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4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
04-03-2005 19:08:33 | More by slander
3.91/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-01-2010 04:35:02 | More by DoubleJ
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
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-17-2008 05:40:18 | More by Dogbrick
4.88/5 rDev +19%
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.
12-11-2006 13:50:26 | More by Gavage
4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-08-2008 07:42:10 | More by TurdFurgison
4.18/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-23-2010 17:41:01 | More by sholland119
3.61/5 rDev -12%
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.
06-25-2008 17:43:27 | More by Yetiman420
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
Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.