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Big Dog's Draft House

Not Rated.
Big Dog's Draft HouseBig Dog's Draft House

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 308
Beer Avg: 3.91

Taps: 20 / Bottles: 29
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
88
very good

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 15.9%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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(Place added by: UncleJimbo)
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $

I was in Vegas for half a week on business and took a half day to conduct a North/West side of town brewpub tour from 11:00 am - 1:30. The stops were in this order: Big Dog's Brewing Co./ Draft House, Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery , and Chicago Brewing. I did a sampler at each location and substituted standard lagers, lights, and kolsch's for something hoppy or seasonal. I've provided specific reviews in BA for each location. If you're evaluating which brewpubs to visit in Vegas, here is my ranking:

1. Big Dog's Brewing Co./ Draft House
2. Chicago Brewing
3.
4. Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery

Big Dog's Brewing Co./ Draft House was stop number 246 on my quest to visit every quality brewpub in North America. Big Dog's stood out for its atmosphere, quality of beers, and excellent service. It's owned by a transplant from Wisconsin who is also a huge Packers fan. The place has lots of modern flatscreen TV's to watch sports and a cozy, dark atmosphere. I sat at the bar and my server was a mature woman from Minnesota who maintained an attractive figure for her age. She was super friendly and provided the best service of my tour. I had the sampler which consiste of a Belgian White, German Hefe, Pale Ale (gold medal winner), IPA, and a stout. The Belgian White stood out as a very nice beer. It's probably because it was my first beer of the day and I've been focusing on this style recently. The pale ale was nice and the IPA was well done with a stange flavor which I wanted to ask the brewmaster about. Perhaps a hop or special seasoning. The hefe was the only beer below par. The stout has a smokey chocolate flavor but finished a bit water. Overall, the beers all had their own disticnt characteristics, the service was great, and the atmosphere made it a place you could spend a considerable amount of time. If you're looking for a single brewpub stop in Vegas, this would be it for me.

06-30-2008 00:31:12 | More by Yetiman420
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Tjlv

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-21-2014 00:57:42 | More by Tjlv
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richj1970

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

06-16-2014 00:20:26 | More by richj1970
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Gobzilla

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-07-2014 08:31:06 | More by Gobzilla
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Cory-WC

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-13-2013 20:12:29 | More by Cory-WC
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Wasatch

Utah

1/5  rDev -74.4%
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!

06-17-2013 19:53:26 | More by Wasatch
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mjr2377

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

07-12-2012 16:23:02 | More by mjr2377
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VegasBill

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

04-22-2012 21:45:19 | More by VegasBill
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

HV

06-21-2011 17:51:23 | More by sholland119
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IPALOVR

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

06-13-2011 16:26:23 | More by IPALOVR
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Big Dog's Draft House in Las Vegas, NV
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.