Embrace The Madness!
If you really wanna feel the madness of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, there’s no better place to be than Las Vegas.
We mean it.
No. Better. Place.
But you gotta do it right. There are so many games. So many people. So much action.
You’re gonna need a plan. This is not the time to wing it.
And here’s where the viewing party comes into play. Vegas offers a wide range of options when it comes to watching the games. You could spend all day reading about it. But we'll give you something to digest in just a few minutes.
Here are four different types of March Madness viewing parties in Las Vegas along with specific recommendations. There’s something for everyone on this list. Find the one that works best for you and we’ll see you in Vegas!
1. The Mainstream Option
The marquee event in many Las Vegas hotel casinos consists of a major party set-up in a ballroom or theater, along with a range of other options in casino bars and lounges as well.
Let’s take Caesar’s Palace as a typical example. The main party at Caesar’s costs $199 per person per day of the tournament. This includes broadcasts of all the games, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar stocked with Miller Lite and Coors Light, free giveaways from Miller Lite and Coors Light models, and conveniently located live betting stations.
Alternatives at Caesar’s include reserved seating in the sports book, a living room set-up at the Montecristo Library lounge, and seating at ALTO bar as well. Call 702-731-7788 for prices and details.
Similar offerings can be found at many of your favorite Vegas hotel casinos. Perhaps the most popular of these is the party at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. Tickets are $200-300 but be warned this one sells out quick. Cosmopolitan’s “Hoops and Hops” party is great too. This one runs $200 a day, but they do offer a 2-day pass for $350.
Planet Hollywood and the Flamingo offer their own versions of the Caesar’s ballroom party for the slightly lower price of $149 per person. You might do even better price wise at viewing parties at the Joint at Hard Rock, Rhumbar at the Mirage, the beer garden at Paris, or Monte Carlo’s Double Barrel Roadhouse.
2. The “Cost-Effective” Option
For those who prefer not to spend the hefty admission for some of the mainstream parties, there are cheaper options as well. The D offers a free party downtown. Additional free parties can be found at the Orleans, South Point, Treasure Island, Stratosphere, and Dick’s Last Resort at Excalibur. El Cortez and the Gold Coast are free as well, with dollar hot dogs and two dollar beers thrown in for good measure.
3. The Luxury Option
If you really wanna blow it out, and/or if you’re rolling with a large group, some hotel casinos offer lavish VIP packages. A great option this year is the Man Cave package at Planet Hollywood. Located on the mezzanine level over the casino, these offer exclusive living room viewing areas, private high-end buffets, premium open bars, private TVs and VIP betting stations.
Each man cave holds up to nine people for a total price of $2875 (with balcony) or $2587.50 (without balcony). Up to three more people can be added to either option for an additional fee. These packages tend to book fast, but at least check if there are still some openings. Call 702-785-5838 for more info.
4. The “Off the Board” Option
If you’re looking for something a bit different, the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club adds a new wrinkle to the March Madness experience. All games are broadcasted on huge screens but there are other sights to see as well in this particular venue. Good for the multitasker in all of us. If the idea of getting a lap dance while watching your favorite team try and penetrate the 1-3-1 half court zone sounds exciting, this may by the choice for you. Drink specials and buffets are offered too. Call 702-637-0790 for details.
If your hedonistic tastes run more towards the culinary, another interesting option is the Umami Burger Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS, which offers tons of TVs, great high end burgers and open bar ticket packages starting at $50 as well as table options for larger groups.
For a more traditional sports bar atmosphere, also with great food, you might consider the Yard House at the LINQ.
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