Are you ready for some football? On Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are meeting up to determine the champion of the National Football League at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Of course, it’s not just the touchdowns, tackles and halftime show that make the Big Game such a big deal. Part of the fun is being at a party – and for those who will be in Las Vegas instead on the East Coast, the options for celebrating are almost endless. Big Game events in Sin City bring together everything from food and drinks to live music, sexy women and the spirit of competition. Plus, festivities don’t just occur between kickoff and the final whistle. You’ll discover several events taking place before and after the Big Game.
Below you’ll find just a sampling of the revelry. For a complete list of Big Game happenings in Las Vegas, click here.
Where to watch the game
Four Boyd Gaming properties are throwing free parties for casino guests during the Big Game that will feature food and drink specials (such as $2 beers) as well as prizes and giveaways. Make tracks for Sam’s Town, which will have its “Big Game Zone” on the second floor, with seating for 500 people and multiple giant screens. Carlotta and other DJs from the radio station KOMP 92.3 FM will be the hosts. The Orleans will offer parties in its second floor conference area and in three of its bars: Brendan’s Irish Pub, the Bourbon Street Lounge and Coasta Cantina. The Gold Coast will also throw events in its Red Zone sports bar and both the Arizona and Nevada ballrooms. Or tackle some gridiron action in the showroom at the Suncoast. All of these parties will get underway between 1 and 2 p.m.
Caesars Palace is going all out for the Big Game. The casino bars will be serving up specials – including $8 Skyy, Patron, Patron XO, Jagermeister, Wild Turkey Bourbon and Cruzan Rum drinks. In addition, the resort’s Tournament Poker Room will feel similar to a large living room with a variety of viewing options. General admission is $120, “Couch Seating” costs $400, and the lounge-like “Man Caves” are $1,500 for a group of six (plus $200 for each additional person). All guests will delight in the all-you-can-eat tailgate buffet and a chance to meet the Miller and Coors Light models. Those with Couch Seating can take advantage of unlimited Coors Light, Miller Lite, house red and white wines, and Jagermeister shots while those with Man Caves will also get specially designed football helmet beer buckets and bottle service.
Bars and nightclubs
At Hyde Bellagio, the Fountain-Side Viewing Party is being held on the so-called “50-yard line” of the Fountains of Bellagio. This means in between watching what’s happening on the field, you can check out the resort’s breathtaking dancing waters. The party begins at 2 p.m. There will be loads of HD plasma TVs, a variety of tailgating snacks from Circo and drink specials. A VIP pass costs $150, which includes an open bar from 2 – 5 p.m. VIP big-screen seating (with table packages starting at $800) will also be available for those who want a close-up of the action.
Pure Lounge inside Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace will celebrate football’s biggest matchup with a huge viewing party. There will be 18 plasma HD TVs set up so you don’t miss a moment of the action. A special menu of dishes – sold à la carte or in large platters – includes focaccia pizza, BBQ pork sliders with “Dirty Chips,” zesty chicken wings and more. There will also be specials on select cocktails and Bud Light. Doors open at 1 p.m.
The fourth annual Lavo Bowl Viewing Party begins at 1 p.m. It’s being held at Lavo, an Italian restaurant and nightclub in The Palazzo. There will be more than 20 TVs spread around the premises for viewing. General admission to the event costs $85 and features an open bar from 2 – 5 p.m. For $145, guests can also enjoy a gourmet Italian buffet with items like spicy scarpariello chicken wings, grilled baby lamb chops, smoked tomato barbecue pork ribs, Kobe meatballs served in Grandma’s gravy, garlic fries arrabbiata, fried calamari, an endless shrimp cocktail bowl, herb-crusted Italian roast prime rib, salads, hot dogs, a “Super” sub and a pizza station as well as assorted cookies and sliced cakes.
Tao Las Vegas inside The Venetian is hosting its inaugural Tao Bowl Viewing Party. There are two options for sports fans. The standard ticket costs $65 and gives you access to an open bar that will run from 2 – 5 p.m. Or splurge on the buffet ticket for $125 and savor an all-you-can-eat feast filled with things like Tao Temple salad, sake-poached shrimp cocktail, assorted sushi, kalbi prime rib, dragon tail spare ribs, Kung Pao chicken wings, pork belly red and vegetable fried rice, assorted dim sum, sweet potato waffle fries, togarashi french fries and orange chicken – plus, a slider station with spicy pulled pork sliders, Kobe burgers, hot dogs and Bánh Mì sliders. Doors open at 1 p.m.
