live entertainment and is home to tasty “freedom fries.”

Cadillac Ranch at Town Square is an All-American bar and grill that will surely be packed with rodeo-goers. The 15,000-square-foot restaurant is perfect for large parties and events.


The annual Cowboy Christmas Gift Show is a massively popular event during NFR that runs December 2 – 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Halls. The 300,000-square-foot show floor will feature 400 vendors selling jewelry, Western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, art, crafts and pottery, as well as Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.