If there’s one place in Las Vegas that could serve as your Sunday tailgating destination—at least until the Raiders touch down in 2020—it’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Let’s be clear, you can’t park in the garage and set up a grill, but you can get your pregame on in one of the city’s best party atmospheres. At Hard Rock, that’s pretty much anywhere.
The iconic resort has led the party scene in Las Vegas since it first opened its doors back in 1995 (has it been that long?) and is one of the best spots in town for celebrity-watching. Star athletes from Shaquille O’Neal to Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski are Hard Rock regulars, adding to a hypercharged fan scene inside the casino and, especially, at the CG Technology Sportsbook.
For the uninitiated, here’s where you can get your fill of game day action inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Take Your Seat in the Race & Sports Book
You want the tale of the tape? The sportsbook features 25 high-definition television screens showcasing your favorite games on a massive wall just off the casino floor.
You can have a seat at one of the individual betting stations and cycle through games on your private screen or, when you’re not enthralled by the action, you can take a minute to acknowledge some of the sports greats of the past. Hard Rock is not just a music museum; the walls of the sportsbook are adorned with memorabilia from historic games and history-making athletes.
Make a Wager at Side Bet Bar
Adjacent to the book is the Hard Rock’s Side Bet Bar, where you can grab a drink (there are 16 beers on tap!) and watch the action on one of the seven 55-inch screens.
The bar is even loaded with built-in gaming machines, so you can satisfy your video poker craving while you wait to see if your team is a winner.
Game Day Viewing at Midway Bar
Midway Bar debuted following Hard Rock’s most recent renovations, which began in 2010 and added a brand-new wing to the casino floor.
This is the perfect bar for people-watching during game breaks and in between placing bets on your CG app. While there aren’t as many screens as the Side Bet Bar and the sportsbook, it’s the perfect spot to get away from the action on the busiest part of the casino floor, so you can enjoy a drink while you watch the game.
Nearby you’ll find one of Hard Rock’s many “Walls of Fame” featuring leather jackets worn by singers and movie stars. It’s these little touches that make the entire resort Instagram-worthy.
And just think, if you have a successful game day, you couldn’t be in a better place to celebrate.