El Cortez Hotel & Casino May Promotions and Events


Casino Events

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party – Saturday, May 5

El Cortez Hotel & Casino will host a viewing party for the Kentucky Derby inside the Fiesta Room on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy all the pre-race festivities and cheer their favorite horses “down the stretch” while taking advantage of a special viewing party menu highlighted by $1 Budweiser drafts and $2 brats. Additional $1 menu specials for the viewing party will include fountain drinks and bags of chips. There will also be Bloody Marys available for $2.

All casino guests placing a bet of $20 or more on the Kentucky Derby at the El Cortez race book will also receive an official Kentucky Derby glass while supplies last. Limit two glasses per customer.

Vegas StrEATs Festival – Saturday, May 12

El Cortez hosts the monthly Vegas StrEATs food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Many of Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks participate in Vegas StrEATs each month along with local art and clothing vendors from across the city. For a final list of participating food trucks and vendors, visit Vegas StrEATs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VegasStreats.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs brings food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $3 Bud Light, Shock Top and Bud Light Lime, $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jagermeister and 1800 Silver Tequila shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Midweek Munch in May

Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks will return to El Cortez’s Jackie Gaughan Parkway every Wednesday this May and throughout the summer from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the “Midweek Munch.”  Please see the trucks scheduled for May below:

  • Wednesday, May 2:  The Rusty Pickle
  • Wednesday, May 9:  Chi-Town Hustler
  • Wednesday, May 16:  Slindin’ Thru
  • Wednesday, May 23: Sausagefest
  • Wednesday, May 30: Haulin’ Balls

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Gift Cards for Jackpot Winners in May

Throughout May, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell and Chevron. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.

Cinco de Mayo at El Cortez – Saturday, May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Cortez Hotel & Casino with $3 Patrón margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa on Saturday, May 5 from noon – midnight.

Mom’s Eat Free at The Flame Steakhouse – Sunday, May 13

All mothers will eat free at The Flame Steakhouse when dining with a paying adult on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Mothers must be 21 years or older and a member of Club Cortez. All guests can reserve their table early at www.elcortezhotelcasino.com.

Fresh Stone Crab Special – Ends Weekend of May 11

El Cortez Hotel & Casino guests will have their last chance until October to enjoy delicious, fresh jumbo Stone Crab at The Flame Steakhouse. The Flame Steakhouse features jumbo Stone Crab flown in fresh from Florida every week for the Friday and Saturday nightly dinner special. The Stone Crab special is available for only $28 per pound and is served with cottage fries and coleslaw.

Trout Amandine & Walleye Pike Special – Begins Weekend of May 18

The Flame Steakhouse features Idaho trout and Minnesota walleye pike flown in fresh every week for nightly dinner specials. Each special is only $16.95 and available while supplies last.

Free White Castle in Honor of Memorial Day – Monday, May 28

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is serving free White Castle cheeseburgers to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. Club Cortez members can enjoy free White Castle cheeseburgers while they play slots and table games, and the complimentary burgers will be served from noon to 6 p.m. White Castle is famous for their one-of-a-kind Slyder ®, which offers a delicious hamburger patty with White Castle’s signature steamed onions and cheese.

Food and Beverage Promotions


El Cortez Vintage Dining & Cocktail Menus

Due to popular demand, El Cortez Hotel & Casino will continue to offer their vintage dining and cocktail menus in 2012. The menus, created in 2011 to honor the property’s 70th anniversary, dust off Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. The selected dishes were some of the premier dining options featured at the town’s best restaurants in years past, including dishes from Sultan’s Table at the Dunes, Delmonico’s at the Riviera, The House of Lords at the Sahara, La Vie en Rose at the Desert Inn and Saver Room at the Aladdin. These iconic dishes will
be available at the Flame Steakhouse every Tuesday through Thursday.

Vintage Dining Menu

Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod; or Escargot a’la bourguignon, petit-Gris Escargot with garlic butter

Salads: Hearts of palm, Tender hearts of palm with lemon vinaigrette; or Asparagus salad, chilled asparagus, caper pimento vinaigrette

Entrees: Tournedos of beef Rossini, twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace; or Chicken Kiev, herb butter filled boneless breast of chicken, panko crusted and deep-fried

Desserts: Strawberries Romanoff, fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream; or Peach Melba, peach halves over vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberry puree

Vintage Cocktail Menu

The vintage cocktail menu will be served at The Parlour, located on El Cortez’s casino floor. This menu celebrates the history of mixology by educating guests on the origins of classic cocktails while offering a chance for them to enjoy their favorites. The menu includes cocktails such as the side car, which originated in the 1920s during World War I; the mint julep, which originated in the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest cocktails; the blood and sand, a drink from the 1930 premiere of a Rudolph Valentino film; the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, and many more.

Unique Cocktails at El Cortez’s The Parlour

El Cortez serves three signature drinks at the recently opened The Parlour:

  • “The Scottie”: An eponymous drink for one of El Cortez’s most tenured bartenders, “The Scottie” combines Sky cherry vodka, Chambord, Triple Sec and splashes of cranberry and lime juice.
  • “Parlour Refresher”: This new concoction is great on a scorching Vegas summer day or when guests are longing for that summer feeling in the middle of winter. The “Parlour Refresher” is composed of Sky vodka, Blue Curacao, Midori, lemon juice and a splash of Sierra Mist.
  • “Fireside Manhattan”: The “Fireside Manhattan” is a drink sure to fit in with the Parlour’s warm rich tones and classic lounge feel. The drink is made of Original MOONSHINE and a float of sweet vermouth.

Café Cortez Dinner Specials

Visit Café Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95.  Meal includes choice of soup or salad.  Café also offers a fajita dinner for just $8.95.  Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. Café Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.

Graveyard Specials

Café Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Specials include:

  • Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.
  • Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.

Bar Specials

Martini Madness – daily 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.– at all casino bars (martini menu only). 

Receive Up To 75-Percent Off Using Club Cortez Points

Club Cortez members can receive up to 75 percent off when using Club Points for meals at The Flame Steakhouse, Café Cortez or Gambling Gourmet.  The percentage off the price of the meal is based on membership level.

Gaming Promotions


Personalized Website Feature for Club Cortez Members

Club Cortez has unveiled its newest feature for rated members – a personalized URL website for players to keep track of their various offers and promotions.  This feature allows Club Cortez members a fast, simple and easy way to check on their earned benefits. El Cortez is offering this innovative new program through High Impact Direct, a leader in micro player marketing.

Don’t Miss Instant Action at the El Cortez

Instant Action allows players to turn their points into free play without ever having to leave their machines.  Instant Action also allows players to activate promotional free play without having to visit the slot club.

Free Daily Slot Tournament – now automated 24 hours a day

Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day.  Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day.  New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament.  Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100.  The daily top ten players receive an entry into the
weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing.  See Club Cortez for additional details.

Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday.  During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn.  Please see Club Cortez for additional information.

Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing

Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips.  There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place.   During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat.  During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt.  Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Players can only win one prize per drawing.  There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit.  Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m.  Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize.  Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat.  Please see Club Cortez for additional details.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas and will celebrate its 71st year of operation in 2012. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District.  With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including ten uniquely themed suites that resulted from the
2010-2011 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best
accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El
Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The El Cortez casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines.  El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with the Station Casinos Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel”in 2009; "Best Blackjack in Las Vegas" in 2007 and from 2009-2011; "Best Video Poker" in 2008 and "Best Keno in Las Vegas" from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011.  Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals.  The property's other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer's Ice Cream Shop, Seattle's Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop.  For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

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