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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3740 S Nellis Blvd
phone: (702) 436-7600
Bar & Kitchen open 24/7.
(Place added by: PvtVile on 08-16-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited on 9 Aug 2010 while in Vegas for business.
This place had the ambiance of a college dive or maybe a biker bar, but it was obviously focused on beer, not fancy amenities. A large stage dominated the bar area, but was unoccupied the night I was there. The atmosphere itseld was not poor enough to rate a "1.0", but the roaches I saw dragged it down to that. More on that below.
That night they had 20 beers listed on tap with lots of rare and unusual ones in bottles. Bartender apologized for poor tap selection, but they were in the process of freeing up taps in prep for their Strong Beer Fest this weekend. Had several on tap from Deschutes, Rogue, Widmer, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas. Also had bottles like Westmalle, Rochefort, Jolly Pumpkin.
Strong Beer Fest on 13-15 August 2010 will have 60+ from Stone, DFH, Moylan's, The Bruery, Rogue, etc. I'm very sorry I'll miss it.
Bartender and owner were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They gave me several samples for free as we discussed various beers. The majority of clients seemed to be beer buffs.
The only mark-down I gave them was in atmosphere because of the obvious bug problem they have. I saw several roaches running around underfoot in the dining area while I was there. It was disappointing because they were so impressive in the beer department. I would gladly give them an A+ based on beer considerations after they solve the bug problem.
08-14-2010 04:59:18 |
More by Radome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my first visit to Aces&Ales. The atmosphere is typical Vegas beer bar, nothing special. I say Vegas beer bar because of the bar top video games.
The service was outstanding. Everyone was very friendly, had a great knowledge of the beer and as in my case I tried three beers that I had never had before and I was given a sample each time.
The beer selection is great, many different offerings that were special for Vegas except the Frog.I tried the Goose Island Matilda, it pours with no head but the bartender assured me this is normal, this is not really something I would try again, I am not a big Belgian Ale drinker but still just not an impressive beer. Next was a Roque John John Juniper, the many different flavors in this beer made me want to order a second just to try to identify them all, but I decided to move on.Finally I had a Deschutes Hop Henge, while Deschutes is easy to find in the West this one is not. Of course being a hop head it was great.
So if anyone wants some great craft beer in Vegas this is the spot.
08-15-2010 20:06:37 |
More by VegasBill
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
OK - forget everything I have previously said about Vegas being expensive when you want the good stuff. The only thing expensive about this place is the cab ride from the strip - $25 with tip, but worth the trip to find this craft brew Oasis in this massive desert for quality brew.
This is the "real" Vegas, way out on the East side of town. I would have been the only non-local on Cinco de Mayo I reckon.
Friendly bar maids and management and great prices, and live music. Trying to remember what I had now...Rogue Yellow Snow (Yumm), Hop something from a local brewery, 90 minute, and a Stone Barley Wine. All this and fish tacos for $30! Nice haul for a hop head!
So head out East and tell them BA sent you. You will be welcomed!
05-07-2010 12:34:29 |
More by blkdth1313
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Based on some reviews, I decide to check this place out (and get away from the strip for a little while). It's a few miles off the strip so a cab ride runs about $45 - 50 round trip. Stop by on a Tuesday night and business is slow. Maybe 5-10 customers. There are pool tables off to the left as you walk in. Once past the billiards area, the main bar reveals brick walls, brewerania, and a few televisions. Tap selection is limited to about 14 handles. All the handles appear to be good craft beer. Breweries represented: Stone, Rogue, Joseph James, and Backyard Brewing. Bottle selection is also comprised of about 25 quality brews: Stone, Rochefort, Widmer, and Deschutes are ones that I noticed. Vibe is pretty laid back with some classic rock playing in the background. Service was really good. Got to chat up one of the owners about beer (Ryan, I think his name was). One gem that I noticed was the bottles of Firestone 13th Anniversary that were available for purchase. Couldn't pass up that chance. Overall, glad I took the time to visit Aces & Ales and I would gladly hit this place up again next time I'm in Vegas.
05-25-2010 23:15:38 |
More by csmiley
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
(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.
01-01-2012 23:35:07 |
More by Dogbrick
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