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Las Vegas is your home for tournament hoop heaven

You've got your brackets ready. Now it's time to pick the one sure winner - head to Las Vegas to watch every buzzer beater all tournament long!

Head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience for the 6th annual Downtown Hoopstown. Enjoy nightly entertainment by the Hardwood Hotties, the world's largest tournament bracket, fan shoot-outs and hoop-themed Viva Vision productions. While you're there, give the High Hoops Zone your best shot.

D Las Vegas

During the opening weekend, the D Las Vegas' 12th floor ballroom will transform into the hottest venue to catch every game. These viewing parties, free and open-to-the-public, will feature every game broadcast on jumbo-screen TVs, game day fare, including hot-off-the-grill American Coney Dogs, and a full-service bar stocked with specially priced drinks. You'll also find free viewing parties at the Fremont and California hotels downtown. 

Westgate Superbook

Almost every resort is hosting viewing parties for all of the opening-weekend tournament games. The Westgate theater becomes Hoops Central with seating for more than 1,500 and Treasure Island is converting its ballroom into an all-day hoops haven. The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel will offer slam-dunk views of each action-packed game during its opening weekend viewing parties, with bottomless Bud Light drafts.

At Caesars Palace, enjoy the "Hoops on the Strip" party featuring 5 for $30 Beer Buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light along with numerous other drink specials. On March 21 at the outdoor Spanish Steps, you can even challenge Basketball Hall-of-Famers Moses Malone and Gary Payton to a game of HORSE.

Hungry for more? Check out Holstein’s at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where you'll try to bust The Bracket Burger. The 8 oz dry-aged beef patty is topped with American cheese, a fried egg, firecracker onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, spicy mustard and BBQ sauce, and is served with a choice of shoestring or steak fries.  

Lagasse's Stadium

You'll feel like you're courtside at multiple venues inside The Venetian/The Palazzo, including The Bourbon Room, the Rockhouse, B&B Burger & Beer and Lagasse's Stadium, where they're serving up some tournament-only specials such as Tomahawk Bone-In 32 oz. Ribeye with Mashed Potatoes with a surf 'n' turf option that includes Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Herb Butter. 

PBR Rock Bar inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is a slam dunk with all-day open bar options and an amazing 105-screen sports viewing experience. Also in the Miracle Mile, Blondie's Sports Bar and Grill and Cabo Wabo Cantina will have drink specials and premium viewing options throughout the tournament.

Looking to sweeten up your experience? Head over to Sprinkles cupcakes at the LINQ and order customize cupcake message boxes with stickers, player/coach names, etc., from your favorite basketball team.

Catch every big shot throughout the college postseason in Las Vegas!

 

 

 

Vegas Weekend: From concerts to comedy to clubs, it's all here

No place compares to Las Vegas on the weekend, with concerts, comedy, celebrities and club performances. Check out who's in town this weekend below, or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Friday, Feb. 6

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Seether

Saturday, Feb. 7

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Feb. 8

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Fore! Great golf is par for the course in Las Vegas

Content via Yahoo.com

It’s not surprising that Las Vegas, a vacation destination known for its sunny weather and recreation, would boast more than 50 golf courses — some of them among America’s most praised. But visitors might be more surprised by how easy it can be to access these plush greens. Here’s a look at a few of the many courses to consider, and tips for how to get in on the golf action.

Where to go

Golf in Las Vegas isn’t about dropping greens into the middle of the desert. Courses tend to be carefully crafted to take advantage of their sites. With the top courses setting a high bar for quality, it would be hard to find one that wasn’t worth recommending. Many are open to the public and cater to golfers of varying abilities and goals, and all are open year-round.

Rio Secco

Rio Secco Golf Club takes advantage of its location in the shadows of the Black Mountain Range southeast of town. Its varied terrain of desert, plateau, and canyon keeps the golf interesting and the views ever-changing. Although the Rees Jones design can be a tough course of up to 7,400 yards, it also offers flexibility with lots of teeing options.

Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, northeast of the Strip and not far from Downtown Las Vegas, is modeled after Augusta, which means you might find yourself forgetting where you really are as you watch your ball soar above pine trees or land on bent grass. The course is also designed to mix fun and competition, with generous fairways, creative bunkers and challenging greens. 

Royal Links gives visitors a taste of golf’s roots from the other side of the Atlantic. Its 18 holes are modeled after British Open courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. A call box at the ninth tee lets golfers order a mid-round snack delivered to the course. 

According to the folks at Rhodes Ranch, course designer Ted Robinson once said these were the best par-3s he ever designed. The course, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountains, plays off its location with lots of water features and rolling fairways. “No matter how good or bad you are, you’ll have fun there,” one local recently noted.

