It’s March, and you know what that means: more buzzer beaters, bracket busters and Cinderella stories than you can shake a stick at. Las Vegas is the place to be during the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. If you’ve yet to solidify your March Madness plans this year, consider the following options to satiate your hoops fever.
This swanky, central Strip hotel’s 40,000-square-foot ballroom, The Belmont, will play host to one of the city’s premier tournament viewing parties. Hoops & Hops tips off March 16. The Belmont will be transformed into an “exclusive, luxurious sports lounge” complete with satellite betting stations, 12 stadium-style screens and gourmet food from the property’s “acclaimed culinary collection.” There will probably be hotdogs too. Additionally, college basketball fans can shoot some hoops of their own on the hardwood court in between trips to the open bar. A single day pass will set you back $200, but you’ll receive entry into Marquee Nightclub March 17.
If you’ve never been to a Topgolf location, it’s kind of like a cross between a driving range, bowling alley and Las Vegas nightclub. Four massive screens down range ensure you won’t miss any madness while it’s your turn to hit. Only $50 gets you into one day of the viewing parties. You’ll also score a bucket of domestic beer, taco plate and commemorative Topgolf Las Vegas shirt. Don’t worry. Conveniently located steps from the hitting bays is a full service sports book where you can wager on all of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Golf, basketball, beer and tacos? Just take our money already!
The popular Downtown Las Vegas hotel always throws a good party, and this year’s March Hoops Viewing Parties will be no different. Grab at least four friends and party in a private “VIP Mancave,” available in 4-, 6- and 8-hour blocks. The VIP packages include open bar, unlimited stadium-style food from American Coney Island (the location in The D was the first to open outside of Detroit), multiple televisions, a personal cocktail server and easy access to sports betting and table games. Packages are available March 16 through 19. While at The D, be sure to stop by the vintage gaming floor and play some of the old school, coin-in-coin-out gaming machines.
The newest entertainment venue in Las Vegas, MGM Grand’s Level Up is billed as lounge entertainment ushering in a “new era in interactive, skill-based fun,” which is really a fancy way of describing a boozy adult arcade. Comfortable couches surround high-tech gaming tables loaded with favorite arcade classics, a bubble hockey game beckons from just beyond the bar, and the world’s first indoor laser golf course challenges the adventurous to go low. Oh yeah, and plenty of televisions will be showing all the tournament action. Though, you might be a little distracted. Throw in the two dozen varieties of craft beer on tap and a live DJ, and you’ve got a March Madness party for the ages.
If you simply want to place some bets, grab a beer and watch some basketball, there is no better place than Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. It’s the largest sports book in town and boasts the world’s largest LED video wall. Yeah, you should be able to see a game or two. It’s here you’ll find Vegas’ most comprehensive sports betting menu. We’re talkin’ all the standard bets in addition to proposition and comparative sports bets. You can also download the mobile app that allows you to make a bet without having to give up that prime seat next to the SuperBook Deli. All gamblers need to know is that when sports media pundits talk about Vegas odds, they’re getting them from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Quite possibly the ultimate sports bar, Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo offers all the convenience of a sports book with the added bonus of an extensive Emeril Lagasse menu. More than 100 televisions, including a behemoth nine-foot-by-16-foot main screen, means every seat is a good seat, but the best seats in the house are found in the luxury boxes. If you need a break from all the madness, you can shoot some pool or hang out on the Strip-side patio. USA Today named Lagasse’s Stadium one of the 10 best sports bars in the nation. Reservations are required for the tournament. Patio seating requires a $200 food and beverage minimum. Indoor seating requires each guest to spend at least $300 on food and drinks. This kind of cash ensures you have a table from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Offering one of the most well-appointed sports books in Downtown Las Vegas, Golden Nugget is the perfect place to wager on the dance. What it lacks in square footage, the Golden Nugget race and sports book makes up in televisions. The plush venue boasts more televisions per square foot than any other sports book in Nevada. After you place your bets, relax by the shark tank, the property’s $30 million pool facilities. The casino will be hosting viewing parties March 16 through 19 at both the shark tank and the elegant ballroom for those who prefer a little less desert sun. The ticketed events include all-you-can-eat buffets and premium drink tickets.
Las Vegas is one of the preeminent destinations for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Just about every corner of the Strip is going to make a play for hoops fans’ attention. It will be hard to go wrong with any Vegas bar or club this March. Let us know some of your favorite Vegas spots to catch a game at in the comments section. Don’t forget to download our Ultimate Vegas Packing List 2.0 to ensure you have everything you need to do March Madness up right!