Your Ultimate Guide to Las Vegas March Madness 2020

Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for anyone who is looking to have an action-packed, unforgettable adventure. For basketball fans, Sin City is the perfect backdrop for an over-the-top March Madness.

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas during March Madness and you are wondering how to get the most out of your experience, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll share essential details and tips for enjoying one of the biggest events in basketball – March Madness in Vegas.

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Enjoy March Madness at Aria Casino in Vegas

The Aria is one of the hottest venues to watch March Madness

March Madness Men’s NCAA Tournament: When Is It?

In 2020, March Madness kicks off on March 15 with Selection Sunday. The dates for other events that are associated with the tournament include:

  • First Four: March 17 and 18
  • 1st/ 2nd Rounds: March 19 – 22
  • South Regional: March 27 and 29
  • West Regional: March 26 and 28
  • East Regional: March 27 and 29
  • Midwest Regional: March 26 and 28
  • Final Four, National Championship: April 4 and 6
Vegas is the best place to celebrate March Madness

Vegas is the best place to celebrate March Madness

March Madness – What to Expect

The 1st and 2nd Rounds, March 19 through the 22, are the most action-packed in Las Vegas. This is the time when most people flock to the city for March Madness events.

Some expectations to keep in mind:

  • Casinos are packed and there will be lots of table action overall.
  • Hotel prices will be much higher due to demand, so be sure to book early.
  • Nightclubs will have longer lines and be more expensive overall.
  • Casino sportsbooks will be packed very early, so if you want a seat get there early!

While the other dates of the tournament aren’t as eventful, the party atmosphere is still pretty impressive; even more so than the norm for Sin City.

During March Madness, Las Vegas turns into a haven for basketball enthusiasts and those who just like to gamble on the game, even if they aren’t avid fans of the sport. In fact, nearly 3 million people plan trips to the city during the month of March just so they can take part in the festivities.

If you happen to be in Vegas a week before, be sure to check out all the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Vegas.

Westgate Sportsbook is one of the hottest gambling locations for March Madness.

Westgate Sportsbook is one of the hottest betting locations for March Madness.

March Madness Vegas Tips and Info

Here are some tips and info that will help you prep for your big trip so that you can get the most out of the experience:

  • Link up with Social Media. If you want the latest updates on all of the happenings, take to social media. Check out Facebook, where you can find groups that are completely dedicated to March Madness in Las Vegas. Join one of these groups and you’ll have instant access to up-to-the-minute information on the biggest and best activities, live events, and much more. You can even find out the latest updates on the score, goings on at venues, and the wait time for sportsbook counters.
  • Be prepared for crowds. There’s really no way to avoid big crowds during the month of March in Las Vegas; particularly during the first week of events. Opening day falls on St Patrick’s Day, which means there will be even more partygoers than you can imagine. Prepare yourself. Know that it’s going to be crowded and establish a plan. Keep tabs with social media to find out the latest details on the best places to watch, place bets, and grab food and drinks. Knowing the best spots to go – particularly if you are traveling with a group – will help you get the most out of the experience.
  • Consider going off the Strip. While it’s definitely true that the Strip is THE place to be in Las Vegas any time, including March Madness, it’s not the only place to consider. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, consider heading off of Las Vegas Boulevard. The entire city is enthralled with the tournament, and you should be able to find some pretty awesome and lively (but way less crowded) spots off the Strip.
Patrons enjoy a drink at Mirage Casino during March Madness

Check out Mirage Casino for your sportsbook action while you’re visiting Vegas during March Madness.

The Best Sportsbooks to Watch March Madness Games in Vegas

If you’re going to be placing wagers on the game, there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to head over to a sportsbook; and there are plenty to choose from in Las Vegas.
During March Madness, some of the best sportsbooks to watch the games include:

  • AriaThe Aria offers 90 HD screens, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to have an awesome view of ever dribble, pass, and swoosh.
  • Venetian – Featuring one of the most advanced video screens on the continent, you’ll be amazed by the views you’ll be able to get of the games here. There are 118 lavish betting stations, too.
  • MGM Grand With 36 65-inch LCD TVs, 24 42-inch plasma TVs, and seating for 104 people, you’ll have front-row seats to the nail-biting games.
  • Caesars Palace. At this acclaimed casino, you’ll find six 12-foot by 15-foot screens, 12 50-inch plasma TVs, and a 20-foot by 50-foot LED board for your unobstructed viewing pleasure. There are also 140 sports seats with 12-inch flat screens situated on each table.
  • Mirage – Watch the events on the huge 85-foot HD projection screens that offer 4X resolution of 1080p. Talk about an amazing view!
  • Westgate -Offering an immense 220-foot by 18-foot 4K video wall and more than 350 seats, you’ll feel as if you are actually at the game when you watch it at Westgate’s sportsbook.