Bali Hai

With its entrance next to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only course with frontage on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a South Pacific vibe with more than 100,000 tropical plants and volcanic rock incorporated into the par-72 design. The course was designed to grow more challenging the further players get into the round, making them comfortable and then offering up new surprises.

For a taste of “old Vegas,” head to the city’s oldest course, Las Vegas Golf Club, established way back in 1938. Right outside Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a forgiving blend of challenging bunkers, traditional greens, and wide fairways. The mature cottonwood and pine trees add to both the forest-like atmosphere and the relaxing vibe. You can imagine the city’s early movers and shakers talking business in this exact spot, which also made a memorable appearance in the movie “Casino.”

Head west

Summerlin, a golf-centric planned community west of Downtown and not far from the foothills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is home to some of the valley’s best courses.

TPC Las Vegas

TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas is widely known as one of the must-do courses in town. That’s partly because of the quality of the play on this par 72, 7,080-yard layout and partly because here, golfers can “play where the pros play.” Views of Red Rock Canyon’s soaring crimson cliffs on one side and the glittering Las Vegas skyline on the other are also hard to beat. Golfers will likely see birds among the trees as TPC is a recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

A 36-hole Arnold Palmer design, Angel Park Golf Club is divided into the tropical-themed par-70 Palm Course and the modern par-71 Mountain Course. Plus, Angel Park throws in the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course and a nine-hole putting course just for fun. It’s also got a 3,000-square-foot putting green, a practice chipping area and an event lawn, all lighted in the evening. At 3,000 feet, it sits above the valley with views all around.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Arroyo Golf Club is part of Red Rock Country Club but open to the public. It’s known for challenging play and rugged scenery as well as great views of Vegas (especially at hole seven). It’s also easy to combine an outing at Siena with its sister course, the 18-hole Siena Golf Club, a serene oasis at the foot of the Spring Mountains. (Siena is also home to Las Vegas’s Foot Golf course — think soccer-golf mash-up.)

Golf Summerlin has three public courses: par-60 Eagle Crest, par-72 Highland Falls, and Palm Valley, each with its own challenges and views. The courses are home to family-friendly tournaments and events like the upcoming GlowBall Night Golf on Oct. 11 benefiting Three Square Food Bank. 

Tee-time tips

One option for satisfying a golf fix: Attend a tournament. Some visitors come to Las Vegas just for tournaments, but it’s also possible to buy tickets at the last minute. TPC Las Vegas’s sister course, TPC Summerlin, will host the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the FedEx Cup series. Tickets start at $26.50. 

The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge comes to Rio Secco Nov. 11-12, pitting PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour players against each other in a charity tournament raising money for adoption services. The Southern Nevada Golf Association has its own series of amateur tournaments. 

Your hotel or resort can facilitate rounds on regional courses. Check the property’s website for golf packages, or call to ask about help with a tee time. Many of the city’s casinos, resorts, and hotels have connections with golf courses and concierges will often set up tee times for you. Some will also arrange transportation to and from a course.

Cascata

For example, Caesars Entertainment owns Rio Secco and its high-end sister property, Cascata. While anyone can play the courses, Caesars properties offer golf concierge services and transportation for guests. The luxurious Shadow Creek is only for high rollers, the rich and famous and select MGM Resorts guests, who have their own limousines and caddies for the day’s outing. 

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers golf packages with TPC Las Vegas. The Venetian offers packages for Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, and these are just two examples. Golf courses also often team up with other Vegas entities to offer special deals combining golf with, say, a helicopter tour or bachelor party package.

Most courses make it easy to reserve a tee time online. Consider golfing in the evening — some courses, including Angel Park Golf Club and the nine-hole Callaway Golf Center near the Strip — are lighted when the sun starts to go down. Final points: Be sure to stay hydrated, and, of course, always tip the drink attendant. 

#Fauxchella: Everything but the tents

Music festivals spread out over two weekends are always fun, but what about enjoying the same music festival talent every night? Head to Las Vegas in April for #Fauxchella! You know ... It's like that other music festival, but better, because it's spread out over amazing venues in Las Vegas and there's no down time during the week.

You also won't have to sleep in a tent, or wander around in the middle of the desert with a zillion strangers. You can still see many of the same great performers - in clubs, by the pool, in concert halls ... even in bowling alleys. And after the show, you've got the rest of the Entertainment Capital of the World just waiting to be explored. Here's are acts that are taking the stages in Vegas as well as that other "-chella," with venues and dates:

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ), April 18.

Alesso, Light (Mandalay Bay), April 19.

Allah-Las, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ), April 18.

alt-J

alt-J, The Joint (Hard Rock), April 13.

Axwell, Omnia (Caesars Palace), April 17.

Bad Religion, House of Blues (Mandalay Bay), April 13-14.

Benjamin Booker at Bunkhouse Saloon, April 16.

