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2019 NFL Draft Party Ideas in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been building its reputation as a true sports city. From the success of the Vegas Golden Knights to the highly-anticipated Raiders stadium, we’re no stranger to being sports enthusiasts and cheering for our favorite teams. And we all know Vegas doesn’t take things lightly. If you’re watching a sporting event here, be prepared for games and celebrations of epic proportions.

One of the most exciting times of the year is upon us: the 2019 NFL draft. An event like this is an exciting time as teams gain new players and new fans. Join other football enthusiasts for a drink, wear your team’s jersey, and read below for NFL draft party ideas to make your 2019 NFL Draft weekend in Vegas the best ever.

Las Vegas 2019 NFL Draft Party Ideas

Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party at DLVEC

On April 25, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is turning into the Downtown Watch Zone! At the Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, locals and fans from all over can come together for free and watch the first round of the 2019 NFL draft live with stadium surround sound, an on-field experience, and a 72-foot LED screen all brought to you by Michelob Ultra. This epic 21+ event starts at 5pm with doors opening at 4pm.

Get more details and reserve your table here!

With all the excitement that will be erupting on that day, you might want a few pointers and tips to help you get the most from your Michelob Ultra Watch Party experience. Read below for tips and tricks to have the best 2019 NFL draft weekend in Vegas.

Before the Event

– Book a place to stay. The viewing takes place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which is surrounded by casinos and hotel with a variety of rooms. Book a room at the D Hotel to be right in the Downtown action and just a few steps away from the DLVEC activities.

– Guarantee your spot. There will be limited seating. In fact, it’s a “first come, first serve” event, so don’t wait to get your spot! Check out the venue online before going and figure out a game plan as to where you want to view the party. The event is free to attend, but booking a table or reserving a man cave ahead of time will guarantee you a spot with a view.

– Have your bets in. There has been a rise of online sports betting, but there are still a few traditionalists out there. Within walking distance is the William Hill Sports Book at the D Hotel & Casino, so don’t forget to make a bet before heading out to the event.

During the Event

– Stay hydrated. Yes, there will be lots of beer and alcohol, but please make sure to keep water handy. Especially with the sun and warmer weather, dehydration is something you’ll want to avoid. You would hate to have a time out and “be taken out of the game.”

– Explore the event. The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is going to be loaded with food and activities to keep you excited and fueled during the event. From interactive booths with prizes to food vendors who sell game day hits like hot wings, be sure to walk around and enjoy the entire experience.

Friends Playing Beer Pong in DLVEC Man Cave for 2019 NFL Draft

Credit: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Throw Your Own NFL Draft Party

Draft up you own dream team of friends, and step up your NFL draft party by booking a man cave for you and your crew. By booking a man cave at the Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, you not only get the general party, but you get your own as well. Live it up in a premium shaded space that lets you party all day long and focus on your favorite team.

You get a personal 70” LED HD TV and a clear view of the main and side LED screens for your optimal viewing pleasure. Take it over the top with food and beverage service or your own game of beer pong.

You can book your 2019 NFL draft party man cave here!

NFL Draft Coming to Vegas in 2020

What’s even more exciting than going to a draft party? The draft itself! The NFL announced last year that it will be making its way to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL draft. Hosting the draft in the entertainment capital of the world means a week of unforgettable celebration for all football enthusiasts. With the Raiders relocation and hosting the draft next year, Las Vegas will be a city to keep your eye on.

Be sure to attend the 2019 NFL draft parties in Las Vegas so you can have bragging rights for being first on the Vegas football hype! Not only will you have the time of your life at the 2019 Michelob Ultra Draft Watch Party, you’ll also get a preview of next year so you can be a pro in the Las Vegas football crowds that are sure to come.

Guide to Spring Break in Vegas: Pool Party Season

The first day of Spring was March 20, which means spring break is upon us! U.S. News notes that Spring is the best season to visit Las Vegas, as temperatures are still comfortable and warm-weather events are starting to ramp up again. Whether you’re planning a trip for your college spring break, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or just a spontaneous getaway with your partner or friends, this is your ultimate guide for pool parties for spring break in Vegas.

Read below to find what to expect with weather, where to find the most epic Las Vegas pool parties for the best DJs, food, and overall vibes!

Las Vegas Spring Weather

Spring in 2019 lasts from now until June 21, and lucky for you, April and May are much cooler than the Summer months. The average temperatures you can expect this Spring are:

  • April: High of 80° / Low of 54°
  • May: High of 90° / Low of 64°
  • June: High of 101° / Low of 73°

As you can see, Las Vegas April weather is the most mild, with temperatures quickly creeping up in May and June. You can expect the days to be sunny and warm, but nights can cool off pretty quickly, so be sure to pack accordingly!

Friends Enjoying Drinks at Pool for Las Vegas Spring Break

Pool Parties in Vegas

Las Vegas pool party season began in March this year, with the exception of Kaos Dayclub opening in April and Bare Pool Lounge opening some time this Spring. The climbing temperatures and abundance of sun make the pools irresistible, and Vegas sure does know how to throw a pool party. When attending these parties, all you need to bring is a trendy suit, sun tan lotion, and the  good vibes to party!

