With the opening of Bocho at Sixth Street and Carson Avenue, Downtown has its first bona fide sushi house. All the mainstream sushi choices—tuna, yellowtail, salmon, etc.—run $4.25-$5.25 for two-piece orders. That’s competitive with most of the non-gourmet places in town. But hit up Bocho during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, when everything (including drinks) is 30 percent off, and you’ve got a jammin’ deal. An order of tuna sushi or a spicy yellowtail hand roll is $3.68, while an order of smelt roe is $2.98.
➜ The Stratosphere’s 25th-floor Radius Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge has finally reopened (it’s been closed since 2011). It’s accessible to non-guests ($15 men/$10 women), and you can get half off those prices by joining the “Take Back Vegas” club, which also gets you other deals at the Strat. There’s a happy hour daily from 5 to 8 p.m., with $3-$4 beers and $5 call drinks. (Speaking of the hotel pool scene, I erred when I recently included Palms Place in a list of pools that are free to locals; it’s not. My bad.)
➜ Staying with pools, the Carnival of Cuisine “tasting party” will be poolside at Palazzo on June 5. This one features fare from the Venetian/Palazzo restaurants, which comprise some of the best dining in town. Tickets start at $59 if you have a Grazie club card. When you think about it, it’s like getting the greatest buffet ever for less than you’ll pay for one of the big brunches around town.
➜ This special has been happening for a while, but for those who don’t know, from 6 a.m. to noon daily, all bars at South Point serve Bloody Marys and mimosas for $1. It’s one of the best drinking deals in Vegas.
➜ The Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series landed some big names. Playing on June 13 are Martha Davis and the Motels, the Tubes and the Smithereens. June 27 brings Smash Mouth and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Those are some pretty happening bands—albeit a decade (or two) past their heyday—performing for free.
➜ “Dive-In Movie Mondays” runs through September 7 at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool. The marquee at the pool transforms into a colossal movie screen, showing a double feature. The all-ages event begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5.
➜ Finally, I got a great tip from a reader via @LVA_Tweet: The ATM at Casino Royale charges a mere $1 per transaction. Aside from some sporadic refund promos, that’s the best rate I’ve ever seen. The Strip casino norm is $4.99 and up, and even Dotty’s charges $2. Keep those good-tip tweets comin’.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.