The Best Las Vegas Sports Bars to Watch and Drink on Game Day
So at what point does Las Vegas officially become a sports bar town? Is it when the Golden Knights hit the ice at the T-Mobile Arena? Or when the Raiders take the field? Or when a fighter steps inside the Octagon during a UFC pay-per-view? The answer is it doesn't matter. Vegas is the place to be for any big sports event -- the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, Kentucky Derby, or anything else that gets you pumped up. That's because you can bet on pretty much anything here, and see if your wager pans out while catching the high-def action at one of the top sports bars in town. Here's a look at the top can't-miss favorites.
Things are looking up on Water Street these days. The historic stretch of downtown Henderson is on the upswing with fresh energy and new businesses. A great example is Hardway 8, a sports bar so good, it made our top new restaurants of 2019. The local pride is strong, tipping a hat to Las Vegas history with a bartop made with wood from the basketball court at the old Las Vegas Convention Center, a mural dedicated to the city's affection for jai alai, and a photo montage of pro athletes doing things athletes shouldn't do. (Yes, Deion Sanders is on there.) Even the name is an homage to the 1977 Rebels basketball team. But Hardway 8 really stands out with its food. A rabbit sausage bangers and mash, pounded-thin pork Jagerschnitzel, and a perfect reuben sandwich are among the highlights.
The Still is one of those places where every seat is a good one. Look in any direction and there's a TV screen staring back at you. Easy to find on the casino floor of the Mirage, the sports bar has a sharp, modern look with food served from a vintage Airstream converted into a small kitchen and grill. Tacos and burgers are the most popular items, but if you want to stay on the healthy side, try a brown rice bowl with either grilled chicken or tuna. If you're pumped up by a big win, order some prime steak skewers and celebrate like a caveman paleo-style.
Wynn Las Vegas
You don't need to go far after placing a bet at the Wynn. The resort's recently renovated sports book is right next door to Charlie's Bar + Grill with seats offering great views of every play on ultra-clear 4K video screens. Loosen up with the PB&J Burger (topped with peanut butter, peach jam, and potato chips) or pay a little extra for the dry-aged Pat La Frieda beef in the Steakhouse Burger. Either way, wash it all down with a local draft beer. Keep in mind, prices are what you'd expect for the Strip, so be prepared to spend a few dollars if you're sitting through a long game.
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 even inspired the bar to start its own street hockey tournament. The menu is known for its all-day breakfast, loaded sliders, and wings slathered in from-scratch sauces. (The ones with a Sriracha glaze 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 offers a similar vibe while a third at the Grand Bazaar Shops on the Strip is more tourist-oriented.
Paris Las Vegas
As one of the best rooftop bars in Vegas, Beer Park already had awesome open-air views overlooking the Bellagio fountains and the neon lights of the Strip. Now the bar is even better with a recent indoor expansion that more than doubles the size of the venue while adding plenty of new comfy furniture. Still in place is the deep beer selection -- more than 100 on the menu with 36 on draft -- a game room feel, and an in-house betting window to save you the hassle of trying to find the Paris sports book.
Formerly the 5th Street Pub, this downtown dive has taken on a new life and attitude since reopening in mid-2019 as The Charleston. Come by during the day when rap and rock plays loud and hard, or stop in during a big game when a party atmosphere takes over. The drinks -- which include some nice beer cocktails and a weekend build-your-own Bloody Mary bar -- will keep you around a while. There's also pool and shuffleboard tables to take the edge off during a bad game. No kitchen, but a food truck serves tacos and other Mexican bites in the parking lot.
Yeah, it's a chain, but location is everything. MacKenzie River Pizza is at City National Arena, the official practice facility for the Golden Knights in Downtown Summerlin. It's something of a dream come true for any fan. Not only can you unload tons of cash on official merch, but you can actually watch the team work through drills on the ice while you eat. (Just try not to fog up the glass while staring from the dining room windows.) It's definitely a beer and pizza kinda place, although you can also get a burger with poutine as a garnish.
Off the Strip
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 if a big game is being broadcast from the other side 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 live while chowing down on a Cornish pasty or jumbo Yorkshire pudding. The bar also has specials during Golden Knights games and during "American football."
