As we roll into our third month of triple-digit temperatures, it’s easy to get the summertime blues. But some great dog-days promotions give reason for good cheer.
• Flying under the radar at the moment is a good “free money” deal at the Plaza and Las Vegas Club Downtown. These casinos, under the same ownership, have dually launched a new players club with some good features for new sign-ups, the best of which is a $100 loss rebate. Play away with a hundred bucks and, if you lose it, get it back in two installments.
• On the Strip, the Tropicana is offering the same deal, only with a maximum rebate of $200. Here, too, losses are refunded in two installments (30 days apart). So that’s a $300 free-shot ($400 if you add in the $100 deal at the Cosmo), which gives you a lot of room to gamble with impunity while looking for something to go your way.
• Another deal for gamblers runs at the Four Queens in August, where you get a $25 bonus when you hit—naturally—four queens in video poker. With the Queens’ good video poker schedules, this is a nice perk. The bonus doesn’t graduate with higher coin denominations, so it’s worth the most when you play quarters.
• By now, you’re ready for a drink, and a good place to start is the newly opened McFadden’s in the Town Square shopping district. This place digs happy hours and runs several variations, including half-price appetizers and drinks all day on Mondays, free drinks for ladies from 9 to midnight on Tuesdays, and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas for $20 on Sundays.
• The Venetian is running “Drink Us Dry Saturdays.” Buy a ticket for the 10 p.m. showing of Rock of Ages and drink unlimited domestic beer in the Zebra Lounge from 8 to 10, or pay $25 for an upgrade to an unlimited open bar.
• Corkage! If you’re a wine guy (or girl) you know that certain restaurants will let you bring in your own stash, then open it for you and let you use their glasses for a fee. In some places the fee is nominal, while others charge to the point where it’s hardly worth bothering. In all of Vegas, I know of only two restaurants that charge nothing for corkage. The first is Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian, which has offered this deal for several years. The second is Todd’s Unique Dining in Henderson, where corkage is waived on Wednesdays.
• All I can say is it’s about time. Steak ’n Shake at South Point has a happy hour daily from 2 to 4 p.m., with 50 percent off select milkshakes. No beer. No wine. Just shakes. Drink responsibly.