Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest events, conventions and celebrations, but few can compare to the four days in March that completely captivate the sports world. March Madness will take full effect on March 20th at approximately 9:20 a.m. and the craziness will take over Las Vegas. If you love nonstop basketball action, last second buzzer beaters and wagers galore all while you are enjoy cocktails, world-class food and the biggest televisions in the world, nothing beats these four days and Las Vegas is like no other place in the world when it comes to taking it all in.
The first thing you need to do is put a plan together and get prepared for March Madness. You don’t just show up in Las Vegas on Thursday morning and think you are going to walk right into hoop heaven. First thing you need to do is book a room and the sooner the better, by the time March rolls around the supply is going to be limited and with that the rules of supply in demand go into full effect. Plan early where you are going to watch the games, waiting until tipoff on Thursday morning might leave you standing for most of the day. Don’t be shocked to see people grabbing seats at the sports book at the crack of dawn or earlier. Don’t forget wagering, that is what separates Las Vegas from the rest of the world and like the rest of this lesson, timing is everything. If you try to get a bet in for the first game of the day at 9 a.m., forget it. The lines are long and there are plenty of people who are going to be a the betting window for a while trying to figure out the game and number of what games they want to wager on. Getting your wagers in on Wednesday will make your life much easier when Thursday comes along. Now that you have all of that accomplished the rest of the weekend relies upon location, location, location and Splash Magazines Worldwide has the definitive list of venues that you will have the most fun watching all of the games at.
If you want your own private box MGM has created the setting just for you with the Skyboxes at the MGM Grand's Race & Sports Book. You will feel like you are in an arena, but instead of watching one game you will be overlooking every game that is going on. A sports book is the best place to watch March Madness so you can only imagine how amazing taking in the games from the Skyboxes would be.
The Skyboxes offer a second-level view and can comfortably host up to ten guests while the larger SkyBox 2 and SkyBox 3 can be configured to comfortably accommodate up to twenty guests and you will get your own beverage server and complimentary food. In addition the boxes are equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs and surround-sound audio systems and the latest video game systems. The MGM Grand's Race & Sports Book also made grabbing your own food convenient as it is adjacent to the Stage Deli. For more information visit MGM Grand's Race & Sports Book or call 1-800-776-7824
One of the best sports books to watch March Madness is at ARIA. ARIA will have all of the games covered with a pair of 220 inch televisions to go along with 90 more high-definition screens. When you are going to be watching games for 12 hours you want to make sure you are comfortable and ARIA has plush couches and chairs along with a VIP area and full drink and food service. ARIA also has plenty of betting windows and they also have two self-bet kiosks so you can wager on your own for all sports. The best part of the ARIA sports book is what is next door, Five50 Pizza Bar from Executive Chef Shawn McClain. Five50 is a fantastic restaurant with a full menu and bar, but for March Madness the fact that you can quickly grab a slice of gourmet pizza and get back to the games will make your viewing experience perfect.
If you are staying at the ARIA and you are looking for something in additon to your hoops action you can get the ARIA Madness package. This fantastic package includes VIP access to HAZE Nightclub, LIQUID Pool Lounge (with ladies’ open champagne bar) and 2-for-1 drinks at Gold Boutique Nightclub and the DEUCE Lounge along with a stay in one of ARIA’s luxurious rooms.
The Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, inside The Shops at Crystals, will be celebrating March Madness from March 17th through March 30th with a special Marzo Pazzia "March Madness" menu in the bar area while showing all of the games on three TV's on three sides of the bar as well as projecting games on a wall in the restaurant using their projector.
$4 per Item
Stuffed Sweet Peppers…Herbed Goat Cheese, Basil Oil
Panzerotti “Pizza Bites”…Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Marinara Sauce
Tuscan Popcorn…Rosemary-Garlic Salt, Parmesan
10oz Bud Light Draft
Sobieski & Sobieski Cytron Vodka (1.5oz)
Glass of Red or White Sangria
Shrimp Spiedini…Pepperonata , Lemon
Baked Artichoke & Spinach…Calabrian Chile, Flat Bread
Grilled Pork Belly Panini…Arugula, Garlic Aioli
Glass of Beringer Cabernet
Glass of Anabella Chardonnay
$16 per Item
Steamed Manila Clams…Guanciale, Oregano, Ciabatta
Prosciutto Pizza…Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Pecorino
Artisanal Meat Platter…Italian Meats, Artichokes, Olives
67oz Pitcher of Full Sail Amber Ale
Pitcher of Red or White Sangria
Bottle of Nuschese Pinot Grigio
What could be the definitive March Madness package is taking place at Carmine’s inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. How you and 24 of your closest friends taking over a man cave that includes TVs, video games, comfy recliners and a beer pong table. Available on game days March 20 – 23 and 27 – 30 in a private dining room and throw in all day feast of family-style Italian favorites including a 45-ounce Porterhouse Contadina that rivals any steakhouse in the city and of course bottomless cocktails, beer and wine. This package will set you back $50,000 but that is not all you get, this package takes you from tipoff until well into the next morning.
