Everyone knows the limitless nightlife possibilities of the Las Vegas Strip, but if you are looking to experience this town like a true local, head twenty minutes northwest, to Charleston Boulevard off Highway 215 and explore the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa. Here you will find some traditional Vegas nightlife options as well as a few fun alternatives.
Start your evening at one of Red Rock’s world class restaurants. Try local favorite Hachi, an upscale Japanese restaurant that prides itself on their sushi creations. If you are not in the mood for raw fish, try the more casual Salt Lick BBQ–also popular and offers a menu of steak and chicken choices.
Next head to bingo hall. While Red Rock Casino offers a lot of entertainment options for everyone, such as a bowling alley, movie theater with stadium seating, and an arcade the real fun happens at night (if you’re over 21). If you’re ready to gamble, there are always the age old craps, roulette, or blackjack, but a favorite among locals is to play a session of bingo in the 610-seat bingo hall, complete with plasma screens showing called numbers.
A five dollar cash minimum to play gets you a level-one packet. If you move up to the electronic devices, it can be upwards of about $20 per person. The electronic devices are the dream bingo cards for some bingo fanatics, because you basically program in the number they give you and sit for the entire 45 minute session watching your computerized screen in front of you dab your numbers for you.
Since you are gambling, help yourself to two complimentary drinks at the full service bar inside the bingo hall. Another huge bonus during your session is the Jumbo Progressive, which only costs $1, and is played before each bingo session. All Station Casino properties participate in this jackpot over $100,000 which hits at one of any of the properties. Whether the odds are minimal to win a jackpot of that size or not, it’s still fun to try. And what is more exciting about almost getting a bingo? Hey, maybe you will actually be one of the lucky ones who actually win.
After you are bingo’d out head over to the Rock’s Lounge and see Zowie Bowie headline. Think Fergie meets Jon Bon Jovi. Zowie Bowie received the “Best of Las Vegas” award in 2007 from the reader’s poll and “#1 Must See Show in Las Vegas by America Online. And the best part? It’s completely free!
The casino also offers a circular bar smack dab in the middle of the table games, if you just want to relax, drink, and lounge with friends. They do offer bottle service, or you can head into Cherry Nightclub for more of a club and dancing atmosphere. If you happen to be there on a Saturday, you be lucky enough to catch DJ Hollywood.
If after all the excitement, you need a place to crash, the Red Rock offers very plush hotel accommodations, starting at $109 a night. Many of the Las Vegas dwellers living on the Northwest and Southwest side of Las Vegas tend not to make that trek to the strip all the time, so having this place so close by is a real treat, and there is always something to do. Now, if by some chance you do get bored with The Red Rock Casino, you can always take a day trip to the real Red Rock, the petite mountainous national park, a few miles west on Charleston.
What & Where
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa (11011 W. Charleston Blvd; 702-797.7777)
Helpful Hints: Bingo sessions run every other hour, starting at 9am and ending at 11pm. It is open seven days a week.
Zowie Bowie performs Thursdays at 10pm, Fridays at 11pm, Saturdays at 8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday they stay on stage until 3am.