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roze Sep 9, 2008 02:36 PM

Going to Las vegas in a couple of weeks. My SO and I are not really club people. I much prefer a nice bar/wine place to relax and chill out. We are staying at the Mandalay Bay so nearby would be nice but doesn't have to be. We both love good beer so a place with an extensive beer list would be lovely. Kind of like a Blind Tiger (nyc bar where we are from) but in Vegas. Any wine bar recs would be great as well. Thanks!

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  1. ciaogal RE: roze Sep 9, 2008 03:49 PM

    Not Far from Mandalay Bay is the Yard House....located inside of Town Square
    They offer an extensive list of draft beers....

    It is part of a chain...the food is above par...great appetizers/Happy Hour specials!
    http://www.yardhouse.com/beer.asp

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      roze RE: ciaogal Sep 9, 2008 06:02 PM

      Wow- exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks! any more suggesions would be great as well. Would you consider this within walking distance?

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        Debbie W RE: roze Sep 9, 2008 06:08 PM

        Not even close to walking distance. I don't even think there would be a sidewalk that ran the whole way. Hardly anything in Vegas is walking distance from anything else, other than certain hotels which are kind of grouped together. One grouping is Mandalay-Luxor-Excalibur-NYNY-MGM. Another grouping is Paris-Bally's-Planet Hollywood-Bellagio-Caesars-Flamingo. Another grouping is Venetian-Palazzo-Wynn-Mirage-TI. IMHO.

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        azbirdiemaker RE: ciaogal Sep 9, 2008 11:35 PM

        Nice rec on Yardhouse. I'm not much for chains but this place definitely delivers on the beer end of things.

        Another place that might do it for you is Crown & Anchor. It's an authentic British pub with a lot of draft beers and decent British pub fare. It's somewhat of a college hangout, especially on the weekends, but don't let that discourage you - it's definitely a place that everyone should check out at least once. It's on Tropicana & Maryland Pkwy. Not walkable but close enough to drive without much worry.

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          AGENT FOODIE RE: azbirdiemaker Sep 9, 2008 11:41 PM

          while we are on the subject where are there good lounges that dont charge cover and have good alcohol lists and beer on draft is good too? somewhere on the strip if you guys know one where cigar smoking isnt frowned upon ill buy you a cigar!

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            LVI RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 10, 2008 06:43 AM

            Not sure this is what you are looking for but the Fontana Lounge in the Bellagio has always been one of my favorite places to go for a drink. I have not seen any of the acts there and generally like to go early to sit on patio and take in the fountains and drink one of my favorite beers...Fat Tire.

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              The Old Man RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 10, 2008 07:51 AM

              It's my understanding that smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants and bars (yeah) in Las Vegas. Of course the casinos are not included so maybe they can have smoking at their bars (boo).

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                janetofreno RE: The Old Man Sep 10, 2008 11:23 PM

                Smoking is not allowed in restaurants in Nevada, even if they are in casinos (although sometimes the smoke drifts in from the casino...). Smoking IS permitted in bars IF they don't serve food.

        2. janetofreno RE: roze Sep 10, 2008 12:15 AM

          I am totally blanking on the name, but there is a great beer bar near the University....IMO just as close to to Mandalay Bay as Yard House (neither one being walkable). It is known as a University hangout, but has one of the best beer lists in town. Not upscale by any stretch. I am counting on someone from chowhound to save me here and give you the name...I first heard about it from chowhound.

          There is something to do with Frogs in the name; I'm pretty sure. Freddy Frog's, maybe? Its a silly-sounding name....

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            westie RE: janetofreno Sep 10, 2008 03:36 AM

            Janetofreno - the name is Freakin Frog located at 4700 S Maryland Pkwy.
            http://www.freakinfrog.com/

          2. cgervais45 RE: roze Sep 11, 2008 07:07 AM

            I just go back from Vegas and went to many bars and my two favorites are Nine Irish Men in the NYNY Casino which is real close to yall. Go around 9:30 and they got a authentic irish band there. GREAT atmosphere. Real Irish Men working, Geat Beer and cider on tap and the food ain't to bad eithier. For cocktails and a relazinf atmosphere try Parasol Down Bar at the Wynn. Overlooking the waterfall, kick a$$ coctails and really nice servers.

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              baseballfan RE: cgervais45 Sep 11, 2008 07:58 PM

              I also love Nine Fine Irishmen. That bar is a blast at happy hour as well. They have fantastic piano players and the bartenders are great. Can't speak to the food as we usually hit it on our way to dinner.

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                cgervais45 RE: baseballfan Sep 12, 2008 09:28 AM

                Whens there happy hour? Next time I go out there (Soon) I will hit it up.

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                  baseballfan RE: cgervais45 Sep 12, 2008 02:20 PM

                  I am pretty sure that the happy hour starts around 5 and the pianos go until around 7 or so. Check the NYNY wbesite. It is really a great time especially when they get the deuling pianos going.

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                    azbirdiemaker RE: baseballfan Sep 12, 2008 10:05 PM

                    Are you possibly referring to two separate places?

                    Nine Fine Irishmen is an Irish pub that frequently has live music, sometimes with and sometimes without a piano player ( although I've never seen "dueling" pianos there ).

                    There is also The Bar in Times Square in the same resort ( NYNY ) that has live dueling pianos every night.

                    I've never had food at either place ( can't imagine the fare being chow-worthy, but you never know ), so I can't comment. But it's worth noting that the two of you may be talking about two different places.

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                      cgervais45 RE: azbirdiemaker Sep 13, 2008 03:05 AM

                      Yeah I had the shepards pie and it wasn't amazing but it was still good. Even though the food is not the best I would still pick it over a lot of places just because its just a overall fun place to be.

            2. happensatonce RE: roze Sep 11, 2008 04:51 PM

              Right in the Mandalay Bay Hotel (in the shopping area) is the Burger Bar, which has excellent microbrews and the burgers aren't bad either. Casual place that's usually crowded. For good reason.

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                saacnmama RE: roze Jan 8, 2009 12:46 AM

                I'll be in Vegas in late March for a conference at the Riviera, am staying at Villas at Polo Tower. Would any of the places on this board posting be good for my 6-yr-old and me to get together with his godfather, who is probably staying at the Sahara? He took us to his local pub in Dursley, England, with his family and is pretty serious about beer these days. I am a vegetarian. The kid is a kid. None of us likes smoke. We enjoy sitting outside as long as we're not right next to a road or parking lot. Walking a mile or so is no problem, as long as they're decent streets.
                Any and all suggestions, including best time of day for our stopover, would be appreciated!
                Jen

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                  lvnvflyer RE: saacnmama Jan 8, 2009 08:20 AM

                  Yardhouse would be a good choice: good beer selection, outdoor seating, decent food, no smoking. Take a cab, though. You don't want to walk.
                  It's not like a local pub, however. If you want something more like what you did in England, the Crown & Anchor is a good choice and also no-smoking, but further away from the Strip and perhaps not quite as family oriented.

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                    saacnmama RE: lvnvflyer Jan 8, 2009 08:26 AM

                    Is the Yardhouse in a scary neighborhood, or is it far to walk?

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                      mtngirlnv RE: saacnmama Jan 8, 2009 09:45 AM

                      Its too far to walk. The Deuce Bus does run down that way, but cabbing is the way to go. The Yard House is in Town Square, which is one of my favorite places to take visitors. The shopping is good, the parking is easy at the back and the Rave movie theater is one of the nicest in town.

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