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Barley's Casino & Brewing Co.

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Barley's Casino & Brewing Co.Barley's Casino & Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.29/5
Based on:
5 Beers
34 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 21.8%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 5
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4500 E Sunset Rd
Henderson, Nevada, 89014-2252
United States
phone: (702) 458-2739

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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Visited for the Brewfest 08 on 05/10/08. Previously visited for a beer festival in 2002.

Barley's is located in a dying strip mall. Six years ago, there were no vacancies in the large retail area on either side of them. Now, there is more available space than there is occupied.

There was a "fun zone" type place with go-kart racing just behind the place. It is now a cleared off lot that still has the marquee of the prior business.

After these depressing changes were noted, I walked inside and was reminded that this is not a brewpub. It is a brewery with a casino attached. There is a casual restaurant and patio where you can be seated and have a meal, but beer really is not the focus of this place.

Their beers have improved a bit since my six-years-earlier visit. Good news, that.

I didn't try any food except a hot dog at the beer festival, and it was exactly what it was supposed to be.

The large courtyard area is a nice place (if a bit lacking in shade) for a beer event, though I could have done without the band that played classic rock covers too loudly and the beer pong tournament right at our table.

The scene inside seems to be locals-only, with all the clientele speaking on familiar terms with the staff. There's a disturbingly notable presence of armed, uniformed security as well. Do they have trouble here regularly? I did see somg gangsta types in the bathroom, talking on their cell phones.

Anyway, not an essential stop on a Vegas brew tour.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Colojeeper
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of foamee
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Barley's Casino and Brewery is a neighborhood casino with a brewpub far from the tourist area. It is disconcerting to enter the casino and see the large brewing operation behind glass at the back of the room. The large bar is the dominate feature of the casino. They have 4 of their own beers on tap year round as well as a seasonal. The local gang were all drinking Miller Lite. The beers seemed true to style, but were not particularly good. The highlight was their food special: a big burger, fries, and a beer for $3.99. It's kinda out of the way, but a hungry beer geek should do their lunch.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Barley's Casino & Brewing is located in Henderson on Sunset Road, not too far from the airport. There is a large parking lot that is shared by all the stores in the strip mall where it is located.

The interior looks like most other casinos. You probably wouldn't even know it was a brewpub without knowing the name of the place. The bar is toward the center of the casino, so all the sights and sounds of slot machines, TVs, gamblers etc are right there. As with most places like it, smoking is very prevalent.

Barley's has 5 beers on draught (they were actually out of one of them on my visit) and they are available as a sampler. The beers are all of a lighter variety (Pale Lager, Hefe, Amber) except for a Stout. All of them are barely average.

Service was decent on an early weekday evening. The bartender knew a little about the beers and offered to give me an extra of one of the other beers on the sampler since they were out of one. I declined as this was the 5th brewpub I visited that day and I was ready to wrap it up.

I tried the mozzerella sticks and they were decent.

Overall, the words "Casino & Brewery" are cause for concern for me after a few trips to Vegas. It is usually pretty easy to see which of the two is the main focus and it is abundantly clear at this brewpub. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit again.

Photo of JBogan
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

I live just a few minutes from Barley's, yet rarely go there. It's not that it's a bad place really, just that there's nothing special enough there to draw me back on a regular basis.

It was about 10 years ago when I first visited and the place hasn't changed much since. Plenty of slots for a small casino, sports book dominates the main area, raised bar towards the back and the cafe tucked into a small area in the left rear.

I've only had food here 3 or 4 times. It seemed to be pretty good when I first had it years ago, although the last time I ate here it was a bit of a letdown. The beer (usually 4 or 5 choices available, I've tried 3) has been average. Nothing memorable but nothing offensive either.

As mentioned earlier, even with Barley's only being a few minutes from my house I still don't often pay it a visit. Just nothing here that really stands out to make me want to become a "regular". If curiosity does get the best of you and you make the pilgrimage to Barley's, it won't be a total waste of time. Lee's Discount Liquors sits right across the street and they're loaded with great beer choices, so keep that in mind.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped here immediately upon arriving in Las Vegas. After the flight (no food) all I wanted was a burger and some good beer. Barley's provided what I needed, but I cannot recommend it as being a must-see while in Vegas.

