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4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
I wont repeat the stuff in the previous reviews- they are pretty much right on. But heres my take. The reviews here at BA got me to check out this place on my last trip to Vegas (thanks to the previous reviewers!).
I got to the bar in the middle of the afternoon on Monday, and needless to say, the place was pretty dead. Adam (the owner) was working on maintenance and other things that needed to be done, but took time out to welcome me and spend time with me. Two hours later, I couldnt believe how quickly the time had passed.
The best way I can describe it was like stopping by a good friends house on a Saturday afternoon- Hey, you want to have a beer?, Hey, I just made some pasta, do you want some?, Hey, check out what Ive got in the cooler- what looks good? A couple of regulars came in, and it was handshakes and hugs for everyone. And we talked about his place and we talked about beer. It was just a real fun experience- more like home than at a bar.
I am currently in a Belgian beer phase, and the selection was excellent. The selection on Belgians ranged from Chimay on tap to Rochefort 6, 8, and 10 to the Westvleteren 8 (very limited supply, not on the menu), as well as many excellent non-Trappist Belgian beers. With over 200 beers from all over the world, this place has the best selection Ive seen anywhere.
In terms of trying things, I just had him decide for me- both in terms of beer and food. He whipped up a pasta chicken pesto dish for a late lunch that was fabulous- I have no idea if its on the menu or not.
Also, Adam isnt finished. He has plans- lots of them, ranging from beer trips to more bars to more beer choices! If he makes half of them real, he will be a major success.
Down sides are few, but size and general layout are not optimum. I imagine this place is very claustrophobic when its busy. Also, the prices on the better beers are pretty steep, but its all about quality. These people care about providing a quality product, and they seem to have hit it right. I cant wait to get another chance to spend more time relaxing and work my way through the beer list (like I need another reason to go to Vegas!).
01-17-2004 03:58:51 | More by Dukeofearl
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
It took me 3 times visiting Las Vegas from the east coast, but I finally found a place that I liked enough to review. (Holy Cow was cool, but is no longer around.) About the size of New York's Brewskies (for all you east coasters), this place packs a whallop with a great beer selection and knowledgeable bar staff. The food was great too, but I didn't want to fill up on non-essential beer products. The most impressive thing was talking to the owner, and finding out how active he is in getting in new beers. Even going to the extent of paying retail for beers and flying in the brews himself if his distributors don't carry it. Now that's love. There are certainly a zillion places to drink in Vegas, but if you're a beer lover, your trip won't be complete unless you visit The Freakin Frog.
10-19-2003 19:44:33 | More by beertraveler
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
Destro, what happened? this was supposed to be a locals only kind of place and you went and spilled the beans. Anyway Dave the owner is a great guy and the more the merrier.The previous reviews did a great job, the only thing I can add is that because it is small it is already starting to fill up on some evenings so the Crown and Anchor is just a minute away.
08-26-2003 09:20:25 | More by VegasBill
4.47/5 rDev +9%
Open from 11 AM "Until the Freakin Fun is Done". You gotta love that motto. This place has only been open a month and a half, but it already has regulars, and I can see why. It is located on Maryland Parkway, near University Rd, not too far north of Tropicana, in a strip mall with parking in front.
The Freakin Frog is relatively small (1200 sq feet?) with a bar that seats ~20 and tables for about 20 more, and additional space upstairs in a loft. But what it lacks in floor space, it more than makes up for in beer selection. 10 Taps and currently 75 bottles (and more to come?). On my visit the taps included Arrogant Bastard, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Guinness Stout, a Framboise, and several other notable beers. The bottle selection was great, too, and even included Sam Adams Utopias for $200 and Triple Bock for $9. The prices for the taps and bottles were pretty much typical for a beer bar, but some prices were very reasonable. The Freakin Frog is also a wine by the glass bar, offering 48 different wines.
The decor is currently rather stark, but there is a frog motif with some carved frogs from around the world sprinkled on the bar, which is fashioned from the wood from wine crates (an interesting touch). The bar stools are basic round, padded stools. The ceiling is high, with ceiling fans. Movies are projected up on the back wall for customers to watch. The front of the bar is all glass, which is currently covered to block the heat from the sweltering Las Vegas sun.
Behind the bar is the grill and deep fryer for making food, and the food selection was interesting and good. They had a special on either portabella mushroom melt or bacon wrapped filet mignon during my visit ($5.99 or $6.99). They have also started holding "Brewmaker Dinners" with food and beer paired up.
The owner knows his beer, and takes an interest in the customers. He is bringing some great beer to Las Vegas, and so far it looks like a big success. I look forward to my next visit to The Freakin Frog.
Stopped in. Stayed longer than I had planned (great beer selection will do that). Watched 2 movies projected on the wall. Still a great beer bar!
Most recent visit. Interior remodeled since my last visit. I am not sure it is an improvement. Seemed colder and less personal somehow. Draft beer selection was not as good as on previous visits, though it still had some stars (Alaskan Smoked Porter, Chimay), and inexplicably almost every other patron in the place was drinking Sam Adams White Ale.
08-21-2003 05:57:18 | More by UncleJimbo
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
this is a brand new place on the infamous maryland parkway between tropicana and flamingo. it really is a small little place, but inside its nice, clean and the staff is very friendly. they have a projector so you can watch roadhouse big screen style while you sip your brews. they have an amazing beer selection (around 130) with a few goodies on tap (framboise, arrogant bastard, franziskaner hefeweise, chimay) and in bottles they carry offerings from lindmans, stone, young's, samuel smith's, duvel, spaten, ayinger, anchor steam, unibrou, rogue, weihenstephaner, sam adams (including 2 bottles of utopia) as well as many more. i even had my first gueze there. they also have a kitchen and grill if you get a hunger strike. prices range from very cheap to steep but always reflect the quality of the brew. the atmosphere is very light and cheery and the bartender/owner is great and knows his stuff. they also have a good size wine list. no hard alcohol/mix drinks are served though. no pool tables, darts, golden tee and probably one of the only vegas bars without video poker or any other gambling devices, it is a place to get your drink on. and if this place ends up not being what you were looking for (which isnt possible), the crown and anchor is a block away.
update: as of march 22 2004 they have over 200 beers including westy's, the rochefort line up, new stones, new rogues, tons of rarities etc. some are pricey...be warned. (i.e. last years vertical epic, double bastard, stone imperial) also SN celebration and SN bigfoot are on tap along with a few other new taps.
update as of mid 2006 :
you know, its been a hot minute since i wrote anything about this place, and damn has it been getting reviewed. theyve extened their beer selection ten fold and added a whiskey bar. it just keeps growing. still a bit pricey, but still the only place in vegas where westys are occasionally on the menu.
07-30-2003 21:17:30 | More by DESTRO
Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.