Food & Drink

These are Las Vegas's 8 best beer destinations

Published On 06/24/2014 Published On 06/24/2014
MGM Resorts International
Banger Breweing
JoAnna Haugen
MGM Resorts International
Public House
Big Dog's Brewing Company
McMullan’s Irish Pub
MGM Resorts International
Ellis Island Casino
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1. Banger Brewing 450 Fremont St Ste 135, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

It’s all about beer, so don’t expect table service: just good suds, from light weisse to dark stouts. You’ll want to opt for a flight, with half-pints served in a custom mini wooden shelf. The proprietor favors the Jalapeño Hefeweizen, which packs a bit of a kick, but you can find your own favorite on the rotating tap list. Tours of the brewing facility take place every hour on the hour.

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2. Aces & Ales 3740 S Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89121

Aces & Ales is the rare beer bar that's also a serious beer collector, hoarding beauties like a 2006 Stone's Vertical Epic Ale and Firestone Walker's Parabola. And both of its Vegas locations are beer snob approved, partly because there aren't that many beer bars open 24/7. By supplying about 200 bottles of craft beer (along with an additional 50 beers on tap, rotated weekly), it's the perfect bar for the novice drinker or the beer connoisseur. Bonus: a killer grilled cheese and mac and cheese menu to pair with a cold one.

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3. Five50 3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158 (Strip)

James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain's teamed up with the Aria hotel to bring East Coast-style pizza to Vegas, in addition to shared plates, small bites, handmade pastas, craft beers, and desserts.

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4. Public House 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Deep within the air-conditioned annals of the Venetian Casino, this polished gastropub boasts a list of over 200 types of craft beers, as well as a robust offering of American and Canadian whiskeys (not to mention single malt scotch, with Japanese selections to boot). It’s probably where Ron Swanson would hangout if dragged to Sin City: the menu here is fairly meat-forward, with regulars raving about poutine with duck confit (pro tip: opt to add the fried egg) and heavy-hitters like the porter-braised short rib with carrot mousseline and IPA-battered onion rings.

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5. Big Dog’s Brewery 4543 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130

Whether or not you want to bring your big dog and hang on the pooch-friendly patio, catch the latest Packers game, or unleash for a bit and try your luck in the casino, Big Dog’s Brewing is there with quality craft beer and friendly service. Like their cheese-forward menu, Big Dog aims for that midwestern comfort and kindness. Nothing says “Wisconsin” more than football, fried cheese curds, and bratwurst … except maybe one of the 30 plus trail-blazing brews on tap like Tripel Dog Dare and Tailwagger Wheat.

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6. McMullan's Irish Pub 4650 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Guinness flows freely from tabletop taps and trivia nights pack in the crowds at McMullan’s Irish Pub. They've got a countdown to St. Patrick's Day too, just so everyone knows how long until they can drink green beer again. And don't forget the Irish American menu (think corned beef hash and poached eggs), and the battalion of TVs, on which rugby is always playing.

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7. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

There are stuffy, uncomfortable, and exclusive luxury hotels everywhere in Vegas... then there's the Monte Carlo, which is just as luxurious -- where you'llfeel rich, even if you’re not. This is unpretentious luxury at its best.

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8. Ellis Island Casino 4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This casino comes with its own excellent brewery, offering light, amber, IPA, weiss, stout, and seasonal specials. There's even house-brewed root beer, if you're one of the brave souls who avoids alcohol in a city like Vegas. Ellis Island's dinner is an equally solid bet, boasting some of the best ribs in Vegas.