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Eight Free Vegas Shows That Aren’t, Y’Know, Shows

Last updated: January 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Restaurants, The LINQ, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 1 Comment on Eight Free Vegas Shows That Aren’t, Y’Know, Shows.

The best things in life are free, and that applies to Las Vegas, too. Here are eight free “shows” in Las Vegas you won’t want to miss.

1. Noodle-Making at Beijing Noodle No. 9

Every day at Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace, classically-trained chefs make Chinese noodles the old-fashioned way, by hand. Their skill is a wonder to behold. See more.


2. The High Roller

Construction of the High Roller observation wheel, which will be the world’s tallest, is underway behind Flamingo Las Vegas and The Quad. It’s an awe-inspiring work of engineering, and each day brings with it some mammoth new part or segment or crane. We could just sit and watch the activity on the site for hours (and have).

High Roller

The hubs are here, the hubs are here! Sorry, we get excited.

It’s hard to adequately describe the scale of this project, so we stopped by and grabbed some video.


3. Bull Riding at PBR Rock Bar

Even if you don’t have the brass ones to mount the mechanical bull yourself, others taking on the beast at PBR Rock Bar in Planet Hollywood is a great spectacle. Get some bullriding tips.


4. Craps Tables

A full craps table exudes the essence of Las Vegas casinos. The chips fly, the language is colorful, and fortunes hang in the balance. Hang out near any craps table in Vegas and you’ll not only get great, free entertainment, but you may even pick up a tip or two. (If you’ve never rolled the dice before, give it a try, and if you get on a hot streak, as “virgins” so often do, a “whale” may even give you a literal tip.)


Craps is our National Sport of the United States of America. And that's the story we're sticking to.

5. Cooking at Hyakumi

The food at Hyakumi, inside Caesars Palace, isn’t the only star of the show. Chefs prepare your food, teppanyaki-style, right before your eyes. See more.


6. Ice Cream-Making at IcePan

One of this blog’s favorite treats is the ice cream at IcePan in Harrah’s Las Vegas. Part of the fun is watching the ice cream take shape, starting from liquid form.


IcePan ice cream has no preservatives and many fewer calories than regular ice cream. It’s like magic ice cream. And if you try it, and don’t agree, we’ll eat another scoop of IcePan ice cream just so we learn our lesson.

Ice Pan

It's a happy place, all year round.

7. People-Watching

People-watching will always be one of the best free shows in Las Vegas. Head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience, or grab a table at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas or Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood, or heck, just pick a spot on a bus stop bench. Then, just watch as humanity does what it does.

Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi translates as "Yes, it's French, but not the snooty kind of French."

8. Flair Bartending

Las Vegas is the flair bartending capital of the universe. The Strip is dotted with bars, and where there are bars in Las Vegas, there are often flair bartenders. These folks spend countless hours perfecting their juggling, twirling and bottle-balancing skills.

Flair bartender

No bottles were injured in the making of this blog post. Probably.

Here’s a look at some “flairtending” at Slush inside Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall.


There’s free entertainment all around in Las Vegas. You just have to know where to look.

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  1. I think this is a great list and some cool stuff to see for free. Vegas has a lot of flair bars but the D I think probably has the best bartenders to watch.