Las Vegas is slowly becoming a beer city. Local breweries and craft beer bars have been popping up all over Las Vegas for the past five years or so. Downtown Las Vegas is home to five breweries and there are two more tap rooms coming soon.
My favorite local brewery, Able Baker, will be opening a taproom and restaurant later this year at 1510 Main Street. Beer District Brewing is currently building a taphouse and microbrewery a couple of minutes away from Able Baker at 914 S. Main Street.
Las Vegas is larger than some might think. Many gambling tourists think downtown Las Vegas is only the mall of casinos under the Fremont Street Experience. That’s not quite true. The local breweries extend all the way south to the Arts District – a rad part of town you should visit whether you’re a beer drinker or not.
Here are the five microbreweries in downtown Las Vegas where you can grab a cold one or six right now:
Banger Brewing (450 Fremont Street)
Banger Brewing is one of two local breweries located under the Fremont Street Experience. They brew about a dozen different beers on site. Banger also offers a handful of regional beers. I like to sit at the bar and order a couple of flights of beer to sample the different offerings.
After trying all of the beers available you can grab a to-go cup so you don’t have to settle for one of the macro beer specials inside most of the casinos.
Chicago Brewing Company (4 Queens)
Chicago Brewing Company has a location in Summerlin and another inside 4 Queens in downtown Las Vegas. Their beer menu includes almost 10 of their own crafted beers and another 10 regional craft beers.
They also have a full food menu and fine cigars. The bar has video poker and there are plenty of TV’s if you want to grab a beer, have a meal and watch the games.
Hop Nuts Brewing (1120 S Main Street)
Hop Nuts Brewing is located between the two new breweries under construction that we mentioned above. They have 10 unique beers including “The Golden Knight.” This Belgian Golden Strong Ale is brewed all year round – not just during hockey season.
Head over to Hop Nuts every day between 4 pm and 7 pm if you’re looking for local Las Vegas beer at a great price. Happy Hour pints are only $4 each.
Tenaya Creek Brewery (831 W Bonanza Road)
This is one of the most well known Las Vegas beer companies. You can find their beer in bars, restaurants, and retailers all over town. They opened in 1999 and moved to the downtown Las Vegas location in 2015.
The large space has room to enjoy their locally crafted beers outdoors where you can enjoy the beautiful Las Vegas weather. Tenaya Creek has six year-round beers and as many as seven more seasonal beers on tap. While the brewery doesn’t have a restaurant, they have special events that include nights where food trucks will stop by.
Triple 7 Brewery (Main Street Station)
There’s a good chance that you’re familiar with this brewery and restaurant if you’re a gambler. Triple 7 Brewery is the only full-service restaurant at Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas. They have six beers available throughout the year with a couple of brewmaster specials that might change during the year.
One of the perks being located inside of a casino is that you can also get Triple 7 beer complimentary while gambling at the bar or tables. My favorite beer here is the Royal Red. It’s refreshing and goes down easily when rolling the bones at the craps table or banging away at video poker.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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