Pigskin parties

Maybe the Vegas football parties aren’t quite what they used to be—especially for Monday Night Football—but there are still several interesting plays out there.

Free food is always a good place to start, and this year both Sam’s Town and the Suncoast will give you one free hot dog and a draft beer just for showing up at their respective MNF parties. At Sam’s Town you can opt for a free burger instead, which is the better choice. You have to swipe a players card to get in, but other than that there are no strings attached. If you want to double-dip, it’s easy to pull off a two-dog-and-beer parlay using Summerlin Parkway and U.S. 95 to get from one casino to the other during the game.

The most creative MNF deal I’ve seen this year comes from LBS: A Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort. Buy any entrée and get unlimited Lonestar drafts for 10 cents per glass. Buy any of LBS’ burgers, which start at $9.75, and you’re all but drinking free. LBS also serves 25-cent chicken wings during the game, which is about as low as it gets for wings these days.

You can find some sort of Monday-night gathering in almost all of the locals spots—the Orleans, M Resort, Boulder Station, etc.—but honors for best party have to go to the South Point. This one is jammed, and the crowd is lively. Beers are $12 for five ($2.40 each) or all-you-can-drink for $15. There are also $1 hot dogs, $2 pizza and $1,000 in cash giveaways—still the most drawing cash in town. Gold Coast gets my runner-up nod, with dollar hot dogs and beers and $400 given away in cash.

Don’t forget the gentlemen’s clubs. I haven’t dropped in on any yet this year, but traditionally, places like Sapphire, Crazy Horse III and Hustler have been real contenders.

The two primo viewing venues on Sundays are Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo and the Las Vegas Hilton. It’s tough to choose between them, except that beers are $5.50 at Palazzo and just $2 at the Hilton (in the showroom).

In a pinch, just head to a sports book for good deals and an exciting atmosphere. The Station, Fiesta and Wildfire sports books are doing $1 dogs and beers again this year, and if you’re in a place where customers are cheering for their money, it’s never boring.