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Attend the 9th Annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer

If you consider yourself a beer aficionado or a cicerone-in-training, visiting Sin City in April for an epic beer festival in Las Vegas is a must. On April 5-6, Motley Brews is putting on the 9th annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, an experience filled with over 100 breweries and over 500 craft brews to sip on while indulging in beer-inspired cuisine. On top of that, the weather in April is perfect for enjoying a brew out in the open air at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center venue!

What to Expect at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer

Read below to see how to enjoy all that the Great Vegas Festival of Beer promises: great beers, great bites, great fun, and great music.

Great Beers

Obviously, this is a given! If you’re a fan of beer, there will be no shortage of drinks to try. Over 500 beers will be available from over 100 breweries at this giant beer tasting in Las Vegas. You’ll find a number of local Las Vegas breweries, including Ellis Island, Hop Nuts, Big Dog’s, and Lovelady Brewing Company. There will also be a number of guest breweries attending, including Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Mason Ale Works, and Lagunitas Brewing.

Think it just stops at beer? Keep an eye out for ciders, meads, spiked seltzers, and more! The drinking gets even more exciting with the 2019 Mad Craft Experience. This event is a time for breweries and chefs to explore their adventurous side. Participants are encouraged to experiment with beer and compete for categories such as “Best Beer Cocktail: A cocktail that is 50% beer and non-beer ingredients are used” and “Best Beer Blend: A blend of 2+ beers.”

Beer and Food at Great Vegas Festival of Beer
Credit: Great Vegas Festival of Beer Facebook Page

Great Bites

Behind every great beer is a great bite. A Las Vegas beer fest wouldn’t be complete without some delicious food for pairing. In 2019, the Great Vegas Festival of Beer is featuring Chef Jose Navarro of Stache & Suit and Chef Geno Bernardo of The Summit Club as the VIP chefs for the event. In addition to these chefs, you can find a wide range of foods to prevent you from drinking on an empty stomach.

Food will also be served from gastro pubs and food trucks such as Good Pie, Strip Chezze, Flat Top’s Burgers & Shakes, Monti’s Smokehouse BBQ, and more. For the Mad Craft Experience, try a bite from restaurants such as Esther’s Kitchen, Tacos & Beer, A Family Secret, HEXX Kitchen & Bar, and Tacotarian.

Great Fun

While a weekend of beer tasting in Las Vegas may seem awesome enough, this fest takes it one more step beyond with the unique and fun experiences. The Motley Brews beer festival in Las Vegas aims to create a fully immersive beer experience that takes you beyond the pint. This year’s festival features 6 unique experiences from festival participants and sponsors. These experiences include:

  • Motifs, Monuments, Murals, and Magic hosted by Zappos.com
  • Center Bar hosted by PT’s Brewing Co. and BLVD & Main
  • Front Yard Karaoke hosted by Ellis Island
  • Silent Disco hosted by Brooklyn Bowl
  • PKWY Tavern Glamping hosted by PKWY Tavern
  • Great Vegas Arcade hosted by Hi Score Bar-Arcade
Credit: Great Vegas Festival of Beer Facebook Page

Great Music

After drinks, food, and entertainment, there is only one missing piece to this epic Las Vegas beer fest – music! We don’t think there is much better than dancing to some live music in the Vegas April weather while sipping on a beer. At the 2019 Great Vegas Festival of Beer, you’ll be able to jam at the main stage with Las Vegas-based Hip Hop Jazz band The Lique and Zack Gray who performs dynamic vocals alongside atmospheric R&B.

Feeling a little bolder after a few tasters of liquid courage? You can also get your musical fix with Front Yard Karaoke. Or, if you want a unique musical experience, get groovy and boogie down at the Brooklyn Bowl Silent Disco.

How to Prep for a Las Vegas Beer Fest

Enjoying a cold one shouldn’t be complicated, and luckily preparing for a beer festival in Las Vegas is no different. If you are attending the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, be sure to book a room at Golden Gate Hotel. With less than a 10-minute walk to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, it is the perfect location for access to the festival and overall enjoyment of Downtown.

The most important thing to note is hydration. While not too hot yet, the temperatures in April tend to creep up to the 80s. Higher temperatures, drinking, and exposure to the sun can all lead to quick dehydration. Becoming dehydrated can lead to severe symptoms, which will definitely put a damper on a weekend of beer tasting in Las Vegas. Drink responsibly, and don’t forget sunscreen and water.

