Only in Vegas - Things you can do after 2am
Late Night Las Vegas
They call New York the city that never sleeps, but most bars and clubs close at 2am. In Las Vegas, instead of last call, the clubs are just getting going and you can buy liquor at most corner stores. They call it Sin City for a reason; food, gambling, alcohol, dancing are all available 24 hours a day. Bottom line, if you can think it, its probably available in Las Vegas at any hour.
Below are examples of what you can do after 2 in the morning, only in Las Vegas.
Nightlife After 2 am
Not only can you go to a bar after 2 am, but there are actually people there. Even late into the night you can still catch bands playing, beer flowing and people mingling. I have been to bars in other cities and every time, 1 am rolls around, and the bartender announces "Last call". There is no such thing in Vegas. It's easy to get carried away and not leave the bar until after the sun rises.
2 am things are just getting started at the clubs in Vegas. I have been to other cities like New York, Los Angeles, ect. I have been there, getting down on the dance floor and suddenly the music cuts off and the lights come on. The night cut short right when things started getting good. In Vegas this simply does not happen. Headlining DJs tend to play much later into the night. And heck, some after hours clubs don't really get pumping until 4 in the morning!
Gambling After 2 am
Unless you go to a reservation casino or have a bookie who will take your sports bets chances are that gambling is not as common in your hometown as it is in Las Vegas. Not only are casinos open 24 hours a day to try your luck, but you can play video poker at most any corner store or local grocer. While you are at the store gambling at 2 am you can also pick up a bottle of liquor or a beer.
Eating after 2am
Sure, there is probably a Denny's or some greasy 24 hour joint in your home town that are open all night, but in Las Vegas you can get an amazing home style breakfast for as little as $0.99. There are lots of places that offer such a deal. Sure, they definitely are not making money on the breakfast, but its just another way they can get you into the casino at all hours of the day to gamble. One such place, the Cannery Casino Hotel, you can get yourself two eggs, home fries and bacon or sausage in the late night and early morning hours at Victory Café for under a buck. There are lots of other similar deals for under $5 at most of the major casinos. Hungry for more than breakfast? Most of Vegas's world famous buffets are open 24 hours so you can get your drunken grub on at any time of day.
Sports after 2am
Everything else is 24 hours in Vegas, why not sports too. For instance, here in Sin City you can go bowling 24 hours a day, day or night, 7 days a week. Imagine, you've just finished with a late night of drinking and gambling, but you are not quite ready to get back to your hotel room. Why not play a late night round, or two, of bowling? Most of the city's bowling alleys are located inside major casinos, so you won't have to go far to get your bowl on.
Maybe you are ready to go back to your room... for a game of basketball. In the Palms Casino Hotel's 'Hardwood Suite' you can do just that. The 10,000 square foot party suite comes with a half basketball court, complete with scoreboard, pro locker rooms and a full bar. But at the Palms, that's not the only thing you can do in your hotel room. The Fantasy Suites, like the Hardwood Suite, include other themes such as Bowling, Pool (the game and actual rooms with pools on the balcony), and more. You can even rent a suite with DJ equipment set up and ready for you to play at your leisure. These rooms aren't cheap, but in the words of Ferris Bueller, "if you have the means, I highly recommend it'.
Money Handling after 2 am
Lost your shirt at the tables and need to cash a check or exchange your foreign currency? Casino cashier cages offer a variety of different services to accommodate you. Not only will they cash your casino chips and slot machine vouchers, most casinos are more than happy to help you cash your checks, travelers checks and exchange your foreign currency. And why not, you're going to be spending it at their resort, so of course they want to get you the cash you need.
Got the money on your debit card, ATMs are everywhere in the casinos. ATMs are generally within a stones throw of anywhere you are on the strip or downtown (heck,pretty much city wide). However, in the casinos, you will pay a hefty fee if you choose to use the ATM. We all just accept that, generally, the ATM is going to take $2-3 bucks. In the major resorts in Las Vegas, be prepared to get taken for $6-10 per transaction.
Late Night Las Vegas Wedding
Getting married after 2am
Beyond the gambling, food and nightlife, Las Vegas is also known as and considered the Wedding Capital of the World (even though Istanbul, Turkey actually performs about 25% more weddings yearly). We have all seen the movies and TV shows about waking up in Vegas and being married. Well, most wedding chapels will accommodate you if you are looking for a late night/early morning wedding, however, long gone are the days of marriage license bureau being open 24 hours a day. Now days you have to apply for your marriage license before midnight. Once you have that, there are plenty of wedding chapels that will perform the service anytime of night.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Lee Johnson (Las Vegas Lee), a 32 year old Las Vegas native. I have been writing all of my life, however I have begun to do so just recently here on Hubpages. I work for Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel located in the downtown district on Las Vegas Blvd. If you have any questions about Las Vegas weddings, clubs, dining, shows or anything related to Vegas, please let me know.