The Best Bars in Vegas to Watch the March Madness Tournament

If you’re not really gambling and you just want to take part in the action, instead of hitting a sportsbook, consider watching the games at a sports bar. You’ll be able to keep tabs on the score, munch on great grub, and wash it down with whatever type of beverage suits your fancy.

Top Golf is one of the hottest venues during March Madness.

Want to play some golf while you watch some basketball? TopGolf is the place for that!

TopGolf

Located near the MGM Grand, TopGolf is a great spot to hit some golf balls and watch the tournament madness. TVs are virtually everywhere you look, and there’s even a pool, so you can take a refreshing plunge if you get too heated!

Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo

Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo – Photo credit: Lagasses Stadium Website.

Lagasse’s Stadium

Las Vegas takes everything to the extreme, and Lagasse’s Stadium takes the sport’s bar to the next level. Immense TV screens are situated around the entire perimeter of the restaurant. You can also place bets at the sportsbook that’s located right on-site. VIP private suites are also available, and a menu filled with all of the Emeril Lagasse you can imagine.

Beer & Bets

With more than 50 TVs, enough beer to bathe in, and some of the tastiest bar grub that Vegas has to offer, this is a great spot to catch the NCAA tournament. They are also offering a viewing party, more details here.

American Beer Bar las vegas

AmeriCAN Beer Bar, credit Instagram @americanbarlv

AmeriCAN Beer Bar

During the first four days of the tournament, AmeriCAN hosts a viewing party. There are dozens of screens, and as the name suggests, there’s a plethora of beer; in cans, of course!

Hoops and Hops at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Offering the ultimate “man cave” atmosphere, Hoops and Hops. It offers luxurious seating, tons of screens, and plenty of space to stretch out. There’s an extensive menu of food and drinks, and other fun activities – outside of basketball – to enjoy

Taps Sports bar las vegas

Taps Sports Bar at MGM Grand, photo credit Taps Sports Bar website.

TAP Sports Bar at MGM Grand

If you consider yourself a beer aficionado and you want to check out the game, the Tap Sports Bar is the perfect spot for you during March Madness. They offer more than 60 TVs, offer a variety of food and drinks as you are  surrounded with sports memorabilia from some of the best athletes.

Hardway 8

This Henderson Sports Bar is on Water Street and an homage to basketball!

The walls are adorned with photographs of professional athletes misbehaving, the bar top is made out of the old basketball court flooring from the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the name is a reference to the Rebels basketball team of 1978.

This sports bar is also known for its incredible food and plenty of viewing screens throughout the bar.

Explore Hardway 8

The Still

This iconic sports bar at The Mirage is the ultimate man cave experience with more than 50 craft beers, dozens of cocktails, and 27 different televisions. There’s not a bad seat at The Still, and the food is amazing too and prepared in a refurbished trailer that was abandoned in the backwoods of Tennessee.

The Still at the Mirage is on the casino floor and serves fabulous tacos and burgers, as well as super healthy foods like rice bowls with grilled tuna.

Explore The Still

Blondies

The Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood is where you’ll find one of the best sports bars on the Strip. With more than 60 big-screen TVs, including a massive 12 foot wide one, Blondies always has a game on and offers the best happy hour specials.

There’s also a super cheap lunch and a late-night menu that will satisfy all your cravings.

Explore Blondies Vegas

March Madness Vegas Viewing Parties and Events in 2020

Las Vegas is the proverbial party paradise, and as you would expect, dozens of viewing parties and events are held throughout the city during March Madness.

View some of the various viewing parties around the strip and all of Vegas below.

Rockhouse March Madness Packages

Rockhouse Las Vegas - March Madness Viewing Parties

Rockhouse Las Vegas via Rockhouse website

Full and half day watch party packages. Package includes open bar plus guaranteed seating.

  • Prices: Prices are $150+ for half day watch tickets and $240+ full day tickets
  • Dates: March 19 – March 22nd starting at 8:30am
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Beer Park Tournament Madness Viewing Party

Beer Park Vegas viewing parties during march madness

Outdoor deck at Beer Park on the Vegas strip. Photo credit – Beer Park website.

Beer Park is offering a wide variety of seating options from individual seats to big tables with an included food and beverage minimum per person. Watch the NCAA Tournament right on the strip outside Paris hotel and indulge in over 100 beers including 36 beers on tap.

  • Prices: Prices starting at $175 and up to $1000+ depending on number of people and type of seating
  • Dates: March 19 – April 8th
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The Still Brackets and Beers Event

The Still vegas beer and brackets viewing march madness party

The Still Vegas via Instagram @thestillvegas

Catch all the March Madness action at all the The Still’s Bracket and Beers Events. Enjoy the tournament on 27+ tvs and drink from a selection of 50+ craft beers.

  • Location: The Still inside Mirage
  • Prices: Round 1 – $125 F&B Minimum per session, $250 F&B Minimum all day, Round 2 – $100 F&B Minimum per session / $200 F&B Minimum all day
  • Dates: All tournament long, starting March 19
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March Hoops View Party at The D

the D vegas march madness party

March Hoops viewing parties at The D in Downtown Vegas.

