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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3740 S Nellis Blvd
phone: (702) 436-7600
Bar & Kitchen open 24/7.
(Place added by: PvtVile on 08-16-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 50 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 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: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Well I did have high hopes for this place, as everyone from Vegas was saying it was the best place in Vegas to grab a beer so I made sure to go here. Maybe I caught it on a bad night, but I was not impressed the second I walked in, charging us an $8 cover charge for some really bad rap music. Sat down and ordered a beer from there moderate selection of good beer. About 1/3 or their website advertised drafts were tapped out, so I settled for a Stone Cali-Belgique. Now I wouldn't consider myself real particular about glassware, but they served it to me in a plastic party glass. What the hell? At least serve it in a glass shaker or something. So I endured the awful rap music and drank my beer and got the hell out of there. Very disappointed. Actually the one good thing about my visit was that I saw Chumlee from Pawn Stars hangin out there.
01-10-2011 01:50:42 |
More by ahq514
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was excited when I found out there was a new beer bar in Las Vegas. Me and my wife went to check it out Last night. Huge sign out front cant miss. The front wall has a ROGUE AND STONE beer bottle poster that has to be 15-20 feet tall. Gets ya thirsty! Its a nice and pleasent typical Vegas gambling pool bar once your inside. At first the service was not good at all with the 2 girls bartenders. Very slow, almost like they didnt want you to spend $ on a beer. But everything changed once the owner Keri took over . He was fantastic. He was helpful and had no problem answering any questions. The night really took off when the CEO of STONE SHOWED UP Steve Koch. He was kind, He even signed the 12th anniversary bottle I purchased. They had around 14 taps some yellew fizzy beers. . 3 STONE, 2 ROGUE , SIERRA NV BELGIUM TRIPEL,YOUNGS DOUBLE CHOCO. those are what we tried. I think they had 30 bottle list to. Overall, we will go back. Thank you Keri for making us feel welcome.
09-15-2009 04:37:21 |
More by KNORDSTROM
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Aces & Ales is by far the best truly beer bar in Las Vegas period. The selection they have on tap and in bottles can not be beat. They have special events a lot. It seems like every other week now. Sometimes the service can be a little slow but they always get you what you need eventually. Their prices can be a little on the high end. My biggest complaint is by far the location. It is located in a shady neighbor hood and pretty far from everything. I have not had a chance to try the food at Aces & Ales yet but have heard pretty good things about it. Some day I will get back down there and enjoy some food with what ever great beer they have on tap at the time.
06-13-2011 21:32:26 |
More by IPALOVR
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by Aces last night to watch the game, and for a Sunday night football night it was a bit empty. It did start picking up a little near the end of the game, but still a good atmosphere. They offered a good list, and were big on Deschutes beer, though they offered many more. They offer a flight of 6 tasters that were pretty generous for a good price, and had plenty of television monitors for a sports bar feel. By the looks of it, they have pool tournaments for time to time, or week? Good atmosphere, friendly service, and will probably be going back on my next trip to Vegas.
12-20-2011 09:46:39 |
More by downhilldrift
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Very nice selection of beers. They had everything that was on the tap list. Instead of charging a lot for a pint, Aces and Ales has chosen to keep prices at $4-6 and adjust the size from 8-16 oz. I had a Big Dogs brew, Lagunitas Fusion 7, and a 2010 Old Guardian, all were fresh and great. The Belgian Frites w/ blue cheese and bacon were awesome. Tuesdays they have a featured beer and 5 more samples as a special. Thanks to Ryan for the sample of the Westvleteren XII...awesome. Bottle selection is impressive, from what I was told by the gents at the next table, there are a few bottle clubs that get together here and sample brews. Well worth the trip! I'll be back next trip to Vegas!
05-02-2012 04:20:40 |
More by Fireboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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