A Budget Weekend in Vegas
Are you on a budget, but still want to come to Vegas and have a great time? Well then, this post is for you. Vegas can be extremely expensive, especially if you stay on the strip, go to clubs, take taxis back and forth, or drink overpriced, expensive drinks. Instead, why don’t you take the budget route, and in my opinion, the wayyy more fun path too!
First things first, where you are going to stay is vital to the cost of everything once you get here. If you stay at the MGM or Mandalay or basically any other hotel on the strip, you are making a costly mistake. Not only are they more expensive per night, but then you also end up paying the high dollar amount for their drinks. Forget that! If you don’t have friends or family in Vegas, your best bet will be to stay on or around Fremont Street. For those of you that don’t know, Fremont is the Old Vegas. It is where Las Vegas casinos and such began. Places like the Golden Gate and Golden Nugget may ring a bell. Anyways, my recommendations are The D and Golden Nugget, but others like El Cortez or Four Queens may be a little cheaper. Either way, you are right there on Fremont Street and can have a blast.
Now, if you are into partying and getting wild, then maybe plan one night to take an Uber down to a club on the strip, or even do a pool party at one of the big hotels. Just keep in mind, that those are expensive to get into, and even more expensive to get a drink at (~10 each)! On the other hand, Fremont Street has tons of fun going on. You can walk from casino to casino, from old school bars to arcade bars, or even to the strip club! Whatever you heart desires, is pretty much all there at Fremont. Also, the Golden Nugget has a little bar/nightclub on the second or third floor. It isn’t any Haakasan, but it is fun and a heck of a lot less expensive. Another option is Gold Spike, just 1 block off of Fremont (walking distance), which has a large dance floor inside, and a huge backyard with oversized games, like trashcan beer pong and cornhole. All of these places either have free or cheap entry, and the drinks cost half the price then they do on the strip.
One place that has Nickle Beer Nights is the Griffin, which is on the East side of Fremont St. They don’t always have it, so look into it before you go, or just walk there and check it out for yourself. OR, if you have already been to Fremont and want to try some new places to drink, look into these and see what you think. You can have a Tiki night, where you bounce from Tiki Bar to Tiki Bar. My personal favorites are Frankie’s Tiki Room, which has delicious drinks and a great atmosphere, or Golden Tiki, which also has great drinks and most of the time a live band. Maybe you are more of a specialty drink kind of person, well then you can try out a bar/lounge called the Velveteen Rabbit. They have a cute backyard area, sometimes a live band, and really delicious and different specialty cocktails. I definitely recommend this place if you are into that.
Another place to go have some drinks for cheap and a good time is McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon. This is located in Town Square, a little south of the Strip. They have a dance floor, a DJ, and cheap drinks! What I recommend is checking it out, getting a few drinks, and if you don’t like it, head on over to Stoney’s Rockin’ Country. It is almost right next door (easily walking distance), and they have country music, a large dance floor, and fairly cheap booze. Especially if you go on Ladies Night.
Now, to make things even cheaper, maybe you take a day to venture out of the gambling and party Vegas, and into the nature and scenery of Vegas. Not only will it be fun to see what the actual city is like, but it will keep you from donating your hard-earned money to the slot machines! A few options are:
- Mount Charleston, a 30-minute drive up the mountain where you can hike.
- Red Rock, a 20-minute drive into a different mountain range, where you can hike into beautiful scenery.
- Lake Mead, a 30-minute drive Eastbound, where you can swim in the refreshing waters of the lake.
- Grand Canyon, a 2.5-hour drive, but with amazingly gorgeous views.
Each of these are great, and I suggest visiting each of them whenever you get some extra time. Let me know what you think in the Comments section below, and feel free to ask some questions if you were looking for something specific. I hope you enjoyed this post and got some info out of it. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE if you haven’t already, that way you never miss another post! Thanks for reading!