The Big Game means big parties in Vegas

Lagasse's Stadium inside the Palazzo.

Lagasse's Stadium inside the Palazzo.

Sure, the NFL gave Dallas the Super Bowl. But everyone knows that the real party goes down in Las Vegas. Not only can you make the game more interesting by putting real cash on the line, but you can watch the game in style with a number of buffets, open bars and even your own private viewing areas.  

A word to the wise about Big Game parties in Las Vegas: most restaurants and sports bars require a food and beverage minimum and if you choose to watch at one of the many sports books, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lavo Restaurant/Nightclub
Where: Palazzo
Cost: $150
Holly Madison, star of “Peepshow,” hosts the second annual Holly Bowl with a Big Game viewing party inside Lavo Restaurant beginning at 1 p.m. Guests can dine on an Italian buffet, which includes Kobe meatballs, garlic fries, lamb chops and seafood and drinks from the open bar. The party will go upstairs to Lavo Nightclub at 11 p.m.

Where: Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
Cost: $200
The “Super Sunday Party 2011” gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with a premium buffet, top-shelf alcohol and giveaways during halftime.

Where: Across from Hard Rock Hotel
Cost: No cover
The Beer Garden will host the main party with extra flat-screen TVs being installed for the game. Doors open at 11 a.m. and seating is limited. Advance reservations are recommended, but there will be limited space for walk-ins.

Where: 3025 S. Industrial Rd.
Cost: $75
The sexiest place to watch the game is Sapphire where there will be VIP showroom seating, a tailgate buffet and raffles. Complimentary transportation is available, call 702-303-3430 to arrange pickup. Guests arriving by any other form of transportation will be subject to an additional cover charge.

Lingerie Bowl VIII
Thomas & Mack
Cost: Free
Scantily-clad, sweat-soaked women collide in the first Lingerie Football League game in Las Vegas. If that’s not enough enticement, there’s a pre-game tailgate at noon and the game will be shown on screens around the arena. Additionally, there are packages available for $150-$300, which include commemorative merchandise, invites to the weekend kick-off party and after-party at ROK Vegas and premium seating for the game.

Cabo Wabo
Where: Planet Hollywood
Cost: Starts at $50
The beautiful ladies of Playboy host the party at Cabo Wabo. Sara Underwood, 2007 Playmate of the Year, and Heather Rae, Miss February 2010, add to the excitement of the Big Game. Guests can grab food from the all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes wings, hot dogs, a nacho bar and a taco bar, for $50. There is also an all-you-can-drink option for $150, which includes wells and domestic drafts.

2011 MegaGate
Cost: Starts at $50
The ultimate tailgating party takes place over four days at the Rio. Teams of 2-4 people will participate in challenges like bag toss, Bocce ball, beer pong and flip cup starting on Feb. 3. The event will culminate with the Mega Bowl inside Crown Nightclub, where guests can get into the event and watch the game on the large screens that surround the club. For $100, guest can get entry to the party, food and two alcoholic drinks. The event benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research and there will be $10,000 in cash prizes given to the top teams.

Hussong’s Cantina
Where: Mandalay Bay
Cost: No cover
The lively Mexican cantina is offering half-price Coors Light pitchers and appetizer specials along with touchdown Jello shots during the game.

Where: Rio
Cost: $100
Step into a wild Super Sunday party at McFadden’s with an open bar, all-you-can-eat buffet and guaranteed seating beginning at 3 p.m. Guests can arrive early for a $20 open bar from noon-2 p.m.

Where: Mirage
Cost: $100
Watch the Big Game on Rhumbar’s patio with a package that includes all you can eat and drink. A Stoli Bloody Mary bar will feature original Bloody Marys and Rhumbar’s own green Bloody Mary. Drink specials include $5 Miller Lite 16-ounce cans, $30 buckets of six Miller Lite cans in a souvenir cooler and Milagro drink specials.

Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub.

Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub.

Where: Imperial Palace
Cost: Packages start at $100
Rockhouse hosts an XL Super Sunday XLV Celebration with open bar packages starting at $100 per person. Guests can make that an all-you-can-eat-and-drink option for $125, while watching the game on 28 high-definition TVs.

