Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world to enjoy March Madness. Whether you’re a casual fan or a diehard fanatic ready to don your face paint, local bars will be catering to you over the next few weekends. Here’s where to kick back while you watch the Big Dance:
PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood
Beginning Tuesday March 18 through Monday April 7, March Madness fans can enjoy the tournament action on over 100 HD plasma televisions. Catch the games on the patio, then ride the bull inside at half time; the all-day open bar costs $200 per person, with half-day options priced at $125.
Hoops & Hops at The Chelsea
If you like your games with a side of extra-curricular activities, head to The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan from March 20–23. Festivities begin at tip-off and include pool, video and arcade games, and hoops on the sports lounge’s temporary basketball court. One- and three-day packages range from $45 to $375, with special pricing for groups.
March Mania at The D
Play table games such as blackjack and craps, and snack on food from American Coney Island, at The D’s free ballroom viewing party March 20-23. Get a free ‘Downtown Hoopstown’ T-shirt with any 100 points earned on slots or $100 buy-in on table games.
March Hoopla at The Orleans
Skip the cover charge at one of The Orleans’ three free March Madness viewing parties, inside the Mardi Gras Ballroom, Brendan’s Irish Pub and Bourbon Street Lounge. All will offer $1.50 hot dogs and $2 well drinks during games throughout the NCAA tournament.
The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel
Enjoy bottomless Bud Light drafts while you watch the games on The Joint’s four giant screens March 20-22, and enter a raffle for a trip to the Bud Light hotel in Dallas, Texas. Tickets are priced at $68 per day or $150 for all three days.
March Hoops Mayhem at Rhumbar
Party tailgate-style at Rhumbar in the Mirage during opening weekend, with unlimited drinks and food starting at 8:30 a.m. each day. Passes start at $100 per person for one day and go up to $250 for the full four-day extravaganza.
LVH Sports Book & Theatre
The LHV opens its theater to over 1,500 NCAA March Madness Fans free of charge March 20–23, with satellite gambling stations for convenient betting. Prize giveaways, drink specials, and $2 hot dogs complete the party.
Carmine’s at The Forum Shops at Caesars
Carmine’s is carting in six new projector screens and two new big screens for the first two weekends of the NCAA tournament. Hoops fans can enjoy HD televisions, Beer Pong tables, video games and recliners as they watch their teams compete from Thursday to Sunday on the first two tournament weekends. For pricing, call 702.473.9700.
The Sports Bar at Crazy Horse III
Crazy Horse III gentleman’s club transforms itself into a full-fledged sports bar for all tourney games. With over 15 HD televisions and a large list of specials including $20 beer buckets, the club provides a perfect vantage point from which to check out the wild tournament action … and, um, action of other kinds. Happy hour runs from 12 to 8 p.m. on tournament days.