The D Las Vegas is hosting March Madness viewing parties with its exclusive Man Caves. Each Man Cave Equipped with 4 – 70″ HD TVs with All-You-Can-Eat Stadium-Style Food And Beverage Service. Free high speed internet and easy access to live sports betting are just steps away.

  • Location: The D Casino in Downtown Vegas
  • Prices:$175 Per Person Man Cave Rental – 6 Person Minimum
  • Dates: March 18-22
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Cabo Wabo March Mayhem

Cabo Wabo Cantina march madness watch party

Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas, photo via facebook @CaboWaboLV

Enjoy March Madness with great food like nachos, wings, and taquitos at Cabo Wabo. Watch the games on several TVs including a 200-inch video grid, a 200 projection screen, and two 80″ HD tvs in their luxury viewing room.

  • Location:Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Prices:$75 Food and Beverage minimum
  • Dates: March 19-April 10th
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Hoops on the Strip at Montecristo Cigar Bar

Montecristo cigar bar hoops on the stripEnjoy watching the March Madness festivities with reserved tables, couches, and more at Montecristo Cigar Bar. Price includes drink credit and cigars your party.

  • Location: Montecristo Cigar Bar inside Caesars Palace
  • Prices: Starting at $300 per person
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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Hoops on the Strip at Vista Cocktail Lounge

Vista Cocktail Lounge

Vista Cocktail Lounge March Madness Viewing Party

Enjoy watching march madness in family style seating with open bar and access to the all-you-can-eat buffet.

  • Location: Vista Cocktail Lounge inside Caesars Palace
  • Prices: Starting at $350
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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Hoops on the Strip at Flamingo

Hang out in the 28,000 square foot ballroom overlooking the Strip with an all you can eat buffet, Miller Beer Bar, giveaways all night, and live betting stations. You’ll also get to hang out with models from Coors, and all four regions of the tournament will be broadcast.

  • Location: Flamingo Hotel
  • Prices: Starting at $150
  • Dates: March 19-21
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Westgate Hoops Central 2020

This FREE March Madness viewing party is going to be held at the International Theater and will feature satellite betting, drink specials, and amazing food. Seating is limited; however, one of 1,500 reserved seats can be purchased where you can watch one of four massive big screens. The venue is also smoke-free.

  • Location: Westgate International Theater
  • Prices: FREE or upgrade to reserved seats for $30
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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South Point March Madness Watch Party

Another unforgettable free watch party, the South Point March Madness viewing party, offers free seats, betting stations, and super cheap food specials such as $1 hotdogs and $3 beers!

  • Location: South Point
  • Prices: FREE
  • Dates: Starting March 19

March Mania at Plaza

This annual event at the Plaza Events Center offers a four-day extravaganza that showcases the games on two giant projectors and 18 smaller screens. Single or multi-day passes are available and include a freed drink, food, and a souvenir koozie!

  • Location: Plaza Hotel and Casino Event Center
  • Prices: Start at $20 for a single day
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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Ellis Island Hoops Mania 2020

The brand new Front Yard addition to Ellis Island is where the annual Hoops Mania will be held this year. Half-day or full-day options are available, and guests will get reserved seating, a T-shirt, food on the buffet, and all the craft beer they can guzzle.

  • Location: Ellis Island
  • Prices: Starting at $75
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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PBR Rock Bar March Mayhem 2020

One of the biggest viewing parties on the Strip, the PBR Rock Bar party, is at Miracle Mile Shops and offers half and full-day packages that include premium seating, open bar, and food.

  • Location: PBR Rock Bar Miracle Mile Shops
  • Prices: Start at $150 for half day
  • Dates: Starting March 19

Cosmopolitan Hoops and Hops 2020

This annual weekend event offers single day passes that include open bar but no guaranteed seats.

  • Location: Cosmopolitan
  • Prices: Start at $150
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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OYO Hotel and Casino March Mania

The former Hooters Hotel is hosting a two-night watch party for the opening games. Guests will enjoy buffet access all day, all you can drink domestics, and their private viewing seat. Upgrades to craft beer are also available.

  • Location: OYO Hotel and Casino
  • Prices: Start at $125
  • Dates: Starting March 19

Hoops on the Strip at Planet Hollywood

The Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood will host a watch party on the mezzanine where a 40-foot screen will broadcast in front of theater-style luxury seating. All-you-can-eat buffet and beer bar is also included.

  • Location: Criss Angel Theater Planet Hollywood
  • Prices: Start at $130
  • Dates: Starting March 19
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Experience an Unforgettable March Madness in Las Vegas

Whether you are an avid basketball fan or you are just looking to the ultimate party experience, then heading over to Las Vegas during March Madness is an absolute must. No matter what you do or where you, you’re pound to have an unforgettable encounter.