Are you ready for some words about some places with some screens on which you can watch some football? After that sentence we hope you’re ready for anything. You’ve come to Vegas to party, but you don’t want to miss your team’s battle against their rivals, and the random guy next to you doesn’t want to miss his team’s battle against their rivals, who just happen to be your team. Instead of sitting next to each other staring at replays on your phones, why not head to a place where you can sit next to each other and stare at a ridiculously large screen while trying not to accidentally touch elbows? Here are some of the best places to watch sports in Vegas.
Everyone loves a good sports bar. Well, people who love sports and drinking love sports bars. If you hate either of those things then these probably aren’t for you. But you should really give them a try anyway. Just root for deliciously greasy bar food instead.
Ainsworth at Hard Rock Hotel
It’s upscale, earthy and feels like you’re in some sort of country lodge where beer drinking is the only job. The Ainsworth is where you go when you want a more enlightened sports experience. You can still hoot and holler and yell at Tom Brady, but you’ll find yourself doing it in a more intellectual and reserved sort of way.
Blondie’s at Miracle Mile Shops
Now this is a sports bar that likes to moonlight as a party spot. You can get a bit rowdier at Blondie’s, though still keep it within reason—and that’s Vegas reason not wherever you’re from reason. You can watch the games and play beer pong at the same time. Just remember to focus on what you’re doing. Yelling at Tom Brady is not a valid excuse for when you miss that shot.
Crown and Anchor
It’s like a little piece of England in the middle of the desert, albeit smaller than that London Bridge in Arizona. Crown and Anchor has a great selection of beers and a full food menu. And, while they might not fully understand why you’re yelling at Tom Brady, since they usually show football (soccer) instead of what we call football, they’ll be blasting all the games you want to see in a more home-town, off the Las Vegas Strip atmosphere.
Tag Lounge and Bar at the LINQ Hotel and Casino
This bar has an awesome open-air feel as it flows out into the casino. There’s plenty of gambling and sports on TV and they have an impressively long beer selection. Tag Lounge and Bar is the place to pop in when you spot the game on or to just shout over everyone how much you hate Tom Brady when you happen to see him on the screen. Just don’t yell too loudly. You don’t want security to come up and tell you to keep your totally correct and reasonable opinions to yourself.
Tap Sports Bar at MGM Grand
This is another warm and inviting sports bar, this time at MGM Grand, where sports meet invitingness then mingle with inebriation. Sit at the bar or get a table with your friends; anywhere you sit you’ll have a good view at Tap Sports Bar. And maybe this time, in this respectable dinner spot, you can just explain calmly to your party why Tom Brady is so terrible.
Regular Bars and Restaurants
These may not technically be sports bars, but we don’t technically give a damn. They’re great bars and restaurants and you can totally see the games you want and get the food and alcohol you probably deserve.
Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo
This might not be the place you’d expect to watch sports, especially since it’s always crowded as hell, but Diablo’s shows lots of games at the bar and you can easily step in off Las Vegas Boulevard and catch the action. Stick around at least until happy hour to see them spin the Wheel of Sin. And no, none of the spots on the wheel have anything about deflating—we haven’t forgotten about you, Brady.
Longbar at D Las Vegas
The “D” in the D Las Vegas stands of for a lot of things, but “dull” is not one of them, especially during football season. Longbar is the longest bar in Vegas and the whole length is full of screens to watch your favorite games. You might even end up watching with the owner of the hotel. Just remember that lots of people there are Detroit fans, so they’ll probably like all your Tom Brady jokes.
Pub at Monte Carlo
This pub is all about beer. They also have like food and chairs and business licenses and all that other stuff you need to run a pub, but, you know, beer. Come to the Pub at Monte Carlo for the variety, the menu and the general atmosphere. Watch sports here because the cool, industrial styling, and the screens visible from the upper area, make you feel like you’re hanging out in an awesome loft in some city that actually has a pro sports team.
Public House at The Venetian
Public House is one of the most sophisticated spots we’re mentioning. You can definitely watch the games, but instead of shouting “Go!” or “Hell yeah!” you might want to try saying, “Allons-y!” and “Indubitably!” We’re not saying it’s stuff, far from it. We’re saying it’s a beautiful space where watching sports is less of a party and more of a soirée.
Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Place
It’s Irish time. We really wish that would make us morph into a hot redhead with a whiskey in our hand like a drunken version of Power Rangers. But it didn’t. Rí Rá Irish Pub is a stylish spot for eating, drinking and making merry. When the sports are on, you can appreciate everything from football to soccer. And they have live music when the games aren’t airing. But if you get enough drinks in you you can start Riverdancing when it’s still the fourth quarter.
Sportsbooks and More
Here’s where we place our bets. The best sports books are the ones where you can watch the game in peace while trying to remember why the hell you put all your money on the Patriots. It’s ok, we all make mistakes. These sports books are either special, huge or have bars connected to them.
Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo
It’s a sports book, and a restaurant, and a lounge, it’s named after Emeril Lagassee and, for a place that has like seven things on the menu covered in BBQ sauce, all the furniture is white. Don’t try to understand that. Just accept it. Then come to Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo for the food and for a unique sports watching and sports betting experience.
Playing Field at Planet Hollywood Hotel
Here we have a small sports bar adjacent to the sports book at Planet Hollywood. Playing Field lounge has its own TVs, but it also has a perfect view of the screens in the sports books. This is the place to relax and watch to avoid the bustle of the sports book but never miss a second of the action.
Yeah, it’s a burger joint. It’s a fan-damn-tastic burger joint. One of the best in Vegas. Umami Burger also has an outdoor beer garden and it’s connected to the SLS sports book where you can watch all the games you could ever want. This place is sociable and stylish like everything at SLS. And you can always step out to the beer garden for a breather when the Tom Brady fury hits too hard. P.S. Truffle Fries. That is all.
Westgate Super Book
It’s huge. The screens are huge, the ceiling is huge and your odds of having a good time are huge. Westgate’s Super Book is the largest in the world, so take that world. At the exact moment of this writing it’s undergoing some upgrades. But we’re going to assume this will last far beyond these dark days of limited betting options. So hit up the Westgate for a truly massive sports betting experience. If you can’t find something you like to root for on one of those screens then you aren’t really looking hard enough. And if Tom Brady is on one of those screens, well, you can yell at him but the place is so huge your voice might not carry too far.
Other great sports books
We can’t possible mention every sports book in Vegas. They’re everywhere. Turns out people really like betting on sports. And people really like doing it in places where they can relax and enjoy some scenery that’s slightly nicer than their friend’s rumpus room. Some of our favorites are Bellagio, Caesars, Venetian, MGM Grand, Mirage and Wynn. But really, no matter where you go in Vegas you can find a screen with a game with a team that you can root for. Just remember who you’re betting on, we’d hate to see you “deflate” your wallet by losing a bet.
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