Holiday deals dominate this month. The Cosmopolitan rink operates from 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and noon to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays through January 4, and this year there’ll be “real” snow flurries on the half hour from 6 to 10 p.m. Wed.-Sun. All-day access is available for $10 for Nevada residents. Bring your own skates or rent them for $5. The Downtown Summerlin rink is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, with earlier and later hours on weekends, depending on the day. The fee is $15 for unlimited skating and includes skate rental.
Every year at this time, a good premium for gift buying shows up. There’s a short window of opportunity at the Linq Promenade on December 12-13: Buy a $50 Total Rewards gift card from the Promenade box office, concierge or Sky Shop and get a free ticket for the wheel. The TR cards make good gifts as they can be used anywhere in Caesars Entertainment casinos, and since no premium is charged to buy them, the ticket is 100 percent value-added and worth the price of the wheel ride, likely somewhere in the $25 range.
Every gambler likes a comp, and there’s a good one available through the end of this month for two of the city’s best buffets. Earn 50 points in one day ($500 coin-in on most video poker or $250 on slots) and get a free buffet at Planet Hollywood or the Rio. The expected loss on this play (about $10-$15 for most video poker players) is well below the price of these excellent buffets.
With the rodeo in town, there are plenty of drinking specials out there, but I’m partial to that great holiday tradition from Ellis Island: homemade alcohol-infused eggnog. This one packs a punch and is available from the bar for $6 by the glass or $30 for a bottle.
The recently opened Golden Tiki on Spring Mountain Road (formerly Little Macau) runs daily happy hours from 2 to 6 p.m. and 4 to 8 a.m. with a free buffet. The food is catered by the nearby Fat Dumpling restaurant, which puts out some darn good grub, like chicken wings, pot stickers and eggrolls, complete with appropriate dipping sauces. Not your standard free-food spread, but free it is, and they cart it in freshly cooked as needed. Drinks are a dollar off, or just pay for your cocktails. In addition to the good deal, the bar has some character. Check it out!
With this being the Sinatra issue, I thought it would be appropriate to close with a Sinatra-esque deal. Both the Sinatra-centric issue you’re reading now and the TV special shot at the Wynn that airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS are free.
Sorry folks; that’s all I’ve got.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.