Bargains, from oysters to bagels

Following are highlights from researching the July Las Vegas Advisor newsletter.

Casino MonteLago has re-opened at Lake Las Vegas. They want locals, and there’s a decent players club sign-up bonus that includes $10 in free-play and a $20 gas card for a moderate amount of play, along with some two-for-one meals and a bottle of wine that require no play at all.

From 2:45 to 6 p.m. every day except Saturdays, P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars, you can get unlimited freshly shucked oysters on the half shell for $1 apiece and two-for-one drinks. A 16-ounce draft is $7, so you can get a dozen oysters and a couple of beers for $19.

Poker continues to be the theme at the Rio, but poke is the story all year long at Hawaiian Style Poke on Wynn Road, across from Chinatown. Several versions of the raw-fish salad that’s seasoned in soy sauce, seaweed and onions go for $10-$11 per pound (about 40 percent less than you’ll find in places like Whole Foods). They also sell other Hawaiian specialties (chips, chocolate macadamias, crack seeds, etc.).

The Triple Play bar at 1875 S. Decatur Blvd. has pot roast on Wednesdays. Served with carrots and mashed potatoes and gravy, it’s just $5.99 for lunch and $6.99 for dinner.

The Crown & Anchor bars serve “Sunday lunch” from noon to midnight. This one offers a choice of beef, lamb or half and half, with peas, carrots, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. It’s $10.95, or you can get it free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by playing $20 through a machine.

If you haven’t been to a concert in the Pearl at the Palms, you ought to go. It’s a fantastic venue that books acts ranging from Tool to Tony Bennett. The deal here is on the back of the ticket stub, which you can show for a $10 match-play coupon at a Palms table game (a mathematical value of $4.70).

Bagels? They’re 12 for $8.95 at Bagelmania on the east side or 13 for $9.50 at Levy’s on the west. That’s 75 cents-per-bagel at the former and only 73 cents at the latter. But I’d rate Bagelmania’s bagels at least 2 cents-per-bagel better, and on Tuesdays it’s just $4.95 for a dozen, which is 41 cents each. No contest.