The location's no good, too far from the strip to be useful. Bad feng shue. The atmosphere is "... eh", a casino with tons of slots, a large sports betting area, and a bar in the middle serving the beer and food. There were 4 beers on tap, a pale ale, a hefeweizen, a blond double bock, and something else I don't remember. The prices were low, $1.50 per beer, and the service was very good and attentive. If it matters, the food was OK too.

My overall take is that this is not worth your time unless you happen to be in the area. Stick to the strip and enjoy Vegas.

Photo of jbmorch
1.73/5  rDev -49.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1 | food: 2

I was staying in Henderson with some colleagues on a business trip and convinced them to try Barley's after finding it on BA. I'm not sure I'll get a vote any more. It took forever to get a table (the hostess was helping fix a problem with the register for way too long while the line formed at the "Please wait to be seated" sign). The girl taking drink orders was too young to take beer orders. When the waiter finally showed up, it was to inform us that there were only three beers on tap, the Blue Diamond, the Sunset Pale Ale, and some specialty pale ale. I asked the waiter what the specialty beer was like, and his exact words were, "it's hard to describe." There were three of us drinking, so we each selected a different one. When they eventually arrived, all three looked and tasted exactly the same. They weren't bad - in fact, we had another round when the unimpressive food arrived. But I was incredibly underwhelmed with the whole experience.

I'm headed back to Henderson soon; I'm going to simply drive further to find good beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

It's been a while since I visited Barley's. Walking in the place looks the same it has for years, plenty of slot machines to walk through to get to the bar that is on the highest elevated level. A large sportsbook is the main focus of this place, as numerous TVs are showing every possible sporting event.

Beer wise this place is consistant. The usual Blue Diamond, Black Mountain, and Red Rock were on tap with an Irish Red, Hefe, and a English-styled Pub Ale. The beers I had were of good quality, but not overly exciting.

This is a very cheap place - free beers while playing video poker, or $2 for a 20 oz. beer at happy hour. Growler refills are only $4.99. The food we sampled was so-so. Typical pub grub that was a bit greasier than expected.

If you are on this side of town like I was, it's worth a stop. Otherwise if you have time for only a stop or two away from the Strip, go to Chicago or Draft House for some better selections.

Photo of rousee
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1

When I saw the relatively good scores that Barley's had received here on BA, I figured it would be worth my while to go out of my way and check the place out.

We got here on a Sunday morning at around 11am. It happens to be NFL sunday and the place is absolutely packed with fans. Football games start at 10 am in Las Vegas and it seems everyone in Vegas likes to bet on football. So we walk in and are greeted by the familiar video poker and video slot machines. Up to the back is where the bar is and a little side room lounge attached to the bar--elevated by 1 step from the casino floor.

We get a table easy enough but then just sit and wait for a waitress. I finally see one who looks like she's absolutely slammed with more than she can handle and I ask her if I can order food with her. She says yeah and then disappears for longer than I cared to wait.

I went up to the bar and the service was fairly quick up here and I ordered 2 beers. The hefe and Blue Diamond. They were both appropriate for the respective styles and tasted clean and fresh enough but Bud probably would've tasted good at this point as I was very thirsty.

We were also quite hungry but I could tell it was going to take forever to get food in here so I walked over to the lttle take out pizza counter they have and got a couple slices. They were terrible. Just a floury mess on the bottom of the crust. I would've been better off getting a snickers bar from the mini mart at the gas station outside than this lousy pizza. The prices were pretty cheap on both the beer and the food and definitely a big difference from strip prices.

I dont know of anything really redeeming about this place other than the fact that they make their own beer and dont charge too much for it. I cant see myself going here again.

Photo of gueuzegeek
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really did not know what to expect walking in here, because, being from Philly, I am not used to having a brewpub also have a casino. The casino was tastefully small, not tiny, just very comfortable feeling. I am not a gambler, so I cannot say any moreabout that aspect. The bar was rather dark for my 1pm visit, s I ended up taking a table to get a pizza with my beer because heck, it was sunny and I wanted to see the sun!!

