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Nevada Taste Site serves up local beers and local history

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A favorite old local neon sign hangs in Nevada Taste Site.
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If you’ve walked down Main Street recently, you may have noticed that ReBar has a new neighbor. They’re both owned by Derek Stonebarger, but there's a lot that sets Nevada Taste Site apart from its older sibling.

“It’s all about Nevada,” Stonebarger says. “As a Nevada lover and a lover of history, that’s really what sparked it.”

Only a true advocate of Nevada would place the original Davy’s Locker bar sign—the one that glowed above a neighborhood bar near the corner of Desert Inn and Maryland Parkway for more than 50 years—above their own bar's taps. Some have already mistakenly called the bar Davy’s Locker, but Stonebarger’s okay with the mix-up if it leads to people learning about Vegas history. “It’s something I’m so proud of and honored to have. Is it gonna cause confusion? Sure,” he says. But he’s just happy to have given the vintage sign a permanent home. “I’m very proud to have it. It will be with me for my life.”

Unlike its sister establishment ReBar, however, Nevada Taste Site's historic memorabilia isn't for sale. “It's a living museum,” Stonebarger says, which will house new artifacts every month, some from local celebrities and historians.

Stonebarger also wanted to spotlight Nevada’s “booming beer market,” from craft suds made here in Clark County to those being brewed up north in Reno and Tonopah. At least 20 Nevada-brewed beers, selected by bar manager Shani Garrett, will always be on draft.

The final touch is the food. Stonebarger paired up with chef Nikki Hughes, formerly at Le Pho, to bring Thai-inspired dishes like chicken satay, baked wings and tofu sliders to hungry patrons.

“That, in a nutshell, is what [Nevada Taste Site] is,” Stonebarger says. “It’s history, beer and food, all made by Nevadans.”

Nevada Taste Site 1221 S. Main St., Thu.-Sat., 6 p.m.-10 p.m., 702-381-0812.

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