Get Outside: Outdoor things to do in Las Vegas

If you think the best outdoor activity in Las Vegas is playing blackjack outside at one of the city’s best pool parties… we’d 100% agree with you. Day drinking is our favorite pastime, too. But if you’d prefer to not shotgun beers like you’re tailgating at a college football game, don’t worry, there are plenty of “traditional” outdoor things to do in Las Vegas. It’s true! And even better, most of it is just a quick car ride from the Strip. People come here for more than strippers and Cirque shows, so pack some sunblock and bug spray and go explore the natural beauty that lies just outside of Las Vegas Boulevard. These are the best outdoor activities in Vegas.

Valley of Fire State Park
Don’t be intimidated by the hour-long car ride, ok. Valley of Fire State Park is well worth the trek. This is one of the most gorgeous places you’ll see in the country. Named for its red Aztec sandstone, gray limestone formations and petroglyphs, Valley of Fire is a pretty trippy place (no mind-altering substances required). If you’re looking for extreme hiking, this isn’t the place for that. Most hikes here are about a mile or less and the hills aren’t too intense either. The golden geese here are the formations. They’re everywhere and you can learn about each one of them with the numerous Valley of Fire Tours that are available. Just a heads up, this place looks a little like Mars. So get all of your bathroom what-not out of the way before you get here. While there are facilities scattered throughout the park, they’re about as rare as those potatoes that Matt Damon “created” in The Martian.

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Black Canyon
Parked just downstream of the Hoover Dam, Black Canyon is a water lover’s oasis. If we had to describe the Colorado River, we’d say that she reminds us of our bipolar ex. Some sections of the river are smooth and calm, others… not so much. What’s even crazier about this girl –ahem- Black Canyon, is that you can find springs where water in one section is hot and other sections that are freaking cold. Mother Nature is wild, isn’t she? We may be a little biased here, but we think the best way to explore Black Canyon is with a river rafting tour. You won’t be mad. Or maybe you will. Who knows? Maybe if we could predict your moods, we’d still be in a relationship. #sadkitty.

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Grand Canyon
The bleepin’ Grand Canyon. This place is pretty much the backdrop to every Western/roadtrip movie/book ever made (we can say that because we’re book and movie snobs). It’s one of the world’s natural wonders for freak’s sake. AND it’s only like two hours from the Strip. The Grand Canyon checks off every box on our list for determining a good time: Historical, check. Cliffs, check. Copper coloration, boom. Animals, you already know (seriously though, watch out for the snakes). But if you want to see her from the best view (psst, that’s up in the air), nothing beats a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. So let’s do what our guy, Arnold says and “Get to the choppa!”

Red Rock Canyon
Besides your face when you lose a couple of bills on the craps table, no place in Las Vegas is any redder than the appropriately named, Red Rock Canyon. And like any good redhead, these canyons give you all of the feels and keep you coming back for more. Located on the west side of Las Vegas, about 15-20 mins from the Strip, Red Rock is a legit outdoorsy destination (clearly, pinecones are our only requirement for a “legit outdoorsy destination”). They have hiking trails (obvi), cycling and mountain bike trails, places for horseback riding and even climbing and bouldering trails. It’s basically an outdoorsman’s pine-scented dream. It’s the perfect place for beginners and experts alike. Shoot, it’s even a cool place for people who don’t like to be active. Just hop in your car and cruise the 13-mile scenic loop. Whatever your ability level, we do recommend setting up a picnic in Red Rock Canyon. It’s legit, and as far as we know, free of poison ivy. You might want to speak with a park official to confirm that, though.

Photo Courtesy of Grandcanyonbeyond

Lake Mead
Not sure if you knew this or not, but Las Vegas has a lake. And a pretty historic one at that! Coming from a city that literally sprang up in the middle of the desert, we’ll take any bit of history we can. Just a 30-minute car ride and you’re at one of America’s largest national parks (it spreads across 1.5 million acres, btw). All of this space allows you to hike, bike, chill, swim, pee in the lake or whatever your heart desires. Kickin’ it at the park is fun, but if you take a Lake Mead cruise, not only can you channel your inner Namaste, but enjoying the tranquility of the water even allows you to get all up-close-and-personal with that Dam that everyone keeps talking about. And if you’re really lucky, you might even see the lake monster… Just kidding. There isn’t a lake monster… or is there…

