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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3740 S Nellis Blvd
phone: (702) 436-7600
Bar & Kitchen open 24/7.
(Place added by: PvtVile on 08-16-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 50 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Big props to Aces & Ales for constantly bringing in incredible beer. I would absolutely go here more regularly if it was in any way near anywhere else I was going.
But...when they have an event, you know i will find a way to be there. They constantly have a great beer selection of West Coast stuff. Hard to find Stone and Rogue stuff, you know it is there.
Food is pretty good...and they have deep fried cheese curds! Tasted their AB chili fries the other day...can't say i tasted the bastard, but the chili was good.
Can be a bit pricey, but only because but the beer is awesome...so no real arguments.
06-02-2011 00:26:45 |
More by guinnessjim
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
i was looking for a good beer while in Vegas for a friend's wedding, and after reading the reviews, I figured I should give this a go. I strolled in on a slow weekend afternoon. Just two people who turned out to be regulars sitting at the bar playing video poker.
Interesting atmosphere, definite dark, somewhat dingy feel with uninteresting decor and lackluster design. Video poker in the bar. There are some nice big-screens above the bar, and the pool room off to the side looked pretty decent. But I was there for the beer. Had it been a different time, different/any crowd, it might have been a bit better.
The gal behind the bar was exactly what the reviews I'd read lead me to expect - service wasn't quite a first priority, but nothing offensive. Asked about a tap-list and got a finger pointing to the chalkboard off in the corner. After browsing, I asked for my top choice, which they didn't have any more. Second choice, same deal. Finally found something they still had that sounded good. Pour was solid, clean with appropriate glassware. Worked for me.
Chatted with a few of the locals for a bit while I enjoyed a good beer in an acceptable atmoshpere. Nothing amazing, but by Vegas standards, from what I've seen, pretty damn good. And the best tap selection I've seen in town.
05-13-2011 20:54:34 |
More by djeucalyptus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is definitely the best beer bar that we have in Vegas, and while it is a lot of fun, it isn't perfect.
As far as the atmosphere is concerned, I have been told that it is going to be getting much better which I am greatly looking into. In the past, they have had live bands playing in a space much to small. As a result you have to yell to talk to anyone there which is just frustrating for me. I have been told that this will be disapearing in the near future.
They have some great kegs that they get in for Vegas, between the beer festivals and tap takeovers, there is always something unique on tap whenever I stop in. I have never had a problem with an unclean tap line, and the only times I have ever had a problem with the beer in general, the staff was quick to take care of it.
The staff is very nice once you get to know them (a very key factor for some), but their beer knowledge is sometimes lacking. Ryan (one of the owners), is very good, but the rest of the staff doesn't always seem to care (or they are more focused on other things). You do have to wait at the bar for a few minutes before you can flag anyone down to get a drink, especially when there are a lot of gamblers there.
The food is above average, nothing mind blowing. I do hope they put through some of their new menu items because those were amazing. I would highly recommend the Ahi Tuna Sandwhich.
(Editing because of atmosphere changes that I was made aware of)
05-04-2011 15:50:52 |
More by JSBerkowitz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Decided to stop in here on around noon time on a Thursday. Place was very quite, only one patron there. It was very easy to find, but based on the feedback from the locals this isn't located in the best part of town.
The bar iteself is a weird shape and can seat about 20. There were beer lists of both draft and bottles. As I found out three of the beers I order were kicked, so the list was not really accurate. But the seelction was very good with offerings from Deschuttes, The Bruery, DFH, and some of the Vegas locals. The bottle list was very impressive despite some of the higher costs per bottle ranging from $15-$50 for some more of the one off beers like Abyss and Firestone Anniversary.
There is a large stage for live music, and plenty of beer related signs on the walls. Kind of a dive with a mix of upscale beers. And of course you can play video poker while drinking.
Service was prompt as I was one of two people there. The bartender seemed to know the beer selection.
This place definitely offers a nice beer selection, but it is off the beaten path so unless you have a car it will cost you. IMHO this place is good not great.
04-02-2011 20:10:38 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoyed my afternoon at Aces and Ales. One of a kind place, especially after enjoying the fine beer selection on the Strip, if you know what I mean.
They excel in their tap selections, as they focus on high alcohol beers, you won't find most other places. I got to try my first DFH Sah-Tea on tap and was very impressed. After sitting for a while at the bar, the owners came over and talked with Emily and I for a while. After a brief conversation, one of them told us that he was from Cedar Rapids, and began discussing our love for Mid-West beers, Founders mostly.
