March Madness Las Vegas 2015 – A Sunup to Sundown Basketball Extravaganza

March Madness is the pinnacle for any basketball fan and while you can attend tournament games throughout the country or take the action in at home, but nothing creates an atmosphere quite like Las Vegas. March Madness tips off this year on March 19th, but when it comes to Las Vegas there is more to experience than just showing up to watch the games.

Splash Magazines Worldwide is going to help you make the most of your Las Vegas experience so that you can enjoy all of the nonstop basketball action, last second buzzer beaters and wagers galore all while finding the best places to enjoy cocktails, world-class food and the biggest televisions in the world. 

“The energy of March Madness is unparalleled, it is amazing to say that much action in one day,” stated Sage and Five50 James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain. “The people who attend March Madness are evolving food wise, pizza is a super common denominator, but the bar is being raised in Las Vegas and they are looking for more than the typical bar food.”

Truffle pizza at Five50

So while the sportsbooks and viewing parties are great, but you can also grab the best gourmet pizza in Las Vegas at Five50 while you are watching the games at the ARIA sportsbook and there are plenty of amazing sit down options. The Public House at the Luxor, The Pub at Monte Carlo, TAP and Pub 1842 at MGM and of course Five50 Pizza, all provide cocktails, beer and food that is all a step above the rest.

Just in time for March Madness, JC’s Irish Sports Pub at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino has upgraded their sports viewing along with their menu. JC's will be offering a free March Madness viewing event March 19-22, opening daily at 9am and offering a convenient sports betting station, $2 Miller drafts, $5 burgers, $5 wings, and more. The day will feature $2 Miller Draft Beer and Dirty Chips ($8.50), Pulled Pork Sliders ($10.99) and Fried Zucchini and Mozzarella Triangles ($7.99 each). The menu also offers premium burgers and sandwiches starting at $6.49, five unique home-style Mac-n-Cheese options starting at $7.99, plus traditional Irish fare such as Beef & Guinness Pie ($13.99) and Fish & Chips ($15.99).

The Light Group has a number of amazing venues and viewing parties to choose from to take in all of March Madness.

Diablo’s Cantina

Wednesday, Mar. 11 – College Basketball College Championships at Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo (Times Vary)
Watch as the top college basketball teams face head-to-head in the 2015 championships! 2 floors of basketball action on over 25 flat-screen TVs will have you right in the action. We also offer VIP couch seating with 50” TVs. With our incredible 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour featuring $5 draft beers, well drinks, margaritas, and delicious $4 tacos, you won’t want to be anywhere else other than Diablo’s Cantina! For large groups or reserved seating, call 702.730.7979.

Tuesday, Mar. 17 – March Mayhem Tip-Off and Viewing Parties at Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo (Times Vary)
Start March “mayhem” off right at Diablo’s! With 2 floors of basketball and over 25 flat-screen TVs, our place is the only spot you’ll want to watch all the basketball action! We also offer VIP couch seating with private 50” TVs. Catch our Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. featuring $5 draft beers, well drinks, and margaritas, along with our delicious $4 tacos. Full menu served beginning at 9 a.m. including a $10 burrito special. Rooftop opens at 12 p.m. For large groups or reserved seating, call 702.730.7979.

An Early Tip-off with Diablo's

GOLD Boutique Nightclub and Lounge

Thursday and Friday, Mar. 19 and 20 – March Mayhem Opening Round Viewing at GOLD Boutique Nightclub and Lounge at ARIA (9 a.m.) *opening round only*
It’s that time of year and GOLD has got the ultimate March Mayhem kick-off party for you! Come enjoy all the action with HUGE plasma screens and great food and drinks! Food and beverage minimums are required and seating is limited, so call 702.588.5656 to secure your spot today. Come experience the GOLD standard for March Mayhem at ARIA’s premier boutique nightclub. Doors open at 9 am.

Deuce Lounge

Thursday, Mar. 19 – Sunday, March 22 – March Mayhem Opening Round Viewing at The Deuce Lounge at ARIA (9 a.m.)
It's another exciting March, and there is no better place to catch all the college basketball mayhem than at the Deuce! We are opening early to give you a premium viewing experience of all the opening round games. From GIANT plasma TVs to signature service, Deuce has got you covered for March Mayhem. Doors open at 9 am. For reservations are call 702.588.5656.

