The Best Sports Bars in Las Vegas
Here’s where to eat and drink while cheering on the Knights, Raiders, and more.
The Las Vegas Aces just won their first WNBA championship and sports bars are getting ready for even more excitement in the months ahead. The Raiders kicked off a new season (with tailgating in full effect) in recent weeks and the Golden Knights are easing into preseason play September 25, with games that count beginning October 11. That means a lot of wings and beer as you cheer on your favorite teams. The top picks for sports bars in Las Vegas usually come down to food, booze, atmosphere, and that special feeling of not being the only person in a room screaming at a television screen. A few even have easy access to a betting window in case you want to place a last-minute wager.
When Resorts World opened last year, it didn't want a standard, stuffy sports book, so the hotel basically built a sports bar around it. Dawg House is overloaded with tables, couches, television screens, and beer taps with a centralized stage for live music—usually country, but not always. Sometimes the best competition isn't on the screen, but at your table, where a $150 bucket of wings and tater tots is free if one person can finish it off in an hour (or two people in 20 minutes). Otherwise, order a bite from the Mouse House, a walk-up counter that serves gourmet grilled cheeses and other sandwiches. The drink menu is stacked, but if you want to keep things playful, order a bucket of five Kickin' It Coolers for $30. They're kinda like spiked Capri Suns.
How to book: Book a reservation online.
Hard Hat Lounge
If you prefer a cozy dive bar vibe to watch any Raiders or Golden Knights game, the Hard Hat Lounge is your best bet west of the Strip. The place dates back to 1962, but is undergoing a refresh under new owners Frank Sidoris (a touring guitarist for Slash) and Robby Cunningham, whose in-house Guerrilla Pizza makes some of the best Detroit-style pies around. Regulars will be happy to know the hand-painted mural behind the bar, in place since day one, is sticking around. All draft beers are served in 22-ounce mugs (except specialty pours) and construction workers get a dollar off their drinks anytime. In addition to televised sports, the Hard Hat Lounge is planning on live music (both indoors and outdoors), karaoke, and tap takeovers by guest bartenders in the near future.
How to book: Just show up. Pizza can be ordered for pickup and delivery via Loco.
Bar Code Burgers
Bar Code Burgers packs in plenty of charm for a neighborhood sports bar, thanks to touches of brick decor and an outdoor patio that runs alongside Flamingo Road. The burgers are some of the best in Las Vegas, made with six-ounce short rib and chuck patties and more often than not, slathered with a messy, sloppy assortment of toppings. Ask about the latest burger of the month, which tends to be more decadent and playful than usual. The wings (regular or boneless) are another popular option, whether you keep things sweet with a PB&J sauce or spicy with mango habanero. Happy hour runs Monday–Friday 3–6 pm with a variety of other specials (depending on the day or the game) offered throughout the week. Party buses depart at 9 am and 11 am the morning of Raiders home games with $30 wristbands serving all-you-can-drink Modelo and Pacifico at Bar Code Burgers, on the bus, and at the designated tailgate zone outside the stadium.
How to book: Book a reservation online or call 702-294-2633 to inquire about the latest details on special events. Tickets for the Raiders party bus begin at $55 and are available online.
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Chickie & Pete's started as a corner sports bar in Philadelphia and now has a Las Vegas location at the Sahara. It's already the unofficial local hangout for Eagles fans with not just football, but other sports constantly shown on 50 TV screens throughout the stylish yet comfortable space. Just make sure to order some of the seafood that made Chickie's & Pete's a local legend in the City of Brotherly Love. Lobster is used as a topping on pizzas as well as cheesesteak for a surf-n-turf you can eat with your hands. The restaurant's famous crab fries don't actually have any crab, but come with an addictive crab seasoning. Chickie's & Pete's is also one of the few sports bars in Las Vegas to have its own in-house betting window.
How to book: First-come, first-served, but check online for big events.
You know a place is good when the specials board lists the soup of the day as "tequila." However, the real discounts are seen in a popular happy hour that runs 3-6 pm with $4 beer, $5 well drinks, $6 wine, and half-off appetizers. The same deals run during any NFL or Golden Knights game. Open 24 hours a day, Al's Garage doesn't have a cool roll-up door, but is an engaging circular room, wrapped in large television screens that play music videos when a game isn't on. The menu has all-day breakfast, some interesting cocktails (like the Irish Exit, combining Irish whiskey, vanilla liqueur, Frangelico, and Guinness in a beer glass), and plenty of food, including sliders with grass-fed beef patties, an overloaded sampler plate of appetizers, and Thursday's $19 sirloin and shrimp dinner. Finish it off with the Dickel Pickle—a house shot of whiskey, pickle juice, and Tabasco.