From the looks of things, they do quite a few special events, including tap take overs with Stone, and other semi-local and local brewers. They had alot of limited release beers from Stone, Rogue, DFH and others in bottles, and wish I could go back now to pick some of them up. Definitely the best beer bar in Las Vegas. I would recommend to anyone.
02-21-2011 02:14:15 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
A tale of 2 nights...
My girlfriend and I stopped by here the night before Running from an Angel marathon. The bartender was nice enough to put the LSU title game on so we could see it from our table. Our waitress was atrocious. She rarely paid us any attention and we actually had to go up to the bar to get our water refilled. When she took our drink order we asked about what they had in bottles: "um, we have what's on the board there." No honey, that's the tap list. We asked her to ask the bartender if they had a bottle list and sure enough they did. I got a Deschutes Mirror Pond and Jubelale to go (apparently you can do that in NV) and my ladyfriend had an Abyss. Deschutes is a big deal to us east coasters. I saw a Firestone Walker Parabola on the bottle list and if I ran well the next day we'd come back for it before leaving for home.
Well I came in 7th overall and won my age group. Parabola here we come!
What a different story. I met the bar manager (Eric?) and he was excited that we were excited about beer, specifically stuff we can't get on the East Coast. After the Parabola he dug up a bottle of Damnation which wasn't on the list. He had us try some samples of local brews and in conversation when we mentioned having a flat bottle of The Bruery Autumn Maple he dragged out a keg of that for us to try (it's much better with carbonation). They called a cab for us to take home and Eric(?) even gave me his number to give us a ride back to the bar in the morning to pick up our rental car which would save us a $30 cab ride (I never called but I appreciate the offer regardless). My girlfriend also fell asleep in the bathroom but that's beside the point.
If the second night we had there is any indication of what Aces and Ales is all about I love it.
Atmosphere was kinda dive bar with video poker and football banners contrasting with hanging Japanese lantern. There's a giant mural on the outside featuring Deschutes that says "beer lovers homebase." Or something to that extent. It seems like a locals hangout and everyone knew each other and it felt kinda homey when we were welcomed into the group. I put Slayer on the jukebox (as I often do) and some people even sang along to Reigning Blood. Coming from MA I forgot that elsewhere in the world smoking is allowed inside bars...I HATE THAT.
Service, as my above story illustrates, is hit or miss.
Selection is probably the West Coast equivalent of Cambridge hipster beer bars which in itself is nothing special. However, when compared the the surrounding Vegas beer bars (I found one that had 24 taps - about 10 of which were BMC) it's like an oasis.
The food was great. We had the chili and a burger which were far above average and my girlfriend fell in love with the Wisconsin fried cheese curds. It's simple American cuisine but I like that.
Compared to Boston prices it was dirt cheap. Compared to prices on the Strip it was still pretty cheap.
I love this place and if I ever find myself in Vegas I will make a point to return. Since they were so nice is sharing local brews with me maybe I'll bring some Mayflower Porter and Wachusett Larry for them.
02-10-2011 02:02:31 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
Lots of talk about this place, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
Lots of beer signs and posters outside and in the entrance. Cool so far. Pool tables and TV's in a small room to the left upon entering. The main room has a large wooden bar in the center (with poker machines built in), a few scattered tables, some pool tables, and a chalkboard with taps. Beer posters are on the walls and I can clearly see a fair number of decent bottles there for the display.
I grabbed a table...and waited...and waited...and waited. I finally flagged a waitress and asked for the beer menu. She seemed nice at first and found one hiding somewhere in the back. She pointed out the draft list as well. It was mentioned that some of the bottled items weren't available due to a pending event in the coming week. Fair enough - no big deal.
The bottled list was pretty nice. Lots of items from Stone, DFH, the Bruery, as well as some Belgian and German imports. The tap list wasn't bad, too. Nothing amazing, but pretty good.
After making our decisions, I waited for another 10 minutes and again had to flag her down from talking to some other patrons. I'm all for keeping things friendly but c'mon. We weren't alone - other people were having to track her down as well...both at the bar and at tables.
