Smallish place, pretty ugly from the outside. Small parking lot behind. Lots of gaming stuff here, but I found a gameless space at the bar that fit a beer flight and a very tasty app. For the flight, you just choose six four-ounce samples. Pricey, though, especially compared to other places, but of course they are bringing in some pretty interesting beers. Only one local beer, but they had just had a Lagunitas tap takeover and still had plenty of those. A worthwhile stop. Great staff. Ventilation good enough that I didn’t knoe the lady sitting next to me was smoking until I looked over.
A confused bar with craft signs inside and out, foam padding duck taped to the front door handles and video poker at the bar. Smoking is allowed which doesn’t help when tasting. Service is very good and attentive, selection is awesome. Food is mediocre pub food and value is great if you go during happy hour. Paying $4 a glass for Bourbon County Barleywine is a steal.
Feb 2012. I’d sum up my thoughts about this place like this: it’s too bad it’s in Vegas. Unfortunately what would otherwise be a pretty cool beer bar has to fit the suburban Vegas mold, with video poker machines built into the bar, incessant smoke, weird lighting, and an ubiquitous blinding array of flat panel TVs, in an old stand alone bar that’s seen it’s better days, on the eastern edge of the Vegas sprawl. I visited on a weekday night, fairly early. The small crowd was certainly all local, and was evenly split between Bud Light drinkers and folks who seemed to be exploring new beer frontiers. The bar staff was super, super friendly and actually quite personable which is nice novelty in Vegas. The beer list was sturdy -- certainly the deepest draft lineup I’ve seen in town, as the availability list here illustrates. Although I didn’t eat, the menu looked to offer standard pub fare. Go for great service and hard to find beers, but expect that murky, off-strip feel.
(Visited 08/2011 3 days in a row for the 2nd annual Strong Beer fest): The bar is located on the east side of Vegas near Sam’s Town on South Neill. There is a decent-sized private lot on the side and rear.
The inside is split-level with the wraparound bar on the lower portion, complete with the requisite inlaid video gambling games. Some breweriana on the walls and TVs all around. A sort of biker bar feel through and through.
Difficult to comment on the typical tap lineup as it changed daily during my visits for the festival. Over 20 taps in total. On my visit there were one-offs and specialty beers from Deschutes, Stone, The Bruery, Joseph James, Tenaya Creek, Mikkeller and many more. Over 50 bottled beers available too.
Service was consistently good on our visit, and because we spent hours there 3 days straight we got to know the bartenders pretty well (the wife winning money at Keno each day was fun too).
Food at Aces and Ales is pretty good. The sandwiches are solid and the sides we tried were all good.
Overall this place is one of the standouts in Vegas, and it will definitely be on the short list for future visits.
Been coming to Vegas for years...and love the Tenaya location of Aces and Ales...so been meaning to check this location out. As others have said...strange décor...not the nicest of plays in that regard...great staff though...and great service. Decent bottle list...but the draft list seems to vary a lot between only a few good beers to more...the night I visited...the draft list was pretty lacking. This is a legitimate craftbeer bar for Vegas (miss the Freakin’ Frog...although that place was definitely strange). but with the smoking and run down décor...this would not be the first place I would send a visitor to (go to their other location). I also found out the next day from more than a couple of people that this area was one of the most dangerous areas in Vegas...so keep that in mind when visiting...especially if late.
Looks like a dive bar from outside, inside is dark with a big bar that unfortunately has game consoles covering most of it. Lots of TV’s and 1 pool table. My first server (Amber) was great, very friendly and attentive. Her replacement was more interested in texting then helping the customers. I had to interrupt her to order another beer. As I was finishing my second beer 2 people started smoking, it ruined the rest of my beer. They didn’t have anything special on tap but did have a cooler full of bottles that looks great, I didn’t notice them until I was on my way out. I won’t be back.
Got here by using the free shuttle bus from Downtown (back of California Hotel) to Sams Town and walked the mile or so from there.
Late afternoon on a warm, sunny May day (2010). Couldn’t see a thing when we walked in, it didn’t get much brighter when our eyes adjusted to the darkness. As you enter there is a room off to your left, don’t stumble into there because it is just a space with tables and chairs in, you want the square shaped bar which is straight in front, lite by a few neon beer adverts and sports screens, it is down a couple of steps or a ramp.
Lindsay looked after us and anybody and everybody else, about eight max during our three beer and meal stay. Rock music filled the room, not over loud, just enough so you couldn’t hold a conversation without raising your voice up a few decibel levels.
I started with a pint of Rogue ’Dead Guy Ale’ which was delivered in a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale glass. My wifes draught also came in the same branded glass as mine. My other two beers were just as good as the first, these coming from Joseph James and the Dogfish Head Brewery. Didn’t take note of the wifes beers, but they tasted good too (I always check out her beer, just in case it is poison or something).
I ordered a basic burger and fries with everything, the wife a Garden Salad with Chicken, both were good, produced by an under worked (on our visit) cook.
Well worth the effort to get here (3 hour drive to London, 10 hour flight, half hour taxi ride, half hour shuttle bus and half hour walk).
It isn’t cosy, nor over friendly, we didn’t feel threatened or anything, it just seemed ’rough and ready’ more than ’welcoming’. Lindsay was fine, worried about her young son taking some girl to the pictures and chatting to a couple of regulars who were drinking bottles of Lite something or other.
The draught beer selection however seemed very welcoming, the bottled choices challenging too, I’ll revisit if I ever return to LV.
The best beer bar in Las Vegas, hands down, with an excellent selections of taps and bottles, great events (Strong Beer Fest), good pub food (Arrogant Bastard Steak Wrap), good service (thanks "Sandra"). Dark ambiance with 80-90s rock, very cool.
DuffMan (345) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 10, 2013
A $25 cab ride from the strip ($38 if your cabbie gets "lost" like ours did), but we thought it was worth it. Great tap selection, all $6 (some are not full pints), and an amazing "reserve" list that goes back to 2004 for Stone Vertical Epic and back to XIII for FW Reserve. Our server was excellent, and we let her try a few of the bottles we purchased-- in return she generously gave us several free bottles of quality stuff (we did not hint or ask, she just brought them over). We devoured the spaghetti pizza (not gourmet, but freaking good!). It has a dark interior, but not intimidating or ugly. A few pool tables and flat screens. Funny mix of beer-geek crowd and local Bud Light retirees, but it added to the charm. Worth the journey off the strip-- we will return for sure.
Stopped in on a Friday, 20 taps nice selection lot of high alcohol beers on tap only a few under 7.5% and it’s not dinner yet so the 20 tap list was really smaller for me. Had a couple pints and wings and had a good time. Wait staff were friendly and hard working. Good destination.