Playing poker with your bros is a fine way to spend an evening, but there's always that nagging feeling that you should be out chatting up someone with cleavage, in a place that doesn't reek of sweatpants. For the best of both worlds, hit Queen of Hearts, at The Standard
From the Miami Poker Society and The Standard's Sunday night bingo crew, Queen's a no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament catering to co-ed hotel guests from both The Standard and The Raleigh (bused in, just like blue-hairs to Vegas) and locals like yourself, all set in the upscale motel's larkish dining room (modern full bar meets Three's Company ski lodge). From 7-8pm you can learn the ropes via free tutorials put on by Poker Society sharks; from 8-11 a two-drink minimum gets you into a table, where you'll compete for prizes like free dinners, and bar tabs large enough to make you the coolest guy in the room, if only you weren't wearing Jose Canseco's sunglasses. There won't be Vegas girls dropping free cocktails, but finger apps and booze'll be offered at reduced prices, and The Standard's full menu will also be available -- they'll even pull up a side table for your entree, as nothing distracts an opponent like thyme-crusted swordfish nicoise
Almost as if you were buying sandwiches, show up for a month of Fridays, and your score'll be tallied, putting you in the running for free hotel stays and spa treatments -- helping you avoid that nagging feeling that your buddy shouldn't be paying off his losses with free couch massages.