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Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Las Vegas

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Lagasse's Stadium
Lagasse’s Stadium
Lagasse’s Stadium

Lagasse’s Stadium

The PalazzoBest for: A stadium-seating view of the action
Lagasse’s Stadium is one of the best places for watching sports on the Strip. The place is frickin’ huge with more than a hundred high-def TVs, including a giant big screen that’s 9 by 16 feet and comes with its own stadium seating. There’s also a betting window just steps away so you can blow money without wasting any time. Of course, the menu has the Emeril Lagasse seal of approval and features a few special dishes for the World Cup — like spicy shrimp with vegetable gazpacho, beef stroganoff over penne, and beer-battered haddock with fries. Lagasse’s Stadium will open early at 8am to accommodate Word Cup action, but will resume its normal 11am opening time once brackets filter down past the group stage.

Crown & Anchor Pub
Crown & Anchor Pub
Crown & Anchor Pub

Crown & Anchor

Off the StripBest for: Cheering on the British nonstop
This authentic British pub has two locations (east and west of the Strip) — both open 24 hours so you can catch every minute of World Cup action regardless of when a game begins. Even better, the entire food menu is available round the clock. So feel free to nosh down on bangers and mash, cottage pie, and Yorkshire pudding in the middle of the night with a pint of Old Speckled Hen.

Tap
Tap
Tap

TAP

MGM GrandBest for: Bonding with Europeans on the Strip
Located in the lobby of the MGM Grand, this sports bar isn’t always known as a hotspot for soccer — eh, football — but that all changes during the World Cup. In recent years, the bar has opened early to accommodate European tourists on the Strip — and gets packed quickly. The venue is more of a “sport restaurant” than a sports bar, with a full menu and at least 60 high-def televisions. The whole place is decorated with sports photos and memorabilia. TAP is also near the MGM Sports Book, making it easy to place a last-minute bet.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Off the StripBest for: Cheering on the Germans and inhaling pretzels and booze
A faithful recreation of the famous Bavarian beer hall, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas will open early for all Germany games, kicking off on June 17 with a showdown against Mexico. A breakfast platter will be available, featuring scrambled eggs, potatoes, smoked pork loin, krainer sausage, and bacon with a pretzel on the side. A vegetarian version is also on the menu. Either way, it’s never too early to order one of Hofbrauhaus’ own German-style beers on tap — especially in a massive liter-sized mug. Games that don’t involved Germany will be shown during normal business hours after 11am.

Shakespeare's Grille & Pub
Shakespeare’s Grille & Pub
Shakespeare’s Grille & Pub

Shakespeare’s Grille & Pub

HendersonBest for: Watching in Henderson, with five styles of French fries
As the name suggests, this gastropub is all about the Brits. Expect beer bucket specials and lots of swag giveaways: T-shirts, key chains, that sort of stuff. The menu mixes British faves like shepherd’s pie and sausage rolls with traditional bar grub, including five French fry variations and four different sliders. But we just can’t get enough of the fried avocado slices. Between bottles and drafts, there’s more than a hundred beers to choose from. And bottomless mimosas are available all day.

Barbara Kraft
Barbara Kraft
Barbara Kraft

Charlie’s Bar + Grill

The WynnBest for: Placing a bet or two
When the Wynn did a major overhaul and renovation of its sports book last year, it also added Charlie’s Bar + Grill right next to it, which will be serving drinks throughout the World Cup matches. The menu is playful for a sports bar (cotton candy milkshakes anyone?), although food won’t be served until 11:30am. (Pro tip: Early-rising soccer fans can order food from Allegro, a nearby Italian restaurant that’s open all night until 6am.) Regardless of when you show up, the games will be seen live on the giant 1,600-square-foot LED screen that wraps around the sports book.

Rob Kachelriess
Rob Kachelriess
Rob Kachelriess

McMullan’s

Off the StripBest for: 24/7 Irish soccer fanatics
This Irish pub is open 24 hours a day and loves soccer, so you’ll be able to catch the World Cup, no problem, even if they have to wheel an extra TV out on the patio. Jersey giveaways happen during the finals. Breakfast runs 11pm-11am, offering plenty of time to chow down on Irish bacon, corned beef hash, and black and white pudding (which is a fancy way to describe meat and oatmeal pounded into a patty). A rotating daily special serves up a 20-ounce pint for $4. Mix things up with one of three Bits O’ Beer flights that consist of five tastings at the same time.

