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Big Dog's Draft House

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Big Dog's Draft HouseBig Dog's Draft House
Based on:
27 Beers
351 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 29
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4543 N Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89130-3403
United States
phone: (702) 645-1404

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bigdogslasvegas

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 42
Photo of PA-Michigander
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Food was expensive and mediocre while the beer was merely average. Seemed like they're more interested in being a BJ's Brewhouse than a craft brewer.

Photo of GT1
3.32/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MRJAZZ
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Got to go to this location as the Cafe & Casino location on West Sahara near where I was staying in Vegas was closed for renovations. This is the Main Brewery and is readily accessible from anywhere in Vegas. Tried several of their brews but the one that captured my fancy and would have gotten a Blue Ribbon in a judging was their Lake Mead Monster Imperial Red 9.0 ABV ! This is a style that I really like but is rarely found. Made my visit. Will definitely go back.

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.55/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Tjlv
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Fairly typical brew pub. Around 15 taps with most of them being their own brews. A couple of guest taps but nothing I was interested in.

Tried the Dirty Dog which was a solid IPA. The Calrsbad IIPA which was outstanding and the Sled Dog Imperial Stout which was one of the 5 best non-BA stouts I have ever tried.

The food was average pub fare. Nothing special.

Service was good, but the waitress had to double check most beer related questions with the barkeep.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Cory-WC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Wasatch
1/5  rDev -74.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

I will not visit this place again and never say anything good about it or their beers, matter of fact I will not visit Vegas again, the place sucks. Even the Vegas BAs are assholes, they say one thing and do another.

Update 6/16/2014

Well I found out today that the Sled Dog was on nitro, that is why my growler was flat as hell. No one at Big Dogs mentioned this, it was not even on the board that list's there beers on-tap. If the server mentioned this when I was purchasing growlers I would never had bought one. Hell it should have even been mentioned that it was on nitro that day I had the glass (Monday 9 Jun 14). Here in Utah most places if not all will not even sell you a growler if the beer is nitro or cask. That growler at Big Dogs should not have been sold to me. I'm waiting for Dave the brewmaster to call me back to see how we can remedy this situation.

Well after my 6/11/14 vist, the growler of Sled Dog I brought home was nothing, I mean nothing like the brew I had 2 days earlier, flat, no carbonation, a BIG disappointment. So because of that I'm changing my review of this place. Sorry, but this is un-acceptable.

Well, I finally got over to Big Dog's last Friday. I dealt mostly with Nancy and I got to meet Dave (Brewmaster), both very nice people. I got the Father's Day Gift Set and left with 3 growlers and had 2 brew's from on-tap. AWESOME brews! I also had a Pastrami omeltte breakfast which was very good, never had one of those before. Very good food and the service was excellent. Meet a couple of nice people while I was drinking. The place is pretty big, freakn' slot machines all over the place, and they still do let people smoke inside, I don't care for that at all, but when I was there, there were not that many smokers. I will be visting again, especially if they have some new beers I have not tried out yet. Highly Recommend!

Photo of mjr2377
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is hands down the best brewery in Las Vegas. The food always pairs well with beer drinking. Light or heavy. I highly recommend the Bratzel Burger and a Dirty Dog IPA. Great cheeseburger, brat, bacon on a pretzel bun. The Dirty Dog is a classic "west coast" IPA.
I have had several other beers there and most of the time I am COMPLETELY satisfied. They usually have great guest taps (Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Stone, Deschutes, etc.) and local breweries (Tenaya Creek, Triple 7s) on tap as well.
When in Vegas this is a MUST visit. I always get 2-3 growlers of their brews to take back to L.A. Love this place. Cheers!

Photo of VegasBill
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I couldn't sleep yesterday morning and at the same time I had an urge for Chicken Fried Steak, and a few pints of course,its Vegas.
So I decided on Big Dog on Rancho. Its been years since I have been here. The atmosphere is like a farmhouse inside and a little like a barn on the outside.Its Vegas so smoking is allowed in the bar but at this hour there were three other customers and none were smoking.
For beer I started with something light,the Leglifter Lite, good lite micro beer, something one could drink a bunch of.Next was the Holy Cow Pale Ale, a very good Pale Ale.
The Chicken Fried Steak was very good but expensive $11. Every 24/7 sports bar in Vegas has this item on the menu and prices range from$5.95 to this price.The menu is sort of Wisconsin based, cheese curds, brats etc.

Photo of sholland119
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Big thanks to BA Destral for recommending this place. I have never met the guy but his posts about where to go when in Vegas are right on, in my experience.

Big Dog's Draft House was well worth the 20 mile drive from my hotel on the Strip. (Jesus H. Christ is Las Vegas big. 20 miles away and I am still in Las Vegas? I live about 20 miles from Philly and I am not even an adjacent county!). Located off a busy road out at the border of town, Big Dog's has the feel of a family friendly brewpub, much like Victory here in PA.

