Mark Your Calendars: Las Vegas First Fridays in the Downtown Arts District

Published on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 by Lizz Riggs
Las Vegas First Fridays in the Downtown Arts District

July is coming fast, and you know what that means - the next First Friday in the Las Vegas Arts District is coming up quick!

(Oh, you didn't know that? Well, it's a good thing you're tight with Casino Boy.)

The Downtown Las Vegas Arts District holds this free, family friendly event on the - wait for it - first Friday of every month. For the most part, there's an abundance of various art of all shapes, sizes and types feast your eyes on, but that's not the only feast to be had. With several food trucks posted throughout the streets, plus blocks filled with shops and galleries to stroll in and out of, no one will go hungry.

Not only will there will be plenty of food and art to go around, about a dozen bands are set to play at various locations during First Friday Las Vegas, so there's free entertainment to be had as well!

And don't worry, thirsty Cheapos - there are plenty of bars in the Las Vegas Arts District to provide enough liquid libations to make this fun for the whole family (or at least fun for the boyfriend that you're possibly dragging along.)

Either way, once you've made the commitment to go to First Friday in Vegas' Arts District - or you still need a little enticing -  here are a few more things that you won't want to miss while you're here ...

Here's what you need to know!

  • First Friday is a monthly street festival in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas, the first freakin' Friday of every month from about 6pm-11pm. 
  • It's FREE! Of course if you want to buy anything (and you will), that will cost you, but lookin's cheap and that's why we go to bars instead of on dates. Wait, what? Augh.
  • Ready for some numbers? There are 100+ artists (painters, potters, photographers, jewelers and more) set up permanently in the Las Vegas Arts District and, on top of that, another 50 artists that temporarily set up shot outside for your listening, viewing and entertaining pleasures.  
  • The food trucks will be there to keep you full and fat happy, but there are full-time Vegas restaurants in the Arts District available for a sit down meal, too.
  • Bring the whole family! How many Las Vegas family friendly events available on a monthly basis are actually worth going to? The list can be short. However, there are plenty of kid friendly happenings from 6pm-9pm at First Fridays Las Vegas before the usual Vegas crowds take over the bars Downtown. 

The artsy places you don't want to miss

  • The Arts Factory: This place is full of art, full time patrons, visiting artists and new exhibitions all the time. On top of that they have a bar and bistro right there. Art, tapas and cocktails in one? Okay, if we must!
  • Brett Wesley Gallery: They are a favorite in this town known for binge drinking and strippers, but their art is just as interesting as nights involving either or both of those things! You won't want to miss a walk through this gallery.
  • Trifecta Gallery: Places like these give Las Vegas the "culture" that you thought died with all those signs in the Neon Boneyard. Two story galleries just make it twice as likely that you'll be going home with a new addition to your family, and not the kind that you have to feed and clean 50 times a day. 
  • Blackbird Studios: A little off the beaten path of the Las Vegas Arts District, this place has cool events on First Fridays and then a "Drink and Draw" event on the 3rd Friday of every month. You don't want to see the things that Casino Boy draws when he drinks.
  • The Gypsy Den is an old wagon converted to a thrift store with tons of little gems if you're not looking to make a big investment in a piece of art right now.

Let's get down to business...

Where are we going to get our drink on after - or before - we do a little art perusing. Don't drink too much or you might walk out with just about everything you don't need. This is not the kind of Vegas regrets that you want to take home with you, but let's face it, it's a little better than some of the regrets that could follow you home.

  • Downtown Cocktail Room: They're hopping on Las Vegas First Fridays, and for good reason. They've got great house music and a pretty good drink menu when you need to slurp back a few.
  • Beauty Bar: While most people think of this as the go-to Las Vegas Downtown bar for Nickel F~~cking Beer Nights (obviously because it's just such an eloquent name to attract crowds - and they're NICKEL F~~CKING BEERS) they attract crowds on First Fridays as well. Some people claim that Beauty Bar is like New Years on First Fridays, and we like that possibility of maybe getting a kiss at some point in a night, so why wouldn't you check it out? They have great live music though, so if the arts haven't put you in a romantic mood all day, then maybe your dance moves will work magic on some lucky lady this night.