Brand New, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ), April 17.

Built to Spill at Bunkhouse Saloon, April 20.

Circa Survive, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ), April 17.

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ), April 10.

The Cribs, Beauty Bar, April 14.

David Guetta, Encore Beach Club (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 11 & 18.

DJ Snake, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 11, and XS (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 19.

Flosstradamus, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 17.

Hozier

Hozier, Chelsea (The Cosmopolitan), April 9.

Interpol, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 15.

Kiesza, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 13.

Kimbra, Hard Rock Cafe, April 18.

Lykke Li

Lykke Li, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 14.

Marina and the Diamonds, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 13.

New World Punx, LiFE (SLS Las Vegas), April 17.

Off!, House of Blues (Mandalay Bay), April 13-14.

Oliver Heldens, Omnia (Caesars Palace), April 14.

Panda Bear at Bunkhouse Saloon, April 10.

RAC, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 11.

Ratatat, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 8.

R3hab, Foxtail Pool Club (SLS Las Vegas), April 12.

Ryn Weaver, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 14.

Steely Dan, Pearl (Palms), April 11.

Stromae, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 16.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 11.

St. Vincent, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 10.

Sylvan Esso, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan), April 8.

Yellow Claw, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 8-10, and Encore Beach Club (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas), April 10.

Artists by date:

APRIL 8: Ratatat and Sylvan Esso, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan); Yellow Claw, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas). APRIL 9: Hozier, Chelsea (The Cosmopolitan). APRIL 10: Clean Bandit, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ); Panda Bear at Bunkhouse Saloon; St. Vincent, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan); Yellow Claw, Surrender and Encore Beach Club (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas). APRIL 11: David Guetta, Encore Beach Club (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas); DJ Snake, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas); RAC and St. Lucia, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan); Steely Dan, Pearl (Palms). APRIL 12: R3hab, Foxtail Pool Club (SLS Las Vegas).

APRIL 13: alt-J, The Joint (Hard Rock); Marina and the Diamonds and Kiesza, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan). APRIL 13-14: Bad Religion and Off!, House of Blues (Mandalay Bay). APRIL 14: The Cribs, Beauty Bar; Lykke Li and Ryn Weaver, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan); Oliver Heldens, Omnia (Caesars Palace). APRIL 15: Interpol, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan). APRIL 16: Benjamin Booker at Bunkhouse Saloon; Stromae, Boulevard Pool (The Cosmopolitan). APRIL 17: Axwell, Omnia (Caesars Palace); Brand New and Circa Survive, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ); Flosstradamus, Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas); New World Punx, LiFE (SLS Las Vegas). APRIL 18: Alabama Shakes and Allah-Las, Brooklyn Bowl (LINQ); David Guetta, Encore Beach Club (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas); Kimbra, Hard Rock CafeAPRIL 19: Alesso, Light (Mandalay Bay); DJ Snake, XS (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas). APRIL 20: Built to Spill at Bunkhouse Saloon.

Vegas Weekend: Comedy, concerts, clubs and more

No place compares to Las Vegas on the weekend, with concerts, comedy, celebrities and club performances. Check out who's in town this weekend below, or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Daniel Tosh

Friday, Jan. 23

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Santana

Saturday, Jan. 24

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Jan. 25

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Brunchtime, Vegas style

Brunch. It's not just a midday meal to cover breakfast and lunch ... in Las Vegas, brunchtime is an experience all its own.

At BARDOT Brasserie, Chef Michael Mina’s new French restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino, enjoy a delicious brunch experience every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests can indulge in decadent dishes such as Lobster Croissant Benedict and Brioche French Toast with vanilla mascarpone while enjoying bottomless rosé wine and avant-garde brunch cocktails.

Border Grill

Enjoy unlimited small plates and bottomless mimosas at Border Brunch at Border Grill, with locations at Mandalay Bay and inside the Forum Shops at Caesars, or for an intimate brunch setting on the Strip, try Jasmine at Bellagio

Simon Restaurant and Lounge

At Bally's, on weekends BLT Steak is home to the legendary Sterling Brunch, featuring Lobster, Filet Mignon, Lamb, Eggs Benidict, Caviar and Bottomless Perrier Jouet Champagne. Just off the Strip at Palms Place, the Sunday brunch at Simon Restaurant and Lounge  is as casual as they come ... you can show up in your pajamas if you like. Just make sure you are hungry and ready for an unforgettable meal. DB Brasserie at The Venetian features a weekend brunch from 11:30-3 with everything from Alsatian Tarte Flambée to Oysters on the Half Shell. 

bar + bistro

Downtown, you can also find mouthwatering brunches at bar + bistro, as well as Park on Fremont in the Fremont East District. and other tasty brunches are spread out throughout the city. In Summerlin, MadeLV at Tivoli Village and MTO Café in the Downtown Summerlin shopping district will satisfy any appetite. 

Enjoy a brunch experience like no place else in Las Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Eric Church, Adam Carolla, Styx and more invade Vegas

From incredible concerts to hilarious comedy to finding the biggest celebrities enjoying the vibrant club scene, it's all happening in Las Vegas. Check out who's in town this weekend below or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Eric Church

Friday, Jan. 16

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Adam Carolla

Saturday, Jan. 17

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Jan. 18

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: Concerts, comedy, celebrities and clubs - Experience it all!

From incredible concerts to hilarious comedy to finding the biggest celebrities enjoying the vibrant club scene, it's all happening in Las Vegas. Check out who's in town this weekend below or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Willie Nelson 

Friday, Jan. 9

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Steve Byrne

Saturday, Jan. 10

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Jan. 11

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Raise your glass to these unique Vegas libations

Looking for something unique and innovative to quench your thirst? Head to Las Vegas, where some of the top mixologists have creative concoctions ready to tantalize your taste buds.

The brand-new Bardot Brasserie at ARIA's cocktail program combines the best of French culture and Las Vegas style. Signature sips include And God Created Women, a satisfying layering of French spirits and egg whites; and the Voltaire, a cider-based cocktail that dazzles the senses with baked apple bitters and housemade ginger syrup.

Commonwealth drinks

For some unique beverages, head to the Laundry Room - the secret speakeasy environment at the Commonwealth in the Fremont East District. You can only get it through a hidden door with a reservation, which you can only make by texting the "secret" number. When you do gain entry, you can only stay for two hours, so be sure to try Ciao Bella (above at left: Italian Amaretto, Amaro Espresso-Coffee Liqueur, Cold-Pressed Coffee, Cream, Aromatic Bitters) and Pennsylvania Pumpkin Pie (above, center: Rye Whiskey, Amaretto, Pumpkin Puree, Fresh Orange Juice, Egg Whites). Then head to the ourdoor patio and try the Mule In Heat (above right: Premium Vodka, Passion Fruit, Jalapeño, Fresh Lime and Ginger). 

How about a cocktail for breakfast? That's what you'll find in the Breakfast Martini at Bound Bar inside The Cromwell. It's made with cBombay Sapphire gin, Cointreau (orange-flavored liqueur), fresh lemon juice and orange marmalade. 

For another signature libation, head over to the Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan and try The Infinite Playlist. This variation of the classic cocktail, The Old Fashioned, features a 12-year aged rum as the base, aged in bourbon barrels, marrying the toffee and oak, with vanilla undertones.

The new Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo is home to Winter Bliss, a concoction consisting of Zaya Rum, Bulliet, ginger syrup, lemon and milk. It's garnished with cinnamon and clove sprinkles.

You'll always find great cocktail-hour specials everywhere you look in Las Vegas, so sip on some of these smooth sensations and make your next visit just a little bit sweeter! 

 

Irish eyes are always smilin' in Las Vegas for St. Patrick's Day

Whether it's the top o' the morning, midday, or nighttime - you'll find St. Patrick's Day events at the end of every rainbow in Las Vegas. Here are places to enjoy traditional fare, authentic brews, or just to hang out and make your friends green with envy:

Hennessey's Tavern

Craving some good ol' Irish grub? Head to Hennessey's Tavern on Fremont Street for a ramekin of shepherd's pie, an order of the pub's famous tavern fries and finish up with homemade Irish pudding. Afterward, head upstairs for live music in the world's largest pint glass! It's a St. Patrick's Day party waiting to happen!

There's plenty more to do while you're downtown. Check out the drink specials and giveaways at The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate while enjoying live music and more. 

Nine Fine Irishmen

If a traditional Irish bar setting is what you crave, Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York Hotel and Casino lives up to its name. This Victorian-style bar has two levels of outdoor patio seating with spectacular views of the Strip, sumptuous food, fine spirits, and live music nightly. 

Brendan's Irish Pub

Take a seat at Brendan's Irish Pub at The Orleans, fashioned after an authentic Irish pub, for a tall glass of your favorite beer on tap, or spring for an old-fashioned Irish whiskey. 

O'Shea's

Grab your lucky charm and head over to O'Sheas on Las Vegas Boulevard by the Linq for plenty of St. Paddy's revelry. 

Ri Ra Las Vegas

Ri Ra is a must-see pub inside Mandalay Place - home to the GUINNESS Store featuring the largest collection of memorabilia and gifts outside of Ireland!

For more authentic Irish ambiance, check out the deals and atmosphere at Quinn’s Irish Pub at Green Valley Ranch, or J.C. Wooloughan's Irish Pub inside JW Marriott.

Irish eyes are always smilin' in Las Vegas!

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