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3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
After writing some 375 BeerFlys, you would think that I would have become proficient at doing so by now, and that having included bars from the US, Canada, Brazil, England, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Luxembourg, etc. I would have seen most formulaic bars ..but NO, this place just stumped me, outright stumped me, what the Hell is it supposed to be? Listed as a Beer and Wine Café.
I dont even know where to start here except for the fact that according to all known demographics, existing formulæs, market research rules and experience dictates this place really shouldnt exist.
First off, it felt like I was walking into a bloody Strip Joint, late at night the neon windows and strange painted frontage set in the quiet strip mall gave a seedy feel to the environs. Once inside, it wasnt much better, mentally I couldnt chill, for the cold interior doesnt allow you to relax such is its Juxta-posed Salvador Dali reality. I was unsure if I was in someones front room with a home made bar installed or a frat house decorated to look like a kitchen or just a quick pastiche of some avid beer drinkers garage with a bar theme and some Sofas or or or what the freakin heck is it supposed to be. Partly utilitarian, part uncomfortable, part plain weird, this is most certainly not unwelcoming, but it is not homely either.
OK, took a stool at the bar, proceeded to investigate said line up of ten draft brews all on a single stainless steel bank located on the bar thingy. Hmmm, erm .half decent range which included Miller .but oh look Alaskan Smoked Porter, yummy!!! Ill take one of those please ..but wait what is this? I turn away to peruse the room and soak in the atmosphere and turn back to find ..my ASP served in a Chimay Goblet?? WTF??? Different I guess. Clever unique marketing?, distinctive differentiation?, or a sinister ploy to give you less beer for your buck but reward you with at least the fact that they do it in a nice way?? Not sure but I prefer a Pint Glass so I was not impressed to be honest.
OK, strange start all round here...but not bad though....just weird...so I know .Ill study the form of the bottled beer list cool, over 300 bottles and a nice well thought out range indeed ..but oh my .a tad pricey, but this is Vegas I guess, you pay your money you take your choice, but there is no way I would like to even contemplate what a decent session would cost in here ..needless to say I didnt bother finding out, stayed with the draft beers.
So Ill just drink my Chimay Goblet of ASP and continue trying to psycho-analyze the surroundings and punters that drink here. Chatted to a couple of punters .eclectic and interesting people then noticed that they were fixated on a flat screen above the bar / kitchen area. It was showing Quentin Tarantinos Reservoir Dogs .now this is a cool film, hey it has to be it has Harvey Keitel in it .but Im wondering what function this served .except to kill conversation maybe .maybe not for we at least ended up talking about the film for a while with a couple of the locals. Was it really released in 1992?...geez I'm getting old.
Cheers to Jimbo (Mr.Pink) for agreeing to show me (Mr.White) the Freakin Frog. Would I recommend it to others? Hmmm, I would recommend that you try it once and make your own mind up. You threatening to cut my ear off and force me to give you an opinion right?? .erm OK well Im still trying to figure out just what the hell this place is supposed to be I like it dont get me wrong, but bottom line, is there really anything to get me back here? Little to no ambience, re-runs of classic films, reasonable draft beer with one or two specials served in 33cl Goblets and good but expensive bottled beer range ..nope, not much really. Maybe Im being a little harsh but thats how I see it.
Probably the best Beer Bar in Las Vegas for selection at least, but beyond that it falls flat somehow, one visit is enough for me to be honest, it just lacks "something", either that or it is way too clever for simple old me to enjoy. Just goes to show that loads of great beer does not a classic beer bar make.
Last Visit: Sunday 20th February, 2005
02-27-2005 06:27:41 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
The Freakin' Frog is by far the best Las Vegas beer bar that we have visited in our several years of Vegas trips. Although it has a small (10-12 taps) draft selection, with the exception of Miller High Life, all the taps are worthy, and most notably the "Oaked Arrogant Bastard." Additional tap selections that I recall were Alaska Smoked Porter, Pyramid Snow Cap, Alaska Amber, and two Belgians.
The gentleman behind the bar was very knowledgeable about beer.
The bottle selection (300+) is extensive and quite excellent, you can get a list at the bar or look on the Freakin' Frog website. We got the Stone Ruination Ale and a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Both were fresh and absolutely delicious.