Check out these 10 Vegas pool parties below to really make a splash during your spring break:

Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage

This is one pool in Las Vegas where going topless is allowed. Bare Pool Lounge has a more intimate feel than the other Las Vegas pools, and offers a menu of mojitos to stay cool.

Circa Resort & Casino

While not opening until December 2020, we’re already excited about the pools at Circa Las Vegas! The multi-tiered, six-pool amphitheater with a 125-foot, high-resolution screen is perfect for the best pool parties in Vegas.

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay

LIT Sundays, Rose All Day on Thursdays, and an overall great lineup with regular artists like Duke Dumont, Rick Ross, and Ookay, DAYLIGHT brings the energy of Ibiza to Las Vegas.

Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell

A Las Vegas pool party with a view! Drai’s Beachclub overlooks the city, including the Bellagio fountains. Enjoy the sights, indulge in delicious food and drink, and dance the day away.

DJ Playing at Las Vegas Pool Party

Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore

Encore is the place to be if you’re looking for an indulgent time during Vegas pool party season. Check out their lineup with big-name DJs like the Chainsmokers, Diplo, and Kygo for the best Las Vegas spring break.

KAOS Dayclub at The Palms

Vegas is getting a new player in the pool party game, and it’s going to be KAOS. This new day club will be a “luxe Greek-inspired oasis” and will have a rotating DJ booth for top talent to perform.

Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria

If your style is a little classier and upscale than the average Las Vegas pool parties, Liquid is right for you. Comfortable chaise lounges and daybeds are perfect for listening to Djs after taking a dip.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan

The ultimate adult oasis awaits at the Marquee Dayclub, where you can dance to the beat of DJs like Crisk Lake and Cedric Gervais. If you’re feeling extra, book one of their Grand Cabanas.

TAO Beach at The Venetian

Amazing sushi and a luxury pool party experience, does it get any better? TAO Beach boasts great food, an amazing pool atmosphere, top DJs, air-conditioned cabanas, and even Playboy Fridays.

Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Steve Aoki, Zedd, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix are just a few of the DJs playing at Wet Republic during spring break in Vegas. The two saltwater pools and giant marble bar are also pretty great.

When visiting for spring break in Vegas, you know you’re in for a good time. Las Vegas pool party season is something you don’t want to miss and is perfect for drinks, dancing, and taking a dip as the temperatures rise. Make your Las Vegas spring break even more epic by booking your room at the D Hotel, where you can stay in the middle of the growing Downtown excitement while being near all the Las Vegas spring break events and pool parties!

5 Las Vegas Basketball Parties for March Hoops

From Selection Sunday to the National Championship game, March (and a little bit of April) is a huge month for college basketball. On top of that, March is the busiest month for visiting Las Vegas, making it the ultimate spot for watching the games with your crew. Larger crowds means larger fun. March Hoops Opening Weekend is March 21-24, which is arguably the most exciting weekend of the tournament.

So, are you prepared for the big weekend? Read below to see what to expect and where the catch the best Las Vegas basketball parties!

What to Expect from a Weekend of Las Vegas Basketball

As mentioned earlier, March is the most popular month to visit Las Vegas. There were 3.75 million visitors in March of 2018, up 70,000 people from the next highest month. With that being said, expect large crowds for this NCAA Tournament. Large crowds are what you make of it, and as we see it, you just have more friends to party with while watching the game! Whether you’re visiting with your crew or are making new friends, it’s hard to ignore the energy and excitement that this tournament brings to the city.

Keeping that in mind, traveling to Vegas in March means longer lines and higher prices for clubs, less availability for tickets to shows and events, and crowded casinos and sportsbooks.

If you haven’t booked your room yet, staying in Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect way to still be in on the action while not being in the thick of the crowds of the Strip. Not only are there plenty of Las Vegas basketball viewing parties to attend, there are also plenty of bars to catch the tournament and activities for those in your party who may not be as interested in basketball.

Basketball Court for National Tournament Game

March NCAA Tournament Las Vegas Basketball Parties

March Hoops Viewing Parties at the D

Get in on all of the action during the March Hoops Opening Weekend at the D. The March Hoops Viewing Parties last all weekend long, and for free! Set up on the 12th floor in the Detroit ballroom, there will be food and drinks for sale and betting stations available. For those wanting more private Las Vegas basketball parties, you can rent a man cave for you and your crew to have the most epic weekend ever!

Beer Park Tournament Madness Viewing Party

The Beer Park Tournament Madness Viewing Party is a high-end way to cheer on your favorite team during opening weekend. Views of the Bellagio Fountains and a minimum spend of $175 per person, this might just be one of the fanciest basketball tournament viewing parties you’ve been to.

Cosmopolitan Hoops and Hops 2019

An open bar, over 40,000 square feet of space, a hardwood court with a regulation hoop, an on-site sportsbook, and high-definition stadium-style screens all await you at the luxe tournament viewing party at the Cosmopolitan. This Las Vegas basketball party costs $475 for a 3-day pass while single-day passes cost $150-$225.

