Best bars to watch football in Las Vegas

Are you ready for some football? And drinks? And bar food? And hugging total strangers when the team you both happen to be rooting for scores a touchdown against the team you’ve both arbitrarily decided to hate? Then get off the bench and get down to one of Las Vegas’ best sports bars!

Party with your fellow sports fans at Rhumbar at Mirage Hotel and Casino. Photo courtesy of Rhumbar.

Party on the patio

Feel like watching the game outdoors? We can’t blame you. When it’s not 110 in the shade, Las Vegas is the perfect place to lounge outside and still stay tuned to the tube. This season, the patio at Rhumbar at The Mirage will be party central for football fans. New, football-inspired cocktails like the Liquid Pigskin (a rum and beer concoction that comes with a side of pork rinds) and the Spike It! shot (a shot of Fireball Whiskey that you drop into a glass of Stella Artois Cidre) will be served alongside classic game-day delicacies like $25 buckets of Coors Light. With a drink in your hand and the fresh air on your cheeks, you’ll feel free to cheer and scream your lungs out. And speaking of screaming…

Football is the second most enticing sight at Blondie's. Photo courtesy of Blondie's Sports Bar and Grill

Pump up the volume

If you’re the type that some call loud but you call “enthusiastic,” you’ve got a few options to vent your energy. Blondie’s Sports Bar and DB’s Pong and Pool, both in the Miracle Mile Shops, are classic sports bars where you can drink, holler and shout out loud for your team. Blondie’s has 32 big screens for you to look at in between half-hidden glances at the in-bar cheerleaders. During happy hour enjoy $20 all-you-can drink drafts and wells. During halftime, or just when your team is up by 14 with two minutes to go, you can enjoy some games of your own with beer pong, pool and more.

Pro Football HQ at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower. Photo courtesy of Stratosphere.

Size matters

Big screens are a staple of Las Vegas. Sometimes they’re showing dancing Blue Men, and sometimes they’re showing sports. For the latter, try Stratosphere’s Pro Football HQ. With huge screens and a theater feel, it’s the next best thing to a private box at the stadium; but at the stadium you can’t get $10 pitchers of draft beer, $15 pitchers of margaritas or bloody Marys, or all your other favorite cocktails. Be sure to take selfies! Post them to the Stratosphere Facebook page throughout the football season for chances to win free Tower Pass/Thrill Rides, Frankie Moreno tickets, “Pin Up” tickets and more.

Enjoy whichever type of football you prefer at the Crown and Anchor. Photo courtesy of Crown and Anchor British Pub

Home team hangouts

We know you love your home team and you want to cheer them on even while you’re away on vacation. Not having a team ourselves, we’ve spread the love around. Redskins fans have the classic British Pub the Crown and Anchor – when it’s not showing soccer. Fans of the 49ers can check out Tommy Rockers and Lions lovers can lounge at Longbar at the D — which makes sense since one of the meanings behind the hotel’s name is Detroit. We may not get our own franchise this century, but in Vegas you’re sure to find someone who’ll toast to your team.

The Ainsworth at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Photo courtesy of The Ainsworth.

Sporty chic

For a swanky approach to game day, TAP at MGM Grand and the Ainsworth at Hard Rock Hotel are clear, clean examples of how a sports bar can stay classy. Both house many screens as well as rich, wood interiors and specialized cocktail menus. TAP, as the name suggests, has a long list of draft beers including American and European style lagers, witbiers, pale ales, Belgian style ales and much more. You can even get a sampling flight of different draft beers for $14. The Ainsworth offers some of the finest bottles like Johnnie Walker Black, for those who want some smoothness with their football, and Patron Gran Platinum, for those who have $2,500 to spend on a bottle of alcohol.

Food and drink specials abound at Sapphire Las Vegas during football season. Photo courtesy of Sapphire.

Adults only

For the exotic experience, and definitely not the kids, venues like Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club will also be screening all your favorite football action. On Mondays, $20 will get you three drinks, tailgate style food and more — or you can get a season pass for $150 — and on Sundays, $75 buys main room entry, main room seating, buffet and more. With all the football playing on the huge HD screen, you can totally tell people you’re just there to watch the game.

Wherever you happen to find a screen on Monday, Thursday or Sunday, chances are you’ll be able to catch some football. But we understand there’s a big difference between catching the game and watching the game. So plan your event well. Get there in time to snag a table, so you’re not left standing; be sure to order something, so you’re not just taking up space; and pace yourself with the drinking – don’t do a shot every time the Bills fumble.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.