College and pro football seasons have started, and Las Vegas doesn’t want you to miss any of the action. The Strip features football-watching bars and restaurants that will keep you in beer and specialty foods too.
Here are some suggestions to help you find just the right spot.
1. Beer Park
Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas will celebrate college football with viewing parties every Saturday through the season. The sports bar, which has an enviable outdoor location overlooking the Strip, will feature a Pigskin Pig Roast with a whole pig slow-roasted and served barbecue style. Wash that down with one of 100 beers. Info: Beer Park, (702) 444-4500
2. Cabo Wabo Cantina
Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops will screen NFL as well as select NCAA games starting Thursday. The list of televisions sounds like the inventory from an appliance store: roughly 30 high-def screens including a 200-inch video grid. On Sunday evenings, the cantina will host Football Fiesta with a $55 special that includes five beers and five shots of Espolo Blanco tequila. Info: Cabo Wabo Cantina, (702) 385-2226
3. Lagasse's Stadium
Lagasse’s Stadium at the Venetian boasts more than 100 TVs, including a 9-by-16-foot main screen. This club, restaurant and sports book was purpose-built by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, a big football fan and creator of the Stadium’s tailgate-style menu. Info: Lagasse’s Stadium, (702) 607-2665
4. Umami Burger & Beer Garden
Umami Burger & Beer Garden at the SLS encourages fans to cheer not only for their favorite team but also for what’s been voted America’s best burger. The Manly, named burger of the year by GQ magazine, is topped with house made beer-cheddar sauce, bacon lardons and smoked-salt onion strings. Info: Umami Burger & Beer Garden, (702) 761-7614.
5. Virgil's Real Barbecue
Virgil’s Real Barbecue at the Linq Promenade will blend its signature, New York-style barbecue with game action beginning next Monday. They’ll be smoking whole pigs each week on the patio and tempting guests with free samples. Info: Virgil’s Real Barbecue, (702) 389-7400
6. 7777 Sports Bar & Restaurant
Rams fans may want to ditch the Strip and head to the 7777 Sports Bar & Restaurant at 7777 W. Sahara Ave., about seven miles from the big resorts. It’s where members of the Sin City Chapter of the L.A. Rams Booster Club gather. Info: 7777 Sports Bar & Restaurant, (702) 388-7777.
By the way, it’s not too early to make reservations at your favorite Las Vegas hangout for the biggest game of the season. Super Bowl LII will be played Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.