With big-name, expensive residencies getting all the headlines, many don’t realize that there are a large number of bars with free live music in Las Vegas. A great strategy to save money in Vegas, free lounge acts can be found both on the Strip, and on Fremont Street.
We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of bars with live music in Las Vegas so that you can both stretch your budget while having a great time. Keep in mind that live music schedules can change frequently. We linked to each bar’s calendar when possible so you can double-check that day’s events prior to making the trip!
Bars With Live Music On The Strip
Piano Bar at Harrah’s: A bastion for free live music on the Strip, Piano Bar offers a number of attractive free lounge acts. Stop in on Friday and Saturday nights for the Saxman Duo who perform songs spanning multiple decades.
Among the most popular no-cover lounge acts in Vegas though is Big Elvis who also calls the Piano Bar at Harrah’s home. While the show is currently dark due to the public health crisis, we look forward to Pete Vallee’s return!
Carnival Court at Harrah’s: The lively outdoor bar is wedged between Harrah’s and LINQ and offers some of the best free live music on the Strip (in our opinion). Popular bands that perform at Carnival Court regularly include the District, Whip its, and The Droids, among others.
Le Cabaret at Paris: Offering a rotating assortment of cover bands, Le Cabaret is a great lounge to catch free live music on the Strip.
Indigo Lounge at Bally’s: Tucked in the back of Bally’s casino floor near the walkway to Paris, Indigo Lounge offers free live music nightly.
Rhythm & Riffs at Mandalay Bay: Located on the casino floor, Rhythm & Riffs is open 24-hours per day and offers free live music nightly.
Gilley’s at TI: A western-themed bar complete with a mechanical bull, Gilley’s offers free live bluegrass music on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5 pm, and “Homegrown” music on Sundays starting at 4 pm.
Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill” at Harrah’s: The country-themed bar and restaurant offers free live music on the Strip nightly starting at 9 pm.
Losers Bar at MGM Grand: A “no-frills” bar experience, Losers Bar offers free live music daily at both 4 pm and again at 9 pm.
Rockhouse at Venetian: Found in the Grand Canal Shoppes, Rockhouse features a rotating assortment of live music nightly.
Nine Fine Irishmen at NYNY: Live entertainment is offered at NFI outside on their Brooklyn Bridge patio Friday – Sunday both from 11 am – 3 pm and from 4 pm – 8 pm. The live music show moves indoors Monday – Thursday and can be heard from 9 pm – 1:30 am.
Bars With Live Music on Fremont Street
Fremont Street Experience: Arguably, the best place to see free live music in Las Vegas is on one of the 3 stages along the Fremont Street Experience. While performers are scheduled nightly, Fremont Street also hosts bigger names as part of their summer concert series. Artists that have previously played under the canopy for free include Nelly, Good Charlotte, Sugar Ray, Fuel, and more. See the full calendar here.
Omaha Lounge at Plaza: Found on the Casino Floor at Plaza, Omaha Lounge features a rotating selection of live music nightly.
Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand: Located steps away from Fremont Street, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand schedules free live music on Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am – 2 pm. View the full calendar here.
Mickie Finnz: The Fremont Street bar offers free live music on Fridays & Saturdays from 3 pm – 7 pm and again from 10 pm – 2 am. See their full live entertainment calendar here.
Whiskey Licker Up at Binion’s: While not offering a free live music show themselves, Whiskey Licker Up is perched just steps away from Fremont Street’s 1st Avenue Stage, and thus the bar is a great spot to catch that live performance.
Rush Lounge at Golden Nugget: Free live music is performed Thursday – Sunday from 8 pm to midnight.
Downtown Container Park: Although not a bar per se, the Downtown Container park does frequently offer free live music on their events stage. Check the calendar here before you make the trip to see who will be performing. There are also numerous bars sprinkled about the Container Park which will allow you to get your fix.
Other Free Live Music Options in Las Vegas
Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Bar: Although located south of the Strip, Stoney’s offers live music, a dance floor, and even a mechanical bull. Stoney’s is a cheap Uber or Lyft from resorts on the Strip and the live music calendar can be viewed here.
With an abundance of free live music in Las Vegas, there is so much more to the entertainment scene than expensive residencies and headliners. Hopefully, we were able to help you find a bar with free live music in Las Vegas that works for you and your group!
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