At Mermaids, pretty hostesses gussied up in Carmen Miranda-style outfits, greet dudes (and dudettes) on a pub crawl with a string of festive rainbow colored beads and offer up a ticket for a cash draw.
This hole-in-the-wall watering spot may be a bit of an eyesore, without much innovation in the slot-machine department, but tourists in-the-know are sauntering into the funky bar to throw down some cash for a handful of delectable finger foods and cheap drinks.
The deep-fried oreos - though packed with a zillion calories and artery-clogging trans-fats - are a big hit for those with a sweet tooth.
I gobbled one down and was ready to cough up 99 cents for an encore performance in spite of the waistline consequences.
I expect the deep-fried twinkie is just as wicked!
As the old TV slogan used to taunt:
"Bet you can't eat just one!"
Another favorite is the chocolate-dipped banana (frozen).
For those looking for a traditional snack over the holiday weekend - who are stifled by a tight budget - the "All American Hot Dog" at 99 cents (plus tax) is sure to squelch any craving for mouth-watering food without breaking the bank.
Then, wash it down with a 99 cent Margarita.
Strawberry is the hot flavor right now among the locals.
And now, for a little slot play on the penny machines.
You know what they say, watch the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves.