UPDATE: There is much uncertainty around March Madness in Las Vegas in 2021 due to the ongoing public health crisis. Capacity restrictions are currently in place as part of Nevada’s Pause, and we are unsure when/if those will be lifted. Due to that uncertainty, many typical party spots are already calling 2021’s tournament quits, and others plan to operate under whatever restrictions exist.
Additionally, the dates of the opening weekend are still in flux. While Selection Sunday and Final Four dates are set, the NCAA has not yet finalized the dates of the first and second rounds. Given all the uncertainty, we will not be updating the list of parties for 2021, however, it can still serve as a guide to point you in the right direction if you are still traveling to Vegas.
Opening weekend of March Madness 2020 is fast approaching and many of us will be planning our annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of gambling – Las Vegas. Although nationwide sports betting may pull some eyes off the action in Sin City, many of us will still seek out the perfect watch party in Vegas to take in every chaotic game.
As viewing parties are scheduled for the opening weekend of the 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament, we will update the list below!
Westgate Hoops Central 2020
A FREE party held in the International Theater will offer satellite betting stations as well as food and drink specials. Seating is limited so we recommend arriving early or buying a reserved seat for $30 that comes with a free beer. Personally, my group purchased seats in 2019 and were impressed with the atmosphere and view of the 4 massive screens. You can purchase tickets here.
The D March Hoops Viewing Party
The D will hold their annual FREE watch party in the 12th floor Detroit ballroom for the opening weekend of March Madness. Betting stations, food and drink will be available for purchase. Additionally, there will be Craps and Blackjack tables with a view of the TVs if you are the type that likes to gamble while you gamble.
Man caves are also available for rent. They include all you can eat/drink, private cocktail server, and 4 70″ TVs with sound. Packages run $300 per person for 6 hours and $500 per person for the whole day (12 hours) – Contact the D’s sales team here.
South Point March Madness Watch Party
If you don’t mind leaving the strip, this free watch party offers a seat, access to betting stations and value food/drink offerings (historically $1 Hot Dogs and $3 bottled beer). The party is growing in popularity, so we recommend getting to the ballroom early to ensure you snag a seat. South Point is also famous for how loose they are with drink tickets. Take care of your ticket writer and they will take care of you.
Treasure Island Viewing Party
TI offers a free ballroom viewing party for the opening weekend of march madness complete with a cash bar satellite betting stations. Grab a couple beers at the CVS across the street at Venetian and smuggle them in to save a few bucks.
March Mania at Plaza
Plaza’s annual event will be hosted in the event center and will feature 18 screens and 2 projectors. A one day pass costs $20 and a 4 day value pass will run you $40. Both single and multi day pass holders will receive a free koozie as well as a free drink and food item for each day of admission paid for. If you need more than one drink (you will) Plaza will be offering stadium food and drink for purchase. View all the details here!
Ellis Island Hoops Mania 2020
Ellis will be holding their annual party in their new Front Yard addition in 2020. Seating options for half day packages cost $100 per person in the main atrium and $75 upstairs. Springing for a full day package will earn you a slight discount when compared to booking both AM/PM sessions separately. You will have access to an assigned seat, an Ellis Island T-Shirt, buffet, and all the craft beer you can drink straight from Ellis’ brewery. Tickets are available here.
AmeriCAN March Mayhem 2020
A bar on the LINQ Promenade focusing on canned beer options, AmeriCAN is offering full day all you can drink packages for $150. You receive a guaranteed seat and access to their premium all you can drink bar. No food is provided but you can bring in outside options. Check out details here.
HyperX Esports Arena – Luxor
A unique viewing experience, $95 minimum food and drink spend will reserve your seat at the Esports Arena where you will be able to catch the opening weekend action on the arena’s 50ft, centrally located screen. Tickets can be purchased here.
Rockhouse March Mayhem Viewing Party 2020
Tucked in Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes, Rockhouse is offering full and half day watch party tickets which provide a seat and access to a premium open bar. Full day tickets will set you back $240. Half day tickets area also available in 8:30am-3:30pm or 3:30-End of last game for $150 and you can view ticket info here.
PBR Rock Bar March Mayhem 2020
Located right on the strip in the Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar is offering full and half day packages guaranteeing patrons a seat and access to an open bar. Food items will be available for purchase and are not included in the price which is $240 for the full day and $150 for a half day package. Half day packages come in 8:30am-3:30pm or 3:30-End of last game time blocks. Check out details here.
Beer Park at Paris
You can reserve a seat at Beer Park for a day of first round action for a minimum spend of $175 per person on Thursday/Friday and $150 per person on Saturday/Sunday. Enjoy the games and a great view of the Bellagio Fountains. Tax and gratuity of 34.95% will be added to your bill. View more info here.
