Las Vegas is ready for some football

Summer might be coming to an end but there’s no need to be unhappy – it just means football season is around the corner. The regular NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5 with the Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos.

Las Vegas is a great place to come and watch the games. The city is full of sports books where you can place a wager and enjoy prime viewing areas. There are also sports bars and casinos that host weekly parties featuring drink specials, game day food and all of the action on big-screen TVs.

Here are our picks for where to catch all of the gridiron match-ups this season.

Sports Bars

Blondie’s Sports Bar: Blondie’s, located at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, has a 12-foot screen mixed with a large number of 60-inch TVs and more than 40 total screens. There’s not a bad seat in the house. While you watch the game, enjoy food like pizza, sandwiches, wings and nachos.

Heraea at the Palms

The Sporting House:  This bar at New York- New York offers more than 130 TVs so fans can see every game. The highlight of the venue is the Screening Room with its two 16-foot, high-definition screens and a dozen accompanying 36-inch TVs, along with luxurious leather seating reminiscent of stadium skyboxes.

Heraea:  This new sports bar and restaurant at the Palms features a 12-by-16 foot big screen and several other state-of-the-art LED TVs. There is also a patio area perfect for tailgating celebrations. Enjoy tasty takes on game day favorites like pretzel wrapped hot dogs, little Kobe burgers, piquillo pepper poppers, loaded potato skins and nachos. Cantor Gaming offers easy sports betting at each table and guests can make a wager on their favorite team without ever leaving the restaurant.

The Ainsworth:  The Ainsworth at the Hard Rock Hotel is part lounge and part sports bar decorated with dark woods, leather booths and crystal chandeliers. The bar has HD flat screen TVs and a betting station operated by Cantor Gaming. While you watch the games, munch on classic sports bar food like wings, sliders and burgers.

Sports Books

Lagasse's Stadium

Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo:  Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo’s Cantor Race & Sports Book features  more than 100 television screens so that everyone has a great view. The centerpiece of Lagasse’s Stadium is a 9-foot-by-16-foot projection screen, complete with stadium-style seating. Long couches line the tiered viewing area. Bettors can use Cantor Gaming’s mobile sports wagering application, which allows guests to place bets on sports from anywhere in the state of Nevada. There is also a full menu designed by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Caesars Palace This classic sports book shows the games on six oversized 12-by-15 foot screens, a 20-by-50 foot LED board and twelve 50-inch plasma screens. There are 140 sports seats and a 12-inch flat screen at every table. If you get hungry during the game, head to the nearby Munchbar, which serves grilled cheese, burgers, chili, sandwiches and desserts.

MGM Grand – The 5,300-square-foot MGM Grand race and sports book features more than 30 65-inch LCD televisions and more than 20 42-inch plasmas. One of the unique features of the sports book is the skyboxes, which range from 300 to 325 square feet and can fit eight to 10 guests. They are each equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs, CD systems and surround-sound audio. The skyboxes give fans a luxury box feel and an elevated view.

LVH – The LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Superbook definitely lives up to its name. It’s one of the largest race and sports books in town, offering something for every gambler. The Superbook encompasses 30,000 square feet and offers more than 300 seats. There are 60 viewing monitors, including 28 large screens and one mammoth 15-by-20 foot screen showing all of the biggest games. The Superbook Super Snack Bar borders the sports book and offers sandwiches, salads, snacks and breakfast food. For those looking for a smoke-free experience, you can take a seat in the Ultimate Fan Cave, which features lounge seating, 120-inch HD screens with up to 16 games at once and audio available for your favorite game on your mobile phone or iPod.

Parties and specials

On Monday nights at Lagasse’s Stadium guests can enjoy amazing game day bites by Chef Scott Pajak to celebrate hometown teams. Some examples include Philadephia at Washington Sept. 9 featuring Philly cheese steak and fries and crab cakes with lemon caper aioli. On Sept. 30, don’t miss the Cuban sandwich and the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo for the Miami vs. New Orleans game.

Heraea at the Palms will be featuring appearances by legendary football stars, tailgate parties and more this football season. Game watchers can score a complimentary beverage when the remote blimp tours the restaurant dropping drink tickets. Food and drink specials will include $20 for 30 wings, $2 beers and $1 shots.