Bragging rights and a $1,000 will be on the line with an over-the-top free throw challenge from Carmine’s Strip-view balcony. Spectators can then shake off the stress from a nail-biting game without missing any of the action as a massage therapist kneads out the knots. Fans will also receive a $100 Forum Shops gift card and a personal shopper who can assist in picking out a present sure to mollify any basketball widow. No one will leave empty handed with a custom flask to commemorate their time at Carmine’s.
In order to take the party into overtime, a visit from Hangover Heaven Bus will make sure everyone is in top form after a full day of eating and drinking, and ready to close out the night with a VIP experience at PURE Nightclub for after the games.
Reservations can be made through special events by calling 702.473.9700. Package details and prices are subject to change based availability. For more information visit Carmine’s Carmine’s is located at 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109, inside The Forum Shops at Caesars.
Diablo’s Mexican Cantina at Monte Carlo might not be your typical sports bar, but it just me the location that is the most fun. Overlooking The Strip, Diablo’s offers two floors of fun, 17 TVs and two big screens to watch the big game on as well as the best Mexican food on the strip and halftime giveaways. For more information visit Diablo’s Mexican Cantina.
The Las Vegas Hotel (LVH) is home to HOOPS CENTRAL and with that you get enough to keep you March Madness day filled from the opening tip until the final came concludes. From March 20th through the 23rd the LVH Theater will be showing all tournament games on Giant HD Screes in the LVH Theater. Theater is not overstating what you are going to get, great seats and the games are crystal clear in a setting that will remind you of watching a movie in a theater, with the addition of screaming basketball fans! In terms of value you are not likely to find a better spot in Las Vegas, admission is free and there are plenty of food and drink specials including $2 beer and $2 dogs. There are over 1,500 seats and it is smoke-free. There are plenty of betting stations and some extra satellite stations, but make sure you get your bets in early, don’t expect to walk up right before tipoff and get your wager in with 1,500 people at the LVH. If that was not enough, the LVH has some fun giveaways throughout the day. Doors open at 8 a.m., except Sunday, so get there early.
For more information visit HOOPS CENTRAL
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be hosting their own version of March Madness with “Hoops & Hops” inside The Chelsea, March 20th through the 22nd. Hoops & Hops will open daily at 8 a.m. and continue until the final basket of the night at 9 p.m.
Hoops & Hops takes all of the style and luxury of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and merges that with the industrial grit and artistic glamour of The Chelsea to give basketball fans all of the excitement of March Madness in an exclusive sports lounge setting. There will be plenty of betting stations, which open at 8 a.m. each day to make sure you get you bets in, along with multiple televisions throughout the venue. In addition Hoops & Hops provide a number of interactive experiences including access to a basketball court, video game stations, pool tables and arcade games. Finally add in the resort’s world renowned mixology and culinary programs and there is no need to go anywhere else!
The recently opened TAP at MGM Grand takes the best of a sports bar and merged it with a 220-seat restaurant to give you the perfect setting for March Madness. There is not a bad seat in the house, as TAP will give you all of the basketball action on their 60 HD flat-screen televisions. While you are watching all of the games you will also be mesmerized by the unique sports memorabilia that fills TAP.
TAP has a huge selection of beers that include; bottles and draughts including local and seasonal craft brews. If you are looking for more than a beer, TAP has created a unique cocktail menu that includes drinks such as the Belgian Mojito, a twist on the refreshing classic made with Bacardi Superior rum, fresh mint, hand-pressed lime juice and Stella Artois.
To take care of your appetite, TAP has a perfect pub menu with items like the South-Side Street Dog, a house-made all pork, jalapeño and cheese-stuffed hot dog loaded with pickle spears, sport peppers, red onion relish and brown mustard served on a Chicago-style poppy seed bun; Little Phillys, slider-sized authentic Philadelphia cheese steak sandwiches and Beer Can’ Chicken. For more information visit TAP.