Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 50 in Vegas

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 50 in Vegas
Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 50 in Vegas

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The best place to enjoy the Super Bowl isn't Colorado, or South Carolina, or even wherever that stadium is in California. It's in Las Vegas. Why? Because 296,000 people are expected to be in town over the weekend, spending around $124 million at bars, restaurants, and yes, you guessed it, casinos. So hit that ATM, pack your finest Broncos or Panthers gear, and check out everything you need to know about enjoying the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.

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The best sports books

Westgate (address and info)
Ok. Your first priority is placing a bet, and the Westgate should be near the top of your list. It's home to the SuperBook, which is the largest sports book in the entire state of Nevada. It's even bigger now (in a virtual sense) with the introduction of a new smartphone app that allows you to place a bet from anywhere in the entire state. You'll have to register at the Westgate first.

Caesars Palace (address and info)
One of the oldest and most popular sports books is sandwiched between OMNIA nightclub and the new Vista cocktail lounge. Book in advance for VIP Super Bowl packages with guaranteed seating, a tailgate style buffet, and bottomless drinks that include wine, champagne, and beer.

The Cosmopolitan (address and info)
The Cosmo is renovating and relocating its sports book in time for the big game. It's now twice the size and loaded with LED screens, as well as VIP areas with private 90-inch HD TVs. If the game turns into a snoozefest, there's also shuffleboard, foosball and billiards to keep you busy.    

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South Point (address and info)
A viewing party will be held inside the Grand Ballroom with food and drink deals, including $20 Budweiser beer buckets, $5 sandwiches, and $1 hot dogs. And the best part is you won't even need to leave your seat to bet. Just place a wager on your phone through the Nevada Sports Books app, with lines set by the South Point Sports Book.

The Venetian (address and info)
The sports book is known for having some of the brightest, clearest, and largest video screens on the Strip. It also has a mobile app (CG Casino) for betting anywhere inside the Venetian and another (CG Sports) for betting anywhere in Nevada.  

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The best bars

Cabo Wabo (address and info)
Planet Hollywood
The all-inclusive buffet is $200 per person, but one of the best for watching the big game on the Strip. It includes hot dogs, sliders, and a build-your-own tacos and nachos station. Wash it all down with buckets of Bud and Bud Light, or a choice of Cabo's tequila-soaked signature cocktails -- all included.

Lagasse's Stadium (address and info)
The Palazzo
This sports bar has more than a hundred HD screens, including a huge projection screen that can be viewed with stadium style seating. There's also food from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, private luxury boxes, and if you need to make a last minute wager, the venue's own sports book.

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Rockhouse (address and info)
The Venetian
The $200 VIP packages include an open bar, guaranteed seating, and a $25 food credit (for a table of four). Your first priority is to order the fried avocado tacos. You second priority is to ride the mechanical bull.

Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill (address and info)
On the Strip
This new spot from the best baseball player to be denied the hall of fame is offering plenty of drink specials for the big game, including $5 drinks made with Skyy Vodka, Espolon Tequila, Wild Turkey, American Honey, and Fireball, as well as 16oz Modelo drafts. The space is massive, with TVs literally wrapped around the walls. You won't miss a second of the game.   

Hooters (address and info)
The Palms
The world's biggest Hooters may be offering the best value for watching the Super Bowl. Admission is $50 but that includes five drinks.

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Vinyl (address and info)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The all-you-can-eat buffet has a taco cart, chip and dip station, popcorn, wings, hot dogs, and Sloppy Joe's. The $195 price tag that gets you in also includes unlimited draft beer, house wine, and well cocktails.

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The best restaurants

B&B Burger and Beer (address and info)
The Venetian
Mario Batali's burger spot is offering a $150 all-you-can-eat Super Bowl party where nothing on the menu is off limits (except for the lobster roll). And best of all… boozy milkshakes are included.

Tom's Urban (address and info)
New York-New York
Tom's Urban already has one of our favorite Bloody Marys and now it's offering an open bar and buffet with a nacho and taco bar, chicken wings, and all the different pizzas on the restaurant's menu. Check ahead for pricing.

Hearthstone (address and info)
Red Rock Resort
How's this for a deal? A $35 all-you-can-eat menu that includes meatball sliders, pizza, deviled eggs, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Continue to keep costs low with $10 pitchers.

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Public House (address and info)
The Venetian
The $80 all-you-can-drink special features select beers, wine by the glass, and well drinks. There will also be a Pigskin Platter of potato skins stuffed with pork belly, gruyere cheese, and onions, as well as beer brined chicken wings with gorgonzola dip and chips with onion dip for $22 (or $30 with two draft beers).

