United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
hogfodder (34) Seattle, Washington | March 31, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Essential? Uh, I donít know about that, but easily the best beer bar in Sin City. There are some very major pluses, but even more major minuses. The beer list exceeded my highest hopes, for Vegas anyway. In other cities it would not even be in the top 5 bars. In Seattle or NYC it would be near the bottom of the top 10 at best.
Pluses: It is everything regular Vegas is not...real, great people, top-notch beers, unpretentious, not interested in status (yours or theirs). The service was great. I mean GREAT. The bar has some major obstacles for bartending, making their jobs needlessly difficult, but all 3 tenders I encountered rose to the occasion.
Minuses: They only have 1 printed bottle beer list for the whole bar. And since they only have like 12 taps, itís really the bottle list that people care about. They rarely (if ever) update the list, so MORE THAN 1/2 of all the beers in it are not in stock. Itís pretty phony and very annoying. The prices are not listed for about half the beers. And when you find out the prices, you will need a beer. JW Leeís Harvest Lagavulin 9.3oz: $35! Thatís just stupid. Then there are some beers they DO have, but they WONíT SELL THEM TO YOU. Stone 9 & 10. Think Spinal Tap: ďDonít even look at itĒ.
Essential? Whatever. But all in all I had a really great time there and will most certainly visit the Freaking Frog every time I go to Vegas.
kathouse (73) Nevada | February 16, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
A real hole in the wall. Great beer selection with over 1200 beers, but way overpriced. Lighting is very poor with the bar dimly lit and the dining area overly bright. Service is very good and the staff is very knowledgeable. Food is average at best. Been here once, but doubt Iíll go back.
KPD (204) Michigan | January 31, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited after arriving was mid afternoon so not many folks in the place. Decent little tap list. Beer cooler with massive selection. Had some bottled Las Vegas local brews, when in Rome. Nice stop for beer drinkers staff were very nice.
aguinessaday (10) Rakkestad, Norway | December 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | October 6, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I was expecting an upscale chichi place but this turns out to be more of a university dive. Still, a great place with some rare offerings and good prices, happy hour deals, friendly service, no samplers but they will allow tastes. Limited bar menu. A good stop before the airport.
DrCorps (18) Omaha, Nebraska | August 27, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 11/20
Good Selection But Way overpriced.
WillRunForBeer (23) Massachusetts | July 26, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Stopped in on my most recent trip to Las Vegas. Doesnít look like much, inside or out, but they do have a fridge and in that fridge are over 1000 beers. Easily the widest selection in Vegas. Unfortunately, prices are high and the service was just plain rude. You have to be escorted in the beer cooler, and the guy who went in with me asked me what kind of beers I liked. I mentioned Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and he responded with "have you had it before? Itís crap. Mikkeller makes some good beers, but thatís not one of them."
There are no prices on the bottles or shelves in the cooler, and it was a bit of an ordeal to get prices from the staff. I did end up buying a couple of bottles, and paying way too much for them because they were beers I hadnít found elsewhere.
Summary: If you have a thick skin and are looking for something special, and are willing to pay a bit extra to get it, then this is a one stop shop thatíll get the job done.
One more thing. I couldnít help but overhear my beer guide bragging to some customers at the bar about his "sexy 2014 Mazda6", which was parked out front. Iím a bit of a car nut and I can tell you... Mazda has made some sexy cars, but the 2014 Madza6 isnít one of them.
Itzjerm (67) Taft, Tennessee | April 10, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Very small list of brews. Yes better than most of Las Vegas, but compared to rest of the states not worth going to. Prices were pretty high. Ambiance is nothing that great. I didnít have food.
Steve_0 (142) Denver, Colorado | March 25, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place is a total dive, but they have a damn good selection of beers. All of the windows are "blacked-out" and the decor is dingy, to say the least. Their bottle selection is extensive, but the tap list could use a little help. I got a chance to tour their giant walk-in cooler and itís pretty awesome, just tell them you have never seen it before and someone should be able to show you around. The staff was very friendly, and the food was OK, although it just seemed like a bunch of frozen stuff that was reheated. Definitely worth a stop and especially if you canít make it over to Aces. Solid place with decent prices for Vegas.
drfabulous (90) Lexington, Kentucky | March 16, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
One of maybe two craft beer bars in Vegas? Or one of two I was told about. What makes this place better than beers on the strip: $6 pours as opposed to $8.50 pours. Decent tap list. Parabola was on tap when I was there. I would have liked more local beers on tap, though, instead of Chimay or Full Sail. Big bottle collection in cooler but bottles are way overpriced. If my friend didnít insist, I would not have paid those prices. And I wasnít happy giving in to his desire to drink ok bottles at high prices. Some stuff in the cooler not distributed to Nevada. And stuff upstairs as well that is not distributed to Nevada. Some somewhat rare beers like old Stone in the cooler. Kind of like the Sergioís of Nevada. Worth a stop, but expensive by the bottle.
PRBeer (332) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 11, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is far and away my favorite beer bar while visitng Vegas. Itís just a stripmall storefront...nothing special from the outside...and pretty basic inside...but the setup does the trick nicely...definitely worth the visit though. The beer list is long and the people who frequent the place (locals especially) are real nice break from who you meet in the casinos and other Vegas bars. Donít miss this place while in town.
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