Vegaster 7 Watering Holes


Not every occasion calls for top shelf on the rocks, or a drink with an umbrella in it. Sometimes a guy – or gal – just wants to pound a simple brewskie. Lucky for you, Vegas is not all concocted cocktails. There are plenty of places around town and downtown where basic beer is the main attraction, soothing the need for delicious simplicity. Take a look at what we think are the 7 best watering holes in Vegas for those nights (or days) when nothing but an ice cold beer will satisfy your thirst:

Vegaster 7 The Top 7 Watering Holes For an Ice Cold Beer

1:  Michael Mina Pub 1842 – If you think great beer can only be poured in dive bars, Michael Mina makes a point to prove you wrong in this sophisticated setting.  The draft selection is diverse, with easy 30 pulls to pick from, or go ahead and keep it simple with your favorite brew served in a bottle or can. Spend Monday Night Football in this pub and lick your chops on a roasted whole pig, washing it down with $5 drafts.

Pub 1942 @ MGM Grand Las Vegas

Pub 1942 @ MGM Grand Las Vegas

2: Hofbrauhaus – If your idea of good beer includes getting thrown together with strangers and banging on tables then Hofbrauhaus is for you. The only German Beer Hall in Vegas, Hofbrauhaus is wonderful at recreating a familial vibe out of strangers whose only common bond is a love for frothy Bavarian Brews served in big mugs.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

3:  Public HouseStep back in time to when drinking beer was prohibited. The Public House has a speakeasy type atmosphere, where Vegas’ only cicerone (fancy name for beer expert) will assist you in choosing the right brew to match your mood. Found at the Venetian’s restaurant row and the Luxor, the Public House is a beer connoisseur’s paradise.

Public House inside Luxor and the Venetian

4: Big Dog’s Draft House – You can’t help but love a beerthat gives a not-so-subtle shout out to man’s other best friend. The locally hand-crafted brews found at Big Dog’s are made in small batches for a fresh flavor that will leave you panting for more. Featuring names like Tailwagger Wheat, Red Hydrant Ale and our personal fave; the Leglifter Light, Big Dog’s is a unique local brewery that does Vegas proud.

Big Dog's Draft House

5: Crown & Anchor British Pub – First off, they never close, which is important when you’re craving a Chimay at 7 A.M. (hey, it happens) Despite the British in the name, Crown & Anchor proudly serves 30 different draft beers from all over the planet. ‘Round the world in 30 beers isn’t a bad way to whittle away a day in Vegas.

Crown & Anchor British Pub 

Crown & Anchor British Pub 

6:  Atomic Liquors – Down on Fremont St. is Vegas’ oldest free-standing bar, still paying tribute to Vegas’ nuclear past. Sticking to its rich traditions, the draft beer list morphs from time to time, giving visitors a chance to try something completely new every time they stop by – even if that’s once a week. Bring your own rare brew from back home, and on Saturday night you can be a part of the bottle share. 

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

7: Ri Ra – Show off your Irish pride – or just go to get good and hammered – at this authentic pub that gives a big nod to Erin from inside of the Mandalay. Over 100 different bottles of beer can be found in their walk-in, waiting to be served by an Irish lassie at the perfect chilled temp (the beer, not the lassie).

Ri Ra inside Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Ri Ra inside Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

With craft taking over the world of drinking, beer has taken on a whole new dimension. If your favorite drink back home typically comes in a can, you can get that same vibe in Vegas, only kicked up a couple of notches.