Saving Money At Buffets

For many years the buffets in Las Vegas with their seemly endless choice of food were seen by the resorts as loss leaders with their low prices just like the cheap rooms and inexpensive shows to get you to stay at the property and gamble in the casino.

This changed with all the celebrity chef restaurants starting to open in Las Vegas and the resort companies seeing the many things such as buffets as potential profit centers instead of a loss making service way to draw gamblers. The Cosmopolitan when it opened was a real game changer with its Wicked Spoon buffet that offered top quality food in small portions and became very popular so other higher end resorts  decided to up there game too with more expensive items.

If its your first time visiting Las Vegas and your budget allows i would go to one higher end buffets and experience one of the best buffets at resorts such as Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio or Wynn just to name a few. But if you want to save money and not blow your budget at when eating at buffets there is ways to save money.

Meal Time:

One way to save money is to either eat early in the day as usually breakfast is less expensive than lunch and lunch is less expensive than dinner. Some people also like to arrive at the tail end of one sitting so they can get items off the next sitting without paying for it; Many buffets close down usually an hour while they change from breakfast to lunch and the same from lunch to dinner, some items may not be available as they switch but it’s one way to get items off the next meal for no extra charge.

Theme Nights:

Another option is to avoid buffets on dinner theme nights if you are not going to partake in the item that’s part of the theme, examples of are prime rib night, lobster night, seafood feast etc; If you are not going to have prime rib for example on prime rib night you are paying a higher price than normal for dinner for a item you aren’t going to eat anyways.

Less Expensive Hotel:

Most often the nicer the hotel the more expensive the buffet is but it’s also more likely they will have better quality and wider selection of food items available. If you are looking for less expensive options on the Strip then hotels such as the Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrahs or even the Stratosphere are good options.

Caesars Buffet Of Buffets:

The Buffet of Buffets deal has been around for many years and i remember when it first started it was $19.99 but things have changed as the price now is considerably higher. The way the deal works is you pay the fee and then can eat as much as you want at five Caesars Entertainment buffets for 24 hours from when you pay.

Pricing is generally $10 higher if you are not a Caesars Reward member but its free to sign up and, you must be 21. The weekday regular price for Caesars Reward members is $59.99 and the weekend price is $69.99. If you want to add on Caesar’s Palace popular and expansive Bacchanal Buffet that is an add on starting at $25.

The question you might be asking does the Buffet of Buffets deal save you money that kind of depends on how you use it but to get your moneys worth you have to get three meals out of it which can be done with a little planing.

Near Strip Properties:

Las Vegas April 2012

Las Vegas April 2012

Another option is to head off Strip as prices are generally lower although there are several properties not too far off the Strip that can save you money. The Gold Coast, Palms and Rio are in a cluster a block off the Strip although if you walk you do have to navigate a busy freeway entrance and i wouldn’t advise walking when the temperatures are high. A free option to get to them is the Boyds shuttle that runs from the Strip to Gold Coast and another good choice the Orleans which is further off Strip.

The Palace Station which has recently gone through a refurbishment is another great option as thats also a long block from the Strip, i wouldn’t walk to this one its a long walk by a busy street but this buffet is also open at present 24 hours a day i would check current times before you visit.

Downtown Properties:

If you are heading Downtown anyways the three main buffets there are going to be generally less expensive than the strip with generally the Fremont the least expensive and then the Golden Nugget and Main Street Station a little more expensive.

Players Clubs:

Having a players card will often get you a discount on a buffet or you may get a bigger discount depending on your players card level or by trading in points. Off Strip or locals casinos are more likely to give you discounts with your players club but by using it when you often pay you often add to your points to use for comps.

Coupon Books:

Generally as the prices on Las Vegas buffets have gone up you see less and less discounts appear in the free coupon books and magazines; This being said it doesn’t mean you won’t find one as 2 for 1 buffets deals do appear for example so still worth checking out.


Barbershop Cuts And Cocktails Now Open

Cosmopolitan Pool Deck

One new place getting a lot of attention  is the opening of the The Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails at the Cosmopolitan in the space of the former Bond Bar on the casino floor. The barbershop is an old fashioned three stool barbershop providing services for men which seems to be the male alternative  with the Drybar salon for women on the second floor. The grooming menu has various opens from classic to clean cut to wild and rebellious and worth checking out if you need a cut.

Behind a broom closet is a hidden Prohibition style speakeasy with live entertainment at night such as bands, Dj’s and karaoke on Tuesday nights. The prohibition style speakeasy bar is not a new thing to Las Vegas and has been done in downtown before as well as at the Cosmopolitan and people seem to like the theme so i’m sure it will be used again. I will check out the bar as soon as i can and maybe try out the aged whiskeys  its another place to be added to the many new places for me and everyone to visit in Las Vegas.

