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Ellis Island Casino & Brewery

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Ellis Island Casino & BreweryEllis Island Casino & Brewery
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Place Score: 74
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4178 Koval Ln
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109-4568
United States
phone: (702) 733-8901

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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Made my way to the Ellis Island today to try a couple of their beers and enjoy the steak & eggs special.

We're talking about a casino here that happens to host a brewpub. As one might expect, the atmosphere is not particularly publike, but rather quite casinolike. The service is friendly, though not particularly beer-centric, and the food is quite tasty.

I had the English stout and the IPA; both were serviceable if not particularly impressive. Given the state of craft beer availability in Las Vegas, however, it's definitely worth a stop here to get some reprieve from the oceans of Coors and Corona to be found elsewhere. It is also worth noting that the beer is dirt-cheap, and absolutely worth the price (a $2 craft pint here vs. an $8 Corona on the strip).

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Photo of Offa
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a very good brewpub in a casino off the Strip and thus overall has very typical Las Vegas casino vibe and layout- a casino ringed with places to eat and drink, in this case on the smaller scale since this is not one of the big-name places. It has the basic vibe to go with that and also all the smoke, but the bar/dining room part is pretty good, with a nice feel closed in and like a "normal" bar/pub. It's dark, with a low ceiling and some nice seating.

Service we had was good and very friendly and efficient.

The beer selection is limited to a few standards - amber lager, stout, IPA, the like. It is not large or varied. However, the beers we had were truly very, very good - straightforward but solid, characterful, tasty, well-rounded and well-balanced, and both good with food and good session beers.

We had only appetizers and sides such as onion rings and fries, but they were all excellent.

Prices were low.

Photo of italianstallion
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlexM
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BeerZombies1
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of beertowns
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

I always enjoy visiting Ellis Island for the incredible value. The $2.00 draft brews are unbeatable in price. The steak special is a can't miss and is worth a walk from the strip.

My last visit, I took my Fifty Fifty in for a growler fill. It was about 10:00 on a Sunday morning and not busy at all.

The attendant at the bar by the Karaoke denied my request to use my vacuum insulated growler for the ride home. She was incredibly rude about it, and told me I needed to buy their glass growler. Her nastiness and ignorance really amazed me, and revealed their employees lack of knowledge about beer.

I hope they change their policy soon, and school their employees on customer service.

Photo of J702
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of blue-dream
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of 98green
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

Photo of BierBliss
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of craigo19
3.58/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

I have been here several times and love the casino, but the beer I could take or leave. The selection never seems to change and I have been to Vegas at various times of year. The quality of the beer I would say is a stepping stone to people just getting away from BMC beer to pursuing other craft beer. The food at the BBQ, restaurant and pizza is outstanding and we stop there for several meals each trip. The gambling is catered to attract the locals, which means looser machines than the strip.

Photo of boszormeny
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

The atmosphere here was not what I expected in a microbrewery, but should have been expected from Las Vegas. The brewery is plain and in the back of a smoky casino that badly needs updating. The beers all tasted the same no matter the style, lager to stout. Was very disappointed overall. Would no recommed

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75

Went here with a group of folks on a bit of a lark.

It's just off the strip, and easy to get to from there, only a couple of blocks, or a cheap cab ride from most hotels.

We went in on a Monday night, which it turns out is Karaoke night. It was a sublime adventure to say the least.

We went to the lounge, which was several tables with bench seating (not too comfy) and waited a few minutes for the server to find her way to us. She took our orders, and after about 10 minutes returned with our pints.

Pints are pints here...20 oz. and they are dirt cheap at $2.50 each. The choices of the house beers are limited, but I had the stout and tried the IPA as well. Neither was stellar, but both made for an easy drinking session beer.

The patrons there seemed like regulars, which is not surprising given a Monday night, and they were friendly enough to us strangers.

Definitely not on a list of places I would add to the must see destinations of Las Vegas, but certainly memorable.

Photo of Theboz32
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Cheap beers are the draw here. If you need to get away from the strip and enjoy some cheap beers made on site, this is the place. It is smokey, the clientele is weak, and you will quickly realize you ate not on the strip anymore.

The good things are the Heffe, which is a good example of the style and the BBQ Restaurant. The BBQ is dirt cheap for any town America, let alone Vegas. The BJ is beatable if you take the time to count and stick with a less than 4 to 1 bet spread.