College Basketball Players in National Tournament

Hoops Mania at the Hard Rock Cafe

Located at the Hard Rock Cafe on the south end of the Strip (not the hotel and casino) is the annual Hoops Mania celebration. For a daily pass of $220 or a 3-day pass of $500, you can spend the weekend with an open bar and a delicious buffet of “game day favorites” while placing bets with the on-site William Hill sportsbook.

Hoops Viewing Headquarters at Topgolf Las Vegas

Topgolf Las Vegas will be offering premium viewing packages that start at $200 for opening weekend of the tournament. You can enjoy golf bays and cabanas, $30 beer buckets, over 300 screens for watching the games, and a sports betting window. Also during opening weekend, Draft Party will host a VIP Las Vegas basketball party at Topgolf.

There’s no better place to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament than in Vegas. Whether you attend one of the big Las Vegas basketball parties, book a private man cave with your crew, place some bets in a sportsbook, or just watch from your hotel room, you’re sure to love the energy and enthusiasm that basketball lovers bring to the city!

Friends Enjoying Meal in New Las Vegas Restaurant

10 New Las Vegas Restaurants & Bars Opening in 2019

Shows and casinos are no longer the main focuses when visiting Sin City, especially when the sin is gluttony. Las Vegas has always been the foodie’s dream, and it certainly isn’t showing any sign of slowing down with the new talent coming in. From the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas restaurants, up-and-coming and well-established chefs are setting up kitchens all across the city. Learn more about new Las Vegas restaurants and bars opening in 2019 here.

New Las Vegas Restaurants in 2019

Hatsumi & Le Monja

Where: Ferguson’s Downtown
When: Early 2019

Downtown’s Ferguson’s Motel is getting a makeover, and because of it, there will be two new Downtown Las Vegas restaurants. Chef Daniel Krohmer of Other Mama plans to bring Hatsumi, a Japanese robata-style restaurant, and Le Monja, a Mexican restaurant with a focus on fish, to the DTLV food scene.

Vanderpump Cocktail Lounge

Where: Caesars Palace
When: Early 2019

If you’re a reality TV aficionado, paying a visit to the Vanderpump Cocktail Lounge once it opens is a must. You may have seen Lisa Vanderpump on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, or Dancing with the Stars, but now you can see her put her talents into a beautiful garden bar fitted with rosé and sangria.

The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails

Where: Cosmopolitan
When: Spring 2019

Barbershop by day, cocktail lounge by night. Bar patrons will be able to enter through “unassuming janitor’s door located within The Barbershop” that will lead to live music, craft beer, an exquisite whiskey selection, and stunning decor. We hear the barbershop will be pretty spectacular as well if you’re looking to get a beard trim before taking on the night.

Rendering of Patio of Shark by Bobby Flay at the Palms Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Palms

Shark

Where: Palms
When: Spring 2019

Bobby Flay brings another one of his stellar restaurants to Las Vegas, this time focusing the menu on fish dishes. This will be Flay’s first new restaurant opening in 5 years, and his new menu is highly anticipated with items ranging from raw bar items to fish entrees inspired by South American, Mexican, and Mediterranean flavors.

Charleston Hall

Where: Arts District
When: Summer 2019

Though no restaurants are currently signed on, the new Arts District plan for a food hall sure is an exciting one. The vision for this food hall is to break the norms of dining while providing a creative space to enjoy art. Plans also include a bar, live entertainment, and rotating art exhibits to keep things fresh and interesting.

The Crack Shack

Where: Park MGM
When: Fall 2019

California chicken sandwich restaurant, Crack Shack, is planned to settle in next to Eataly in 2019. Top Chef Richard Blais brings his delicious and affordable chicken sandwiches to Sin City, mixing comfort food with inventive twists. Imagine this after a day of Vegas activities: crispy chicken, a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, miso-maple butter, and a toasted brioche. Yum.

Kind Heaven

Where: LINQ Promenade
When: Fall 2019

Dubbed the “most unusual project to debut on the Strip in 2019” by Eater Las Vegas, Kind Heaven has truly proven to be one of the new Las Vegas restaurants to keep an eye on. They have been releasing renderings of the restaurant’s vision, which includes a multi-level space with unique culinary, sensory, and entertainment experiences on each level.

Assorted Dim Sum in Bamboo Steamers

Tim Ho Wan

Where: Palms
When: Fall 2019

Originally hailing from Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan is the world’s least expensive Michelin-star dim sum restaurant. This year, they will expand into Las Vegas joining a slew of impressive restaurants at the Palms. Be sure to save room for all the delicious dim sum options, from their famous barbecue pork buns to the shrimp dumplings.

Smith & Wollensky

Where: Grand Canal Shoppes
When: 2019

Everyone loves a good comeback story! Smith & Wollensky will return to the Strip this year to serve up classic steak dishes. With seating for just under 500 people, this steakhouse will be a throwback to the high-end steakhouse dining experiences with premier service and premium dishes.