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Hiking/Skiing at Mt. Charleston
THIS IS NOT AN ILLUSION. Skiing in Las Vegas is real, people. If you want proof, just take the 40-minute drive north of town to see it for yourself. Mt. Charleston and Lee Canyon Ski Resort have all the snow you need to create those winter memories of snow angels, snow bunnies and fresh pow-pow brewskis to get you through the “cold season.” It’s no Tahoe or Vail, but it gets the job done. And what makes Mt. Charleston so great is that it’s a year-round destination. You know how it’s a bazillion degrees here during the summer? Mt. Charleston is basically always 20 to 30 degrees cooler than it is in the rest of the Las Vegas Valley. That might not sound like a lot, but the amount of sweat that forms in our t-shirts and undies during the summer says otherwise. Oh yeah, there’s a bunch of hiking and mountain bike trails here, too. But that’s a given at this altitude, right?

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Seven Magic Mountains
Art in nature? You don’t say! This sounds odd, but artist, Ugo Rondinone and his installation, Seven Magic Mountains, makes it work. Before you even ask, this isn’t the theme park (you can tell because there aren’t any crying babies or the tangy aroma of throw up). You can easily see this piece if you’re traveling in from southern California, as it’s located just outside Las Vegas (about 25 minutes from the Strip) off the I-15. Even if you’re not making the trip to or from SoCal, these massive, 35 foot high objects and their bright colors are worth the visit. Fun fact: the boulders used to create Seven Magic Mountains are locally sourced. Art in Las Vegas is a real thing, people. We’re cultured. And sustainable.

Patio happy hour is an everyday kind of thing in Vegas

It’s always patio season in Las Vegas. If it’s hot, we provide shade and misters. If it’s “cold” (that’s a joke) we provide fire pits and heaters. So don’t go pulling out your book of excuses when we invite you out to these patio happy hours, because it isn’t going to work. These are some of the best deals Las Vegas has to offer when it comes to consuming sweet libations. After all, drinking is an everyday occasion and when you add a patio view to the mix and great deals, there’s no saying no. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and the alcohol isn’t going to drink itself. So pull up a chair and enjoy our amazing weather with these great happy hour deals.

Photo credit: Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo Las Vegas

You don’t have to be sloppy every time you leave happy hour. Drink in style and watch the “common” folk meander the Strip at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro inside The Palazzo. The patio is right along Las Vegas Blvd so instead of people watching you become a hot mess, you get a bird’s-eye view of their stumbling mess. So make sure to ask for a table by the ledge and let the free entertainment begin. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy two-for-one signature cocktails, wines and draft beer. With that much time on your hands, you’ll have plenty to see. So order a drink, put your pinky up and be the classy broad you are.

Photo credit: Tom’s Urban

Tom’s Urban at New York – New York

With anything in life, it’s always better if it’s a competition. Beat the Clock Happy Hour at Tom’s Urban inside New York – New York is a race against time. And on that note, this happy hour is the only race you’ll ever see us in. Starting at 4 p.m. they have $4 bites and brews with the price raising a dollar every hour until 7 p.m. So, head out to the patio with your friends and see how much you can scarf down and chug within each hour. After a few brews, you’ll notice that the restaurant is smack dab in the middle of the Strip, which means…you’ll have the “Wal-Mart” of people watching. Say hello to one of the best happy hours along with the cheapest bill you’ll ever see.

Photo credit: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade

Being the Entertainment Capital of the World, it only makes sense to put one of the best happy hours on the Strip at a concert venue. Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade does happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close every single night. And instead of having to pick from a select few items, all the drinks and appetizers are half-priced. So it doesn’t matter if you get a little fancy with the top-shelf cocktails, it’s still half the cost. Yeah, it might not be the best spot to people watch, but you can enjoy the great outdoors and listen to live music without bringing your ear plugs. Don’t judge, some of us have sensitive wittle ears.

