The one thing that Las Vegas has no shortage of is laid-back places to get your drink on while watching your favorite sports teams play. No matter your price point, music preference, ethnic background, nationality or age, someone on The Strip is ready and willing to meet you at your idea of fun, hand you a stiff drink, and put up with your high-fives and chest bumps in exchange for your dignity and your hard-earned moolah. Most of the time, that stiff drink also comes with a warm smile, a welcoming ear, and witty chatter that may eventually lead to a memorable Sin City game watch experience.
To be sure, Vegas is teeming with alcohol-fueled entertainment options – pools, dayclubs, nightclubs, bars, live music venues, and fancy lounges. However, if sports are your guilty pleasure and a must-see match is a centerpiece of your vacation weekend, Sin City can surely deliver what you want… if you know who to ask and where to look. Your team is playing in a big game, you’ve placing a big wager on them, and you’re looking for a big flatscreen and some big mugs of beer to watch the festivities. We’ve got you covered, superfan: throw on your favorite player’s jersey and make your pregame warmup jog from your hotel over to one of Discotech’s Top 10 best sports bars on the Las Vegas Strip.
1. Tilted Kilt @ The LINQ Promenade – $ – Center Strip
Repeat after me: Tilted Kilt Las Vegas is THE BEST sports bar on the Las Vegas Strip. There is zero hyperbole in this claim, as TKLV checks all the boxes off any list a customer could wish for from both a local sports bar back home and a fun-loving pub while on a hard-earned vacation. Great location? Check. (Stumbling distance from any Strip resort.) Theme party with sexy Vegas kitsch? Check. (Bawdy Scottish pub meets naughty schoolgirl fantasy.) Reasonably priced drinks? Check. (Some of the cheapest on the Strip, surprisingly.) Attentive, very easy-on-the-eyes service staff? Check. (See above pics… C’mon man, it’s Vegas!!!) Sports on every TV? Check. (Forty large plasma TVs and two extra-large projectors always tuned to live action, plus the Holy Grail: friendly floor managers that move quickly to fulfill any channel change requests.) Mouth-watering bar food? Check. (World-class buffalo wings, “Big Arse” Burgers, flatbread pizzas, loaded tater tots… the list goes on.) Turnt up parties on big occasions like St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and NFL Playoffs / Super Bowl? Check. When it comes to bars, Vegas is the major leagues… and TKLV is a first-ballot Hall of Fame candidate.
2. Lagasse’s Stadium @ Palazzo – $$$ – North Strip
In Sin City, you better believe size matters — especially during a big sports weekend. The cavernous Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo showcases delicious game-day grub from New Orleans celebrity chef and New Orleans Saints die-hard Emeril Lagasse (duh) in an ultra luxe setting; it’s everything you could ask for from a game watch on the Strip. The all-in-one hangout is an auditorium-sized man cave with leather couches and tables scattered in front of more than 100 TV screens, along with a giant four-story riser of stadium-style VIP seating that faces a 16-foot-wide video wall. Private rooms can be booked for larger parties, and some of these rooms open up to an outdoor patio facing the world-famous Vegas Strip. And the best part: guests can place last-minute bets on live sports events at Lagasse’s in-house William Hill sportsbook window, making it convenient to make money of your “sure thing” hunch in between bites of your Meatloaf Po-boy…. or Creole Burger… or Spice Rubbed Baby Back Ribs… or Shrimp Gumbo…. or Classic Wings…
Closest nightclub afterparty to Lagasse’s: Tao Nightclub (in Venetian next door)
3. Beerhaus @ The Park Vegas / T-Mobile Arena – $$ – North Strip
Built in 2016, the 20,000-seat capacity T-Mobile Arena is an ultra-modern gathering place for large-scale concerts and sporting events (home games for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights and UFC megafights are hosted here). To complement the hundreds of entertainment dates scheduled at the arena annually – and also to draw tourists to the area on the few nights the arena is dark – the stadium grounds are bordered by The Park Vegas, an open-air cobblestone footpath lined with casual restaurants and bars that are perfect for T-Mobile pre-partying… and post-partying, since Vegas never sleeps duh. The best of the bars in the bunch is Beerhaus, an uber-fresh take on the German beer hall concept that features hundreds of craft beers on top complemented by made-to-order high-end bar grub favorites – burgers, ribs, hot dogs, brats, soft pretzels, wings, tater tots etc. – using hormone-free meat and locally sourced produce. On any sports nights at the stadium, the place is packed more than two hours in advance and one hour after; even if you don’t have tickets to T-Mobile, Beerhaus is perfect for getting together with friends, sampling new small-batch brews, and watching your teams on one of the pristine flatscreens while taking periodic breaks to talk smack over a game of ping pong, Connect Four, or cornhole under the patio misters.