La Cave (address and info)
The Wynn
Munch down on tray-passed bites worthy of any tailgate party, like chicken gyros with cucumber dill sauce and pulled pork hoagies. It's all-you-can-eat for $85. Craft beer buckets are $45 and feature Brooklyn Brown Ale and Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA.

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Holstein's (address and info)
The Cosmopolitan
Take sides and choose a burger in honor of each team squaring off in the Super Bowl. The Bronco Burger is made with Colorado lamb and topped with green chilis, swiss cheese, and tomato-cumin aioli. The Carolina BBQ Burger is topped with pulled pork, vinegar slaw, and crispy onion straws.

Border Grill (address and info)
Mandalay Bay & Forum Shops at Caesars
Both locations are serving up a $50 menu of unlimited small plates that include avocado sliders, chicken nachos, and spicy BBQ ribs. It compliments a choice of bottomless beer, margaritas, sangria, or mimosas for $30.  

BLT Burger (address and info)
The Mirage
You've got two options depending on how much you want to drink. There's a $65 menu of unlimited food that features catfish sliders, chicken pot stickers, quesadillas, and five different milkshakes. Or you can upgrade to the $150 option, which includes everything on the food menu plus an unlimited selection of well drinks and beer.

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STK (address and info)
The Cosmopolitan
The STK Brunch Club (which is the best new boozy brunch in Vegas) has a special edition for Super Bowl Sunday. Truffle popcorn, tuna tartare, smoked salmon, and potato skins will be featured in a spread of unlimited family-style appetizers along with a choice of entree for $80. Add in a three hour bar package for $95.

Carmine's (address and info)
Forum Shops at Caesars
In addition to watching the big game, you can enjoy tons of tasty Italian food, like penne alla vodka and chicken parmesan for $85… or you can choose the $150 option which includes the buffet, plus a premium open bar… or the $200 VIP package, which throws in a carving station and fresh seafood.  

Searsucker (address and info)
Caesars Palace
The Bud Light Girls will be around to get the party rolling with games, prizes, and an all-you-can-eat specialty menu for $75 featuring short rib sliders, duck fat fries, and more things of that nature.

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Crush (address and info)
MGM Grand
Unlimited bites, like chicken wings, Angus mini burgers and Mexican street corn, will be passed around for $85 per person. Beer bucket deals start at $30.

Buddy V's Ristorante (address and info)
The Venetian
The all-you-can-eat game day menu is a steal at $39, with meatballs, Italian subs, Buffalo wings and, of course, cannolis and cookies being offered. $20 mix-and-match beer buckets are available in the bar and lounge area.

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The best nightclubs

Marquee (address and info)
The Cosmopolitan
One of the most popular nightclubs on the Strip will be decked out with screens showing the big game, both indoors and outdoors, as part of the "Q Bowl" celebration. $65 wristbands will be offered for either an open bar or buffet (featuring truffle mac & cheese, lamb chops and other goodies). If you want both, it's $125.

Hyde (address and info)
The Bikini Brigade LA will be on-hand to host a viewing party with an open bar and small bites from the Lago restaurant next door for $175. Table packages start at $750.

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Surrender (address and info)
Wynn Encore
The game will be playing throughout the venue, but if you have a group of friends you may want to choose The Field Goal; a package that includes a table for four, bottle service, and a bucket of Coors Light for $1,000. If you just want a single VIP seat with two drinks included, it's $125.

Tao (address and info)
The Venetian
The Tao Bowl celebration includes a three-hour open bar with a buffet of Asian-inspired cuisine (such as orange chicken or pork belly fried rice) for $135.

The Sayers Club (address and info)
SLS Las Vegas
The stylish lounge might be the most comfortable place to watch the game. Open bar is $60, but you can upgrade your package to include table seating and food from 800 Degrees Pizza.

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The best of everything else

Range 702 (address and info)
The gun range is offering something different for the Super Bowl, with the ultimate viewing party in an all-inclusive VIP suite. It's large enough for up to 30 sports fans, with full food service and four lanes of private shooting.

Doggie Tailgate Party (address and info)
The Hydrant Club will be hosting a free pregame party at the Container Park from 11am-2pm where dogs are invited (as long as they are under 45lb and there is proof that shots are up to date). There will be free doggie treats, toys, and specials on beer and BBQ.