Photo credit: Anthony Mair

Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas

Forget happy hour, we’re ready for power hour at Chateau Nightclub under Eiffel Tower in the Paris. You don’t come to Vegas to have a few drinks and go to bed early. You’re in Sin City, baby and it’s time to let the inner wild child out. Every Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to midnight you’ll have the chance to start your night off the right way with $3 beers and cocktails. If you’ve ever been to a nightclub in Vegas, you know that the drinks can sometimes break the bank. So, when you tell us we can get drinks for only three bucks, you best believe we’ll be pounding them down faster than a jack hammer to concrete.

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MR CHOW at Caesars Palace

Do what the Romans do, or in this case drink where the Romans drink. Look, we understand Mr. Chow’s is a high-end Chinese restaurant, but you have to think of the big picture, dude. It’s inside Caesars Palace, where Caesar really did live (wink), and their patio happy hour overlooks the Garden of the Gods pool deck. So, it’s totally where the Romans would hang out. And from 5 to 7 p.m. that’s where you’ll be hanging out with your favorite people because it’s half off all drinks and select bites. So instead of wasting away at a bar where peasants get wasted, drink like a God at this classy Las Vegas restaurant instead.

If it’s too early to go to a Las Vegas nightclub, check out these Vegas bars.

Best things to do for Halloween in Vegas: cute pumpkin patch not included

It’s Halloween time, Dearies, so jump on your brooms, put on your masks and check out all the terrifying attractions Las Vegas has to offer. Nothing gets the blood pumping like being chased out of a creepy haunted house by a chainsaw. Now before we get into the fun stuff, let’s sing a song together: “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, you better lock your doors. Five, six, grab a crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again.”

Photo Credit: Fright Dome Las Vegas

Fright Dome at Circus Circus

Slipping into your nightmares since 2003, Fright Dome Las Vegas is 250,000 square feet of truly terrifying haunts inside the Adventuredome. Switching up the theme and attraction every year, there’s no better place to be scared. When you’re not waiting in line for one of the six haunted houses, you’re being scared by the actors walking about in the ominous fog and hiding in corners waiting to pop out at you. Thought you were safe in the middle of your friends? Nope, no one is safe. One of the haunted houses even makes you go in alone. The only safe space you’re going to find is miles away in your mom’s arms.

Photo Credit: Freakling Bros

Freakling Bros

Freakling Bros are synonymous with the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason themselves, they’re classic – fear inducing villains. The Trilogy of Terror is rising from the ground once again for a night of fright. With the only R-Rated house in Nevada (sorry kiddos, your parents can’t sign this waiver for you) there’s no guarantee you’ll make it out alive (cue evil laugh). Whether you go home cursed from Coven 13, turn into Dracula at Castle Vampyre or survive the Gates of Hell (18 and older) these haunted houses will be stuck in your head long after you make it out. And if you think you’re “too cool” for haunted houses, wait till after hours and try the “Victim Experience.” Only 30% of people who’ve gone in have successfully gotten through it and you have to sign a waiver. If that doesn’t raise the hair on the back of your neck…you may need therapy.

Photo Credit: Worlds of Fun

Moapa Corn Maze

If taking away your dignity and sanity weren’t enough, Moapa Corn Maze also takes away your sense of direction and security blanket. It’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” meets “Signs;” you never know what you’re going to stumble across in this maze. Who knows, you might even get lost for hours. We don’t know about you, but being lost in a corn maze for hours with random monsters scaring the ish out of us is our favorite past time. And if that wasn’t frightening enough, Moapa is about 45-minutes outside of town so it checks the creepy small town vibe box. Don’t panic, we’ll get through this together…or we’ll leave you to the wolves. That’s what friends are for, right?

Photo Credit: Bonnie Screams

Bonnie Screams

Going to a haunted house in the city is scary enough, but what if we told you that we have haunted ghost towns that turn into haunted towns at night? Oh don’t mind us, we’re just walking into a warped abandoned house filled with ghosts from the wild west days. Did we forget to mention there is no cell service to call 911? Consider us shook. Bonnie Screams is located in an old abandoned ghost town (Bonnie Springs) right next to Red Rock Canyon. But, wait it gets scarier. You can also purchase a separate ticket and hop on board the old rickety bus that transports you into the middle of the desert. Soon as you find your seat, you’ll be handed a paintball gun and a drill sergeant-like guy will bid you “good luck.” As you drive out of town, zombies will come at you from every direction, and your mission is to shoot them all down. Once you arrive at your destination (aka the middle of nowhere), they send you into the zombie-infested field so you can go all Daryl Dixon on them and wipe them out. We’re not worried, paint kills zombies right?

