Big Dog's Cafe and Casino
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Quite a few of their own taps, some of the brewmaster specials. I had a smoked wheat, which I wasn't really fond of. I followed it with their IPA (currently Ratebeers #3 beer in Nevada), which as quite good.
I had the pot roast for dinner, HUGE portions, excellent value.
Only one waitress covering the bar area, but she was nice and working pretty hard. I thought it'd be a bit quicker than the restaurant side, but probably wasn't.
Another Vegas bar with absolutely NO windows? There's smoking inside, which I'm not fond of either.
04-26-2011 05:23:27 | More by Derek
2.6/5 rDev -28.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $
We stopped here after some shopping at the outlet shops on October 15, 2009. It's located a few miles from Downtown Vegas on Sahara. Entry is confusing..we went to the front doors, but they are locked, you must enter from the plaza parking lot in the rear..sort of odd.
We ordered two Dirty Dog IPAs, and as luck would have it, the taps had to be changed over to a new keg right at that time, and we had to wait about 10 minutes for one beer to be served, and another 5 or 10 for the other, which were both "no charge" in compensation for our wait. We were given some pub mix to nibble on while waiting, though.
The beers were a good rendition of the style.
Our only real complaint was the dank interior and smell of smoke.
10-18-2009 15:36:17 | More by Boozebrewer
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Found it by accident when looking for a place for lunch. The atmosphere is a bit on the chain restaurant side with high ceilings, dull decor. But hey u r in Vegas, wouldn't want to be distracted from the video poker machines.
Lucky I was happily suprised by both the beer and the food. I didn't try the sample rack but instead went straight for the Holy Cow Pale. Our waitress wasn't very knowledgable on beer in general. At least she was honest about it up front. You would think mgmt would coach/educate them a little better. Tried the 38 Special on her recommendation ( it's the only one she said she drank) and was disappointed. Mixing different beers together always makes me a bit wary. Did fall in LOVE with Dirty Dog.
For the money, especially in Vegas it was great. They have growlers so you can take beer back to the hotel with you, which I did, twice. Definitely go there, it is a refreshing change from the casinos & high priced restaurants on near the Strip.
10-24-2008 16:02:37 | More by ScarletLady
3.66/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Second stop of the great adventure.
Nice building on what appeared to be a main blvd in western Las Vegas. Had to enter from the back into a darker bar area w/ plenty of tvs and the ubiquitous video poker machines set in the bar. I ordered the pale ale from a bartender who didn't seem to care if I was there or not. Because I wasn't gambling? Who knows. Another tender was there and she seemed to be much more happy and eager to talk to customers.
The pale was good and the atmosphere away from the bar was brighter but still reminded me of a Famous Dave's. I was disappointed to see all the poker players drinking Lite when there was good, fresh beer around. But that's just me.
Bought a growler of the pale and some souveniers. Next time I'm in LV, I'll get food too.
10-23-2006 20:47:49 | More by kdog630
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I don't know why it took me so long to finally give Big Dog beers a try. Perhaps the fact that none of the brewpubs are in the vicinity of my house. But thank god I finally seeked it out.
Big Dogs has hands-down the best IPA in Las Vegas. Very fresh, citrusy, well hopped beer of theirs made me think I was in San Diego for a short while. A sample of their other beers made me further appreciate their great job brewing. Although I'm not a fan of amber ales, their Red Hydrant Ale was solid. I really appreciated their Stout with many great flavors of toffee and chocolate. MMM. Their pale ale was solid as well. A well balanced beer for the not-so-hophead.
I went to this Big Dogs, as well as the other on Nellis and Owens, just in this last week, and I can tell you that both locations make a consistantly good beer. Though all the beer is brewed at the Draft House on Rancho, the quality is still there.
Food here was pretty good pub grub. My buddy had a New York Steak which he raved about, and I got a pretty good steak sandwich. Pretty standard pub fare, but a perfect companion to a fresh IPA.
The place itself is nice enough, but like previously stated much nicer inside than on the outside. You see BIG DOGS in big letters displayed on the side of the building as you drive west on Sahara toward Torrey Pines. This is definitely the easiest place to find for the average tourist seeking out Big Dogs beer.
08-02-2006 03:55:46 | More by paulyrimz
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
this place is basically the draft house (same owners/beer) minus the brew tanks and some of the seasonals. its more central to the valley and has the same good food as the draft. beers are the red, pale ale, hefe, stout, light, regular and one or two others. basically the usual lineup minus some of the seaonals and one-offs youll find at the draft house. dark inside with one large main bar (video poker, tv's etc.) and several small rooms off to the side for those lookin for a little privacy. not as loud as the draft house and a little more laid back. good place to stop for a burger and a brew.
06-23-2006 18:40:15 | More by DESTRO
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
We hit this place after visiting Chicago brewing. I had spoken with some people at the former locale and they had said there really was no reason to go to the actual brewery on Rancho unless you get turned on by seeing the big copper brewing apparata. The beers are identical at this place I was told. So since we had seen it on the way to Chicago, we already knew exactly where it was.
Located in another big strip mall plaza, Big Dog's is out in the front portion of the parking lot, closer to the actual road than the rest of the businesses in the strip mall. You walk in and surprise--no windows. It did have a pretty cool neighborhood sports bar feel to it and the crowd seemed like a bunch of locals who were all having a great time.
The bar itself is a big square and they had 6-8 different offerings. They had some real nice plasma TV's showing baseball games all over the place.
I got a sampler and they were all pretty good but nothing exceptional. I then ordered a pint of pale ale which was good. We had been playing video poker and the beers were comped but we each went through $20 in no time. The beers were comped and I ordered an extra half pint of some other offering I can't remember and when I asked how much it was--the bartender replied "I'll just comp it". I thought this was a nice touch since we weren't actually gambling at the time, so I gave her a nice big tip.
I like this place. Yes, I will go back when I am in Vegas again. I don't think it is a must go but considering that its right on the way back to the strip from Chicago brewing, I will hit it or maybe try the actual brewery on Rancho next time.
06-07-2005 17:12:27 | More by rousee
Big Dog's Cafe and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.