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Downtown Las Vegas Event Center (address and info)
The downtown outdoor concert venue will be turned into a massive Super Bowl party, with a 20,000-square foot tent decked out with giant HD televisions, surround sound, and food and drink deals.

Crazy Pita (address and info)
Need something to grab-and-go? You'll be the savior of the party with one of two options in honor of the Super Bowl contenders. The "Broncos" package includes ten rotisserie chicken halves, veggie couscous, salad, pita bread, and hummus for $159.99... while the "Panthers" deal gets you ten chicken skewers, ten steak skewers, veggie couscous, salad, pita bread, and hummus for $199.99.

Plaza Viewing Party (address and info)
The Plaza hotel will host a viewing party inside the Sierra Ballroom. Football fans will enjoy an open bar, raffle, and stadium food buffet for $100. You can also place a bet at the nearby William Hill sports book.

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1. The Cosmopolitan 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Designed with dual 50-story spires, a 100,000 sq ft casino, and 3,000 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Cosmopolitan attracts freshly legal drinkers and club kids looking to party. And because you're just plain sick of staying in rooms that don't have their own private jacuzzi, give one of their five Premium Suites a try...

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2. South Point Hotel & Casino 9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89183 (Off Strip)

This southern-California themed casino and hotel rocks a grand ballroom, a 16-screen movie theater, 12 restaurants, and a whopping 64-lane bowling alley. While located 6 miles south of the main strip, a large, kid-friendly pool, as well as full casino complete with bingo hall and poker room turns South Point into an excellent starting point for every Vegas itinerary.

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3. Venetian Resort & Casino 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A staple in the Vegas resort empire, the Venetian rocks world class accommodations (five diamonds, and diamonds are totally better than stars!), plus killer eats from Delmonico's, Rockhouse, and more.

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4. Cabo Wabo Cantina 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This combination booze-shack and live music venue is the 2nd stateside outpost of the franchise that somehow combined Cabo San Lucas sleepy-town laid-back attitude with Vegas' live-fast-die-young one. The result: a mid-Strip joint with grass awnings, full Mexican lunch and dinner menus and a whole lot of tequila. Any spot on the Strip is sure to be crowded at any time, but the wait to get on the patio is worth it to chow down on damn-near-perfect guacamole, idly drink a massive margarita and watch as drunken tourists and Vegas' eccentric crowd stumble past below.

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5. Lagasse's Stadium 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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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6. Rockhouse 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Rockhouse is an adult's playground, set right on the Strip in the middle of America's least responsible city: Vegas. With 9000sqft of space, this warehouse-sized venue has three bars, 83 TVs, pool tables, beer-pong tables, tire swings, and a mechanical bull. This place was clearly expensive to build, but they're not pretentious at the Rockhouse—the overall vibe here is of a Southern dive bar, from the weathered wood to the industrial lighting. Their food is cooked to match, as this self-described "ultra dive bar" churns out a steady stream of bar food classics like sliders, wings, and hot dogs. A menu of inventive and boozy cocktails is also available, patronizingly divided between "girly drinks" and "manly drinks."

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7. Hooters Hotel & Casino 115 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This place is everything you'd expect it to be from the folks behind the famous Brestaurant chain. Featuring their classic fried chicken and outdoor pool parties, come fulfill all of your high school dreams at this resort and casino.

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8. B&B Burger & Beer 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Chef Mario Batali continues his dominance of the Venetian and Palazzo by going casual with this burger- and beer-centric eatery. Though the space is colored in fast food shop-reminiscent washes of red and orange, a menu of burgers, heroes, and shakes that goes beyond the standard cheeseburger and fries fare shows off Batali's renowned kitchen experience. For a Vegas-unique burger experience, order the Really Good, a carnivorous combinatio, of heritage bacon, gorgonzola, chianti mustard, all on a dense potato bun.

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9. Tom's Urban 3970 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

If only you could eat all of the tacos at Tom's Urban all at once...

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10. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

90% of the dishes are wood-roasted in one of two oversize hearth ovens at this appropriately named rustic eatery on The Strip. Hearthstone also offers great shareable appetizers truffle popcorn, meat and cheese charcuterie; entree selections include poached Alaskan salmon and Wagyu short ribs.

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11. Public House 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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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12. La Cave 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.

