By Steve Beauregard
Admit it: at some point you’ve said to yourself: “Gosh, I sure wish I had 8 and 1/3rd beers right now.”
Well you’re in luck, as the Big Chill, a chain of counter-style walk-up bars in several Las Vegas casinos, offers thirsty gamblers the chance to order a cocktail full of 100 ounces of beer or frozen alcohol goodness. (Not to be confused with the more famous Big Chill Bar in London).There are Big Chill locations at the following Las Vegas Strip locations: Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Monte Carlo, and Circus Circus.
There is also a Big Chill at the New York – New York Hotel and Casino, however this location does not serve the 100 ounce drinks.
The Big Chill Las Vegas bars are similar to the Fat Tuesday chain of walk-up frozen drink bars. The Big Chill bars do serve drinks in quantities less than 100 ounces of course, but it’s the outrageously large drink cups they’re known for, including the 100 ounce cup and one shaped like a guitar.
The electrical guitar shaped cup (and the word “cup” does not do it justice), really does play music. It holds 100 ounces of either beer, or frozen drinks, and costs $29.95. That includes both the drink and the souvenir guitar cup, which you will never use again, but which is fun to wear strapped to your chest on the flight home. (You won’t look like a tourist or anything).
Amazingly, you can get a refill of your 100 ounce drink (assuming you and your liver are still alive), for $15.00
You’ve seen the long, colorful yard-long plastic glasses of beer and margaritas being carried around the Strip. (And by the way, you can walk around the Las Vegas Strip with an alcoholic drink in your hand). Many of these huge drinks are sold at one of the Las Vegas Big Chill locations.
This yard long, 100 ounce cup comes with a shoulder strap and costs $24.95. As with the guitar, you can fill it with either draft beer or one of the pre-made slushy drinks. Also like the guitar drink, refills are $15.
A 44 ounce football shaped mug filled with beer or frozen drink runs just $9.95. Refills of it are six bucks, meaning you could get 88 ounces of beer (7 and 1/3rd beers) for just $16 bucks before tip.
The 50 ounce “Super Pilsner” cup filled with beer or slushy drink is $16.95. Refills of the Super Pilsner are $9.
They also have regular drinks, jello shots, and beer in other quantities. I recall seeing a special for a 67 ounce Bud Light for $14.99. A decent, if not spectacular deal, considering you’re getting just over 5 and 1/2 beers for $15 bucks.
The smaller drinks are inexpensive (by Las Vegas standards). My 16 ounce Mango daiquiri cost $8.
A nice touch offered by the Big Chill is that you can get a sample taste of a drink before making a 16 ounce or 100 ounce commitment.
Big Chill Bar Las Vegas Menu and Frozen Drink Flavors
Although they may go by slightly different names, depending on the location, the basic flavors offered are: Margarita, Tropical Mojito, Mango, Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Blue Ice, Pink Lemonade, and even “Non-alcoholic” for some reason.
Also, the hours for Big Chill bars vary. The Big Chill at the NY-NY is near the bar at Times Square. It’s hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
At Circus Circus, the Big Chill Bar is by the walkway when you want to get to Slots Circus Circus. It’s open Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The Excalibur version of the Big Chill is in the Excalibur’s restaurant section, called the Castle Walk Food Court. It’s upstairs from the main casino floor. I couldn’t find the hours for this location, nor could I for the Monte Carlo location.
The Monte Carlo Big Chill is located in the Street of Dreams shopping area, which is the walkway between the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino and the Aria/Crystals/Bellagio tram.