Geri Kodey / UNLV
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 1:16 p.m.
For basketball fans, the month of March is sacred and Las Vegas is the place to come for the perfect combination of stadium food, drinks and sports betting. Consult our guide to find the ideal venue where you can enjoy the pleasures of Vegas while following your bracket, and if you’re lucky, make a little money while you’re at it.
The Suncoast celebrates with a March Hoopla viewing party March 15, 16, 18, 31 and April 2 in the Suncoast Showroom. Catch all the action on multiple big screens plus drink and food specials, prizes and beer pong. KKLZ will be doing live remote broadcasts each day.
Riviera will air all of the games for the first two rounds on massive 50’ screens inside the Riviera’s Grande Ballroom as part of a free viewing party. There will also be a free throw shooting contest, a beer pong tournament and a 3-on-3 Bikini Basketball Tournament with the girls of Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
Sapphire Gentlemen's Club hosts a March Madness party featuring many viewing screens plus drink specials including Absolut Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Malibu Rum and Heineken. On April 2, Fox Sports Radio 1460 AM will be broadcasting live from the club and at 5 p.m. don't miss the Sapphire Stripper Shootout featuring 20 dancers vying to take home cash and prizes.
Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ and Beer will run specials March 15-18. Guests can reserve a seat for $20 and happy hour food specials including pulled pork sandwiches, wings, queso and chips and cheddar-jalepeno sausage sandwiches. Sports fans can also enjoy $4 draft beer, $5 well cocktails and wine, $15 domestic pitchers, $20 domestic buckets and $25 import buckets.
Lagasse's Stadium kicks off its new happy hour specials just in time for March Madness. From Monday through Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., enjoy appetizers priced at $4-$7 including quesadillas, sliders, jalapeno poppers, pretzels and bruschetta plus $4 beers and $5 well cocktails.
The Fremont St. Experience brings the party downtown with a month-long free event called March Hoops. Guests can test their skills in the High Hoops Zone and enjoy performances from the Hardwood Hotties and the Dream Team Divas. The dance troupes perform on the 1st and 3rd Street stages nightly. Drink specials will also be available throughout the month.
Fans with losing sports book tickets can drown their sorrows at LBS: A Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort while they grab a tasty bite to eat. Guests who present a “dead” sports book ticket can receive a free draft beer from Tuesday, March 13, through Monday, April 2. In addition, the beloved “Bracket Burger” is back, featuring an LBS beef patty topped with American cheese, fried egg, firecracker onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, spicy mustard and BBQ sauce, served with shoestring fries for $14.50.
Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club offers up March Madness specials through Monday, April 2. Guests can enjoy buckets of four Budweiser or Bud Light bottles for $20 plus daytime food specials including a six-inch sub, chips and a well cocktail for $5.
Ravello Lounge at M Resort opens at 8 a.m. starting Thursday with the games being shown on 40 screens. Food and drink specials include $2.50 Bud Lights and $1.50 hot dogs. There will also be a satellite betting station from Cantor Gaming, so the venue can be a one-stop shop for gamblers and viewers alike.
PBR Rock Bar and Grill offers $19 beer buckets throughout the tournament and will feature all the action on 105 HD TVs.
Joystixx inside Hooters offers up Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen specials through April 2. Purchase a Hefeweizen in a March Madness souvenir glass for $5 and receive endless refills for $2.50. In addition, guests can enjoy $1.50 Bud and Bud Light all over the casino 24/7.
Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Place offers a March Madness viewing party in the newly renovated lodge area featuring HD TVs, including a 72-inch LED screen. Drink specials include $3 PBRs, $3 house wines and $7 Skyy Infusion martinis.
Rhumbar at Mirage hosts a tailgate party from March 15-18 featuring $5 Red Bull “Rebound” bomber shots, Coors Light bottle buckets in a souvenir cooler for $25, Ultimat Bloody Marys and Patron margaritas for $6 plus food items like pulled pork sandwiches, chili, nachos and hot links.
El Cortez hosts a viewing party March 15-17 in the Fiesta Room. Guests can enjoy $1 Budweiser drafts, $2 Bloody Marys and $2 bratwursts plus $1 specials on danishes, coffee, fountain drinks and chips.
All Station Casinos and Fiesta sports books will bring back their annual specials, featuring $1 Bud and Bud Light plus $1 hot dogs. Other drink specials include $2 Michelob Ultra, Jameson shots and Jameson and ginger ale, $3 Baileys and Smirnoff Fluffed or Bacardi and cola, $4 Absolut Bloody Marys or Absolut and Red Bull.
Society Café at Encore introduces its new happy hour specials just in time for March Madness. Available Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Food items include mac ‘n cheese bites with truffle dipping sauce, lollipop chicken wings with a blue cheese dipping sauce, Grandma Rose’s meatballs and crispy rock shrimp. The items are $7 apiece or 3 for $19.
The Las Vegas Hotel turns into Hoops Central from March 15-18, featuring giant HD screens, satellite betting stations, giveaways from Arroyo Golf Club and Sienna Golf Club plus $2 beers and hot dogs. Bettors can get a free March Madness T-shirt with a $25 wager made in the Super Book on the first-round parlay card, while supplies last.
The Stratosphere morphs into March BBall Tournament HQ from March 15-18. Watch all the action in the newly renovated Stratosphere Theater with nine theater-style screens. Breakfast food specials will be available from 8-11 a.m. for $3 and $6. A build-your-own taco and nacho bar will open at 11 a.m., and guests can also enjoy $5 pitchers of Budweiser and Bud Light plus live betting stations and blackjack games. Wi-Fi is also provided free of charge, so bring your laptops.
Caesars Entertainment will offer several packages for all types of fans, including the Man Cave Package available at Caesars Palace, Imperial Palace and Planet Hollywood. This deal allows guests the comfort of premium seating and an all-you-can-drink-and-eat spread plus four private screens and visits from the Coors Light models. Basketball Hall of Famers James Worthy and Clyde Drexler will be making visits to all three properties to watch with the fans and sign autographs. Harrah's has drink specials throughout the tournament at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Carnaval Court and the Piano Bar, which offer buckets of five aluminum Miller Lite and Coors Light beers for $25. Caesars Palace will also host the second annual Hoops and Hold ‘em Poker Tournament beginning at noon on March 14. Special events are scheduled throughout the NCAA tournament, so see the poker room for more details.
The Cosmopolitan presents Hoops and Hops from March 15-18. The event features multiple big screen plasma TVs to catch all the action plus two sports betting stations and an open bar. A la carte food items like hot dogs, nachos and pretzels are sold separately. Wristbands are $50 each day, and the event takes place in the Brera Room.
Rockhouse at Imperial Palace offers specials, including 2 for 1 beers on Fridays and Saturdays plus beer pong during the games.
The Gold Spike downtown offers $6 shots of Tullamore Dew paired with a glass of Guinness Stout plus a live music lineup.