It might be the last thing you’d think of doing in a Las Vegas casino, but you might want to think again.
Buzz’n Brushes, at the off-Strip Orleans hotel, brings together crafts, alcohol consumption, delicious food and socializing for a fun alternative to the typical casino experience. Here’s the story.
Buzz’n Brushes costs $35, but includes a free cocktail, so we’re already off to a great start.
Guests get paint brushes and paints, and a canvas upon which to create their master work. Trust us, your results may vary.
The “class” is led by an instructor who not only teaches some painting basics, but also serves as a sort of hostess of the party. And it does feel like a party, because the “buzz” in Buzz’n Brushes is definitely a significant part of what makes this activity so fun.
There’s a hotel bar and bartender dedicated to those in attendance (after the free drink, cocktails run in the $5 range), and there’s also a pizza chef ready to make fresh flatbread pizza. The pizza alone is worth giving Buzz’n Brushes a try!
The pizza isn’t included in the class charge, but the prices are reasonable.
The painting process is done at a leisurely pace, and participants re-create a painting chosen by the team at Buzz’n Brushes. Our painting involved “candy birds.”
To be candid, given the nature of the Buzz’n Brushes session, we expected it to be populated mainly with women, but there was a balanced mix of men, women and children. We enjoyed it a lot, and we’re a dude, so it’s a non-gender-specific experience.
Breaks are taken throughout the evening, allowing for the paint to dry, with the time being filled with liquor consumption and games with prizes like more free cocktails. Starting to see a pattern here?
The staff at Buzz’n Brushes is friendly, charming and exceedingly patient, as you might guess.
While this crafty thing to do in Las Vegas might not be everyone’s cup of tea, or Cabernet Sauvignon, the fun-for-the-whole-family aspect might be just what you’re looking for.
While there’s a lot of painting, it’s not really the point of the whole enterprise. The point is to have a blast, and Buzz’n Brushes delivers.
Reservations at Buzz’n Brushes are recommended, but not required. You can visit the official site to see which painting is being done during a certain session.
There’s a virtually limitless list of things to do in Las Vegas. Now, go make art or something.