So basically, whether you've considered it or not, First Fridays in Downtown Las Vegas' Arts District are a pretty cool change of pace to the Vegas nightlife scene, without going too far off the map. We still want to have fun, we didn't come to Vegas for no reason, but this event gives you a little taste of something other than boozing and grinding, and we kind of like that every now and then. 

Have you ever been to a First Friday in Las Vegas? Let us know about your thoughts, purchases, favorites and insider tips in the comments section below, on our Facebook page or you can even Tweet us about it. Also, if you're looking to get involved in this kind of thing, you can find out more info about volunteering or becoming a vendor using this link right here.


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Best Las Vegas Happy Hours This Summer

Published on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 by Lizz Riggs
Best Happy Hour in Las Vegas

There's no better way to spend a summer afternoon in Sin City than sipping (or chugging if you're like Casino Boy) cocktails at the best Las Vegas happy hours! Some places are better for summer sipping than others.

Like, duh, if the sun is shining and we're getting cheap drinks, the only thing that will make that better is being outside, surrounded by fun activities, pretty girls and boys with their shirts off and nicely tanned and oiled bodies. And if we're outside, soaking up those rays coming at us at 100+ degrees, we're going to need some alcohol in us, and make it cheap, please!

Well, some Vegas bars and lounges do just that! Here are some of our favorite Las Vegas happy hour specials...

Best Happy Hour with Outdoor Seating:

PBR Rock Bar and Grill has $5 Jager Bombs, 2-for-1 well drinks and $3 draft beers 3pm-6pm every day. Enjoy it on their outdoor patio - seriously, it's summer - or stay inside to watch sports on the tube. Whatever works for you. 

Margaritas, anyone?

Pink Taco: Not one, but two happy hours?! We like that. During the week, their first happy hour is from 4-7pm. You can get 1/2 price appetizers and 2-for-1 drinks. Opt for the margaritas - you are in a Mexican restaurant after all! The second round of these Las Vegas happy hour deals starts at 9pm. You get all the same deals, PLUS you can add $2 tacos to the mix.

Yolos at Planet Hollywood Vegas has $5 margaritas, house wines and well drinks Monday-Thursday from 2-5. Hungry too? There's $5 taquitos, flautas, tacos and quesadillas.

Carlos n' Charlies has 2-for-1 margaritas every day from 2-6, several flavors and two different sizes (regular and big mama) We personally like big mama's, especially if there's tequila in her.

For a Cold Brew:

Chicago Brewing Co. hosts happy hour from 4-7pm, and offers $2.50 micro brews and $6 pitchers. There are other daily specials on brews and foods, plus a late-night happy hour from 10 to midnight with $2 draft beers, half-priced wines and half priced well drinks and appetizers. 

All You Can Drink?

You'll definitely want to check out Blondies at Planet Hollywood. For $20, you can drink as much as you want from 3-6pm. 

Summer is for Sangria!

And after a few pitchers of it, we'll be 'sangrian' all night! (We don't know what that means, but let's face it, we'll probably do that.) And we can at Firefly on Paradise Rd., because during happy hour from 3-6 (Monday-Thursday, and 3-5 on Fridays) they have sangria pitchers for $12.00. Unlike many pitchers, these account for about 6 glasses poured out. Yum! Brews like Fat Tire and more are $2.50 (0r less!)

(Tip: Sit at the bar and you'll get complimentary tapas, like a bacon wrapped date, potato and egg tortilla and meatballs. Hungry? They have a full menu of tapas. Yummy, but there's still enough room for beer... and a 4th pitcher of sangria perhaps!)

Real Cheapo Status Vegas Happy Hours:

Double Down Saloon: All drinks are $2, Monday-Friday from noon to 5pm (Yep, even their famous Ass Juice!)

