We got 99 beers and O’Doul’s ain’t one. We’re just joking. We actually have way more than 99 beers. And we don’t have any real problem with O’Doul’s. If that’s your thing then drink on, darling. You can drive us home after we’ve had 99 of the real stuff. Or, even better, you can drive us on a tour of the best beer spots in Las Vegas. Some are classics. A bunch are breweries. But they’re all totally beerlicious. So let’s get started.
Like a jalapeño hefeweizen, which is something they actually serve, Banger Brewing is a hot spot for beer on Fremont Street – and there’s a good chance you’ll end up chugging some suds. With all the local breweries popping up in this town, it’s fitting that such a brilliant brewery starts off our list. And Banger Brewing will stay at the top, unless someone starts a really awesome beer spot that starts with an A. Until then, be sure to try the full range of brews from the Perfect Ten pale ale to the Black Eye. P.A. Bonus points to Banger Brewing for the word play. It’s a brew pub that’s perfect for tourists looking for something a little less intimidating than the local-filled Fremont East. And we hear they sometimes serve pierogi. How many places can you say that about?
Big Dog’s Brewing Co.
Like the Red Hydrant Ale that, no lie, we’ll be ordering when we get off work tonight – which feels like forever from now – Big Dog’s Brewing Co. is big, bold and perfect for sharing. The actual Draft House is located a bit of a drive from the Las Vegas Strip. It’s worth the trip up the 95 if you’re interested. But you can also find Big Dog’s Brews at bars throughout the city. You might have to go on a bit of a beer quest to find the full line of signature brews, but they’re out there and they’re all barktacular. Yes, we made a dog pun. Yes, we spent the last 15 minutes thinking about it. We’ll just make that time up by drinking more Big Dog’s beer. Try the Black Lab Stout, the Dirty Dog IPA and the Tailwagger Wheat. We don’t feel like waiting until the end of the day. We’re going for some right now.
Like a root beer float made with actual beer, Public House at the Venetian is cool, refreshing and an instant hit with anyone you offer it to. Despite the name that usually refers to a homey, local establishment in a village, this Public House is right at home in the elegant and ornate Venetian. But that’s just the look and the feel of the place. What really sets Public House apart is the cicerone. This beer expert is on hand to help you navigate the four-page beer menu to find the ideal brew for you. You might have to try two or three pages worth of beer before you find your favorite, but that’s OK. They’ll all be so good that by the time you’ve downed 20 or 30 pints you won’t care that your credit card is maxed out.
Like a cold, refreshing tap that never runs dry, at least not before you do, The Pub at Monte Carlo is smooth and crisp in all the right ways. It’s more industrial than most bars in major casinos, but that adds to its flavor. It’s like sitting in the nicest keg factory you’ve ever seen, sipping suds right from your very own. OK, we were going to hoard this one all to ourselves, but there is a table with its own private taps so you and your friends can sit together, pour each other pints and pay for whatever you drank at the end of the night. It’s the next best thing to buying a keg and lugging it back to your hotel room. FYI, hotels tend to frown on that. And no, sir, you cannot stuff it under your shirt and claim to be pregnant. It didn’t work with the replacement minibar, it won’t work now.
Michael Mina Pub 1842 is a serious take on the often dumbed-down world of beer. Chef Michael Mina named the pub after the year pilsner was invented. That’s a neat little factoid, just in case you’re ever playing pub trivia. But the important thing to take from that is the level of dedication this place puts into its beer. Chef Mina has taken the outstanding beer selection and paired up the tastes with unique pub cuisine in ways only a master chef could. If you’re not hungry, or more likely you just can’t decide what you want first, you can sample a variety of beers in an expertly designed flight. But seriously, try them with food. They go so well together.
Like the amber ale that we love so much, Ellis Island is an old Vegas favorite that shows no signs of stopping. It’s always open. It a full casino and has food too. It’s just a friendly place where everyone feels welcome, as long as they’re willing to shell out a few bucks for some beer. They have their own signature brews that are as delicious as they are affordable – much more so than what you’ll find on the Strip. And one of the biggest draws is the weekly karaoke. It’s not exactly an off-the-wall party, but it is a lot of fun and gives a perfect backdrop to enjoying some craft brews you probably won’t get anywhere else.
Like a dark, warm dunkel that hits you right on the bum, Hofbrauhaus draws you in and gives you a little pop once the door is closed. It’s about as German as you can get in the middle of the desert. And it’s way more delicious than you’d expect from a culture that likes to put “wurst” on the ends of its sausage names. Modeled after one of the oldest breweries in Munich, Hofbräuhaus brings authentic beer flavor to Las Vegas, along with an atmosphere that makes everyone feel like family. Sit at the long tables in the dining area or out in the beer garden, and savor mug after mug of the good stuff. We’re partial to the dunkel, but every beer at Hofbräuhaus is exceptional. You can also get paddled when you buy a shot of Jägermeister. You might want to ask them to go easy on you, you’re probably not an old pro like us.
Like a local craft beer that your buddies have insisted you try, Hop Nuts Brewing is a welcome surprise in the Las Vegas beer scene. It’s definitely got our tongue tingling. Set perfectly into the Arts District downtown, Hop Nuts is the perfect place for sharing drinks with friends and remembering what beer is supposed to be – a social drink for the masses to enjoy over laughter and conversation. Take a flight in the open-air space and you’ll instantly see why craft breweries like Hop Nuts Brewing fit so superbly in Las Vegas.
Like a Trappist beer that you’re never really sure how it ended up where it is, Todd English P.U.B. is intriguingly placed between the alluring Aria and the cathedral-like Crystals shopping center. But when you step into this incredible pub, you forget where you were and only start to care about where you are. Delve into the extensive beer menu and find something that’s right for you. They have all the tastes you crave as well as some unique options like Trappist beers (made by actual monks) and actually, real-life mead. You don’t have to be Thor to enjoy that. But if you are Thor, please call us. It’s nothing weird, we just wanna brush your hair. While we wait, we’ll head to Todd English P.U.B. for a few bottles and some delectable food too.
Like that IPA you keep coming back to because something about it just draws you in, Yard House at The LINQ Promenade is the bar where you know what you’ll get and you’ll be glad you have it. They offer over 140 beers in every style around. If you’re a stout-supporter, an amber-adorer, a lager-lover, an IPA-interested party (it’s harder coming up with these than you might think) Yard House has the brews for you. Enjoy a full food menu and an outgoing atmosphere while you sample a flight or just down whatever your server suggests. Yard House is the place to indulge after you’ve just traversed The LINQ Promenade and you simply must set down all your shopping bags for a while. Take a load off. Have some beers and forget that you have to lug that stuff all the way back. That’s also just good advice for Vegas in general.