The college basketball tournament is second only to the Super Bowl as the busiest sports weekend in Las Vegas. People fly in from all over the country to bet on which team will make it to the “big dance” in the annual basketball tournament. Most of the fans swarm to casino sports books, but locals just want to find a bar away from the madness. Here are a few locals places that cater to fans looking to grab a bite and catch a couple of games.
Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV 89109
This Emeril Lagasse restaurant and sports bar is set up like an actual stadium. Tiered seating allows guests to see a variety of flat-screen TVs and ticker boards. The food at Stadium is upscale bar food you might find in stadium club seat sections. During select sporting events, patrons can place their bets at the casino desk located right in the restaurant. Private luxury boxes with sofa seating, pool tables and arcade games are also available.
6515 S. Jones Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Sierra Gold is one of the largest neighborhood bars in the valley. The main area of the bar is open with views of the multiple flat screens for sports viewing. Patrons can bet on games through at the William Hill betting kiosk and follow all the action on their mobile devices with free and unlimited wifi. Happy hour is seven days week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes 50-percent off all drinks and food.
6200 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Scooter’s Pub is a sports pub located in southwest Las Vegas. The bar has a large, open floor plan with TVs placed high above for easy viewing. The menu consists of bar food with some interesting items like buffalo chicken pizza, deep-fried Oreos and chicken and avocado salad. Happy hour is daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with half-price appetizers and domestic beer.
1590 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
This east side Irish bar and grill is the perfect place to watch the tournament. It caters to the sports fans with a betting kiosk, free wifi and live broadcasts with the Vegas Sports Nuts on Saturdays. Murphy’s Law advertises the longest happy hour ever, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily and again from midnight to 7 a.m.. Happy hour prices are $2.50 to $3.75 for beer, $3 for well drinks and $4 Jameson shots. Sign up for the newsletter and get $10 in match play or a free appetizer.
276 N. Jones Blvd., Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89107
You might recognize the famous Four Kegs bar if you’ve spent anytime watching “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network. Host Guy Fieri spent a lot of time at this bar while going to college at UNLV. This family-operated bar is known for the stromboli sandwiches and for being one of the best dive hangouts around. Bring the kids and watch games back in the family area.
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.