The IPA is weak, but when paying $2 for a 22 oz Craft Beer you are not expecting a top notch beer.

Again not for everyone, but I feel it is worth a trip when in Vegas to form your own opinion.

Photo of amightywind
3.55/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Ellis Island is off strip and has a low rent clientele. It can often be horribly smoke filled, as the lower rung shucks in the deadly impurities of their off brand cigarettes That said, I think it is one of the best places to drink beer in Las Vegas. How can you beat $1.75 or less for a 22oz draft? None of their beers are particularly distinctive, but hours old freshness takes them a long way. I usually have the Hefe or Amber. Very fresh beer goes down so easy. When I am feeling poor after a beat down at Ballys I like to walk over, being careful not to trip over the aggressive bums on Tropicana or be hit by the speeding traffic, and have a great meal of Metro Pizza slices and beer. Other times I'll come in at 6am and have the steak breakfast, $5.99 with a beer!!! Still others I'll come in for the excellent barbecued ribs. The female bartenders tend to be very attractive. Sometimes the table games are lively. EI has it all, in a space smaller than a conference room at the Venetian. Can't beat it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I was in town for the better part of a week, just around the corner at the Tuscany for a conference. I've been here before many years ago, back when we used to hold the March Madness event in Las Vegas (before we realized Reno was better for so many not reasons, but most significantly, the beer is better and you get more bang for the buck). Easy enough to find, one street over from the strip, kind of close to the corner of Koval and Flamingo as I recall. I like how there's a divey strip club and divey brewery on each side of my hotel. No need to drive. . .

So I saunter in, and its really dark, kind of like Big Dogs was. Its Vegas I guess, if you're not the Venetian I guess, why not dim the lights and help yourself out image wise I guess. Another negative for me, is the clientele is largely made up of non beer centric hick and inner city rejects from SoCal for the most part. Expect some strange looks hovering between "the strip is that way" and "i wanna watch you strip this way".

Drank every beer they had, none of them even approached being impressive, the stout achieved average land. Nothing exotic. Started having flashbacks of being here in 2005 or so for some cheap grub late night.

Service doesn't really seem too enthused when you ask some simple beer questions, but its a casino first, brewery is kind of the afterthought it seems. Beers are like all from the same yeast strain and beer kit it seems, unadventurous, lacking hops, carbonation, ingredients. . .

Absolutely horrific selection of shit even worse than BMC in terms of bottle selection. And yet it is still better than Sin City Brewing.

Photo of hefe300
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The price vs. what you get makes this place an off-strip, locals oriented gem.

Atmosphere - If not for the gaming, I’d rate the atmosphere as a 2.0-2.5, but I bumped it up to 4 since it is also a casino, complete with table games. I’ll take black jack over nice furniture and good TV’s any day. The atmosphere, as far as casinos go, is similar to what you find downtown/Fremont St. If you’re used to The Strip and The Strip only, you might find it to be a little seedy, but unlike most of The Strip, this place actually has some character.

The beer – There is nothing earth shattering here. You have 6 beers to choose from, Stout, Dark lager, Amber, Hefe, IPA and Light. They range from fair to good and though none of them stand out as remarkable, they are served up quickly, cold and cheap. 20 oz glasses are $1.75 at the bar and a little more in the restaurant. You get what you pay for. Better than macro but nothing special. I genuinely liked the amber and dark lager. The Hefe was slightly disappointing, but again, how disappointed can you really be in a brew that cost less than $2? The stout is decent and the IPA is lacking in bitterness. Due to this, I’d, personally call it a pale ale and if graded on those terms give it a C+.

The food - If you get here after 7 pm for dinner, you’ll likely have plenty of time to sample these beers and try your hand at the tables and slots because waits for the Restaurant (yes it is just called “Restaurant”) or BBQ can be 45 minutes or more if the place is hopping. If you’re hungry right then, metro pizza is probably a better option than the restaurant, but I like to drink and play a little before dinner, so it works out great. The off-menu steak special was still $7.99 as of Jan 2011 and includes a vegetable, choice of potato, salad or soup and a beer. I would rate it as good-for-the-price, but the prime rib is just plain good, without qualification. It is $12.99 and comes with the same set up as the off-menu special, but instead of an 8 oz sirloin you get a large, tender slab of prime rib that has to weigh in at least at 12 oz. and is probably closer to a pound.

