When Resorts World opened last year, it didn't want a standard, stuffy sports book, so the hotel basically built a sports bar around it. Dawg House is overloaded with tables, couches, television screens, and beer taps with a centralized stage for live music—usually country, but not always. Sometimes the best competition isn't on the screen, but at your table, where a $150 bucket of wings and tater tots is free if one person can finish it off in an hour (or two people in 20 minutes). Otherwise, order a bite from the Mouse House, a walk-up counter that serves gourmet grilled cheeses and other sandwiches. The drink menu is stacked, but if you want to keep things playful, order a bucket of five Kickin' It Coolers for $30. They're kinda like spiked Capri Suns.
How to book: Book a reservation online.
If you prefer a cozy dive bar vibe to watch any Raiders or Golden Knights game, the Hard Hat Lounge is your best bet west of the Strip. The place dates back to 1962, but is undergoing a refresh under new owners Frank Sidoris (a touring guitarist for Slash) and Robby Cunningham, whose in-house Guerrilla Pizza makes some of the best Detroit-style pies around. Regulars will be happy to know the hand-painted mural behind the bar, in place since day one, is sticking around. All draft beers are served in 22-ounce mugs (except specialty pours) and construction workers get a dollar off their drinks anytime. In addition to televised sports, the Hard Hat Lounge is planning on live music (both indoors and outdoors), karaoke, and tap takeovers by guest bartenders in the near future.
How to book: Just show up. Pizza can be ordered for pickup and delivery via Loco.
Bar Code Burgers packs in plenty of charm for a neighborhood sports bar, thanks to touches of brick decor and an outdoor patio that runs alongside Flamingo Road. The burgers are some of the best in Las Vegas, made with six-ounce short rib and chuck patties and more often than not, slathered with a messy, sloppy assortment of toppings. Ask about the latest burger of the month, which tends to be more decadent and playful than usual. The wings (regular or boneless) are another popular option, whether you keep things sweet with a PB&J sauce or spicy with mango habanero. Happy hour runs Monday–Friday 3–6 pm with a variety of other specials (depending on the day or the game) offered throughout the week. Party buses depart at 9 am and 11 am the morning of Raiders home games with $30 wristbands serving all-you-can-drink Modelo and Pacifico at Bar Code Burgers, on the bus, and at the designated tailgate zone outside the stadium.
How to book: Book a reservation online or call 702-294-2633 to inquire about the latest details on special events. Tickets for the Raiders party bus begin at $55 and are available online.
Chickie & Pete's started as a corner sports bar in Philadelphia and now has a Las Vegas location at the Sahara. It's already the unofficial local hangout for Eagles fans with not just football, but other sports constantly shown on 50 TV screens throughout the stylish yet comfortable space. Just make sure to order some of the seafood that made Chickie's & Pete's a local legend in the City of Brotherly Love. Lobster is used as a topping on pizzas as well as cheesesteak for a surf-n-turf you can eat with your hands. The restaurant's famous crab fries don't actually have any crab, but come with an addictive crab seasoning. Chickie's & Pete's is also one of the few sports bars in Las Vegas to have its own in-house betting window.
How to book: First-come, first-served, but check online for big events.
You know a place is good when the specials board lists the soup of the day as "tequila." However, the real discounts are seen in a popular happy hour that runs 3-6 pm with $4 beer, $5 well drinks, $6 wine, and half-off appetizers. The same deals run during any NFL or Golden Knights game. Open 24 hours a day, Al's Garage doesn't have a cool roll-up door, but is an engaging circular room, wrapped in large television screens that play music videos when a game isn't on. The menu has all-day breakfast, some interesting cocktails (like the Irish Exit, combining Irish whiskey, vanilla liqueur, Frangelico, and Guinness in a beer glass), and plenty of food, including sliders with grass-fed beef patties, an overloaded sampler plate of appetizers, and Thursday's $19 sirloin and shrimp dinner. Finish it off with the Dickel Pickle—a house shot of whiskey, pickle juice, and Tabasco.
How to book: Just walk in and grab a seat. If the bar is full, try John Cutter Tavern, a slightly more formal restaurant next door that's under the same ownership and more about steaks than sports.
Tailgate Social works best when you bring friends. Much of the food is designed to share. Most notably the Tailgate Nachos (with the option to sub fries for chips), wood-fired pizzas, and a crazy stromboli that's four-feet-long. A special menu is offered on NFL game days with an expansive beer selection. 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 more than 30 televisions turns out to be a dud.
How to book: Book a reservation online.