Happy Hour on the High Roller at The LINQ

By

Jeremy Koering

• Chief Editor

Last updated on September 5, 2022

High Roller Las Vegas Review

If you’re looking for a unique and exciting way to see Las Vegas, you must check out happy hour on the High Roller at The LINQ.

This world-famous attraction offers stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip and a chance to start your night in style. You can enjoy an open bar with cocktails, beer, or wine while taking in the sights.

The LINQ High Roller happy hour is the perfect way to start your night or just relax and enjoy the views.

High Roller

Details

Price: $24-$60

Location: The LINQ Resort & Casino

Summary: The High Roller is a tall observation wheel in Las Vegas that offers great views of the city. For about $25 more than a regular ticket, you can enjoy unlimited cocktails, beers, and wine during your orbit on the High Roller in Las Vegas. Night tickets are more expensive than daytime tickets, and the lines and wait times tend to be longer at night.

Pros

  • Happy Half Hour: The High Roller open bar during your 30-minute ride is one of the best values in Las Vegas. For about $25 more than a regular ticket, you can enjoy unlimited cocktails, beers, and wine during your orbit.
  • Great Views: You’ll see great views of East Las Vegas and The Strip. You may even catch a glimpse of the Bellagio Fountains.
  • It’s Tall: At 550 feet, the High Roller is now the second-tallest observation wheel in the world and the tallest in the United States.

Cons

  • Night Prices: The night/anytime tickets are expensive. The lines and wait times tend to be longer at night too.

My experience with Happy Hour on the High Roller at The LINQ

The first time I went on the High Roller was with my wife, brother, and sister-in-law.

Cocktails from the happy hour on the High Roller at The LINQ
Cocktails from the happy hour on the High Roller at The LINQ.

We chose to go around 5:00 PM on a weekday, there wasn’t much of a line, and we were just starting the night.

The four of us boarded the adults-only pod equipped with a bar cart with about a dozen people.

As we started rotating upward, the bartender was quick to serve everybody their first drink.

The LINQ High Roller
The view High Roller at a quarter of the way up.

The View from the High Roller Las Vegas

Once you’re above the parking lot, the first views you’ll see are Ellis Island Hotel & Casino, East Las Vegas, and the surrounding area.

As you climb, the views are stunning. You’ll see the breathtaking mountains and the vast suburbs and get a view behind The Strip.

As we reached the top, the views of The Strip were incredible. Multiple people in the pod had gotten a second (even third) drink.

We enjoyed cocktails and beer while we watched the sunset. We even caught a glimpse of the Bellagio Fountains.

Incredible sunset views of The Strip on The LINQ High Roller
Incredible sunset views of The Strip on The LINQ High Roller.

My Impression of the High Roller Open Bar

I was a bit naive my first time doing the happy half hour on the High Roller. I knew it was an open bar, but I didn’t want to push my luck.

I had four cocktails throughout the half-hour-long ride. I was pleasantly buzzed by the time I got off the ride.

Beer and a view on The LINQ High Roller happy hour.
Beer and a view on The LINQ High Roller happy hour.

It was a great way to start my night. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique Las Vegas experience.

If you want to make the most of your Happy Hour on the High Roller at The LINQ, I recommend going at 4:00 PM or near sunset.

In my opinion, after dark, the views aren’t as exciting. It was a great experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Las Vegas.

Happy hour on the High Roller at The LINQ is a must-do if you’re looking for a unique way to see Las Vegas.

How many drinks will I get during the Happy Half Hour?

I’ll never forget my wife and I recommended The LINQ High Roller happy hour to some visiting friends.

Enjoying a cocktail while looking at the Flamingo from The LINQ High Roller happy hour
Enjoying a cocktail while looking at the Flamingo from The LINQ High Roller happy hour.

The plan was to meet up after their half-hour orbit around the wheel. When their ride was over, we walked over to meet them.

They were sitting on a bench near the exit with a fresh cocktail in hand.

It had turned out that they were dizzy, not from the ride, but from the five cocktails they consumed while on the High Roller.

Needless to say, our friends had a blast and loved the experience.

The cost is about $25 more than the regular ticket. At most bars, that’s two drinks. I would definitely recommend happy hour on the High Roller at The LINQ.

The LINQ High Roller happy hour bar cart
The LINQ High Roller happy hour bar cart.

What cocktails and beers are available on the High Roller?

The bar cart on the High Roller includes a variety of domestic beer, wine, and middle-shelf liquor.

The beers include Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Lite.

The liquor brands are typical well liquors in Las Vegas. They included Jim Beam and Jack Daniels whiskey, Absolute and Skyy vodka, Bacardi and Malibu rum, Beefeater gin, and Sauza tequila.

The cart was loaded with all the popular mixers, crafting the most common well drinks.

Where do I buy tickets for the High Roller Happy Hour?

The box office line can get pretty long, especially on weekends.

I always recommend to visitors that they purchase their High Roller tickets online.

