Every year new football-party options pop up all over town, both in and out of the casinos. Here’s a rundown of this season’s top choices for NFL viewing:
• The two best traditional Monday Night Football parties are at South Point and Suncoast. Nothing has changed at South Point, where on Monday and Thursday nights a big crowd gathers in the showroom for $1 hot dogs, $3 pizza slices and all-you-can-drink draft beer for $15. A new discovery here are the chicken wings for $5. There are only five wings per order, but they’re huge.
Suncoast’s party is also in its showroom and features footlong hot dogs for $1.75, chili for $2 and eight wings for $3.50. Drinks include $5 Red Bull cocktails; $4 shots of Bacardi, Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s and 1800 Tequila; $2 drafts; and beer buckets (five for $8). That’s $1.60 a beer and 44 cents per chicken wing—almost the best deal in town for both.
Other busy gathering places on Monday nights include Aliante, Ellis Island, Gold Coast, Orleans and Sam’s Town (which still hands out the first beer free). The best MNF party Downtown is in the Triple 7 at Main Street Station, while good Sunday spots are the Westgate, Stratosphere and Golden Gate.
• On the high end, two options stand out: Todd English P.U.B. in Crystals at CityCenter seems an unlikely host of a good (American) football party, but it draws crowds on Thursdays and Mondays, with oysters on the half shell for $2 apiece. Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo is always hopping, even if the best deal on a beer is $4.17 (when purchased by the bucket).
• As usual, strip clubs offer some of the best deals. Treasures has a decent buffet and $12 beer buckets. Olympic Garden has a beer bucket and food for two for $15. And Hustler and Crazy Horse III rock an open bar. You have to buy a Vue card for $10 at Hustler, but it’s good for life. Meanwhile, Babes beats out Suncoast for the best wings deal (25 cents apiece Monday nights).
• Lots of non-casino bars have strong parties, including O’Aces on South Decatur Boulevard (50-cent wings, $1 dogs and tacos, and $2 drafts), and the Lagasse’s Stadium-lookin’ Sporting Life on South Jones Boulevard, which has a live feed of betting lines and $1.75 PBRs.
• Finally, for an easy default, head to any Station or Fiesta sportsbook (except Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock and Santa Fe), where hot dogs are a buck and bottles of Bud and Bud Light are $2 (down from $3.50 last year). You can also get $3 Crown Royal, Don Julio and Kettle One Bloody Marys, and $4 Belvedere and Red Bull during all the games.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.