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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)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Vegas Baby!!! One of our favorite destinations to visit for both work and for pleasure. It has become a yearly April tradition - driving up for the broadcast convention, walking the convention during the day, and then, hittin the town at night. But every year - there's always the same dilemma. Once we're on the town, where do we go for good craft beer?
I wouldn't say we are beer snobs because we don't make other people feel bad about their lack of beer knowledge. We just enjoy good craft beer. Okay, rather, good craft beer is a necessity in any place we decide to dine or chill. Of course, we had to hit up Beeradvocate to see if there were any "decent" craft beer bars in Vegas. And there we found Aces & Ales.
Via Beeradvocate and just plain ol good word of mouth - we made our decision. Our first stop would be Aces & Ales. We decided to fly to Vegas this time around so we were a little concerned about the cab fare. We were staying at PH Towers on the strip, and the cab ride wasn't bad. It was well worth traveling off of the strip. Our previous experiences in Vegas had taken us to Triple 7 Brewery (mediocre at best, although cheap) and then Burger Bar (super nice servers, okay selection) but a little pricey. Aces & Ales seemed right up our alley. It ended up being the best decision we made.
We cabbed at about midnight and the driver pulled in to the empty lot. You can't miss it - there's a huge, TALL sign that says Aces & Ales. We walked in and the bar was pretty much empty except for a few locals. We expected it to be quiet though since it was a Monday night and it was off of the strip. We were instantly greeted with open arms (I was wearing my Bear Republic shirt, my fiance his Russian River). The super friendly barman instantly chatted us up - and the beer talk began. He showed us the menu - and it was awesome! Not only do they have an insane amount of bottles to choose from, they have an amazing selection of beers on tap - very unique - things we have never experienced before. As soon as I saw Dogfish Head Red and White and my fiance saw Dogfish Head Burton Baton on tap - we knew we were in for a long night. We never thought we'd actually experience good craft beer in Vegas!
Then, we met Ryan, one of the owners of the bar, and he was soo nice! It was like we had known him for years - and we talked for hours. And when I say hours I mean HOURS! Before we knew it - it was 4AM!!! That was the coolest part for us! Amazing craft beer available 24 hours a day! I am soo spoiled by our visit. Needless to say we left VERY happy, and with a few good to go bottles under our belts.
We were told that Keri, the other owner of the bar would be there on Wednesday, so on our way home, we made a farewell stop to Aces & Ales. He was beyond nice - and it was just soo great having conversation with people that actually know good craft beer! Every staff member we met was super super nice also. We only wished we had a few more hours in Vegas (they were having a Deschutes Jubelale tapping that night). But that's just an example of what types of beer the get in (and they were nice enough to have a sample of it before we left :)
The atmosphere is soo cool - pool tables - poker machines at the bar, and Flat Screens which would be great for Sunday football. Just enough of Vegas to make it Vegas without the inflated prices and snobby people. Prices are inexpensive. No $8 Coronas here like they are on the strip. They also have a happy hour from Midnight through the morning. We didn't get to eat there though - which I am sure we will do next time.
I can't say enough about how great our experience was. They also have special beer events, and I can see ourselves making a special trip out there - just to experience it.
05-05-2010 18:16:48 |
More by Frosty1979
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Aces & Ales tantalizes my taste buds! Right when I stepped into Aces, I felt like I had found my new Desert Oasis. After hearing numerous rumors about this spot from various beer aficionados, I decided to make it over to their Rogue beer weekend. The bar is a nice size and has room to stretch out, as well; they have a stage for live music performances, pool tables, and darts. A great cozy, welcoming, homey, neighborhood 'locals' bar feel.
Atmosphere - I dug the atmosphere here more than other craft beer bars in town. It's not stuffy or trendy like some other places, just a casual hag serving incredible craft beers and a great juke box to boot (played at a reasonable volume). The crowd seemed pretty male dominated on the Rogue night, but now that I've been frequenting it at least twice a week there is a pleasing female turnout as well:)
Quality- From the taps, to the bottles, everything just blew my socks off. Las Vegas you would think 'has it all' but not when it comes to beer. Aces seems to be the ONLY place in town firing on all cylinders. I had servings of Rogues Double Mocha Porter, Chatoe Single Malt, Glens Ale and Double Dead Guy. All beers were served in the proper glassware and were F'in Killer! Since I've had Stone Self Righteous, IRS and Old Guardian, Triple Karmarlet on tap, as well as bottles of Rochefort 10, DFH World Wide Stout and Jolly Pumpkin/Stone collaboration 'Holiday Ale'. Hands down the best selection in town, period.
