Las Vegas Sports Book News – Odds are Better for Food & Drink Bargains Downtown

With football season in full swing and many people scheduled to hit Vegas over the next several months to watch and bet on sports, many sports books patrons are trying to figure out where to hang out on a football weekend. Invariably, one of the main things on top of everyone’s list is “free or cheap drinks,” which is easier said than done nowadays as all Vegas sports books have gone the drink ticket route. The good old days of sitting at a sports book and waiting for the cocktail server to bring you free drinks are over. Sure, most spots still offer free drink tickets, but the amount you get, if you get any, can be tricky and at times frustrating. I’ve heard many a time a sports book patron say “I’ve got to bet $200 to get a free drink ticket!” Not always the case, but yes, that’s the rule at some sports books.

Downtown Grand Tailgate Party - Fun on the Cheap

Downtown Grand Tailgate Party – Fun on the Cheap

If you’ve been to Fremont Street in Las Vegas recently you probably know, or at least have heard about, Downtown Grand, which is the newest hotel/casino in Downtown Vegas. If you are on Fremont Street, the walk to Downtown Grand is brief – nothing really special about it as you head north through a wide pathway across from the entrance to The D. You’ll quickly find yourself on 3rd Street, with Pizza Rock on one corner and the entrance to Downtown Grand on the other. Given the cheap beer and eats available on football weekends, Downtown Grand would be worth far more trouble to get to if you’re looking for a spot to watch and bet on sports while you are Downtown.

Tailgate Party on the Patio at Downtown Grand

Tailgate Party on the Patio at Downtown Grand

Downtown Grand, in conjunction with their William Hill operated sports book, began offering Tailgate Parties at the start of football season and it seems to be picking up a little steam with sports book and football fans. I paid a visit on a recent football Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised. There was a nice crowd inside the sports book as well as outside (there is a door from the sports book that leads directly to the Tailgate Party patio) where the bargain food and beer could be found. Draft beer is $1, hot dogs $2, and brats or burgers $3. The draft beer was nice and cold and I tried a hot dog, fresh off of the grill as there is a BBQ set up – tasty.

Downtown Grand Sports Book

Downtown Grand Sports Book

You can sit outside and watch one of the screens that are set up along the wall or simply take your food and beer right back inside to the sports book, which is directly connected to the outdoor patio. If you find yourself Downtown and are seeking that budget experience at the sports book – as in dollar beers and cheap food, the Tailgate Party on the William Hill patio might be right up your alley. When I’m Downtown on a football weekend, it will definitely be on my list of places to stop by and watch some college or pro football. If you’re in to low rolling and like a bargain, you should check it out as well.

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