Well, except for the blight of video poker machines covering the bar. And the smoking, but smoking seems to be encouraged if not required wherever there is gaming here. I made the rare (for me) decision to sit at a table instead of the bar. The atmosphere was much better here.

Tap selection is huge, with about a dozen house beers on, plus about 4 guest taps. The beers were uniformly high quality, with the IPA being the standout for me. I had to drive back to town so I only had a little taste of the barleywine, but that was delicious as well.

Food was good pub grub. The cheese curds were fair representations of ones I have had in the Midwest, though I am no expert. The chicken sandwich was very nice as well.

Service was really good. I liked it here a lot.


Photo of IPALOVR
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I visit Big Dogs about twice a month. The beer selection is always good with usually some good guest taps. Their burgers are very good but the service is slow. I always sit in the restaurant part as the bar part is filled with smoke and I can't stand to eat in a smoke filled place. The restaurant part is family friendly and welcoming for kids. Mine range from 18 months to 16 years and all 3 like Big Dogs food. The wait staff doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable about beer and their beer list is often out of date which is a little irritating.

Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped at Big Dog's for lunch and liked the place so much I went back for happy hour.

The place is a spaciousrustic barn style building. The restaurant is clean and smoke free. There is a country/farm/hunting lodge decour. The bar is much darker and smokier. Brewery tanks visible through a glass wall on one end. Seating for about 200 at high tables. Another 40 so at the bar. Gaming machines in the bar top.

Quality is good. BD brews and a few guest taps.

Service was good. Fairly busy at lunch in the restaurant. Not real busy in the bar at Happy Hour.

Selection included 13 BD taps, 6-10 guest taps and 25 micro bottles. There is a small selection of macros. Full bar.

Food is good. There is an extensive lunch annd dinner menu. Pulled pork sliders and slaw were good outstanding. $9.

Value is reasonable. $4.25 a pint. $2 off pints at happy hour 3-6 PM.

Notes: The restaurant and bar are separated. Major differences are smoking and gaming. The place has a Wisconsin connnection. Packer and Badger memorabilia around the place.

Photo of PhageLab
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Big Dog's Draft House is an interesting little spot. Large bar, well staffed, knowledgeable bartenders, and some great original brews populate the main area. Some circular tables orbit the main bar area, and to the left you can see the brew house through some large windows. To the right lies the restaurant area, which I never ventured into. Video poker games occupy most of the bar surface, although there is still plenty of room to eat and drink. The food was decent, and moderately priced, but other than their signature brews, don't expect to find many other beers in the selection.

Overall a nice place, I came here often during my stay in Nevada. Don't miss their Stout and Double IPA.

Photo of Hoptoss
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Average looking bar with a limited beer selection. Showcased their in house brews. Many popular styles were represented. I tried the stout, my wife had the IPA. The prices were really reasonable. Stout was decent, medium bodied, lower alchohol, needed more flavor from specialty grains, very light on the typical toasted barley aspects. IPA was average. Very good deal on the food, we went on a Tue. and they run a BOGO on their burgers, which were good. Can't go wrong with a free entree. Overall a good bar, just needs more of a beer selection outside of their in house beers.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Living in San Diego, the wife and I visit Vegas at least twice a year and I have always meant to stop in and give this place a try - it's a bit of a trek from the strip so we always end up putting it off. We finally stopped in on our last trip there to have some dinner, drinks and fill a growler for the night.

Upon walking into this place, you're hit with a blast of cigarette smoke (still legal to smoke inside restaurants in Nevada) and sour beer/liquor smell. The place is dim lit and decked out with a ton of wood finish (old time western feel to it). The bar and the restaurant are split up into two sections and we decided to sit in the bar area, which may have been a mistake because there were cigarette smokers in full force - it was pretty intense.

It took a good 20 minutes to even get a drink order in, and then when I did try to order, they were out of the IPA and the Begian Witte (these were the two I came to try) and on a Friday night - what the hell!? I ended up ordering a Tailwagger Wheat that was pretty good and followed that up with a Red Hydrant Ale that was decent but not as good as the Tailwagger.

We both ordered food - veggie burger with fries and man, that was one of the best veggie burgers we'd ever had - no joke! After a meal and a couple beers the smoke and general noise were getting to us, so I asked for the bill and a growler of the Tailwagger and got the hell out of there.

We came back the next day in the hopes of the IPA or the Belgian Witte being back on tap (as they assured us it would be when we ate dinner there the night before) but no luck, so I figured i'd just get the growler filled with the Tailwagger again. Some nasty barmaid smoking a cigarette behind the bar took my growler and without even rinsing it, filled it with the Tailwagger and charged me $1.00 less than the price I paid for it the night before, which is pretty pricey if you ask me. Usually after you buy the growler, the refills are much cheaper - not just a buck cheaper. We left no tip and once again, got the hell out of that place!

