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Freakin' Frog

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Freakin' FrogFreakin' Frog
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

105 Ratings
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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:
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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Photo of slander
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Yeah, I had a whole bunch of places mapped out, brewpubs and bars. I was going to take in a good bunch of 'em that I hadn't hit last year, and then... nothing. Every night, the blackjack table sirens were singing their sad songs to me. I couldn't get away. I was there for 4 days and never saw anything until the last night, when me and Mark (the Connecticut Kid) made a dash for The Freaking Frog...
A 3 mile cab found us staring down some space towards the end of a strip mall. Wasn't too promising looking and I could see the look of, "Uhhh" on Mark's face. In a pair of smallish narrow rooms with the connecting wall mostly removed, an "L" shaped bar seating a dozen, kitchen functions, the "2 for 1 cooler", and a piano occupy one room (there was a guy playing it belting out Tom Waits tunes when we got there). There's a large projection screen TV on the rear wall where they do movies. The other room holds 3 booths and 5 tables, all with these beautiful "beer & brewery" table tops (Alaskan, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Ayinger, Stone, Merchant Du Vin, Sam Adams, Beamish, made by a company called, "Tabletops", check out their website, they make cool shit). There's a small elevated stage to the rear of the room, a pair of dart boards, and a Ms. PacMan/Galaxa machine. The beige walls are decorated with beer neon lights and guitars that people take down and play.
10 taps (Stone Double Bastard, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Sierra Celebration Ale, Chimay Triple, Lindeman's Framboise, Beamish, Pyramid Apricot, Abita Andy Gator, John Courage, Icehouse, with the Alaskan Amber on deck). I opted for the Alaskan Smoked Porter and we needed to find Mark a beer. When he said that he liked the Dunkels we fed him in Chicago, the guy walking through carrying cases to the back room offered up some help unsolicited, suggesting, I think it was the Scnheider Dunkel. I concurred. Mark liked the beer. I guess as the owner, Adam has a pretty good handle on what his clientele is looking for (a clientele by the way, that is mostly made up of professionals, UNLV staff from across the street, and grown up beer people and not so much the college kids). He sat with us for a good while and talked beer. Adam let me into the beer room for a looksie. Damn!! Extensive collection of Belgians (Caracole, Affligem, Duvel, Chimay, De Ranke, Saison DuPont, Fantome, Piraat, Pater Lieven, Mort Subite, Bruegel, Achel, Scaldis, Petrus, Gulden Draak, Westmalle, De Dolle, Bon Secour, Delirium, Corsendonk, Urthel, Foret, Moinette, Gouden Carolus, Oude Beersel, Westvleteren, Maredsous, Duinen, Liefman's, Leffe, Orval, Rochefort) and American micros regional (Avery, Stone, Deschutes, Speakeasy, Moylan's, Alesmith, Hoptown, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, North Coast, Acma, Laguanitas, New Belgium, Mendicino, Ruby Mountain, Lost Coast, Pyramid, Flying Dog, MacTarnahan's, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Anchor) and beyond (Alaskan, DogFishHead, Ommegang). All sorts of nice stuff back there (Unibroue Fringante, Avery Grand Cru '03, Horny Devil & Old Numbskull, Stone Symposium and on and on). 472 bottles. We pulled a bottle of the MacTarnahan's Tripel and Blackwatch Cream Porter (Bourbon cask aged) from the vault. Both were very nice and went well with the "pretty good phuckin' fries" we ordered.
He took us upstairs to see the sick ass Whiskey bar (under construction) and spec out the blueprints. 500 whiskeys, a 5 seat bar, a tasting counter over here, banquet type seating for 2 dozen there. It's going to be brilliant when it's done.
It was time to go and cutie bartender Jen called us a cab, but it was going to be a long while, so she offered up to drive us back to the hotel as she was leaving anyway (thanx Jen, you rock!!!).
Adam's a most hospitable host, doin' a good beer thing. I got out of Vegas 4 bills up and a Freaking Frog visit under my belt. Not a bad trip.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This place is freakin hard to rate, and I'm still debating what numbers I'm going to put in each category. Even the name "Freakin Frog" is hard to figure out. The inside is darkly lit, but with enough light to see the color of your beer. There's a small bar to the left of the enterance with 16 taps The tap list is interesting enough with a few hard to find drafts, such as Delirium, Murphy's, Molson, Yellow Snow IPA, Konig Ludwig Weiss, Rogue Hazelnut Nectar. (The bartender ensured us that three of the taps were just put on). To the right is a lot of room with lots of tables and a short stage. A collection of old tap handles sit above a wooden ledge at one part of this "beer & wine" cafe. We didn't see many people inside, as it was 8pm. Maybe people come later to drink...after all, there is no "last call" in Nevada.

