Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Jan. 27 – Feb. 1, 2015

The countdown is on. The Big Game is just days away and even though the main event is taking place in the Copper State (c’mon people, that’s Arizona…), the Silver State (good job, that’s Nevada… now you’re catching on) is actually the best place to be to get in on the action even if you’re primarily participating for the cocktails and  commercials.

But for those die-hard pigskin junkies, considering that there are many more Vegas game day parties than blank spaces on the pre-season bracket, we have sorted out nearly 50 football hot spots here and we will continue to recap some of our top picks starting with some game day destinations listed below. Oh, and if you’ve never cared about America’s favorite sport or even the commercials and don’t plan on starting this weekend, well, this is Vegas and believe it or not, there are other great things to do here even when the rest of the nation is glued to the game. To prove it, we have listed one  at the top of our list… hopefully you like burgers.


Your future hangovers are already getting excited.

White Castle Grand Opening

When: January 27
Where: The Casino Royale Resort

No offense to all you Ohioans, but when something that originated from the good ‘ol Buckeye territory is good enough that we make room for it here in Las Vegas… you know it’s pretty damn good. And as it turns out, looks like our favorite anytime (but mostly intoxicated-time) snackable sliders have made that cut. And now you Ohioans are probably laughing at us since White Castle is as abundant in your state as Starbucks is in New York City. But seeing that as of this Tuesday this will be the only White Castle location in Las Vegas… we are kind of idolizing this place with the same adoration that the Ohio folks (and most other out-of-towners) idolize out In-N-Out Burger. Ha, now we are even.


The fancy side of football.

Lagasse’s Stadium

When: February 1
Where: The Palazzo

Packed with more than 100 high-definition television screens and a 9-foot-by-16-foot screen centerpiece boasting all of the action in mega-sized glory, this one-of-a-kind sports book is definitely a top pick for Sunday’s viewing party.  Not only does the luxury couch, stadium-style seating allow for ideal viewing from anywhere in the joint, but Lagasse’s Stadium also offers sky and private boxes in addition to back patios and exclusive party rooms… is basically impossible to avoid an excellent view of the many games playing at any given time – yep, this includes the restrooms. But for the tasty stuff, since no football event is complete without amazing food, the venue’s namesake and culinary creator, Emeril Lagasse, has prepared an exceptional menu that takes tailgating to a new level. Dishing out an array of exceptional eats, make sure to come hungry to nosh on items such as the Stadium Burger, signature sweet potato fries (emphasis on the sweet), or the Spice Rubbed Baby back Ribs. Game on.


Sorry White Castle...

Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar

When:  February 1
Where: The LINQ Hotel and Casino

The Big Game may be in Arizona but killer eats are found right here in Las Vegas. And one Vegas kitchen that will be kicking up and dishing out top-of-the-line pub grub is that of the so-called rock ‘n’ roll comfort food king Guy Fieri. With signature dishes like the Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bacon Burger – give us a moment (deep breath)… and we’re back – to game day specials like all-you-can-drink Miller Lite and Coors Lite, raffle prizes, and shot and drink specials with each touchdown, Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar is definitely a place to be if you’re ready to raise the bar on game day indulgence.


So even if the game is not fun to watch, we know what will be.

Tilted Kilt

When:  February 1
Where: The LINQ Promenade

Football, food, and boobs…uhh…we meant brews…. will all be found in abundance at this game day getaway. With admission starting at $165 per person, the Tilted Kilt’s “Super Football Party” offers a winning party package that includes an open premium bar from whistle to whistle, plus one hour of additional super party overtime. And not to forget those aforementioned brews, the Tilted Kilt shot girls will be hosting raffles, contests and much more game day fun that is sure to make for one hell of a game… regardless of the score.


You'll be smiling too when you don't have to wait in a sports book line.

Bet Smart

If you’re planning on betting on the Big Game but your game day destination looks a lot like your bed and you’re repping the “skins” jersey … OK, if you’re staying in bed for game day but you want to bet, or if you are going out and you don’t want to leave your party to swim upstream amongst the sports book masses, then we have an idea that just may be for you.

With a sports betting app, you can place bets on your phone from wherever you may be. And while you can only use this app in Nevada, betting with your smartphone is the quickest way to skip the lines and place bets with a sports book, hassle free. With the exemptions of MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment who do not offer mobile wagering, bettors can set up their private accounts at any Cantor Gaming (now called CG), Nevada Sports Book (South Point, etc.), Station Casino & El Cortez (Sports Connection) or William Hill book. Since you must set up your account and apply funds in person at one of the participating sports books, we not only recommend, but insist, that you get your app squared away prior to game day, otherwise, well, you would be standing in the lines you were trying to avoid in the first place. And remember, since this app is only valid for use in Nevada, you can either withdraw your funds or keep them in your account for next time when all bets are complete.


Trading one desert for another, I moved to Las Vegas from Arizona nearly three years ago. It was something about the sparkling lights and the all-encompassing entertainment factor that persuaded me to swap cacti for casinos and dry heat for well…even drier heat. And while I do love a good show, I will always keep true to my country girl ways seeing that I am an absolute sucker for a good country concert and will always indulge the opportunity to go out country dancing! But in a city that undoubtedly has some of the world’s best cuisine, a wild assortment of endless experiences, and of course phenomenal shows, Vegas certainly has that unparalleled good time vibe that can make a city slicker out of just about anyone… including myself!