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Best places to watch NFL games.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Vegas Chat' started by FilthyMcNasty, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. FilthyMcNasty

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    I'll be in Vegas in September . Will be week 2 of the NFL season. I'll be staying at ti. Looking for peoples favorite places to watch football in Vegas. Also with your favorites do they require reservations, minimum food and beverage? Thanks alot for your suggestions. Seems every year I never learn and am scrambling Sunday morning to find a place to watch. Go Vikes!!
     
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    It's not the most popular choice but I'm a fan of the book at Mandalay Bay.

    Typically not overcrowded, the deli there is solid, drink service pretty good.

    The Superbook obviously but, to me, it's way too crowded on Sundays to enjoy the games. Same with Caesars, but you have to give up your first born to get a chair there.
     
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    Given that you'll be at TI, you might want to try Mirage; it's not all that big, and I can't speak to how easy it is to get a seat there, but they renovated it relatively recently and I'm a big fan of that giant screen. If you want to watch multiple games at once, Aria is pretty good -- they have a bunch of smaller (but not "small") TV screens, rather than the mission control setup at Mandalay, Bellagio, Mirage, etc. MGM is solid in this regard, too, though food isn't as readily available (Aria's book is right next to Five50).
     
  4. undathesea

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    I've done Vegas for during regular season football Sunday for about 15 years. I've done everything from any early morning scramble for anything available to making reservations way in advance (i've done playoff and super bowl as well... but those are different animals).

    I've done Aria a several times but not in many years. The sports book is about half of what it used to be and it used to be getting there a minimum of two hours early would get you a seat. The earlier, the better the quality. It's too small though, IMO.

    I've never done MB or the Super Book, so I can't comment on those options.

    I've done Lagasse's Stadium about 4 or 5 times in a reserved seat. Twice in the stadium and two or three times elsewhere. IMO, if you're not in the stadium, it isn't worth it. Their "book" is SUPER slow and the line gets REALLY long. Last time I was there... There were about 20 people in line and it took well over an hour to get to the front... I had to call a friend at the Mirage to place my bet for me. Used to be you could call 60 days in advance to book there... don't know what the deal is now.

    Many Caesars properties are taking reservations now. I've done Caesars twice now. I think it was $150 just for the seat and only for the morning and afternoon games. Sunday night was another $150. I think they also gave you a few drink tickets... though I can't recall. I believe they have a VIP option for $300, slightly better elevated seats and more drinks. You have to check each CET property to see whether or not they do reservations. It's hit or miss. Truthfully, I didn't feel like it was worth the money to me.

    I've did Venetian many times before they sold their book... I hate their seats now and someone told me they have a ridiculous bet minimum for a seat on Sunday... like $1k. Not sure if that's true or not, but I generally steer clear of them these days. The old book was solid, IMO.

    I've probably been at Mirage the most out of any of my trips, including the last two years. In those last two years, for roughly $165 (that's including the taxes) you could get a reserved seat on their sofas in a reserved section with all you can drink booze. Not too bad, IMO. The seat is yours for the entire day and you can come and go as you please. It has its own servers and bar... so there's never a wait. They also have many seats in the section that can be reserved through the Food and Beverage Manager. Outside of the reserved seating, there are seats available, but you have to get there early to get one.

    Some bars in the casinos... like Clique at the Cosmo... do football as well. You have to check with them to find out about their individual packages.

    If you're interested in just watching "your team," there are also several bars around town that are "team" bars. You can find a list of those online for your favorite team and if you're not interested in betting and want to take a gamble on being able to find a ride back to the strip after a game, those might be the way to go.

    I've also done Wynn a few times, but that was the first place I went long ago... so any info would be outdated. I've also done ESPN Zone, that's long since been closed.

    My best advice: Do football in the book at the resort you're staying at or one that's very close. Get there 2+ hours early if you don't want to reserve a seat. Go with a friend and get there 3 hours early and take turns waiting if possible. If you don't want the hassle, reserve a seat somewhere and drop by the book on Saturday to ensure your reservation is there and that you're good to go. Do some recon on Saturday no matter what... especially if you just plan to show up early. More than once I've come down to a book to find all of the seats reserved and/or taken and me scrambling to generate a plan b for a large group (hence ESPN Zone).

    If you leave the strip, it might be tough getting back. I'm sure Uber makes that better though.
     
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    Thanks for all the informed responses. Gives me some ideas now to find a good place to watch the games. Thanks people.
     
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    My favorite way to watch Sunday games was in a cabana at the pool. Doesn't sound like that's exactly what you're looking for but we had a blast doing it that way.
     
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    We've thought about doing it in a cabana. We just like having all the games to watch. Plus the pool we use they blast the music so loud wouldn't even be able to hear the TV.
     
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    So when you say at mirage it's roughly $165 to reserve an area. Is that per person?
     
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    Yup. Per person. BUT, it is a full day of all you can drink and a reserved seat in a prime area in the book. Come and go as you please.

    A little on the expensive side, but given it's about a 12 hour event (I think they start an hour early), it breaks down to about $14/hour.

    That's about one Jack Daniels in terms of mirage sports book pricing.

    Just make sure you eat something.
     
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    I forgot about this, but it's a good point. At Bellagio, for example, I think both Hyde and Lily open early on Sundays for football and have specials; though not traditional sports bars, they roll in a bunch of TVs and projectors. I'm sure there are other similar setups.
     
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    I’m eager to see if the new Moneyline sportsbook bar at Park MGM will be offering table reservations for football season. If anyone is gonna be passing through there can you ask a bartender for me?
     
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    Great info!! I see that the prices are up on the websit at $163 with taxes.

    Do they show all the games across the tv screen? Is it hard to see all of them?
     
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    I believe they show every single game. I can't remember not being able to find a game somewhere in the book.

    The way it works, the game with the greatest handle gets sound and the biggest screen. It goes down from there. Least bet games are on the smallest and in the worst location.

    At least, that's what I've been told.
     
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    I’m in Vegas that same weekend, our group got a man cave at the downtown events center (https://dlvec.com/downtown-watch-zone/) first time trying this

    SKOL
     
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    Yes. That looks interesting. Could be a blast.
     
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    Great responses. I am a big fan of the Mirage sports book if you can get a (very) early seat, and enjoyed the Mandalay book last fall on a Sunday. Not too crowded.
    SP Jeff mentioned the Downtown watch zone. I believe that place has been exploding in popularity in last 2 years, and looks like a lot of fun.

    Super bowl had multiple thousands of tickets sold, if I remember correctly.
     
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    Do you know are drinks included with the rental of a man cave?
     
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    Drinks are, the deposit is considered towards a beverage minimum spend. I think ours cost $500 for that particular Sunday. Food is not included, however, food trucks are nearby?
     
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    They created that a few years ago and while it looks interesting, I like betting on all the games and I need a book close by. I could download the William Hill app and bet, but I believe it requires an upfront deposit which is a hassle and requires me to plan ahead and make two special trips to deposit and pick up cash. I'd rather be in a book and hand over cash for cash.

    It's also off strip on a busy day and makes it hard to get back to the strip. And while being outside all day doesn't sound all that bad, Vegas weather can be tricky and sun glare might not make viewing the games from a distance enjoyable.

    I'm actually interested in watching the games and betting on then more than I'm looking party. But, if partying were my goal, this would probably be something I'd probably check out.

    I'd also check out the Westgate. You can party AND bet there. But again, it's a little too off-strip.
     
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