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Game on, baby: These Vegas sports books bring the heat
by Jeannie Garcia
After a crazy exciting football season, the Big Game is just around the corner. Whether you’re cheering for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 7, you gotta do it the Vegas way. Why? The sports books in Vegas alone are worthy of their own team jerseys. We want to say watching here is better than the actual bleachers.
We know that’s a super bold statement but with stadium-style seating, larger-than-life viewing screens and an awesome vibe to match, Vegas is one of the prime destinations to root for your team. The entire experience on game day will be bananas.
“It’s not just about the game,” said Jay Kornegay, VP of Race and Sports SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. “It’s about all the other options and parties Vegas has to offer that make it very appealing for many.”
Plus, you won’t have to deal with obstructed views and long lines out of the parking lot. And since you’ll be amongst fellow fans, we’re sure you’ll be making friends and drinking brewskis together like old pals.
Check out a few of our favorite Vegas sports books:
SuperBook is not only the largest sports book in the world, it also has the largest LED video wall and its very own garage. Photo courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas.
SuperBook, SuperBook! Sorry, we couldn’t resist putting a little Rick James flair right there. Westgate Las Vegas calls it SuperBook for a reason. It spans almost 3,000 square feet, making it the largest sports book in the world. Heck, it even has its own designated parking garage!
The true gem here is the sports book’s massive 4K LED video wall that measures 20 feet high and 220 feet long. The pixel resolution is so clear (65 million pixels, to be exact), it’ll be like Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are right there with you.
“The atmosphere in the SuperBook will be electric,” said Kornegay. “I would compare it to being at the game itself. Many have said if you can’t go to the game, Las Vegas is the best place to experience the festivities. In recent years, many have said they prefer coming to Las Vegas than the game itself.”
SuperBook is an attraction on its own. The resort recently spent $13 million in sprucing up the place. The sports book has tri-level stadium seating, 300 lounge chairs, as well as a 60-seat bar that directly faces the LED video wall. There’s also VIP area with private seating, complete with leather armchairs and a big-screen TV. If you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s a deli nearby. Another cool perk? If smoke gets on your nerves, SuperBook has a smoke-free section called the Ultimate Fan Cave.
If you really want to take your experience to the next level, the hotel opens the International Theater, which houses more than 1,500 seats and a giant HD screen in a smoke-free environment. Admission is free, but seats will fill up fast.
Burgers, football and booze? Count us in! Photo courtesy of SLS Las Vegas.
What could be better than sports and beer? How about sports and a beer garden? Or, sports, a beer garden and burgers? That’s exactly what you’ll get at SLS Las Vegas’ William Hill Sports Book. This Vegas sports book teamed up with the hotel’s Umami Burger Beer Garden to create the ultimate game day experience.
The William Hill Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas has 91 seats total, 50 big-screen TVs and one giant six-foot-by-18-foot screen. You can watch the big game inside the restaurant, or outdoors at the beer garden. The outdoor beer garden has sweet views of the Strip and a sweet craft beer menu to match. If you’re here for the grub, the burgers are delish. There are a total of 50 big-screen TVs, along with one giant six-foot-by-18-foot screen.
On Sunday, Feb. 7 football fans can attend The Big Game Bash at Umami Burger. For $75 a person, the special viewing party comes with open bar and free goodies. Table packages, which include open bar and food credit, start at $100 per person.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Just in time for game day, the revamped sports book at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be double the size of its original layout. It will have a combination of lounge-style seating areas, traditional betting stations and separate VIP areas where you can have a 90-inch high-definition TV all to yourself.
Located on the casino floor, you can enjoy betting stations with plush seating, digitally-advanced viewing screens. Powered by CG Technology, there are more than a dozen high-definition TV screens, as well as a new race and sports bar with video poker and even more high-definition TVs.
Additionally, there will also be a new sports-themed table game area right next to the new race and sports book. It will have its own high-definition TVs and direct views of the main LED walls.
Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo
All Lagasse’s Stadium is missing is a championship ring. It’s been voted Top 10 Sports Bar in the U.S. by USA Today and Gayot. This swanky sports bar inside Palazzo has more than 100 HD TVs, including a nine-foot-by-16-foot main TV, plush stadium-style seating and luxury VIP box areas.
You can also dive into plenty of seafood options like chilled Alaskan king crab legs or seared Maine sea scallops atop creamy polenta with black truffle oil. We think you’ll enjoy just about everything from the Emeril Lagasse-designed food menu. On game day, enjoy pitchers of Bud Light for $15 (or buckets for $25). There’s a full bar in case you want a cocktail instead of a beer.
What we love about it is that there’s really not a bad seat in the house. But it’s the long couches (seen above) that sold us. It almost has a living room vibe, doesn’t it? Lagasse’s Stadium seats about 600 people.
The Playing Field, Planet Hollywood
Talk about a man cave. That’s the vibe we get with Planet Hollywood’s sports bar, The Playing Field. It feels more like a lounge than anything else. Tucked away in the corner of the casino, this sleek Vegas sports bar is the ideal place to chill out. It has about 75 lounge chairs, 33 flat-screen TVs, two jumbo screens and a VIP area. The bar offers draft beer yard-longs to add the right amount of rowdiness to this relaxed space.
It’s really hard to miss Caesars Palace’s sports book — it takes up so much space in the resort’s casino. You can watch the game from six 12-foot-by-15-foot screens, a 20-foot-by-50-foot LED board, as well as 12 50-inch plasma screens. Since we’re on a number kick, the sports book has a total of 223 TVs, if that gives you a better idea. There are plenty of comfy spots to watch the game… so comfy, you might be lounging here long after the game is over. And that’s OK. We’re sure the Romans would be doing the same thing.
Wynn Las Vegas
Now this is a vibe we’ll take any time of the year. Wynn Las Vegas is known for its fancy, upscale interior, and the sports book is no exception. Catch all the action on more than 50 TVs, as well as three 20-foot-by-20-foot big screens.
Located in the back of the sports book, the stylish lounge area is a perfect spot to round up your friends and root for your team. And if you’re hungry, the Zoozacrackers deli is right next to it. We highly recommend the deli’s vegan-friendly burger and shake meal.
Impress your date at these romantic Vegas restaurants
by Kristine McKenzie
Hey, guys! This is your two-week warning. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so if you don’t have a dinner reservation yet, you’d better get on it. Luckily there are lots of romantic places to take your Valentine’s Day date in Vegas, whether you’re looking for old school romance, something a little sexier or just a great view. Here are our suggestions:
Carbone at Aria
Italian food is always a good bet for date night and Carbone will help you turn it up a notch. The whole restaurant is beautiful, but if you want to impress your date, be sure to reserve a table in the restaurant’s Red Room, which was inspired by the Milan Opera and features a floor-to-ceiling Murano glass chandelier. There are also very romantic semi-private booths lining the room, which are perfect for couples.
Wine and dine with Italian favorites like veal marsala, lobster ravioli, chicken scarpariello and spicy rigatoni vodka paired with wines from Italy, France and America with vintages dating back to 1929.
Lago at Bellagio
It’s all about location at Lago at Bellagio. You’ll score points with your date if you grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows or a spot on the coveted outdoor patio. Lago offers stunning views of the Bellagio Fountains as well as the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas across the street.
The view isn’t the only impressive thing here. The food is pretty darn good too. Michelin Star chef Julian Serrano serves fresh Italian cuisine, seafood favorites and delectable desserts.
Rivea at The Delano
If you’re looking for a place with that “wow” factor, head to Rivea on the 64th floor of The Delano for amazing 180-degree views of the Strip and cuisine from renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
The restaurant has stunning views from inside the dining room as well as an outdoor balcony. Enjoy food inspired by the markets of Provence and Italy and then head next door to the beautiful Skyfall Lounge for handcrafted after-dinner cocktails. Skyfall offers equally amazing views and an outdoor patio perfect for taking in the scenery.
Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas
We all know Paris is the City of Love but if you can’t get overseas for Valentine’s Day, this is the next best thing. Las Vegas has a faux Eiffel Tower with a gourmet restaurant 100 feet above the Strip. The restaurant offers views of the Bellagio Fountains across the street from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Dine on fine French food like foie gras, escargots, a variety of steaks and seafood. The Eiffel Tower restaurant is a great place to pop the question with its special proposal packages, which include things like a window table, a custom dinner menu, champagne, roses and a photo. Engagement rings can also be delivered in a special handmade ring box or with a special dessert.
Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens
If you want to get old school classy, take your date to Hugo’s Cellar downtown. The restaurant, which opened in 1973, still has that ’60s and ’70s Vegas gourmet room vibe and service. Everything is nostalgic here from the brick lined walls to the booths to the fact that all ladies are presented with a rose when they arrive.
Hugo’s offers great tableside services you just don’t see in many restaurants today – and a great value. The restaurant serves hearty steaks, lamb, chicken and more. Included with your main course is Hugo’s tableside salad, bottled water, assorted breads, sorbet to cleanse your palate, vegetable, potato and chocolate dipped strawberries, apricots and baby figs with a fresh cream dip for dessert.
F. Pigalle, 508 Fremont St.
If you are looking for something on the steamier side for Valentine’s Day, head to F. Pigalle. The intimate restaurant is named for the red light district of Paris and the décor reflects that theme. The “F” in F. Pigalle stands for fondue, which is basically the entire menu. You and your date can share cheese, steak or shrimp fondue for dinner and dip sweet treats in chocolate fondue for dessert. Head outside after dinner to the red-lit patio out back for cocktails.
Alizé at the Palms
Alizé is celebrated Chef André Rochat’s French restaurant atop the 56th floor of the Palms’ tower. With breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and beyond, the atmosphere at Alizé is definitely romantic.
Cuisine at Alizé includes classic French dishes like escargots, pan-seared foie gras, French onion soup and a delicious Dover sole. For Valentine’s Day guests can enjoy a five-course dinner while admiring the 280-degree panoramic view.
Alizé also has special treasure chest boxes for occasions like Valentine’s Day. The guest receives a key and gets to open the chest. Inside the treasure chest there is an ornately decorated cake — a great way to treat your date to a special dessert or perhaps pop the big question if you want to put a ring in the box as well.
Top of the World at Stratosphere
Of course a restaurant atop the tallest building west of the Mississippi offers fabulous views. But Top of the World at the Stratosphere hotel really goes over the top, rotating 360 degrees throughout your meal to offer views of the entire Las Vegas valley.
The meal begins with an elevator ride more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. From there, guests are led to an elegant dining room with angled floor-to-ceiling windows where they can dine on gourmet steak and seafood dishes
The restaurant is perfect for proposals with special packages that include roses, a photo, champagne and a chocolate box for the ring presentation.
Giada at The Cromwell
Giada, from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, has a beautiful dining room that offers beautiful views of the Strip and Bellagio fountains across the street. The large garage-style windows are also retractable, giving guests an al fresco dining experience when the weather is nice.
The cuisine features Italian dishes with lighter California influences. On Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be serving a tasting menu with antipasti for two, a choice of risotto or pasta, a choice of main entree and a dessert of either drunken berries over vanilla semifreddo or a dark chocolate macaroon cake.
Costa di Mare at Wynn
Costa di Mare serves fresh Mediterranean seafood and Italian coastal cuisine from Chef Mark LoRusso. The restaurant works with local fisherman and markets from every region in Italy to offer things like langoustines, Mediterranean blue, spiny, and slipper lobsters, imperial red prawns and daily specials like Venetian soft-shell crab.
There are two levels of seating inside, but if you really want to get romantic, reserve a semi-private table surrounding an intimate lagoon outside.