Atmosphere-wise, this place is non-descript and (hopefully) a work in progress. We noticed some construction taking place with exposed plywood in certain sections. There is a small area for darts and video games, but that area of the bar should have some additional lighting, especially over the dart boards.
As for getting there, we took a bus from the Strip. You can get a day pass good for 24 hours on the Las Vegas rapid transit. From the Strip you get on a bus on Tropicana and get off the bus at the stop just beyond Maryland Pkwy. From there it is just a 2 block walk.
This is a great place to get away from the Strip for an afternoon and sample some fine beers.
02-13-2005 15:24:26 | More by BeachHoppy
3.41/5 rDev -16.8%
On paper, this is the best beer bar in Las Vegas. After several repeat visits, I've finally made up my mind about this place. Stunning beer selection, but several things that piss me off as a fellow beer fan. First of all, the pricing is ridiculous. The beers on tap always hover around $7 or $8, and those are the bargain beers. Everything on their bottle menu that is even remotely rare to Las Vegas gets a hefty markup. I remember Adam recommending me a Hopzilla from Yakima Brewing Co. which he charged me $20 for. I saw it a couple of weeks later at a BevMo in Orange, CA for $4. You will notice that most of the beers on the bottled beer list are a reserve price. Ask how much he charges for Alesmith beers, and you realize it is probably cheaper to drive to San Diego, and pick one up for yourself (current gas price included) I may be exaggerating a bit, but it would not hurt Adam to lower his prices a bit. He always claims it is the fact that he's getting rare beers from all over the place. But every other top beer bar in the nation has found a way to keep their beer prices down for their customers. My second grievance is the atmosphere (or lack thereof). It is neon-bright beer bar being placed in an aging 1960s shopping center. It just has an odd-feeling to it that LongBeachBum nailed in his colorful description. What tops of the pleasant atmosphere for me is the fact that the grill is right next to the bar where you are sitting aand when somebody orders a 'Freakin' Burger' all of the smoke and grill residuals goes right to your face. I know this probably sounds like a Frog bashing segment, but after reading my initial review and frequent disappointing return trips, I felt an update was in order. Most of the stuff i wrote below stills holds truth, they have some great beers and Adam does a great job bringing them to Las Vegas, I just think this entire beer bar could be better executed.
Review from 1/24/05
Ah the Frog! The best, hands down selection of beer in Las Vegas. With a rotating tap of beers, the owner of this establishment goes out of his way to bring excellent brew to Las Vegas. Recently I was there and had a taste of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Oak Aged on tap, and was one of the best beers I've ever had. Also on tap was a Lambic Framboise, and Lost Coast's Downtown Brown and some other beers I can't recall. Beside the ten or so on tap is a great selection of bottles, including what I sampled, the Rouge Imperial IPA (amazing). Many belgians as well. Check the official website for the list of 335 bottled beers. As for the actual place itself, pretty interesting. Definitely not the trendiest spot in Vegas. Very laid back establishment, with dartboards, and cult movies being projected on a big screen. Just well enough hidden so that only the true beer-drinkers can find it. A true gem of bars in Las Vegas
01-24-2005 10:36:38 | More by paulyrimz
3.18/5 rDev -22.4%
First a disclaimer...I just came back from vacation in Vegas and sought the Frog. The ratings you see reflect the place as it was on October 20, 2004 when I went there and not before or probably after. If you are reading this review a reasonable time past the date things have probably changed, and most likely for the better.
The place was a bit of a challenge to find but it is on a main drag so that helped.
My (non-beer drinking) fiancee and I went in around lunchtime to grab a bite and for me to sample a beer or two I can't get at home (and hadn't already got bottles of and tried).
It appears at this time they are undergoing some construction to expand the place. I had remembered reading something about that before I left. Seeing the equipment out (the workers returned from a lunch break a few minutes before we left) on a table kind of detracted from the atmosphere.
The service was a bit slow and short. There were probably a dozen or so people in the place, but only one person to take orders, cook, and serve food and drinks. I did give some points for him being pretty friendly, trying hard, and for knowing his beers all while being ran ragged.