Photo Credit: Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

Was it just us or did you also use to play in your grandma’s basement at 3 a.m. until you saw a ghost? Well, get ready to relive your scary memories as you head into Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in downtown Las Vegas. If seeing that ghost didn’t give you nightmares into your late adult years, this place sure will give you a lifetime full of them. You’ll step into more than 30 rooms, which if you think about it, means there are 30 opportunities in which a spirit can attach itself to you and follow you home. Not only does this museum have the most haunted artifact in the world, the “Dybbuk Box,” but it’s also home to the “Peggy the Doll.” For all of you who don’t watch “Myth Busters” on the daily, a dybbuk is a restless, malicious evil spirit that is believed to have the ability to haunt, and even possess the living.  Oh and don’t think we forgot about the creepy doll! “Peggy the Doll” aka the heart attack doll is known to give her victims nose bleeds, increased heart rates and headaches. We’re not the only ones curled up into a ball thinking about this stuff, right? Enter if you dare, all we’re saying is you better buy that sage for later, Grandma’s basement ghost followed us around too long last time.

Photo Credit: LA Times

Fear the Walking Dead Survival

Yeah, call us crazy for thinking the zombie apocalypse is coming, but at least we’re more prepared than ever after going through Fear of the Walking Dead. This downtown Las Vegas attraction is more than just a zombie prep class. You’ll also get to solve a puzzle, walk through a pit of infected bodies and even shoot some zombies in their 3D motion sensor arcade game at the end. Heed our warning, the zombie apocalypse is going to happen. We’ve already started gathering materials for survival, are you with us or not?

If you’re not a fan of being scared half to death, check out these other Las Vegas attractions.

RiSE Lantern Festival in Las Vegas (a visual recap)

Ladies and gentlemen, you don’t have to be a scientist, a fire marshal or even a lunisolar expert to know that the 2017 installation of the RiSE Lantern Festival in Las Vegas was one for the books. For the uninitiated, RiSE is a yearly lantern festival in Las Vegas that is meant to help encourage ones’ hopes and dreams. Are you crying? Because we’re totally not (ok, we lied. We’re sobbing like babies just thinking about how beautiful the experience was). Maybe we’re going soft, but there’s something about simultaneously releasing thousands upon thousands of 100% biodegradable lanterns with 10,000 of your closest friends in the Nevada desert that just tugs on the ol’ heartstrings. Yeah, we’re hitting you with all of the feels but at this point, we don’t even care. The RiSE Lantern Festival in Las Vegas was a breathtaking experience. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourselves.

Photo Courtesy of David Clark 

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Because we’re besties, we’re going to hit you with a little secret. Word on the street is that for 2018 RiSE is going to add a spa and resort space. Yeah, you heard us right, a spa and resort space. You’ll be able to dabble in all sorts of different rubs, scrubs and exfoliating goodies. Welcomed be thy skin. #CucumberCool

Hey, if you’re looking for other things to do in Las Vegas, swing by our attractions page for a look.

NHL hockey in Las Vegas: it’s already working

“NHL hockey in Las Vegas.” Many still say that as a question rather than a statement. Hey, we get it. It doesn’t take a meteorologist to know that Vegas is hot and ice is cold. “The two don’t mix,” they say. We hear it all the time down here: “Hockey only works in Canada,” “There’s no way that a desert city in America is going to support a hockey team,” blah, blah, blah. While pundits and armchair goalies are loudly predicting the demise of Las Vegas hockey; Vegas locals, the Vegas Golden Knights and fans of the opposition (and even our friendly Canadian neighbors) are letting their salads fly (that’s hockey lingo for hair, BTW) and proving otherwise.

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The proof is in the pouding chȏmeur (psst, that’s is a popular Canadian dessert)

The puck has yet to (officially) hit ice in Vegas and the hockey bug is already buzzing. Need proof? Just check out the attendance numbers for the Golden Knights’ first home preseason game. Check it: 17,101 people packed T-Mobile Arena that night. Where you haters at now, brochacho? Still not satisfied, Mr. McNeedy Pants? Swing by the Golden Knights’ practice facility, City National Arena. Just pop up to the second level of the facility and you’ll find MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub. The unofficial team bar, this place is decked out in all Golden Knights everything. And, adding the proverbial maple syrup to the top of the sundae, MacKenzie’s looks right down onto the Golden Knights’ practice rinks. **Canadian Accent** Pretty sweet, eh? Even being elbow deep in some poutine (not sure, but this might be the official food of hockey), we couldn’t help but notice how alive this place was. Literally, hundreds of men, women, children and man-children have packed this place for each preseason game to slug brew and talk puck. We’re as happy as a Mountie kissin’ a moose.

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Whatcha gonna do about it

Tickets for the home opener on October 10th against the Arizona Coyotes are going to set you back anywhere from $100 – $2,000 bones. If your love for body-crushing hits and fancy footwork knows no cost, COP. THAT. TICKET. On the other hand, if you’d rather not shell out for the price of minimally invasive surgery, we got you covered. There are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas and because everyone in town wants to get in on this piece of history, let’s just say there isn’t going to be a shortage of places to catch the game.


You can’t talk hockey in Las Vegas and not mention the Golden Knights’ home ice, T-mobile Arena. If you want to get nestled right up against the pearly gates without footing the bill to get inside, look no further than Beerhaus. Located just steps away from T-Mobile Arena at The Park, Beerhaus is primed for hockey. We’re talkin’ more than 20 beers on tap, a ton of brats, super soft pretzels and enough cheese to make the state of Wisconsin blush.


Prefer to keep the madness at arm’s length? Then pull up some stump at Beer Park. Nestled outside of Chateau Nightclub on the second floor of Paris Las Vegas, Beer Park has 36 different types of suds on tap and a menu full of meat, taters and salads. Obvi, they have a Zamboni load of TVs to catch the game, but what makes this place the Wayne Gretzky of places to watch hockey in Las Vegas is the view. Other than a new flannel, there’s nothing more comforting than hockey on the tube while the Bellagio Fountains do their thing in the background.

Some other things to do

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After a game full of power plays and penalties, you’re going to want to capitalize on that adrenaline spike. Thankfully, high octane attractions in Las Vegas are as common as ice in hockey. And trust us when we say that there is no greater adrenaline rush than the Vegas Nights tour. It’s no secret that the Las Vegas Strip is a sight for sore eyes, but when you take it in from the comforts of an Eco-Star helicopter? Game changer.


Prefer the comforts of four wheels and the open road? Then park your caboose behind the wheel of a foreign import or flex some American muscle at Exotics Racing. Imagine letting your salad (remember, that’s slang for hair) or muzzy (mustache) flow in the wind while pushing a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Ferrari 458 Italia. Want a more “ice-like” experience? Ride passenger in a Corvette Z06 as a professional drifter whips you around the track at full speed. Insider tip: unless you want to upchuck your poutine in the passenger seat, maybe try to wait until after the fact to stuff your face.

Hockey in Las Vegas is here to stay, folks. Want to say otherwise? Now that Vegas is a hockey town, we have these things called “goons.” We’re pretty sure they’d be more than happy to share their talents with you.

***Because we are #VegasStrong, Golden Knights and owner, Bill Foley will honor and pay tribute to first responders and all of those affected by the Route 91 Harvest tragedy. 

Life is Beautiful 2017 recap (psst, it was good)

Life is Beautiful 2017 was one for the books, amiright? Food from some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, world-renowned musicians and some of most inspiring art ever, all nestled within the warm embrace of downtown Las Vegas. In a city whose thing is great shows and attractions, this installation of LIB totes took the cake. And since we can’t be the only ones going through withdrawals, we figure that the best way to recover is to share some of our favorite pictures from Life is Beautiful Las Vegas. BRB, all of these feels have us needing to make a Kleenex run.

Cage The Elephant.  

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Mood Swings.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Schoolboy Q.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

“Love” by Laura Kimpton. 

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Capital Cities. 

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

“Surrender to its Warm Embrace” by Morag Myerscough.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Two Door Cinema Club.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

“Bear and Mural” by Okuda San Miguel.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Milky Chance.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

2 Chainz.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Art Motel.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Capital Cities.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Cage The Elephant.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Flowers are Beautiful.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Schoolboy Q.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Capital Cities.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Cage The Elephant.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Puppets.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Life is Beautiful.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Day Wave.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Street Lights.

