Yard House - Town Square
Taps: 150 / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
The WALLMART of Tap Rooms.
Las Vegas, Just before Christmas (2008) The whole town is slower then normal due to the economy. I went here as a last minute decision to get out a town for Christmas (to cold).
One decision was a place to get decent beer. Or so I thought.
The Yard House claims to have the worlds largest selection of draft beer. It may, with well over 100 beers on draft, maybe 200.
That is nice, but the place is not a dream come true, to a real beer lover. As it has no soul, it has no vibe, it looks nice, like something you would expect in Vegas, glitzy and boring. The food and service were excellent though and I really enjoyed the food I ate The beer tenders were responsive and did a good job. My fault with the place is it has no soul. Sure they play rock and roll, and put on Monday night football, that may be the problem. It cant decide to be a sports bar or beer bar, and caters to thous who don't care.
The taps though plenty had few surprises, few rare beers and all served in the same glassware. They have no wall mounted beer menu, you have to keep asking for the beer list and there is no attempt to bracket the beers by style.
I like a list on the wall, that maybe shows beer by type, or at least company, country. The lists is the menu and it disappears like a state secret once you order.
No information on the beer itself, as if you should know what your ordering. This is the Wallmart or Costco of tap rooms. They do have beer mixes, not my style as I find the whole mixing beer appalling. The selection of American Craft beers is limited to only a few brands. This is probably due to the fact that this place is all about volume, speed and money.
Give me the Toronado in San Francisco, that place has soul, that place is a beer mans house of joy.
The Yardhouse, a Fraternity hangout for people who don't know much about beer but like to pretend they do.
When you pour mixed drinks, wine and bud, how can you be a place for real beer. No Firkins, no bottles, no soul.
Sure I will go back, I liked the food and service I found decent beers, but only as there are few alternatives here. When I am back in San Francisco, I will hug the bar tender at the Toronado.
12-23-2008 14:44:59 | More by xmorgan
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Yard House is located in the Town Square (an outdoor mall) about 1.5-2 miles south of the Strip (closer to the airport). It is tucked back into the mall, but once you find it, you'll be glad you did.
When you first enter, you walk past the row of kegs, and at this point you know your in for a treat, as it appears there are more kegs than one could count. The atmosphere ventures toward being a bit "trendy," but in a good way. We had a +45-minute wait, but it was a Saturday night around 9pm, so I can't really complain.
The bar lies in the center, with the taps wrapping around both sides. I never saw what the final count was, but it was certainly in the mid 100's. Being from Ohio, I was excited to see many beers I couldn't get back home (Deschutes, Firestone, Alaskan, etc.). Great Belgian selection, too!
The food was excellent as well, with dressed-up versions of many of the classic bar food selection, ranging from Bernaise sliders to Jamaican wings. I'd recommend the Hawaiian Poke stack. Service was on point, as well. Never even had half an empty glass before the waitress was back around to check, as well as offer advice on which beers to go with next.
All in all, this was a great stop. If you are planning a trip to Vegas and are a beer person, make sure you plan on swinging through here at some point during your trip.
12-15-2008 20:16:18 | More by amietaj1
4.78/5 rDev +19.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Vegas has its beer mecca!
127 taps - a boatload of micros = awesome.
If is off the strip about 1.5 miles south of The Luxor, but well worth the taxi fare.
Our pints were 3.75 a pop, quite the Vegas value. The bartenter was very attentive and on the spot when our pints went low.
Did not try the food - saved that for the Texas de Brasil around the corner.
I hit Vegas 2 or 3 times a year, and this will be part ogf the regular rotation - Thank You YardHouse for bringing good beer to Las Vegas!
11-16-2008 18:09:15 | More by gixxerman
4/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Had my wife's birthday dinner here on a weekend trip to Vegas. I had never been to a Yard House, so I was excited to try it!
I loved the open view of the keg room. Got me wanting to get in right away! This was a Sat night in Las Vegas, so it was pretty busy. However, we only waited about 10 minutes for a table. We were sat down, and I went over the beer selection with my wife, and our family. The waiter was fairly helpful. However, I got the impression he new about the beers they had on tap, but not really about beer in genreal. However, he was helpful, and made a few good recomendations for my wife. I had a Tres Pistoles, and Ruination. 1st time I had ever had either one on tap.