True Food Kitchen

Where: Forum Shops at Caesars
When: 2019

Want some healthier fare while in Vegas? Or trying to make up for a night of drinking and late-night meals? True Food Kitchen takes fresh, healthy ingredients that will leave you wanting more. From amazing fish tacos to a cheesy spaghetti squash casserole, you can eat well while still getting an incredible amount of flavor.

It doesn’t matter if you identify as a foodie or not, it’s almost impossible not to find a restaurant you will love in Las Vegas, and these new Las Vegas restaurants coming in 2019 prove it. As the city grows, you get more and more experiences to enjoy that make your trip to Las Vegas just that much more enjoyable. From winning the jackpot to having the best meal of your life, there is something special for everyone.

Exterior of Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Unveiling Circa Las Vegas: Downtown’s New Resort & Casino Experience

The newest player in Las Vegas is taking root in Downtown Las Vegas, and it’s called Circa Resort & Casino. Slated to debut as a part of the Fremont Street Experience in December of 2020, the next two years will be dedicated to constructing the most glamorous and memorable Vegas experience you could imagine. This beautiful new project by brothers Derek and Greg Stevens will be a true homage to the history and future of Las Vegas.

Circa Las Vegas will live on a land once occupied by the Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch, and Mermaids Casino. Now, it will be an entertainment and hospitality hub of Downtown featuring over-the-top experiences and one-of-a-kind amenities to make your Vegas truly unforgettable. The name reflects its goal: bringing vintage Vegas hospitality and old-fashioned glamour together with modern splendor and by honoring the golden ages circa 1940, 1980, and 2020.

44 Floors and 777 Rooms of Extravagance

Lucky number 777 plays a role in Circa’s creation, as 777 rooms and suites fill the 1.25 million-square-foot property. Standing at 44 stories tall and nearly 500 feet high, Circa Las Vegas will be the tallest hotel north of the Strip. The floor numbering will go up to level 60, but Derek Stevens notes that some floor numbers will be left out. Stevens also notes that Circa will be suite-focused to increase the number of suites in the area to meet demand.

Luxurious Amenities for All

You can’t have a one-of-a-kind resort without one-of-a-kind amenities, and Circa Resort & Casino definitely delivers. While all details are not released at the moment, the next 23 months will be filled with announcements for themes, bars, chefs, and more. One thing that is for certain though is that Circa Las Vegas will host the longest outdoor bar on the Fremont Street Experience, five restaurants, and a split-level casino. Stay tuned for more reveals for the ultimate Las Vegas experience with Circa’s spectacular amenities!

Circa Las Vegas Sportsbook

The Largest Sports Book in Las Vegas

Inspired by a wow moment at the then Las Vegas Hilton Superbook in 1986, Derek Stevens was driven to create the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas. Powered by his love of sports and sports betting, he promises to fulfill his own dream to have a state-of-the-art, multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook equipped with the biggest screen in sportsbook history. The Stevens brothers have also announced bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa Las Vegas. This move will be especially important to the growth of the Las Vegas sports scene that we’ve seem booming recently.

Welcome to the Garage Mahal

Getting around Vegas just got a little easier with Circa’s Garage Mahal. This 9-story parking garage is the first of its kind and has been designed with today’s favorite mode of transportation in mind – ride-sharing! Uber and Lyft will be easily to call to make partying the night away as simple and efficient as possible. There will be 1,201 parking spots to make Downtown Las Vegas easily accessible, making it a haven for travelers and Las Vegas entertainment seekers alike.

Multi-Tiered Pool Amphitheater at Circa Las Vegas

Glamorous Multi-Tiered Pool Amphitheater

Entertainment in Vegas just got that much better with the multi-tiered pool amphitheater that will sit atop the resort. Featuring a back-lit roof line, six pools, and a massive 125-foot, high-resolution screen, this new amphitheater will light up the skyline and your day or night. From well-known DJs and performances from special guests to sports watch parties or just catching some sun, there will always be something to do here. Delicious food and drink options and cabanas make it that much more enjoyable.

Vegas Vickie Makes a Return

One of Circa’s star players is a Las Vegas icon. Many will recognize her, a beautiful kicking cowgirl named Vegas Vicki. Vegas Vickie used to perch above the Fremont Street Experience, dazzling all who passed by her. Now, she will live in Circa, greeting guests with her dazzling smile within the Circa Las Vegas hotel lobby.

We are excited to welcome Circa Resort & Casino to the family. Derek and Greg Stevens strive to build up Las Vegas and create a new golden age of the city – circa 2020! Designed with unbridled passion with a focus on fun and excitement, the Circa Las Vegas team is ready to stand and welcome all to the time of their lives!

Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR in Vegas: Your Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend Guide

Fast cars, bright lights and big parties are in store the weekend of March 1st through the 3rd. Every weekend in Las Vegas is sure to be a good time, but when the Pennzoil 400 Spring NASCAR event makes its way to our city, we can almost feel the adrenaline start pumping. Whether you’re a NASCAR enthusiast or are just here for the parties and food, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss.