Triple 7: $1.50 micro brews from 4-7, $1 brews from midnight to 7am

Grab a brew, a margarita or some sweet sangria when you're celebrating your summer in Las Vegas, and you'll definitely be feeling a little happier. Especially when you can get them at these prices. Let us know what your favorite Vegas happy hour is, and if you haven't found one yet, maybe give a few (or all) of the ones on this list a go. 


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Where to Watch the Pacquiao-Bradley Fight in Vegas

Published on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 by Lizz Riggs
Pacquiao Bradley fight in Vegas

Alright Cheapos, we know you like a good brawl, and another great Las Vegas fight will be at the MGM Grand this weekend, June 9, 2012, so you're going to need to know where to watch the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Vegas! Manny made his grand entrance at the MGM Grand last night, quite the frenzy, so now we just wait until Saturday to see what happens!

 The last fight at the MGM Grand didn't sell out, and the MGM only let the fight broadcast in their hotels, so you're going to need to know where to watch the Pacquiao-Bradley fight while you're in Las Vegas before the very last second. You could buy a ticket to see the fight for an upwards of, well, hundreds of dollars. Aka, not a cheapo price.

There are a some reasonably priced Pacquiao-Bradley viewing parties in Vegas that will get you a clear view of the fight, a drink in your hand and a few fellow spectators to heckle.

Blondies Sports Bar at Planet Hollywood:

  • Price: $80 cover for Table Reservations Cover
  • Includes: All You Can Drink Domestic Draft for the duration of the fights
  • Doors Open at 6pm
  • Blondies Boxing Viewing Party Pacquiao vs. Bradley Fight tables sell out quick, so if you're waiting until the day of the fight to book a table for your party you may be out of luck friend. 
  • If that's the case, they have standing room for you to stand by your smart friends who booked early to get tables or you can wander around the room from TV to TV. At least you'll still have your beer.

The Mirage is having an exclusive closed circuit viewing party! Wow, everything sounds way better when it's exclusive, doesn't it?

Mandalay Bay Events Center

  • Price: $50 (plus taxes and fees, comes to right under $60)
  • What? A Closed-Circuit tele-cast. About as good as it gets for where to watch the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Vegas without being at the actual fight.

Miller's Ale House and Buffalo Wild Wings might be showing the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. They've shown the fights before, generally charge around $20 a head to get in (that was the case for the Mayweather-Cotto fight), so we have a sneaking suspicion they might do this again. Don't take our word for it, call first!

Check around at different sports books to see if they'll be showing the fight.

Your best bet to see the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Vegas is to call around. Don't go to a sportsbook, bar or house unless you know they're showing the fight and aren't already packed. You won't want to miss your chance to see the eight-division world champion “Pacman” Pacquiao and undefeated two-time welterweight champion “Desert Storm” Bradley go at it in Vegas. Even if you aren't in the same building, close enough to feel the sweat, you can be in the same city, on the same Strip.

Let us know if you hear about any viewing parties we don't have on the list and we'll share it with your fellow Cheapos! Tell us in the comments section below, like us (we know you already like us, but you can click the like button too) and join the convo on our Facebook page and even on Twitter. Yes, Cheapos can tweet! #Pacquiao #Bradley #PacBradley (all already trending) #wegotthis


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Making Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas Memorable

Published on Thu, May 17, 2012 by Lizz Riggs
Memorial Day Weekend Las Vegas NV

Every year we celebrate Memorial Day, commemorating the fallen soldiers of the Civil War with a 3-day weekend. If you choose to spend this weekend in Las Vegas, you will not be alone. This is the official start of the summer vacation season, so from now until Labor Day there are going to be more debaucheries in Vegas than ever.

Here's what we think you should do to celebrate the start to your summer this Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas. It's going to be hot. It's going to be crowded, and there will be plenty of scantily clad women for you to pretend to gaze over... America, am I right?!