The Eastside Lounge at Encore offers a posh setting for watching the Big Game. An à la carte menu of bar favorites – including spicy chicken wings, Kobe beef sliders, hot dogs and fries – will be available from 1 p.m. There is a food and beverage minimum of $150 per person.
Rocks Lounge in Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa boasts a party that begins at noon. For $35, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet (starting at 2 p.m.), draft beers, house wines and soft drinks along with giveaways from the Bud Light Girls.
At Green Valley Ranch, the Lobby Bar will have $2 Buds and Bud Lights and $5 well drinks. Hungry fans can also chow down on $2 hot dogs, nachos, hot pretzels, five wings and popcorn. There is no cover charge and seating will be done on a first-come basis.
The outdoor Carnaval Court bar at Harrah’s will be a great place to view the Big Game. There’s no cover charge and you can buy drinks for great prices – like five 16-ounce bottles of Coors Light and Miller Lite for $25 or Ketel One and Red Bull cocktails for $10.
For $75, opt for Napoleon’s Lounge at Paris Las Vegas, where there will be a Miller Lite Tailgate Buffet. Along with the all-you-can-eat spread, you’ll benefit from drink specials and have the chance to win prizes and giveaways.
Three of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s most popular drinking venues will be showcasing the Big Game. In the Playing Field Lounge, packed with two jumbo and 33 plasma screens, tables for four will be priced at $300 to $450. With a $400 beverage minimum for four people, you can hang out in the Heart Bar at the center of the resort where a DJ and go-go dancers will also be on hand. Or at the Extra Bar, you can score a table for four for a $300 beverage minimum. All three of these venues will be featuring drink specials as well as prizes and giveaways.
There’s a “Super big Game! XLVIII” party on tap at Señor Frog’s Restaurant & Bar inside Treasure Island. For $175, you’ll be guaranteed seating to view the game as well as have access to an open bar (with various beers and liquors) and an all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with a selection of appetizers and the restaurant’s most popular menu items. Doors at Señor Frog’s open at 10:30 a.m.
Watch the Big Game at Kahunaville in Treasure Island, where it will be shown on 23 screens. The admission cost is only $50 and that includes unlimited visits to a delicious buffet. The fun begins here at noon.
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & BBQ inside Treasure Island is also hosting a Big Game party. Doors open at noon for general admission seating, which costs $125. The party gets underway at 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy bottomless drinks including all draft beers and well cocktails. Plus, there will be a scrumptious Big Game buffet with Southern-style chicken wings, a build-your-own Texas-style nacho bar, hot dogs, popcorn, Gilley’s BBQ pork sliders, pulled pork taquitos, Gilley’s chili, brownies and other desserts. The sexy Gilley Girls as well as lovely ladies from Bud Light, Crown Royal and Captain Morgan will also be on hand to watch the game with you.
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas is throwing a Big Game viewing party beginning at 2:30 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu includes an array of treats: popcorn, gourmet flatbreads, nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken wings, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, baked beans, Angus mini burgers and baked potato loaded tater tots. Those craving sweets will enjoy Rice Krispies treats, brownies and cookies. The cost is $85 per person.
Take in the lively bar scene while watching the game on flat-panel HD TVs in Tacos & Tequila at Luxor. For $75 you can gorge to your heart’s content at the all-you-can-eat-and-drink Mexican-style tailgate spread that consists of chips and salsa, chicken wings, quesadillas, taquitos, tacos and nachos along with Coors Light, Dos Equis and well cocktails.
Located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina will have a viewing party with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink football buffet on Feb. 2. The cost is $200. Tuck into traditional favorites including hot dogs, sliders and a build-your-own tacos and nachos station. If you get thirsty, knock back buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light with your meal. High-definition TVs are spread throughout the cantina, so you’ll feel like you’re right on the sidelines.
The 42,000-square-foot Hard Rock Café, located on the Las Vegas Strip near the MGM Grand, has a special Third String Package available for the Big Game. It consists of unlimited Bud Light draft beer, a wing station and a build-your-own-nachos station. The cost is $85, with doors opening at 2 p.m.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at the Flamingo will hold a festive Big Game party that begins at 3 p.m. For $225, you’ll be able to feast like an MVP on Maryland crab cake sliders, mini “Cheeseburgers in Paradise,” bacon-wrapped scallops, a cold station, a buffet with New York strip steak and black grouper topped with mango sauce, a carving station and vegetables. Access to an open bar with premium liquor is included. A $425 VIP ticket is also available that allows you to sit in a special roped off section and take home a swag bag.