The beer selection is obviously fabled and printed on a computer generated list that even the bartender/waiter/server/cook admitted was missing a few of the newer beers (well over 300!!). Seeing that my fiancee was getting impatient with the place (remember, she could care less about beer), I only had a Blanche de Chambly which was served very properly down to the glassware, not to mention getting assistance from the bartender as I was totally hacking the pronunciation of the beer.
The food selection was somewhat limited, but my cheeseburger with pineapple (forget the exact name) was pretty good as were both the regular fries and the sweet potato fries. The nachos, however, were not good at all.
Overall, I ended up somewhat let down by the experience. While much of this feeling was influence by my fiancee not really enjoying much of anything except the sweet potato fries, it wasn't what I was expecting from a place I was really looking forward to going to.
Now if I go back in a couple of years, I will go there again and will probably have a great time with their construction done. I honestly wish success (and a stand alone building) for them. I think they have a great concept going there and this construction is hopefully just a temporary setback.
So again, I provide my disclaimer that my lower marks are likely due to the construction (and possible understaffing) and are probably not long-term problems. If you want to find good beer in a bar in Vegas, this is the place to go because they've got it, but if you are going with people who aren't as much into the beer it may fall short.
10-23-2004 08:21:22 | More by DPMomutant
4.58/5 rDev +11.7%
Well away from the Strip, this place is on a major artery across the street from UNLV but you have to keep your eyes open...it's tucked into a small strip mall off the street. Definitely worth the effort, tho. Inside is rather nondescript, but comfortable, and recently expanded (A wall across from the bar was knocked out, doubling the size of the place, with 2 dart boards in the new space. A single malt bar is planned for an upstairs space). Like so many other reviewers, I was soon greeted by Adam, the owner, who immediately impressed with his friendliness and beer enthusiam. As I eyed the 8 - 10 tap handles, Adam made a recommendation (Wexford Cream Ale - excellent!) that started a string of winners the rest of the evening. The rest were all from his extensive bottle list - McTarnahan's Blackwatch (oak-aged), Lost Coast Indica IPA, Nessie (from the brewers of Samichlaus), Stone 8th Anniversary. Over 350 bottles listed and he's looking to expand to 500 ASAP. Great selection, but keep an eye on the prices. Many are reasonable, but as his inventory dwindles of a particular beer, usually the limited release and hard to get, the price goes up accordingly.
DVDs are shown continuously by a projection system on the wall at the end of the bar, adding to the down home feel. And while I didn't have any food, everyone who did seemed to enjoy the standard grill fare, many of whom came in for take out. The grill, in fact, is right behind the bar. I don't know how I avoided eating! But the beer was that good.
This place would be a great beer bar in any city, so Las Vegas (and Adam) has an oasis to be proud of. A must stop.
09-23-2004 03:58:37 | More by greybeerd
4.63/5 rDev +12.9%
Visited during the first night of the AHA Conference in Vegas (2004).
So first night of the conference before the festivities really began and I managed to convince Fletch and another friend with the words.. "It's supposed to be the Lucky Baldwin's of Vegas". (What can I say.. I know how to motivate my friends)
When we first came in, they were showing a movie on the wall and the crowd looked comfortable with each other in a very plain location. The kitchen, there in the front, seemed close and so did the bar frankly when we first arrived.. Course we were taking our time and examining the beer list so no one bothered us.
Time came to order and within short order our beers came. Just then some folks from SNAFU showed and introduced us to Adam, the owner.
Adam is by far the biggest asset to this place and any place would be lucky to have someone with his level of devotion and energy. He was happy to show us around and expound on his plans, whip us up some food (I highly recommend the Devil burger) and show us around the cellar.
Good place.. much more like the hometown good beer joint than any typical Vegas joint with their slots and macro lagers.
07-04-2004 06:59:55 | More by drewbage
4.68/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
06-24-2004 02:03:27 | More by Fletch
4.95/5 rDev +20.7%
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!"
06-16-2004 05:38:38 | More by imblane
4.8/5 rDev +17.1%
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!
04-29-2004 20:36:32 | More by Brewso
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-28-2004 09:24:24 | More by Rumrunner
Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.