Service- The bartenders are very well informed and willing to talk beer, music or just about anything with you if things are slow, but when its slammed you shouldn't expect anyone to have more then a word with you beyond what you want to drink or eat. The bartenders have even served me up samples of the newest draft beer selections many times! I've also talked to the owner and told him how much I loved the place, next thing I knew he bought ME a drink!
Selection- Don't even have to even blather on about this. TONS of quality beer on tap and bottles. Please refer to 'Quality' section above.
Food-This IS primarily a beer destination, rather than a food destination. Food ranges from $5-$12, but I don't find this to be too expensive considering how good the meals are. Pizza seems to be their specialty and is very tasty, but the sweet potato fries and Arrogant Bastard steak sandwich are incredibly pleasing to my belly!
Value- Beer and food pricing seems very reasonable for the type of quality products you will be partaking in. All things considered, Aces is quite the experience for next to nothing (great bang for your buck).I don't know what else to really say in this write-up, I could go on and on for days bragging about this spot. They really hit it on the head and are wonderful people to hang out with and share a tasty libation.
05-04-2010 04:11:59 |
More by worldbeater
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited this place back in March and was pleasantly surprised. They had some great beers on tap, DFH Black and Blue, DFH Red and White, Goose Island Matilda, and Sierra Nevada 30th. The bottle selection was also great with the Abyss and the Firestone 13th avaliable. The two ladies behind the bar were great and very helpful. I want to thank BA member Destral and the owner of Aces and Ales for getting a pitcher of Firestone Abacus for us. This has to be one of the best beers I have ever had. Overall i would recommend this place to any beer lover out there. The music was also great that night!!
05-01-2010 01:31:09 |
More by msimmons32
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In the few years Aces&Ales has been in town, it has hands down become the go-to craft (draft) beer bar in the city.
The gents there always find a way to procure some oddball kegs, but don't take over-charge for said brew.
While the level of beer-orientated service can fluctuate from time-to-time, the owners Ryan&Keri are willing to chat you up or crack an odd bottle from their personal stash.
Grub has come a long way as well, and when I'm feel like testing my luck, I've actually done quite well when throwing in a $20 on their VideoPoker/BlackJack machines.
Certainly worth the trip from the strip!
Lots of word of mouth in town about this joint, had to check it out. Hear it's owned by Alice Cooper's bassist, or guitar player? Eh, no matter, away we go!
Building is a former 'VillagePub', a local gaming bar chain in town and I suppose you can still sort'v see that set-up going on, but they've done well in throwing up some cool brewerania up on the walls. But still those damn gaming machines...and the accompanying cigarettes...
Nice selection of a dozen or more tap handles, all sorts of goodies from what I could spy, as the tap menu was pretty outdated as I was told. DFH 90 and StoneRuination, StoneOakedArrogant, all are good steady suds, as well as TripelKarmeliet and SierraNev Bigfoot. Had some local hootinanny on as well from JosephJames Brewing Co. and Tenaya Creek, which is a nice touch.
Looked like they had DFH WWStout as well as the Abyss available in bottles, as well as the most recent Firestone Anniv. too! Didn't check into prices, but the taps were all in the $6-$9 range that I won't complain about- and in proper glassware which is appreciated.
Service was a little sketchy, as the gal was providing far more attention to the gaming patrons than others at the bar, but hey-she's gotta make a living. Didn't feel like being a jerk & quizzing her or anything, but I received proper pours and no attitude.
All in all, a much needed addition to a city that has a long way to go in regards to craft beer bar options. If you're in the area, give'r a go!
02-03-2010 20:19:40 |
More by Here4Beer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Vegas for my first time on a job interview. After doing some BA research, this place stood out to me. It is a bit away from the strip (about 7 miles), but worth the trip. They had an impressive selection of beers on tap. Two beers by Deschutes, DFH 90 min, the Life and Limb Collabo beer, Stone RIS, and others. They also had DFH world wide stout, and other impressive brews in bottles. The food was good. The bartender was extremely friendly and gave samples of any and everthing, without even being asked. This bar was a welcome change from the chaos of the strip.
01-04-2010 02:15:34 |
More by jneuff
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A buddy and I visited Aces and Ales several weeks ago while we were vacationing with our wives. The experience we had there was by far one of the best beer drinking experiences I have had.
We went in not knowing what to expect but the bartenders were quickly able to find selections from their extensive selection that made myself (an admitted malt fan) and my friend (a huge hop head) both very happy. Moreover, after we had finished the first round we asked the bartender to bring us "something good", which she proceeded to do for the next 4 hours with every round different the previous.