J Rick Martin
J Rick Martin
J Rick Martin

Cabo Wabo

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet HollywoodBest for: People-watching, drink deals, and a Tex-Mex breakfast
With a patio that overlooks the Strip, it’s easy to grab some much-needed fresh air if your team isn’t doing so great during the game. But in addition to prime Las Vegas people watching, it’s also an opportunity to enjoy some Tex-Mex breakfast items, especially the cheese nachos topped with two fried eggs. Cabo Wabo will open at 8am for the World Cup with beer bucket specials and morning all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bellinis for $24.99.

Born and Raised Las Vegas Bar
Born and Raised Las Vegas Bar
Born and Raised Las Vegas Bar

Born and Raised

Multiple locationsBest for: Casual watching and hanging out with locals
In another year, this might be the best place to cheer on Team USA, but you know how things go. The latest edition of Born and Raised is in a prime tourist zone on the Strip (the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s), but its original locations in the Southwest and Henderson are both still big draws for locals. While they tend to be more interested in the Golden Knights or UNLV Rebels than soccer, the round-the-clock hours leave plenty of time to enjoy the World Cup — with a soccer following growing each year. In other words, a visit to Born and Raised could be your best bet for checking out the action and enjoying a few drinks without too many rowdy fans screaming in your ear.

Habib's Persian Cuisine
Habib’s Persian Cuisine
Habib’s Persian Cuisine

Shiraz Persian

West ValleyBest for: Lovers of patios and Persian and Mediterranean food
Known for more than 20 years as Habib’s, this Indian and Pakistani restaurant is expanding its menu and changing its name to Shiraz Persian. Renovations to the bar area and patio should be done in time for World Cup Finals viewing parties on July 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, and 15. Show up and enjoy an international breakfast along with beer and cocktail specials.

Blondies
Blondies
Blondies

Blondies

On the StripBest for: One of the best drink deals on the Strip
Despite its shopping mall location, Blondie’s is one of the few sports bars on the Strip with a “locals” vibe. So it tends to get busy fast, operating on a first-come-first-serve basis. A $20 all-you-can-drink deal applies to wells and drafts during the games, which you can catch on more than 60 televisions. But you may want to scope out a seat in front of the 12-foot-long big screen. Blondies stays open round the clock on weekends, making it easy to catch an important World Cup game.

Ri Ra Las Vegas
Ri Ra Las Vegas
Ri Ra Las Vegas

Rí Rá

The Shoppes at Mandalay PlaceBest for: An Irish breakfast during the games
Whether it’s the imported limestone bar top or the imported breakfast meats, Rí Rá is full of Irish authenticity. A magnet for European tourists on the Strip, the bar is expected to be especially busy when it opens early for World Cup games. Guest can enjoy $5 Carlsberg pints and earn a chance to win Carlsberg merchandise while the action takes place on TVs throughout five distinctly different rooms — although this Irish pub will always remain best known for knowing how to pour a perfect Guinness.

Once
Once
Once

Once

PalazzoBest for: Fans of Peru or South America
In addition to being one of our favorite new restaurants in Las Vegas, Once (rhymes with cabernet) is hosting viewing parties to watch team Peru in the World Cup — beginning with a battle against Denmark at 6am on June 16. Entry is $25 per person and includes a drink and breakfast bowl. Expect similar viewing parties if Peru advances in the tournament.

PT's
PT’s
PT’s

PT’s

Multiple locationsBest for: Finding a quick viewing location
Need to find a bar quick? PT’s has more than 50 locations in the Las Vegas Valley under nearly as many names (PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold, and SG Bar), which means the nearest one is just a quick drive away. Open 24 hours a day, these omnipresent locals hangouts will be serving $3 Modelo pints and half-price breakfast items during the World Cup games. Try the pancakes with powdered sugar and maple syrup — they’re addictive.