The dining section kind of looked like a family dining establishment. There were some interesting pieces of old equipment--I am assuming it was all brewing, but some was probably so old I really have no idea.

The tanks are nicely present as you walk in the door, which shows they do actually care about the brewing. When I was there the selection was the standard lagers and an IPA. I was not overwhelmed by it, but it was prefectly fine for my pizza.

My waitress was named Dee Dee and she was exceptionally attentive. She even clued me in to the pizza and a beer deal!!

If it was not so far from where I am staying while I am here (I am writing from Vegas), I might return to see if another seasonal might appear.

The pizza was actually pretty good--more cheese than dough and that's just great in my book!!

I am not sure I would say go way out of your way for this place, but if you are in vegas, and it is not too far, stop in and then head over to the Freakin' Frog since they are rather close to each other.

Photo of paulyrimz
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's so ironic that I've lived my whole life in a house less than a mile away from this place, yet it took me 22 years to finally go into Barley's and have a beer. Most of that had to do with the fact that I was underage, but no matter, I finally sampled Barleys.

The atmosphere is quite decent, a nice neighborhood, quaint casino. Nice wood furnished, unpretentious, homey atmosphere. Plenty of TVs with sports as the bar looks over the Race and Sports Book. Though this damn security guard kept bugging me and my friend as we got cell phone calls, they said we couldn't be near the Sports book while talking, we had to go near the entrance doors a number of times.

I was overall impressed with the quality of their beers. For their style, they really met or exceeded my expectations. As a big hop fan, I opted for their hoppiest offering which was their Sunset Pale Ale for my first sample. This is a brewery that specializes in creating Bavarian inspired beers including a pilsner (Blue Diamond), a dunkle(Black Mountain), an oktoberfest amber lager, and a medal-wining hefeweizen, so I was happiest drinking their Pale Ale. But the other beers were no slouch. As there seemed to be little hop presense in everything other than the pale, I am a little biased in my own preferences to rate these beers, although I thought they fit their styles perfectly.

This place gets extra marks in my quality ranking for the great price ($1 per beer) and the quality ingredients they put into their brews. I'm sure they're losing money on their beers (and making it back with your gambling)

Service was average, as the bartender took awhile to warm up to us. I stared at him, trying to get his attention for 15 minutes trying to order another beer, and he would not lend his attention. It was pretty annoying, but later he came by and started talking to us a bit, and gave us a few free beers for playing the machines at the bar.

Selection was good, but I was a little dissapointed that there wasn't an IPA, oh well, I guess I have to keep reminding myself that everywhere can't be like San Diego when it comes to IPAs.

Food is good, I've eaten a few times at the restaurant, has good burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salad bar. I did not eat on this visit, although I was tempted by their special of pizza and a brew for $5.

Overall, I enjoyed Barley's, and I'm pretty sure I'll return. I enjoyed their American Pale Ale so much that I bought a growler for $13. So now I guess I have to return for the $8 refills. By the way, they will fill a same size growler for the $8 refill price, even if it has another brewery logo on it (something they won't do in Cali).

FYI - Their beers are named for regions surrounding the Las Vegas Valley. Blue Diamond Lager is named for a small town just southwest of town. Black Mountain is the name of a volcanic moutain south of Las Vegas right near downtown Henderson. Red Rock is named for the recreation and hiking area in Red Rock, west of Las Vegas.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Having met up with UncleJimbo only an hour earlier, we were soon making good use of his Rental Car as Jimbo kindly braved a drive out to Henderson. At the time a heavy downpour had created localized flooding and some slow traffic in and around Las Vegas, quite the unusual sight indeed, but we were soon in the Parking Lot that fronts the Mall area where Barley’s is located.

A large round Barley’s Casino Sign sits to the left of the entrance, whilst a more noticeable and very much bigger corrugated steel storage vessel sits on a green painted steel I-beam support structure right above the entrance. The vessel has the Barley’s logo on it and the words ‘Casino & Brew Pub’ around the base of it. Right at the base, a white convertible VW Beetle was provocatively placed in an effort to tempt punters in it seems. It also seems like Barley’s is located right underneath the local flight path as a couple of low flying 737’s flashed their undercarriage and buzzed me and Jimbo in the short time we were outside here.

