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Las Vegas’ best places for a pint

Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company

Make your way off-Strip to the area’s oldest brew pub, which even has its own brewmaster, Jeff “Bubba” Amas, on hand to make recommendations or talk beer with you. The bar has a selection of its own recipes on tap named for familiar Las Vegas local landmarks, such as Blue Diamond Beer and Red Rock Oktoberfest Lager, but don’t let the quaintness of the names fool you: these are serious beers that have earned Barley’s and Bubba several awards. On June 2, celebrate National Bubba Day here with the beer maker himself, as he taps his namesake Hopped Up Lager at 5 p.m., you’ll score yourself a free beer just for showing up. 4500 E. Sunset Rd., 702-458-2739, wildfire.sclv.com

Five50 Pizza Bar

There are few more ideal pairings than pizza and beer. But pizza from a James Beard Award-winning chef such as Shawn McClain deserves more than just your usual cold one. The all-domestic draft selection at Five50 features 11 microbrews, including locals Tenaya Creek and Big Dog. The extensive bottle list goes further on the map with craft beer notables such as Stone Arrogant Bastard and Rogue Dead Guy Ale, as well as imports Chimay and Unibroue. While you’re there, sample Aria’s signature beer, Cabaletta, a Saison golden ale created by Stillwater Artisanal Ales, available exclusively on property. Aria, 877-230-2742, arialasvegas.com

The Pub at Monte Carlo

There are plenty of places to grab a beer on the Strip, but this pub in particular is one of the largest. The Pub at Monte Carlo may outwardly seem like a sports bar, but once you get to the massive beer list with more than 300 selections, you’ll know this isn’t your typical watering hole. While you can find your standard beers that are available at any bar, dig deeper for varieties such as Sculpin by Ballast Point or Thornbridge Brewery’s Jaipur IPA, as well regional selections from Sin City Brewing Company, Joseph James and Tenaya Creek. Monte Carlo, 730-7420, montecarlo.com

Public House

There are two Public Houses in town — one at Luxor, the other at The Venetian. We’re talking about the one at The Venetian when it comes to serious beer drinking. When you walk past, you can’t miss looking into the expansive cooler, containing more than 200 beers, some of which even make it into the dishes. The beer lines from the cooler visibly run along the ceiling directly into the taps at the bar. The ever-changing list not only includes some really interesting, harder-to-find varieties, such as Wells Banana Bread and Innis & Gunn, not to mention Belgian dubbels, trippels and quads, but also features direct-draw cask ales. If you’re having a hard time deciding, there are several flights on the menu that can guide you through a tasting based on your preferences. The Venetian, 702-407-5310, publichouselv.com


Source: USA Today

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