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Watch the game

Crown & Anchor British pub

Club flags and uniforms hang from the A-frame beams here, the only spot for major futbol matches, from a Manchester derby (United v. City, and it’s pronounced darby) to the Three Lions (the English national team) in the upcoming World Cup. Arrive early for a seat, especially if you hanker for a steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, or the staple fish and chips. Fuller’s London Pride from the tap is a treat; the ale is rare enough by the bottle. The Scotch egg is delectable and can be enjoyed standing up in tight confines — when nothing should shock your ears. A Scottish kiss? Hear those words and run like hell. RM 1350 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-739-8676, crownandanchorlv.com

Clockwise from lower left: taps at the Yard House; sports fans at Crown & Anchor; live music at Money Plays; a concert at the Boulevard Pool

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Boulevard Pool The Boulevard Pool provides a sort of full-surround sensory overkill that adds an extra dimension to shows and excuses less-fabulous aspects (imperfect sound; pricey drinks), whatever band is playing. The location above the Strip puts you on-level with the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, the top of the Bellagio fountains and The Cosmopolitan’s giant Blade Runner-like sign, with the dark blue desert sky stretching above. The bands that play there tend to lend themselves to the extravagance of the setting — the Queens of the Stone Age and their soaring, epic rock; New Order’s glorious post-modern multimedia dance party; the Flaming Lips and their upbeat, whimsical floor show — raining

beach balls and confetti down onto Las Vegas Boulevard traffic with no ill effects. LTR The Cosmopolitan, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-698-7000, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Money Plays Humble stalwart Money Plays is as no-nonsense as watering holes come: It’s basically a functional envelope of strip-mall space containing a kingsize bar with a complement of 100 bottled beers — from Rolling Rock to Rogue Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ale — and 20 taps. It’s a friendly weekday stop-and-sip magnet for regulars, but Thursdays and Fridays, Money Plays hosts an 8 p.m. open mic organized (and painstakingly recorded, filmed and produced) by

scenester superhero Mike Ziethlow of VegasOnTheMic.com. This is the place to catch serious music-scene talent, from strum-happy indie elves to blingdrenched crunk-rock crews. Second Saturdays feature artists hand-plucked from the open-mic scrum. Either way, it’s all music to your beers. AK 4755 W. Flamingo Road, 702-368-1828, moneyplayslv.com

Hard Rock Live on the Strip The Dandy Warhols, Kid Meets Cougar, James … these are bands you could glimpse from the way-wayback of The Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool. If that’s wearing on you, check out the lineup at the Hard Rock Live (Black Flag’s coming, who knew?). This airy M AY 2 0 1 4

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Desert Companion - May 2014  
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