The weather is getting cooler, even by Las Vegas standards. Say goodbye to the hot summer and welcome fall with some seasonal libations. Fall is perfect time to enjoy special microbrews, pumpkin-flavored cocktails and spice-laden hot toddies. These local bars and restaurants have seasonal specials and menu classics that will ease you into winter.
Ogden’s Hops & Harvest
450 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Hops & Harvest is the latest creation of chef Bradley Ogden and son Ryan. This Tivoli Village hotspot offers an amazing list of cocktails, wine and beer, including a craft beer list of 18 draught beers and a long list of bottled selections. For a little taste of fall, try the Harvest Shandy, a concoction of Espolon Reposado Tequila, Cointreau and Lambic Peach Beer. Happy hour is everyday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes all tap beer, wine and select appetizers at 50-percent off.
4700 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
The Freakin’ Frog is the largest beer and whiskey bar in America. It was the first establishment in Las Vegas to add craft beers to the menu and features a rotating menu of on-tap draughts and seasonal beers. A trip to the whisky attic will warm you up. Sample whiskies from the largest collection in America, including brands from Scotland, Ireland, India, Wales, Belgium, Germany and the good ole’ USA (reservations required). The Freakin’ Frog also has an interesting entertainment lineup including open mic poetry nights and music showcases.
Downtown Cocktail Room
111 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
After you find the hidden door of this downtown speakeasy, it’s the perfect place to escape the chilly fall nights. The Pumpkin Spice made with bourbon, clove and cinnamon will have you craving pumpkin pie and the Pilgrim Punch with dark rum, light rum, orange Curacao, orange, lime, cinnamon and Angostura will have you begging for mercy. Hit up happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and enjoy $3 domestic beers, $5 wines, little plates and more. Park for free with validation at the Fremont Street parking garage.
Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery
Main Street Station Hotel
200 N. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
This downtown restaurant and bar has been a staple for the office crowd for years. The in-house microbrewery has produced its own award-winning, handcrafted beers. As fall looms, look for Triple 7’s Oktoberfest Bier, a Märzen-style German Lager. The deep mahogany-colored beer has a rich and smooth flavor like the brews found in Germany’s Oktoberfest beer halls. Enjoy this and other brews for only $2.50 during happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Pair it with Korean short ribs, sweet potato fries or other goodies from the happy hour food menu.
10100 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
If you want an amazing night out and don’t mind the price, the Vintner Grill is an excellent choice. Tucked into an office park in Summerlin, this bar and restaurant offers a superb menu and remarkable decor. Enjoy the fall weather on the outdoor patio with a glass of wine from a list of over 400 or try a Pumpkin Martini, made with Stoli vanilla, fresh pumpkin puree and cream de cacao with a graham cracker rim. If you like a little cheese with your wine, you’re in luck. The Vintner Grill has one of the largest cheese selections in Las Vegas.
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