If you've stepped foot on the Strip recently, you're familiar with the realities of modern Las Vegas: $8.50 draft beers, $20 hamburgers, the $50 buffet. The days of casinos using cheap food and drink as a lure to keep you at the tables are mostly gone, and if you ask them, we're to blame for not spending enough time stuffing quarters into the slot machines. Gaming revenue took a back seat to everything else years ago – today, the big resorts here aren't so different from resorts in other places. So, you know – enjoy that $19-plus-service-charge club sandwich by the pool.

Or not! Lovers of a good deal will be pleased to discover that the Strip isn't entirely hopeless. Happy hours still abound, from Mandalay Bay on up to Stratosphere. Some are outstanding, others are modestly useful if you happen to be nearby, some casinos have none or close to it, others have a wide range to choose from. Heading out? Bookmark this list of the best.

1. The Pub Monte Carlo

When: Mon-Fri 3-6

What: $3 off all drafts (down from $6+), $3-$6 food

Why: Upscale sports bar with good food and one of the strip's better beer lists. Also, the price is right.

2. El Segundo Sol Fashion Show Mall

When: Daily 4-7

What: $5 margs, $3 tequila shots, $4 sangria, $3-$4.25 beers, $3 tacos, $4-$5 quesadillas, $2.75 nachos and more decent deals.

Why: This fun, modern Mexican joint is a handy refuge from high prices at Wynn/Encore, across the street.

3. Milos Cosmopolitan

When: Mon-Thu 5:30-7

What: $10 small plates, $6 Greek beers, $11-$12 Greek wines

Why: Get your foot in the door at one of the Strip's more serious restaurants for less. Also, the food (bottarga, tartares, saganaki, etcetera) is better than most on this list.

4. Peppermill Lounge North Strip

When: Daily 3-6, 9-11

What: 50% off well drinks, wine and beer, $4.50 martinis, $5.50 mozzarella sticks.

Why: Classic Vegas – everyone should go here, deal or no deal. A short walk from Wynn/Encore, SLS, Circus Circus and more.

5. Yard House The Linq

When: Mon-Fri 3-6

What: $1 off domestic pints and other drink deals, decent food menu ($5-$8)

Why: Besides beer, beer and more beer, great for hungry types on a budget.

6. Taqueria Canonita The Venetian

When: Daily 3-6, 9-close

What: $3 drafts, $5 margaritas and cocktails, $5 wines

Why: A great deal in prime people-watching territory on the Grand Canal.

7. Andre's Monte Carlo

Tue-Sun 5-7

What: $5 beers, $6 cocktails, $7 small plates (stuffed dates, roquefort sliders, charcuterie and more)

Why: Great cocktails at great prices in a swank spot.

8. Beer Garden SLS Las Vegas

When: Daily 9-close

What: Drafts, call drinks and Umami fries for $5

Why: A beer garden and sports book powered by Los Angeles fave Umami Burger? Yes, please.

9. Hussong's Cantina Mandalay Place

When: Mon-Thu 3-6

What: 50% off selected apps, margaritas, cocktails, draft beers - $3 tacos, too.

Why: Unpretentious, cheerful cousin of the Ensenada bar where the margarita was invented. Very convenient to Luxor and Mandalay Bay.

10. db Brasserie The Venetian

When: Daily 3-6

What: Daniel Boulud's burgers, small plates and bites from $8.

Why: One of the hottest high-end spots on the Strip right now – for less. Mind those drink prices, though.

11. Stripburger Fashion Show Mall

When: Daily 4-7

What: PBR, Bud Light and Coors Light on draft for $2

Why: $2 PBR + Threesome (onion strings, fries and fried pickles, $7.95) + across the street from Wynn = perfect.

12. Red Square Mandalay Bay

When: Daily 4-7 10-close

What: Complimentary vodka tastings, $5 beers, $7 wine, $11 cocktails, app specials

Why: The famous ice bar – has it been here forever, because it feels like it – is still a lot of fun. Did we mention the vodka tastings?

13. Diablo's Cantina Monte Carlo

When: Daily 3-7

What: $5 drafts, margaritas, well drinks, $4 tacos

Why: Decent deal for Strip-side drinking (and taco having).

14. Blue Ribbon Cosmopolitan

When: Mon-Thu 5:30-7

What: $7 rolls and $7 Hitachino draft selection

Why: A good deal on some of the Strip's better sushi. Great room, too.

15. Phil's Italian Steak House Treasure Island

When: Daily 4-6

What: $7 appetizers, cocktails and wine

Why: A civilized spot for a civilized cocktail where you'd least expect it.

16. The Barrymore The Royal Resort

When: Daily, 5-7

What: $5 cocktails, wines and beer, oysters, bone marrow, grilled octopus and other serious eats for $7-$8. 50% off select bottles of wine.

Why: Escape Strip madness and hang with locals at this appealing hideout, steps away from Encore and the Convention Center.

17. McCall's Heartland Grill Stratosphere

When: Daily 3-7

What: $2 bubbly, $3 well drinks and drafts, 50 cent wings, $2 tacos and more.

Why: Cheap wings and champagne? We'll be right there. Even if there is Stratosfailure.

18. STK Cosmopolitan

When: Mon-Thu 5:30-7

What: $10 food, $5 beers, $8 vodka cocktails

Why: Wagyu sliders with truffle fries for $10 in a sexytime setting.

19. Tacos & Tequila Luxor

When: Mon-Fri, 11-6

What: $5 apps and drinks

Why: If you're at Luxor and trying to forget that you're at Luxor. Ask about their bucket of beers special.

20. Scarpetta Cosmopolitan

When: Mon-Thu 5:30-7

What: $7 small plates and cocktails

Why: Sample Scott Conant's short rib and bone marrow agnolotti for $7, plus Scarpetta's signature San Remo cocktail, also for $7. The end. Or, maybe not – Next door, Conant's D.O.C.G. has its own $7 + $7 menu – if you're quick, you can try both.

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