Food was very good. Not cheap, but not outragous either. It was a very nice evening. I would recomened anyone that likes beer to try this place out.
09-03-2008 18:50:53 | More by buffettfan
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
So the applebee's of beer joints has made it to Las Vegas, however the luxury of personally knowing that the GM and a regular floor manager are exceptionally competent at their gig, I knew I had to check this place out more than a few times before posting a review.
All the things you'd expect from a mainstream establishment, GordonBiersh'esque stainless steel interior with well thought out art and ambiance lighting, outdoor seating, and essentially a wonderful dining environment. Even when extremely busy the traffic tends to surround only the bar patrons, and therefore most table diners are left alone. The food is excellent, and in my opinion as it should be, as all kinks with the menu should have been ironed out in the CA stores, among other locales as well.
The only qualm with this establishment is, since I'm assuming it is similar to other mainstream dining venues, is that it is susceptible to a high turnover rate among employees and therefore the training and overall beer knowledge (I'm leaving dining out of this review...)is often shoddy. In the four times I've drank at the Vegas location the bartender/server has never heard of or understood the concept of the following: Oatmeal Stout, A Belgian Trappist, A Belgian Lambic, and even refused to pour a new drink in replacement for the stale and obviously outdated Ephemere that was set in front of my date.
Judge as you wish, and feel free to consider me a grumpy gent with a sore eye for mainstream establishments, however upon granting this place more than three attempts I know I like this place more for its dining. This is beer advocate after all, correct?
08-17-2008 04:02:46 | More by Here4Beer
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Been going here since opening day and have gone a half-dozen times atleast. By far, it's my favorite place in Vegas to go for a good offering of drafts, food and a good time.
On average, the service has always been good. We usually go during mid-afternoon and sometimes late at night for their Happy Hour. I've never waited more than 10-15min for a table. Once seated, the servers are usually friendly and quick. 160 taps and also have some unique mixed-beer offerings.
Food has always been excellent. Seared Ahi is my favorite dish, but everything else I've had has always tasted extremely good.
Beer selection is the best in Vegas. Out of the times I've gone, there have only been 2 times where they have been out of what I've ordered. Happy Hour prices take the cost of pints down $1 and also make for half-priced appetizers.
When going with large groups of people, they have also always been helpful in splitting the bill up if desired.
All in all, a great place and I'm very happy to see that this place made it out here. I'll be back many times.
06-04-2008 16:34:15 | More by riored4v
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a Thursday around 5 pm during happy hour which runs from 3 - 6 pm on weekdays.
Personally I thought the parking situation was excellent, with hundreds, maybe thousands, of parking spaces available within less than a two minute walk from the Yardhouse.
The atmosphere of the room itself was nice, tastefully decorated yet not by any means stuffy. Plenty of screens to watch all the games, good sized tables with nicely padded seats. I didn't venture out onto the patio but it looked somewhat nice and had a few dozen tables.
Being happy hour, it was very busy, with all tables appearing full. However my friend and I walked in and were seated promptly with no wait.
The service was wonderful. Wish I could remember our waitresses name but she came around just often enough, but not too often. Just the perfect balance. She also knew the beer and food menu well and answered all my questions easily.
The selection of beers was good. I suppose by almost any other standard it was excellent, as it has 160 beers on tap. However for some reason nothing really jumped out at me as being something I just HAD to try. I'd already had most of the beers on the list at one time or another, and pretty much everything worthwhile on the list is available for purchase at either Lee's Discount Liquors or Khoury's here in Vegas. However if you live here and don't get to those places much, or if you're an out of towner just visiting then you might see quite a few brews here that look mighty tempting.
The food my friend and I had were also on the happy hour menu, so they were half priced. I had a margherita pizza which was excellent and my friend had sliders which he said were very good.
As for value, well it depends on what time of day you go. As mentioned, we went during happy hour and so everything we had was half off, and so therefore it was quite a deal. $22 total for two drinks,a plate full of sliders and fries and a good sized pizza. However at regular price I'd say it might be pushing it a bit.
