by Sara Childress
Whether it’s 3rd and inches, the last free throw, a no-hitter or a shoot-out, there is no better place to catch the action than your favorite sports bar. Being a true fan takes dedication. Sure there are ways to keep up on all the stats without watching, but then you’re not really a “highlights” person. You want the blow-by-blow, play-by-play experience of the game. In other words, you’re a diehard fan. While there’s nothing better than being at the game, that’s not always possible. So where can you find the revelry and camaraderie (and, let’s be honest, the harmless trash talk with fans from the opposing team) you crave? The sports bar. We scouted the scene to create this best-of-the-best list. All you need to do is throw on your gear, grab your crew and cheer your team to victory.
Vagabond at Excalibur
This high-energy, newly opened restaurant boasts a delicious menu, extensive beverage and draft beer options , arcade games, and live entertainment.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Vagabond's causal atmosphere is perfect for those who want to kick back and enjoy the game. Splurge on savory starters, specialty sandwiches, tasty shareables and sweet desserts that will create the perfect game-day fuel.
DON'T MISS: We suggest the Vagaburger featuring smoked pork belly, black angus, fried onion, and BBQ sauce. Ask for the special menu that has the beer and shot pairings, you will not be disappointed!
Tap Sports Bar at MGM Grand
Calling all fans. With three destinations across the country these bars offer it all, including memorabilia from some of the greatest athletes in history. While you’re there, sample the award-winning short-rib chili; it’s blue-ribbon approved.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With a whopping 60 HD flat-screen TVs, there’s no better place to keep the live action in full view.
DON’T MISS: Go Big by upgrading any brew on tap to a 24-oz. glass or Go Bigger and get a one liter mug.
Five50 Pizza at ARIA
WHAT TO EXPECT: Savor a slice of pizza that’s anything but typical. James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain puts his spin on classic East Coast-style pizza. Stop in here to cheer your team to victory with refinement.
DON’T MISS: Signature pies loaded with the freshest ingredients, making each bite a mini culinary masterpiece. Or go for a selection of salumi and cheeses from the Mozzarella Bar.
The STILL at The Mirage
WHAT TO EXPECT: A sports junkie haven featuring 65” flat-screen TVs (27 of them to be precise) and more than 50 craft beers. Add in gourmet bar bites and desserts – including Deep Fried Oreos – and it becomes the ultimate man (or lady) cave.
DON’T MISS: An original Hop-Tail, the perfect marriage of craft brews and top-shelf spirits.
Moneyline at Park MGM
WHAT TO EXPECT: Moneyline Sports Book & Bar has everything you need for gaming, gambling and cheering on your favorite team—but it's also a great spot in town for a beer and a burger. With the Sports Book, Sports Bar and Side Betty Grill all here under one roof, there's no need to tear yourself away from the action.
DON’T MISS: The full bar caters to all tastes, with a fun lineup of local craft brews and cocktails on draft, like margaritas and bourbon iced tea.
Beerhaus at The Park
WHAT TO EXPECT: Beer nerds rejoice. This classic American beer hall serves up favorites and craft brews paired with savory sausages and sandwiches. Grab a pint and challenge your pals to Giant Jenga and Cornhole among others. Loser buys all.
DON’T MISS: Haus Party! The daily happy hour 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. with $4 select draft beer and $4 dogs.
Public House at Luxor
WHAT TO EXPECT: This popular hangout combines a cool vibe with tasty bar food and an extensive beer menu including in-house Beer Mixology selections.
DON’T MISS: $5 16-oz. drafts beers and well drinks every day. Monday - Friday 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.