This is a weekend of getting out of your hotel room and being a part of something bigger and probably way more drunk than yourself. There’s some college basketball that’s either an excuse to root for your alma mater or to drink when your alma mater completely lets you down even after you gave them $10 at the last alumni donation drive. There are pool clubs opening for all those sun and fun types who prefer lounging around outside during the day while the rest of us stare at a screen until the sun goes down and it’s time to drink. And in case you forgot because you’re already drinking, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and in Vegas we go all week. So without further run on sentences about drinking, here’s what we’ve got for you this weekend:
College basketball is on practically every TV
We all loved the college years. Even if you didn’t go to college you probably have fond memories of waking up in strange places and living almost entirely off vending machine food. If you don’t have those memories then we recommend coming to Vegas and living them out here. In the meantime, if basketball has always been a part of your college dreams, we’ve got all the action that takes place in March that may or may not contain a healthy dose of madness.
Eat and drink
Double Barrel Roadhouse will offer simultaneous views of the Las Vegas Strip and all the March Mayhem you could ask for. They’ve got a 210-inch screen, as well as 30 other screens, so you won’t miss a second of the action, unless you’re too busy checking out the other views or have your face buried in a plate of tasty Buffalo wings. Table packages start at $100, bar stool packages at $75 and all-you-can-drink packages at $65 per person. If you want a little barbecue with your basketball and some fresh air with your frenzied shouting at the refs for making stupid calls, head to Double Barrel Roadhouse.
Lagasse’s Stadium is the place to be for watching any kind of sports in this city. But when it comes to March Mayhem, the venue breaks the backboard. In case anyone didn’t know, Lagasse’s Stadium is the creation of Emeril Lagasse—yes that’s the “BAM!” guy. But unlike his other outstanding restaurants around Las Vegas, Lagasse’s Stadium is full of massive screens and a sports-obsessed atmosphere ideal for anyone into March Magnificence. Food specials will be on the menu and luxury boxes are available to enjoy the flavor. If you want to watch the games in plush surroundings and stuff your face with delicious food, Lagasse’s Stadium will put the BAM in your bamsketball.
Watch in style
Man Caves are the more exclusive choice for anyone (despite the mildly sexist name they are open to anyone) who wants to watch the games in comfort and a bit of privacy. Some of us may end up shouting strings of profanity when our teams lose, and even more when they win, that we’d rather not inflict upon unsuspecting strangers in a bar. So scoring our own cave is very advantageous. Planet Hollywood has man caves for $2,000 for nine guests (that’s only $222.23 per person) and the Flamingo has caves with private TVs, open premium bar, front- of-the-line sports betting and access to the Flamingo pool all for only $2,760 for 8 people ($345 per person). And of course you can add more guests to either. You can book them both by calling 702-777-7776. And if you want even more action, Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ will give you two bowling lanes for 16 people for $2,600 so you can throw some strikes while watching some slam dunks. If you want to watch the game and control your company, or at least try to, a Person Cave might be for you.
Play with your friends
Arcade basketball is more than just something you play against a 10-year-old when you need an ego boost. Now it’s something you can do on the Las Vegas Strip when you need to get your ego crushed by an NBA Hall of Famer. Moses Malone and Gary Payton will be on the Spanish Steps outside Caesars Palace on Saturday, March 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. taking on challengers at H-O-R-S-E. If you think you’ve got the goods, or you’ve just had a few drinks and find yourself trash talking a professional player you don’t really know and now have to represent, test your skills before time runs out. If you just want to show up your friends or make a date regret saying yes as you show no mercy, Slice Bar, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Serendipity 3 will have Pop-a-shot machines too—just without the NBA legends.
Pool clubs are opening for the season
Once you’re all hot and sweaty from sitting at a bar and watching basketball, it’s time to embrace pool season. That’s right, in Vegas pool season starts in March. It might still be a blizzard back home, but here we’ve got all the sun and scantily clad people you could want in a desert oasis. A few have opened already, and more will probably be open by the time we finish typing this sentence. But the ones opening this weekend are highly anticipated.
Beach LiFE at SLS is finally debuting and we couldn’t be more excited. Starting March 20, the rooftop pool portion of LiFE Nightclub will create a daytime pool club experience for hotel guests and passers-by alike. And, unlike many pool clubs in this town, which for reasons we can’t quite explain are rarely open at night, Beach LiFE will be open during nighttime operation hours so club kids can head upstairs and get some air while they listen to EDM and dance like everyone is watching. The pool will also serve as one of the hotel’s pools during the week, as will our next addition to the pool club list.
Foxtail may not be holding their official opening until April, but you can already head to the gorgeous outdoor space and enjoy the air. The club will bring in big name DJs like Danny Avila and R3HAB, and delve into an artistic avenue most pools clubs don’t approach. During evening events, the adjacent parking garage and hotel tower will become a canvas for 3D mapping by KT Corporation. Imagine a type of projected art that turns the side of a building into something mesmerizingly bright and full of depth. Now imagine that at a pool club while you’re in your bathing suit and holding a cocktail while the warm desert air caresses your skin and bumping music delights your ears. That’s what you’re in for at Foxtail.
In addition to the newcomers, clubs like Azure, Bare, Tao, Liquid, Wet Republic and Drai’s will be around, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stand in a pool or lounge near a pool because you know you look to sexy to dive underwater. In this town, the sun might be scorching even when the air is a perfect 83, but the pool clubs are always cool and waiting for you to get your swimwear on.