An Instacomp, a Golfer’s Happy Hour and a Well & Being Buffet

Aureole has happy hour options galore

The end-of-summer deal rush is on, starting with the return of the cool instacomp at Jackson’s bar on West Flamingo. Play $100 on a Friday and get a comped 10-ounce rib eye and shrimp dinner the following Tuesday. This is a smokin’ gambler’s deal that equals a full dinner comp for an expected loss of less than $5. The promo runs through the end of September.

Mandalay Bay has a resort-wide happy hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 p.m. until closing, with drinks and appetizers from $5 to $10. This is similar to inclusive HHs that run at The Cosmopolitan and Red Rock Resort, where you can move from place to place within the same property. Some of the specials at Mandalay include oxtail crostini at Libertine Social ($5), crab Louie cups at Stripsteak ($6), black-cod lettuce cups at Kumi ($9) and bacon-wrapped sliders at Aureole ($10).

Happy hours can come in many forms, so why not golf? TaylorMade Golf Experience is a cozy little par-3 course and driving range located on the Strip just south of Mandalay Bay. Prices are always low, but the best play is to go for its happy hour that runs daily from 4 p.m. to close. For $25 per person, you get a round of golf, one bucket of balls, two drinks and a cart. Night golf is fun out there, and you can hang with the cool ’tenders in the Flight Deck bar till around 11 p.m.

What’s left to be done that can set one buffet apart from the rest? I keep asking and the casinos keep finding ways to do it. The latest comes from the Feast Buffet at Red Rock, where they’ve added a “Well & Being” station. It’s an area for health-conscious diners that features “vegan, paleo, low-carb, high-protein, raw foods, gluten-free and super foods that are pH-balanced and rich in antioxidants and omega-3 and -6.” Brilliant!

Remember Davy’s Locker on Desert Inn? It’s Bert’s Gaming now. Not much pizazz in that name change, but you can partake in a 24/7 special of two domestic beers or well drinks for $3. If you’re a player, join the players’ club for a play-$20-get-$20 sign-up bonus.

Four—count ’em, four—new sportsbooks have come on line in time for football: a big and shiny one at the Wynn, smaller books at the formerly sports book–less Encore and Cromwell and a complete redo at Rampart.

On the negative side, the excellent show-and-buffet offer at the Golden Nugget is off the board with the conclusion of the engagements of Frankie Moreno and Clint Holmes. A similar deal at Hooters with the magic show Jarrett & Raja is also kaput. It’s tough to find a dinner show these days; however, there are still two: Tournament of Kings at Excalibur and Marriage Can Be Murder at The D. 

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and