Food & Drink

Game Time: The Best Sports Bars in Las Vegas

Published On 09/28/2015 Published On 09/28/2015
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Public House

One of those spots on the Strip that seems draw both tourists and locals, Public House has a location all to itself, tucked in the corner of the check-in lobby at the Luxor. There’s lots of beer on draft and a deep bar area with a lounge, where you catch the game from pretty much any angle on the myriad TV screens. Happy hour is especially popular with half-off appetizers like the short rib tacos, and mac n’ cheese squares.

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Lagasse’s Stadium

Not only do you have better-than-average bar food thanks to celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, you can also place a wager on your favorite team at the sports book inside the restaurant. The all-in-one hangout is like a massive man cave with more than 100 TV screens, couches scattered throughout the venue, and an outdoor patio. There’s also stadium seating in front of the big screen, which is the next best thing to being at the game itself.  

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Born and Raised

As the name suggests, this is a place for local fans to cheer on local teams. And until we finally secure that NHL franchise, that pretty much means the Rebels from UNLV. It’s a tough burden to live with, but at least the football team has a new coach that… oh, who are we kidding? Still, the atmosphere at B.A.R. remains optimistic and energetic even in the worst of times, and is so contagious, a second location recently opened in Henderson.   

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Sporting Life Bar

It’s easy to label this place a sports bar for foodies, but this neighborhood hangout is about more than bacon-wrapped dates and pork belly. There’s also plenty of space, 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 (and why would you?). The bar also takes pride in its craft beer selection -- even the mac n’ cheese is made with a brown ale from local brewer Tenaya Creek.

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Blue Ox Tavern

As the home away from home for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, you can find plenty of bar food prepared with a Midwestern touch, like the cheese curds or 10,000 Lakes Fish & Chips. The decorations include an electronic sign by the entrance that lists the daily specials and the kind of wood paneling you’d find in the basement of your grandmother’s house in the Minneapolis suburbs.

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The Pub

The Pub may be hidden in the back of the Monte Carlo, but it is one of the most complete and gratifying sports bars you’ll find in a town that specializes in indulgence. There is seating on two levels, lots of space, tall ceilings, hundreds of beer choices, giant TV screens, and in case something was missing, dueling piano players. Don’t overlook the $1 sliders on the happy hour menu.  

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This joint just happens to be connected to the Las Vegas Ice Center, which means you can sit back, order a beer, and check out the hockey through the dining room windows, all while munching on some of the best bar pizza in Vegas. (Go with the ricotta-heavy Great White.) Brooksy’s even gets to feed Wayne Gretzky each year when the legend himself hosts his annual fantasy camp at the venue. If it’s good enough for The Great One, it’s good enough for you.

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Probably the best sports bar you’ll find in the middle of a shopping mall, Blondies has more than 40 big screens, including one that’s 12ft long. The late-night happy hour is especially good, with a $20 all-you-can-drink special on domestic drafts and well drinks from 10pm-1am. There has to be some kind of game on at that time, right?

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The Pint

There are more than 100 beers to choose from (give or take) on any given day at the P, including 25 on draft, plus one of the best burgers you can find off the Strip. The place is designed for socializing with a patio and large community table, and even a fireplace. Or you can stay on your feet and enjoy games that range from billiards to Pac-Man.

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Step off the casino floor of the MGM Grand and into one of the newer and brighter sports bars on the Strip. The walls are decorated with memorabilia that includes boxing gloves from championship fights and a hockey stick used in the Stanley Cup Finals, while the bar serves local and seasonal craft beers on tap, and the kitchen turns out fun stuff like Philly cheesesteak sliders and fried s’mores.  

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Scooter’s Pub

As the unofficial Las Vegas home for Seahawks fans, this sports bar draws a fun and rowdy crowd that rivals the most hardcore Seattle spots, but good news -- there’s a separate dining room for those looking to escape the roar of the crowd next door, where even *gasp* Niners fans can enjoy chicken Parm sliders, nachos loaded with Angus beef chili, and a wicked pastrami burger buried in mozzarella cheese.

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Yeah, there’s a Hooters in every town, so what makes this one so different? Well, it’s literally the largest Hooters in the world, which is even more impressive when you realize there’s already an actual Hooters Casino less than a mile away. This new location totals more than 15,000sqft, including an outdoor deck that overlooks the pool at The Palms, and it seats more than 500 people who are totally just there for the wings. Seriously, why else would they be there?

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Red Rock Sports Book

There are a zillion sports books in Las Vegas, but the one at Red Rock may be the best place to grab a drink and catch the game. That’s because the big screens were recently upgraded and could be the clearest and brightest around. Seriously, there are more than 24 million pixels between three massive 4K Ultra-HD screens, which add up to nearly 32 yards of action. The bar itself serves $2 Buds and Bud Lights on game day and if that wasn’t cheap enough for you, ask about the $1 margaritas.  

