Sixty high-def flatscreen TVs. Memorabilia recognizing history’s greatest professional athletes. An expansive selection of draft and bottled beers, everything from NFL fave Bud Light to imported specialties like Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Scotch Ale. It’s very clear that TAP Sports Bar at MGM Grand was tailor-made for football season, and football season is here.
But there are other factors that set TAP apart from every other sports bar. First, it’s huge, a sprawling space ready to accommodate your biggest big-game party. The MGM Grand is a massive casino but TAP is planted in the perfect spot, just steps away from the race and sports book and equally close to Hakkasan Nightclub, so you can rightly celebrate your winning wager. And then there’s the menu, a murderer’s row of bar-food favorites utilizing fresh ingredients with hit-the-spot precision. Do you dare attack the spicy Ghost Sauce chicken wings? Think you can handle a burger stacked with a house-ground beef patty and pepper-crusted pastrami with fried jalapeños and Swiss cheese on a pretzel roll? You might need your own cheerleading squad to tackle that one, but at TAP, you’ll always feel like you have the home field advantage. TAP Sports Bar at MGM Grand, 702-891-7239; Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday & Friday 11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday 9 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.