Cool spots to catch the game
Although Las Vegas is preparing to become a professional football city with the relocation of the Oakland Raiders in 2020, there has never been a shortage of places to watch the game. Look in just about any direction at a place on the Strip that serves drinks, and the sightline will likely include sports. In October, that means football for most Vegas visitors, with the only real dilemma being where to watch. Food, drinks and atmosphere all factor in to gridiron gratification.
Sports books generally excel in all three of those areas, but the most sizable venue to place a bet is the Superbook at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The 25,000-square-foot space has what Westgate bills as the world’s largest LED indoor video wall at 240 feet wide by 20 feet high, and provides 400 seats to watch (or bet) from. Newly constructed private booths handle groups and gatherings, which can order themed drinks like the bourbon-based Hail Mary by the pitcher.
At boutique hotel The Cromwell, the sports book is brand new as well, offering a 32-foot-long wall and access to a craft cocktails menu from adjacent casino lounge Bound. Both Bound and Cromwell’s Interlude offer $10 mixed drinks, $30 beer buckets and $25 pitchers during weekend football hours. On Sundays during the season, all of the screens at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s bars are tuned to NFL games, but the SideBet Draft Bar inside the Race & Sports Book boasts the property’s best views, with 16 beers on tap to go along with its seven large screens.
Guests of Caesars Palace or Mandalay Bay can easily check up on scores while passing by the properties’ sports books, with the latter providing good viewing with cold vodka at Minus5 Ice Experience or pizza at Slice of Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Gridiron specials such as six for $35 buckets of domestic beer can been found throughout Caesars Palace, from Alto Bar to Vista Cocktail Lounge, while the suites at Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel were practically designed with private viewing parties in mind. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Tailgate Party Package boasts sports with skyline views, including a 180-degree vista at the Ultra Panorama Suite.
Lagasse’s Stadium always keeps things cooking at The Palazzo, but for football season, it customizes special menus for Thursday and Monday nights with each night’s teams serving as inspiration. And the huge number of seats means it’s easier to find a spot. A little farther north, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center hosts a weekly viewing party, The Downtown Watch Zone. The 85,000-square-foot space provides VIP table reservations for up to 12 guests, hot dogs and barbecue, and $15 bottomless mimosas until 1 p.m.
That’s just a sampling of the football viewing options in Vegas, where it’s easy to score an optimal way to watch America’s most popular sport.