Vice On Ice At Cosmopolitan

Tonight resident Dj Vice takes over with the ‘Vice On Ice on the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan with the event running from 7 pm to 10 pm tonight. The event also is a fund riser for the TAO Group Cares Holiday Drive which benefits the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and if you make a donation to the NPHY’s Holiday Wish List you will also be able to skate for free which is nice.

Ice Rink Hours: Monday to Friday 3 pm to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight

Light Snowfall: Every 30 minutes from between 7 pm and midnight every Friday to Sunday


Cosmo Tree Lighting Tomorrow


The second annual ‘Tree Lighting Ceremony’ of the 36′ tree at the Cosmopolitan happens tomorrow night at 7 pm and the event is free. Scheduled to host the event is Vegas Golden Knights defensemen Deryk Engelland. The event should help you get in the Christmas mood and after watching the ceremony you can check out the free winter wonderland around the Ice Rink or even skate at the rink for a fee.

Block 16 Urban Food Hall

Block 16 Urban Food Hall

The food options at the Cosmopolitan have always been very good with out of the many restaurants Holsteins being on of my favorites but many more there to choose from; Well if the selection wasn’t already enough comes the new addition of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall which adds an additional five new restaurants to the mix in space next to the Marquee nightclub on the resorts second floor near the Boulevard Tower.

The restaurants have different hours but something is open at most times day or night with also some open late nights to feed the club crowd that visits the Marquee club and other late night venues at the Cosmopolitan.

The restaurant that has been getting the most buzz at Block 16 is the first west coast location of a Nashville staple  ‘Hattie B’s Hot Chicken’ which sells its hot chicken with different spice levels from no heat to levels such as medium all the way up to levels like damn hot and shut the cluck up which i’m sure is crazy hot. The restaurant also has all the Southern sides you would expect as well as pimento mac which sounds interesting.

The other four restaurants at Block 16 Urban Food Hall are Lardo with amazing sandwiches with mainly pork, Pok Pok Wing with Vietnamese fish sauce wings, Tekka Bar Handroll & Sake with sushi and finally District Donuts from New Orleans which features 100 plus donuts with exotic flavors and toppings that are rotated often.

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Cosmo Rink To Return

Cosmopolitan Pool Deck

In what has become a yearly tradition the Ice Rink at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan resort  returns for a seventh year in a row.  The opening date is scheduled for November 21 st with it open through the holidays through January 6th 2019 with many of the same events returning including simulated snow every 30 minutes after dark on weekends.

As usual their will be special events at the Ice Rink which we we will cover such as special event skate nights, the always popular holiday movies and New Years fireworks.

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Buffet Skip The Line Fee

Caesars Palace Fountain

The CosmopolitanWhen you thought it wasn’t possible to add another fee in Las Vegas comes a new one although this one at least is optional; Two of he highest rated buffets have now added an option to skip the line and get seated right away for an additional fee on top of the meal charge. The Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon Buffet charges $10 to skip the line and Caesars Palace top rated Bacchanal Buffet has a $25 skip the line fee.

You will have to decide yourself if the skip the line fee is worth it to you but these two buffets are already two of the most expensive in town and i would go at a less busy time or go to a different buffet myself rather than pay the extra charge.

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Xmas In LV: Ice Rink At Cosmo

The popular Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip has returned for the holiday season and is open daily. The Ice Rink is free to enter but $20 if you wish to skate, the hours are Monday to Friday from 3 pm to midnight and on the weekends from noon until midnight.

Movie Mondays At Boulevard Pool

Monday night is Hollywood movie night at the Boulevard Pool on the scenic rooftop of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; As part of the Summer movie series they screen a different movie every Monday night on the big screen next to the pool. Tonight’s movie is the 1986 comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day off with Mathew Broderick playing the lead. The movie is free for hotel guests and children younger than 5 but is a $5 admission for everyone else. The doors open at 7 pm and movie themed food as well as drinks are available.

Next Mondays Movie- The Departed

Cosmopolitan Adds Parking Charge

The Cosmopolitan

As previously announced the Cosmopolitan is the latest Strip resort to add parking charges with daily parking charges of $7 to $10 a day for daily self-parking with valet charges of $13 to $18 which varies depending on the length of stay. When you arrive at the parking the first hour is free for everyone and if you are a member of the upper levels of the Cosmopolitans players club at present time you will not be charged for addition time. As soon as its Strip neighbors started charging for parking it was just a matter of time before the Cosmopolitan joined them or its parking would have been filled up by people avoiding the charge at its neighbors.