Where do you go to watch sports? The gold standard in this town is a sportsbook, where you can catch several games simultaneously on big screens, with giant odds boards providing the betting lines and the schedule for the day’s lineup. The problem is, going to a sportsbook means traveling to, and dealing with, a casino. The alternative is hitting a sports bar, where there might only be two or three games showing. While you may not mind trading high-tech and a bigger selection for convenience, you don’t really have to. There’s one bar in town where you can have both.
The Sporting Life Bar (7770 S. Jones Blvd.) is a sports bar like no other. For starters, it’s the only one in Vegas—and possibly anywhere, for that matter—with a full-size and up-to-date digital odds board, which displays betting lines and results just as you’d see in a casino. It’s supported by TVs everywhere (26 of ’em!), tuned to as many different sports as there are viewing packages for sale: football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing, MMA, soccer, darts, even curling. Want to monitor all the baseball action this summer? This is your place.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays there’s a pub quiz. It’s free to play, and the winner gets a $50 bar tab. That’s called an “overlay.” On Wednesdays there’s a blind-draw steel-tipped dart tournament with a $5 entry fee, and the bar matches the prize pool (another overlay). On Thursdays there’s a video poker tournament for anyone hitting a four-of-a-kind during the week, with $300 in prize money (possible overlay). All these events begin at 7 p.m. And just to put a bow on it, join the players club and get $20 in free play (if you earn at least 100 points on your first day).
Food is another point of focus at Sporting Life. The menu was created by a former sous chef at Palazzo’s Bouchon, and you’ll know it the first time you see the likes of broiled crab cakes with cous cous and wilted kale on the menu. This ain’t no Hooters. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also grab some darn-good pub grub, including burgers, sandwiches, wings, pickle chips and deviled eggs for 50 cents per half (get two eggs for two bucks).
Almost everything on the menu is less than $20, but the real dining deal is the three-course “Lunch on the Fly,” served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For $7.99-$9.99, you get a choice of five entrées, such as a Reuben sandwich or a BLT, plus an appetizer of two deviled eggs and a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Of course, there’s a giant beer selection from crafts to drafts, including Czechvar (the original Budweiser) and pints priced as low as $1.75 during weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
Cheap drinks, gourmet lunch, trivia overlays and that big odds board—the only thing missing is a betting window.