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Miller’s Ale House

It’s not hard to find Miller’s Ale House in other parts of the country, but these two are literally the only ones west of the Mississippi. The boneless chicken fingers (also known as “zingers”) are a favorite, or you can go fancy with the twin lobster tails. If the game runs long, stick around for dessert and check out Capt’n Jack’s Buried Treasure, a chocolate ice cream cake made with Heath  bars and Oreo cookies.

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Crown & Anchor

This British pub is open 24 hours a day, but really gets exciting when soccer is on… which could be in the middle of the night if it’s being broadcast from the other side of the world. Right now there are two locations for fans to cheer on their favorite teams, but a third one Downtown is in the works. Pro tip: avoid eating the Jumbo Yorkshire Pudding before you take a ride on the SlotZilla zip line.  

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1. Public House 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Deep within the air-conditioned annals of the Venetian Casino, this polished gastropub boasts a list of over 200 types of craft beers, as well as a robust offering of American and Canadian whiskeys (not to mention single malt scotch, with Japanese selections to boot). It’s probably where Ron Swanson would hangout if dragged to Sin City: the menu here is fairly meat-forward, with regulars raving about poutine with duck confit (pro tip: opt to add the fried egg) and heavy-hitters like the porter-braised short rib with carrot mousseline and IPA-battered onion rings.

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2. Lagasse's Stadium 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

It’s appropriate that this spot is called a “stadium,” because the space is so massive that it exceeds a typical sports bar: the 24,000 square ft., bi-level dome boasts over 100 flat screen TVs and a sleek, modern interior. And these aren’t your average bar bites either, considering it’s Emeril Lagasse behind the menu. Expect elevated takes on pub staples, from small fare like chili cheese fries with homemade beef and bean chili, as well as heavy-hitting standouts like the Creole Burger, a nod to the chef’s Louisiana roots with Andouille sausage, garlic mayo, three chili pepper gouda, and caramelized onions.

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3. Born And Raised 7260 S Cimarron Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89113

So you graduated from UNLV and still want to cheer on the home team? Whether you’re watching football or basketball, you’ll feel right at home cheering on the Rebels at this sports bar. Tennis not so much.

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4. Sporting Bar 7770 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89139

Need a good place to check out a big game? Sporting Life is full of TV screens and has plenty of space plus an electronic scoreboard. Need the kind of food you don’t usually find at a sports bar? The menu has you covered with cured confit chicken wings, pork belly, seared duck breast, and bacon-wrapped dates.

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5. Blue Ox Tavern 5825 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

This place stays open 24/7 and is dedicated solely to the Minnesota Vikings. When you're not cheering for them grab one of their green chili burgers or play the slots.

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6. The Pub at Monte Carlo 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

With over 300 beers available this bar at Monte Carlo is a great spot on the strip to catch a game and have a burger.

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7. Brooksy's 9295 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Great bar to watch hockey, drink beer, and share a whole pizza with friends while watching the game or there several tv screens.

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8. Blondies Sports Bar & Grill 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 183, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This bar is a fun time, reminiscent of your college days complete with beer pong. Nestled inside of Planet Hollywood this sports bar is a good time. For faster service sit at the bar.

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9. The Pint 9941 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

A neighborhood bar with a great selection of beers and an industrial atmosphere is a favorite for locals. Make sure to try out one of the flatbreads.

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10. TAP Sports Bar 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The MGM Grand's sports bar, TAP, is loaded with high-def TVs and '80s hair metal cranking over the sound system. There’s beer and wine (yes, wine) on tap… but it's the desserts that will catch your eye, like their fried s'mores.

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11. Scooter's Pub Sports Bar & Grill 6200 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89118

A great place for Seattle Seahawks fans, this bar has a solid beer selection and huge portions sure to keep you comfy while catching a game.

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12. Cheap Wings at Hooters 115 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Sate numerous late-night hungers at once with 25 cent wings and $1.50 beers from the hours of midnight to 6a, a generous window that should give you plenty of time to fit in your busy schedule of clearly not getting in to Marquee.

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13. Red Rock Sports Book 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

The open, spacious interior at this Red Rock Resort & Casino sports bar will offer a pleasant experience for anyone looking for good food and good company.

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14. Miller's Ale House 6683 Las Vegas Blvd S. , Las Vegas, NV 89119

The freshly opened ale house is blessing you with a never-ending "Happy Hour", including $6 Miller/Icehouse pitchers, $3 Skyy or Captain drinks ($5 doubles), and $4 Jager shots/margs, which you can buttress with eats like Seafood Mac & Cheese (pan sea

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15. Crown & Anchor Pub 1350 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

This British-style pub is THE place to be for soccer matches -- just be careful who you cheer for. Sunday nights mean discount PBR, so check that out too.