Anchoring the LINQ Promenade, the High Roller Observation wheel is an unmistakable Las Vegas attraction. Boasting 550 feet of height and 28 spherical cabins that hold 40 people each, High Roller delivers a differentiated experience to guests. The wheel is supported by over 4.8 miles of cable and is illuminated by more than 2,000 LED lights which are choreographed to music.
In addition to treating guests to a 30 minute spin with great views, High Roller also offers unique opportunities for Yoga classes in the Sky and rides focused on chocolate tasting. Guests are also able to rent a pod for corporate events, weddings, and even marriage proposals.
While a standard ride on the High Roller is impressive, we commonly get asked if it’s worthwhile paying more for the Happy Half Hour package. For those unfamiliar, several High Roller pods are fitted with a bar and for a nominal upcharge, you can gorge yourself with unlimited drinks throughout the 30-minute ride.
Happy Half Hour Cost
For reference, a standard (non-boozy) ride on High Roller will set you back $36 per person whether you’re riding day or night. The all-you-can-drink Happy Half Hour package is $62, also good for use anytime.
Will I Get Enough to Drink?
Oh boy, in a word, yes. We’ve now taken 2 spins in the Happy Half Hour pod and on both occasions left completely hammered. While up to 25 guests competing for a single bartender’s attention sounds daunting, rest assured that we’re talking about the most efficient bartenders you’ll ever encounter. Following the initial rush when everyone is seeking a cocktail at the same time, drinks can be ordered almost instantly. You won’t be disappointed with the speed at which you are served aside from the first 5 minutes.
If your goal is to get your money’s worth of booze, you should easily be able to cram down 7+ drinks comfortably. I mean, you’ll be full, but there is plenty of time and service capacity to churn cocktails out quickly. Personally, I know that I received at least $26+ worth of drinks, which is the difference in the price between a High Roller night ticket and one that gives you access to the open bar.
Note also that you are also able to grab a drink at the end of your ride to take with you as you exit your High Roller pod.
What Alcohol Options are Available?
Domestic canned beer (Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light) is available as are liquor brand options include Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Absolute, Skyy, Bacardi, Malibu, Beefeater, Sauza Tequilla, and more. Mixers are available and bartenders are happy to craft your favorite cocktail.
High Roller Happy Half Hour Tips and Tricks
- You can save a few bucks by buying your tickets online in advance either directly with the attraction or Vegas.com which is sometimes even cheaper.
- Buying online in advance will also expedite your boarding process. There is rarely a substantial line to board the High Roller, BUT there is usually a substantial line to buy tickets at the counter. If you buy online, you bypass that slow-moving line and simply show a QR code on your phone to board instead of wasting a portion of your vacation. Even if you are at the base of the attraction, buy on your cell phone to save yourself a half-hour or more.
- Grab a drink for the road! Although your ride will be coming to an end, your bartender can give you a drink to carry off and enjoy as you move on to your next activity.
- Go when it won’t be busy. Riding earlier in the afternoon will give you a better shot at a less crowded pod equating to better drink service.
- It goes without saying, but if maximizing your consumption is your goal, stick to mixed drinks and shots. Seven 16 ounce Coors Light in your belly isn’t the most comfortable.
- If you are not feeling up to the “all you can drink” challenge, you can simply buy the cheaper non-happy hour ticket and a cocktail or two before you board at the wheelhouse bar. Note that the drinks are expensive ($9 and up) and it’s likely worthwhile to simply book the Happy half hour if you want more than one drink. Outside food and drink are not permitted.
- Don’t be caught in an uncomfortable situation, bring plenty of singles for tipping.
Hopefully, this was a helpful review of what to expect when you board your Happy Half Hour pod on the High Roller. Our opinion is that even if you plan to only moderately drink, it’s a hell of a deal and worth the few extra bucks.