Vegas kicks off football season with parties

Football season will be in full swing beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5 when the Dallas Cowboys face off against the New York Giants. The kickoff of football season means the start of lots of great viewing parties in Vegas.

Whether you are looking for places with the most TVs or with the best food and drink specials, there’s a bar in Vegas that has you covered.

Here is our list of some of the best joints in Vegas to catch the games:

Sports Bars

Sports fans have a new place to call home with the unveiling of The Ainsworth at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in conjunction with the first day of football season, Wednesday, Sept. 5.  The 2,300-square-foot bar features high-definition, flat-screen televisions, a food and cocktail menu, as well as a betting station operated by Cantor Gaming. Starting Sunday, Sept. 9, The Ainsworth hosts a weekly event, Sunday Football Fundays.  Fans are invited to cheer on their favorite team, while enjoying dance tunes and bottle service specials in a high-energy, party atmosphere.

Blondie’s Sports Bar inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is a sports lover’s paradise. The bar has a 12-foot screen mixed with a large number of 60-inch TVs. Blondie’s also serves all of your favorite game day food including wings, beer can chicken, sandwiches and a variety of pizzas. Top it all off with servers in cheerleader outfits.

The Sporting House at New York-New York is another sports fan favorite. The bar boasts more than 130 TVs. The highlight of the venue is the Screening Room with its two 16-foot, HD screens and a dozen accompanying 36-inch TVs along with luxurious leather seating reminiscent of the most opulent stadium skyboxes. The bar on the main level features a digital scoreboard where fans can catch of the scores of the day’s games.

If you want to kick your football viewing up a notch, head to Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo. The bar features luxurious seating with plenty of pillows to sink into while you watch your favorite game. There’s not a bad seat in the house. Each of the more than 100 television screens are strategically placed so that everyone has a view of their favorite gane.  A highlight of this sports-viewing mecca comes in the form of a large, 9-foot-by-16-foot projection screen, complete with stadium-style seating. Lagasse’s Stadium also offers Cantor Gaming’s mobile sports wagering application, which allows guests to place bets on sports from anywhere in the state of Nevada. The best part? The menu full of game day favorites is designed by Emeril Lagasse.

Parties and specials

Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Place is kicking off the start of the 2012 football season in style with drink specials and prime game-watching. After visiting the ice bar, guests are invited to visit the cozy, Minus5 Lodge Bar for unbeatable access to on-air games. Featuring 10 state-of-the- art high-definition televisions, including a 72-inch LED and a super-sized projector screen, guests can enjoy prime viewing from any seat in the house and take advantage of great drink specials, promos and giveaways. While rooting for their team, guests can indulge in refreshing drink specials including $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $3 house wines, $3 jello shots and $7 Skyy Infusion martinis.

Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square offers prime viewing on flat-screen TVs and incredible food and drink specials. During college and professional football games, fans can enjoy $2 domestic draft beers and $12 domestic beer buckets. Additionally, revelers can partake in the double happy hour from 3 until 6 p.m. and midnight until close, which features $3 cocktails, $3 domestic drafts, half-price bottles of wine and a $6 chef-selected menu. Ranch House Kitchen will also offer free Wi-Fi for fantasy football league draft parties.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino offers drink specials to kick off every college and professional game this football season. During Saturday and Sunday games, enjoy the daily happy hour of $3 domestic draft beers, two-for-one well cocktails, $5 shots, half-price bottles of wine and $19 Budweiser buckets. Football enthusiasts can also enjoy special pricing on drinks and beer during Monday Night Football.

LVH – Las Vegas Hotel is home to the Football Central parties inside the LVH Theater. Catch the action on a 150-by-20 HD TV and enjoy a state-of-the-art sound system. The parties also feature convenient remote betting stations and food and drink specials. Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission is free and the party is smoke-free.

Sapphire will host an open bar Monday Night Football mixer on Sept. 10 with food and an open bar from 4 – 8 p.m. Watch both games in HD – Cincinnati vs. Baltimore at 4 p.m. and San Diego vs. Oakland at 7:15. Guests can also enjoy halftime dances for $1, raffles, prizes and the Sapphire cheerleaders. Sapphire will also show Thursday night football beginning with Packers vs. Bears on Sept. 13. Doors open at 5 p.m. with hosted open bar until halftime and $1 lap dances at halftime.

On Wednesday, September 5 enjoy the Pro Football Kick-Off at Lily Bar & Lounge at The Bellagio beginning at 5 p.m. The Cowboys take on division rivals the Giants. Lily has 11 flat-screen TVs and an enormous projection screen as well as food provided by FIX.

Beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 5 Rhumbar at The Mirage turns their patio into football central with big screen televisions and drink specials. During the season, every Thursday through Monday, whether it is college or professional, football fans can enjoy $6 Coors Light and Bloody Marys. Buckets of Coors Light, which will include a commemorative Coors Light sack-pack, will be available for $25.

Head to Mi Casa Grill Cantina at the Silverton September 10, 17 and 24 for Monday Night Football. The games will be played on every TV and speaker in the restaurant. Food and drink specials include $2 tacos and quesadillas, $2 Jägermeister shots, $3 Skyy Vodka cocktails and $12 Corona and Corona Light buckets.

Crazy Horse III will offer free Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, in addition to free Crown Royal drinks, for the pregame party starting at 4 p.m. until kickoff on Monday nights. During the game, football fans can enjoy unobstructed views on large flat-screen TVs, $1 hot dogs, $1 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, as well as $5 cocktails during the games. Game revelers will enjoy Crazy Horse III’s halftime shows with sexy stripteases by the Las Vegas Tight Ends.

Public House Las Vegas will open at Luxor Hotel and Casino just in time for the first Monday night football game on Sept. 10. The restaurant will offer $25 buckets of Bud Light and Budweiser and $20 buckets of wings every Monday night with a local DJ spinning during commercial breaks. They will also have a Happy Hangover Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an all-you-can-eat buffet for $20 per person and $15 bottomless mimosas or a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for a two-hour limit per person.

Señor Frog’s at Treasure Island will offer $25 tubs of beer and half-priced appetizers every Thursday through Monday during football season. The upstairs party bar will be transformed into the ultimate football viewing area with couches, lounge seating and projection screens.

Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor offers a tailgate lounge menu every Sunday and Monday night from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout the regular season. The menu will range in price from $3 to $20 and offer unique items including homemade Texas chili fries with cheddar cheese, beef tenderloin strip taco salad, barbecue wild pork ciabatta sandwich and bluepoint oyster shooters.

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur features “Bones and Beers” specials every Thursday through Monday throughout the football season. The specials will include $5 shots of Patrón tequila, pitchers of Coors Light or Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager for $15, chicken wings and a pitcher of beer for $22 or pork spare ribs and a pitcher of beer for $30. Guests can be entered to win airfare for two and two tickets to the 2013 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 2 with every Coors Light or Lynyrd Skynyrd pitcher purchased during football games.


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