Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo
Chef Emeril Lagasse’s sports restaurant/bar/sports book is like scoring a touchdown and recovering the ensuing onside kick when you're already winning by 20. Besides the sports book looking like it was ripped out of a nightclub (in fact, it used to be Jay Z's 40/40 Club), it might be one of the most advanced and expensive books in the city. Never mind the 100 screens throughout the property. The betting desk uses CG Technologies, which has an in-game wagering feature to bet on the outcome of individual plays, not just the final score. Witness this in person for the definition of degenerate fun.
Then there are VIP rooms for large groups, full bars on every walkway, and a bar food menu by a celebrity chef. If the game of football died next season, this is where you'd have your last meal.
“Ultimate Fantasy Football Draft Party” at Hard Rock Hotel
UFFDP is to draft day what fireworks exploding over the Statue of Liberty is to July 4. The event takes place at the Hard Rock, and it’s hosted by Yahoo Sports (this year, it was on Aug. 23). That means analysts like Brad Evans and Shaun King will be at the hotel to explain why you don’t need three kickers and should never draft DeMarco Murray before the sixth round. Seriously, that guy's legs are more fragile than Greece's economy.
The package includes two nights in the hotel, two passes for the draft party on Saturday, two passes for the VIP line to Body English Nightclub, and the Fantasy Football Draft Kit. It's basically going for two on every score, and converting every time.
McMullan’s Irish Pub
OK, so this spot is normally where you go for all things United Kingdom- and soccer-related (case in point: when you Google “McMullan’s draft party”, the results include Kilkenny Irish ale, Murphy’s Irish stout, and a whole lot of Guinness). But it also has private rooms, free WiFi, and the banquet hall features its own bar and an indie theater-sized projector screen to connect to your laptop/draft board. You won’t be getting plush couches or bottle service. You’ll get wooden chairs and beer, because this is an irish pub, not a Kardashian baby shower. But that means lots of drinking, and no Scott Disick -- two things we approve of.