Top contenders: 10 of the coolest bars for viewing sports in Vegas

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Looking for a place to cheer on your favorite team in Vegas? With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as March Madness, nearly upon us, you may be wondering where to go. 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 10 of the hottest places to eat, drink and watch the day’s big games in Sin City.

Tap Sports Bar at MGM Grand

Photo of Tap Sorts Bar courtesy of MGM Resorts International

1.) Tap at MGM Grand
This new 220-seat restaurant and sports bar opened at the end of January. It 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.

2.) The Pub at Monte Carlo
This is a fun place to kick back with friends while watching a game. The Pub boasts 130 beers on tap, so you’ll be greeted by a wall of kegs upon entering. You can enjoy a mix of comfort food and pub classics, such as juicy burgers and the delicious shepherd’s pie. Plus, big eaters can test their mettle with The Pub Challenge, an 8-pound feast that if downed in 45 minutes is free. With at least 35 televisions and wonderful $3 to $6 weekday happy hour specials offered from 3 – 6 p.m., the casual atmosphere is perfect for happy-go-lucky fans.

The Sporting House at New York-New York

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3.) The Sporting House at New York-New York
This sports bar is considered the “ultimate destination” for diehard sports fans, and there are some impressive stats to support that claim. First off, the two-story bar/grill is huge, spanning 33,000 square feet. Secondly, The Sporting House has 130 video monitors and two 16-foot screens inside its popular “Screening Room,” which also boasts tiered seating so everyone has a perfect view. Finally, if watching your favorite team vie for the championship gives you an itch to play, there’s a 10,000-square-foot game center filled with sports-themed challenges. Think you’re a good shot? Prove it!

4.) 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

Photo of The Ainsworth courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

5.) 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.

6.) Wicked Vicky Tavern at Riviera
If you’re looking for a laid-back place to grab a bite and watch sports, this is it. Wicked Vicky Tavern is located on the resort’s casino floor. It offers a selection of more than 100 beers as well as an all-day breakfast menu and other pub-style grub. Throughout March, you can also take advantage of two specials: the Four for $4 Breakfast Special (with one egg, one pancake, one sausage link and one crispy strip of bacon) and the $9.99 Burger & Beer Deal (with the burger of your choice, a basket of fries and a pint of Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light, Batch 19 or Blue Moon).

Blondies Sports Bar & Grill

Photo courtesy of Blondies Sports Bar & Grill

7.) 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).

8.) 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.

9.) Yard House at The Linq
Located next to the eye-catching High Roller observation wheel, which is dazzling both by day and now when lit at night, this 50th location of the popular Southern California-based chain opened last Friday. 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.  

Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

Photo courtesy of Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

10.) Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The Linq
Also located in Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s multifaceted open-air entertainment complex, the bar at this spirited new south-of-the-border restaurant contains 10 big screens that are tuned in to sports. A few of these screens even face the patio, so you can keep your eyes on the action while sitting outside. Throughout the college hoops tournament, take advantage of food and drink specials – like buckets loaded with five Coronas for $25, Chayo’s signature nachos made with pulled pork, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, cheese sauce and Mexican cream for only $8 and two-for-one house margaritas, among others.

Renee LiButti

Renee was born in Las Vegas, so instead of a 24-hour party and gambling town, Sin City just feels like home to her. Since graduating from UNLV, she has worked for a variety of books, magazines and websites in Las Vegas as well as in far-off cities like Dublin, London and Dubai. Renee has been with Vegas.com since April 2010 covering hotels, gaming, clubs and bars. A cup of tea and a good book will forever be two of her favorite things. Follow Renee on Google+.

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