By Steve Beauregard
While Sin City is known for its fine cuisine, sometimes – especially when your drunk and short on cash – you need to make a run for the border. With cheap, fast, and greasy food at prices affordable to people who have had a bad run on the slots or craps table, Taco Bell fits the bill perfectly.
The Las Vegas area is home to 46 different Taco Bell restaurants, but this includes the suburban town of Henderson and Summerlin.
In Las Vegas itself, including downtown and the Strip, the official Taco Bell store locator map shows 25 different restaurants to choose from.
Unfortunately, there is not a Taco Bell on the Las Vegas Strip. Nor are there Taco Bells in casino/hotels on the Strip. While you’ll see Del Taco and Baja Fresh on the Strip, and in places like at Excalibur’s restaurant food court, Taco Bell hasn’t been able to establish a presence on Las Vegas Boulevard as of yet.
What is the closest Taco Bell to the Las Vegas Strip?
It depends of course, on what part of the Strip you’re staying on, as the Strip is over 3 miles in distance. Either way, you’ll want to either drive or take a taxi, as all of the Taco Bell restaurants in Sin City are at least two miles away from the Strip.
So from South Strip, working our way up…
Closest Taco Bell to Hotel/casinos on the South End of the Las Vegas Strip
For those of you staying on the far south end of the Strip (MGM Grand, NY-NY, Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Excalibur, Luxor, Monte Carlo and Mandalay Bay) there is a Taco Bell 3.2 miles east of the MGM Grand right on Tropicana Avenue (2565 E. Tropicana Avenue). It would be around a ten minute drive to this Taco Bell from the MGM Grand.
Center Strip Taco Bell
For those of you staying in the center Strip (Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally’s, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Paris, Aria, Cosmopolitan, Vdara, Harrah’s and the Linq Hotel and Casino,), the closet Taco Bell is the franchise west of the Strip (and west of Interstate 15) at 4870 W. Flamingo. This Taco Bell is exactly 2 miles west of the Bellagio.
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Flamingo is the busy road that intersects with the Strip at the intersection of where the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, and Bally’s meet. You’ll want to take Flamingo west, over I-15, and about a mile past the Rio Hotel and Casino.
North Las Vegas Strip Taco Bells
For those of you on the north part of Las Vegas Boulevard, (The Mirage, Treasure Island, Casino Royale, The Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn and the Encore), the closest Taco Bell to the Las Vegas Strip will be the one at 1109 E. Twain, east of the Strip.
It’s just about 2 miles due east of the Venetian. You would take Sands Avenue east for about 1.5 miles (Sands turns into E. Twain), and look for it on the right, right after a park and before you get to Vons Grocery store, which happens to be the closest grocery store to the Las Vegas Strip.
This Taco Bell on E. Twain is exactly 2.4 miles from The Mirage, for example, and would take you seven minutes to get there (per Google maps).
There is another Taco Bell off the Strip on the far north end, at 2440 S. Maryland Parkway. It’s actually right off of Sahara Avenue, and since the SLS Hotel and Casino used to be the Sahara, this is the closest Taco Bell for you, although if you’re paying the big money to stay at the SLS, I doubt you’re chowing down on Chalupas.
This Taco Bell is also the closest one to the Riviera and Circus Circus, at just 1.8 miles away, or roughly a five minute drive or taxi ride. It’s 1.5 miles east of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino as well.
The closest Taco Bell to downtown Fremont Street Las Vegas
There aren’t really any Taco Bell restaurants downtown, on or near Fremont Street. In fact, the closet Taco Bell to the downtown Las Vegas hotels, (The D, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, the Plaza, Main Street Station, the California and The Downtown Grand), is the aforementioned one off of E. Sahara Avenue on the S. Maryland Parkway.
It is just under 2.5 miles from the center of the Fremont Street Experience to this Taco Bell. Not counting time walking to your car and getting out of the parking garage, it would take you about ten minutes to get there. (Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart via Flickr).