Photo courtesy of David Clark.

Confetti Finish.

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Fajardo.

Touchdown at these Las Vegas Bars

Hut, hut, hike! Football season is back, so call up your bro tribe and dudettes because it’s on like Donkey Kong. This is that time of year when scarfing down 50 wings and guzzling a few beers is totally acceptable. Obviously, drunkenly yelling at the screen because the wrong team scored a TD is encouraged. Heck, we’ll even tag along. So place your bets and head to one of these Las Vegas bars to see how much moolah you won, or unfortunately lost.

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Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas

Is gaining a football 15 a thing? If not, it is now! It’s football season, people. If you’re not cramming bar food down your throat three times a week, are you really a fan? Lucky for you, Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo changes the menu every week so you don’t get the same chicken wings all season (not like there’s something wrong with that, but go with it). And depending on the week, Chef de Cuisine Pajak picks a few teams and pays homage to their hometown with a specialty dish like Lobster po’ boy for the Patriots or BBQ brisket grilled cheese for the Texans. No matter what you pick, you’ll be in foodie heaven while rooting for your favorite team. Oh, did we forget to mention that they have 100 HD screens and plush seating? #blessed.

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Tag Sports Bar at The LINQ

Broski let’s grab a brew and clink heads every time our team scores, deal? Football season is primetime for bro bonding, and at TAG Sports Bar at The LINQ we can do it 24/7. And with 200 beers at your fingertips, this is what America is all about. Place your bets, see how the odds turn out and if you win, the next round is on you. If you lose, show the bar your losing ticket and cry into a discounted $5 shot. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

Photo courtesy of Beer Park

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas

Oh, the great outdoors. That statement applies to rooftop patios, right? Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas is the football HQ – college included. This place checks all the boxes when it comes to football. It has all the TVs you need for play-by-plays, it offers 100 beers for you to choose from and on Saturdays they host a pig skin roast where they roast a FULL PIG! You won’t find that anywhere else. So time to report back to HQ, it’s game time.

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Lily Bar and Lounge at Bellagio Las Vegas

Head bashing and chest bumping isn’t always a requirement when you watch football. Lily Bar and Lounge gets that sometimes you just want to relax and watch your favorite team take the field by storm and crush some skulls. And while you’re enjoying your nice, relaxing, head-smashing pastime, indulge in the pork belly nachos or wings and grab a bucket of beers with your buddies while you’re at it. This is that time of the week where you get to enjoy yourself. But, if you do want to kick it up a notch, order a touchdown (Jack Daniels whiskey, sweet vermouth, brandy infused cherry juice and chocolate bitters) every time your team goes long.

Westgate Sports Book

It wouldn’t be football if you didn’t put your whole life savings on the line. Well…that might be a little dramatic, but go ahead, live on the wild side and bet a few bucks. Head over to the best sports book in town at The Westgate. Place your bets and see how much moolah you bring home. We’re banking on getting enough to buy us a new car (sorry Oprah we don’t need you for this one). Or…if you don’t want to go that far you can make it rain at a Las Vegas nightclub. Speaking of the sports book, it’s “uuuuugggeee” with a 4,488 square feet of HD video screens and more than 400 seats to place your bottoms in. So don’t worry about missing a thing, because when a team scores a touchdown you’ll reeeeaaaaalllyyy see them score a touchdown.

If you’re looking for an after party, check out our other Las Vegas bars.

Get your 2017 Life is Beautiful tickets while they’re hot

Wee-woo, wee-woo! No, that’s not one of those annoying yellow pills with legs. That’s our way of reminding you that the 2017 edition of Life is Beautiful is right around the corner. You know, that Las Vegas festival with Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Gorillaz, Muse and Bill Nye, just to name drop a little bit.

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Let us remind you real quick

If you’ve just spent nine days frying your brain and experimenting with “radical self-expression” in the Northern Nevada desert and haven’t heard of this festival, allow us to learn ya somethin’ real quick. Life is Beautiful is the three-day music, art, food and ideas festival held in downtown Las Vegas each year. The festivities center on the idea that positivity prevails, culture and creativity thrive and transformation occurs. In a way, it’s pretty similar to that fire gathering up north, minus the dust in your hoo-ha.

