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Can you do an update on some of the best happy hours, especially for food, in the city. My wife and I have enjoyed many great happy hours, but I am sure that we are missing many as well.

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No pun intended, but happy hours are such a moveable feast that all we can ever guarantee to offer is a snapshot of the current landscape. That said, we love happy hours and are on a perpetual quest to find the best deals in a city that's still aggressively discounting, both for booze, appetizers, and preferably both. We cover the subject every month in our members-only newsletter and it's one of the unique elements of LVA that keeps our subscribers as informed as the most ear-to-the-ground locals about where the best bargains are to be found. It's the best source we know of for keeping up-to-date with an ever-changing scene. For now, here are some of the better food-centric happy hours that are ongoing at the time of this writing. We're not even attempting to be comprehensive, but we hope this is a representative sample of the types of deals you can find, if you know where to look. Just be aware that happy hours come and go without warning, so call ahead before you make a special trip somewhere.
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Comme a, the modern French bistro at The Cosmopolitan has a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 pm with half-price drinks, followed by a "reverse" happy hour with food discounts that runs from 10 pm till closing, featuring signature dishes including the Comme a burger, steak tartar, and items from the raw bar. When we tried it, we had the tartar for $7.50 and a dozen oysters for $17.50 ($1.46 per). The late-night drinks aren't discounted, so watch out for that. But overall, this is an excellent discounted-fine-dining opportunity. Plus, on "View Thursdays," from 10 pm to 1 am, ladies in groups of six or more get a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Celebrity chef Kerry Simon's Simon restaurant at Palms Place recently introduced a new $6 happy hour menu that runs from 4 to 7 pm Mon-Fri and features appetizers, including calamari with ponzu and shishito peppers, fried cocktail artichokes, meatball sliders, personal margherita pizzas, and sushi rolls, plus wines by the glass, beers, and well cocktails. Next door at the Palms, Nove Italiano offers a happy hour menu every Thursday from 68 pm, featuring specially priced cocktails and wines in the bar and lounge, plus discounted appetizers from $7, including prosciutto di parma sliders, Tuscan panzanella salad, and margherita pizza. If you're looking for something more casual, Pink Taco at the Hard Rock has a happy hour from 4-6 pm Mon-Thur, with 2-1 beer and margaritas and appetizer deals, including $6 nachos. There are also late-night 2-for-1 drink specials.

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In the mood for something more old-school? Casa di Amore (2850 E. Tropicana) has initiated a graveyard happy hour, serving all drinks, and pizzas, for half-price from midnight to 5 am nightly. Society Cafe at Encore offers a happy hour in the bar and lounge from 4-7 pm, Mon-Fri, offering imaginative appetizers starting at $6, including four types of tacos, "lollipop" chicken wings, and home-made meatballs, plus 2-for-1 margaritas, sangria, and beer. Brio Tuscan Grille now has two venues in Las Vegas, at Town Square and now at the new Tivoli Gardens mall on the west side of town. From 3:30-6:30 Mon-Thur there's a happy hour at the bar featuring $2.95 appetizers. There's a reverse happy hour from 9 pm-close, Mon-Thur. For the raw bar lovers among you, check out P.J. Clarke's "Oyster Riot" in the Forum Shops at Caesars, where from 2:45 to 6 pm every day except Saturdays, it's $1 per for oysters-on-the-half-shell and you can order as many as you like. They've also recently added 2-for-1 drinks, making this one of Anthony Curtis' favorite plays in town. At the boutique Rumor resort, across the street from the Hard Rock, from 4-8 pm, SunThur, it's 50% off all drinks and "tapatizers". The Palm in the Forum Shops offers the "Prime Time" happy hour weekdays from 4:306:30 pm, with a reverse happy hour from 9:30 pm-close. The menu offers a range of appetizers for $4.50, including steakburger sliders and crab cakes, plus plus oysters and jumbo shrimp by the piece. Seablue at MGM Grand serves half-price lobster corn dogs and calamari, $1 oysters and shrimp, and $2 Stella Artois draft, Sun.-Fri. from 5:30-7 pm. Caf Nikki at the Tropicana runs the South Beach happy hour from 4 to 7 pm daily. Appetizers are $6 and drinks are discounted by about 50% (including a good mojito for $5). A former LVA "Local Corner," Herbs & Rye (corner of Sahara and Valley View), seven days a week from 5 to 8 pm, then again from midnight till closing (usually 3 am), four steak dinners are half-price. Least expensive of them is an 8-ounce flat iron that's listed at $23. Hence, during happy hour it's $12.50. A 9-ounce filet is $15 after discount, a 12ounce Kansas City strip is $12.50, and a 17-ounce bone-in rib eye is $14.50. These aren't complete meals, but they come with a choice of one side dish, and they re really good mac & cheese, jalapeno creamed corn, mushrooms, garlic mashed, asparagus, or tater tots. Also offered on the discount are linguini & clams for $12.50 and two $10 appetizers. The filet is the best steak. Pick your side mushrooms are strong and you re out for $15. If you want to live it up, add a salad wedge for $7 and a glass of red for $10. Now you re at $35, but it s a heck of a meal for the price. Just in time for summer, Tacos & Tequila, the "rock 'n' roll-inspired" Mexican restaurant at Luxor, has introduced a new $5 happy hour menu, with a selection of drinks and apps all priced at $5, Mon-Fri, from 2-6 pm. If you're heading to the west side, LBS Burger Joint at Red Rock has a happy hour from 3-6 pm, Mon-Fri, with half-off just about everything, including burgers, sliders, snacks, and salads, plus half-price house drafts and bucket of 5 Bud Lights for $10. Lastly, an oldie-but-goodie is the happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's in Hughes Center, just east of the Strip, where 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-close weekdays select

menu times are priced from $1.95 to $4.95, including Cajun fries ($1.95), their famous half-pound cheeseburger ($2.95), and blackened fish taco ($3.95). Yes, a minimum beverage purchase is required, but there are drink specials, too.