How to book: Just walk in and grab a seat. If the bar is full, try John Cutter Tavern, a slightly more formal restaurant next door that's under the same ownership and more about steaks than sports.
Tailgate Social works best when you bring friends. Much of the food is designed to share. Most notably the Tailgate Nachos (with the option to sub fries for chips), wood-fired pizzas, and a crazy stromboli that's four-feet-long. A special menu is offered on NFL game days with an expansive beer selection. Located in a tight corner of the Palace Station casino, Tailgate Social is bright and spacious for sports bar standards, especially with a long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming in plenty of natural light during daytime games. A few distractions are on standby (pool, foosball, video poker machines, and a vintage Midway arcade machine) in case whatever you're watching on one of more than 30 televisions turns out to be a dud.
How to book: Book a reservation online.
Sticks Tavern is one of our favorite things about Henderson's rejuvenated Water Street district; named in honor of its proximity to Lifeguard Stadium, where the Silver Knights play minor-league hockey. A few of the cocktails have a hockey theme and the boozy milkshakes are fun, but the food has a few impressive touches like Mary's Organic Chicken for the wings—flats only for a higher meat-to-bone ratio. Sticks added some new house specialties (like shrimp tacos and a New York Strip with Chimichurri over fries) and six burgers, including a version inspired by chef Jordan Camacho's visit to Greece earlier this year and a veggie burger made with maitake mushrooms. The restaurant has upped its whiskey game in recent months and moved the addictive Rueben Fries from the secret menu to the regular one. Sticks Taverns is also a ghost kitchen for To Be Frank, which serves some of the best gourmet hot dogs in Las Vegas.
How to book: Seats are generally first-come, first-served. You can also order online for takeaway orders.
Stadia Bar proves its possible for a sports bar to also be an upscale cocktail lounge. There's a dedication to premium spirits with a choose-your-own-adventure highball cart, barrel-aged whiskey exclusives, and fun infusions (like Tito's vodka with blueberry and mint). The sports theme is relatively subtle, although the floor is made from old basketball courts and leather-wrapped domes (as opposed to booths) are modeled after football helmets with private TV screens. Stadia Bar is located in the Forum Food Hall, an ambitious food court at Caesars Palace that generally avoids familiar chains in favor of more intriguing concepts (like a burger counter by Bobby Flay and the only Di Fara pizza outside Brooklyn). Guests are welcome to bring in food from Stadia's neighbors or place an order by phone.
How to book: Reservations are recommended and have a food-and-beverage minimum for big events. Call 866-733-5827 for questions or group reservations.
Hardway 8 is a sports bar with food so good, it made our list of top new restaurants back in 2019. The menu is more streamlined and less ambitious these days, but you can't argue with the pork belly in the Skillet Nachos, and the blistered Brussels sprouts in the Caesar Salad. The local pride is strong, tipping a hat to Las Vegas history with a bar top made with wood from the basketball court at the old Las Vegas Convention Center, a mural dedicated to the city's history of jai alai, and a photo montage of pro athletes doing things athletes shouldn't do. Yes, Deion Sanders is on there. The name of the bar is an homage to the 1977 Rebels basketball team.
How to book: Just walk in. The vibe is pretty loose. Contact Hardway 8 directly to ask about private events and large groups.
The Still is one of those places where every seat is a good one—with nearly 30 televisions facing you from all angles. Easy to find on the casino floor of the Mirage, the sports bar has a sharp, modern look with a concrete floor, wood decor, and the soft glow of Edison lights. The couches at the low-top tables are a comfy touch. Servers and bartenders handle the drinks. Food is ordered in the back from a vintage Airstream that’s been converted into a small kitchen and grill. You can't go wrong with the steak or chicken tacos, but the fish versions steal the show with thick chunks of grilled mahi mahi. Chicken wings are served in a variety of sauces with "Knight Wing" specials during Golden Knights games. The skewers of prime filet are The Still's secret weapon, but if you want to stay on the healthy side, try a brown rice bowl with either grilled chicken or tuna. Drafts are $8 during Monday and Thursday night NFL games—not a bad deal for the Strip.
How to book: Check online for reservation options.