Every Thursday, beginning September 5, Heraea will celebrate the best of the game with special appearances by football greats. Every Saturday, the bar opens up its patio for drinking games such as beer pong and flip cup competitions. Team devotees will be rewarded with prime viewing as the largest group of supporters decked in team gear will have their team’s game featured on the big screen. Every Sunday, the restaurant is grilling on the patio and creating the atmosphere of a classic tailgate party with hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and snow cones. Monday nights at Heraea are for celebrating the food and drink of the home team. Chicago Dogs, Green Bay Bratwursts and Tampa Bay Fried Fish Sandwiches are just a few signature items that will be on the menu this season.

Hussong’s Cantina inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place offers drink specials during the games including $4 Modelo draft beers, $4 Absolut cocktails, and $10 Avion specialty margaritas. Corona and Corona Light beer buckets are available for $20 and guests can also add a side car shot of Altos Olmeca Blanco tequila for $5.

Slice of Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will serve $2 Fireball, Jameson, or Jagermeister shots, $4 PBR pints, $4 Absolut bloody Marys, and $14 PBR pitchers. Beer lovers can indulge in $20 Coors Light and Heineken beer buckets as well as $24 PBR 100-ounce beer tubes.

Rhumbar at The Mirage transforms into a pigskin haven when football season kicks off.  Football fans will catch all of the action on high-definition televisions throughout the bar while drinking $6 Coors Light, bloody Marys and margaritas. Buckets of Coors Light will also be available, which will include five beers and a commemorative Coors Light sack pack, priced at $25.

Rhumbar at The Mirage

South Point Hotel & Casino hosts weekly Monday Night Pigskin Parties inside the South Point Showroom throughout the 2013 pro football regular season.

South Point will celebrate the return of pro football with a special Thursday night viewing party for the first game of the season between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos on Sept. 5. Guests will enjoy food and drink specials in addition to South Point’s $1,000 Cash Is King giveaway with one guest winning $250 after each quarter.

The Monday Night Pigskin Parties will launch on Sept. 9 with a double-header featuring Philadelphia visiting Washington and Houston visiting San Diego. To celebrate the occasion, South Point will offer $2,000 in Cash Is King giveaways with a guest winning $250 after each quarter. Guests can also enjoy the food and drink specials in addition to specialty, city-themed menu items throughout the party.

Following the first week of the season, South Point will welcome fans to the Showroom every Monday at 4:30 p.m. Each Monday Night Pigskin Party will showcase a $1,000 Cash Is King giveaway, offering guests the chance to win $250 after each quarter; drink specials, including bottomless Budweiser drafts for $15, five-beer buckets of Red Hook Audible Ale, Budweiser and Bud Light for $12, and Spicebox Cocktails for $4; and hearty food specials, including weekly city-themed menu items for $5, popcorn for $1, hot dogs for $1, pizza for $3, Italian subs for $4 and wings for $5.

Beginning September 9, Veil Pavilion is headquarters for all things Monday Night Football at Silverton Casino Hotel, with a chance to qualify to win two tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl each week. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the games will be broadcast on massive screens in high definition. You can place bets thanks to Cantor Mobile Gaming. Drink specials include $2 Bud Light pints and there will be rotating food trucks throughout the season. Admission is free.

Hyde Bellagio invites fans to cheer on their team on Monday nights beginning Sept. 9. Each week the party starts at 4:45 p.m. with cold beer and game day snacks. A giant 20-foot by 10-foot HD screen as well as multiple flat-screens throughout the venue mean you won’t miss a second of the action. Groups can order beer by the bucket, pitchers of sangria and fun, frozen concoctions such as the Chartreuse Swizzle and Banana Split while noshing on tailgate favorites including spicy chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs and Kobe beef sliders from Circo.

The Ainsworth will feature food and drink specials every Thursday and Monday during the games. Every Thursday for the duration of the games customers can indulge on $3 turkey, sirloin and signature Ainsworth sliders, 75-cent mild, hot and barbeque Buffalo wings, $20 buckets of domestic beer and $5 well drinks. While catching Monday night’s game on one of the many flat-screen televisions throughout Ainsworth, football enthusiasts can quench their thirst with $20 buckets of domestic beer and $5 well drinks.

Pigskin-loving partygoers can enjoy open bar access at Rockhouse, located at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo, and PBR Rock Bar & Grill, inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Kick off every college and professional game with all-day open bar access and guaranteed seating, priced at $100 per person. Guests won’t miss a second of the action with high-definition televisions lining the walls of both venues. Fans will cheer for menu items such as Rockhouse’s chicken nachos and criss cross fries, served with cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream; or PBR Rock Bar’s Buffalo chicken sandwich — fried chicken tossed in spicy Buffalo sauce, topped with applewood bacon, blue cheese, lettuce and tomato.


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