Chicago has some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, and their loyalty to the Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs (or Sox, I guess) doesn't go away while in Vegas. Brando's is built on a Windy City mentality -- and that includes food. Lots of food. We're talking about Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs (no ketchup, please), and pizza, whether it's thin-crust sliced into squares or coma-inducing deep dish. The atmosphere is a little dark and moody, although there's an outdoor patio to liven things up when the weather's right.
It's easy to label this place a sports bar for foodies, but the neighborhood hangout is about more than bacon-wrapped dates and pork belly. 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 for trivia nights, poker tournaments, and any big sports event.
The sports book at The LINQ is looking a little different these days. It's now known as The Book, replacing its sterile casino image with something that looks a little more like a living room. That means plenty of comfortable furniture for lounging around and "fan caves" for larger groups. You can even choose to play video games on the TV if the game totally tanks. Beer is served through pour-your-own digital taps and food is provided by Sticky Chicken, an in-house food truck best known for its Gladiator fried chicken and grilled mozzarella sandwich.
Sometimes size matters -- especially during a big game. Lagasse's Stadium mixes a little celebrity chef starpower with everything you would want from a sports bar on the Strip. The all-in-one hangout is like a massive man cave with couches mingled among more than 100 TV screens and stadium seating that faces a 16-foot-wide video wall. The food from chef Emeril Lagasse isn't exactly Commander's Palace, but you'll enjoy the gumbo and BBQ shrimp. Private rooms can be booked for large parties, and some have doors that open up to a Strip-side patio. Any last-minute bets can be made at the in-house William Hill window, making it easy to play (and win?) in between bites of your meatloaf po-boy.
As a home away from home for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, the Blue Ox Tavern specializes in bar food prepared with a Midwestern touch, whether it's the 10,000 Lakes Fish & Chips or the cheese curds with horseradish cream on the side. Ask about the $2 mystery shots -- served all day, every day -- or the Purple Rain spin on a Long Island Iced Tea in tribute to Prince. The bar was renovated as part of a Food Network pilot and looks more modern these days (although you can still see some of that old-school wood panelling hidden behind blue paint). The game room will keep you busy with darts, pool, and a Skee-Ball machine. A second Blue Ox on Sandhill is more like a diner and a third on Eastern is popular with UNLV students.
Miracle Mile Shops
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 domestic drafts from 3-6pm and from 10pm-1am Monday through Friday. Between baseball, football, and whatever the international tourists want to see (usually soccer), there's always a game worth watching.
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. The beer selection is heavy on local and seasonal brews on tap and the kitchen turns out fun stuff like Philly cheesesteak sliders and fried s'mores. The bar is also a quick walk from the MGM Grand sports book, allowing you to place a bet (hopefully) without losing your table.
As the unofficial Las Vegas home for Seahawks fans, Scooter's Pub draws a fun and rowdy crowd that rivals the most hardcore Seattle spots. An overflow dining room comes in handy during UFC viewing parties, big football games, and other major events. Pig out on parm sliders, Angus beef chili nachos, and a wicked pastrami burger buried in mozzarella cheese. Happy hour last from 3-7pm and from 12-3am Monday through Friday with $5 plates of bar food, half-price domestic drafts, and $3 house wine.
Off the Strip
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. The bar is also across the street from the Orleans casino, allowing the opportunity for a good wager after a brisk jog. McMullan's has an easy-going neighborhood vibe and several unique rooms 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 whiskey, a pint of Guinness, and an Irish stew of braised lamb and roasted potatoes.
Before City National Arena came around, Brooksy's was the only game in town to sit back, order a beer, and check out hockey games through a window that separates the bar from a full ice rink next door. The Las Vegas Ice Center remains a top destination for youth leagues and local tournaments while Brooksy's is still a place to wolf down great bar pizza day or night. (Go with the ricotta-heavy Great White or, if you're really hungry, the double-layer, double crust Pizza Pie.) Every NHL game plays on the big screen and the late-night $1.99 eggs and hash brown special harkens back to the days of old-school Vegas casino discounts we wish were still around.
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