These are the best spots for casino newbies in the Lower Mainland

Oct 23 2019, 5:27 pm

It’s easy to fall into monotonous tendencies like going to the same local pub or nightclub every time we’ve got a big celebration. But where’s the fun in that?

Instead, rally up the squad for a night like no other at the kind of place that echoes Las Vegas vibes without the time and cost of flights involved. We’re talking about hitting up a BC casino to play the slots, table games, or in the gaming lounges.

Don’t worry if you’re a complete newbie to gaming, because these spaces have a welcoming vibe where you can grab a bite to eat at the bar with friends and soak up the atmosphere. And to make it better, Casinos BC wants to give you $10 towards your night out at your local casino! You’ll find the need-to-know details below.

Casinos across the Lower Mainland literally have something for everyone when it comes to dining out, entertainment, and classic games. Hastings Racecourse and Casino has stunning mountain views with simulcast horse racing, Starlight Casino and Elements Casino Surrey have free concerts with local musicians and cover bands, River Rock Casino Resort has stunning waterfront surroundings, and Parq Vancouver is a haven for cocktail aficionados with handcrafted offerings in impressive lounges (D/6, anyone?).


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So, if you’re looking for a fun social spot where your friends and entertaining games unite, these casinos across the Lower Mainland have you covered.

THE BLOCK Gaming Lounge

Let’s be real, the holiday season is approaching and nights out are going to be plentiful. But that’s okay because THE BLOCK Gaming Lounge, located next to Asylum at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, offers a new take on entertainment where you can learn to play on popular low-betting slot games, from Pink Panther (yes!) to Casablanca, Blake Shelton, and more.

The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is renowned for hosting epic comedy shows and concerts in its fabulous 1,100-seat theatre. And options for dining here are unparalleled with restaurants serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night eats, and scrumptious desserts.


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You can also attend monthly BLOCK Party Fridays here, complete with entertainment and food that can be ordered from Asylum.

Coming up on Friday, October 25 and Friday, November 29, there’s going to be a Halloween-themed Spooktacular Soiree happening at THE BLOCK lounge from 6 to 8 pm. This includes a live band playing top 40s hits, and free appies and gifts! Attendees can sign up for Encore Rewards for free and enter a draw to win Visa gift cards and a brand new iPhone 11. Keep the party going at Asylum afterwards, because… well, why not?

Summit Bar x Gaming Lounge


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A change of scenery is always good, especially when it comes to a night out. At Summit Bar x Gaming Lounge located in Cascades Casino Langley, you’ve got plenty of options for low-stakes betting with games such as Pink Panther, WOF Powerbucks, The Walking Dead II, and more.

Feeling a little hungry? (That’s us 24/7.) Treat your tastebuds to some snacks from the bar for the perfect pick-me-up. Summit features a range of $5 special menu options, such as the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich and the American Carhop Burger, or if you’re feeling thirsty, a locally-brewed Stanley Draught.

If you fancy a more upscale dining experience, be sure to make a reservation at the new ATLAS Steak + Fish restaurant within the casino.


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To get you in the Halloween spirit, the lounge is hosting a ‘Party Like a Mon-STAR!’ event from 7 pm to 1 am on Saturday, October 26. The event lineup includes a chance to win a $1,000 Vegas getaway and features music from a live DJ, showgirls, and $5 food and drinks specials (including the perfectly-themed Halloween Morgue-A-Rita and Blood Orange Sangria).

Alpina Bar & Gaming Lounge


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This season, enjoy a night of fun at Alpina Bar & Gaming Lounge in Grand Villa Casino. Since the lounge offers a mix of entertaining, low stakes slot machines including Heidi’s Beer Haus, Flintstones, and Wonder Woman, and more, the toughest call you’ll have to make is deciding which one to play first.

Grand Villa Casino offers a myriad of dining excellence all under one roof, to suit every kind of mood you’re in. Take a break from gaming over some handcrafted cocktails (make sure you try the special “Alpina” cocktail) and small plates — all for under $12.


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If you’re looking to watch the game in HD, this is the perfect spot with big screens throughout the venue. FYI, you can also catch DJs playing here every weekend until 3 am at Personas Patio!

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This offer is valid only at Cascades Casino Langley, Elements Casino Surrey, Grand Villa Casino, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, Hastings Racecourse & Casino, Parq Vancouver, River Rock Casino Resort and Starlight Casino, for one-time use, one voucher per player. Non-transferable, no copies accepted. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions apply. Offer is subject to change. 2,000 points redeemable for $10 in free slot play or table play. Must be Encore Rewards member to redeem. Not a member? Sign up at Guest Services. Offer valid October 11, 2019, to April 30, 2020. Know your limit, play within it. Must be 19+ to play.

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