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13. Holsteins 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Serving up sliders like crispy pork belly with hoisin & pea shoots next to a dozen other inventive burgers (e.g., a duck confit/foie-stuffed patty with pickled pear & duck cracklings), Holstein's does the classic American food item in its classic exaggerated fashion. Make sure to save room for one of their boozy shakes like the Coconut Rasberry Vegan, which, loaded with Skyy vodka, coconut sorbet, coconut vodka, and marshmallow, is likely richer than the entree itself.

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14. Border Grill Las Vegas 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

The Border Grill stands out from other modern Mexican spots with food that is made with fresh and organic ingredients and a ceviche bar that by itself is better than most other restaurants in Vegas.

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15. BLT Burger 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This NYC-based spot uses an open, red-bricked grill to prep exotic meat-wiches (American Kobe, lamb tandoori, salmon, meatball), some loaded with condiments like the Tex-Mex w/ jalapeños, chili, avocado, salsa, jack cheese, onions & sour cream, plus vintage LV-themed cocktails.

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16. STK Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The Cosmopolitan’s fashionable steakhouse is designed to be a one-stop-shop for those looking for a fun night on the Strip with DJs, and of course, delicious meat-based dining.

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17. Carmine's The Forum Shops at Caesars, , Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Based in NYC, this family-style Italian chain replicates its famously generous portions of antipastos and saucey pasta dishes in a massive Vegas outpost. Claiming the title of the largest non-nightclub restaurant on the Strip, Carmine's serves portions scaled to size, like wide platters of fried calamari, deep bowls of meatball spaghetti, and sinfully rich desserts.

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18. Searsucker 3570 South Las Vegas Blvd, Paradise, NV 89109

This Cowboy-esque Vegas resto serves up small plates in a casual atmosphere. The menu from Chef Brian Malarkey features a farm-to-table spin on comfort food that includes a hearty spicy shrimp & bacon grits, 38oz bone-in ribeye "tomahawk" and eggs & bacon "pork belly."

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19. CRUSH 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The MGM Grand plays host to this inviting and charming restaurant that focuses on creating intimate moments with shared food. Small plates and sharable portions are the hallmark of this relaxed space, which prides itself on having local ingredients and plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten free among us. A lengthy list of beers, wines, and craft cocktails is available to choose from, including the signature Punch, Drunk, Love which is served—you guessed it—family style. Two seating areas mean the space can hold many diners at once while still feeling intimate, and the relaxed furnishings are sure to put you at ease.

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20. Buddy V's Ristorante Shoppes at Palazzo, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This Italian eatery serves up all the classic boot foods (chicken Parm, garlic bread, etc) but also creative twists, like their carbonara mac & cheese with fontina, peas, and pancetta. Ever had Italian brunch? The correct answer is yes, because that means chowing down on bites like their salumi board, maple-glazed ham, and spicy Italian sausage all cooked up into delish breakfast dishes.

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21. Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The Marquee Dayclub's the intersection of fun and luxury. With infinity pools, eight cabanas, and 10 three-story bungalow lofts, this outdoor space is sure to please on a scorching Vegas afternoon.

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22. Hyde Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

They call themselves "the best nightclub in Las Vegas." Get a load of their terrace overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains, or choose from multiple bottle service packages served by scantily clad ladies in leather and you tell us. Hint: it's probably pretty great. This 10,000 sq footer is Vegas legendary for good reason.

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23. Surrender 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Surrender at the Wynn Resort boasts a 5,000 sqft dance floor and guest DJ appearances from folks like Diplo and Will.I.Am. So check your "baggy clothes" and "athletic footwear" at the door and dress to impress at this swanky after-hours club.

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24. TAO 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Tao has a little something for everyone. Perfect for date nights with its koi pound, hanging Buddha statue and cocktail lounge, the dining space (just like the menu) offers a mishmash of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cultures. Take them all in with a full plate of salmon, halibut or yellowtail sushi, spicy dumpling soup or traditional dim sum. Pro tip: come early to watch the sunset on Tao's beach before it closes, then eat. Finish around 10pm and you can head straight over to the nightclub for a live DJ set and an endless cocktail selection.

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25. The Sayers Club 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The perfect spot if you’re sick of EDM. Sayers Club tends to focus on rock bands and DJs who are more likely to play classic hip hop than the club stuff. Unless there is a big name headliner, there’s no cover charge. And who doesn’t like getting something for free?

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26. Crazy Pita 10975 Sage Park Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Crazy Pita offers some of the cleanest food you can grab-and-go during your lunch break. The top choices include a hummus or eggplant dip, lentil soup, and a selection of grilled skewers that include chicken, steak, lamb, or salmon.