Border Grill
Where: Mandalay Bay
Cost: No cover
Happy Hour goes all day with $5 margaritas and $3 beers, along with food specials on Mexican sliders, nachos, chicken wings and tacos.

BLT Burger
Where: Mirage
Cost: No cover
This burger joint will show the game on its four screens and will have alcohol specials for $4.

Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook
Where: Las Vegas Hilton
Cost: Varies
The home of the most proposition bets in Sin City is the Las Vegas Hilton. The sports book features some of the best bets year-round, but kicks into high-gear come Super Sunday. Some prop bets from years past include how many yards a specific running back will run on his first carry or which team will amass the most penalty yards. Additionally, fans can watch all the action at Football Central, which is located in the same theater that Elvis performed in more than 700 times.

Skybox Sports Bar & Grill
Where: Aria
Cost: No cover
In addition to showing the game on 23 high-definition TV screens, Skybox will feature a themed menu based on the teams.

MGM Grand Race and Sports Book
Where: MGM Grand
Cost: No cover
Watch the game on one of 47 big screens or grab one of the Skyboxes for a stadium-feel experience. Cocktail service is available and the Stage Deli is located nearby.

The Sporting House Bar & Grill
Where: New York-New York
Cost: By advance reservations only with options for bottomless drinking packages starting at $130.
Formerly ESPN Zone, The Sporting House brings a revamped menu and two 16-foot screens to the Big Game party.

The Pub
Where: Monte Carlo
Cost: No cover
The biggest selection of beers on tap on the Strip, more than 30 TVs and the Draft Master Table makes for one of the best venues to watch the game.

Society Cafe
Where: Encore
Cost: $85
Society Cafe serves up your favorite game day classics, but with a touch of class. Dip your pretzels in a cheese and truffle fondue, savor a filet mignon slider and top it off with warm donut bites. Aside from the full game day menu, Society Cafe will show the game on its seven big screens.

Dos Caminos
Where: Palazzo
Cost: No cover
Dos Caminos has prepared a special menu for the Big Game consisting of items like Perros Caliente (bacon-wrapped, jalapeno-cheddar stuffed hot dogs), Kobe beef nachos and plato de empanadas. Buckets of Corona are $20 for five bottles.

Lagasse’s Stadium
Where: Palazzo
Cost: Varies
Sure to be one of the busiest places to see the game in Las Vegas, Lagasse’s features more than 100 big screens, a place to wager on the game and a menu prepared by Emeril Lagasse.

Where: Treasure Island
Cost: $50
Not only will Kahunaville’s flair bartenders be attendance for the celebration, but there will also be a full buffet with a carving station, firecracker chicken stir fry, spicy chicken wings, desserts and more. The party gets started at 2:30 p.m.

Rock & Rita’s
Where: Circus Circus
Cost: $25
Guest can watch the game on two video walls, three projection screens or one of the 22 flat-screens at Rock & Rita’s. Fans who gather in the dining room can grab a plate at the buffet, which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, stir fry, spinach artichoke dip and more.

Bud Bowl
Silverton Casino
Cost: No cover
Silverton gives football fans a place to cheer their favorite team without being hassled by the opposition. The Mermaid Lounge will host the party for the Green Bay Packers, while the Shady Grove Lounge will be the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers beginning at 2 p.m. In addition to the lounge’s regular menus, they will provide free snacks from popcorn to chips and salsa. Budweiser products will be $1 and there will be team merchandise giveaways and other prizes.

M Resort
Where: 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Cost: No cover
The resort has specials and parties throughout the property. Revello Lounge will host the biggest of the parties. Drink specials start at 1 p.m. and will include $10 buckets of Bud and Bud Light and $3 Cuervo Orange Margaritas. Food specials start at 2 p.m. with game day favorites like hot dogs, chicken wings and Philly cheese steaks. The 32 Draft Bar has $2 16-ounce Bud and Bud Light drafts and $2 Cuervo Gold shots. Additionally, Hash House will host a special brunch from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. along with other food specials.

Crazy Horse III
3525 W. Russell Road
Cost: $25
Crazy Horse will bring in an all-you-can-eat buffet from Famous Dave’s along with an open pre-game bar one hour before kick-off. Adult-film star Tabitha Stevens hosts the event with ESPN Radio doing a live remote from the venue.