Not only are there are lots of free things to do in Las Vegas, but it’s also possible for you to tip back a few cold ones on the house as well. That’s right, you can drink free in Las Vegas if you know where to go and how to play the game.
If you stay long enough, you will get free drinks hanging out on the casino floor. If you stay and play long enough, a cocktail waitress will come by and pick up your drink order. To get free drinks faster, case the casino floor to figure out the route that the waitress walks, then hop into the route in a place where she’ll reach you sooner than later.
It will take you longer to get a drink if you visit a casino that is either large or particularly busy. In order to maximize your ability to get free drinks often, stay away from the most popular casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and, instead, hit up the casinos in downtown Las Vegas and those that aren’t as well known.
If you’re a frequent gambler at a casino and are betting in the high stakes room, your glass will never be empty—nor will you need to pay for anything that fills it—but even if you aren’t putting your life savings down, you can strategically play your money in order to take advantage of free drinks. If you are able, plan to play at least $100 in credit or chips. When you put your money on the table, the pit boss will be called over. If he thinks you are a high roller, you may find yourself with frequent complimentary beverages.
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There are a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to getting free drinks in Las Vegas:
First, the quality of the alcohol is a bit lacking in many drinks. With so many comped drinks going out the door every day, this shouldn’t be a surprise. You aren’t getting top-shelf selections, and you may also find your drink watered down. If possible, order bottled beer in order to maximize the actual alcohol content.
Secondly, no drink is really a free drink. You won’t be paying for the beverage, but you should, under all circumstances, tip the cocktail waitress. Those in the service industry rely on this extra cash, plus it’s just the right thing to do.
Finally, if you’d like a free drink but you aren’t interested in alcoholic beverages, there are also plenty of other options available.
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