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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Brooksy’s

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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Blondies

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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TAP

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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Hooters

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.