Deals in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Guide

Considering so much of the town is built on fantasy, it's fitting that even the name "Las Vegas" is a bit of harmless fraud. When Spanish scout Rafael Rivera first set foot in the region, the valley’s vast grasslands compelled him to name it “The Meadows” in his native tongue. But the bulk of those meadows are long gone, their wild grasses giving way to the neon-lit stretch of roadway known as the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s difficult to imagine a Las Vegas without casinos and resorts, but such was the state of things when the Hotel El Rancho Vegas opened on Las Vegas Boulevard in 1941. The largest of its kind when it opened, the El Rancho set the stage for a boom that spawned iconic hotels such as The Flamingo and the late, great Desert Inn. Tourism and gambling took over as the city’s largest industries after the Second World War, bringing with them a chapter of organized crime retold in detail at the Mob Museum in the city’s former courthouse. With this flurry of activity—sometimes legal, sometimes less so—the Sin City that we know and love today was born.

There’s more to a body than its beating heart, and the same can be said for Las Vegas and its Strip. A retro scene awaits visitors on nearby Fremont Street, nicknamed Glitter Gulch for its abundance of neon signage. Flashing lights announce the entrance to Golden Nugget, one of the city’s oldest casinos and, appropriately enough, home to the world’s largest golden nugget. There are plenty of other ways to relive the glory days of Vegas, such as taking in a show that celebrates the city’s colorful history. A recent hit among critics, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack relives the golden era with spot-on interpretations of Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, and the rest of the rowdy gang.

Of course, one might argue that the city’s golden era never really ended. The good times still roll at mega-resorts such as The Mirage and Bellagio, and shows from Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion are as spectacular as any the town has seen. The surrounding area, however, is just as famous for being home to world-class universities, museums, and landmarks such as the Hoover Dam.

Despite the bright lights that blaze nearby, life maintains a degree of normalcy on the quiet campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. You don’t have to be a student to marvel at the regional artifacts at the Marjorie Barrick Museum or take in a high-octane Runnin’ Rebels basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Though it has no professional teams, the city keeps one foot in the sporting world by annually hosting events such as the NBA Summer League.

To beat the ever-present heat, there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas, where air-conditioning is everyone’s best friend.
 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Los Lonely Boys – Up to 38% Off

Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort

$41.50 $25.70

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Legendary artists dive into the many sounds of blues while playing hits such as "Blue on Black" and “Heaven”

50% Off Pub Food at Blondie's Sports Bar & Grill

The Strip

$30 $15

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Sports bar on The Strip serves burgers, salads & steak amid big-screen TVs

Up to 50% Off from Cycle Pub Vegas

Downtown

$80 $45

Pub crawlers peddle the group-powered cycle to different bars as they play tunes over the sound system

50% Off at Parsley Mediterranean Grill

Las Vegas

$16 $8

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Fast and fresh Mediterranean food, such as chicken or steak shawarma, falafel wraps, and salads

Market Grille Cafe – Up to 43% Off Greek and Mediterranean Food

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Handmade Greek specialties and other Mediterranean dishes served fast, including pasta, gyros, and vegan and gluten-free options

50% Off at Maciano's Pizza & Pasteria

Rhodes Ranch

$25 $12.50

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Freshly baked pizzas topped with creamy mozzarella and pastas doused in homemade sauces

Up to 50% Off Island-Themed American Food at Rumbi Island Grill

Las Vegas

$20 $11

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Island-style rice bowls with a choice of protein, sauce, and rice, alongside entrees such as volcano-blackened mahi and luau pork sandwiches

Up to 70% Off Standup Comedy

L.A. Comedy Club

$32.95 $10

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Nationally renowned comics split sides in a showroom on the Strip