Two breweries recently opened locations in downtown Las Vegas and I was stoked to check them out. My original downtown Las Vegas Breweries plan was to stop by both Able Baker Brewing and the new CraftHaus taproom. A funny thing happened on the way to a mini beer tour.
Visiting Las Vegas is sometimes about enjoying a life that you don’t normally live. Before moving to Las Vegas I often used my trips Las Vegas to explore living above my means for a day or two. My friends and I would often take one night to live above our means.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 25, 2019) – Renowned for a portfolio of ‘must-visit’ experiences that forever transformed the city, Bellagio will once again change the way visitors think about a night on the town with the launch of The Mayfair Supper Club over New Year’s weekend.
Inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world, The Mayfair will redefine the traditional “dinner and a show” for today’s traveler with a restaurant that evolves throughout the evening, amplifying in energy as dusk shifts to night. Guests will be able to indulge in contemporary American cuisine while enjoying live entertainment performances nightly, set to the greatest backdrop in the world – the Bellagio Fountains.
“The experience will be fun and memorable and feel like a return to the glamour eras of Las Vegas and old New York when dinner and a show was the place to be seen,” said MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of F&B Strategy Ari Kastrati. “The Mayfair’s food and beverage menus will pay homage to all the greatest hits of classic American dining.”
MGM Resorts partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to create whimsical moments that transport guests to a fanciful and flexible environment – from a backdrop for a delightful meal to a high-energy lounge with moments of surprise.
MGM Resorts President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “The Mayfair will bring together the best elements of what makes Las Vegas the world-famous destination it is, in ways that celebrate our past, channel our present and define the future of a memorable night out on the Las Vegas Strip.”
The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM was supposed to be finished by the end of 2018. NoMad, Eataly, and the new nightlife venue On The Record all opened just as the year ended. Well, 2018 ended and work continues inside Park MGM. Another restaurant, The Crack Shack recently opened.
Las Vegas is slowly becoming a beer city. Local breweries and craft beer bars have been popping up all over Las Vegas for the past five years or so. Downtown Las Vegas is home to five breweries and there are two more tap rooms coming soon.
Press release: ATLANTA, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Buffalo Wild Wings is joining forces with MGM Resorts International and its sports betting venture, Roar Digital, for a multi-year partnership – a first-of-its-kind alignment between a national sports bar and a gaming leader. In accordance with applicable regulatory requirements, the partnership will deliver sports gaming experiences at a national scale inside Buffalo Wild Wings through MGM’s digital gaming platform, BetMGM. In addition, the deal is expected to spawn collaborations inside MGM properties and sports books, including a new Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar slated to open at Mandalay Bay in 2020. Roar Digital is the 50/50 venture established in July 2018 between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings.
While the strategic alignment between these industry leaders is focused on capitalizing on future opportunities as states continue to pass sports betting legislation, consumers will begin to experience BetMGM at Buffalo Wild Wings as early as this week. The partnership kicks off today with a free-to-play football game available nationwide. Plans also include a sports betting test program in New Jersey later this year with the goal of expanding to additional states as legislation is passed.
“Our partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings is an important development in MGM and Roar’s position as the leader in sports entertainment and betting,” said MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren. “With more than 1,200 sports bars across the country, Buffalo Wild Wings is firmly established as a ‘go-to’ venue for sports viewing in all of its markets. Adding access to MGM’s world-class properties and the BetMGM mobile app will create unique customer experiences and redefine how fans enjoy sports.”
“As the largest sports bar in the country, Buffalo Wild Wings has the opportunity to pioneer sports gaming experiences for fans, and we are taking the first critical step on that journey through our partnership with BetMGM,” said Lyle Tick, President, Buffalo Wild Wings. “This is a landmark relationship between two preeminent experience brands that puts us in a position to innovate the current sports watching experience to bring the best of sports gaming to our guests.”
In-Restaurant Gaming: Nationwide Free-to-Play Game via BetMGM and New Jersey Sports Betting Tests
The first consumer-facing product to come from this partnership is Picks and Props, a free-to-play, mobile-only football game available nationwide starting today when the pro football season kicks off. The game offers a seamless sports betting-like experience with no stakes attached. Players have the opportunity to win prizes like trips to Las Vegas to place a parlay bet for the Big Game that could pay out at $1 million or to Borgata in New Jersey to compete in the first BetMGM sports betting competition. To play Picks and Props, simply download the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Rewards app, then make game picks based on the spread, answer prop questions and choose top fantasy performers for the week. While fans can play anywhere, they must check in at a Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar between Thursday and Sunday to be eligible for prizes.
Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM also will collaborate on a sports betting test program in New Jersey later this year. The program will give consumers exclusive perks, such as enhanced odds and free bets, when the BetMGM app is accessed inside Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM aim to expand the program to additional states as legislation allows.
Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM will deliver a variety of additional consumer-facing initiatives as the partnership develops over time, including:
Buffalo Wild Wings sports bars across the country will begin showcasing custom sports book content on TV screens inside the sports bars, featuring live odds provided by BetMGM.