Mercato della Pescheria/Facebook
Mercato della Pescheria/Facebook
Mercato della Pescheria/Facebook

Mercato della Pescheria

The VenetianBest For: Cheering on Italy
With a prime location in St. Mark’s Square, this Italian restaurant is the perfect meeting place for the World Cup. Catch the games live in the bar and lounge. If the action gets dull, the Venetian’s famous gondola rides are just steps away.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill
PBR Rock Bar & Grill
PBR Rock Bar & Grill

PBR Rock Bar & Grill

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet HollywoodBest For: Boozing on the Strip
Get ready to drink. World Cup specials include $5 Jagermeister shots, $6 Heineken bottles, $20 Mini Meister buckets, and $25 Heineken buckets. With four full service bars, you shouldn’t have to wait long for your choice to arrive.

Alexxa's Bar/Facebook
Alexxa’s Bar/Facebook
Alexxa’s Bar/Facebook

Alexxa’s Bar

​​​​​​​Paris Las VegasBest for: Eating flatbreads
This Stripside bar and cocktail lounge is wheeling in extra TVs to watch the games as early as 5am. The regular food and drink menu is available all day. We recommend the butternut squash flatbread.

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers
Brightside Breakfast & Burgers
Brightside Breakfast & Burgers

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers

​​​​​​​The PlazaBest for: Viewing the games Downtown
Head downtown, where Brightside Breakfast & Burgers is showing all games after 7am through the championship final on July 15. Between seven high-def big-screens and two projector screens, it’s hard to have a bad seat. Try something from the all-day $6.99 menu. On June 17 and 27, members of the Las Vegas Lights soccer team will be hanging out during the viewing parties.

Cafe Americano/Facebook
Cafe Americano/Facebook
Cafe Americano/Facebook

Cafe Americano

Caesars PalaceBest for: Showing your loyalty with drinks
Easy to find in the lobby of Caesars Palace, Cafe Americano is open 24 hours a day. So you have no excuse to miss any of those early morning games. Sip on $10 caipirinhas (to cheer on Brazil) and Jager Bombs (to cheer on Germany).

Rob Kachelriess
Rob Kachelriess
Rob Kachelriess

JW Marriott

​​​​​​​SummerlinBest for: Making a staycation out of it
The JW Marriott has a World Cup Stay/Play-cation package until July 16 — just in case you don’t want to go home between games. It includes a standard deluxe room, watermelon basil vodka-tini pedicure at Spa Aquae, two Rasberryoska cocktails at Hawthorn Grill, two White Russian cocktails at any casino bar, and somewhere in between all this, World Cup viewing at the recently remodeled Ract & Sports Book.Find out where to watch the World Cup games with all the soccer fans in your city with our list of the best World Cup bars in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, DC, Miami, Houston and more.Sign up here for our daily Vegas email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas for Thrillist for more than four years. His work has also recently appeared in Travel + Leisure, Vegas Seven, David Magazine, Vegas Magazine, and Luxury Estates International’s seasonal publication. He’s putting money down on Iceland to take the whole thing. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelries.

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A Fresh Take on Italian Dining Opens in Southwest Las Vegas

A first look at Basilico Ristorante Italiano.

Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano

You can’t be all things to all people. Yet a new Italian restaurant strikes an intriguing balance between authenticity and inventive touches while helping to shape the identity of a new community in the booming Southwest Valley of Las Vegas.

Basilico Ristorante Italiano is now open at Evora, a master-planned apartment development still under construction that won’t be finished for at least five years. The 160-seat restaurant follows the vision of chef Francesco Di Caudo, a Sicily native who draws on his heritage and experience throughout Italy to build a compelling menu based on traditional techniques and modern ingenuity.

“I come from a country where farm-to-table is nothing new,” says Di Caudio, while emphasizing the importance of ingredient sourcing and simple, straightforward flavor combinations.

Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano

Just look at the appetizers. Americans are used to eggplant parmesan that’s breaded and fried without restraint. Di Caudo sticks to a traditional Sicilian recipe with the vegetable sliced thin, sizzled in a pan, and layered with tomato and basil. No mozzarella. On the other hand, the Smoked Cigar is destined to be a signature showstopper. Duck, foie gras, and porcini mushrooms are packed inside a thin, cracker-like shell, presented in a box, and dipped into a glass ashtray. The “ash” in the centre is a black sesame and truffle mix. Don’t be shy about double dipping.

The risotto is bound to be another conversation piece. The recipe uses Carnaroli rice, a starchy grain from North Italy that produces a creamy texture, balancing the saltiness of a parmesan broth with a sweet splash of chestnut honey. The real surprise is the inclusion of Lavazza espresso, manipulated to crackle in your mouth like Pop Rocks candy.

Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano

All pastas are made in-house, from a parsnip cavatelli to a lamb and thyme tortellini in a broth filtered from braised prosciutto. Some dishes have a subtle Asian influence, including a hamachi crudo with pomelo (similar to yuzu), Hokkaido scallops with oxtail, and a planned octopus braised in dashi. The flavours come to life inside a sharp, contemporary dining room with deep red chairs and stone, wood, and marble touches. The wine collection is dominated by Italian labels, with a few California and Oregon picks thrown in to round out the list. Bottles are on display near the front entrance and inside illuminated square shelves. “It looks like a fancy restaurant, but when you sit down, I want you to have fun,” adds Di Caudio.

Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano
Photo by Louiie Victa, courtesy of Basilico Ristorante Italiano

The bar is the heart of the restaurant, ready to serve up to 16 people inside and dozens more via accordion-style windows that open wide to a covered patio. The outdoor space, temperature-controlled with overhead fans and heaters, effectively extends Evora’s open-air plaza with dramatic water and fire features. It’s a natural spot for tastings and special events with a covered stage for live music. Evora is rolling out in four phases, with the first 342 apartments ready by fall. There could be as many as 1,400 when it’s all said and done. Rent begins at around $1,800 for studios and one-bedroom units and goes up to $4,000 for two-story top-floor residences with a loft and Strip views. The community will include swimming pools, pickleball courts, a putting green, a dog park, firepits, EV charging stations, and pavilions equipped with audio and video features.

“Basilico matches the demographic for our apartments,” says Danny Sorge of Digital Desert Development, the company behind the community. “The term ‘youthful sophistication’ has been thrown around about the restaurant and Evora as a whole. It brings something new to the area.”

Rendering courtesy of Evora
Rendering courtesy of Evora
Rendering courtesy of Evora

The development follows a deliberate strategy to have the commercial tenants in place before the first residents move in, occupying a stand-alone building that strikes a commanding presence on the corner of Patrick Lane and Buffalo Drive. Lemon Tree Cafe & Market is already open as a European-style grocery store with plenty of room to sit down with a sandwich and glass of wine. Keep your eyes peeled for Taps & Barrels (a self-service beer hall), Tachi Ramen, and EVOQ hair salon in the months ahead, with more businesses to come. The timing couldn’t be better. The Southwest Valley is on fire right now, with the Durango hotel and casino and UnCommons mixed-use development taking shape as new attractions in 2023. The Bend, a long-promised shopping and dining district, has been in a holding pattern for years but holds promise in an area where everything is getting bigger and better.

Meanwhile, the team behind Evora is staking a claim with Di Caudio running the kitchen at Basilico. The chef’s recent collaboration with Chef Oscar Amador helped Anima by EDO score a recent James Beard Award nomination and reputation as one of the best new restaurants in Las Vegas. Di Caudio first came to Las Vegas to work at Zeffirino at the Grand Canal Shoppes-a gig he expected to last about six months before returning home. Instead, he stuck around and continued to build his reputation at culinary destinations like Sinatra at the Wynn and Ferraro’s off the Strip.

Ultimately, Basilico will be a restaurant to keep an eye on as it develops under Di Caudio’s guidance. The menu will shift and evolve based on the chef’s preferences and the availability of seasonal ingredients. Di Caudio is also planning a smaller menu and social hour for the bar area and a reasonably priced tasting menu with around 10 dishes served family style.

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Rob Kachelriess¬†has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than nine years. In addition, his work has appeared in¬†Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and¬†Luxury Estates International’s seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter¬†@rkachelriess.

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