Las Vegas is known for having some of the most expensive drinks in the country. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see people spend thousands of dollars in a single night. Hey if you like throwing your hard earned cash away then Vegas is the place to do it.
But for those of us who want the “VEGAS EXPERIENCE,” without breaking the bank or going home in debt, there are some options.
Why pay for bottle service like a sucker, when you can drink for free?
If you’re on a budget – or don’t feel like going into bankruptcy over your night out – then here are a couple of tips that will help you drink for free in Las Vegas.
Tip # 1: Gamblers Drink for Free in Las Vegas
Vegas casinos try to do everything they can to keep you gambling, but if you’re smart, you can use that to your advantage. If you plan on gambling, then use that time to get your drink on.
You don’t have to be a high roller to enjoy the perks. In fact, even those sitting at the penny slots can enjoy the benefit of getting free drinks for playing. It’s not unheard of for someone to milk the penny slots, maybe dropping a single dollar in the machine, who successfully get free drinks throughout the night. Although technically these drinks are free – I do suggest tipping the cocktail waitress at least $1 per drink –it is a hell of a lot cheaper than trying to get a drink at a Las Vegas Nightclub.
For those looking for premium drinks, instead of the well drink garbage that you get on most casino floors, check out the casino lounge bars. While you will need to play some video poker — most casino bars expect you to have about $20 in the machine — you will get a bump up in what you’re drinking. That being said, even if you’re sitting at the penny slots don’t be afraid to ask for a specific brand.
Tip # 2: Look for Local Business Events
If you’re in town on business, you really need to look into what business events are happening during your trip. Make sure you check out our business networking calendar for a full list.
Las Vegas is one of the top business cities in the world, and it has some of the best business after hour events you can find. Almost every night of the week there are free business networking events here in Las Vegas where the drinks are more often than not completely free.
Hey, you might even meet one of the city’s many celebrities or millionaires networking with the crowd.
Tip # 3: Look for Convention After Parties
If you are here for a convention or a conference, then you are set! I’ve never been to a Convention in this city that didn’t have sponsors throwing after parties, and even the bad ones usually have an open bar for at least an hour.
But don’t worry, even if you’re not technically here for a trade show, you still might be able to wiggle your way into one of the many after hour parties and networking mixers sponsored by these expos. Very rarely do they actually ask for your convention badge.
Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in the world. On any given day there can be as many as 30 – 40 different conventions, expos, and business seminars happening on or near the Strip. One of the best ways to score a free drink is to look out for some of the after parties that cater to convention visitors; the nightclubs will usually have signs welcoming them at the door. Most of these events have open bars and are usually a really good time.
Tip # 4: BYOB
I know; this one technically isn’t free, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than buying an overpriced $15 beer from one of the Casino bars. As long as it’s not in a glass bottle, walking with liquor in Las Vegas is perfectly legal. The Las Vegas strip has dozens of little souvenir shops, CVS, and Walgreens stores that all sell alcohol and cold beer! You can grab a six pack for under $10, or these stores all sell single cans for about $2 each.