In Las Vegas for a close friend’s bachelor party, I happened to stumble across Burger Bar in Mandalay Place on the strip. Well, more like “actively seek out as a result of BeerFly research” than “stumble across,” but you know what I mean. This place emerged as an oasis in a desert of aluminum budweiser bottles and foot-tall plastic margarita glasses.
- don’t fret if mandalay place (the building between mandalay bay and luxor) seems far. a tram at excalibur drops you off less than a 5 minute walk from where you need to be.
- when I got there, the place was packed, and there was a line to get in. however, bar seating is first come, first served, and there were open bar seats the entire time i was there, so if you are in a group of 2-3 I would recommend that option. they are also open until 2am on weekends, so you can always go in at an off hour to avoid the rush.
- if the front bar is packed, check out their back bar – it seemed less crowded to me and was where I got a seat the first time I was there.
- over the course of the weekend, I visited this place multiple times. I started off with a favorite, stone’s 13 anniversary, while picking out a burger.
- they also have an impressive dogfish head selection here, bigger than I have found in SF. I had a DFH raison d’etre with my burger, and had them pour a draft DFH 90 minute IPA in a cup to go.
- later that weekend, I rolled in for another burger. I started off with another favorite, Cantillon Iris (in a 375ml bottle), and left with a DFH 120 minute IPA in a cup (ask for it, I don’t think it’s on the menu). I think I can safely say that I was the only guy rolling through the casino with that beer in his hand.
- Everyone working at burger bar was very friendly (and incredibly busy). I had a good conversation with Dean, the resident “beer guide” at burger bar. He’s the guy to look for for good beer stories and recommendations.
p.s. for some decent shots of the interior of burger bar go here.