Holsteins Shakes and Buns
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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been here twice in the past few months. Came away with a positive vibe each time.
Holsteins has a good tap selection, but are still catering to the C.M.B. drinker who is experimenting, rather than to actual craft beer afficionadoes. A few things on tap were worth trying each time, but nothing was the big, offensive flavor monster i was looking for.
Atmosphere - good. Steakhouse meets hooters. Nothing wrong with that. Lots of dudes, which is odd for Cosmo.
Service - very good. Bartenders know their stuff and can keep up a conversation.
Food - pretty good. Very fast delivery, but it all tasted fresh. Mostly a burger n fries joint. Had the beef n bbq burger. Pretty awesome.
Selection - nice selection, but still very safe. Lots of inoffensive selections - mild ales, lagers, pilsners, etc. theres room for a DIPA or two, or a little sumpthin wild, or a barley wine, but no, we get safe selections to keep the tourists happy.
Value: Its in the Cosmo. In Vegas. A burger n fries with two pints was $37 with tax. Par for the strip, but much better quality than most.
09-11-2012 03:50:25 | More by sideshowrob
3.73/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
Stopped here while walking through the Cosmopolitan. Easy to find on the second floor especially with the big cow in the middle of the place. Very bright interior with lighter wood tones, and there was a very large bar here with some comfortable sofa/chair seating just off the bar. The main dining room is in the back. Despite the clean and comfortable decor, they were blasting crappy dance music which for me is nauseating.
The beer list was good, but not great. Beers like Anchor Steam, Firestone Pale, Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA, Indian Wells Mohave Red, and Ommegang Abbey Ale were among the usual Stella, Guiness, Newcastle beers you can find anywhere. The beers I had were fresh.
The burgers here are also good but overtly expensive like the beers. But this is the LV Strip.
Personally this was a decent beer stop on the strip, but the music would probably keep me away in the future.
06-05-2012 22:50:19 | More by Gavage
3.74/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Pretty cool place that’s much closer to the heart of the strip than the other beer-centric spots in and around LV.
Holstein’s is located on the 2nd floor of the Cosmopolitan, which is conveniently right in the middle of the strip. If you’re in a hotel like the Aria, Bellagio, Ceasar’s, etc. you’ll find it to be a pretty easy to reach spot.
Their menu consists of standard-fare bar food (burgers, appetizers, fried things) as well as a gourmet milk-shake menu. The shakes are really good and the food looked/smelled nice although admittedly I had already eaten when I arrived. I imagine I’ll likely end up eating there at some point, though.
For beers – they have quite a few. Roughly 20 drafts ranging from Franziskaner to Firestone Walker and the Bruery. Additionally they have a 3 page beer menu with an additional 50-60 bottled items. I didn’t see too many overtly rare items, but there were plenty of atypical bottles. They had numerous imports (Granitbock, Old Engine Oil, Hen’s Tooth, Monteith’s) that you certainly don’t see every day. I think the casual drinker who likes “conversion” crafts and even pretty serious geeks would both be at home here.
There has to be a rub, right? Kind of. Like lots of places in Las Vegas, prices are steep. Admittedly, it’s a town where people drop hundreds at the drop of a hat…but don’t expect any bargains. Draft pints ranged from $8-10 for normal items and bottles were in the same neighborhood. I didn't see anything under $6, macro bottles included. The similarly structured Burger Bar is a bit cheaper across the board, although Holstein’s might equal them with a wider variety of food and nearly as many bottles.
Atmosphere is a little loud, although I did arrive just as the club across the hall was opening. Once they did, about ½ the people in Holstein’s bailed, so I’d guess it’s a popular pre-club spot if that’s your thing. As a late night spot in itself, you're not going to hear much of anything. The staff was good, though.
Honestly, I was pretty happy and will definitely go back. In Vegas I tend to try to eat well (mainly because you can) and look for a good place for beers and snacks to fill the role most nicer restaurants lack. Holstein’s does that nicely, plus it’s not far from most of the major resorts. Recommended…as long as you aren’t broke!
EDIT: The food is pretty good, but man...those prices are steep. Shlenkerla Marzen is a whopping $15.50!
01-19-2012 19:16:39 | More by Domingo
Holsteins Shakes and Buns in Las Vegas, NV
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