*Swiiiish, BUCKETS, THREEEEEE, In Your Face* These are a few things your drunk friend will be screaming at the top of his lungs when watching March Mayhem in Las Vegas. Gear up for the tournament with your war paint, your team jersey and double-fisting an ice cold beer. Head out to one of these awesome sports bars and channel the camaraderie, these two weeks are the most intense weeks for any sports fan. It might not be WWIII, but it will sure feel like it if your team loses. It’s a 50/50 chance at this point, so place your bets on your favorite college basketball team and may the best one win.
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas
Event Time: 9 a.m. March 16 - 19
Price: $50 - $100/person
Grab your squad and make your way down to SLS Las Vegas for a college basketball viewing party at Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book. Their 50 large TVs means you won’t miss any of the action. Drink as much as you can for only $50 bucks the open bar. Drop an extra $50 and you’re guaranteed seating and a food credit to go along with all of that free booze. Food, drank and a guaranteed seat? This is a “win,” in our books!
Plaza Hotel & Casino
Event Time: 9 a.m. March 16 - 19
Price: $15 - $40/person
Looking for a spot to unlace your high-tops and enjoy the game? Plaza Hotel & Casino has one-day viewing passes for $15. Embrace your inner “fan boy,” with a complimentary commemorative shirt, booze and grub. Get the Four-Day pass and for only $40 bucks you get all of the same stuff, but for each day. Seems like a pretty sweet deal to us.
Event Time: 7:30 a.m. March 16 - 18
You can root for your alma mater and follow the latest “Cinderella” teams inside the Treasure Island Ballroom. There’s no cover, so the banquet table seating is going to fill up quick. Bring your bills because it’s cash bar only. But don’t worry about how much you’ll spend on drinks, concessions and satellite betting stations are going to be on-site too, so you can win all of that beer money back.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Event Time: 8 a.m. March 16 - 19
How often do you get the chance to kick it with a former mayor and a college basketball legend? Former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman and college basketball icon, Thurl Bailey are going to be chillin’ at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The event is free, with reserved seating available for $25. Get here early so you’ll have so you’ll have some time to marvel at their star power.
Tropicana Las Vegas
Event Time: 7 a.m. March 16 - 19
Price: $50 - $400/person
The madness is here and Tropicana Las Vegas is the place to embrace it. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and for just $50 per person/per day, you can chug a beer or glass of wine after every alley-oop or deep three pointer –because why not, it’s March and you’ve earned it! Each ticket package includes complimentary entry to the Tropicana pool all weekend, so you can cool off after each day of action.
Aria: Place your bets in a comfortable environment at the 10,000-square-foot Aria Race & Sports Book. Conveniently located off the main floor of Aria, guests can relax on comfortable couches or in chairs with separate monitors. A total of 90 monitors are placed throughout the sports book. There are also two 9 foot by 16 foot big screen televisions. More
Bellagio: The Bellagio race and sports book is one of the most luxurious places in the world to make bets and follow the action. Nestled in a corner of the upscale hotel-casino, the sports book is open and inviting, yet more intimate than some of the larger sports books found elsewhere in Vegas. From deep, plush leather commander's chairs to impeccable service, an understated but readily evident elegance is the theme here. Always catering to high rolling sports fans, the Bellagio has some of the highest betting limits in town. There are 51 TVs plus 99 individual desks. More
Caesars Palace: Pleasantly dark and atmospheric, the Caesars race and sports book is a quintessential Las Vegas "mega-book." Within the cavernous and exciting venue there are plenty of seats with individual TV monitors for horseplayers, and race and sports fans alike can follow the action on several monstrous TV screens and an ample number of smaller monitors. There are six 12 x 15-foot screens, 12 50-inch plasmas and a 20 by 50-foot LED board. There are 140 sports seats with a 12-inch flat screen at every table. Plus, when hunger hits, Bobby Flay's excellent Mesa Grill is only steps away. More
Green Valley Ranch: Located minutes from the Strip, the huge race and sports book at Green Valley Ranch is a favorite among locals. 200-plus screens, many plasma, display sporting events of all types. With restaurants and shopping galore at Green Valley Ranch, you can arrive early and get in some extra fun before the game. More
Hard Rock Hotel: The Hard Rock could be the perfect venue for music-loving sports fans. Bets on the games can be placed at the sports book. The "world's first rock 'n' roll hotel and casino" is always full of action, and the sports book is certainly no exception. With 6 HD projectors, configurable up to 25 screens total, the sports book at Hard Rock offers a more intimate experience than most others found in Vegas. More
Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo: Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo features luxurious seating with plenty of pillows to sink into and watch your favorite game. A highlight of this sports-viewing mecca comes in the form of a large, 10-foot by 20-foot projection screen, complete with stadium style seating. Even better, Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo also has a tasty full menu designed by Emeril Lagasse and full bar.More
Mandalay Bay: With 84 TV screens and 300 seats, the sports book at Mandalay Bay is easily one of the best in town. Offering some of the highest betting limits in all sports, Mandalay Bay has grown accustomed to accepting bets of $100,000 or more for the big game. But even those less experienced will feel comfortable here, thanks to the helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand. More
