By Steve Beauregard
From Gatorade, to beer and liquor, to ear plugs, feminine products and over-the-counter drugs, a CVS is a much-needed stop for many people staying on the Las Vegas Strip. There are three CVS Pharmacy locations on the Strip: at City Center, Circus Circus, and now at Treasure Island. (A fourth one by Bally’s is on the way).
A CVS visit will save you tons and things like bottled water, as opposed to buying those in the hotel’s gift shop, or even worse, drinking one of the bottled waters the hotel “conveniently” leaves for you to consume (at a hefty price) in your room.
(Go here for the Walgreens locations on the Las Vegas Strip)
CVS on the Las Vegas Strip
Each CVS a Chase ATM, and (of course), a pharmacy. There are self check-out lanes in addition to staffed ones.
There is a pretty good selection of liquor brands to choose from. While the bottles of Grey Goose vodka won’t be as cheap as you may find back home, it will definitely be cheaper than what you find in the hotel room mini-bar, or at a hotel gift shop.
Like at the Walgreens on the Strip, CVS stores sell deli sandwiches, fruit, and other pre-packaged food items.
Here are the three CVS stores on the Las Vegas Strip:
CVS Pharmacy City Center – 3758 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
I call it the City Center CVS Pharmacy, when in reality, this very busy stand alone store is located right on the Las Vegas Strip, between the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino and the Mandarin Oriental (which is part of City Center).
It’s the closest CVS to the MGM Grand, Luxor Las Vegas, Excalibur and all the center-Strip properties of course, like Caesars Palace, Paris, etc. It’s open 24 hours a day.
It’s a great spot to stop by to get cheaper beer or booze than the outrageous prices found out casino bars. Due to its location, it gets a ton of pedestrian traffic. And while the store seems always busy (at least from mid-morning until the wee hours), there are numerous self check-out lines to ease the flow of customer traffic.
One downside is that a number of customers have complained about all of the porn-card slappers and tour guide sellers out front.
CVS Pharmacy Treasure Island
This new CVS is right in front of the T.I., in what many describe as an unattractive addition to the Strip. It’s bland, ugly brown suburban office park design replaced the pretty palm tree, rock and pirate ship decor that previously had welcomed guests to T.I. since its opening.
The Treasure Island CVS opened in March of 2015. It has 12,000 square feet, and occupies the ground level of the three-level retail complex on the north end of the resort. You can access either from the Strip sidewalk outside, or from inside the T.I., by near the sports book.
In addition to its large size, it is almost more grocery store than pharmacy. It’s open 24 hours a day.
The address is 3300 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV. 89109, and its phone number is (702) 866-2350.
CVS Circus Circus – 2700 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
This 14,000 square foot CVS opened in 2007 and is just steps away from Circus Circus. It’s about 400 feet north of Circus Circus to be exact, and just south of the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites. It’s directly across for the gleaming, yet unfinished tower that was originally supposed to be the Fontainebleau Hotel and Casino.
The store is directly in front of, a part of, a 500 foot condo skyscraper called the SKY Las Vegas.
This store will be there for a while. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the company has a 22 year lease on the site. As a side note, the space the store occupies sold for an amazing $30 million in March of 2014. (That’s a lot of bottled water to sell).
Unlike the other CVS on the Strip south of this store, this location is only open until midnight, which is very early by Las Vegas standards. Its hours are from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
It has the Chase ATM machine inside, along with a MoneyGram location. For those of you staying on the north end of the Strip, it’s about a 15 minute walk, (.7 miles), from the Stratosphere.
As a side note, for those of you staying at the Hard Rock, there is another CVS Pharmacy nearby. It’s 1 and ½ miles east of the Strip, at 4490 Paradise Road – just right across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
You won’t be able to purchase cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or other tobacco products at any of these Las Vegas Strip CVS locations however. The company has decided to stop the sale of tobacco. (Photo courtesy of Lynn F via Flickr).