One of the most noticeable attractions in the Vegas skyline is the The High Roller at the LINQ. Night or day when you leave McCarran airport you are sure to notice The High Roller. We have been on the High Roller for three rides during our trips to Vegas so we thought we would share some photos and review our experiences.
The High Roller at the Linq
The High Roller was constructed in 2014 and sit at the back of the Linq Promenade. It is a 550 ft high ferris wheel. There are 28 cabins which can accommodate up to 40 people each. The cabins or pods themselves rotate in place so as to maintain a perfect horizontal view throughout the ride. The wheel takes approximately a half hour to rotate. There are approximately 2,000 LED lights which can display multiple colors.
Rides are offered as either a daytime ride or a nighttime ride and the price varies as to which one you choose. There is also a Happy Half Hour ride which offers an all you can drink option. A bar car is wheeled into the pod and set up by a bartender. There are no washrooms in the cabins so you might want to take that into consideration when choosing the Happy Half Hour option.
Note that if you do not want to pay for the Happy Half Hour ride you can buy beverages at the bar before you go out to the cabin platform. There has been questions on social media if you can bring your own refreshments and the answer is no. You have to purchase them at their bar which of course has Vegas prices in full effect.
We obviously believe that the High Roller is worth it having done it three times. It’s an amazing way to take in the enormous view and size of Las Vegas. We featured it our Best Bars in Vegas with A View post although its not a proper bar. If you want to see Vegas from the top and experience the lights The High Roller is a perfect way to do it.
Cost of High Roller at the Linq
As mentioned the costs to do the High Roller varies on whether you do it during the day or the night and if you choose the Happy Half Hour ride. The ticket prices below have been take right from the official website.
Happy Half Hour $35
Happy Half Hour $47
If you want to find a deal the your best options are either Groupon or Travel Zoo. They always have a coupon on sale but the extend of the sale varies greatly. In December we paid $59 for two nighttime happy half hour passes and previously we paid $35 for two daytime happy half hour passes.
It is not like the attraction sells out so there is no reason to buy tickets months in advance unless you find a good sale. If there isn’t a good sale on we would prefer to wait until a week or two before our trip to buy passes.
Daytime or Night High Roller Ride?
We have done two day time rides and one night time ride. One of the day time rides we did roughly around sunset so we could see the sun fall on the Vegas horizon. Which ride is better? They are both awesome for different reasons. With the daytime ride you get to an amazing view of the properties. It really gives you perspective of just how big the resorts are in Las Vegas. The night time ride of course you get to experience the lights of Vegas and that is spectacular in its own right. The only part about the sunset was the glare that the sun caused when trying to take photos.
You are headed to Las Vegas and you are looking for that perfect place with a great view to enjoy a drink. This review of the best bars in Vegas with a view should help you. There is nothing like having a cocktail and getting looking over the Las Vegas Strip. Surprisingly there aren’t as many places to get a good strip view as you would think. For a town with as many sights and lights as Las Vegas you would think you would have dozens of options but that’s not the case. Still there are some real solid options to get a drink and enjoy the Vegas skyline. We were going to set a price range for each place but just count on expensive. A view isn’t cheap in Vegas, or is anything else.
Best Bars in Vegas with a View
Many people ask what is the best time to witness the Vegas skyline and that really is a matter of preference. During the day you really get an idea on how massive the buildings and attractions are. It’s something that at night is almost hidden or obscured by the lights. At night obviously the lights are an amazing sight to see and a must do when in Vegas. A third great time is at sundown itself. There is something really special about watching the strip lights come on as the sun dips behind the horizon. We will show you a few photos of each prospective.
Skyfall Lounge at The Delano
The Skyfall Lounge sits atop of the 64th floor at The Delano at the south end of the Vegas strip. The lounge gives you an amazing 180 degree of Vegas from the south. The video above is not ours but it gives you a great shot of the view.
Location: 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119
The Foundation Room sits on the 63rd Floor of Mandalay Bay at the south end of the strip. Not exactly a club or a bar it’s described as more of a high end lounge. The photo above is a typical view that you will expect to see from the balcony view. Your view is looking down towards MGM and up the strip towards the bend at The Paris. There is a cover charge which you reportedly do not have to pay if you dine there.
Location: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Daily 5 pm – Close
Dress: Smart Casual which means no shorts, sandals, hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sports apparel, tank tops, sneakers and athletic shoes.
Cover: $30, Reported free access if you dine at the restaurant.
The Mandarin Bar is located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel which sits just in front of the Aria Hotel and Casino. While it may not sit as high as the two bars to the south the view is stunning. The glass to ceiling walls give an impressive view. There is also a tea room located next door if you are looking for a different expeience with a view. Not our video we found this gem on youtube.
Location: 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Hours: Sun – Thurs (4:00 – 1:00 am), Friday – Sat (4:00 – 2:00 am)
Dress: Casual but not set. People report that you don’t want to be undressed as in flip flops and a tank top.
Does a 360 degree view from the 107th floor of the Stratosphere have you interested? You won’t catch another view of Vegas like this. The Strat is located fairly north of the strip and not a good idea to walk to at night. It’s a short Uber or Lyft. Admission is free and it’s highly recommended to visit at happy hour and see the sun set over Vegas.
Location: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
The VooDoo Lounge is located off the strip at The Rio Hotel and Casino. The photo above is from our 2015 trip. We did VooDoo Zipline package from Groupon and had free entry to the bar. You get a great view of the strip from the rear.
Location: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103
High Roller is a 550-foot tall Ferris wheel located at the back of the LINQ Promenade. We are including it because you can do the Happy Half Hour all you can drink package or from views buy a drink in the bar and take it with you. It takes a half an hour to rotate and you get a 360 degree view of Vegas from the west side of the strip. We have done the ride during the day, dusk and night. We enjoyed them all.
Location: 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Daytime Pass – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Anytime / Night Pass – until 2:00 a.m.
Cover: See website as there are different packages for day/night and drinking package. See Groupon or Travel Zoo for deals.
These are probably your best go to lounges, clubs and attractions for getting a great view of Las Vegas while enjoying a cocktail. There are many other places along the strip where you can get a lower view. Check out places such as The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris and The Giada at The Cromwell and the Beer Park. Please let us know if we should add any more places.