Get excited. The Las Vegas Golden Knights debut the city’s very first professional sports team, a moment that brings even more excitement to a city that’s already known for non-stop entertainment. As an added bonus, the hockey team’s home stadium is right in the center of the action on Las Vegas Boulevard at T-Mobile Arena.
For visiting hockey fans and locals looking to cheer on their hometown NHL team, a Golden Knights game presents the perfect opportunity to have dinner and drinks on the Strip before the ice heats up. Here are five restaurants — all within easy walking distance of the T Mobile Arena — -to grab a bite before a Golden Knights game.
Come for the sausage, stay for the beer
For a quick bite before a Golden Knights game, it’s hard to beat a sausage and a beer at Beerhaus. Located just a stone’s throw away from the T-Mobile Arena at The Park, Beerhaus serves sausages on poppy seed buns with toppings like IPA cheddarwurst, kraut and pickle slaw along with fries and pretzels meant to be dunked in beer cheese. Local Vegas favorite beers and imported varieties line the taps.
Beerhaus, The Park, 3784 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-692-2337
Sushi with a party
Las Vegas does things a little differently, and that includes Japanese dining. At Sake Rok, sushi lovers can expect the unexpected in a lively setting featuring interactive performances, dancing, a private sake label and creative rolls. Diners can start with savory small plates such as pork belly with sweet potato puree and move onto hot dishes like miso Chilean sea bass and sushi rolls including the Spicy Samurai roll, made with spicy yellowtail and jalapeño vinaigrette.
Sake Rok, The Park, 3786 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-706-3022
Sweet and savory waffles
Bruxie trades out sandwich bread for something much more interesting: waffles. The casual restaurant, which prides itself on making everything including soft drinks from scratch, serves a variety of waffle sandwiches including the Holy Chicken, which pairs maple-glazed chicken with a sunny-side up egg, and a vegetarian option with mushrooms and goat cheese. For dessert, frozen custard and creme brulee, with waffles, of course.
Bruxie, The Park, 3782 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-728-2981
Party with the Irish
For a lively pre-game dinner, New York-New York’s Nine Fine Irishmen fits the bill with Irish pub food, live music and whiskey. The restaurant and bar offers traditional Irish fare such as Shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash along with shareable plates of fried pickles, baked brie and bloody Mary-infused onion rings. For drinks, hockey fans can order up a Guinness and Smithwick’s with the option of adding a shot of Jameson.
Nine Fine Irishmen, New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-740-6463
An option before or after the game
Why not kick off a night of frozen action with a frozen drink to match the icy confines of the rink? Tom’s Urban offers plenty of options to choose from including frozen Moscow mules and Fireball Whiskey spiked milkshakes. On the food side of things, expect sliders, street tacos, pizzas and salads.
Tom's Urban, New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-740-6766