About the Pennzoil 400 Spring NASCAR Event

If you’ve never heard of the event before, let us help you become familiar with the heart racing event that is the Pennzoil 400.

First off, this three-day event isn’t just one race, but three. Witness the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series all in one weekend with a weekend package ticket. Or, if you just want to stay for the day, you can purchase a single-day ticket. Guests will also bear witness to some of the great showdowns in sports racing history, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and World of Outlaws at Las Vegas Dirt Track joining forces a few days before the event.

Meet us at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

There’s no better venue for a weekend this exciting than the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS}. The space is home to many exciting tracks, including the Speedway, Drag Strip, Bullring, Dirt Track, Off Road Track, and more. There’s even a Go-Kart Track where hardcore go-kart racers go to compete. This isn’t your typical amusement park go-kart racing, either. The track features six different configurations and 11 turns, making it a different experience every time you visit.

Go Kart Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Credit: LVMS.com

The Pennzoil 400 is just one of the many events that LVMS hosts. This year, they’re hosting multiple Midnight Mayhem events, an Import Face Off, and loads of other events throughout the year. In fact, there’s something happening at the track nearly every weekend!

If you want to take your own path (literally), LVMS also offers a number of unique experiences for visitors, including getting behind the wheel of a race car, enjoying a VIP tour of the property, and racing an exotic sports car like a Lamborghini, Porsche, or Ferrari. You’re the driver of your own experience at LVMS.

NASCAR Parties are Totally a Thing

You’ve heard of NFL Championship parties, NCAA Basketball Tournament parties, and parties for the many Vegas Golden Knights games throughout the season, but have you ever heard of a NASCAR party? When the Pennzoil 400 comes to town, there are tons of places to grab a drink, a bite to eat, and watch the action. Here are some of the best places to catch the big race:

Draft Bar Sports Lounge

The Draft Bar at the track  is free for all ticket-holders and includes a view overlooking the speedway, an outdoor patio, and a fully stocked bar. Don’t miss a minute of the race with multiple TVS while you savor the lounge’s freshly-prepared food.

The Neon Garage Courtyard

The Neon Garage is Pennzoil’s self-proclaimed “NASCAR Disneyland” and features specialty concessions, victory lane celebration, and more. Get access to the Neon Garage and a Pit Road Pass, which includes unprecedented access to NASCAR’s star drivers, for $99 for the weekend or $59 for a single day.

Kevin Harvick Celebrates Pennzoil 400 Win in 2018

Credit: Icon Sportswire courtesy of Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Turn 4 Turn Up

This unique lounge is, you guessed it, right on Turn 4 overlooking the speedway. Enjoy a Ferris Wheel, firepits, food trucks, live music, games, and drink specials during race weekend. Witness the race in a fun, festival-like atmosphere all weekend. All these parties, and more Pennzoil upgrades, can be found here.

D Bar at the D

D Bar is home to Downtown Las Vegas’ best frozen drinks and cocktails and is less than 20 minutes away from the Speedway. After you’re done enjoying all the festivities, head over to the D to party with our dancing dealers, grab a craft cocktail, and place some bets!

Fremont Street Experience

Speaking of downtown, while you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Fremont Street Experience, which is five blocks of live music, countless bars, and the world-famous Viva Vision light show. Viva Vision has the world’s largest video screen and a daily free light show choreographed to awesome music.

There’s always something happening in Las Vegas and the Pennzoil 400 is one of the most exciting NASCAR races to come to our city. Make sure you get your tickets to this incredible event and don’t forget to grab some drinks, see some live music, and dine in luxury while you’re here.

Football Players Playing in Big Game

How to Prep for the Big Game in Vegas: Parties, Betting & More

The NFL Championship is almost upon us and it’s going to be a tight race to see who shows up! Whether your favorite team is still in the running or you’re just in it for the snacks and drinks, Las Vegas is the perfect place to cheer on the Big Game. From watch parties to sports betting to where to stay, we’re here to show you a great time on this monumental football weekend. So grab your facepaint and jerseys and let’s look at how to prep for the Big Game in Vegas.

NFL Championship Game Viewing Parties

Viewing parties for the Big Game are Vegas’ time to shine. There are parties on and off the Strip and if the 311,000 visitors in 2018 were any indication, 2019 is sure to be a great time. Here are some places to catch the Big Game:

Big Game Bash Watch Party at the D

No one does football like the D, so this year join us for the biggest game of the season way up on the 12th floor. We’ll have private Man Caves where you can party like champions, unlimited food and drink in the Detroit Ballroom, and all the cheering you could ask for. After the game, head right up to your room and keep the party going all night!

Big Game Viewing Party 2019 at Beer Park

Football and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not enjoy the Big Game at Beer Park, known for its amazing TVs, cool outdoor seating and, well, beer. Beer Park is offering various tiers of tickets, including individual bar seating, a 2-person package deal, and all-inclusive tickets that includes access to the many buffet-style food stations throughout the venue.

