Vegas Weekender: Gear up for the Big Game and some big fun

There’s a lot of excitement built around a little football game in Dallas this weekend, so it comes as no surprise that Vegas has plenty of party options to cheer on your favorite team and have some of the best gameday grub. There are also plenty of other things to do and see in Vegas this weekend, so don’t fret if football isn’t your thing.

Super Sunday

Rockhouse football girlsPBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops is showing the game on its 105 TVs. Open bar packages start at $100 for well drinks or $125 for premium spirits, beer and wine. Table reservations with food and beverage are $150 per person.

The Thomas & Mack Center will be showing the game throughout the arena, in addition to hosting the Lingerie Bowl VIII at half-time. There is no cost to attend, but packages are available with commemorative merchandise, invites to the weekend kick-off party and after-party at ROK Vegas and premium seating for the game.

Rock & Rita’s at Circus Circus is offering a $25 football buffet in the dining room and a special à la carte menu for the two bar areas. As for the game experience, expect two large video walls, three projection screens and 22 TVs showing the game, with a premium audio system piping in the play-by-play commentary. The party starts at 2:30 p.m.

Rockhouse, in front of Imperial Palace, is offering open bar packages for $100 per person, with an open bar and all-you-can-eat package priced at $125 per person. They’ll be showing the gameday action on 28 screens.

N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms is offering “The Whole N9NE Yards,” nine different takes on classic gameday food, priced at $9 per plate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. They’ll be serving up these dishes all weekend long.

The M Resort hosts a resort-wide viewing party Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. with a public viewing party at Ravello Lounge, featuring drink and food specials. Hash House A Go Go will have a 1-pound burger or two giant bratwursts special, with a domestic beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) for $10.95. Guests can also find cheap drinks and the game at the sports book and various casino bars, including $10 buckets of Bud and Bud Light.

The Silverton Casino is having a party for Packers fans at the Mermaid Lounge and Steelers fans at the Shady Grove Lounge, with team merchandise giveaways, free popcorn and salsa and $1 Budweiser products.

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With so much hype built up over Super Sunday, some might forget about the weekend’s other big sporting event, Saturday night’s UFC 126.

For a swanky MMA viewing experience, Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo is hosting a UFC 126 party, showcasing the card’s main event. Stadium seating, a menu by chef Emeril Lagasse and a 9-foot by 16-foot HD screen (with more than 100 others showing the match and other sporting events of the night) are just some of the comforts you’ll encounter here. Food and beverage minimums apply for seated areas.

If a party atmosphere is more your scene, Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood is showing all of the night’s matches on multiple HDTV screens throughout the restaurant and bar, including two projectors located on the upper level, where guests can watch the fights and take in a view of The Strip. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $20.


V - The Ultimate Variety ShowThere’s a little bit of everything in “V The Ultimate Variety Show.” Magic, juggling, gymnastics, music, comedy and aerial acrobatic stunts. Have you ever seen a man play “Funkytown” on a giant piano by throwing balls at the keys? That’s just one of the things you’ll see here. You can catch this show Thursday through Saturday at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.99.

Reverend Horton Heat plays the House of Blues Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

Joe Rogan will have audiences laughing at the Mandalay Bay Theatre Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45.

Enjoy the sounds of classic rock with Blue Oyster Cult Feb. 5 at Boulder Station. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 and up.

Country fans will flock to the MGM Grand for the George Strait concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets are priced from $73.50.

The Gin Blossoms bring their ‘90s rock hits to Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and VIP booth packages are available for $300.

Drew Carey and a cast of improvisation artists will be at the MGM Grand tonight through Sunday for “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza.” Carey starts the night with his stand-up comedy, but the improv arists and occasional surprise guest star join him on stage for a fun, unrehearsed show reminiscent of the TV program “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” There will be 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday, and a 9 p.m. show on Sunday. Tickets start at $58.90.

Norm Crosby’s classic comedy routine hits The Orleans Friday and Saturday night. Show times are 8p.m. for both nights and tickets start at $22.


The Springs Preserve is debuting a new, all-ages exhibit called “In The Dark” inside the Origen Museum, opening Saturday at 10 a.m. “In The Dark” is a nocturnal forest with glowing mushrooms, bobcats, owls and other night creatures. This educational experience takes visitors through a variety of scenes to discover how darkness has intrigued the human imagination for thousand of years. Admission to “In the Dark” is included with general admission to the Springs Preserve, which is $18.95 for adults. Children under 5 get in free, student and senior admission is $17.05.