You’ll save time by avoiding the box office line, plus the Happy Hour tickets are known to sell out.

A ticket that includes happy hour is about $25 more than the standard nighttime ticket.

Comparing The Views

If you want to take in the views in Las Vegas you have a couple of options on The Strip. I’ll highlight the two popular observation decks.

High Roller

Tickets from $24

High Roller Las Vegas Review

The High Roller at The LINQ is the tallest observation wheel in the USA. Open bar is optional for an added fee.

Top Features:

  • Expensive Tickets
  • Tallest Observation Wheel in USA
  • Open Bar Available

SkyPod At The STRAT

Tickets from $15

The SkyPod Observation Deck at The STRAT is the tallest freestanding observation tower in America with 360-degree views.

Top Features:

  • Affordable Tickets
  • Tallest Observation Deck in USA
  • Restaurant & Bar

Eiffel Tower Deck

Tickets from $25

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas Review

The Eiffel Tower Observation Deck at Paris Las Vegas offers Strip-side views at 46-stories. There’s no food or drink available.

Top Features:

  • Expensive Tickets
  • 1/2 Scale of Paris Eiffel Tower
  • No Restaurant or Bar

The SkyPod Observation Deck at The STRAT is the largest freestanding observation towner in America. Atop the massive tower you’ll find the Top of the World restaurant, 108 Eats, 108 Drinks, thrill rides, and the SkyJump. You’ll see 360-degree panoramic views of the entire city.

The Eiffel Tower Experience is at Paris Las Vegas near the heart of The Strip. Here you’ll see the beautiful Bellagio Fountains 46 stories up. It’s a small observation deck and doesn’t offer any food or beverage at the top.

Bars & Lounges To Visit

There are also great bars with incredible views throughout town, so if you want to stick to the happy hour and a view theme, check these out. Foundation Room and Skyfall Lounge at Mandalay Bay, SkyBar at Waldorf Astoria, and Legacy Club at Circa.

For a Bellagio Fountain view check out Mayfair Supper Club, Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas, or Cabo Wabo at Planet Hollywood.

The LINQ High Roller
The LINQ High Roller

High Roller FAQ

Here are common questions readers have asked about the High Roller at The LINQ:

What is the High Roller in Las Vegas?

The High Roller is the second-tallest observation wheel in the world, taller than the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, but shorter than Ain Dubai.

The 550-foot-tall High Roller moves at one foot per second and takes 30 minutes to complete one loop. During that time, you’ll get stunning views of The Strip and the surrounding area.

It can hold 1,120 people and features 28 cabins that can hold up to 40 people.

The High Roller is the second tallest attraction in Las Vegas behind The Strat’s Observation Deck. It’s 10 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

The High Roller is located at The LINQ Promenade between The LINQ and Flamingo near the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

How long is the High Roller ride?

It takes 30 minutes for the observation wheel to make a complete circle. You’ll get amazing views of The Strip and the surrounding area during that time.

Can I book a private group cabin on the High Roller?

Yes. You can enjoy the stunning views with the privacy of just your group in a High Roller VIP Cabin.

Starting at $600, you can book a VIP Cabin which includes 30 minutes in a private cabin for up to 20 guests. You can choose the music. 

A VIP Cabin is the best backdrop for an elopement, small wedding, or proposal. It’s also great for raising a toast to celebrate a birthday or a bachelor or bachelorette party.

Is the High Roller family-friendly?

The High Roller is a great family-friendly attraction with affordable youth tickets.

There is nothing like staying on the Las Vegas Strip. But sometimes, the neverending party can be too much. If you’re like us and you need a break from all drinking, gambling, and debauchery, a 30-minute spin on the High Roller can provide a great escape. 

For thirty minutes, you can take in the sights of Las Vegas and enjoy a calm that is hard to find on The Strip.

What will I see on the High Roller?

During the day, you can see the majestic Las Vegas valley. From the peak of Mt. Charleston to downtown Las Vegas to Henderson’s hills, the High Roller gives you a chance to see the whole valley.

If you ride at night, you may catch a glimpse of the Bellagio FountainsMirage Volcano, or Eiffel Tower Light Show

The High Roller provides incredible backdrops for photos and selfies.

What’s the Happy Half Hour?

If you’re over 21 years old, here’s our favorite part of the High Roller. Open bar. That’s right, during your 30-minute ride, you can enjoy an open bar on the Happy Half Hour. 

For about $25 more, you can get a Happy Half Hour ticket that includes an open bar with middle-shelf cocktails, bottled beer, and wine. 

A lot of people ask, is the Happy Half Hour worth it? 

Yes! The Happy Half Hour is a pretty good deal if you can drink at least two cocktails in 30 minutes. The price of a similar cocktail on The Strip costs between $10 and $15. So if you have a couple, you’re saving money. Plus, who doesn’t want to drink while they float 550 into the air?

Sometimes the bartenders are rockstars and will make you a to-go cocktail. 

The LINQ Promenade and High Roller
The High Roller at the back of The LINQ Promenade.