There’s no reason to stumble out of a bar, concert, late shift or any of the other after-dark activities Vegas has to offer and wind up home with an empty stomach. Avoiding 3 a.m. calls to exes, staying up a little longer to catch up on Netflix and prepping for that morning meeting you can’t miss is so much easier with a stop at one of these late-night joints.
Peppermill Fireside Lounge
The Peppermill (2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, peppermilllasvegas.com), so close to big Strip resorts you could almost walk there barefoot, stilettos in hand, is arguably the most popular round-the-clock restaurant in Las Vegas. The lounge can make you feel like cozying up to whomever you’re out with that night, ready to catch a second wind for Round Two. The atmosphere is extra Vegas, with extensive cocktail and food menus to match.
Peppermill’s menu includes comfort-food favorites such as Reuben sandwiches and French toast, as well as a wide selection of fun cocktails. Photography: Kin Lui
Feeling mobster-fancy in the middle of the night? Stop by Siegel’s 1941 (inside El Cortez, elcortezhotelcasino.com), named after Bugsy Siegel, for some prime rib 24 hours a day. Inside El Cortez Hotel and Casino, the American-fare cafe is popular among locals and tourists. The restaurant’s tufted red leather booths, sounds from the casino floor and classic old-school Vegas menu hearkens to another era.
Just north of the ever-changing Arts District, beneath the country’s tallest freestanding observation deck, stands something a little less conspicuous but just as relevant and famous—Vickie’s Diner (1700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, vickiesdiner.com). All day every day, diners can enjoy soda-fountain eats such as biscuits and gravy, open-faced rib eye sandwiches, and liver and onions at off-Strip prices, even though it’s right on the Boulevard. Grab a seat at the bar after a long night and eat all the things you’re not supposed to.
Secret Pizza Inside The Cosmopolitan
Tucked down a narrow hallway sans signage inside The Cosmopolitan (cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), nosh on Secret Pizza’s low-key Italian offerings until 5 a.m. The unsuspecting black sign with white-tile letters that looks like it could be in a skating rink snack bar does not match the menu items it lists. Judging by the regular wait to get in, crowds know this is one of the best slices in town.
With the main ingredients roasting before your eyes, you know the al pastor tacos at El Gordo are going to be fresh. Photography: Kin Lui
El Dorado Cantina
Nothing makes you feel like “Man, I’ve gotta fill up on chips and guac before I eat an entire plate of Mexican food” like watching women in amazing shape, wearing bikinis, do the splits around a stripper pole. Vegas, baby. Adjacent to Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, you’ll find El Dorado Cantina (3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr.,
eldoradovegas.com), open 24 hours a day. Tableside guacamole, salads and small bites are just some of the Mexican dishes you can get your energy from for a long night of beyond PG entertainment.
If you feel like starting or ending your night with good street food, good people and good music, make your way east on Fremont Street to The Bunkhouse Saloon’s front yard, where you’ll find the Fryking Awesome cart. Saddle up on a wooden picnic bench and grub on favorites such as hand-cut fries with homemade ketchup, barbecue tacos, soups and sandwiches crafted by chef Eric Scott, known among Downtowners as Sweat Michaels. He’s cooking for you Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 p.m. until Downtown shuts down.
Tacos El Gordo
Sure, you can drive through any fast-food restaurant that has a word rhyming with “yell” in its name. But why would you, when Tacos El Gordo (tacoselgordobc.com) is serving up authentic Tijuana-style tacos, mulas and sopes through its window until 2 a.m.? A craving for beef tongue after dancing at the club may sound strange, but it’s delicious, and at least you’ll know what the meat’s made of. There are multiple locations across the Valley, and the one at the intersection of East Charleston Boulevard and South Bruce Street is ready for you, Downtowners.