Once inside though, the noise was of a more a familiar gambling nature. A short walk through the rows of slots and past the Sportsbook area, a centrally located rectangular bar sits at a slightly raised elevation to the rest of the Casino. Lots of wood and stainless fittings give a modern day ‘Casino’ feel in conjunction with the Video Poker screens set in the bar tops. Clean and quiet was my first impression, though it was only maybe 1pm the rain must have kept people home. There are tables available but we sat at two of the 30 or so stools that lined all four sides of the bar. The Brewery is from Germany and whilst not exactly hidden, it’s far from "for show" only like many Brewpubs. It is visible from behind the Bar but it is not high profile. I also noted a pile of Kegs too, which surprised me, I thought that most Brewpubs used tanks for their beers.

The brews are served from a couple of 4-tap stainless steel tap banks. The beer range is of solid fare, the expected styles plus a surprise. This was my first visit so I asked if they did Samplers – thankfully they did, and it consisted for five 4oz glass samplers for the brews in all; Neon Light, Boulder Gold Hefeweizen, Red Rock Lager, Blue Diamond Pilsner and Black Mountain Schwarzlager. UncleJimbo had been here before and decided that he would opt for the “special”, or ‘Brew Master Select’ offering to be more precise. During our visit it was a 9.5% Imperial Stout nonetheless, which had a distinctly dangerous look to it, including the darkest head that I have ever seen on a Stout, it was a dark and very bitter roasted brew that drank below its strength but was nevertheless a nice change of pace from the usual Wheat/Red/Lager range so often seen in Brewpubs.

Menu looked OK but I did not have any food, we were only here for a few brews during our hour plus visit. Service was attentive and helpful, the woman behind the bar knew a little about the brews which helps but she told us that they brewed two Ales, rather confusing as all the styles seemed to either Lagers or Stouts.

First stop on Day One of a President’s Day weekend Pub-crawl of Las Vegas and a damn fine start. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the ride out to here. Henderson is well worth the excursion from the flashing lights of the Strip if you have transport.

Last Visit: Saturday 19th February, 2005

Photo of drewbage
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

After a long crazy weekend at the AHA conference in Vegas, my trcukload of folk met for one last beer in the Vegas suburb of Henderson at the home of Michael Ferguson, true beer lover and brewer at this casino/brewpub.

First.. getting to Henderson seems to be one of those weird treks with a few twists and turns.. so a couple of the gang from SNAFU helped us out leading us there. (Really.. it's not that hard, but being an LA resident it's weird not using a freeway to get someway!)

Casino is a quiet locals slot house with a bar and a resturant. We all sat down in the cafe, looking for some lunch and a brew.

The beers are all of a solid German heritage.. Pils, Hefe, Maibock, etc. All of the beers that I sampled were crisp and wonderfully nuanced. (Sorry didn't get any notes for review.)

The brew system is hidden back behind the bar (the large fermentation tanks are clearly visible from the slots) and is well maintained, but is definately not there for show.

If you want to get away from the Strip and the crowds and still want a good beer, come on down to Barley's and give them a whirl.

Oh and if you're there while Mike is there, give him a shout to show your appreciation.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Barley's is a brewpub and small casino (with sportsbook) located in Henderson, NV, a suburb of Las Vegas. Barley's started out independent, but was bought by Stations Casinos some years ago. The atmosphere is friendly. The bar is rectangular (with video poker on one side only). The bartop is stainless steel with wood rails. The brewing kettles are visible. They usually have 5 or 6 of their brews on tap, which are almost all lagers. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. I have not tried a lot on the food menu, but what I did try was good.

Been back many times over the years. Their claim to fame is that they make mostly lagers, instead of the usual brewpub ales. However, with the change of brewers in the last year, a few ales have crept into the lineup as brewmaster's specials. A relatively small, locals' casino with a brewery. There is a good Lee's Discount Liquors store across the street.

Last visit 4/29/07. The Black Mountain was very, very good on this visit.

Barley's Casino & Brewing Co. in Henderson, NV
84 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.