Friends Toasting Beer on St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas

Ultimate Las Vegas Pub Crawl for St. Patrick’s Day

Las Vegas is no stranger to partying, and St. Patrick’s Day proves just that. From wild parties to getting decked out in green, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is an unforgettable experience in Vegas. Use this guide to do the ultimate Las Vegas pub crawl to grab a pint or two. We’ve created a path that will lead you right to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – the Golden Gate and all the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Downtown Las Vegas!

6 Best St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas Pubs

McFadden’s | 7.9 Miles to Golden Gate

Established in 1977 in New York, McFadden’s has a long history of serving up some classic Irish fare. A rich mahogany bar is the focal point in this exciting Irish pub. From amazing happy hours and wild late-night parties to traditional pints of Guinness and shepherd’s pie, you’re sure to have a blast starting off your St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl.

McMullan’s Irish Pub | 6.7 Miles to Golden Gate

Open 24/7, McMullan’s Irish Pub is the perfect spot for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans all weekend long. On top of that, six bands will be performing throughout St. Patrick’s Day on two stages. Classic Irish fare like bangers and mash, beer-battered fish and chips, and mushroom pie are perfect to enjoy before downing another pint.

Interior of Rí Rá Irish Pub Las Vegas

Credit: Rí Rá Irish Pub

Rí Rá | 6.0 Miles to Golden Gate

Rí Rá is almost as authentic as they come for Irish pubs in Las Vegas. With decorations from Dublin and staff with accents from the old country, it truly feels as if you’re in your local Irish pub surrounded by friends. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a full Irish breakfast while catching Ireland v. England in the final day of the Six Nations Rugby Championship, or catch the live music later in the day while enjoying a shot of Jameson.

Nine Fine Irishmen | 5.3 Miles to Golden Gate

This Irish pub is almost as awe-inspiring as the men it’s inspired by. Nine Fine Irishmen manages to be extravagant and quaint at the same time, making for a spectacular experience that still feels like home. This pub uses the finest and freshest Irish ingredients to serve up some comfort food alongside your pint on St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Shea’s Casino | 4.1 Miles to Golden Gate

A visit to O’Shea’s will be more than just a visit to a pub. From Friday to Sunday, the O’Shea’s BLOQ Party takes place for a weekend filled with Irish fun. Irish folk bands, leprechauns, Irish dancers, and celebrity guests will fill the Promenade and paint the city green. Don’t miss out on a game of beer pong or the drink specials available on beer and Jameson.

Hennessey’s Tavern | 0.3 Miles to Golden Gate

It’s only right that the last stop on your St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl is located inside the World’s Largest Pint Glass! Hennessey’s Tavern is a Las Vegas gem that will transport you to Ireland. Open all day and late night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, make the end of your pub crawl a memorable one with live entertainment and great company.

People Dancing at the Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Credit: Fremont Street Experience

Downtown Vegas St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

As if a St. Patrick’s Day Las Vegas pub crawl weren’t enough, Downtown Las Vegas kicks it up a notch with the Fremont Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 2019. Five blocks of green grandeur and Irish fun take St. Patrick’s Day to a level you’ve never seen before. Catch live entertainment all day at one of the three stages (with the Main Stage located right by Golden Gate) and eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow partiers.

Sham-Rock the Park

If you don’t have a green beer, are you really even celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Get your beer fix, including a green beer or two, at the “Sham-Rock the Park” event in the Downtown Container Park. Enjoy live music with all-you-can-drink beer at this awesome beer event that will have you feeling like a true Irishman.

If you want a truly epic Las Vegas St. Patrick’s Day experience, book a room at Golden Gate Hotel to be right in the action. From block parties to pub crawls, there is no shortage of things to do for one of the best holidays to celebrate in Vegas. Just don’t forget to pack something green.

Group of people dining together

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Restaurants for Foodies

Las Vegas is a hub for fine dining and brings cuisines and talented chefs from all over the world. Whether you’re visiting just to try the new cuisines or are looking for something to eat before going out, don’t miss some of these Downtown Las Vegas restaurants on your next trip out to Sin City.

If you love new twists on old classics…

Eat.

Enjoy a classically delicious brunch when you visit one of the original Downtown hotspots. At Chef Natalie Young’s Eat., you can recover from a night out on the town and start the day off on the right foot with breakfast and brunch options that will make your mouth water with just a glance at the menu. Some favorites are the Truffled Egg Sandwich and the Cinnamon Biscuits with powdered sugar and warm strawberry compote, just to name a few.

