Every year I check out as many Monday Night Football parties as I can over the first few weeks of the season. Part of the job involves going to the gentlemen’s clubs, which are among the most aggressive in their football-related promos. I can tell you these places make plenty of claims they don’t necessarily deliver on, but if you do it right there are some darn good deals to be had (some deals extend to Thursdays and other football nights, but what follows is Monday-night specific).
Sapphire is the gold standard. Everyone pays $22 to get in (even locals), but the fee includes a good buffet with wings, dogs, lasagna, sausage and peppers, chicken teriyaki, ribs and vegetables; two premium drinks; and lots of prizes raffled off throughout the game. Except for the up-front charge, you can’t go wrong here.
For drinking, nothing beats the deal at Déjà Vu, where there’s an open bar with everything free from 6-10 p.m. Just show a local ID and get to it. There’s no food, but who cares? (Go to one of the free buffets below before or after.) The same deal is $22 for non-locals who drive themselves.
Both Treasures and OG (Olympic Garden) put out free buffets during the games that are a notch above. Treasures’ is best, with soft pretzels, lasagna, sausage and peppers, pizza, hot dogs, chips and salsa, fruit salad, macaroni salad and potato salad. Beers are just a buck from 4-6 p.m., then half price after. The buffet at OG includes three kinds of chicken, vegetable skewers, and mac and cheese. Beers are $4, and there’s a halftime dollar “lap dance” (more like a slap dance) blizzard. Note that OG recently moved from its location on the Strip to West Naples (formerly Sophia’s) behind The Cosmopolitan.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club bombs the radio with ads that promise an open bar and buffet starting at 4 p.m. The “open” bar is limited to well drinks and PBR. Other beers cost $1 and call drinks are $2-$4. That’s still good, but not quite as good as advertised, and when I was there the food never showed up. You’ll need to buy the venue’s Vue discount card, which is $10 for locals, but is supposed to be good forever.
Crazy Horse III, Centerfold (formerly Club Paradise), Strip Tease and Play it Again Sam’s all put out pizza or wings, and beers in the $4 range, if not individually, then by the bucket. Sam’s is the only club with video poker, so you can play there and get the better beers comped.
And a good piece of information comes courtesy of the website toplessvegasonline.com. If you go to the clubs to see the girls dance, then you need to know that they don’t perform at most of these parties during the games. The exceptions are Play it Again Sam’s, Cheetahs, Crazy Horse III and Palomino.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com