Oysters, Beers and Blackjack—All for a Buck

Stage Door. | Photo by Jon Estrada

Stage Door. | Photo by Jon Estrada

Summertime in Las Vegas is a good time for The Deal. When the temperature rises, just getting customers through the door becomes priority No. 1. Consequently, as the days get hotter, so do the offers.

Dollar oysters are always a good place to start. A new restaurant on the west side called Other Mama (3655 S. Durango Dr., OtherMamaLV.com) serves $1 Blue Points nightly for as long as they last. The few times I’ve visited, they’ve been available. But if they aren’t, you can get Fanny Bays for $2 or Kumamotos for $2.50. The seven-piece sushi combo for $15 is also a play. Other Mama is a burgeoning foodie hot spot that draws a cool crowd.

Speaking of foodies, DB Brasserie at the Venetian is running a strong locals-only summer deal. Show your Nevada ID to get 30 percent off all meals (except during happy hours). This place ain’t cheap, but deals are relative, and 30 percent saves some serious coin here. The offer runs through Labor Day.

Evening things up on the low end, Irene’s Cocktail Lounge (5480 W. Spring Mountain Rd.) serves a good burger and beer for $3.99 during its daily 2 to 5 p.m. happy hour. It doesn’t include fries, but this is as good a burger (and beer) as you’ll find at this price, cooked to order and served with all the toppings. The happy hour also features $2 wine, Champagne and screwdrivers.

Another good happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays at the Border Grill in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Get quesadillas for $5, tacos and raw oysters for $2, and mini-tamales for a buck, along with beers for $4 and margaritas or sangria for $5.

A $1-beer play is always good. And if one is good, two is better. The main bar at the Las Vegas Club on Fremont Street sells 12-ounce drafts of Rolling Rock or Hamm’s for a buck. Those are served in a plastic cup. If you don’t do plastic, you can get $1 PBR in the bottle 24/7 at the iconic Stage Door on Flamingo Road just east of the Strip.

Here’s one for the gamblers: Aliante Casino in North Las Vegas has released a mobile sports-betting app. Most of the big books have them, but Aliante is an out-of-the-way independent sportsbook, which means its betting lines are often different from the big shops. Having easy access to those numbers is important when “shopping” for the best betting deal. Take a ride out north and sign up.

Rounding out the dollar theme, the cool “Throwback Thursdays” promotion, featuring $1 blackjack, is back at Binion’s. Single-deck games paying the traditional (but increasingly rare) 3-2 on natural blackjacks are dealt on four tables from noon to midnight. Get there early, or be prepared to wait for a seat—the tables fill up quickly in the evenings.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.