Free Drinks and Free Shows In Las Vegas

“Free” anything in Las Vegas may sound like a trick–but don’t believe it. There are actually ways of getting both free drinks and free entertainment in Las Vegas resorts, if you know the secrets.

Alright, the free drinks are not exactly free. But it is an unspoken rule that anyone wagering or playing table games, video gaming or slot machines is entitled to free beverages, soft or hard. Some casinos even let you call what brand of spirits, beer or wine you want. At a bar the bartender will serve you; on the casino floor, cocktail servers will come to your location (though sometimes you have to call their attention). The basic rule is that you must have money in the machine, ready to be bet. How fast you are betting may or may be not monitored, and it’s up to the server’s discretion how much you can drink. Tips ($1 or 2 is appropriate) are happily accepted, and certainly encourage your server’s favor.  And if that doesn’t work…try another casino. Some are more generous than others.

Many hotels also offer two-for-one drink coupons at check in, too–so don’t forget to look through everything they hand you with your room keys, and ask at the concierge desk.

Fremont Street Experience: Downtown’s pedestrian mall between the casinos isn’t just about the “viva vision” light and music canopy. Live entertainment, including famous touring acts, regularly appear on three stages, while street performers and visual artists of an ever-expanding description can be found in between. Oh, and don’t forget to duck into Binion’s and have your picture taken with a million dollars. And yes, it’s all free.

Carnival Midway and Circus Acts, Circus Circus: Incredibly, the legendary Circus Circus (now one of the oldest properties on the Strip) really does feature circus acts, just as it did back when Hunter S. Thompson immortalized them in the ’70s (no, they’re not the same performer…we think) . Find them amid their mezzanine-level carnival midway, every hour from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. In between, you can play games and win prizes!

Lake of Dreams, Wynn: In keeping with the artistic and individual theme of the Wynn and Encore resorts, this animatronic light and music show, with varying elements, appears nightly 8:30 p.m. to midnight at half-hour intervals in the waterfall and lagoon facing the Parasol Down bar, SW Steakhouse and Lakeside Grill. It’s a bit difficult to describe–we can tell you there’s a singing frog involved–but it’s definitely something you won’t see anywhere else. You might be encouraged to buy a drink or a bite here, but it isn’t 100% required.

Mirage Volcano: It might be easy to take this one for granted, but the Mirage Volcano–one of the original Vegas Strip spectacles–was actually rebuilt a few years ago at great expense, using the expertise of WET Design (the same team behind the Bellagio fountains) and a soundtrack by none other than former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart along with Indian legend Zakir Hussain. Stand in front of this amazing display of water and fire power (from 8 p.m, to midnight nightly) and you will feel the heat, literally.

Then of course, there’s always the people watching on the Strip. That might be best show of all. Viva Las Vegas!

More Free Stuff in Las Vegas:

  • Bellagio Fountains
  • Aria Art Collection
  • Cosmopolitan Garage Art
  • Taste of the Arts At Wynn Las Vegas
  • The Fall of Atlantis at the Forum Shops AT Caesars Palace


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