Top Bars With Local Brews In Las Vegas

July 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Things besides trouble are brewing in Las Vegas, and the result has never been tastier. Sometimes, bathed in the bright lights of the city and surrounded by beautiful sights, a visitor may determine that what he really wants is a well-brewed, local craft brew. Though Las Vegas has only had its own beer brewing since the early 90s, among the Vegas glitz grows a thick cluster of dedicated local breweries and bars with long bar menus catered to beer lovers. Here are some of the best spots to grab a beer that you are not likely to find when you leave Las Vegas.

Aces & Ales
3740 S. Nellis Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 436-7600

For the beer fan craving a meal with his beer, Aces & Ales is one of the most popular local spots to get a Vegas craft brew. This establishment is a London gastropub-style bar with an impressive offering of both local and out-of-the-area craft brews. Local brews gracing the Aces & Ales bottle list include Desert Dawn and Red Fox by the Joseph James Brewing Company, and visitors tend to gush about the house macaroni and cheese. This restaurant and bar is located on the east end of the Las Vegas Valley near Boulder Highway and Flamingo.

Barley’s Brewery
4500 E. Sunset Road
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 458-2739

Though this brewery is a hefty 15- to 30-minute drive for visitors who are centered near the Strip, Barley’s Brewery is a spot well liked among locals for its good food and beer. Situated in Henderson, a neighboring community to Las Vegas, favorite offerings at this brewery include the Black Mountain Beer and the Red Rock Oktoberfest lager. This brewery is hailed by Henderson locals for its low food prices and quality hamburgers and salad bar, though the food service hours are more limited than the bar’s around-the-clock schedule.

Ellis Island Casino and Brewery
4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-8901

Located a short walk from the central part of the Las Vegas Strip, Ellis Island Casino and Brewery is a great spot to grab some totally decent inexpensive local craft beer before or after spending a bombastic night out on the town. Though this bar is best known for its low-priced craft brew, people who spend a lot of time in Las Vegas know it as one of the top spots in town for karaoke. The atmosphere at this casino and brewery is low key with interesting clientele. Favorite local brews at the bar include the stout and hefeweizen. Food offerings at this casino include a 24-hour restaurant as well as a pizza joint and BBQ restaurant that have limited hours.

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Tenaya Creek Brewery
3101 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 362-7335

Originally opened in the late 90s as a restaurant and brewery, the Tenaya Creek Brewery no longer serves food, but is a landmark spot for some of the most famous brews made in Las Vegas. Though many local breweries only make beer for distribution within the Las Vegas area, the Tenaya Creek Brewery can be found throughout Nevada as well as in Utah, Ohio and as far away as British Colombia, Canada. Standout favorites in its lineup of beers include the Imperial Stout with French Oak and Old Jackalope Barleywine. This north-central Las Vegas brewery is located near Cheyenne and the 95.

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Big Dog’s Draft House
4543 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 645-1404
Originally called “Holy Cow!” when it began in 1993, Big Dog’s Brewing Company is the oldest running brewing company in Las Vegas. Favored beers at this brewery include the Fire Dog Smoked Wheat, the Dirty Dog IPA and the Rail Dog amber. Cheese curds and beef stroganoff are popular dishes at this restaurant. Big Dog’s Brewing Company is also set in the north-central area of the city and it is open 24 hours a day.

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Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at