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Freakin' Frog

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Freakin' FrogFreakin' Frog
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

99 Reviews
Reviews: 99
Visits: 105
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4700 S Maryland Pkwy
Ste 8
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119-6318
United States
phone: (702) 597-9702
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Notes:
Place added by: DESTRO

There is a small selection of fine wines (from a selection of about 300) on hand at any time. In addition to the beer and wine, upstairs is The Whisky Attic, which boasts "the biggest whisky selection in the country."
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Reviews: 99 | Visits: 105
Photo of Fletch
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Three of us visited on June 16, having just driven in from L.A. (through the 108 degree desert) with a truck and trailer loaded to the gills for the AHA conference. After unloading two bars, 30+ kegs, etc, were ready for a few great beers (and some food).

The storefront setting is not my cup of tea, but Adam, the owner, is doing interesting things with the digs, including projection DVD movies and a band playing up in a loft space (I was happy to find that the band didn't drown out conversation on the main floor.

The beer selection is first rate, having now grown to over 300 beers. We enjoyed (in no particular order): '95 Old Crustaceon (from what has got to be the last keg of the stuff on the planet), MacTarnahan's Tripel, Orval, Chimay White, Rogue Imperial Stout, Stone Ruination, and a couple - five others I can't even remember.

The three of us all enjoyed our meals, all diffirent dishes. I stuck with simple and had a double burger that was all I could ask for. Sorry I can't offer more in describing the food, but we were there for the BEER!

Adam visited with us and gave us the grand tour of the beer cooler, where amongst literally dozens of rare labels I glimpsed a bottle of Sawyer's Tripel, the only one I've seen to date.

I would highly advise taking a taxi to the Frog, there are too many highly desirable brews here to have to drive back to your hotel. (1,394 characters)

Photo of imblane
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I visited the Freakin Frog on Monday, 07Jun04. Jo, the Beer Maiden greeted me and offered to assist me with my selection. After downing a New Belgium Abbey, I let her pick the rest of the night, and she knows her beer!! She turned me on to some beers I was not familiar with, which were all exceptional, especially the Unibroue Trois Pistoles. Adam the owner rapped with me extensively about beer and his selection. His cooler is truly a thing of beauty. He let me select the primetime DVD, which was awesome and we all had a ball around some "Old time Hockey"
I also must say the food was exceptional. I tried the Teriyaki chicken wrap which Jo prepared to perfection. The fries were just right, hot, crispy and not the least bit greasy. I promised to send Adam 2 of my Symposium Ales, which I have cellared at home, and I will take care of that as soon as I return home from Missouri. He even offered to store the beer I was travelling with to keep it out of the Vegas heat. Get to the Freakin Frog and "Get Your Freak On!" (1,026 characters)

Photo of Brewso
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Adam will do all that he can to make sure that you are in beevana. Taps included lost coast indica ipa, SN Celebration, Chimay Tripel, Old Foghorn and others. The cooler in the back is a thing of beauty: two walls filled with all kinds of goodies including hard to find stuff. The cheese fries and nachos hit the spot as we enjoyed the lost coast ipa and a stone ruination. Adam has a large collection of DVD movies that he will project onto the wall. He showed "The Rock" as we talked with him about beer, life and Vegas. A very welcome alternative to the "how to make money off you" attitude of the strip. It was very much like hanging out with a good friend who has a great beer selection. He had no problem with our cigars and we had no problem with his hospitality. The taps were very well kept and the beer fresh. An absolute must if you are a beer lover in Veags. Thanks Adam! (883 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is really a great place for a few pints, a friendly atmosphere and some good food.

The Freakin Frog is located in a small strip mall across from UNLV. Only a couple of minutes from the middle of the strip by taxi.

The FF is small, has a decent sized bar and a few tables along the wall opposite the bar. A wide screen t.v. is above the bar near the stairway. They were showing movies when I was there. The decorations are beer, sports and UNLV parafanalia. All in all the atmosphere is accomodating but pretty standard. Nothing wrong with that when there is a large amount of beers to be had.

The beer selection ranges about three hundred. Mostly in bottles. They have only about eight taps. I hope Adam (the owner) adds more taps in the future. A couple of macros, SN Barley Wine, Flying Dog Pale and Guinness to name a few. The Guinness comes from Ireland and is on a type of gas Adam would not reveal. It is not pure nitro and did not perform the cascading nitro effect when poured. The bottle selection is huge. Plenty of Belgians, Germans, and a large amount of craft beers, mostly from the west coast states. Some midwest and a couple of east coast beers as well. Also a few from other countries. They did have New Belgium for the Southern Californian who has to do without these selections for the time being. Also some seasonals and hard to find seasonals. Once the FF runs low on a seasonal and can no longer get them the prices sky rocket. The price of obscurity. This is the best place in Las Vegas for a large variety of beers to try.

The food was tasty. Good grub was had by all. Everybody loved their burgers and some of the larger folks had a second. The spiced fries were a big hit.

The service was excellent. Adam runs a quality place. He also loves to talk beer, so if the place is slow he will definately chat with you about many subjects but beer probably tops the list.

Even though the FF is next to the college this is not a strict college bar. If you feel you are too many years beyond the wild college age do not worry about it. The clientele is a good mix. Locals, college and out of towners who want good quality beer.

I recommend this place when the hunt for good beer and beer drinking companions becomes a must. This is also a great place to steal some time away from the glitz of Vegas. If you tire of the casinos and over priced shopping, hail a cab and stop in here. (2,426 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I won’t repeat the stuff in the previous reviews- they are pretty much right on. But here’s 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 couldn’t believe how quickly the time had passed.

The best way I can describe it was like stopping by a good friend’s 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 it’s on the menu or not.

Also, Adam isn’t 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 it’s busy. Also, the prices on the better beers are pretty steep, but it’s all about quality. These people care about providing a quality product, and they seem to have hit it right. I can’t 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!). (2,202 characters)

Photo of beertraveler
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (794 characters)

Photo of VegasBill
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.47/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

4-2004 Update

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!

2-20-05

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. (2,542 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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. (1,922 characters)

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Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.