“Where should I go to watch the game?” How many times this season will you be asked that question, or maybe even be the one asking it? Given where we live, it’s actually hard to make a bad choice. With so many options, it’s also difficult to make the best one. I’ve done a whole lot of running around during the first two weeks of the football season in an attempt to narrow things down.
Once again, the best party overall is 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. They also give away $1,000 in drawings, so you have a free shot at some cash just for showing up.
Other places that had big Monday-night crowds when I dropped in were Sam’s Town, Ellis Island, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Orleans, Aliante, M Resort, Longhorn and Silver Sevens, plus Triple 7 at Main Street Station if you’re Downtown and O’Aces on South Decatur for a good bar option.
A sleeper is the little Mardi Gras on Paradise Road, which runs a creative video poker promotion on Monday nights. Whenever a touchdown is scored, a countdown strobe flashes for five minutes. Hit a natural 4-of-a-kind while the light’s on and get a $25 bonus. And this year’s surprise Monday-night play is the Déjà Vu strip club, where $20 gets an open bar from 6 p.m. to midnight and all-you-can-eat gourmet tacos.
On Sundays the Westgate leads the way with its new monster viewing wall in the SuperBook and all-day parties in the showroom. The Stratosphere is another that uses its showroom to air all the games on Sundays. Other good viewing spots outside the sports books are The Game at Suncoast, Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo and the Sporting Life Bar on South Jones.
As for the deal, I have to tip my hat to Sam’s Town as the only place again this year to comp your first draft beer at its parties on Thursday and Monday nights. Ellis Island takes top honors, though, with $1 beers, $1 dogs and the best price so far on chicken wings—five for $2 (40¢ apiece). Along with EI Cortez and South Point, you can also get $1 hot dogs at Station Casinos sports books, Jerry’s Nugget and O’Aces; and $1.50 dogs at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Sam’s Town, Gold Coast and Orleans. The Station dogs typically come with some combination of relish, kraut, onions and jalapenos for no additional charge, and beers are $2, making for a potent $1-$2 parlay. And even though Aliante has raised the price by $1, you can’t go wrong with those “prime rib” (really just roast beef) sliders sold in the sports book on Sundays for $3 apiece or two for $5.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.