2019 VIP Pigskin Party

Westgate is throwing down for the NFL Championship this year! Guests can enjoy food stations, a complimentary call bar, buckets of beer, and a fun photobooth to remember all the memories. Sports fanatics will also enjoy the many betting options at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the world’s largest race and sports book.

Friends Celebrating at Big Game Viewing Party

Cabo Wabo Cantina Football Fiesta

Score big at Cabo Wabo Cantina with all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffets with tailgate favorites like hot dogs and burgers as well as Mexican classics. Nothing says “Big Game” like a build-your-own taco and nacho station! Drinks include the Cantina’s Signature Margarita, handcrafted cocktails, and draft and bottled beers.

Biggest Big Game Bash at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The Downtown Watch Zone has been the place to catch football games all season and DLVEC is wrapping up the season with the Biggest Big Game Bash. Bring all your friends and rent a table and enjoy 72 feet of LED screen, two 22-foot side screens, and lots of food and drink. If you want to step your party up a notch, check out the venue’s Man Caves, where you’ll be treated with food and beverage service and a premium shaded space for up to 30 people.

The Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Hard Rock is known for both its delicious food and mega parties, and the Big Game is no exception. Cheer on your favorite team with guaranteed seating, a five-hour premium open bar, and food stations of chef-selected game day favorites.

PBR Rock Bar and Grill Big Game Party 2019

PBR Rock Bar and Grill is located right in the middle of the Strip and is hosting a huge viewing party for the Big Game this year. All packages guarantee your seat and include a premium open bar starting at 2pm until the game ends. Never miss a play with the multiple projector screens and individual booth TVs.

Sports Betting in Las Vegas

Betting on the Big Game is almost as fun as watching the commercials, especially when you know what you’re doing. Let’s look at some of the most common football bets and how you can try to win yourself a little extra cash for the slot machines (or buffet).

Person Placing Sports Bet for Big Game on Phone

Betting on the Big Game

Even if you know next to nothing about football, you can still place a bet on the Big Game. Here are a few tips to get you started:

> A straight bet is the most common type of football bet. This is when you bet on the team you want to win and the point spread your expect. This bet pays out 10/11, which means that if you bet $11, you win $10 (plus your original bet).
> An over-under bet is when you bet that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed on your official ticket. This bet pays out at the same odds of 10/11.

There are other variations of football bets such as Futures, Parlays, Teasing, and more.

Where to Place Your Bet

The Entertainment Capital of the World is full of amazing places to make your Big Game bet. Here are a few of the most notable sports books in the city:

1. Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book – The Race & Sports Book in Caesars Palace is one of the best on the Strip. Watch the game from a 143-foot HD LED screen and hear all the action from 4-Zone Directional Sound. The space includes lower level seating, which includes three drink tickets, and VIP seating, which includes all-you-can-drink and an expedited line for betting.
2. William Hill Sports BookThe William Hill Sports Book at the D is a great place to take in all the action and hopefully win a little extra cash. Plus, it’s located right next to the Vue Bar, so you can watch your bet on the state-of-the-art odds display boards and grab a drink. Do you have what it takes to bet on the Big Game?
3. Wynn Race & Sports Book – The Wynn Race & Sports Book just went through a major renovation and is looking better than ever. The sports book combines the “big screen views of a movie theater” with the “thrill of sports spectating” at free events every week.
4. The Book at the Plaza – The Plaza has the biggest sportsbook in Downtown Las Vegas, with over 75 screens displaying all the action. For the Big Game this year, the Plaza is hosting their $100,000 Big Game Parlay Card. If you pick all 15 winners of 15 Big Game props, you win $100,000 in cash!

There’s no better place to cheer on the Big Game than in Vegas and this guide will help you do it right. Whether you attend a huge viewing party, place some bets, or just watch from your hotel room, you’re sure to love the excitement of this big day.

Aerosmith Performing Live on Stage

Aerosmith Las Vegas Residency Begins in 2019

Sin City is known for its world-class Vegas entertainment as some of the most beloved artists take residency and perform epic shows. From classic acts like Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack to modern-day artists such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Britney Spears, and Cher, Vegas residencies are a pretty big deal. Almost every year brings a new face to the scene, and in 2019, the Aerosmith Las Vegas residency is slated to begin! [Image above attributed to: HollywoodReporter.com – Courtesy of Steve Appleford]

Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild

Starting April 6, 2019, the “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” shows will kick off at the Park Theater. Between April and July, the band has announced they will perform their first 18 shows, with more shows likely to be added later in the year. So far, we’ve been promised “never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions” and state-of-the-art audio and video technology for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So why is this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency so exciting? Only because they’ve been dubbed “America’s Greatest Rock Band”, is the best-selling American rock band, and is an influence to other music legends such as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Metallica. Since their success in the 1970s, Aerosmith has won many awards from programs such as the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, and have the most gold albums by an American group while being tied with Van Halen for the most multi-platinum album certifications by an American group.

Want in on this Aerosmith Las Vegas residency action? Make sure to buy your Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild tickets soon!