4. Beer Park @ Paris – $$ – Center Strip
So much for creative naming. Beer Park is designed with the goal of giving sports nut tourists a no-frills slice of Americana, but with all the frills of Vegas, baby, Vegas. The open-air entertainment venue, of which American mega-brand Anheuser-Busch is a strategic investor, puts forth a nostalgia-inducing atmosphere that mixes the feel of a classic baseball stadium with the communal charm of a suburbia park with all of the glorious food and drink favorites each has to offer. Inside Beer Park there is a 10,000-square-foot upscale “living room” foyer with parlor-style furniture seating arranged in circles to encourage meeting new people; outside there are Oktoberfest-style communal picnic tables for communal drinking and a grassy lawn to challenge strangers in friendly classic bar games like giant Jenga, Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot, darts, and billiards. But on top of these perks, Beer Park totally understands – and focuses on – sports as the great global unifier: along with Lagasse’s it’s one of just a few bars in Las Vegas to offer onsite wagering outside of a sportsbook, and gargantuan towers on each side of the main bar display multiple high-definition televisions that are ideal for watching the biggest sports matches of the day whether you’re a longtime die-hard or a new “fan” holding a $20 wager in hand.
Upcoming events at Beer Park
Closest nightclub afterparty to Beer Park: Chateau (in resort on first floor)
5. Tom’s Urban @ New York New York – $$$ – North Strip
A national casual dining chain founded in 2012, Tom’s Urban evolved into a restaurant and interactive sports bar with “big watch opportunities” AKA ones where guests would gather to watch various big-ticket sporting events from the Super Bowl and the NCAA March Madness basketball tourney to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to live music performances and even major e-sports tournaments. If you’re in search of a food-centric happy hour experience on the Strip that remains reasonably priced, Tom’s Urban literally has something for everyone in your group with its eclectic blend of – and flavorfully unique takes on – the world’s favorite street foods. From signature dishes such as The Slopper and Asian Crispy Duck Wings to classics like burgers, wings, pizzas, and sandwiches, Tom’s Urban is one of the best casual dining joints and watering holes in all of Las Vegas. It’s also great for late-afternoon happy hour people-watching, with two covered outdoor patios sporting state-of-the-art misters to help you beat the summer heat as you laugh at all the inebriated tourists (including yourself) crowding the Vegas Strip.
Closest nightclub afterparty to Tom’s Urban: On The Record (@ Park MGM next door)
6. Brooklyn Bowl @ The LINQ Promenade – $$ – Center Strip
How about some friendly sports competition alongside your sports viewing? Brooklyn Bowl is an ultra-hip upscale bowling alley and late-night concert venue showcasing heavyweight names in reggae, alt-rock, and other lightweight music genres that have rabid followings. But its expansive bar area at the front of the spacious venue also shines as one of the hippest and most underrated drink stops and game-watching ambiances in Vegas. The craft beer selection showcases the best of East Coast and West Coast microbrews and rotates frequently, and perhaps even better than the beer is their bar food menu which offers high-end creative takes on the classics and is a well-loved restaurant by Vegas locals (their Blue Ribbon fried chicken is some of the best in the city). Insiders tip: if you’ve got concert tickets, we highly recommend you come for Happy Hour, catch a few games on TV, and then stay for the concert afterward to avoid long waits in line. Except on the 1-2 times a month a major artist drops in for a more intimate show, Brooklyn Bowl is one of the more affordable ways to drink, eat, and catch sports and live music on the Strip… and thus always draws a crowd.
Closest nightclub afterparty to Brooklyn Bowl: Drai’s / Drai’s After Hours (@ Cromwell resort next door)
7. Blondies @ Planet Hollywood – $ – Center Strip
If the girlfriend or wife is the type to spend a large chunk of her Vegas weekend in “shop ’til you drop” mode and all you want to do is relax and zone out over a beer and a ballgame, set her loose at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops and mosey on over to Blondies. With free parking on-site and a prime central location a reasonable walk from all Strip resorts, Blondies has rightfully earned its title as “Best Sports Bar in America in the Middle of a Shopping Mall” It also has more than 40 big screens, including one that’s 12 feet long, an expansive bar food menu, best of all a and a pretty killer happy hour: $20 all-you-can-drink specials are offered on domestic drafts and well liquors Monday through Friday from 3-6pm and from 10pm-1am Between baseball, football, and whatever the international tourists want to see – usually soccer – there’s always a game worth watching and a friendly crowd to chat up while waiting for your significant other to max out your credit card.