Platter of gourmet hot dogs

Cheffini’s Hot Dogs

Another casual spot serving anything but casual flavors is Cheffini’s Hot Dogs. Located in Downtown Container Park, in an open-air shopping center no more than a short walk away from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, this local eatery takes one of the most classic foods, a hotdog, and puts a delightful gourmet spin on it. Take a break from your shopping spree and enjoy adventurous toppings like chorizo and crushed potato chips on a gourmet dog.

Eureka!

If you’re in search of the best Downtown Las Vegas restaurants, find this unique eatery on the one and only Fremont Street. Eureka! takes our old favorites like deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese, flips them on their head, and somehow makes them even better. Enjoy your cheesy childhood favorite turned into Mac N’ Cheese Balls, paired with beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles. They also have tons of great burgers, salads, and beers to top it off.

If you’re feeling exotic…

Le Thai

Another one of the best restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas is Le Thai. Serving decadent curries, noodles, and their fresh signature “waterfall sauce,” there is a reason this authentic Thai spot has been a consistent favorite for Downtown Vegas locals and visitors alike. Visit their famous beer garden on the weekends and enjoy traditional Thai recipes inspired by Chef Dan Coughlin’s Thailand-born mother and grandmother.

Bocho Downtown Sushi

Opened by the same owner of Le Thai, Chef Dan Coughlin has done it again. Bocho Downtown Sushi is not just another sushi restaurant. They offer only the freshest Japanese cuisine and you won’t be disappointed if you stop into this hot sushi spot before going out.

If you’re ready to cleanse…  

Flock & Fowl

Flock & Fowl opened in 2015 and only features foods that are natural, pure, and fresh. Located at The Ogden, Flock & Fowl is even vegetarian-friendly. Meat or not, every dish is sure to be delicious.

VegeNation

As you can probably guess by the name, Vegenation serves 100% plant-based foods. Even their meats, cheeses and ice cream are made from plants. Hey, no one said tasty had to mean bad for you. If you’re searching for where to eat in Downtown Las Vegas, look no further than this healthy and delicious little joint that will leave you and your taste buds feeling great. VegeNation even features some of their very own signature cocktails made with local ingredients.

If fun is your middle name…

 Signature drinks at Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar in Downtown Las VegasAttribute: Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Downtown Terrace Kitchen and Bar features a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis on the weekends. But “bottomless” doesn’t just have to be on the weekends! On Sunday through Thursday, their idea of “Happy Hour” goes from 5pm until close and includes bottomless wine. It doesn’t get much better than that.

After checking out all of these amazing Downtown Vegas restaurants, you’ll be a certified Las Vegas foodie in no time. Book your stay at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas today to experience a taste bud journey like no other.

Friends toasting with cocktails at the bar.

8 of the Most Iconic Vegas Bars

Looking for Vegas bars with unique flair? While there’s certainly no shortage of fun bars in Las Vegas, there are plenty with especially distinctive atmospheres and unique concepts. Some Vegas bars flaunt their quirky and silly sides and others capture historical elements of Las Vegas culture.

Transport yourself to a different country. Drink your way through opposing climates. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss these eight iconic Vegas bars!

1. Commonwealth

525 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Inside Commonwealth, a Pre-Prohibition era cocktail bar.Attribute: The Travel Joint

This swanky 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar features decor and libations inspired by the pre-Prohibition era. The dark wood interior walls are covered with exposed brick and the space is incandescently light with pendant lights and elegant chandeliers hanging from exposed rafters. A white peacock greets visitors at the bar of this bi-level Downtown hangout. The movie-inspired cocktail list and carefully curated selection of microbrews can be enjoyed while socializing at the 20-foot-long communal bar or with a little privacy in the alcove hidden booths.

Take a walk upstairs to experience a different cocktail menu and live music on the rooftop terrace overlooking Fremont Street. But what pre-Prohibition themed bar would be complete without a speakeasy and a secret entrance? The Laundry Room, the bar’s semi-secret back room, is accessible via a hidden door, but only by those with a reservation. Plus, Commonwealth is less than a 10-minute walk from Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, making it the perfect stop on your Las Vegas bar hop.