Specials on Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas: 

  • Cabo Wabo Cantina: A Memorial Day patio party featuring drink specials and giveaways beginning Friday. Grab your own $15 pitchers, $25 buckets of Dos Equis and shovel down some Tex-Mex on special. The Cazadores Tequila girls will be giving away free merchandise and tequila samples. You think they're going to be doing belly-shots? Doesn't hurt to ask. What better way to celebrate a day commemorating the Civil War than with Tex-Mex and tequila?
  • Tacos and Tequila: From Saturday to Monday, there's 2-for-1 Bloody Maria’s and top shelf margaritas, 1/2 price daiquiri refills, $10 Dos Equis beer mugs and Patrón shot specials. Plus, "Funny Hour" half-priced drinks always just end up you getting double-drunk. Or quadruple drunk usually in Casino Boy's case.
  • Lynard Skynard BBQ & Beer: Thursday to Monday they're having "Lyve" entertainment from local artists, and then become your own local legends at “Klassic Karaoke” on Sunday and Monday at 9 pm. All weekend, $5 appetizers from noon to 6pm and $4 draft beers (Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager, Coors Light, PBR and Shinerbock), and $5 well drinks/house wine.
  • PBR Rock Bar & Grill: BBQ and beer, that's what summer is all about! And besides, May is National Barbeque Month, so celebrate before the month comes to an end. You can get a 15% discount on BBQ Beef Ribs, Texas Style Beef Brisket, Smoked BBQ Chicken and more from 3- 6pm all weekend! Budweiser beer buckets are $19 and a live DJ will be spinning tunes. 

Memorial Day Weekend Concerts in Vegas:  

  • The 14th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival May 25-28. All festival shows are all ages. Single day tickets are $40 and 3-day passes are $100.
  • Rock of Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience has a lineup of legendary rock ‘n’ rollers from the 1980s. This free Downtown Vegas concert will start off the Memorial Day Weekend with Vince Neil, singer of Mötley Crüe, on Saturday.

Best Nightclubs Memorial Day Weekend Vegas:

Supposedly, the Best Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend Parties will be at Tao, XS, Wet Republic and Marquee nightclub.

  • Trey Songz will be at Tao on Friday, Sean Paul will be there Sunday, and LMFAO takes over Monday.
  • Drake is going to Rehab throughout the weekend. And not THAT Rehab ... You know what we mean! Don't alert the Perez Hilton just yet.
  • Holiday pricing is in effect for all the top Vegas clubs and the best pool parties, so don't expect to get in cheap for any of these and you can be sure that you'll have to pay a minimum for VIP Bottle Service.
  • Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas: Las Vegas icon Holly Madison and DJ Felix Da Housecat are hosting a party Friday night, and UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos, will host his own post-fight party at the club on Saturday. A bunny and a meat-head go to Paris... Well, how about you just let us know how that joke ends. It will probably be better than when Jay-Z and Kanye are in Paris.

The Best Memorial Day Weekend Pool Parties in Vegas:

  • The Palms: Ditch Fridays will be hosted this week by Roger Sanchez. Then Saturday, get ready for Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Mark Foster of Foster The People, Questlove, Jazzy Jeff, Sex Panther, and The Disco Fries.
  • Saturday: Moorea Beach Club, Wet Republic and the Nectar Music Festival at the Hard Rock Vegas Pool. 
  • Sunday: Rehab, TAO Beach, Surrender (You'll feel so close to Calvin Harris), and Marquee all have great DJs, drinks and there will be plenty of celebrities walking around like they are real people.
  • Monday: The places to be are Moorea Beach and Rehab/Relax. Yes, you can either relax on the last day of vacation, or if you spent the weekend right, you'll be in rehab.
  • The Cosmopolitan: M83 plays the pool on Friday, Young the Giant on Saturday and Childish Gambino on Sunday.

You have your pool parties, your patio parties, your nightclubs and your concerts, and all of those pretty much say "Hello summer!" Tell us what you're up to Memorial Weekend in Las Vegas in the comments section below!


-Casino Boy


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Cinco de Mayo, more like Cinco de My-Oh-My!

