With big-name, expensive residencies getting all the headlines, many don’t realize that there are a good number of bars that offer free entertainment in Las Vegas.
I 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 schedules can change frequently. I linked to each bar’s calendar of events when possible so you can double-check that day’s events prior to making the trip!
Bars 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.
Dueling pianos take the spotlight nightly from 9 pm to late.
Another free, and extremely popular, lounge act that calls the Piano Bar home is Big Elvis who performs from 2 pm – 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Carnaval Court at Harrah’s: Wedged between Harrah’s and LINQ, Carnaval Court has a stage that hosts popular bands like 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 a show on Friday and Saturday starting at 9 pm.
The Count Room at Flamingo: A prohibition-era speakeasy, The Count Room offers live music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 8:30 pm, when “The Moonshiners” take the stage.
I recently caught a show and was blown away by how The Moonshiners were able to make modern hit songs sound like they’re from the prohibition era. Think Richard Cheese, but classier and more elegant.
I planned to pop in for *a* beer, and ended up staying for 5. Bravo.
Related: My Count Room Speakeasy Review.
Gilley’s at TI: A western-themed bar complete with a mechanical bull, Gilley’s offers free live music nightly including line dancing lessons during the week and Bluegrass on the weekends.
Juliet Cocktail Room at The Venetian: Live music at the upscale cocktail lounge is offered on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 9:30 pm and includes a variety of genres that range from rock to rap. Additionally, a Live DJ takes the stage on Thursday evenings at 9 pm.
The Barbershop at Cosmopolitan: One of the more unique speakeasies in Las Vegas, The Barbershop appears to be a simple barbershop, but there’s a hidden cocktail lounge hidden behind the facade. Live bands perform nightly.
Easy’s Cocktail Lounge at Aria: Another speakeasy experience, Easy’s is a throwback to the prohibition era and is concealed behind the facade of a donut shop in the Proper Eats Food Hall.
An “Uptempo Jazz” format is performed every night they’re open, which is Thursday – Monday.
Alexxa’s at Paris: Live Music is offered in Alexxa’s Cocktail Lounge Friday – Sunday from 7 pm – 9 pm. Musical genres showcased include the blues, island music, soul, and even DJs.
Losers Bar at MGM Grand: A “no-frills” bar experience, Losers Bar offers free live music daily from 9 pm – 1am.
Level Up at MGM Grand: Designed to attract a younger crowd, Level Up at MGM Grand is jam-packed with arcade & bar games like pool and shuffleboard. They also offer live music nightly that ranges from DJs to country. Ensure to check their events calendar (linked above) for details.
Hard Rock Cafe: Located near MGM Grand, Hard Rock Cafe offers an 8 am “Acoustic Breakfast” performance daily. They also commonly host evening acts as well. Ensure you click the link to see their full entertainment calendar.
NoMad Bar at Park MGM: Sitting decisively on the upscale side of the spectrum, NoMad Bar at Park MGM plays live music Thursday – Saturday from 8 pm – midnight, on Sunday from 6 pm – midnight, and before Golden Knight games.
They also offer a food menu with “Drinking Food” items that include green curry mussels, fried chicken, and lobster bites (which have me intrigued).
Brooklyn Bowl: Found along the Linq Promenade, Brooklyn Bowl is much more than a bowling ally. Brooklyn Bowl offers a robust live music calendar in addition to 32 lanes, a wide-ranging menu, and multiple bars scattered about the venue.
Nine Fine Irishmen at NYNY: Live entertainment is offered at NFI outside on their Brooklyn Bridge patio Friday – Sunday from 4 pm – 8 pm. The Ri Ra full band performs live music indoors Monday – Thursday from 9 pm – 1 am and on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm – 2 am.
1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay: A speakeasy experience located in the walkway between Mandalay Bay and Luxor, 1923 Prohibition Bar hosts “Nola Nights” on Friday and Saturday from 9 pm – midnight. The live music performances are intended to provide a realistic New Orleans speakeasy vibe.
I recently stopped by – Take a look inside 1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay!
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay: Offering live music from genres that span the spectrum from DJs to Hip Hop, Jazz, Country, and Rock, House of Blues is sure to have something that tickles your fancy.
The Lounge at Excalibur: Live music is offered at The Lounge Tuesday – Sunday from 9 pm – 1 am. No cover charge is required.
Dawg House Saloon and Sportsbook at Resorts World: A 15,000 square foot sports bar found at Resorts World, the Dawg House Saloon has a stage and frequently hosts live music shows.
In addition to a stage, the venue has multiple bars, a full sportsbook, a cookie shop, a gourmet grilled cheese food truck, and a full food menu.
Headliners: I also compile and maintain a breakdown of Las Vegas residencies that are currently performing or have shows scheduled in the future. In Las Vegas, there are plenty of big names performing on any given night. Check it out to gauge if anyone of interest matches up with your dates of travel!
Coming Soon – Ole Red: Ole Red will be positioned along the Strip in Horseshoe’s Grand Bazaar Shops and boasts country music star Blake Shelton as a co-owner.
The $30 million venue, which will obviously feature country music, will offer both a rooftop and indoor main stage and plans to open in 2024.
Bars on Fremont Street
Fremont Street Experience: Free acts perform nightly on 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.
The Sand Dollar Lounge at Plaza: The Sand Dollar is the newest spot to catch live music on Fremont Street, offering performances nightly. In addition to great music, they also have both a beer and champagne vending machine – A fun touch!
Backstage Bar & Billiards: In addition to pool tables, Backstage Bar & Billiards hosts a wide variety of live music acts across the street from El Cortez.
Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand: Located steps away from Fremont Street, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand schedules live music on Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am – 2 pm.
Hennessey’s Tavern: You can’t miss it, just look for the giant pint (pictured below). Live music is frequently offered at Hennessey’s and the schedule includes a diverse collection of musicians.
On nights live music is offered, the show typically starts at around 9 pm.
Mickie Finnz: The Fremont Street bar frequently offers free live music which starts at either 7 pm or 9 pm and runs late. Check the entertainment calendar linked to gauge if there’s a show during your dates of travel.
Parlour Bar at El Cortez: Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night at El Cortez’s Parlour Bar from 4 pm – 9 pm. Concurrently, you will be able to enjoy a $6 Modelo Especial draft beer.
Whiskey Licker Up at Binion’s: 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: Music is performed nightly from 8 pm to midnight or 1 am, depending on the act.
Downtown Container Park: Downtown Container park frequently offers free live music on their events stage.
Check The Container Park’s calendar of events here before you make the trip to see who will be performing.
Coming Soon – Fat Cat at Downtown Grand: Specializing in “Jazz, Booze, and Blues” Fat Cat will be opening in the near future at Downtown Grand, although no official dates have been announced.
A Couple Bars Away From the Strip
Mermaid Lounge at Silverton: Ranking among the more unique bars in Vegas, Mermaid Lounge is situated next to Silverton’s 117,000-gallon aquarium stocked with 4,000 fish. Divers dressed as mermaids also make appearances throughout the day.
The lounge offers free live music every Friday and Saturday from 8 pm – 11 pm.
Las Vegas isn’t called the “City of Entertainment” for no reason – There are a ton of opportunities to catch a free live music show, no matter where you are in town. Hopefully, I helped you find one that works for you and the crew!
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.