2. Atomic Liquors

917 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Liquor and cocktails sign outside historic Atomic Liquors.Attribute: Atomic.Vegas

Built in 1945 and originally called Virginia’s Cafe, Atomic Liquors is Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar. The name of this Fremont Street bar was inspired by customers watching atomic bombs at a nearby test site from the roof. It was the go-to watering hole for The Rat Pack, the Smothers Brothers, and many more. Barbra Streisand and Clint Eastwood were also known to frequent this historical hotspot. The walls are adorned with newspaper clippings, signs, and artwork from the era of the mushroom cloud. There are 20 microbrews on tap, ranging from $3 to $7, and an assortment of bottled beers and house wines. Don’t leave without trying one of Atomic Liquors’ unique, signature concoctions!

3. Frankie’s Tiki Room

1712 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Kitschy tiki bar with tropical island decor in Las Vegas.Attribute: Eater Las Vegas

Frankie’s Tiki Room is one of the most iconic Downtown Las Vegas bars and is known for their cheap drinks, tropical island décor, tiki statues, wood carvings, and kitschy artwork. Bamboo Ben, the well known tiki bar designer and grandson of Eli Hedley, designed the interior.  Fun Fact: Eli is remembered as the original beachcomber and created Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Deeply rooted in tiki tradition, guests can escape to their wildest tropical fantasies at Frankie’s any hour of the day or night.  Choose from the menu of tropical rum drinks in the tiki lounge or enjoy traditional cocktails while gambling at the bar.

4. Hofbräuhaus

4510 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Women dressed up in authentic Oktoberfest costumes in the bier hall at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas.Attribute: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

It’s Oktoberfest all year long at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. The building itself is a replica of Munich’s original Hofbräuhaus, which may be an everyday sight in Germany, but is quite the sight in the middle of the desert. With traditional German music and a lively atmosphere, Hofbräuhaus is a great place to feast on Bavarian sausages and pretzels and wash it all down with a giant stein of beer! The bar features long, communal tables for you to seat your whole party or meet a new drinking bud. If you want to combine fitness and beer, try out Hofbräuhaus’ monthly beer yoga class to get your zen on.

5. Minus 5 Ice Bar

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Interior of Minus 5 Ice Bar in Mandalay Bay made entirely of ice. Attribute: Mandalay Bay

Minus 5 Ice Bar is quite literally the coolest Vegas bar. If you need a drastic change from the triple-digit heat of Las Vegas, stop by Minus 5, where the whole bar is made entirely of ice. This includes the walls, chandeliers, seats and glassware! Once you decide on your package, you’ll be outfitted with gloves and a parka before you’re transported into a winter wonderland of interactive and ever-changing ice architecture. Enjoy the LED light show and fun tunes as you chill out (literally) in this unique bar.

6. Millennium Fandom

900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 140
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Large R2-D2 figure in Las Vegas cosplay bar, Millennium Fandom.Attribute: Las Vegas Weekly

Millennium Fandom is a clever Downtown Las Vegas bar where your fandom fantasies come to life! Created specially for cosplay fanatics to grab a cocktail and discuss all things Star Wars and comic books, Millennium Fandom is a hub for all kinds of nerds (and we mean that in the best way possible). Have you been looking for a place to dress up as your favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters? Head to Millennium Fandom to indulge in all of your sci-fi guilty pleasures. The most popular nights feature trivia competitions and Game of Thrones viewing parties.

7. Pioneer Saloon Goodsprings

310 NV-161
Goodsprings, NV 89019

Historic saloon turned Hollywood set offering brews, cocktails & American bites with a Texas twist.Attribute: Daytrippen

This iconic Las Vegas bar is the oldest bar in Southern Nevada and has been open for 100 years. Pioneer Saloon was actually purchased through a Sears catalog and is where Clark Gable received word of the death of his wife, Carole Lombard, whose plane crashed into a nearby mountain in 1942. The Pioneer Saloon features decor and memorabilia dedicated to this tragedy. The cozy atmosphere at this Las Vegas landmark contains a rich history of the old mining towns, old world Hollywood, and the Wild West! Be sure to search the walls for bullet holes before you leave.

8. Mandarin Bar

3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Sleek lounge offering creative cocktails, light bites & floor-to-ceiling windows with Strip views.Attribute: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Bar is where beauty meets sophistication. This iconic lounge keeps things classy with an impressive space and expansive views of the Las Vegas Strip. The bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows, live jazz music, and delectable cocktails transport you to Vegas heaven. Property mixologist William Perbellini has even created unique cocktails to fit the personality of each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Guests can enjoy a complimentary cocktail on their birthday, or at any time during the dates of their Zodiac sign.

Las Vegas knows bars and these iconic favorites can’t be missed. During your next trip to Vegas, visit both Downtown and the Strip to experience some of the country’s most unique bars and lounges!