What really makes this place shine is the amount of bottles available. You could look through the 101 pages of the beer menu, or you could be given a tour of the beer fridge by the bartender. Lots and lots of beer! Offered are the full lines of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, Grand Teton, North Coast, Deschutes....lots of German and Belgian imports (including some I haven't seen much of, and whose names I don't recall well). Vintage beers are available as well, with the Stone 8th Anniversary standing out the most. They even had beer from Utah, in the form of Squatters. About 700 bottle varieties overall.

I will say the bartender was very helpful and recommended me a few beers from Squatters. He even let me take a bottle to go. But there are a few criticms I'd like to point out. First, where's the server if you're at a table? Sometimes the bartender would come over, and sometime we'd have to call for his attention if we needed something. Second, there are no prices listed in the bottle menu, so you're left doing a lot of price guessing.

Freakin Frog has some flaws, but without a doubt owns the greatest beer selection of any bar in the Las Vegas area. from The Strip, just drive east on Tropicana Ave, and turn left on Maryland Pkwy.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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 don’t 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 shouldn’t 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 wasn’t much better, mentally I couldn’t chill, for the cold interior doesn’t allow you to relax such is its Juxta-posed Salvador Dali reality. I was unsure if I was in someone’s 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 drinker’s 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!!! I’ll 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….I’ll 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 didn’t bother finding out, stayed with the draft beers.

So I’ll 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 Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs….now this is a cool film, hey it has to be it has Harvey Keitel in it….but I’m 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 I’m still trying to figure out just what the hell this place is supposed to be…I like it don’t 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 I’m being a little harsh but that’s 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.

Freakin Weird.

Last Visit: Sunday 20th February, 2005

Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Freakin' Frog is located close to UNLV on Maryland Parkway not too far off Flamingo. The strip mall where it is located has a decent-sized parking lot.

It's impossible to see into the bar from outside, and upon entering it takes your eyes a moment to adjust because it is so dark. The windows are heavily tinted so when the front door opens it is temporarily blinding if you are at the bar. The bar is on the left side with restaurant seating on the right. There are lots of TVs including a projection screen that plays movies. It has to be noted that the bathroom was a horror scene. Nice touches like tap handles displayed offset the negatives but not enough.

The beer selection is phenomenal, at least in bottles. I did not witness the entire selection (they must keep a lot of it elsewhere) but I flipped through their beer list and even if it is out of date a little it is amazing. They have 10 or so taps with local/regional selections from Tenaya, Drake's, Deschutes and others.

Service here was spotty, as it took quite some time for one of the bartenders to acknowledge me, but after that it was alright. They do know the beer, and it was interesting that the majority of the patrons ordering beer at the bar were ordering craft beer.

I had the Teriyaki burger for lunch and it was very good, as were the fries.

Overall I would check this place out again just to try some more unique beers, especially during happy hour when certain bottles are buy one get one. I doubt I would want to visit during peak hours.

Photo of Gavage
4.88/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the more unique places I have visited across the US. Upon entering you notice the bar area is packed with a variety of people from young skateboarder-types to professionals wearing ties. Cartoons are playing on the video screens. About 10 beers on tap and this trip a vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter was on. But more impressive is the large walk-in refridgerator loaded with a huge variety of bottled beers. The beer menu list about 700 beers available. Upstairs there is a seperate whiskey bar.

The owner Adam seems to always be there to greet you and have some friendly small talk while you are drinking great beers.

Some of the bomber bottled prices are quite expensive - $25 and up. But if you can't get your hands on some unique beers you will probably find them here. If you are looking for a great beer bar, this is one you must visit.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here for a couple beers and to meet another BA who lives in Vegas. I think I wasn't really prepared for the atmosphere, I expected something more in line with a Yardhouse or something. But this bar was really spartan, no windows, about 6 booths and twice that number of tables, maybe 12 seats along the bar. The music was OK and the beer list was extensive. There were about 15 taps when I stopped in, all of them pretty solid selections. There are only a couple downsides for me: First is location, this is really far from the strip or downtown. This isn't really a problem for locals but I assume most people using beerfly are trying to find a place to drink while in a new town. The other downside is that while most beers were priced well, the beers you might call "rare" were way hyper-priced. In particular Westvleteren 8 for $75, that's just too damn high. No problem, because most other beers are reasonable.

Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I will mention this below but if you only read one thing, let it be this: Ask for a tour of the beer cooler (do it! You will not be sorry). Do not rely on the printed bible.

I dropped in for a bite and a couple of beers after a long day of beer shopping, and before a business conference kicked off.

To say the Freakin Frog is not much to look at from the outside is an understatement. In fact, in the early evening with neon lights blaring from the tattoo parlor next door, it can barely be seen at all. Nondescript brick, an unlit sign and a worn six panel door and that's it. Inside is not a lot better. An L-shaped 12 seat bar with two tap towers and remarkably uncomfortable bar stools beckons on the left, plenty of tables on the right with a pool hall kind of vibe. Nice big TV showing the Monday Night game was a nice touch though.

The tap list was fine, all craft, nothing all that special really but better than I saw anywhere else here. But the bottle list, Lord have mercy is that a different story. I could have sat on that barstool for days.

As I mentioned above, tour the beer cooler. Do not rely on the printed bottle list as it is remarkably out of date, though the paper it was printed on during my visit was fresh and unmarked. I nearly had a beer geek orgasm on seeing FW 10 on the list. But when I asked, the bartender said, "No, we are out of it. Just sold the last bottle about a month ago". I am skeptical of this claim to say the least but it demonstrates my point.

I asked the friendly bartender for a tour of the beer cooler (thanks to my FB beer friends for this tip), and found many items not on the list. I was able to pick up a couple of lovely bottles of 2010 Dissident to take home (I had been unsuccessful all day trying to track this down. They were not in the beer bible).

Food was freakin decent, nicely prepared by the bartender. Nothing great but worth eating.

If you are in LV, go there.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.61/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This was my first beer stop on a business trip to Vegas. I picked up my rental car upon landing and headed right to the Freaking Frog.

This place at 3:00 on a Tuesday afternoon has nothing going for it. It reminds me of a cheesy college bar except they have really good beers. I suppose I could go along with the claim about having the best/most beers in the West. For me it's more about quality and atmosphere which the later was "not impressed."

After looking through their excel sheet bottling listing, I settled on a Deschutes Hop Henge Imperial IPA on draft. Served in a Delerium tulip glass it was just what the dr. ordered after a long flight across the country. I was one of two people there drinking and the bartender managed to have a difficult time getting me a drink. He was also messing with something with the beverage dispenser repair guy. The beer was $8 which I thought was a bit steep for this place ($4.99 22 oz at Lee's).

If you make a trip here, do it in the evening it may be a bit more energetic and save your mid-day stops for the Burger Bar or Pour 24 on the strip.

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.

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rousee
2.91/5  rDev -29%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I do not understand the fascination with this place. Yes, it has a huge beer list of bottles that you would have a hard time finding anywhere. However, that is not real evident when you walk in.

Located in a strip mall near UNLV, it has a metal door with some white wicker covering on it that has turned black due to people's dirty hands opening it all the time. Like most LV bars, it has no windows. I guess this is a trick from the old casino thinking that says if people don't know what time it is, they might stay longer. I like to be able to see outside when I go to a bar.

