The Scotland-based international brewery chain BrewDog has opened its first Las Vegas location, on the third and fourth floors of the Showcase Mall on the south side of the Strip. It held its grand opening on Dec. 2 and the beer brand now has more than 100 locations worldwide and nine in the US.
It claims this is its largest to date, and the massive space spans 30,000 sq. ft. with capacity for 1,300. A 4,000 sq. ft. illuminated LED cube with the iconic BrewDog logo beckons from the rooftop letting all in the area know what’s new on the Strip.
The rooftop is also where you can enjoy 360° views and hang out on daybeds to relax or sunbathe once warmer temps arrive.
Inside there’s a variety of seating options, with booths, communal long tables, high tops and comfortable cushioned chairs and couches. To keep you entertained there is an assortment of amusements, including full-size shuffleboard tables, multiple TVs, retro gaming and pin ball, family-friendly board games, a merchandise store and a beer school taught by a certified cicerone.
As the name suggests, dogs are welcome throughout and are provided biscuits and water. It’s also noteworthy that it’s the first Las Vegas venue to be carbon negative, meaning its energy use is offset by the planting of trees and having breweries that are 100% wind powered.
As for the beer, while there are 96 taps pouring at three bars, most are duplicate handles, but there’s more than a dozen BrewDog brews, such as its It’s a Beaut Stout, Mixtape Fruited Sour and crowd-pleasing Elvis Juice IPA. Interestingly, founders James Watt and Martin Dickie are huge Elvis fans, so in addition to an abundance of Elvis photos and artwork throughout, the Elvis Juice shares his name.
In fact, after getting a cease-and-desist order to stop using the trademarked name, both Watts and Dickie had their first names legally changed to Elvis to circumvent prohibition of using the King’s name.
BrewDog is known for collaborating with and spotlighting local brewers, so it’s fitting that in addition to its brews, currently 10 tap handles are designated for guest beers from six local breweries which include Able Baker, CraftHaus, Las Vegas Brewing, Lovelady, North 5th, Tenaya Creek and Trustworthy. There is a 10-barrel brewery which will be firing up in the coming months to brew exclusive small batch brews unique to the Vegas location, but for now all of the beer is being shipped in from BrewDog production breweries.
For sustenance while you are enjoying your time there, you’ll find three food menus featuring an assortment of pizzas, burgers (including one with authentic Scottish haggis and one with pure-breed wagyu), wings, salads, tacos, steaks, and a handful of lobster dishes (such as the lobster chip butty, a traditional fish-and-chips type sandwich but with added lobster).
Current hours are 10 a.m.-1 a.m. daily and till 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat.