If Las Vegas is known for anything, it would have to be its party scene. And if there's one great American party we can think of, it'd have to be Super Bowl Sunday -- it seems that the entire country stops what they're doing to tune into the NFL Championship game. But why watch on your couch with delivery pizza when you can hit up a sick party on (or off) the The Strip? Since we can't answer that question, we found the top five hotel super bowl parties to check out in Sin City this weekend.
THE HOTEL: The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
THE PARTY SPOT: LAVO
THE PARTY DEAL: Usually a trendy restaurant-nightclub combo, Lavo is opening its doors for a Sunday afternoon of football -- at a relatively hefty price tag. Throw down $175 to gain admission to the space -- which has over 20 HD TVs set up for the event -- as well as access to an open bar and unlimited Italian buffet. You can call ahead for table reservations, but we're betting that comes at an even higher amount than just a ticket itself.
THE HOTEL'S DEAL: Big, elaborate, and packed with the kind of luxuries you see at the top Vegas resorts, the Palazzo has some of the best and biggest standard rooms on The Strip. Its world-class spa, seven pools, busy casino, and name-brand fine dining all connect to its sister property, the Venetian, via an haute couture mall. Less theme-y than many Vegas hotels, but right at the top of the list in terms of glitz and extravagance.
Check out our other favorite Las Vegas Super Bowl Parties after the jump.
THE HOTEL: Wynn Las Vegas
THE PARTY BAR: Lafite Ballroom
THE PARTY DEAL: Designed for hotel guests, the Wynn's Big Game party is invitation-only, so contact your host if you're lucky enough to be staying there -- or a member of the casino marketing team if you're a high roller in need of a place to watch the game. And although the rooms here are pricey, the tickets are complimentary.
THE HOTEL'S DEAL: Remote-controlled drapes in the giant rooms, eight premier restaurants, an 18-hole golf course -- the 2,716-room Wynn is one of the Strip's most extravagant luxury hotels. But service is a bit impersonal, and it costs an extra $30 just to use the fitness center.
THE HOTEL: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
THE PARTY SPOT: Holstein's Shakes and Buns
THE PARTY DEAL: Although the burger-and-shake shop won't be hosting a formal party, per se, they will be serving up team-inspired burgers to ravenous Giants and Pats fans (at a price of $16.50 per sandwich). Holstein's also has TVs, of course, for watching the game -- but it's the delicious food that's the real draw. Order up "The Patriot" for "crispy New England clam strips, cole slaw, sliced tomato and Louis dressing;" the "Big Apple Burger" will feature "mozzarella cheese, roast tomato and pepperoni served on a 'pizza foccacia' bun with garlic aioli." We'll take them both!
THE HOTEL'S DEAL: At the newly-renovated Cosmopolitan, typical Vegas kitsch has been swapped out for aggressively modern design and futuristic touches (guests sign in on an iPad). Fanfare aside, rooms are large and feature comfortable, designer furnishings and modern, open bathrooms. All types of travelers seem to come here, from frat boys to gambling grandmothers, but the nights decidedly belong to the younger crowd at BOND and Marquee -- as do the days, during Marquee's seasonal "dayclub" party poolside.
THE HOTEL: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
THE PARTY SPOT: The Joint
THE PARTY DEAL: Purchase a wristband at the Hard Rock's shop for $49 and score yourself some prime seating at The Joint (which is usually reserved as a concert space) to watch the game. The fee also covers unlimited, classic football munchies at stations for snacks like sliders, mini meatball subs, hot sandwiches, hot dogs, hot wings, popcorn, ice cream and nachos. (Are you full yet?) There's also a coupon for a bucket of beer. Finish that, though, and the rest of the beverages are on you.
THE HOTEL'S DEAL: The swank Hard Rock is off the Strip, but it knows how to throw a party -- Rehab, Vegas' best pool party; go-go dancers in the casino; live music at The Joint; partying at Vanity nightclub; stylish cuisine at Nobu or Ago.
THE HOTEL: Encore at the Wynn
THE PARTY SPOT: Society Cafe
THE PARTY DEAL: For the distinctive partier, the Society Cafe is offering up a fancy Super Bowl feast: For $95, you can chow down on the restaurant's special "Big Game Menu," an all-you-can-eat fest that includes delicious mac 'n cheese bites (complete with a truffle dipping sauce), warm mini donuts and pulled pork sliders. (OK, did someone plan this menu with us in mind?) Plus, the spot's got seven plasma screens for prime viewing in a tony setting.
THE HOTEL'S DEAL: Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is about pure opulence; not surreal, family-friendly showmanship. Its giant rooms one-up even the Wynn's (Encore's sister next door) and include such snazzy features as bedside curtain control, beautiful design, and an enormous bathroom. The rooms are truly some of the best in Vegas.