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The 20 Best Sports Bars in Las Vegas

You need more than TVs and beer.

Sickies interior
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What makes for a good sports bar in Las Vegas? It usually comes down to atmosphere, food, booze, and that special feeling of not being the only person in a room screaming at a television screen. Ever since the Golden Knights came around, Vegas has evolved from a city that bets on sports to a city that loves sports (and often does both). The recent arrival of the Raiders suggests we can exist as a major-league sports town beyond hockey season, but Sin City has always had something to cheer about, whether it's a big UFC fight or UNLV basketball. So have a little fun, show your competitive spirit, and make plans to visit one the top sports bars in Las Vegas.

Tailgate Social

Palace Station
Tailgate Social works best when you bring friends. Much of the food is designed to share. Most notably the Monster Nachos (topped with a choice of chicken or steak), a crazy stromboli that's four feet long, or a massive red, white, and blue Banana in the Tailpipe Sundae. The spicy truffle mustard with the pretzel bites is a nice change of pace from the same old beer cheese. 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 28 televisions turns out to be a dud.

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Sticks Tavern

Henderson
One of the latest additions to Henderson's rejuvenated Water Street district is Sticks Tavern, named (we presume) 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 food has a few impressive touches like Mary's Organic Chicken on the rotisserie grill and Oaxacan cheese (not mozzarella) in the fried cheese sticks. Breakfast is served Monday–Friday, and if you're not washing down a breakfast burrito with an Aperol Spritz at 8 am, you're not doing Vegas right. Sticks Taverns is also a ghost kitchen for To Be Frank, which serves some of the best gourmet hot dogs in Las Vegas.

Stadia Bar

Caesars Palace
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 new burger counter by Bobby Flay). Guests are welcome to bring in food from Stadia's neighbors or place an order from their phone. 

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Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews

Town Square
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is right by the playground at Town Square, allowing kids to run around and have fun while the adults catch a game with 50 beers, 30 TVs, and some newly added punch bowl cocktails. The place makes the most of its auto shop theme with old cars hanging from the ceiling, roll-up garage doors facing the patio, and license plates decorating the walls. The menu has its quirky side too, especially with orders of PB&J wings and a boozy milkshake made with Trix cereal. However, the burgers are the main draw with 50 to choose from. Ask for an American Wagyu done "classic" style to fully enjoy the flavor—or for maximum indulgence, go with an angus topped with bacon and an egg with a sliced glazed doughnut in place of a regular bun.

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Money, Baby!

Virgin Hotels
Money Baby! (read aloud in your head in Vince Vaughn's voice) is a sports bar masquerading as a nightclub—an idea that totally fits Las Vegas. The upstairs lounge is covered with 200 high-def TVs, allowing guests to see the action wherever they look. During commercials, timeous, and other boring talky moments, the DJ takes over, pumping music with flashy lights and video graphics. If that wasn't enough, Money Baby! Also mixes in a golf simulator machine, games, and a breezy open-air patio overlooking the Virgin Hotels pool deck. Place a wager at the in-house betting window. Hot dogs come in one of three styles: naked, Chicago, or Sonoran (wrapped in bacon with Mexican/Southwest inspired toppings). Have your wings drenched in "Truff" sauce, a spicy blend of red chili peppers and real black truffles.

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Hardway 8

Henderson
Hardway 8 is a sports bar with food so good, it made our list of top new restaurants back in 2019. A rabbit sausage bangers and mash, pounded-thin pork Jagerschnitzel, and a perfect reuben sandwich are among the highlights. 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.

 The Still
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The Still

Mirage
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. Get as many as you like (and as much Casamigos as you can handle) for $29 on Tuesdays. 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.

Charlie's Bar + Grill
Charlie's Bar + Grill | Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft

Charlie's Bar + Grill

Wynn Las Vegas
You don't need to go far after placing a bet at the Wynn. The resort's sharp and snazzy 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 Steakhouse Burger, made with a dry-aged prime patty, or a build-your-own hot dog, featuring Pat La Frieda beef. Some dishes come with a suggested beer pairing, with local craft brews well represented. 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.

Born and Raised
Born and Raised | Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

Born and Raised

Multiple Locations
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 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 has a more contemporary look, but a similar locals-oriented vibe.

Beer Park
Beer Park | Photo courtesy of Anthony Mair

Beer Park

Paris Las Vegas
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. 

MacKenzie River Pizza
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MacKenzie River Pizza

Summerlin
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 out on the ice from the dining room windows. It's definitely a beer and pizza kinda place, although it's hard to resist a burger with poutine as a garnish. 

Crown & Anchor
Crown & Anchor | Photo courtesy of John Locher

Crown & Anchor

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." 

Brando's
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Brando's

Southern Highlands
Chicago has some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, and their loyalty to the Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs (or Sox… maybe?) doesn't go away while in Vegas. Brando's is built on a Windy City mentality. And 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.  

Sporting Life

Southwest
Sporting Life originally built its reputation as a sports bar for foodies, and while the menu seems more streamlined these days, there's still unexpected, ambitious stuff like deconstructed chicken pot pie and a tender marinated skirt steak. 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. A second sister location, Sporting Life Home Field, recently opened west of the Strip on Sahara with a more reserved menu. 

Blue Ox Tavern
Blue Ox Tavern | Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

Blue Ox Tavern

West Valley
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—or ranch, if you insist—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 vintage wood panelling hidden behind blue paint). The game room will keep you busy with darts, pool, and a skeeball machine. A second Blue Ox on Sandhill is more like a diner and a third on Eastern is popular with UNLV students.

Blondie's
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Blondies 

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.

Tap
Photo courtesy of Tap

Tap

MGM Grand
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.

Scooter's Pub

Southwest
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.

McMullan's Irish Pub
McMullan's Irish Pub | Photo by Rob Kachelriess for Thrillist

McMullan's Irish Pub

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 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. 

Brooksy's

West Valley
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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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than six years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Modern Luxury, Leafly, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. He'll go where the beer cheese is. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.
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