Big Game meets big nightlife in Las Vegas

Are you ready for what we’re legally only allowed to call the “Big Game”? We sure hope so. Because in a town like Vegas, with somewhere around infinity plus 10 screens showing the Big Game, we’re definitely ready to listen to half the country cheer and the other half accuse that first half of cheating – not that we’re making any predictions. But if you’re not into betting, and thus not clutching your lucky charm in a sports book and kicking yourself for pretending to be noble when going for the underdog, Vegas has some of the best spots in the country to knock back some drinks while you watch football players get knocked back by calls you’ll likely be arguing about well into Monday.

We're not sure how many teams are playing in this game, but we're raising our fists and opening our mouths for the red one. Photo courtesy of Rhumbar.


The play: Play-action pass

Rhumbar may seem like a modern, tech enthusiast’s paradise upon first glance. And you might expect to get dragged into a debate about OSX versus Linux long before you hear about Seahawks versus Patriots. But the moment you step into the open air patio you see that Rhumbar knows how to appeal to all end zones. The game day packages start at $200 and include plenty of food like nachos, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chips and more. And of course they include drinks like Coors Light, Heineken, Belvedere and Hangar One vodkas and more. When you’re planning your Big Game viewing and you want a spot that will bring a bit of suave to your sup… “Big Game,” check out Rhumbar for some of the hottest football action in one of the coolest Vegas night spots.

The Loft at Cabo Wabo Cantina

The Play: Quarterback keeper

Cabo Wabo Cantina is already a cool spot to hang out and have some drinks. But with the addition of the Loft, their new upstairs lounge, they’re grabbing the Las Vegas bar scene and running with it. Opening just in time for the Big Game, the Loft will offer an open bar and all you can eat package that includes unlimited mixed drinks, margaritas, beer, wine, chicken wings, sliders, tacos and much more all for $200 per person. This isn’t the same bar experience you’ve had. This is as fresh as the first snap and as enticing as whatever Tom Brady’s salary is probably up to.

Foundation Room and House of Blues

The play: Screen pass

One of the biggest concerns when watching football in casinos is the rowdy fans who can’t seem to understand that they’re not in a stadium. Thankfully, Foundation Room rises above the huddle, figuratively and literally. If you’re looking for a sophisticated spot to watch some sporting prowess, you can buy a single day pass for $40 and enjoy a special game day menu including sliders, chicken wings and shrimp skewers as well as drinks specials and domestic buckets. And table packages range from $400 to $2,500 and include private viewing areas. They’ll even offer giveaways each quarter and a special grand prize raffle.

If you don’t want to ride to the top of Mandalay Bay for the game, House of Blues is offering a $39 all you can eat tailgate buffet or an $89 all you can eat and all you can drink package and covers well liquor, domestic beer, house wine and soda. And VIP packages include all of that plus private seating, upgraded liquors, a bucket of swag including House of Blues merchandise and more. Since we’re assuming that the all you can drink aspect is pretty important for anyone reading this, since we know it’s important to us, we’re recommending either of those packages. And they’ll have raffles too, so be sure to get your spot and enjoy the game from behind the comfort of House of Blues.

This could be you and your friends at PBR Rock Bar busting out foam fingers and hats for the wrong sport. Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar.

PBR Rock Bar and Rockhouse

The play: The option

As with most parties, events or average weekends in Vegas, the sister properties of PBR Rock Bar and Rockhouse bring the cocktails and the craziness that Vegas sports fans crave. Depending on which one will require less walking before the game or less stumbling back to your hotel room after it, choosing one of these spots to watch the game is your way of saying, “I came to party and I’ll drink to whichever team wins – even if it’s one I hate.”

Rockhouse will offer table reservations for $175 that include open bar and a guaranteed seat during the game. That’ll be pretty important once you’re hammered by the second quarter. Or, if you’re tough enough to stand for hours or battle to the death of your self-esteem for a first-come first-serve seat, you can still score an all you can drink package for $100. Of course they’ll also have food.

PBR Rock Bar will also be offering drinking and VIP packages for everyone looking to let their cheers echo across the patio and make passersby wonder why they haven’t been watching American football all these years. It’s your call whether you want to pass or run, but take our advice: Don’t pass on a Big Game party while you’re in Las Vegas. You’ll end up kicking yourself.

Surrender Nightclub

The play: Down and out

Sometimes the luxury in Vegas can seem so far downfield that you’ll never hit your target. And that’s especially true during major events. While Surrender Nightclub is offering some truly long bomb options for Big Game enjoyment, like “The Touchdown” package for $1,500 or “The Hail Mary” for the ball deflating price of $35,000, that doesn’t mean they’re not looking out for the receivers who don’t make quarterback salaries. Complementary admission to watch the game on Surrender’s incredible audio/visual system will start at 2 p.m. and of course full bar service will be on hand. And VIP seating packages like “The First Down” are only $100, making them perfect for people who enjoy sitting while watching football but still want to feel something in their wallet when they stand up. Just be sure to spot your target early after the snap, they’re likely to get tackled fast.

Hard Rock Café

The play: Corner route

For a taste of the tailgate without the mess of grills and car exhaust, Hard Rock Café on the Strip is the place to dine, drink and debate the necessity of instant replays in passes that were clearly in bounds. And you can even rank yourself and your friends by how good you think you’ll be at sitting, eating and drinking. Their 1st String Package includes private booth seating for a minimum of six guests, unlimited Bud Light draft beer and premium well drinks, specialty appetizers and unlimited baskets of chicken wings, onion rings and potato skins – all for $200. The 2nd String still gets you reserved seating, unlimited Bud Light draft beer and unlimited baskets for $150. And the 3rd String gives you unlimited Bud Light draft beer, some Hard Rock wings and build your own nacho stations – which if it were up to us would be included in everything from dinner to tax filings – for only $90.

To get off the Las Vegas Strip but still have an incredible Big Game experience, Hard Rock Café just in front of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will have two for one drink specials on Bud and Bud Light. Just go down Harmon from Las Vegas Boulevard and cut left into Hard Rock Café for a night of food and football you won’t want to fumble.


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.