After ordering I was informed that the items we wanted weren't available...and apparently haven't been for quite some time. In fact, almost nothing on the menu was available and 3 of the 10 or so drafts were also gone. They didn't have anything less than 6% ABV anywhere...and after copping attitude with us after placing 4 orders for items that they apparently might *never* have had, we just got 3 'Lil Sumpin Sumpin's and got out of there. It's probably worth mentioning that there were a whole host of dirty dishes at various tables and bar seats that were there when we arrived and still weren't cleared 1/2 hour later when we left. Service was a joke and the menu made the Falling Rock's seem up to the minute accurate. I didn't stick around long enough to eat, and the only signs I had of the food were dirty plates scattered around. Luckily my friend from the area was able to drive us elsewhere. The only real upside is that the prices on the menu appeared to be good/low in general. Of course that doesn't matter much when nothing on the menu is available and you can't find anyone to order from.
Not going back here and I don't recommend it...local or not.
01-16-2011 03:14:30 |
More by Domingo
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Well I did have high hopes for this place, as everyone from Vegas was saying it was the best place in Vegas to grab a beer so I made sure to go here. Maybe I caught it on a bad night, but I was not impressed the second I walked in, charging us an $8 cover charge for some really bad rap music. Sat down and ordered a beer from there moderate selection of good beer. About 1/3 or their website advertised drafts were tapped out, so I settled for a Stone Cali-Belgique. Now I wouldn't consider myself real particular about glassware, but they served it to me in a plastic party glass. What the hell? At least serve it in a glass shaker or something. So I endured the awful rap music and drank my beer and got the hell out of there. Very disappointed. Actually the one good thing about my visit was that I saw Chumlee from Pawn Stars hangin out there.
01-10-2011 01:50:42 |
More by ahq514
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited with better half's brother 11.24.10.
Located on the first eastern end of Las Vegas near the Henderson frontier, Aces & Ales isn't the easiest place to get to from The Strip, but is well worth the trouble for the traveling BA who may have the pre-ordained idea that Lost Wages is a craft beer wasteland. It will only take one visit to be proved wrong.
The interior is dark and danky, there's a stage for music in a corner, several tables outside a U-shaped 15-20 seat bar with a number of flat-screen TVs for watching sports. The owner and head beer guy were very friendly, though the lady bartender seemed distracted, my buddy had a hard time getting her attention to get another beer, then when he asked for a beer once she finished what she was doing, she snapped "I can multitask" which apparently meant she could chew gum and pour a beer at the same time. Her demeanor aside, the rest of the staff was quite helpful and willing to accommodate us on our craft beer sojourn.
We were fortunate to pull into town the same day as they were hosting a mini-OC fest, Bruery (Rugbrod and Autumn Maple) several beers from Tustin and Newport and several other small Orange County beers (Noble Ale Works) . While they had the usual suspects Widmer Hefe and Deschutes Mirror Pond, there were a number of other exciting taps, Jubel 2010, Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, all three of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary beers, Kellerweis, a Hop** DIPA and Bigfoot. The star of the show was the 2008 Stone Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout, harder than hell to find and well worth the effort. I counted 21 beers on tap, and in talking with the beerheads in charge they had a significant amount of bottles for sale with bottles of Coton available for first time in Las Vegas ($30).
I didn't see *anyone* eating during our visit, but to be honest I wasn't there for the food. IMO, this isn't a place that caters to someone just out looking for a beer. It's location, fairly far off the Strip means this a place that generally caters to local beer aficionados along with traveling BAs. I did try and engage in a bit of conversation about making the tap list more available, either via their My Space page (which hadn't been updated in some time) or Facebook or Twitter, they didn't seem too interested, instead were using an antiquated email list which doesn't cater to traveling beer geeks. That social media foipa aside, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the taps, and can only hope I can get back one more time while I am in town. Highly recommended.
11-25-2010 20:57:29 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Aces and Ales is a good well rounded beer bar. They always have a good variety of craft beer on tap, and usually have a rare or reserve on tap, like Abyss, Jubel 2010, Parabola, etc. Nice mellow to busy atmosphere, and decent prices. Decent Aps, however the hamburgers are surprisingly good. They're hand pressed, charbroiled, and delicious. They held a strong beerfest a few months back: They had a lot of beers that I wanted to try, but I only got to try a few because the selections were stagered throughout the three days due to limited taps, and I could only make it to one. They had great beers like sculpin, Black Butte XXII, Sami Clause, Red Chair, and about 20 others I cant remember off hand. A great place to eat and get beers that are either hard or impossible to find in Vegas.
11-17-2010 07:55:19 |
More by Hoptoss
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