The World Cup is about to kickoff and while you probably aren’t going to make it to Brazil, you can enjoy a little bit of nearly every participating country with a visit to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas strip can take you to Spain, England, France, Australia, Thailand and more.
If you are missing the sun and sand of Spain, nothing will make you feel more at home than DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. This stunning daylife experience that was inspired by Ibiza, Spain will keep you going all day long with world-renowned DJs such as Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso at what has become the standard for the daytime party in Las Vegas. When you need a little break from all of the fun, sun, pool and music you can sip on one of the DAYLIGHT signature cocktails while relaxing on a luxe daybed.
Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon’s namesake restaurant at MGM Grand will makes French fans feel at home as they can enjoy delicacies such as Le Poulet Fermier while also feeling right at home in the lavishly decorated restaurant modeled after Chef Robuchon’s villa in France. The main room is draped with royal purple fabric and a dramatic crystal chandelier while the picturesque Parisian terrace features a vertical garden of ivy, allowing you to feel as if you are back in France about to cheer on your team.
The Spa Bellagio can take you to Thailand, allowing you to enjoy the Thai Yoga Massage which uses traditional techniques to help improve flexibility while transporting spa-goers into a deep state of relaxation. After the excitement of the World Cup there is no better place to relax than the spa’s meditation room, which offers a serene sanctuary that is surrounded by calming water walls and glowing candles.
If England is your team and you want to feel at home in Las Vegas you can enjoy a traditional tea time at Petrossian at Bellagio. Petrossian offers a daily Afternoon Tea Service including freshly baked scones, preserves, and of course, English tea sandwiches. If you are looking for something stronger than tea, try a cocktail from the bar’s recently revamped menu such as the Caviar Cube Martini, shaken not stirred.
What better way to celebrate Australia than by enjoying The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees at Excalibur. The group’s unbelievable resemblance and sound to the legendary band keeps the audience’s toes tapping and bodies swaying all evening long. State-of-the-art sound, superb lighting and giant screens featuring video clips, live camera images and stunning graphics help bring five decades of Bee Gees music to life.
Once you are done taking in all of those worldly experiences you are probably ready to enjoy the World Cup live and Las Vegas has no shortage of amazing locations to take in the games.
Beginning June 12th Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay will show every world championship soccer match on all TVs throughout the pub with sound all the way through July 13th. While each game is playing, guests may enjoy daily food specials along with Carlsberg pints for $4 and Shandy beer cocktails for $5.50. Soccer fans that purchase a Carlsberg pint during a match will be entered into a raffle drawing for the chance to win prizes, including a $100 Rí Rá gift card, a national team jersey and a Carlsberg Premier League-branded foosball table. Guinness® girls will join the pub for all team USA matches. Each viewing party is free and open to the public.
If you want to take in all of the action while getting all of your wagers in, the Race and Sports Book at ARIA is the perfect location. As amazing as the Sports Book is, the best part of it has to be that right next door is FIVE50 Pizza Bar. Renowned chef Shawn McClain serves up wood-fired pizzas that are topped with the finest ingredients around. FIVE50 offers pizza by the slice as well but don’t be so quick to get back to the Sports Book. Grab a stool at the bar and watch the games while enjoying one of the more than 50 craft beers and a menu that is more than just pizza.
Julian Serrano, the authentic Spanish tapas restaurant serving small plates ideal for sharing, will be honoring every world championship soccer match with half priced glasses of their signature sangrias during all games. Available in red, white or sparkling, this traditional celebratory beverage is sure to inspire cheers as the players duke it out on the field.
MGM Grand has a battle worth of the World Cup as you have to decide between two world class sports bars; PUB 1842 and TAP Sports Bar. PUB 1842, by Celebrity Chef Michael Mina, has plenty of TVs to watch every game and in honor of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, all burgers and a food and beer pairing weekly-special will be available for $18.42. In addition you can enjoy a PUB 3-course dinner for $30 including half-sized nachos and a choice of burger, cookie and shake will round out the lineup of specials. TAP Sports Bar will be showing the games on 60” HD flat screen TVs, while you enjoy local and seasonal craft beers. TAP’s summer specials include: a refreshing Watermelon Salad made with Tanaka Farms watermelon, summer tomatoes, peppered arugula, red onions, Feta cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette; Copper River Salmon served with summer sweet corn, smashed fingerling potatoes, and marinated baby tomatoes; Rib-eye marinated in TAP’s special seasoning served with summer sweet corn on the cob; and a Cherry Pie Shake made with Amarena cherries and topped with double chocolate fluff, red velvet streusel and a pie crust twist.
Mandalay Bay has created a game for guests to play with the Beer Passport Program, where beers representing the championship soccer match’s participating countries will be available in KUMI, Red Square, Citizens Kitchen & Bar, Mandalay Bay Sports Book, eyecandy sound lounge & bar, Mizuya, and Mandalay Bay Beach. Guests who purchase these specialty beers will get their passport stamped and may enter their completed passports into a drawing for a grand prize. As an added bonus, some purchases will be accompanied by giveaways or entry into a raffle. Guests may pick up a passport at participating venues.
Public House is home to one of the best televisions to take in any sporting events and they will wow your taste buds with an international menu of specialty dishes inspired by the teams playing in the tournament. To complement menu selections, guests may sip on $6 Heineken draughts, Patron cocktails and margarita specials, $5 Bud Light draughts and $8 Budweiser commemorative bottles.
If you are looking for a beer from your country of choice you are likely to find it at The Pub at Monte Carlo. The Pub has a selection of more than 300 beers and 35 televisions to make sure you have a perfect seat for every game. The Pub also has an amazing menu of juicy burgers that have toppings galore, sandwiches, salads and appetizers, as well as drink specials and their famous adult milkshakes.
If you want that big viewing party Las Vegas experience head over to The Mirage and watch the championship game inside the Terry Fator Theatre. There are a variety of packages to choose from, featuring drink and fare combinations including El Jimador Fresca Paloma, Jack and Coke, Heineken, soft drinks, popcorn, soft pretzels, nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs.
BLT Burger will be featuring $5 Michelado red beers made with Corona draught, Clamato juice, lime juice, Tabasco and pepper served in a salt-rimmed glass with ice and a lime all month in honor of the World Cup.