People Attending Las Vegas Concert

Radical Places to Dine and Drink Less than a Mile Away

Now imagine this: you have tickets to see the award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers at the Park Theater for their “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” residency. You become filled with “Sweet Emotions” and now need to make the rest of the night just as epic. Epic bars and restaurants need to be nearby so your not “Jaded” if you’re late to the show. Good news “Walk This Way” to the “The Other Side” and see the selection that is only a few feet away from the theater.

1. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) at The Park

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This kitchen has a modern setting and fast service. It has food that is sure to please any person from a meat lover to a vegetarian. CPK is known for their fresh and seasonal ingredients, hand-tossed pizzas and unique kinds of pasta and salads. They have a selection of premium wines, crafted beers, and hand-crafted cocktails. You are sure to find something to eat and drink here that will leave you humming a happy tune.

2. Bruxie

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $
Hours: Mon- Thu, Sun 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Fri – Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This isn’t your typical fried chicken and waffles, it’s the original fried chicken and waffle sandwich! Their main claim to fame are their sandwiches made with waffles, not bread.All entrees made from scratch and waffles made to order. This place is sure to give you a feeling of home and comfort as you eat this light and crispy chicken inside two golden brown non-sweet waffles. Have a hole in your soul? This fun twist on soul food will patch it right up!

Drinks and Food at Beer Hall

3. Beerhaus

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: Mon- Thu 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM, Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Sun 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Before hearing some classic rock at Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild, you may want to sit back and chill. Across the way is a beer hall that has a menu with drinks to appeal to the casual drinker and beverages for the refined palettes. Along with drinks, the menu includes savory sandwiches and snacks that are sure to energize you before you rock out that night. If you are looking for a little pre-show pump up, check out the live concert music at the bar!

4. The Chocolate Bar

Distance: 0.2 miles
Price: $$
Hours: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM

Located next to Hershey’s Chocolate World, this bar has drinks that are sure to feed any sweet tooth. Served here are specialty cocktails inspired by some come delectable treats like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini and the Jolly Rancher Jolly-Tini. There is also a varied mix of chocolate beers and wines. Either way, if you have a sweet tooth and want a fun, unique experience, head to The Chocolate Bar before or after your Aerosmith Las Vegas show.

So “Let the Music Do the Talking” and head on over to one of these fresh and notable places before or after the show. They are sure to do “What It Takes” to fuel your energy and  leave you rockin all night or maybe even “Livin on the Edge.” And when it is time to turn in for the night, or when it’s simply time to head to a new bar, make sure you stay at the D Casino Hotel to keep rocking all night. Seeing Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild will be one experience you need to have, and you won’t want to miss a thing!  

Las Vegas Winter Skyline at Sunset

9 Reasons to Enjoy a Las Vegas Winter Vacation

When it comes to spring and summer, Vegas is a popular destination for pool parties, festivals, and catching your favorite artists. But did you know a Las Vegas winter vacation is just as great? From milder weather to exciting winter events, winter in Vegas gives you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the area in comfort. So what makes a Las Vegas winter so great? Read below for our favorite winter activities in Sin City!

Las Vegas Winter Weather

Nothing quite beats Las Vegas winter weather. While the summers are notoriously hot with temperatures easily exceeding 100°F, our winters will treat you with pleasantly mild temperatures. Because of the mild weather, Vegas is the perfect winter escape for those living in cold states. On top of avoiding the cold, the cooler Las Vegas winter temperature makes exploring the area much easier – whether you’re walking around the city or going on a hike.

In the winter, you will enjoy these average temperatures in Las Vegas weather in:

> December: High of 58°F and low of 38°F
> January: High of 58°F and low of 39°F
> February: High of 64°F and low of 42°F

Las Vegas Winter Activities

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

This winter, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens beautifully transform the space into two special displays. At the start of the winter season, a jolly holiday display turns the conservatory into a breathtaking winter wonderland. And coming soon, between January 12 and March 2 a special Chinese New Year display showcases the celebration.

2015 Chinese New Year Display at Bellagio ConservatoryAttribute: Vegas.Travelivery.com

Entertainment in Vegas

Winter in Vegas typically means smaller crowds. The warm weather brings in spring breakers and summer parties, making the winter a great time to catch your favorite Vegas entertainment. Between shows like Cirque du Soleil, events at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and the Fremont Street Experience, there’s something for everyone.

Downtown Container Park

On the second Sunday of every month, the Downtown Container Park features Second Sunday – an event featuring local artists, vendors, and entertainment. This event is a fun and unique way to get to know Vegas on a whole new level. And while Second Sunday isn’t in session, check out the awesome shops, restaurants, and the Dome for extra fun.

Gambling & Casino Games

It’s almost impossible to do Vegas without going to the casino. No matter what your skill level, there are plenty of casino games for beginners and experts alike. Try your hand at some gambling and bring your lucky underwear along with your jackets. Who knows, maybe you’ll hit the jackpot and you can move to a tropical getaway where winter doesn’t exist.

Outdoor Adventures

As mentioned earlier, cooler weather means less-strenuous outdoor activities. If you are visiting Vegas for more than just the city and want to add some nature in your life, explore some of the many trails, hikes, and parks in the area. Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Lake Meade, Mount Charleston, and Lee Canyon are all lovely places to see in the cool weather.