At least three new Buffalo Wild Wings sports bars are expected to open within MGM properties or in partnership with BetMGM as additional states come online – the first is expected to open in mid-2020 inside Mandalay Bay, which is adjacent to the site of the new Las Vegas pro football stadium.
Adam Greenblatt, CEO, Roar Digital, said, “Buffalo Wild Wings is a perfect complement to our best-in-class sports betting and igaming products as they are leaders in serving up exciting and innovative game day experiences. This multi-year relationship will strengthen as states adopt sports betting regulations, with strategies already in place to drive customer adoption, engagement and loyalty.”
The partnership will be supported by co-marketing initiatives from Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM including joint efforts across digital and social media platforms.
Buffalo Wild Wings and BetMGM will work together to encourage responsible gaming practices in restaurant and via the BetMGM mobile app. For information on MGM Resorts’ innovative responsible gambling program, visit www.mgmresorts.com/gamesense.
Press release: Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas will become the Vegas headquarters for football fans with live entertainment, next-level tailgate fare and more than 75 high-definition TVs showing college and professional games starting Sunday, 8 September.
Beer Park will kick off the season with a party starting at 9 a.m. on 8 September, commemorating the first Sunday professional football game of the season. In addition to a DJ playing fun party music between plays, Beer Park will offer complimentary face-painting for fans wanting to sport their team colors.
Sunday football games throughout the season will offer giveaways, complimentary face-painting, a brunch menu and Bloody Mary and mimosa selections. Premium seating, with 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. start times, is available with a minimum food and beverage spend of $75 per person. Thursday and Saturday college football games will feature live performances from local DJs and premium seating will be available with a minimum food and beverage spend of $50 per person. Additional seating is available through OpenTable.
Beer Park offers seating outside on a 9,000-square-foot rooftop deck and inside in a 10,000-square-foot living room-style bar and grill. One of just a few places in Las Vegas outside of casino sports books to offer live betting, Beer Park offers an in-house sportsbook kiosk.
Press Briefing: LAS VEGAS (Aug. 19, 2019) – Football season is back and Caesars Entertainment resorts are the Las Vegas headquarters for fans! The game plan includes food and drink features, giveaways, VIP packages and countless TV screens at the best viewing locations in the city. Catch all the action at these touchdown-worthy spots:
Caesars Palace will go for the extra point this football season with great food and beverage packages, gameday specials and mobile ordering. Guests never have to miss a moment of the big games with mobile ordering right from their seat available at Alto Bar, Montecristo Cigar Bar, Lobby Bar, VISTA Cocktail Lounge and the Race & Sports Book. Food orders are available from the entire Forum Food Court including The Halal Guys, Smashburger, Tiger Wok & Ramen, TACO, Earl of Sandwich and DiFara Pizza on Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 4 to 9 p.m.
Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book offers one of the best football viewing and betting experiences in Las Vegas. Fans will feel like they are on the sideline while watching the games on a custom built, 143′ HD LED video wall, coupled with state-of-the-art 4-Zone Directional Sound and “Listen Technology” available through mobile phones. Standard and VIP packages are available on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday games throughout the season with VIP packages including access to the VIP betting line and upper level seating.
To kick off the 2019 college football season, Bleacher Report will broadcast several of its football-focused B/R Gridiron shows and welcome special guests from the B/R Studio, located at the heart of the football action adjacent to the Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book. B/R hosts Matt Miller, Connor Rogers, Adam Lefkoe and Kelly Stewart will be broadcasting live podcasts including “Stick to Football” and “The Lefkoe Show” and a live Fantasy Football show as well as interacting with football fans throughout the week. On Saturday, Aug. 24, the first day of the 2019 college season, from noon- 4 p.m. fans are welcome to celebrate the return of football with Q&A sessions, contests and giveaways.
Featuring 36 draft beers and an additional 63 bottled beers, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is a great place to watch football while enjoying an ice-cold brew. Plus, on Monday nights throughout the season, the restaurant will offer a “Burgers & Brews” prix fixe menu in the bar area featuring a variety of different burgers offered with suggested draft beer pairings for each.
Montecristo Cigar Bar is a prime spot to catch all the games this season with a 208” video wall; premium cigars; more than 130 bourbons, whiskies and scotches; leather couches and food and beverage packages. Premium packages for college and professional football are available on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively, beginning Saturday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Located in the heart of the casino floor and adjacent to the Race & Sports book, Vista Cocktail Lounge will throw football parties on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September. The parties will feature beverage packages, giveaways and premium seating for college and professional football games. Additionally, all-you-can eat packages will be available at the parties on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8.
Throughout football season, guests can also head to Spanish Steps Bar, Montecristo Cigar Bar and Alto Bar for drink features. Celebrate a win or chase down a loss with a specialty cocktail such as “Elderflower Aviation” made with Plymouth gin, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime juice; “Black Barrel Mojito” made with Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, fresh mint, hand-squeezed lime, house-made simple syrup and club soda; and “Pear Fizz” made with Grey Goose La Poire vodka, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, lime, egg white and club soda. Each bar will also feature specials on their selection of domestic, import and craft beer.