Anyways, if you're a local looking for another place to try, or a tourist looking to sample something besides hotel food and beer, then I'd recommend the Yardhouse, especially if you go there during happy hour.
05-16-2008 03:22:38 | More by JBogan
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited on Sunday, 05/11/08 at about 3:00pm.
Parking is virtually nonexistant here unless you want to valet. I hate doing that, so I parked over by The Guitar Center. I can only imagine that the walk from the parking lot during the summer heat is going to make you want to drink a good beer even more than the urge that drove you to seek this place out to start with.
Inside, the first thing I noticed (besides that the place was packed to the gills) was the art. Lots of really cool canvases decorate the walls of this place. It's really different than the other Yard Houses I've been to.
Similar to all the other ones, though, it's crazy busy and, despite all the good beer, it seems at least half the people there are drinking something non-alcoholic. They also have the long, overhead beer lines and the keg storage far, far away from the bar.
We waited at the bar about twenty minutes for a table. My friend sacrficed and let me have the one open seat. He stood. We had some pretty good pints before we were paged for seating.
The food was tasty and pretty well executed (though I think my chicken was a tad underdone), but I wouldn't come here for the food alone.
Yes, lots of TVs showing an NBA playoff game which elicited frequent roars from those seated at the bar. If you're not into sports, it can be unnerving at best and supremely annoying at worst.
05-13-2008 23:34:33 | More by charlzm
3.95/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
They whipped this Town square development up in no time--even the locals agree that it was built extremely quickly. I was here in October and it wasnt much more than a shell and here it is in April- all built and new. There are a bunch of other restaurants and bars in here and Yardhouse is kind of tricky to find. It is kind of on the edge of the development closer to the Mandalay Bay side rather than the airport side.
The decor is kind of typical brewpub style with lots of steel and big glass windows to allow you to see all the kegs and such. There is an outdoor seating section as well and the place is pretty jam packed with people. This is at like 3:30 on a Friday afternoon which also happens to be happy hour.
My patience was rewarded as I managed to get some seats at the bar and all US craft beers are $1 off per pint of the regular $4.25 or $4.50 cost so that makes it a pretty darn good deal for good quality beers that are fresh and tasty.
I opted for a Deschutes pale ale which I loved and I had a second one. Also had a Kona longboard lager too which was a great light one to cap everything off.
They have happy hour prices on some food items too also. For food, its half off the regular price. I got a rare tuna ahi thing that was excellent and one other item that was good that I cant remember.
Fairly similar to the San Diego location decor wise but it seems so much more needed here. It really gives a good option for beer close to the strip w/o the strip prices which have become somewhat Manhattan-esque recently.
One other thing to note--no video poker or slot machines in here. It is kind of nice to find a bar/restaurant in LV without these for a change of pace.
05-04-2008 09:38:57 | More by rousee
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited in early April 2008, just a few weeks after the opening. This is not an easy place to find since it is in this big town center with a boatload of shops and restaurants. It is near the rear of the complex close to the west parking garage.
When walking in you first notice a room with about 100+ kegs that are tapped supplying the bar area. The restaurant has a nice feel to it, and the bar is very large and oblong with about 45+ stools around it. The 100+ taps are clearly visible, but you need to walk around the bar to see the entire selection. The beer menu is listed in alphabetical order which is nice if you are looking for something specific. There is also an outdoor dining area.
They claim about 160 taps, but unfortunately about 40 were unavailable - worse yet the first two I ordered were not available. Defintely a nice selection but there is a lot of macros and easy to find micros. Loads of west coast beers, with some germans and belgians too. The only local beer on tap is Sin City - too bad Chicago or Big Dog's aren't available.
One beer I had was a Deschutes Mirror Pond, and it was a bit old tasting compared to what I have had at other bars. The Lost Coast beer I had was fresher. This may relate to the large selection and the fact some are not moving as quickly as others.
I had a pizza and and an appetizer which were both good and served quickly. Service was spotty as the bartenders were friendly but slow in getting back through the number of drink requests.
This place was defintely worth a visit and a great addition to the Vegas beer scene, but I personally still prefer the local brewpubs Chicago and Big Dogs.
04-30-2008 13:44:52 | More by Gavage
Yard House - Town Square in Las Vegas, NV
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.