Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, better known simply as NFR is here. It’s annually one of the biggest events taking place in Las Vegas. The official dates run from Dec. 7 to 16. Look for specials all around town.
Every night of NFR, there will be a free viewing party in its new Events Center, which has 18 large high-definition television screens and seats up to 400 guests. Guests attending NFR can take advantage of the free shuttle service to the Thomas & Mack Center offered nightly from 5 to 7 p.m. and returning 9 to 10:30 p.m., in time for the NFR After Parties with live entertainment in the Omaha Lounge on the casino floor.
Oscar’s Steakhouse will have three special menu items during NFR: a special braised short rib over country grits with fried onions, a slow roasted prime rib with loaded mashed potatoes and green beans, and a Whiskey BBQ glazed sirloin steak with baked potato and Brussels sprouts, each for $35. Reservations for dinner are recommended and can be made online at www.oscarslv.com or by calling 702-386-7227.
The Plaza’s casino bars will also have several drink specials, including: Outlaw shots of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey or Jim Beam Bourbon for $3; a Gussied Up Shot of Gentleman Jack Whiskey for $5; and Cowboy Brews, bottles of Coors Banquet, Coors Light or Miller Light beers for $3 each.
The hotel-casino is an official NFR host with themed menus, country music entertainment, viewing parties and room specials Dec. 7-16. The property will offer a live NFR feed at Goose Island Pub and all casino bars and a free nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas & Mack Center.
Within walking distance from NFR, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a western-themed menu at the 24-hour diner Mr. Lucky’s Café, including Short Rib Scramble ($15) for breakfast served with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, potatoes and garlic toast; a Wedge Salad ($9) topped with smoked bacon, crispy fried onions and Maytag Blue cheese dressing; Barbecue Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese ($14) with aged cheddar, pickles and Cole slaw; and Braised Prime Pot Roast ($19) served with jalapeño and bacon baked beans and creamed corn bread.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops will welcome NFR with live music and drink specials Dec. 7-16. Music acts will include live performances from Ryan Whyte Maloney, Jeremy James and Justin Carder. Guests may also enjoy buckets of beer, priced at $26; shot specials, starting at $5; and signature cocktails including the CW margarita, crafted with Cabo Wabo tequila and Grand Marnier and served on the rocks, priced at $10.
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que will offer nightly live entertainment. With performances from Scotty Alexander, Rob Staley, Chancey Williams, Trick Pony and Arnie Newman, Gilley’s is the home of country music during NFR. A $10 cover charge begins at 9 p.m. In addition to live entertainment, Gilley’s will stream all the NFR action live starting at 6:45 p.m. nightly. NFR bull riders will sign autographs at Gilley’s on Dec. 13 from noon to 2 p.m.
At 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar rodeo-goers can enjoy a country DJ, nightly drink specials and line-dancing beginning at 8 p.m. Fans can also visit the bar for Miller/Coors rider autograph signings on Dec. 9 and 15, starting at 11 p.m. Cowboys and cowgirls can visit Garden Bar for drink specials, line-dancing and live rodeo streaming. Garden Bar will also feature Miller/Coors rider autograph signings on Dec. 9 and 15, starting at 10 p.m.
Until next week… good luck and good gaming!