I tried to visit at 2pm and it was closed, so I come back after 5 and sure enough- its open. So, I walk in and can't really believe my eyes. Where are all the beers ?? There are 7 or so on-tap and a glass-doored cooler that has maybe 20 different varieties. Nothing written on the walls--no chalkboard, no sign --nothing. I order a double IPA from Big Dog which is quite good. So I ask about the beers in the fridge and am told --no those are 2-for 1's--its happy hour. I don't get an explanation of what that means. Are drafts on happy hour too ?--tell me more. Then I get a "No--we have over 500 different beers here" with somewhat of a snobby attitude. So I ask to look at the list and it is just a book of beers. Reminded me of the Sam Adams commercial where the 3 guys are handed a book/catalog of beers before they order SA. I got bored looking at the book cuz I was now disappointed that I did not know about it beforehand.

I gave the guy a decent tip but I probably shouldn't have. He didn't make me wait for service but was just so unfriendly and lousy at explaining what was offered, the service was really pretty bad. I might give this place another try at some point but its certainly not high on my to-do list.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Located near what they call a university campus (maybe for a commuter college, otherwise, ugliest, least campus like campus ever), the Freakin Frog is in a strip mall essentially, and not the most noticeable from the street. But inside, its a two tiered level place and the setup is spacious and interesting, so I'll give it above average marks regardless of the shitty situation outside, or the fact that they don't even open for lunchtime.

There was only like 6 beers on tap, for whatever reason, I expected a lot more there. On top of that, I found the long beer list to be filled with a lot of "meh" type of stuff, at "crap" type of prices. I came in with the expectation of an awesome bottle list at expensive prices. Well, 1/2 ain't bad. Claims at the number of beers they carry seem embelished. Hate places that advertise they carry beer x, or x amount of beers, and then turn out to be posing. Or you know "out of it right now, shoulda been here yesterday," type of cover.

At yet, despite all of this, it is a slightly above average place overall, and still probably the second best bar for beer in Las Vegas.

Photo of Goldorak
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I learned my lesson the hard way once again that distances can be deceiving in Sin City. We walked from our hotel to the Mirage where my girlfriend’s show ticket was waiting at the will call booth. You could clearly see the casino from our front door, it can’t be that far, can it? About 2 hours it took us to get there through waves of cars and seas of people gawking at the shiny things. From there on end, we took taxis everywhere, starting with the Freakin’ Frog.

It’s quite a long ways away from the glitter of the strip, across the street from UNLV. According to the cab driver, it’s illegal to have a bar on the same side of the street as the campus. As if a paved road and a couple of cars will somehow deter students from scoring some booze! No windows, it looks kind of odd from the outside, a big ass neon green eyesore, even by Vegas standards. Inside is much more subdued, if not to say stripped-down, warehouse style concrete floors, brewery mirrors hung on the walls, a projection screen TV that only the patrons at the bar, where I sat down, could see. Nice touch for wine geeks, the bar counter is made out of those wine box lids.

About a half-dozen taps are on display, they seem to rotate quite frequently. Rogue imperial stout, Stone IPA, Lindemans Framboise, Hoegaarden and Stella Artois were some of the selections I remember spotting, so although there wasn’t a ton of rarities (although for Nevada, most of them were), there was something for every palate. Black binders listed off their bottled selection, which was pretty extensive, but then again nothing jumped out at me either and most were a bit pricey, so I stuck with draft pints.

Friendly and pretty knowledgeable staff, crowd was by and large locals, students and a few eccentric Beer geeks, including one with a little flashlight that he dipped in every Beer he tasted to check out color and turbidity (good to know there are guys freakier than me out there!). After chatting for a while with one of the waitresses (Lisa I think her name was), I told her I had a few Quebec brews with me and asked if the staff and some of the regulars were interested in trying them out. Didn’t take long after that for me to get to know everyone in the place, get a tour of the bottle cellars (some nice bottles, but you have to haggle with the owner to get them), get a couple of freebies and even get invited to the whiskey attic for a dram or two. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend you check it out, one of the best selections I’ve ever seen. The guy upstairs (Lance? Geez I’m terrible at remembering names!) is an expert and taught me a lot in the short while I was there. I also got invited to their “let’s tear the walls down party”, they are expanding and decided to bring in the regulars, give them some Beer and a sledgehammer and go at it. Sounded like a great time! Too bad I missed it.

