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Hoops on the Strip: Score With These Sweet Deals

Last updated: March 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm. Posted by in Around The Empire, Las Vegas Hotels, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Hoops on the Strip: Score With These Sweet Deals.

Nothing in sports beats the first weekend of the annual college basketball tournament. Thursday and Friday (March 15 – 16) feature 16 games a day with all the college basketball upsets one could hope for. The following two days see the original field of 68 teams whittled down to the remaining 16. All the clichés are true – it’s “one and done,” players “leave it all out on the floor,” and March is a time, “when legends are built.” So why not make it a legendary weekend in Las Vegas?

If you can’t be courtside, watching one of the regions play out live, then there’s no better place to catch all the action than in Las Vegas. These three weeks of frenzied college basketball, with the final games wrapping up March 31 before the April 2 National Championship game, are what sports books and sports bars were built for – places to enjoy all the action with fellow crazed fans.

Best Places To Watch Hoops On The Strip

First off, for those of you who might not be able to make the trip but think you can create the perfect bracket, here’s your chance to win a cool million. Sign up at and prove your bracket supremacy. And if you miss a few games, there is still a bevy of prizes to be won. If you can predict 60 or more games correctly, you walk away with $25k. More importantly, the person who ends up with the most points in the challenge not only wins bragging rights, but also a trip for two to Las Vegas. Second place wins a 50-inch 4k HDTV. So start asking yourself now, “How many three seeds will lose to 14 seeds?”

Remember, if you’re not actually calling in sick to work during this hoops fest, you can still place a sports wager from anywhere in Nevada, if you’re 21 and up that is. Use Caesars Sports the mobile sports book wagering app, when you want to place a bet and can’t make it to the book.

In Las Vegas, every sports bar will be an all-day party with overdoses on buzzer-beaters, upsets and busted brackets. But if you need to move around and get away from the book for a while, plenty of bars offer up incentives in addition to the games.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book- Best place to watch hoops on The Strip

Make sure to reserve a comfy chairs at Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book. Your rear end will thank you. Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

At Caesars Palace, the newly remodeled Race & Sports Book is the place to be. It’s got a 138-foot LED video wall that boasts a possible 96 different screen configurations and is the largest on the Vegas Strip. It’s also the only place with brand new personalized ListenWifi technology, allowing guests to stream sound for any game shown through an iPhone or Android device. That’s right; you can now see your game and hear it too. Food and beverage packages for the Race & Sports Book start at $100. Reserve your seat here.

Just steps from the Race & Sports Book, Alto Bar offers a sweet setup where guests can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $299 per person per day or a three-day package for $750. If you want to really prove you’ve got game, book the “He Got Game” package in the bar’s private room for $10,000 for a group of 20 friends. This includes a food and drink package plus a team jersey of choice for each member of the group. Book your package here. Baller status!

The Vista Cocktail Lounge will be serving food from Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and offers bottle service. Enjoy the games from this plush ultralounge setting. Table service starts at $500 for groups of four, six or eight, and can be reserved here.

Best places to watch hoops on The Strip- Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace

In your face action at the Montecristo Cigar Bar and Lounge where smoking is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Montecristo Cigar Bar and Lounge will also have specials for those who want to light up a stogie while they watch hoops, perhaps a victory cigar after their underdog team knocks off a higher seed. Guests can reserve their own personal “Living Room” setups in the Montecristo Library, featuring games on the floor-to-ceiling video wall, or chill in the Courtyard with several flat screen TVs. Reserve your package here. Options include:

  • Library VIP seating offers two chairs and one table with access to two flat screens and the video wall. Reservations start at $500 and include a bucket of domestic beer and a Montecristo cigar for each guest.
  • Library Sectionals offer a large sectional couch, seating two to three guests, with access to two flat screens and the video wall. Reservations start at $500 and include one bucket of domestic beer and a Montecristo cigar for each guest.
  • Library Living Rooms offer primo seating in front of the video wall on a comfortable leather couch with two oversized leather arm chairs and two tables. These areas seat four to five guests comfortably and include two buckets of beer plus a Montecristo cigar for each guest. Reservations are $1000 and up per Living Room.
  • Courtyard VIP Sectional Seating includes a combination of couches and chairs with access to the two large flat screens. Areas will comfortably seat four to six guests. Reservations start at $1000 and include two buckets of beer and a Montecristo cigar for each guest.
  • Courtyard Man Cave seating features four oversized chairs and a table with a large flat screen TV located directly in front of you. Your area will comfortably seat four guests. Reservations start at $1000 and include two buckets of beer plus a Montecristo cigar for each guest.

Bally’s Las Vegas

Sneak down to the lower level of the hotel and casino to discover the ultimate basketball lover’s hideaway, the Bally’s Race & Sports Book. It’s got multiple big-screen projectors and HDTVs plus drink packages ranging from $35-$125. Reserve your spot here.

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The Cromwell

“Sugar” Shane Mosley places commemorative bet at The Cromwell’s all-new sports book on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

“Sugar” Shane Mosley places commemorative bet at The Cromwell’s all-new sports book on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Photo by Edison Graff/Kabik Photo Group.