Born and Raised
As the name suggests, Born and Raised is a place to cheer on the local teams. In the past, that usually meant the UNLV Rebels. These days, there's a heavy loyalty to the Golden Knights, which may have inspired the bar to start its own street hockey tournament in recent years. The menu is known for its all-day breakfast, loaded sliders, and wings slathered in from-scratch sauces. The sriracha-glazed wings are borderline legendary. The original southwest location has an efficient L-shaped design with video poker at the bar, a few funky couches, at least 16 screens on the main wall alone, and a covered outdoor patio that doubles as a private dining room with its own speakeasy-style entrance. A second Born & Raised in Henderson has a more contemporary look, but a similar locals-oriented vibe.
How to book: Just walk in. Inquire in advance about private rooms for birthday parties and other large gatherings.
As one of the best rooftop bars in Vegas, Beer Park has awesome open-air views overlooking the Bellagio fountains and the neon lights of the Strip. But the real draw is the beer selection with more than 100 choices, including 36 on draft. At least six wines and four cocktails are on tap too. The whole place is a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces with picnic tables, a game room feel, and an in-house betting window to save you the hassle of trying to find the Paris sports book. Ultimately, Beer Park manages to feel like a casual neighborhood hangout, while also being a Strip spectacle. No easy feat. Reservations during games may require money down on a food-and-beverage credit, although Beer Park likes to hand out a few free petite bites and host giveaways during football games.
How to book: Book a reservation online.
Crown & Anchor
This British pub (with dual locations east and west of the Strip) is open 24 hours a day, but really comes alive when soccer is on. That could be in the middle of the night when games are broadcast live from other parts of the world. Crown & Anchor makes a point to show as many Premier League games as possible, giving Brits an opportunity to watch their favorite teams while chowing down on a Cornish Pasty or Jumbo Yorkshire Pudding. The bar also has specials during Golden Knights (like half-off appetizers) and "American football" games. All-you-can-eat fish n' chips are served Mondays after 5 pm. If sports aren't your thing, there's always video poker or gossiping about Harry and Meghan.
How to book: Just walk in or place an order via ChowNow.
Sporting Life originally built its reputation as a sports bar for foodies, and while the menu seems more streamlined these days, you can still have fun with cool stuff like a tender marinated skirt steak, the vegetable lo mein, or churro fries. There's also plenty of space, a casino-style digital odds board, a bar made with wood from a 1920s basketball court, and individually controlled TVs so you don't have to watch the Lakers if you don't want to. The bar takes pride in its craft beer selection and the mac n' cheese is made with brown ale from local brewer Tenaya Creek. Sporting Life is the party headquarters for Ohio State fans and alumni, but also draws big crowds for trivia nights, poker tournaments, and any big sports event. A second sister location, Sporting Life Home Field, is now open west of the Strip on Sahara with a more reserved menu.
How to book: No reservations, but ask about private events.
No apostrophe needed. Blondies is probably the best sports bar you'll find in the middle of a shopping mall. It has more than 40 big screens, including one that's 12-feet long, and one of the best happy hour deals on the Strip. All-you-can-drink specials are offered on wells and drafts 3-6 pm Monday-Friday. Between baseball, football, and whatever the international tourists want to see (usually soccer) there's always a game worth watching any time of day. A deep breakfast menu will get you through any early morning game.
How to book: Reservations and specials are available for special events.
If you need a sports bar to feel like an attraction, Tap is your place. The walls are decorated with memorabilia, from boxing gloves used in championship fights to hockey sticks used in the Stanley Cup Finals, plus football helmets and UFC championship belts. The beer selection is heavy on local with seasonal brews on tap, and the kitchen turns out fun stuff like beer-battered cheese curds, Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches, and fried ice cream. A "patio" on the casino floor has outdoor lights and games like giant Connect Four. The bar is also a quick walk from the MGM Grand sports book, allowing you to place a bet without losing your table (hopefully).
How to book: Book a table online or call 702-891-7239 to place a reservation.
McMullan's Irish Pub
Vegas has its share of Irish pubs, but McMullan's is the complete package. Just west of the Strip on Tropicana, it's convenient for both tourists and locals without any parking headaches to worry about. The bar is also across the street from the Orleans casino, where you can place a bet when inspiration hits. McMullan's has an easy-going neighborhood vibe and several rooms (none of which look quite the same) for handling overflow crowds eager to watch all sorts of games day and night. The pub is loyal to Liverpool but shows Premier League games from all teams. It's also your number-one spot in Vegas for Australian rugby. Whatever you're watching, it's even better with a shot of Irish Whiskey, a pint of Guinness, and an Irish stew of braised lamb and roasted potatoes.
How to book: Call 702-247-7000 or email to ask about reservations. You can also arrange private events in the banquet room.