Joe Buglewicz / Las Vegas News Bureau
Friday, June 1, 2018 | 2 a.m.
That buzz. It’s been in the air for months now, and it’s grown even louder since April 11. That’s the night the Vegas Golden Knights began their Stanley Cup playoff run, with a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Few knew then that these Knights would go on to sweep the Kings, put the San Jose Sharks away in six games and then, after dropping the opener in Winnipeg, reel off four more wins to topple the Jets and reach the Stanley Cup Final against the Washington Capitals.
So this is what it’s like to be a major-league sports town, home to the hottest — and most-talked-about — team in the land. After decades spent waiting for a big-four entrant, Vegas has been more competitive than it ever envisioned, right from the jump. And the city, too has been better than anyone beyond the valley imagined, supporting these Knights not just on game nights but on the days and nights between — with energy, passion and pure joy.
When the Knights are in town, the ticket is no longer so easy to come by, but fans crowd into Toshiba Plaza to watch the big screen and be near the action. But those who don’t want to venture onto the Strip have dozens of other places to catch the game, whether Vegas is at home or on the road. Below, we provide a handful of our favorites.
Paris Las Vegas’ Stripside hot spot will serve up a free Budweiser to any fan wearing Golden Knights gear, and Beer Park’s on-site sportsbook will make it easy to bet on the games before — or while — they’re happening. 702-444-4500.
The Park’s bustling, beer-centric hall brings you within cheering distance of T-Mobile Arena when you can’t get inside, or when the Knights are in Washington. 3784 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-692-2337.
BORN AND RAISED
The Runnin’ Rebels’ home bar has also served as the Golden Knights’ official bar partner throughout the season, offering a lively atmosphere, a mammoth wall of VGK-tuned TVs and in-game deals on food and drinks. 7360 S. Cimarron Road, 702-685-0258; 10050 S. Eastern Ave., 702-685-0258.
With a hockey rink in full view, this grill and bar is a no-brainer as a Golden Knights game-viewing destination. Giveaways, big-screen TVs, a $20 buffet and various drink specials round out the Cup-chasing fun. 9295 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 100, 702-562-2050.
CRAZY HORSE 3
The popular gentlemen’s club will show all Final contests on 70- and 100-inch TVs while offering free pizza and $20 beer buckets, including an open bar during first period. Those in VGK gear who drive themselves to the club get in free. 3525 W. Russell Road, 702-673-1700.
CROWN & ANCHOR
Both locations of this British pub are fully in the VGK spirit with half-price appetizers, $2 20-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbons and a $5 Golden Knights-inspired “beer cocktail” — a mix of Guinness and Harp. 1350 E Tropicana Ave., 702-739-8676; 4755 W. Spring Mountain Road, 702-876-4733.
The Knights’ official downtown partner has been onboard since the start and will continue hosting free watch parties at the nearby Downtown Las Vegas Events Center throughout the Final. 301 Fremont St., 702-388-2400.
HARD ROCK CAFE
If you can’t watch the games at T-Mobile, just cross the street. Hard Rock Café’s watch parties are $10, which gets you two call-brand drink tickets and a guaranteed seat by the screens. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 120, 702-733-7625.
Green Valley’s family-friendly gathering space will screen Final games on a 32-by-18-foot LED screen — for free — supplemented by food trucks and yard games. 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, 702-267-4849.
Golden Knights games will be broadcast in the Underground Lounge, at the Porch and at the Pool, supplemented by $5 buckets of beer, $1 margaritas and free Jell-O shots every time Vegas scores. 115 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-739-9000.
This month-old bar and grill features a Chicago Italian-style menu and 14 65-inch TVs (all tuned to the Knights) — and will pour free shots for every VGK goal. 2851 N. Rancho Drive, 702-780-8376.
MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA
Watch the Knights on 13 screens while perched above their City National Arena practice ice, and sample from a quality food and beer menu. 1550 S. Pavilion Center Drive, 702-916-2999.
The group’s 50-plus locations — PT’s Gold, PT’s Pub, Sierra Gold and more — will feature 24-ounce trophy mugs filled with Bud and Bud Light for $20 during all VGK games, with refills for $3, along with other food and drink specials throughout the Final. Multiple locations, pteglv.com.
The resurrected old-school Vegas bar has been a fixture during the playoffs, offering sweet deals on food, frozen drinks and beer, along with free Knights-themed shots for each win. The 100-inch projection screen’s pretty tasty, too. 2601 Atlantic St., 702-684-5769.
Six of the neighborhood favorites’ locations are hosting watch parties throughout the Final — inside Boulder’s KIXX Lounge, Sunset’s Club Madrid, Texas’ South Padre, Santa Fe’s 4949 Lounge, Red Rock’s Rocks Lounge and Fiesta’s Cabo Lounge — with free admission, drink specials and VGK apparel giveaways. sclv.com.
Naturally, this longtime valley favorite — with three locations — has been a VGK go-to throughout the playoffs, thanks in part to apparel giveaways and gaming promotions during games. tbirdlounge.com.
The watch parties at this locals bar and grill are fan-friendly in the extreme: $2 Budweisers and Bud Lights, $3 craft beers, half-price appetizers and lots of screens to choose from. 4275 Dean Martin Drive, 702-261-6688.