Enjoy the games in the new Sports Book at The Cromwell. Seats start at $250 per day and include a bucket of beer or three drink tickets. Reserve your seat here.

Check out the games via projector screen at Interlude Lounge, which is also offering three drink tickets plus a voucher for delicious chili-covered Barbary dogs or pizza from nearby Eatwell. The sleek Bound Bar offers a similar package, with intimate lounge seating and craft cocktails. Packages at both venues start at $150. To book please email or call 702-777-3790.

Flamingo Las Vegas

If you’re feeling lucky, head to Garden Bar where raffle prizes are up for grabs throughout the games. Food and drink packages start at $75 per person, available Saturday and Sunday only, and include a bucket of beers and food from Café To Go. Book online or call 702-604-8801.

Keep a relaxed island vibe at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, no matter how much of a nail biter your game turns into. Food and beverage packages start at $75 per person and include a bucket of beers and snacks while you watch on a large projector screen. If the competition on the screen’s not enough for you, challenge your buddies to beer pong while you watch. Book online or call 702-604-8801.

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Harrah’s Las Vegas

Make the most of the newly renovated Race & Sports Book at Harrah’s Las Vegas and catch all the action on more than 40 HDTVs plus two giant screens. Food and drink packages with premium seating start at $150 and you can score prizes and giveaways throughout the game.

Carnaval Court at Harrah's Las Vegas has all the hoops action during the basketball tournament

Catch all the hoops action and all the bartender action at Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Up the action ante by opting for a Carnaval Court outdoor man cave and enjoy flair bartending plus an open-air street party vibe. Packages include a VIP table for six guests and a bottle of Skyy Vodka, starting at $350. There will be heaters if it’s chilly. Please call 702-693-6138 to book your package.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar offers free viewing on 28 TVs and the Big Screen sprawled across the stage.

Paris Las Vegas

Grab a burger while watching the basketball games on the Las Vegas Strip.

Burgers and basketball. A winning combo at Le Burger Brasserie. Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

Those looking to chomp down on a hearty meal as the games begin should check out Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas, which features a hoops menu with special breakfast items as well. The restaurant opens early at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, for all your watching and munching needs. To book a seat, please call 702-946-4347 or send an email.

Place your bets at the Paris Race & Sports Book then chill in the comfortable seating at Le Bar Du Sport to watch all the games with food and beverage packages ranging from $25-$250. For reservations, please call 702-348-9033 or send an email.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino and LINQ Promenade

If you can’t be courtside, try poolside. Catch all the games by The POOL at The LINQ with a package that starts at $99 and includes a premium game day buffet featuring wings from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar plus fun giveaways. Reserve a seat here. Cabanas are also available to rent.

TAG Sports Bar has no cover charge and better yet, offers great drink specials during the games. Choose from 48 oz. pitches of Miller Lite or Coors Light for $15, select brands You-Call-It for $10, and more.

Basketball fans head over to Virgil's Real BBQ for great food and drink specials

Eat. Watch. Repeat. Virgil’s Real BBQ.

Outside on The LINQ Promenade, you can watch all the basketball action on multiple TVs at Virgil’s Real Barbecue. The tasty restaurant features many styles of BBQ, best sampled with the Pig Out, which includes generous portions of Memphis pork spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and Kansas BBQ chicken. Make the most of their food and drink packages and score some fun giveaways. Fans can enjoy an open bar beginning the first game until halftime of last game on Thursday, March 15 for $150, Friday, March 16 for $150, Saturday, March 17 for $125 and Sunday, March 18 for $100.

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Planet Hollywood

Have the ultimate viewing experience with your own Planet Hollywood Man Cave at the London Club area on The Mezz level. The caves include premium drinks, a private buffet with high-end offerings, exclusive living room viewing space and giveaways by Miller Lite and Coors Light models, while you watch the action from all four regions. Book your spot here.

Heart Bar has many drink specials including $8 Miller and Coors Light, $13 Absolut Bloody Marys or El Jimador Bloody Marias and $13 Crown Royal or Crown Apple Shots.

Relax and cover all the main game day food groups adjacent to the Race & Sports Book at Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders with food and beverage packages starting at $125 along with other drink specials. To reserve at Heart Bar or Ringer, please call 702-523-4977 or send an email.

Planet Hollywood is also giving guests the opportunity to watch the Hoops on the Strip viewing party for March’s men’s college tournament.  If you have the chance, you can drop by the Criss Angel theater which is hosting a viewing party where you can enjoy a 40-foot screen, all while lounging in theater-style seats.

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Check out the games from the futuristic iBar.

Check out the games from the futuristic iBar. Photo courtesy of Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

iBar has TVs lining the entire venue so it’s the perfect place to watch the games. Food and drink packages with reserved seating start at $150 and there’s also open seating as well.

Feed your crew in the Rio Sports Book with tasty game day favorites from the nearby Sports Deli. Grab a food package for $75 that includes two orders of mozzarella sticks, 24 wings, a five-topping pizza and a bucket of domestic beers.

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