Hoops Mania at the Hard Rock Cafe 2020
Attendees will gain access to Hard Rock’s game day buffet and open bar for $240 daily. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. Note, this is at the cafe on the south end of the strip (across from Park MGM) as opposed to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The Still at Mirage
You can reserve a seat at The Still located of the casino floor at Mirage for $150 food and beverage minimum per session on Thurs/Fri of opening weekend. The Food and Beverage minimum is reduced to $100 per session on the Saturday and $75 per session on Sunday. AM Sessions run from 9am – 2:30pm and the PM session is from 3pm – 9 pm. You can reserve your seat here.
Moneyline Sports Bar at Park MGM
You can reserve a full day seat at Moneyline for as little as a $150 food and beverage minimum spend per person. Both bar top and booth options are available for groups ranging from 1-10 people at various price points, although most break down to about $150-$300 per person. For more info, text JT at (818)-742-7265.
Cosmopolitan Hoops and Hops 2020
Cosmopolitan is offering single day passes to their annual opening weekend event complete with open bar. Single day pricing on Thur/Fri is $250 and the price drops to $150 on Saturday. Passes include access to an open bar complete with beer, wine, well drinks and water. Shots and Red Bull are not included, nor is a guaranteed seat – get there early. Cosmopolitan is not offering a 3 day pass in 2020. Check out additional information here.
Cabo Wabo at Miracle Mile Shops
Surround yourself with massive TV screens ranging from 80 – 200 inches in Cabo Wabo’s loft. This watch party will require a minimum spend of $75 per person in attendance. For reservations, contact email@example.com.
Blondies at Miracle Mile Shops
Blondie’s requires a minimum spend of $50 per person, per session, on Thu/Fri and $40 on Sat/Sun. Morning sessions run from 9am – 3:15pm and afternoon kicks off at 3:45pm and runs through 9pm. To reserve a seat, go to Blondie’s events page and navigate to March. They even allow you to select your preferred table from a map of the venue.
TopGolf March Madness Viewing Party
Once again, TopGolf is hosting a viewing party for the opening weekend of March Madness. There are a plethora of options available depending on where in the venue you want to sit, what type of view you desire, and whether you want to play golf. Note that the AM session runs from 9am-1pm and the PM session from 1:30pm – 5:30pm – A significantly shorter window than other parties on this list.
Most options break down to around $100 per person in sitting fees+minimum food and beverage spend per session. If you think Topgolf could be a good option, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your hands on the full “menu” of options available.
Gold Coast March Hoopla Watch Party
Held annually in the Arizona Ballroom, the Gold Coast watch party is FREE and typically has plenty of seating capacity in addition to cheap food and drink options.
OYO Hotel and Casino March Mania
OYO (formerly Hooter’s) will be hosting a watch party on Thurs/Fri of opening weekend. The cost is $125 plus taxes and gratuity for the full day which includes buffet access, all you can drink domestic beer and a reserved seat. You can buy a 2 day package for the discounted rate of $185 plus tax and gratuity. Drink package upgrades that include craft/imported beer and liquor are available. Contact email@example.com for reservations.
TAP at MGM Grand
Conveniently located near the MGM Grand sportsbook, TAP is offering a seat to watch the chaos of opening weekend in exchange for a $225 minimum spend at tables and $175 min at the bar. For additional details email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CliQue at Cosmopolitan – Battle of the Brackets Watch Party
Catch the games at CliQue for minimum spends which start at $125 per person, per session or $200 for the whole day. Email RSVP@cliquelv.com for reservations.
Sahara Las Vegas March Mania
SLS is nothing but a brief memory as Sahara has been reincarnated. You love to see it. In 2020, Sahara will be hosting watch parties in their Tangier, Casbar, Paradise, and Beers and Bets. Full day passes start at $180 per person and include all you can drink Bud Light, Modelo, Corona, and well drinks. Drink upgrade packages are available for $40 and will give you access to Jameson, Absolute Elyx, Avion Tequila, and CaptainMorgan drinks.
Oddly, half day packages do not appear to be available at Sahara – You’ll have to commit to the full day. Tickets can be purchased here.
Smoked Burgers and BBQ
Located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Smoked Burgers and BBQ is offering a guaranteed seat and all you can eat for the full day. Access to the premium open bar can be had for an additional $50. Tickets can be purchased here.
Did we miss your viewing party? Let us know in the comments and well add it!
Thinking of doing a trip to Vegas for March Madness? Following the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook page is a must. Members of the group provide up to the minute watch party info and act as a resource to answer questions about the opening weekend of the tourney.