Another new year, another crop of only-in-Vegas deals . . .
• N9NE at the Palms is one of the city’s great steakhouses, but it’s not known for bargain pricing. That’s what makes its current prix-fixe menu, served nightly from 5 to 7 p.m., such a great find. The meal includes a starter, followed by a small “teaser” entrée, a regular main-course accompanied by big portions of green beans and parmesan mashed potatoes and a dessert, plus the chef’s amuse-bouche (a small appetizer at the start of the meal) for just $65. Worried about deciding between French onion soup and the garbage salad for an appetizer? Don’t be—you get both. As if that weren’t enough, it also comes with unlimited wine pairings! Switch back and forth between chardonnay and cabernet and refill as often as you like throughout dinner (they’re supposed to cut it off when dessert is served). There’s a similar deal for $55 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Nove, the sister Italian restaurant upstairs.
• It’s not often that you find something cool to do with your kids in a casino, but here’s a good one. For the duration of its run at the Venetian (through Jan. 27), children 12 and under are admitted free to Da Vinci—The Genius when accompanied by a paying adult. This is an amazing educational exhibit that your kids will honestly dig. The adult price for locals is $22.
• Get a lunch or dinner buffet for just $5 by showing your acePLAY card on Wednesdays at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. Or show your B Connected card and get $5 off the Friday seafood buffets at the Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast or Sam’s Town ($19.99). Both deals run through the end of January.
• The Orleans is running good blackjack mini-tournaments every Saturday and Sunday this month. First rounds on Saturdays start at 9 a.m., with a $50 entry fee and a first-place prize of $2,000. Sunday’s tourneys begin at 2 p.m., with a $25 entry fee and a first prize of $1,000. Both tournaments pay through sixth place and 100 percent of the entry fees are returned (which is the real key to a tournament being “good”).
• Several notable drinking plays also rang in with 2013. The new Firkin on Paradise English pub offers 2-for-1 pints on Tuesdays and $1 PBR and all-you-can-eat chicken wings for $12.95 on Wednesdays. Downtown’s Triple George and Mob Bar are running a “Two-Martini-Lunch” special with twofer martinis on weekdays. Head over to Shifty’s at 3805 W. Sahara Avenue to get draft Hamm’s (in a plastic cup) for a buck. Better yet, Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square has debuted “Dirtbag Tuesdays,” with 50-cent draft beer from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s also a $5 appetizer menu daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to midnight. Parlay the two on Tuesdays.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com, a monthly newsletter and website dedicated to finding the best deals in town.