Top five sports bars in Las Vegas, Nevada

In Las Vegas, activities like checking out various sports events and betting for your favorite athletes and sports teams are as easy as looking for the nearest hotels or casinos in the city.

Las Vegas is a premier spot for local, national, and international sports events. With the state of Nevada allowing legal betting in all major sports, many Las Vegas sports books and sports bars showcase convenient and world-class placing of bets and watching games.

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Blondies Sports Bar & Grill

3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-737-0444

Amidst being located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Blondies Sports Bar & Grill offers more of a neighborhood bar feel than a typical mall atmosphere. It is a hotspot for both tourists and locals and is near the most happening places in the city: the Las Vegas Strip. To complete the fun sports watching experience wherever you may be seated, the entire bar provides over 40 plasma TVs. The VIP room also features a number of TVs, along with a PlayStation, DVD player, and surround sound facilities.

Pete and Shorty's Book & Bar

115 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-739-9000

With the exciting ambience at Pete and Shorty's Book & Bar inside the Hooters Casino Hotel, it is a top place to watch sports events on any of the bar's multiple 42-inch plasma screens. You can readily bet on the games, as the bar is just adjacent to the casino's sports book. A poker area is also located on the side. This sports bar is popular for the Shorty Burgers, a Pete and Shorty's specialty featuring delicious bite-sized burgers, and the Fried Pickles, a fun and unique type of appetizer that goes well with pretty much of the bar's available meals and drinks.

Sports Kitchen

3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103; 866-746-7671, 702-777-7777

The Sports Kitchen at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino is an ideal spot for race and sports fans who want to take advantage of the bar's very energetic atmosphere. Here, you can watch your favorite sporting events and get easy access to the Rio Race Sports Book, which is just adjacent to the bar. A unique selling point of this plush sports destination is its humongous fire pit and its fine offerings of bar favorites including grilled burgers, tasty bratwursts, wood-fired pizzas, homemade sandwiches, and other sports specialty dishes and delicacies.

Shady Grove Lounge

3333 Blue Diamond Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89139; 702-263-7777

Open 24 hours daily, the Shady Grove Lounge at the popular off-strip hotel Silverton Casino Lodge is an ideal bar to check out for those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the tourist-driven Las Vegas Strip. Silverton is considerably the closest "locals casino" in Southwest Las Vegas. Shady Grove Lounge offers some unique features you won't find elsewhere in the city like its vintage 1950s Aistream trailer converted into a mini-bowling alley and a North American aspen tree canopy covering overstuffed leather chairs perfect when watching games on any of the bar's 12 plasma screens.

Tappo Lounge

8 Strada di Villaggio, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV 89011; 702-939-8888

Tappo Lounge is a favorite Las Vegas local sports bar located at the Casino Monte Lago in Henderson, a top residential area in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. It features an intimate two-level entertainment oasis complete with plasma TVs showcasing all the sports action and a wide menu selection of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, draft beers, and other premium liquors. It also features a sports book for convenient betting. The seasonal patio complete with its own TV screens and outdoor speakers offers a gorgeous view of the Monte Lago Village and Resort and Lake Las Vegas.

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Updated Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010