Las Vegas is the ideal place to be for... well, lots of things: building implosions, (hopefully topless) pool season, and what is probably your employer's least-favorite sporting event, March Madness. And while we can't help you fill out a bracket, or get away with streaming games at work, we can help you find the 10 best places in Vegas (or anywhere, really) to go when the tournament starts...
Best Place To Shoot Hoops: Carmine's
An Italian restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars may not scream "game time", but they're turning a massive private dining room into the ultimate man cave with TVs, video games, and comfy recliners come tournament time, and laying out a spread of Italian eats and bottomless booze. And check this out... you can shoot your own free-throws from a balcony facing the Strip – with a thousand-dollar prize at stake.
Best Food For Under Ten Bucks: Social House
The sushi and sake joint is offering up an “Elite Ate” (get it?) menu during Mach Madness with eight specials that're just eight bucks each, so even when you lose all your money backing Gonzaga to make the Sweet 16 (Wait! Kelly Olynyk plays for the Celtics?!), you can still afford French fries w/ braised short rib on top.
Best Sports Book Suites: Race and Sports Book at the MGM Grand
These private skyboxes have their own 42-inch plasma TVs, surround-sound audio systems, and more video games than you can shake a (joy) stick at. You also get complimentary food and drinks from your own personal server, and the chance to look down from the second floor on all the people below who don't get any of that, and probably picked the Shockers to justify their number one seed. Ha, losers!
Best New West Side Spot: Distill
This local hangout is packed with 18 TVs, so you can catch all of the action while swilling sweet cocktails made with things like their housemade coffee and orange-cinnamon-infused whiskeys.
Best Place To Get A Massage: South Point Hotel & Casino
South of the Strip
The grand ballroom of the casino is being transformed for one of Vegas' biggest viewing parties: there will be drink specials, every game'll be up on one of the big screens, and if placing bets at the on-site wagering stations gets too stressful, relax with a free chair massage, or by shooting hoops with former NCAA and NBA stars.
Best Place To Get A Shave: Barber Shop at The Mirage
Instead of watching the West Regional from the edge of your seat (C'mon Creighton!), do it while leaning back in a vintage barber-style chair for an old-school shave: each service comes with complimentary draft beer or four different selections from the whiskey bar.
Best Sports Bar Seating: Lagasse’s Stadium
There are rows of plush... waitforit!.. stadium-style seats overlooking a massive nine-by-sixteen foot television on the main floor (more than 100 HD TVs scattered around the place), a sports book, private suites, a sweet patio, and pub eats from Emeril, some of which presumably come with Bill Raftery's favorite ingredient... "Onions!"
Best Concert Venue To Watch A Game: The Joint
East of the Strip
Tickets to the Hard Rock's viewing party start at $68 per person per day, but get you access to their live gaming and betting stations, bottomless Bud Light drafts, and thousands of dollars in giveaways, including a trip for two to the “Ultimate Basketball Weekend” in Dallas during the Final Four.
Best Club To Watch A Game: PURE Nightclub
On the Strip
Check out the games on one of the 32 TV screens inside Caesar's wildest nightclub, while crushing some of their signature BBQ pork sliders, then, when it’s all over, you can hit the patio to celebrate with drinks that, sadly, cost more than the number of games UNLV won this year.
1. Red Rock Sports Book11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
2. Distill10820 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
3. Social House3710 Las Veas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4. Carmine'sThe Forum Shops at Caesars, , Las Vegas
5. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
6. South Point Hotel & Casino9777 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
7. Barbershop at the Mirage3400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas
8. Lagasse's Stadium3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. The Joint4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
10. PURE Nightclub3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
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.
This local hangout is packed with 18 TVs so you can catch all of the action in your favorite games regardless of where you turn your head. There’re solid food options like roasted bourbon BBQ chicken, and speciality drinks, including the house-made coffee and orange-cinnamon infused whiskeys.
Social House is jammed with elegant Asian decor (slatted wood partitions, giant bamboo-esque columns) and features a menu ranging from sushi to steak.
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.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino offers numerous suites and penthouses for your Vegas vacation. Dine at one of their signature restos (Joel Robuchon, Hakkasan, Craftsteak... to name a few), or relax at the spa or salon.
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.
Two noted Truefitt & Hill Master Barbers are behind this vintage-style, leather-chaired Mirage outpost, where they'll man-lavish you with a scalp-massage & shampoo, a traditional hot lather shave, and and even a... manicure?
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.
This concert venue at The Hard Rock seats over 4,000 people and has played host to Paul McCartney, Guns N Roses, and more.
With 32 TV screens and eats like BBQ Pork Sliders at the VIP tables, this is not your typical nightclub. Stop by their 14,000sqft outdoor patio or enjoy live music from a slew of rotating DJs.