Once you hear what Vegas has in store for March Madness, you’ll want to cancel your current plans and head towards the light—the neon light, that is. Think fleets of flatscreens, craft beers, and game day fare you wish you had at home, like a giant pretzel dipped in a Samuel Adams beer cheese sauce with diced tomatoes and roasted jalapenos. We chose to highlight luxurious sports dens that double as sports books, meaning that last second buzzer beater just got a little more interesting. With just an hour flight from LAX, what’s stopping you?

Here are our top choices for the ultimate fan experience:

Aria Race and Sports Book at Aria Resort & Casino

3730 Las Vegas Boulevard


Place your bets in more than one way at Aria’s more than 10,000 sq. ft. of television heaven. An array of semi-private leather couches and separate monitors help you watch your teams more closely. At half time, grab a wood fired pizza from Five50 Pizza Bar (Aria’s exclusive joint venture with James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur Shawn McCain) located just around the corner. If you plan to visit during high-traffic Sweet Sixteen, arrive early to secure a seat, as this place will get crowded.

Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo

3325 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Suite 101


If you’re looking to really go all out, Legasse’s stadium is among the best as they host a combination of a sports book, restaurant and lounge. Chef Emeril Lagasse is the brains behind your Stadium Menu, which includes such options as the Green Chili Chicken or Pork Nachos, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and signature Steak BAM’wich. Fans flock to the 10-foot by 20-foot projection screen featuring six rows of stadium style seating, or, for a more intimate setting, reserve a semi-private Sky Box or a private Luxury Box, which comes with billiard tables and the classic video arcade games. Either way you chose to watch the game, this place makes you feel as if you have already won.

PBR Rock Bar and Grill

3663 Las Vegas Boulevard #730


Located right beside the Planet Hollywood sports book, within a short walk of the Miracle Mile Shops, is where you'll find this classic American grill sporting a Rock & Roll vibe. With over 100 televisions, four bar areas, live music pumping from the stage, and more than 3,000 sq.  ft. of outdoor space, PBR Rock Bar and Grill generates as much excitement as the games you'll be watching. Altogether, if you're seeking an all-around party atmosphere and great place to socialize, this is our bet.

The Ainsworth at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

4455 Paradise Road


the ainsworthIf you’re looking for a more traditional sports bar feel that still kicks it up a notch, head on over to The Ainsworth located in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. They have the foods you crave during the game, like Pigs n’ Blanket, Sliders, and Buffalo Wings, as well as the option to go big with bottle service. A Cantor Gaming betting station reveals itself inside the bar which, with its rustic decor, brings out the masculine energy you want in a sporting venue.

As a sidenote, you may want to keep in mind that Warren Buffett is offering $1 Billion for a perfect March Madness Bracket.

2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament // First Round begins March 18-19