Snow in Red Rock Canyon During Winter in Las Vegas

Restaurants & Bars

Having a great meal or delicious drink is necessary to keep you warm during the winter in Vegas. Our city boasts award-winning restaurants and amazing bars to whet everyone’s appetites and quench thirsts. From happy hour deals and yard drinks to exquisite steak dinners and wine bars, there is something for every palate and situation.

Shopping in Las Vegas

Shopping is something enjoyed year-round, but that doesn’t mean it’s less fun during the winter months! If the desert winter temperatures ever drop too low for you, seek warmth in the many shops of Las Vegas. Outlet malls and shopping centers can be found all around Vegas, fitting any shopping needs you desire. Be on the lookout for post-holiday sales!

Vegas Golden Knights Games

If you haven’t heard of the Vegas Golden Knights and their stellar success, it’s time to listen up! Visiting Las Vegas in winter means you’re visiting in prime VGK season. Make sure to catch one of their home games at T-Mobile Arena to see how locals support their team. Attending one of these games is a sports experience you won’t want to miss.

Make your winter vacation one to remember by spending winter in Vegas. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, comfortable temperatures, and exciting experiences that don’t happen in any other season. Start off your Las Vegas winter planning today by booking at the D Hotel, where you’ll be close to the action and have a cozy place to warm up in after a long day of winter activities!

Woman Using Slot Machine to Learn How to Gamble in Vegas

Best Casino Games for Beginners & How to Gamble in Vegas

Whether you’re looking for a game that’s easy to learn or continue to have Lady Luck on your side at your favorite table, everyone has their go-to Las Vegas casino game. But if you’re new to the Las Vegas gambling scene, how do you choose which casino game to start with?

Let’s look at some of the most common table, video, and slot games to help get your feet wet before diving in with the high rollers head first. But, before we take a look at some of the most popular gaming options below, take our quiz to understand what casino game is the best match for you!

How to Play Casino Games 101

Slots

You can’t miss them – the sounds of bells, cheering, and explosions ringing throughout the casino floor. Some slot machines are epic HD touch-screens with large comfortable chairs. Others feature your favorite movies or television shows or never-ending bonus rounds and escalating jackpots. There are hundreds of slot machines to choose from, none of which require much skill from the player, which makes them the perfect casino games for beginners.

Other than quickly glancing at the playlines and deciding what bet to make, the player’s main job is to press a button and hope for all the lights and sounds of a bonus round or large payout! Some slot machines include scatters, wilds, bonuses and other surprises that may pop up to make the game more exciting and increase your winnings. A lot happens on those big bright screens and it can get confusing on how you actually win, but the ease and potential payout of slot machines is what makes them so popular among the casino floor!

Friends Learning How to Play Casino Games like Roulette

Roulette

If you can count from one to thirty-six, you can play roulette. The rules are simple and there’s very little strategy that goes into playing the game but despite the simplicity, roulette is a lot of fun to play! You can make your bet by:

> Placing your chips on a specific number, which we call an “inside bet” – the winning number is the one the ball lands in after the dealer’s spin

> Splitting your bet by putting your chip on the line between two numbers – don’t forget your zeros!

> Placing your chips on thirds of the board, which are 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12

> Betting on even or odd, or red or back

> Splitting the board and betting on 1-18 or 19-36

> Betting on each of the 3 randomly divided columns on the roulette table

The payout for each of these bets differs. For example, if you hit on a column you will win 2-1, but if you hit on a 50/50 split bet, you will only double your bet (if you bet $10, you’ll win another $10). Ready to place your bet? Learn some roulette strategies that can actually increase your chance of winning!

LONGBAR at the D with Video Gaming for Beginners

Video Keno

Video Keno is another casino game for beginners that’s easy to learn. Plus, it’s a great game to play if you want to make your money stretch instead of burning up your $20 in the first five minutes. Your first step is deciding the odds you’d like to bet against. You can choose up to ten numbers but some number sequences pay out better than others. For example, the odds to hit a solid 7-spot is about 40,000-to-1 but the payoff is 7,000-1. If you’re betting a quarter, that’s a $1,750 payout for hitting all seven spots.

There are also multi-card games, such as Four Card Keno and 20-Card Keno, which can increase your chances of hitting, though you are betting more per hand. Some Keno machines even have other ways to increase the jackpot, such as including bonus numbers that are randomly generated. After choosing your numbers, simply hit “start” and the machine will pick twenty numbers at random. If a certain amount of your numbers are the same as what the machine chose, you’ll be a winner! You may choose new numbers or repeat your bet at any time.

Once you’ve mastered these beginner games, you can decide if you’d like to stick with the “tried and true” or move on to the more complicated casino games, such as poker, blackjack, and craps. Who knows, you may end up planning a whole casino vacation to fit it all in! With dancing dealers and a wide variety of games and skill levels, even a gambling rookie will have a blast testing out their luck on the tables, video machines, and slots at the D.