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The deets

For three days in late September (22-24 to be exact), 18 blocks in downtown Las Vegas will transform into the type of festival grounds that every other festival wishes it could be (ooh, shots fired). Gates open at 2 p.m. with the shindig crackin’ until 1 a.m. each night (unless fingers crossed, the headliners get a wild hair and want to keep the party going).

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What to do

Sure, you’re going to want to shake what your mama gave ya to the tunes of 2 Chainz, Blink-182, MGMT, Pretty Lights, The XX and all of the other major acts that fill out the roster. But because this thing is three days long, try to take some time and explore some unfamiliar artists. Are you a Milky Chance fan? Give Vince Staples a listen. Love Slightly Stoopid or J-Boog? Why not check out Sofi Tukker or Big Wild. Talent populates the roster. Seriously, where else can you see Schoolboy Q AND Two Door Cinema Club on the same bill?

Photo Courtesy of Life is Beautiful

But more than music, LIB is an experience. As such, you should mosey around and check out the art, get down on some of the more than 40 eateries and listen to some of the comedians and speakers. Artists like Morag Myerscough, Okuda San Miguel and Bicicleta Sem Freio have created some super sick murals and installations that’re totally worth the time. And we double-dog dare you to find a better backdrop to enjoy an Afters Ice Cream or a Bling Bling Dumpling. And when that food baby starts fussing, chill out and get enlightened by the likes of Bill Nye (our fav Science Guy), Bethany Mota and Rachel Platten.

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What it’ll cost ya

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but (sad kitty emoji), 3-Day GA tickets are sold out. Sorry, but that’s what happens when you wait ‘till the last minute. You can’t treat this like you do your holiday shopping list. Lucky you, there are still some options: the 3-Day VIP pass, V+VIP pass and the ALL-IN pass. Allow us to give you the breakdown on what you’re going to get with each.

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3-Day VIP

For a cool $655 (plus those pesky fees), you’re going to come up on entry to the festival and all of that basic jazz. But what makes this thing worth it, is access to shaded VIP areas right next to the Downtown and Ambassador stages (these areas even have seating for you to park your hiney in comfort). You’re also going to come up on VIP concierge services at the Downtown and Ambassador stages, exclusive VIP-only food vendors and private cash bars. Charging stations and VIP entry lanes are cool, but the big winner here are the, wait for it, private, AIR-CONDITIONED, flushable restrooms. Shut up and TAKE. OUR. MONEY. NOW.

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V+VIP

Upgrade, please! Because for $1,195 you’re going to get all of the great things that come with the 3-Day VIP pass (FLUSHABLE TOILETS, PEOPLE) and then some. Unleash your inner boozehound with complimentary beer, wine, cocktails and daily mixology and culinary pop-ups. Want a better view of the action? Look down on those GA peasants with elevated viewing at the Downtown stage. Remember our infatuation with those bathrooms? Well, even the VIP potties can’t touch these. So get cozy and digest with the assistance of restroom attendants, and feel free to freshen up with the use of available festival survival supplies. No need to thank us.

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All-IN

Alright peeps, we’re about to go in, ALL-IN (pun intended) with this ALL-IN pass. Costing $2,495, this is not for the weak hearted, but its positives are definitely worth the extra scrilla. So, not only do you get all of the options included with the V+VIP pass, but you hit the mother lode with a special ALL-IN entry lane (complete with re-entry), Downtown and Ambassador stages side-stage viewing and two meal vouchers per day to sample any of the food vendors. Even cooler, you’re going to get access to the air-conditioned Artist Hospitality Lounge which also comes with a sweet culinary tasting hour and complimentary drinks. And for the final sha-bang, drum roll please, a five-year commemorative festival gift bag (it’s totes legit).

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Verdict

There you have it, homes. That’s what’s at your disposal if you’re trying to get down at Life is Beautiful Las Vegas. Just a heads up, if you’re in need of some other cool things to do in downtown Las Vegas or need a recommendation on some solid Las Vegas attractions or want to know whats up with the best places to eat in Las Vegas, we got you.

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