Review of High Roller Happy Half Hour

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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 worth while paying more for the Happy Half Hour package. For those unfamiliar, several High Roller pods are fitted with a bar and for a nominal up charge, you can gorge yourself with unlimited drinks throughout the 30 minute ride.  

For reference, a standard (non-boozy) ride on High Roller runs $22 in the day and $32 at night. while the all you can drink Happy Half Hour package is $35 during the day and $50 at night.  

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 in 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 in comfortably. I mean, you’ll be full, but there is plenty of time and service capacity to churn cocktails out quickly. 

The bar setup in the Happy Half Hour pod – Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment 

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 

  • I can’t stress this enough. Buy your tickets online in advance either direct with Caesars in or Vegas.com which is sometimes a tad cheaper. 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 wont 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 wheel house bar. Note that the drinks are expensive ($9 and up) and it’s likely worth while 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. 

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