When it comes to beer selections, quality trumps quantity. At Bardot, assistant GM Nathan Grates has cultivated a small but laser-precise list rife with rarities, including the Stillwater Hors D’âge—a Champagne-inspired Flemish country ale brewed only for Bardot—and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, produced with the assistance of the southeast Asian civet. Google that one. Aria, 702-590-8610.
Chef Hubert Keller is considered the father of the gourmet-burger revolution in Las Vegas, but his Mandalay Place fixture’s collection of more than 25 taps and 100 bottles and cans tends to get overlooked. That would be a mistake, particularly in consideration of its intriguing Dogfish Head and Firestone Walker limited-edition lists. Maybe we should start calling it Beer Bar? The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702-632-9364.
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This St. Rose Parkway spot looks innocuous, but its beer selection is anything but, with 18 eclectic taps serving up stuff like local favorite Joseph James’ sixth-anniversary rye wine and New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole. Don’t skip the large-format selections, either, where Firestone Walker gems like Stickee Monkee and Velvet Merkin lie in wait. 1785 E. Cactus Ave., 702-307-7000.
Owner Stan Henderson continues to dole out an impressive rotation of drafts and bottles from within a divey Flamingo retail center just east of Decatur. Look for Dogfish Head rarities like the World Wide Stout and 120-Minute IPA, or just grab a Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout. 4755 W. Flamingo Road, 702-368-1828.
If you’ve always meant to check out the Tuscany, the 365 beers available at this new bar should provide all the incentive you need. From New Holland Dragon’s Milk to Iwate Kura Oyster Stout, Pub 365 surely has something that will appeal. And if you’re hardcore, ask to see the unicorn list. You won’t be disappointed. Tuscany, 702-944-5084.
Hanging out near the corner of Sahara and Valley View—also home to legendary cocktail bar Herbs & Rye—should result in a libation-fueled evening to (not) remember. Rebel offers 52 taps with strong local representation and a large California contingent, plus a wide variety of bottles and cans. For dessert in a glass, opt for the Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout. 3540 W. Sahara Ave., 702-538-9050.
LV BAR AT WHOLE FOODS
Open for less than a year, LV Bar gives you yet another reason to donate to the Church of Whole Foods. With $5 happy hour prices for all drafts on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., those Monk’s Café Flemish Sours are practically giving themselves away. Check it out before everyone else figures out what a hidden gem this is. Oops. Town Square, 702-589-7711.