Lily Bar & Lounge

Tuesday - Sunday, Mar. 17 - 22 – March Mayhem Opening Round Viewing at Lily Bar & Lounge at Bellagio (9 a.m.)
It's another exciting March, and there is no better place to catch all the college basketball mayhem than at Lily! They are opening early to give you a premium viewing experience of all the opening round games. From GIANT plasma TVs to signature service, Lily has got you covered for March Mayhem. Doors open at 9 am. For reservations are call 702.835.3953.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be offering its Tournament Madness Viewing Parties from Thursday, March 19th to Saturday, March 21st. The viewing party will include live, high-definition streaming of each game, bottomless Bud Light drafts, unlimited soft drinks and multiple betting stations. The viewing parties of the year are available for only $75 per person (per day) and will begin 30 minutes prior to tip off each day. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older with a valid form of identification.
Those looking to spend the night can take advantage of special room rates in honor of the basketball tournament. Guests who stay anytime between Monday, March 16th and Sunday, March 22nd will receive up to 30 percent off rooms, $10 off a Tournament Madness Viewing Party ticket and free entry for two to the property’s spring break pool parties. For more information visit: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Downtown Las Vegas is raising their game when it comes to March Madness this year as the D and Golden Gate both have some great options that will allow you to get the most out of this gigantic basketball weekend.

the D’s March Hoops Viewing Parties

Basketball fans can catch every second of the action – from the first tip-off through the final buzzer of the weekend – at the D’s March Hoops Viewing Parties. The 12th Floor Ballroom will transform into the ultimate destination for viewing, partying, playing and betting. Decked out with multiple jumbo-screen TVs, plush seating, a pop-up sports book and casino table games, guests can indulge with full-service bars and delectable game day fare from American Coney Island and Nacho Daddy. General admission is free and open-to-the-public; diehard fans can up the ante with deluxe party packages for groups of four or more:

• Cinderella Package – Take it to the net with a guaranteed private party section for your crew, free T-shirts, an open bar serving beer and wine, and unlimited food from American Coney and Nacho Daddy. • 4 hour block – $130 per person; 6 hour block – $170 per person; 8 hour block – $210 per person

• Cuttin’ Down The Nets Package – Achieve true baller status for your whole entourage. Post up with plush private seating, free T-shirts, unlimited eats and a full open bar featuring premium brand beer, wine and spirits. • 4 hour block  – $150 per person; 6 hour block – $190 per person; 8 hour block – $230 per person

Reserve deluxe packages by contacting the Sales Department at (702) 388-2200 or [email protected]

Have A Ball at Golden Gate

Basketball fans and casino players alike will enjoy an intimate atmosphere with no shortage of viewing spots at Golden Gate.

Boasting numerous flat-screen televisions throughout the sleek casino, players can catch every play from the comfort of their favorite table game or machine. For a high-energy, sports bar experience, fans can sidle up to Bar Prohibition! to cheer on their teams shoulder-to-shoulder while enjoying  plenty of beers on tap and a selection of classic craft cocktails.

• “Downtown Hoopstown” T-shirt Giveaways at Golden Gate and the D Beginning Thursday, March 19 at 9 a.m., a $100 buy-in on table games at Golden Gate and the D will earn casino guests a special T-shirt commemorating the 2015 NCAA College Basketball Tournament. There is a limit of one T-shirt per person, per property, while supplies last.

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.

MGM Grand Race & Sports Book

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

While the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book is amazing by itself, the MGM Grand offers two of the best places to catch all of the games while enjoying an amazing drinking and eating experience to go with your hoops action. Michael Mina Pub 1842 and TAP Sports Bar are in the own competition when it comes to the best bar food and beer lineup in Las Vegas and trust me you can't go wrong with either option.

The Las Vegas Race & Sports Book at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, formerly LVH, has always been home to one of the largest March Madness experiences in all of Las Vegas. Giant televisions to make sure you catch every game and the option to enjoy the Ultimate Fan Cave shows how they go all out to cater to the basketball fan.

At the Venetian you can watch the games in luxury at Lagasse's Stadium® while also enjoying Emeril Lagasse's signature cuisine. This is really the first-class way to watch March Madness as you can watch from luxury boxes or the plush stadium-style seating and with all of the televisions and nearby wagering, you will never miss any of the action.

The LINQ is one of our new favorite spots in all of Las Vegas and they have a number of great options to enjoy March Madness. You have to start off with the Tilted Kilt. Home to beautiful waitresses, amazing pub food, beer and more beer and televisions that you will lose count of, this is a perfect place to just grab a seat at the bar and hang out for the day. Other great spots at the LINQ include, the Yardhouse, CHAYO and the Brooklyn Bowl.

If four straight days on nonstop hoops action leaves you a little sleep deprived and possibly a little hungover, a visit to one of our favorite spots in all of Las Vegas, REVIV, located at The Underground at MGM Grand, is the answer. REVIV was developed by a group of experienced emergency room physicians and features a wide range of intravenous and vitamin therapies to combat hangovers including three different types of IV therapies. After one treatment at REVIV you will be ready to dive back into March Madness.


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