The NFL regular season begins Thursday. Bars and Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip are offering in-season drinks and dishes — tasty reasons to get your backfield in motion and depart the couch on game day.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, tackles the season with $23 buckets of five beers (choice of Dos Equis, Dos Equis Ambar, Heineken, Heineken Light, Tecate or Carta Blanca), and with game day dishes like a nacho platter, queso fundido with chorizo, and a Jack & Coke BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger dressed with Jack and Coke barbecue sauce.
Clique Bar & Lounge, in The Cosmopolitan, is debuting a new breakfast menu served 9 a.m. to noon Sundays during football season. Highlights: chorizo breakfast burrito with fresh fruit; a sausage, egg whites, spinach and avocado breakfast bowl; a croissant breakfast sandwich layering eggs, bacon and American cheese, with potato tots. There also are twists on a Bloody Mary: a Blood, Sweat & Tears made with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and ancho Chile Liqueur, and a Bloody in Bloody Out made with house bloody mix, Grey Goose and a splash of Lagavulin.
Eight Lounge, in Resorts World, features top-notch cigars ($12-5,000), spirits and craft cocktails, indulgent bites, two smoking rooms and a terrace for game day viewing.
Electra Cocktail Club, in The Venetian, is serving up a giant 40-foot digital screen with 70 million pixels; a menu of football favorites like pizza, wings, burgers and fries; and special cocktails available only on game days.
The Front Yard, in Ellis Island Casino, is offering a game day menu and a limited Sunday brunch menu. Game day highlights: Raider's flatbread with bacon and shredded chicken, smoked bacon mac and cheese, a chicken wing plate and crisp pork belly bites. Brunch highlights: short stack of pancakes, churro Hawaiian sweetbread waffle, chilaquiles, and a brunch banh mi with grilled pork and a sunny-side egg.
On Mondays beginning Sept. 12 (except Oct. 3), Illuminarium Las Vegas, at Area15, is offering its “Monday Night Football” experience featuring an immersive virtual stadium to view the game, plus in-room eats to order: $6 loaded fries with guacamole, $11 chiles stuffed with cheese, $12 pork sliders or fried wings and $13 fish tacos. Ketel One touchdown cocktails ($7) and field goal shots ($3) also can be ordered. Ticket includes entry to Illuminarium’s “After Dark” experience. 21 and older. In The Linq: At Chayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, look for buy one, get one free on 16-ounce daiquiris during football games. Favorite Bistro is featuring $25 buckets of beer and a $43.99 platter with guacamole, onion rings, chips with nacho cheese sauce, chicken wings and pulled pork sliders. Flour & Barley is offering a $22 Golden Knights pizza with pepperoni, ham and chicken and a $23 Raiders pizza with roast chicken, andouille and diced bacon. At Off the Strip Bistro & Bar, folks can order buckets of five beers for $30, a platter of sliders for $21, and a Third Down platter with 3 pounds of chicken wings plus onion rings for $38. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is doing $35 buckets of beer.
In Palace Station: Tacos & Tequila is serving $7 micheladas or La Paloma cocktails made with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, and $7 dishes like queso fundido, nachos, chicken quesadillas and chipotle chicken taquitos, on Saturday through Monday during football games. Tailgate Social Sports Bar & Grill is offering 75-cent chicken wings during Saturday games; $5 domestic pitchers, $7 import pitchers and $7 Casamigos Reposado Tequila shots during Monday and Thursday games starting Sept. 8; and during September, a $23 rack of baby back ribs smoked over cherry wood. Fans sporting Raiders gear during games receive a free draft beer; all guests receive a free house shot for each Raiders touchdown.