There may be plenty of sports books in Las Vegas to catch all the March Madness action at, but college basketball fans can also root on their favorite teams at the city’s many restaurants and sports bars. The majority boast just as many types of beer as televisions showing the games, making them a great place to (hopefully) watch your team move on to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and beyond. These five venues in particular are sure to score a slam dunk with those who don’t want to miss a single play.
Blondies Sports Bar & Grill
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 183
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 737-0444
www.blondieslasvegas.com
Blondies, located  inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, just might be the Strip’s most popular place to follow the March Madness tournament this year, as it actually ran several commercials during that other big annual sports event—the Super Bowl. Guests can catch all of the action on more than 40 big screens surrounding the restaurant, ranging from 32 inches to 12 feet. During each game, Blondies will also offer drink specials, including $5 shots of Patrón Silver or Patrón XO, $4 shots of Fireball Whiskey and $6 Loaded Coronas. Consider yourself warned, though: Blondies’ sexy wait staff will be wearing their signature cheerleading uniforms, so your eyes might be guilty of traveling whenever they walk on by.Related: Top Bars To Watch College Football In Las Vegas
Cabo Wabo Cantina
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 385-2226
www.cabowabocantina.com
Also inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue will transform into the ultimate sports hub from March 17 through April 6 as college basketball fans can enjoy all of the March Madness action in its new events space, The Loft. Boasting a number of flat-panel, big-screen TVs, including a 184-inch video grid, a 180-inch projection screen and multiple 80-inch HD TVs, guests can watch each play while enjoying game-day bites such as the nacho platter served with a house cheese blend, refried beans, jalapeños, Cotija cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole for $14.95. Sports enthusiasts can also indulge in a number of drink specials, including beer buckets priced at $21 and shots delivered by beautiful shot girls. In addition to showing the games upstairs in The Loft, March Madness coverage will run on more than 20 high-definition TVs located throughout the lower-level cantina area, where regular menu items will be available for purchase.
Lagasse’s Stadium At The Palazzo
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-2665
www.palazzo.comOne of the Strip’s top spots to catch March Madness, Lagasse’s Stadium combines celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine and kicked-up game-day eats with more than 100 HD TVs—including a 9-foot-by-16-foot main TV. Guests can watch all of the action from one of the restaurant’s luxury boxes, or simply sit back and enjoy the game like a VIP from its plush, stadium-style seating area. For fans who want to put their money where their mouth is, there’s even a sports book located inside the restaurant. What more could college basketball fans want?
TAP At MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-1111
www.mgmgrand.comGuests can watch every March Madness game while surrounded by sports history at this high-energy sports bar, which boasts one-of-a-kind items collected from events held in Las Vegas—including a Los Angeles Lakers jersey signed by Steve Nash. With 65 TVs on site and 40 beers on tap, visitors won’t have to worry about missing a single play or getting thirsty during the tournament. Guests can also feast upon a menu of sports bar favorites, including build-your-own burgers, finger-lickin’ wings and Wisconsin fried cheese.
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book At SLS Las Vegas
2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 761-7614
www.umamiburger.com
Part beer garden and part sports book, this mouthwatering burger joint on the north end of the Strip was designed with sports fans in mind, as guests can place their bets at its William Hill Sports Book. Boasting a 120-square-foot, high-definition video wall and more than 50 TVs throughout the venue, guests can go crazy over all of the March Madness action while feasting upon GQ magazine’s “Burger of the Year,” infused with Umami’s unique blend of enhancing sauces and seasonings. The restaurant also offers more than 35 craft beers for guests to wash everything down with, including eight rotating drafts.Related: Best Beer Selection/Beer Halls In Las Vegas
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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