Overall, this place is a conflict of interest - you have the locals who could give two sh*ts about craft beer, and then you have the owner who obviously knows his stuff, but has to cater to the locals. I'd like to see this establishment moved nearer or on the strip so it can blossom into what it should be instead of hulled up in a stinky-ass western bar on the outskirts of town.

Photo of Jimm2821
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

i had there sampler of beer, wanted to try as many as possible without getting tanked. bought some of there glasses and while waiting for the girl to get them from the back, the bartender asked me what beers i like and gave me 2 free half filled glasses of there ipa's. all in all liked there beer. I didnt like the dog tail wheat beer. but liked there Ipa's and there 38 special, the dog bollucks is a 9% ipa that has great flavor and aroma. If you are a wisconsin fan or a packers fan and live in vegas or out there during football season, you have found a packer backer bar and badger bar.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Things are a lot different now in North Las Vegas than back when Big Dog was on the strip.

Cool place now, but sadly, the beers, the most important thing, are still every bit of predictable as they were ten years ago. Nothing is terrible, nothing is outstanding, everything has that similar vibe going through it.

Service, staff didn't seem too knowledgeworthy. Pushed styles that certainly didn't match whatI described what I was looking for (Irish Red is really hoppy huh?). But she meant well. Food is standard pub food. Worth checking out, but not gonna blow the doors off you or anything.

Edit: dimly lit place is still disappointing ambiance wise, but the beer and walleye tacos are getting better. Bumping up what was all 3 review. Still, if the place wasnt the first stop i could make coming in from up north. . .

Photo of foamee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Big Dog Brewing is a brewpub in a stand alone building in the north Las Vegas suburbs. It is almost all bar with a large bar area and several alcoves with tables. The large brewing operation is behind glass on one side of the room. They have 4 year round beers on tap as well as 2 seasonals. I had an Irish red and an IPA both of which I though were very good and true to style. It was lunch time so I ate light. The chicken on green salad with a raspberry vinegrette was wonderful; ererything else on the menu seemed a bit pricey.

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place looks awesome. Its a nice little brewpub on the outskirts of Las Vegas. There are about a dozen of their beers on draft at all times. I recommend the stout on nitro, it is very good. They sell growlers of their beer as well. Although when I ordered one the bartender was visibly angry and then did a aterrible job filling it. The growler was flat the next day.

Our service was overall average, the growler fill knocked them down a lot.

Selection is just their beers but they are good and its a great selection.

The food is standard bar food, sandwiches and so on, slightly better quality than a regular pub but still just regular American food, BBQ and so on.

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to a couple of Big Dog's locations. I really like the draft house location the best on Rancho. Last night I stopped in to see if they had the USA IPA still on tap . I had a few months ago and it was was pretty tasty. They did not have last night, but they had there DIRTY DOG IPA 7.1% (heavy grapfruit and little pine)
. It is very tasty to. They had there usual BLACK LAB STOUT AND RED HYDRANT AL. Both a little better than good. The waitress mentioned that there BITCHES BREW PUMPKIN ALE beer will be out in a few weeks (OCT 14THISH). I will go back to check it out. It seems recently they added a bottle list. DFH 60,90 STONE IPA,ARROGANT, SN TORPEDO. SO WE HAD GOOD TIME!!
Food was actually very good . I had the big dog salad with cajun chicken and some kind of creamy lime dressing.

Will be going back soon

Photo of soupermirl
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

They let you pick 5 beers on the flight. I had 2 flights. War Dog IPA, Hodgepgdge Ale, Stout, Original Pale Ale, Red Ale on the first flight, and 38 special, Dirty Dog Pale Ale, Wheat, Dubbel, and another War Dog. They were all pretty good. The War Dog was excellent. Yummy.
The atmosphere was pretty cool. Plastered walls and dark wood, a big wrap around bar... But the video machines were built into the bar. Big open windows display the brewery well. Staff wasn't trying to push merchandise, even after I asked about it. You could buy growlers of your favorite, but I didn't have a way to return home with one, so I didn't. The food was pretty good. I had a steak and brat combo plate. It was all good. The girls looked pretty good, at least 4 of them. The beer was good, the food was good. Wanted a shirt, but they don't sell the red one the girls were wearing. I 'd recommend it. I do recommend it.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in a casino way off the strip at the edge of town. Really dark inside. Video poker at the bar, free beers if you are playing is a bonus as the quality of the beer is really good. They make some mainstream pilsner for the non beer geeks but have some really nice seasonals. Their IPA and Double IPA are good as is their Belgian Dubbel. Friendly but overworked bar staff. Seemed fairly knowlegable about their beers. Beer served in appropriate glassware. Food was just average, burgers, fries, etc. Not really a tourist place, mostly locals in there.

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Big Dog's Draft House in Las Vegas, NV
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.