Often, the two key ingredients for a fun social gathering are drinks and music. Gold Mine Tavern's staff keeps the libations—draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails—flowing and on most weekends pour live music over their guests as well. Those tunes might vibrate off the walls of a tent covering the outdoor patio. They might even seep into the main bar area and reverberate against exposed brick, solid-red walls, or the flat-screen TVs that hang from them. Three pool tables fight video poker games for attention, and ceiling fans cool off any heat generated from the eight ball clacking against the six ball at the speed of frustration. Although the tavern itself was established in 1965, it recently underwent a full remodel.
The certified instructors at DanceCenter want to show their students the positive effects dancing can bring to their lives. At this large, wood-floored studio, students can gain flexibility and burn calories as they learn the moves of salsa, waltz, tango, country-line dancing, and ballet, among a host of other styles. Kids and adults can come in for personalized instruction and energetic group classes or private lessons.
For one night only, Yost Theater's stage serves as the centerpiece of the Rock Star Beer Festival, a celebration that gives attendees the opportunity to taste unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers. The VIP tent supplements the brews with mixed-drink samples from Cocktail City Vegas, and Chicago punk outfit Mest and Gwen Stefani–certified tribute No Duh will play throughout the evening. A portion of the proceeds benefit Beer for Boobs, a nonprofit that provides funding for breast-cancer research.
Mad Science of Las Vegas provides young birthday-havers (typically between ages four and 12) with more than 20 years of experience in showy, spectacular science. The engaging and high-energy entertainers will bring any group of up to 22 kids a dazzling 45- to 60-minute display of lab tricks, enchanting the wide-eyed youngsters with displays on the mechanics of fireworks, the power of static, and green water all aglow. Children may leave the party with educational and fun take-home experiments, such as super bouncy balls or slippery slime. Call ahead to book your child's birthday party. You may upgrade for an additional fee to include Mad Science Goody Bags at the birthday party.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Bunkhouse Saloon, a local favorite. The menu at Bunkhouse Saloon does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Bunkhouse Saloon's full bar. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. The perfect place for a large party, Bunkhouse Saloon will comfortably host your friends and family. Bunkhouse Saloon also features live music and dancing. This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Bunkhouse Saloon is come-as-you-are. You can also serve food from Bunkhouse Saloon at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Bunkhouse Saloon, too — meals there usually cost less than $15. Bunkhouse Saloon has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over. No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.