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The Best Summer Dining Specials in Las Vegas

If you’re looking for a fun summer special in Las Vegas to help you beat the heat, look no further!

Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, we all know the actual start of summer in Las Vegas is when the temperatures hit 100 degrees. We’ve rounded up some of the best food and drink specials that are exclusive for summer—check them out below!

The Front Yard

If you’re hoping for a tropical getaway but don’t have the time to leave town, swing by The Front Yard at Ellis Island Casino, Hotel, & Brewery from now until August 1 to visit The Island at Ellis. During a press visit, I took a journey to the upstairs level, where the dining room and bar have been turned into a delightful tiki room. The theme is evident throughout the space, complete with tropical cocktails, island-themed food, and some paradise decor. Try out the coconut shrimp, sip the Mermaid’s Hangover (also available in a mocktail version), and watch the game on one of the large screens throughout the room. 

The Island at Ellis Las Vegas, Nevada | WhereTraveler
The Island at Ellis (©Melanie Lee)

Carson Kitchen

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, the local favorite, Carson Kitchen, mixes up its menu for summer. The restaurant is known for its quirky twists on classic foods and serves some of the most imaginative dishes in town. The restaurant’s summer menu will include fun items like the Fat Elvis and Garbage Hash, along with summery brunch cocktails. 

Outdoor Patio at Carson Kitchen Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Carson Kitchen Outdoor Patio (©Chris Wessling)

Craft LV

If you’re planning a get-together and want to serve cocktails that didn’t come from a bottled mix, check out the summer kegged cocktails at Craft LV. The special seasonal menu has eight different cocktails in two different keg sizes- 64oz and 128 oz (priced at $85 and $135, respectively). So pair your summer cookout with fun cocktails like the watermelon basil Moscow mule or the calypso rum punch. Orders can be placed for delivery via e-mail here

Cocktail at Craft LV Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri (Courtesy Craft LV)

Vegas Test Kitchen

Located at Fergusons Downtown (look for the twisted semi-truck), Vegas Test Kitchen has continuously brought fun limited dining events to Downtown Las Vegas since its doors opened. Upcoming events include "Chef Ike’s Las Gidi Nigerian, African Foods" on June 9, "Natural Wine Tasting with Kirk Peters" on June 10, and "Live from Comedy Alley at Vegas Test Kitchen" on June 19. Tickets for all events can be purchased here

Vegas Test Kitchen Interior Las Vegas, Nevada | WhereTraveler
Dining Room Interior (Courtesy Vegas Test Kitchen)