Published on Tue, May 1, 2012 by Lizz Riggs
Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas NV

Happy (almost) 5th of May, fellow Cheapos! It's that wonderful time of year where the flowers are blooming, (well, the cactus in Las Vegas) the booze is flowing freely and the pool parties are in full effect. If you're using this Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas as an excuse for a Sin City getaway, you're in for some festivities this weekend!

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a Las Vegas Mexican restaurant?

  • Starting May 3 (yeah, we're starting early), Hussong's Cantina & Taqueria will have a beerpong tournie, fuseball tournament and a... Shakeweight competition. This is Mexican meets America the way we do it best - with utter nonsense that doesn't have to make sense to be entertaining. 

Working out and drinking at the same time? Great idea, guys! $5 shots (of tequila down an ice luge) and $3 draft beers won't keep you sober for long, so hopefully you're using this week to rest up for the weekend! This Mandalay Bay restaurant will have a Mariachi band cheering you on through the 60oz margaritas, or maybe even the giant margaritas if you're man enough for that.

  • Drink all day on the patio of Cabo Wabo at Planet Hollywood, which kicks off at 11am. It's going to be sunny and in the high 80's, so why not grab a $15 pitcher or $25 bucket of beer to get the party started before noon? Rise and shine and greet the day with a beer or 6!
  • This may be the perfect time to check out the Flamingo's new addition to the family, Carlos 'n Charlie's.
  • Senor Frog's Las Vegas is opening for the year and kicking off the debauchery this Saturday. If you're a fan of the never ending Spring Break Vibe, this is your spot boys and girls! Plus, you can be one of the first to check out their outdoor patio overlooking the Strip.
  • Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor will be celebrating the 5th of May with the cast of Fantasy! These dancers (and the DJ) will be keeping the party going from 7pm on, as if getting 6 tacos and 6 beers for $29 isn't enough to do that already! Guzzle down your 6 Coronas and you'll feel like part of the Fantasy crowd yourself.
  • Partying through the late night? Nightclubs Pure, Tryst, LAX and Tao will all have Cinco de Mayo Vegas specials going on! Hell, you might find lots of special things at the club this night! Dancing, tequila and pretty ladies will be in high supply and high demand, as usual.

This is the last night the Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will be open, so they're going all out for Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas 2012 and are planning on leaving quite a mess for the Linq to clean up when they take over. (Kind of like those parties all your friends throw when they move out of one crappy apartment and into another.) Everyone gets wild and everyone gets... free drinks! Starting at 10pm, drinks are all going to be $6, and every hour they will drop $1 in price until 4am, when they'll be free until the Rockhouse closes their doors for good. (Or at least until they move to Planet Hollywood down the street.)

Before the party gets started (or, let's face it, during), check out the much-hyped Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Whether you plan on attending the fight (good luck with that) or hoping to watch it at a bar or Vegas Sports book, we want to pat the guys on the back who thought of combining a Vegas boxing match with Cinco de Mayo. That's a good job by you, sir!

If comedy is what you're looking for (and we don't mean the kind you'll get watching drunk girls stumble around with one shoe in their hand and gum in their hair), Tim Allen will be doing his stand up at the Venetian  Showroom. Ray Ramano and Kevin James will be headlining at the Aces of Comedy in the Terry Fator Theater and Bill Maher will be at the Orleans Showroom. Now THERE are some laughs for ya, Las Vegas!

If comedy isn't really your thing, you can get sloppy drunk at the REO Speedwagon, Styx & Ted Nugent concert at the Planet Hollywood Theater of Performing Arts. Then again, Elton John- The Million Dollar Piano would be the more laid back option for all the grandpas, and possibly moms, out there. If that's more your style, don't miss him at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all the partiers out there. Let's not forget this holiday is in honor of the Mexican-American War, commemorating freedom and democracy. This is not the Mexican Independence Day, and most of Mexico doesn't even celebrate this holiday, so can we all agree to just do them a favor and celebrate for them? Party Hearty all! And please keep fully clothed and out of jail for at least most of the day ... Oh, and do us a favor and let us know where YOU will be partying in the comments section below. 


-Casino Boy


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