Closest nightclub afterparty to Blondies: Jewel (@ Aria across street)
8. The Book @ The LINQ – $$ – Center Strip
Much like that of a Vegas Fight Weekend headliner, the LINQ’s penchant for punching above its weight when it comes to luxury has long been known among hardcore Vegas insiders and locals, and you’re likely still in the dark. The youngest sibling in the Caesars family – and perhaps the one with the most spunk – the LINQ was renovated, rebranded, and relaunched in 2014 with an emphasis on targeting fresh-faced Millennials. In 2018, the LINQ’s sportsbook underwent a major modernization effort and relaunched as The Book, replacing its sterile casino image with a non-traditional sprawling layout that looks a little more like a luxe living room. There’s plenty of comfortable furniture for lounging around, 87 flat-screen televisions (some as large as 98”), a full-length bar with video poker stations, nd “fan caves” for seating larger groups. The space is as much an interactive sports bar as it’s a sportsbook, and it’s designed for guests to take control of their gambling and gaming experience. There is a non-gambling gaming element with X-Box and augmented reality games; you can even choose to play video games on the TV if your team gets blown out early. Beer is served through pour-your-own digital taps and food is provided by Sticky Chicken, an in-house food truck best known for its Gladiator fried chicken and grilled mozzarella sandwich.
Closest afterparty nightclub to The Book: Omnia (@ Caesars’ Palace across street)
9. PBR Rock Bar @ Planet Hollywood – $$ – Center Strip
Deep in the heart of Tex… – ahem, the Las Vegas Strip – is a rodeo-themed gem of a sports bar. Located on the highly trafficked Las Vegas Boulevard side of Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar & Grill is a Professional Bull Riders affiliated mega-venue that truly epitomizes the phrase “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock Bar is a sprawling, modern, 16,800 square-foot backyard barbecue featuring two DJ booths, hundreds of big screen TVs lining the bar, and a massive hydraulic mechanical bull at its center, mounted and ridden in constant rotation by buxom staff and ballsy tourists. In addition to the bull, Rock Bar’s boasts an expansive outdoor drinking patio – with cooling mist in the summer, heat lamps in the winter – that is packed nearly all times of the year and at all times of the day. Rock Bar’s steady reservations traffic is endlessly bolstered by walk-ups seeking to take advantage of PBR’s awesome drink specials to quench their thirst at its specialty frozen drink bar or its three other full-service bars. Locals normally shy away from Rock Bar as this is a true tourist trap, but that doesn’t make it any less fun a time for the visitors who dismount from their saddles and wander in looking to catch a big game on the Texas-sized flatscreens. Cowboy Up!
Closest nightclub afterparty to PBR Rock Bar: Marquee Nightclub (@ Cosmopolitan across street)
10. TAP @ MGM Grand – $ – South Strip
If sports is religion to you and you prefer your sports bars to take on a church-like quality, then TAP is your place. The walls are decorated with sacred memorabilia, from boxing gloves used in championship fights to hockey sticks used in the Stanley Cup Finals. With a whopping 60 HD flat-screen televisions in all directions, you’re in for great food, ice cold beer and an unparalleled upscale sports dining experience. The beer selection is heavy on local and seasonal brews – drafts on tap, of course – and the kitchen turns out tasty sports bar fare like buffalo wings, Philly cheesesteak sliders, sourdough pretzels with cheese sauce, and fried s’mores. TAP is also a stone’s throw from the MGM Grand sportsbook, which makes it convenient for you to place a halftime bet without losing your table. Added bonus: the usually monstrous lines for Hakkasan Nightclub less than 100 feet away can be conveniently eyeballed from TAP’s bar area, which makes this sports bar the optimal pre-game / rendezvous point prior to entering Hakkasan… not to mention the first spot to reconvene your all-star team for one more drink (or eight) upon exiting the cavernous nightclub.
Closest nightclub afterparty to Tap: Hakkasan (in resort on first floor)
OK, so you’ve gotten your “sports bar in Vegas” itch scratched early, and for your next chapter in your storybook Vegas weekend you’re ready to let loose on a pulsating dance floor, amirite? What’s the next step??? Line up your party plans in advance and set aside the appropriate budgets (or sign up for guest lists) using our Discotech app. Available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp!, Discotech is here to make sure that rising bar buzz of yours carries over into high-energy late-night and next-day adventures. Game on, lads and lasses!