Aces and Ales is one of those establishments that really help the American craft beer movement. Obviously the owner is committed to making sure his bar is stocked with the best selection of great beers available. And the wait staff is extremely knowledgeable on beer styles and the history and intricacies of different breweries. Aces and Ales is a perfect example of what bars and pubs should be; where you can enjoy a great afternoon drinking excellent beers while visiting with old friends and making new ones.
I highly recommend Aces and Ales to anyone who wants to get off the strip and enjoy a couple quality cold ones.
11-23-2009 20:05:28 |
More by rolldog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Aces & Ales for their recent "Porter Challenge" on October 17th. It was a comparison of 3 porter style beers: Sierra Nevada Porter, Deschuttes Black Butte, and Stone's 09.09.09 Vertical. All 3 were served on tap, in their proper glassware, for $15 and you were able to keep one of the glasses.
Aces & Ales features quite a few Stone and Rogue beers, and taps I've not seen anywhere else in town (Sierra Nevada Tripel, the 09.09.09 Vertical, DFH 90 Minute) as well as a decent selection of bottled Belgian beers.
Lindsay the bartender was very friendly. The rest of the bar had a sports pub feel, with numerous flat screens showing college football and the MLB playoffs. There were several pool tables and a standard bar food menu.
I returned tonight to scope out the rest of their menu. Sadly they were out of the Sierra Nevada Belgian Tripel, and the Rochefort 10 ran $12. Had a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and another Stone 09.09.09 instead. The beers ran $6 and $6.50. I noticed tonight that on both visits to the bar it wasn't very busy.
I would recommend the place and I plan on returning. Hopefully word of mouth will spread and the business will pick up too (unless I've just been in at off times)!
Edit: Ok, I need to update my review a bit as I've been back quite a few times. They've upgrade some of the food items, including some really great (non-frozen) burgers. The place is really picking up with a lot of beer events and knowledgeable beer patrons. Plus, the taps are always changing with some really great stuff you rarely see in town.
10-21-2009 08:23:37 |
More by Destral
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I live near by and have made 2 trips in the last 2 weeks.
The big event last Sunday was special because it was a Stone promo party with CEO Greg Koch in the house! The owner Keri def has some connections and really seems to be striving to always have at least 1 or 2 very special/seasonal beers on tap along with other consistent micros. Right now they have as great of lineup as anywhere in Vegas.
Stand outs ON TAP 9/13
Sierra Nevada - Belgian Triple (going fast)
Stone - pale, arrogant, 13th
DFH - 90 min
Youngs - Choc
Rogue - Hazelnut, and Dead Guy??
and a few others...
Overall a cool bar, I hope they do well.
09-16-2009 02:44:27 |
More by VegasBeerFreak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was excited when I found out there was a new beer bar in Las Vegas. Me and my wife went to check it out Last night. Huge sign out front cant miss. The front wall has a ROGUE AND STONE beer bottle poster that has to be 15-20 feet tall. Gets ya thirsty! Its a nice and pleasent typical Vegas gambling pool bar once your inside. At first the service was not good at all with the 2 girls bartenders. Very slow, almost like they didnt want you to spend $ on a beer. But everything changed once the owner Keri took over . He was fantastic. He was helpful and had no problem answering any questions. The night really took off when the CEO of STONE SHOWED UP Steve Koch. He was kind, He even signed the 12th anniversary bottle I purchased. They had around 14 taps some yellew fizzy beers. . 3 STONE, 2 ROGUE , SIERRA NV BELGIUM TRIPEL,YOUNGS DOUBLE CHOCO. those are what we tried. I think they had 30 bottle list to. Overall, we will go back. Thank you Keri for making us feel welcome.
09-15-2009 04:37:21 |
More by KNORDSTROM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I came here after hearing about it on the radio. When I pulled up I knew the place was striving to be a craft beer bar, because they had huge Rogue and Stone signs on the side of the building. Inside the atmosphere is dark and laid back.
They have a decent selection of beer on tap. I saw some DFH 90 Mins, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Franziskaner, 8 Ball Stout among others. They also have a good selection of Bottles, like Moylans and La Fin Du Monde.
The bartender Kimberly doesn't know much about the beers, but makes up for it in friendly services. The prices average about $5 a pint and comes in the proper glassware.
Make a trip to check it out, it has good beer, the staff is friendly and has reasonable prices.
08-20-2009 23:12:44 |
More by PvtVile
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