Breakfast is good here and I’d also recommend the fish and chips. There are always daily specials as well. The ribs in the BBQ are tender and delicious, if a little on the sweet side. Metro Pizza offers up some decent pies at a good price.

Being a fan of downtown that has little use for the strip, I’m right at home here and make a point to visit every time I’m in Vegas. Decent, cheap beer and reasonable priced good food keep me coming back to my favorite off-strip property.

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

We decided to check out the local beer scene before going to an Alice in Chains show in Vegas. Doesn't seem like there's much of a scene out there, but I did find this little place. It's a small casino, with a small restaurant/brewpub off the side. The bar seats about 10-15 people I suppose, with seats and booths about. Atmosphere was pretty sleazy, which I guess gives it some character. About five homemade brews on tap, and nothing too extraordinary. The wildest thing I saw was a "dark ale," which is what I got. The bartender was pretty friendly and attentive. Food was decent and inexpensive. Nothing outrageous, just general pub fare and comfort food.

I would love to go back to Vegas soon, but I have a feeling this place won't be on my to-do list when I return.

Photo of armock
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Atmosphere - Well as you can see from the name that Ellis Island is a Casino with a brewery in it. So just like any other casino in town as you walk in there's slot machines everywhere. Off in the front corner by the BBQ joint is a rather large brewery setup behind glass. In the middle of the casino there's a square bar with video gambling machines in the top to get some beers at. I went to the restaurant which has an old never updated feel to it.

Quality/Selection - During my visit they had four beers on tap a Light Lager, Hefe, Amber, and a Stout. The beers ranged from just ok to good. Nothing crazy is being brewed here and at I think $1.75 for a pint I can't really complain too much about it.

Service - While sitting at the casino bar the bartender was nice and quick with my beers. While sitting in the restaurant my waitress was also kind and quick with things so theres nothing to complain about there.

Food - The wife and I ate ate the restaurant and we each got the off the menu steak dinner. I don't know if it was from going in there just hoping it would be edible but it was actually a pretty damn good meal.

Overall if your hungry for a cheap steak dinner and cheap beers this is a good place to go.

Photo of willbolk
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

this place is bordering on depressing. depressing crowd, depressing decor. looked like lots of locals gambling or drinking away their paycheck. i guess that's going on everywhere in this town, but it looks more depressing in this joint.

i hate grading businesses poorly, but wow, the two beers i tried were bad.

when i went, five beers were on tap: the hefeweizen, amber, stout, an ipa and i can't remember the fifth. the ipa is a new brew i was not expecting to find. as i've got a new found love of ipa's, i think my excitement showed in my face when the bartender mentioned they had an ipa. he quickly said, "i don't think it's strong enough." i wasn't sure what he meant, so i asked, "not strong enough in terms of hoppiness or abv?" he said it's not very hoppy.

he gave me a sample and he was right. no hops at all, tasted like a lager. pass. now that i think about it, if he told me it was a lager, i probably wouldn't have minded it. i got the stout next, and while it was marginally better than the ipa, there just wasn't much flavor at all. i was so disappointed i considered abandoning the unfinished glass, but thought that would be rude.

i may give their other beers a try if i've got time to kill, but i'd have a hard time recommending any craft beer fans visit this place specifically for the beer. it's cheap though, only $1.50 a pint. however, if i've got transportation, i'd rather get $1.50 pints at the triple seven brewpub at the main st casino downtown.

Photo of Tchuck
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Went here for a bite to eat after having a few beers at Sin City/Miracle Mile. A few thoughts:

The off-the-menu steak special is currently $7.99, including the steak (delicious), garlicky green beans, choice of taters (I had the diner-type fries, which were great), a salad (mediocre), and a 23 oz. beer. The food was very good overall, and a bargain to be sure. I had the dark ale, which I found thin and somewhat buttery, but not bad overall. I wish I could have tried another beer, but didn't have it in me.

I liked the atmosphere: stamped naugahyde booths with paintings of naval battles on the walls. It reminded me of the type of restaurant my parents would bring us to in the 70's. Service was friendly and attentive. The restaurant and coffee shop are the same place, and the coffee wasn't bad either. Definitely a locals casino, and more down-home than the Strip. The bartender at Sin City told me it can get pretty sketchy there late night, but it was fine during the day.

If I were to go back to Las Vegas, I would go back, as the food is a tasty bargain, and this place is the perfect antidote to the Strip.

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Ellis Island Casino & Brewery in Las Vegas, NV
74 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.