I hear much lamenting regarding the demise of free lounge entertainment in Las Vegas. We used to have 20 different choices for great free entertainment on any given night, but these days, the offerings are greatly diminished. Still, there are plays out there, including the once-a-week comedy show at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa called The Dirty at 12:30.
Formerly known simply as The Dirty, this free show runs every Friday night/Saturday morning starting at 12:30 a.m. (30 minutes after midnight) in the casino’s Grandview Lounge. The show has been running since 2013, and is hosted and produced by Gabe Lopez, who also acts as emcee for (and fills one of the slots in) the classic four-act comedy-club format.
It’s tough to give a blanket endorsement to a comedy club of any kind because they’re only as good as the comedians who are on stage each night. But you can rely on a club based on the talent level that’s regularly pursued, and The Dirty brings in some big names from outside the local ranks. A couple of weeks ago, for example, the headliner was Chris Porter, well known in comedy circles. Porter killed it! Following two acts who were themselves good enough to headline, he did a solid 45 minutes, pushing the show to a 2 a.m. conclusion. This is Las Vegas late-night entertainment the way it used to be.
Does the content live up to the name? To some degree, but it’s not over-the-top blue. And this is South Point, so you know that drinks at the bar are affordable, starting at $4 for a Budweiser. The combination of a good free show with cheap drinks draws a large, loyal crowd—many of whom are regulars, known as “Dirty Birds”—that pack the lounge. You can see and hear the show while standing outside at the bar but, for maximum impact, you really need to get a seat inside. That requires showing up about an hour prior to showtime to stake out your spot. Several of the South Point restaurants are open past midnight, so you can grab dinner before, if you like.
Or get even more creative. A couple of miles north of South Point is The Bootlegger Italian Bistro. The Bootlegger has been a cool hang for years, with good free lounge entertainment of its own. Join the players club and get $50 in free-play after playing $200, which is one of the juicier welcome bonuses in town. Grab a beer, listen to some music, play through the gambling bonus and order an appetizer or two from the bar menu. Right around 11, head up the road for The Dirty. That’s a pretty nifty parlay for a Friday night.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and lasvegasadvisor.com.