Beginning at 2 p.m., the Italian restaurant Allegro at Wynn Las Vegas will present an all-you-can-eat menu featuring meatball sliders, chicken wings, mini chicken Parmesan sliders, mini sausage and peppers sliders, pizzas, truffled fries and more. Tickets cost $105.
At Society Café inside Encore, you can also view the Big Game while digging into an all-you-can-eat menu featuring peppercorn filet sliders, meatball sliders, Society sliders, lollipop chicken wings and flatbreads. Doors open at 1 p.m., with admission priced at $95.
Also at Encore, head over to the Lobby Bar & Café, which overlooks the casino floor, for an à la carte menu including Kobe beef sliders, wraps, chicken fingers, bratwursts and fries. Screens will be set up for Big Game viewing with the special menu being available from 1 p.m. There is a $125 food and beverage minimum per person.
Although when the British talk about “football” they are referring to an entirely different sport, you can still have an amazing pub-style Big Game viewing experience at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. Along with unlimited house draft beer and wine, you’ll get to scoff down a selection of the celebrity chef’s favorite dishes – deviled eggs, English chips, Gordon Ramsay sliders, pretzels, poutine, BBQ pork ribs and sticky toffee pudding. The cost is $200.
The rollicking Carlos’n Charlie’s restaurant and bar at the Flamingo is hosting a Big Game fiesta with a delicious buffet of classic Mexican dishes for only $50. For $150, you’ll be guaranteed a prime seat as well as be able to imbibe at an open bar.
For a high-end party, consider celebrating the Big Game in style at the Center Cut Steakhouse in the Flamingo. Priced at $150, you’ll get to devour items from a mouth-watering menu that consists of both cold and hot offerings, seafood, a live-carving station and desserts – all accompanied by a Miller or Coors bucket of beer.
For a Big Game experience with a country attitude, mosey over to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. The $95 all-inclusive price tag will not only get you great grub (shrimp, potato salad, assorted grinder sandwiches, Toby Keith’s signature BBQ pork ribs, chicken wings, pulled pork sliders and desserts), but you’ll also receive a bucket of four 16-ounce Coors Light or Miller Lite bottles to wash everything down with.
Crazy Horse III has planned a Big Game party hosted by Maxim model Shannon Ihrke. Formerly an active duty Marine sergeant, she appeared in the men’s magazine for its military issue and has also been featured in ads and commercials for H&M and Ed Hardy. The party in the main room costs $50 in advance or $75 at the door and includes viewing on giant HD screens, pizza and barbecue selections, drink specials on bottles and buckets, and raffle prizes.
Sapphire Las Vegas has two great “Super Sunday” packages available. In the main room, watch the game on a huge HD screen with digital audio, indulge in a tailgate-style buffet and be entered to win raffles and other prizes for $75 (pre-event pricing). An “Exclusive VIP” package provides prime seating, access to the showroom throughout the game where there will be a more lavish buffet and a chance at more upscale raffles and prizes for $150 (pre-event pricing). Complimentary limo transportation is available with both packages.
Where to have fun before and after the game
Head over to Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 for their Big Game Weekend celebration. It begins at 10:30 p.m. nightly. On Friday night, the party will be hosted by the Players of the Legends Football League with sounds by Blackout Artists featuring DJ Que. On Saturday, there’ll be an appearance by Whoo Kid and the music will be spun by Presto One.
The popular ’80s musical “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian is offering football fans a fabulous deal. In honor of the 48th running of the Big Game, you can buy tickets for shows on Feb. 1 at 7 and 10 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. for only $48!
On Feb. 1, Hyde Bellagio will kick things off with a Pre-Game Party hosted by Joanna Krupa of “The Real Housewives of Miami” fame. The blonde bombshell will toast the teams and party with football fans in anticipation of the Big Game. The Pre-Game Party starts at 10 p.m.
Follow up the strength and acrobatics on you’ve watched on the field, with a display of a different kind. “Panda!” at The Palazzo is also offering $48 tickets on Feb. 2 for the 8 p.m. show. The one-of-a-kind production brings Far Eastern folklore to life through amazing displays of Asian disciplines including kung fu, pole climbing, ribbon dancing and more.
Smashing Alice, a Las Vegas cover band that’s known for hard-rockin’ shows, will be performing in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino immediately following the Big Game. The concert is free.