MGM Grand: This modernistic, sleekly designed sports book offers an expansive, state-of-the-art vantage point into the game. Even more, the VIP seats here create harbors for serious sports aficionados. Just off the sports book, Sunday revelers will find the architectural and mechanical mastery of the Centrifuge Bar. There are seats for 104 people and screens including 36 65-inch televisions and 24 42-inch plasma televisions.More
Planet Hollywood: Despite its intimate size, Planet Hollywood's race and sports book is cleverly designed, making every seat perfect. Seating areas are arranged stadium-style, and the 33 plasma TVs are strategically placed on the bottom level for optimum viewing. The surrounding sports bar has additional seats and TVs and is a comfortable, modern place to enjoy a drink and catch some action. However, neither the sports bar nor book has a big-screen TV. More
Westgate Las Vegas & Casino: When this sports book opened in 1986, it set the standard for a new generation of race and sports books in town. Boasting 350 seats, it soon became known as the original "SuperBook," the eighth wonder of the gambling world. The Superbook features 30,000 square feet with 28 giant screens, and one massive 15 by 20-foot screen for a grand total of more than 60 viewing monitors. More
Wynn: Steve Wynn's resort boasts one of the most luxuriant and exciting sports books.It merges state-of-the-art, multiple screened action with a deep wood-toned lounge setting. There are 37 plasmas and three big screens, the largest of which is 12 feet by 12 feet. Just off the main floor of this stunning resort, the Wynn sports book is a popular place for high-rolling sports fans when the game gets going. More
Looking for a place to cheer on your favorite team in Vegas? Of course, you’ll want to choose a bar that offers tasty snacks, multiple beers on tap, numerous flat-screen TVs and a rowdy crowd. Don’t worry, there are plenty of spots that fit the bill. If you’re a sports fan, here are some of the hottest places to eat, drink and watch the day’s big games in Sin City.
Tap at MGM Grand
This 220-seat restaurant and sports bar features a wide selection of draught and bottled beers along with 60 flat-screen HD televisions. The food is also a winner at Tap thanks to items like the sloppy joes, cheese steak sliders and sourdough pretzels. And there’s an extra incentive to go: you’ll be surrounded by sports memorabilia from some of the biggest sporting events ever held in Las Vegas.
Lagasse’s Stadium in The Palazzo
You’ll be in expert hands here because celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is an avid sports fan himself. A combination of a sports book, restaurant and lounge, Lagasse’s Stadium has more than 100 HD screens and a menu of tailgating favorites with a New Orleans twist – like the shrimp po’ boy or the pork nachos. If you want to splurge, splash out on one of the sky or luxury boxes, which feature comfy seating that will rival the feeling of being on your sofa at home…except that when halftime hits, you can play a game of billiards or step out onto the patio and take in a view of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Ainsworth at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Ainsworth is an upscale lounge-meets-sports bar. Its stylish décor consists of leather seating and rustic chandeliers. Pine wood walls are dotted by antique-framed mirrors inset with flat-screen TVs. Although the menu is limited in selection to less than 15 items (including sliders, Buffalo wings and roasted teriyaki chicken), you won’t be disappointed in any of them. A betting station allows you to make a wager without interrupting your meal, and you always can add a kick to your sports viewing by sipping on The Ainsworth’s signature hot-and-spicy margarita with Tabasco.
Blondies Sports Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
If you’re seeking a tame and not-too-noisy sports joint, this is not the place. Blondies is best known for its over-the-top atmosphere where you’ll be served by a sexy bar staff clad in cheerleader uniforms. There are more than 40 flat-screen TVs, ranging in size from 12 to 32 feet and broadcasting the day’s major NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NASCAR events. With beer pong tables always ready and waiting, it’s no wonder why Blondies tends to be a hot hangout with college kids (and kids-at-heart).
Le Burger Brasserie Sports Grille at Paris Las Vegas
You might not think of this French-themed restaurant as a prime spot for American sports…mais oui, it is! Not only does Le Burger Brasserie showcase the hamburger – an American icon – on its menu, but it also fosters a sports bar environment with 13 flat-screen monitors spread around the dining room and an enormous 15-foot-by-15-foot television just inside the entrance. With more than 15 beers on tap as well as four kinds of french fries for nibbling, the game-time atmosphere is always très fun.
Yard House at The Linq
Located next to the eye-catching High Roller observation wheel, which is dazzling both by day and when lit at night, this 50th location of the popular Southern California-based chain. Encompassing two stories and more than 18,000 square feet, this is officially the largest Yard House in existence. Before you sit down in the bar, massive dining room or on the patio to watch sports (note: a fleet of flat-screen TVs is located throughout this place), stop and get a good look at the glass-enclosed keg room, which houses thousands of gallons of beer. In fact, if you’re someone who likes making choices, you’ll have more than you can imagine at Yard House. You can pick from a selection of 160 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers and 130 menu items ranging from sliders and lettuce wraps to flatbreads and street tacos.