Overall, I totally recommend this place for any fan of Beer in the Las Vegas area eager to get away from the casinos, and see the other side, the “real”, day-to-day routine of the locals, all of whom I talked to were really nice. If you’ve traveled a bit, don’t expect to be floored by selection or atmosphere, but I felt right at home here.

Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Freakin Frog advertises as having the largest selection of beer on the West Coast. They well might be correct! Went in cold based on BeerFly. A funky place in a funkier strip mall. Not real inviting but near UNLV. Big guy behind the bar with a beard and looks like a big old biker dude is one of the nicest most accomodating guys around. Don't be intimidated by his looks! Jack talked to us about beer and then just said, screw it, c'mon and look inside the cooler!

We went into the cooler and were in beer heaven. The beer list itself is a book; literally, it's a book with about 700 beers in bottles. However, there's a bunch of great stuff not on the list. That's when it pays to get to know the owner, Adam. I refer to him as a Los Angeles "ex patriot." He knows his stuff and he's willing to talk about beer as long as you will and he's also willing to share! He has things I've never seen, none the less tasted.

Freakin Frog is a must visit if you're a beer person and in Vegas. You will be very happy. Note, Adam has a huge Scotch and Tequila selection upstairs from the bar; and, if the foregoing isn't sufficient to peak your interest, he makes perhaps one of the best chili's around! Period...end of story! Go..you won't be sorry.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I had to knock this place because of the price. They had a great bottled selection. The tap selection had some really nice stuff on it, but I wasn't willing to pay the money they were asking. DFH WWS for 18 a 10 oz pour. Sorry, very excited to try, but not to pay and I was in a buying mood being in Las Vegas.

I was thirsty for some good beers, after being on the strip for the last couple days and we made the drive a few miles down Flamingo to the Freakin Frog. As stated before, it has a dive bar feel. Very dark, no windows. They were not busy, so for us the service was great. The bartender paid great attention to us, and we got to use their Wi-Fi.

Although the bottled list is very extensive, nothing close to the quality of Aces and Ales. Even after asking if they some of their rare beers on the bottled lists, we were told they were out, so we couldn't have paid the premium for them even if we wanted.

I would recommend, but be prepared to pay a premium for any of their offerings.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Hit up this place at one point during my bachelor party night. This place was nearly empty on a Saturday night (!?!?) during March Madness which we all found unblievable. Anyway this joint is located close to UNLV on Maryland Parkway not too far off Flamingo. The strip mall where it is located has a decent-sized parking lot. It's impossible to see into the bar from outside, and upon entering it takes your eyes a moment to adjust because it is so dark. The windows are heavily tinted so when the front door opens it is temporarily blinding if you are at the bar. The bar is on the left side with restaurant seating on the right. There are lots of TVs including a projection screen that plays movies. It has to be noted that the bathroom was a horror scene. Nice touches like tap handles displayed offset the negatives but not enough. The beer selection is phenomenal, at least in bottles. I did not witness the entire selection (they must keep a lot of it elsewhere) but I flipped through their beer list and even if it is out of date a little it is amazing with high prices. They have 10 or so taps with local/regional selections from Tenaya, Drake's, Deschutes and others. Service here was spotty, as it took quite some time for one of the bartenders to acknowledge my group (!?), but after that it was alright. They do know the beer. I split a sampling glass of Utopia with my beer buddy as a present to me. Overall, I would check this place out again just to try some more unique beers if possible.

Photo of drewbage
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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.

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!).

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A strip mall bar. This place looks like it should be a laundry mat from the outside but the inside is quite the cool little bar.

We were there when no one else was so we got great service, the waiter was really attentive and even suggested things that we might like based on our previous orders.

There is an amazing selection of bottles and several drafts at this bar. I was really impressed with this place all around. Their vintage menu (dont even bother asking), let me just say if it says "Ask about price" don't ask. Its dumb.

The food was pretty standard, sandwiches fries and so on, nothing special, everything tasted fine.

