Being the hunter of craft beer that I’ve become, I was excited for my first trip to Vegas after adopting this life. I mean, it’s Vegas. A city with lush golf courses in the middle of a desert. A city with white tigers. A city with easy access to ridiculously rare wines, the best cigars, and midget wrestling. Vegas has everything. Everything, that is, except a respectable craft beer scene.
I was pretty shocked. I figured that I’d be able to get beers from all over the US in every casino, but I quickly realized that it was going to be a scavenger hunt. So scavenge I did through the windowless monoliths, tirelessly searching for just one oasis. And after doing that for two minutes I just logged onto Yelp and found Public House.
Located inside of the Venetian, Public House is more restaurant than bar, but you simply won’t care. The bar area is an elegant, stylized spot with subdued lighting, perfect for getting away from the glitz and clamor of the casino. It reminds me of an English pub, but a modern, well-funded English pub. Opened by architects. Who love craft beer.
Speaking of that beer, what might you find there? While the tap list (24 taps) appears to change periodically, we saw offerings from Dixie, Maui Brewing, Lagunitas, BrewDog, Green Flash, Brooklyn Brewing, Deschutes, Oskar Blues, Firestone Walker, Uinta, Anderson Valley, Ommegang, and several others. There was also a healthy dose of German and Belgian beers, such as Franziskaner, Gulden Draak, and Delirium. I’m really underselling the list here, as it’s just too extensive to usefully go through. Most of the offerings were from the larger, established craft brewers. The only local offering was from Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek (a really delicious Calico Brown). While it didn’t get into the depths of obscure, delicious, beer-nerd breweries, all but the snobbiest of hipster beer snobs will find several things that they want to ingest.
For me, this place is nearly impetus enough to make the Venetian my home base when visiting Vegas, and you should certainly stop in if you’re parched.