Bally’s Las Vegas:
Bally’s is going on an all-out blitz at Bally’s Race & Sports Book, Indigo Lounge, Casino Bar, Sully’s and Lobby Bar with drink specials sponsored by MillerCoors during the last two minutes of each football game on Monday and Thursday nights throughout the season.
The Cromwell, the Strip’s only stand-alone boutique hotel, will show this season’s football games at the sports book, Bound and Interlude with gameday specials and giveaways.
Fans who don’t want to miss a single score or update should head to the sports book, which features a 32-foot-by-9-foot LED video wall as well as a 9-foot-by-5-foot LED odds wall with ticker capabilities. The sports book also offers VIP packages that include reserved seating and food and beverage vouchers.
Flamingo Las Vegas:
Flamingo Las Vegas is pulling out the playbook for the 2019 football season with drink specials, games and giveaways at Garden Bar and Bird Bar.
Both bars will offer drink specials sponsored by MillerCoors on Monday and Thursday nights throughout the season. Additionally, Garden Bar will offer VIP packages with prime-viewing tables for up to six people and an included beer bucket on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays as well as football squares pools on Sundays.
Harrah’s Las Vegas:
The Race Book & Sports Book at Harrah’s Las Vegas was recently remodeled to offer plush seats, HDTVs, a full-service bar and an exciting atmosphere to enjoy football with friends. VIP packages are available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout football season, which include reserved seating and two buckets of Millers or Coors beers. Football fans can check out the nearby Fulton Street Food Hall, which is not a simple food court, but a chef-driven marketplace offering various selections made fresh throughout the day.
Toby Keith’s I l Love This Bar & Grill is bringing a little country to the Las Vegas Strip for football season. Football fans can listen to today’s top country music hits, indulge in Southern-inspired dishes and drink from red solo cups while surrounded by HDTVs with all the football action. VIP experience packages are available, which include a choice of an appetizer, entrée and Millers or Coors bucket of beer from the football menu. The restaurant will also offer drink specials sponsored by MillerCoors throughout the season.
For additional drink specials at Harrah’s, fans can bump-and-run between Signature Bar, Carnaval Court and Lobby Bar.
The LINQ Hotel + Experience:
The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience will offer Fan Cave football experience packages throughout the season with reserved seating for up to 10 people and included food and beverage vouchers. Additionally, The LINQ Fan Cave will become the Taco Bell Fan Cave every Thursday from Thursday, Sept. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 12 featuring Taco Bell Chip swag, specialty menu items and décor. Guests will have the chance to win prizes by entering into the “XBOX 1 Madden 20 Tournament” sponsored by Taco Bell Chips and managed by EA Sports.
Drink specials will also be offered at Catalyst Cocktail Bar and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar throughout football season. On the promenade, O’Sheas Casino will have football squares pools as well as beer pong packages available on Sundays for fans to play while they watch. O’Sheas will also offer drink specials sponsored by MillerCoors on Thursday nights throughout the season.
Paris Las Vegas:
Whether football fans are looking for a sportsbook, lounge, bar or restaurant environment to watch the games this season, they won’t find a bad seat in the house at Paris Las Vegas. The Race and Sports Book, Le Bar Du Sport, Napoleon’s Lounge, Burger Brasserie and Gustav’s Las Vegas Bar are offering drink specials sponsored by MillerCoors on Mondays and Thursdays throughout football season.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino:
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will buzz with excitement throughout football season offering beer bucket specials on Mondays and Thursdays at Extra Lounge, Ringer/Pin Up Pizza, Blue Moon Bar and Heart Bar.
Fans can also plan their tailgate around additional football specials on property including VIP packages at Extra Lounge on Saturdays and Sundays, which include reserved seating and beverage vouchers as well as an optional Sunday buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and VIP packages at Ringer/Pin Up Pizza on Saturdays and Sundays, which include reserved seating and food and vouchers.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino:
Get in on the action at the Race & Sports Book at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, which offers VIP packages that include food vouchers, buckets of beer and reserved seating for up to eight people. With 10 70” HD TVs, 12 booths, 24 lounge chairs and 14 seats at its wrap-around anchor bar, the sports book is a lively place to catch the games with friends and easily place bets.
iBar will put football fans in the center of all the excitement where they can see and be seen on the casino floor. Watch football, play games and even order food – all without leaving your seat at this futuristic-themed bar. Throughout the season, iBar will be offering buckets of beer as well as other gameday specials.
Immerse yourself in all the games at All-American Bar & Grille. With dozens of televisions and all your favorite tailgating foods it the ideal game day location.
Aces and Ales has two locations with another opening later this year. I visit the Tenaya location since it’s closer to where I live. They have 50 rotating beers on tap as well as a good number of rare and vintage bottled beers.