It was a nice break from the casinos and all that bullshit. Get away from it for a little bit and enjoy a nice beer in a quiet beer bar with other beer geeks.

Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

First visited back in March 2005, before the expansion and before the upstairs scotch bar was open. They have since made some changes!

The space is basically a big, open room with a smallish bar hugging one wall. Booths and tables take up most of the rest of the floor space. If you don't like live music, beware! A Celtic rock band of some kind was playing the night I visited. A big screen TV showed "Harold and Kumar Go to White Kastle" and "The Family Guy Movie" muted with subtitles before the show.

The beer selection is really impressive, though pricing seems a bit arbitrary on bottles. Draft selection is eclectic and impressive; certainly the best in Vegas (unless there's some place so underground no-one speaks of it to outsiders).

The bartender was a tough looking chick who was actually very friendly and attentive when approached. I remember her from three years back. Crazy! What place has the same bartender for three years? She's also very good with beer knowledge.

The crowd is as eclectic a mix as the beer list, with college kids making up the majority of patrons. There were people on dates, groups of friends drinking Sam Adams from bottles, a group of butch lesbians and a guy furiously composing sheet music in addition to the beer geek brigade.

Definitely check out the upstairs scotch room if you're into single malts; the pours are a tad stingy, but the selection can't be beat!

Overall, this is an absolutely essential stop on any beercentric trip to Vegas.

Photo of frazbri
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The Freakin' Frog is unlike any bar I've ever been in. It sits in a stripmall accross the street from UNLV. The bar stands on the left side, with tables on the right in a wide open room. Neon signs line the walls, but still the room seems empty. This is not some corporate owned restaurant, filled with sports paraphanalia and hunting trophies. It's more like a buddies basement. The kitchen is basicly a fryer behind the bar.

The most memorable aspect of the Frog was the people. Our two bartenders, Trish and Rhonda, were both knowledgeble and fun. When I ordered my first beer, Trish made sure I knew their happy hour special. (buy one get one free, for the top two rows of the main beer fridge) The patrons were also quite interesting. I conversed with students, a lit professor, and a cab driver, all in a brief couple hours.

This place is about real beer, and real people. If you're searching for a trendy place to see and be seen, go to some casino's ultra lounge.

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wow, I'd heard about the rather strange location but this was a bit of a shocker. Sandwiched between a hyroponics shop and a tattoo parlor, this quirky little bar is quite a sight. Black painted door glass blocks the west facing and as you enter it is very dark. 10 person bar with a seating area for maybe 30 off the right. (can't imagine it when there is a band in here !)
Upstairs is the whiskey bar which looked pretty cool and a nicer space. Anyway, sat down for a Lucipher burger which was awesome and some brews before the flight home. Great staff who know beer and are willing to let you peruse the "vaults" for some tasty treats. Nothing absolutely earth-shaking but some relatively hard to find brews. Great place to sip on some brews and watch a movie, which is constantly showing on the big screen above the bar.
Only issue with the place is the prices. I know it's Vegas but $15-18 for bottles of CA beer is a little too steep. Draft selections were solid and better value but the bottle prices were just too much to make me want to make but an occasional stop here.
Overall though very good beer experience and great way to prepare for a red-eye home.

Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place dosent look like much from the outside, but inside is a different story. It has a bar, and about 15 tables. There is 1 video game. Also, there is a decent sized place for a band to play. It is a little dark inside, but that really isnt a problem.

The service was great. There was only one man working, but he got all our beers and food quickly. He even took me into the cooler to look at all the beers. They have almost 1000 different beers. Incredable.

They have beers from a lot of different styles and countries. Some of note were Sam Adams Utopia, Westvletren 12, 8, and 6, The Abyss, some Dogfish head stuff, and Cantillon brews.

The food was pretty good. Not exceptional, but definately better than some beer bars. The selection was standard. Some fries, burgers, sandwiches, wings.
This place was just a little pricy. Not too bab, especially for Vegas, but I think they could have been a little cheaper.

Overall: This place is pretty good, and i would definately come back. It is well worth the stop.

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Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.