Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer opened in 2018 at The Venetian in the casino adjacent to the poker room and sports book and continues to live up to its name with unique casual comfort food offerings.
As you walk in, you’ll likely notice plenty of cool neon, and may be reminded of your youth, with retro neon boomboxes, cassette tapes and old-style cameras. There are also subway tile walls (a nod to its NYC roots), a custom shake making station, mosaic floor inlay, and an outdoor patio area sporting a panoramic view of the Vegas Strip on one side and The Venetian’s Campanile Tower on the other.
As the name suggests, the menu is highlighted by craft burgers layered with two slices of cheese and griddled (not grilled). 11 choices include The Mexico City—Prime burger, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, chipotle mayo and crispy onion ring; the Greg Norman—½ lb. wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula; and All-American Burger—Prime burger, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and special sauce.
If you like your burger and salad in one bite, the Black Tap Burger Salad contains Prime burger, bacon, cucumber, pickles, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Vegans aren’t left out with The Vegan Felafel Burger with felafel patty, vegan feta, lemon humus and tahini. Rounding out the menu are spicy Korean BBQ wings; Nashville Hot Tossed Tenders served with house buttermilk-dill; snacks of fried mozzarella, crispy Brussels sprouts, fries and onion rings (with choice of eight house sauces).
The restaurant lives up to its name with a quality beer selection, highlighted with several local beers including Big Dog’s Las Vegas Craft Lager, Lovelady Love Juice IPA and Bad Beat I Love Nevada Amber Ale.
Shakes are taken so seriously here that the restaurant has devoted a portion of its space to the CrazyShake Bar with candy display cases containing all the fixings for creating some of the wildest shakes imaginable and where you can view the shake master in action. The dessert menu consists entirely of the shakes which are a combination of dessert and milkshake that give new meaning to the phrase “over the top.”
Called Crazyshakes, several varieties include The Cakeshake—cake batter shake with vanilla frosted rim with rainbow sprinkles topped with a funfetti cake slice; and Golden Knights—vanilla frosted rim, topped with VGK cupcake, black and gold sixlets candy, whipped cream, black and gold sprinkles and a cherry.
You can also design your own and choose from nine flavors (such as Oreo cookies & cream, caramel pretzel, brownie batter and Fruity Pebbles) and have alcohol added to make your shake boozy.
This restaurant group founded by husband-and-wife team Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood in 2015 now has more than 20 locations worldwide in cities including Dallas, Miami, Nashville, Geneva, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh. A new variant called Tender Crush focusing on chicken fingers, sandwiches and wings will be opening in the first quarter of 2024 in the Rio Canteen Food Hall.
The Venetian now charges for parking, but offers three hours free self-parking with NV ID. To view the entire menu, go to www.venetian.com/restaurants/black-tap.