The Boise State Broncos are headed back to the Las Vegas against rival Northwest Oregon Ducks. Vegas has BSU as the underdog and there are so many storylines that will make this one a battle. Both teams come in with a chip on their shoulder and the history between the two teams hasn't always been sweet. Remember the punch?

Flights to Las Vegas are completely sold-out and if you're a major procrastinator - looks like you'll be driving! For all of us who can't afford to get off and get out this quick, I found several spots for you to get your tailgate on.

I've compiled my personal top 5 with a few bonus locations this year. These aren't listed in any specific order but I used the following to help build my list.

  1. Sports ambiance, climate, and culture.
  2. Viewing experience.
  3. Brew and food.
  • Photo: Kekeluv
    Photo: Kekeluv

    Big Al's

    Located in the Village at Meridian

    Big Al's grabs our top spot for Las Vegas Bowl viewing this weekend. There is no escape when sitting down to watch a game at Big Al's. Enjoy a 55-foot wide experience which practically puts you in the game on the largest screen in the Northwest! Want to see how you're doing in your office pool? Catch the other games while watching your Broncos take on the Ducks.

    Looking for a good brew? Sip from the 100-ounce beer tube that will keep you the center of attention. Lacy Storm will be pouring those drinks and serving up Mac & Jacks bites!

    Are the kids getting restless? Take a halftime break and bowl a few games or head upstairs to the game room. Big Al's has it all.

  • Michelle Heart/TSM Boise
    Michelle Heart/TSM Boise

    The Tailgate

    Located 815 Ann Morrison Park Drive

    This is one of our hot spots! The food is fantastic, the beer is ice cold, and you can't miss your view from one of the many televisions and massive screen in front. Move to the back, hit the patio or stay in the main room. This massive bar will host any Bronco Nation party!

  • Photo: Twin Peaks
    Photo: Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    Located on West Spectrum off Cole/Overland

    Eats, Drinks and Scenic Views! Enjoy over 30 tv's, 20 beers on tap with 22-ounce mugs drafted at a chilled 29 degrees! Food is "so good" from my friend Lizzie and fried pickles should be a must on your order.

  • Photo: Kekeluv
    Photo: Kekeluv

    The Endzone

    Located on Broadway

    This is a campus favorite with great gameday vibes! Located across from Albertson's Stadium go feel like you're in the game!

    This isn't the largest spot, but it's about the party! Grab a pitcher, play some shuffleboard and bring your blue and orange!

  • Photo: Kekeluv
    Photo: Kekeluv


    Located on 760 main street next to Pita Pit

    Taphouse is in the heart of Downtown Boise located next to Pita Pit (sidenote: One of my more intoxicated evenings, I stumbled to the front of the line, accidentally took someone's pita and went outside to eat. The manager came out and explained I just took another order - I paid, MY BAD!)

    Taphouse holds 44 brews on tap and has been voted best sports bar 3 years running. Food is the bomb and you can catch brunch right before the BSU. Brunch ends at 2 p.m. Make sure to ask about the Rosemary fries.

    location hits the spot, and perfect to walk outside for some shopping afterward!

  • Photo by: Kekeluv
    Photo by: Kekeluv

    Bonus: The SUB at Boise State

    Located on campus on University

    This is a bonus location and the best on-campus spot for true BSU fans that is family friendly.

    Open to the public this a great spot to feel the Boise State vibe. This is also graduation so who knows what kind of party this will be.

    Order from Subway, Chic-fil-A, Mo's or grab a coffee from Starbucks. Bring your own food!

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