While it’s still somewhat difficult to find beers by Joseph James or Tenaya Creek at bars on the Strip, Sin City Brewing has been holding down the Boulevard’s local-brewing fort, so to speak, for nearly a decade now.
The local brewery first hit the scene in 2005, slinging beers at the then-Desert Passage shopping mall (now the Miracle Mile Shops) from the same small storefront it operates today. And just around the corner, the company opened its largest outpost yet— and first Strip-side location—at the Harmon Corner in late March.
The 774-square-foot boozery was abuzz on a recent Friday, seemingly with tourists looking for a respite from the triple-digit heat—which explained the abundance of lightly hued Sin City beers in everyone’s hands (and the one holdout clutching an aluminum Bud Light bottle—you lose, buddy). The service was fast and friendly, the atmosphere was casual and comfortable and patrons were energetically engaged in conversation with their barstool buddies, whether they were talking to strangers or not.
While Sin City’s outposts usually boast merchandise areas just as large as their bars, it’s quite obvious that the brew is the focus at this new location. A lengthy bartop seating 14 is flanked by three additional tables (each seating four), and flat-screen TVs adorn each wall in the cozy space. This isn’t just a place to grab a convenient beer during your jaunt down the Strip; it screams happy hour hangout.
Oh, about happy hour … did we mention that lasts all day at this location? And even without consulting the list of drink specials, you can rest easy knowing a pint of Sin City brew will only set you back $6.
Not a fan of beer? Not a problem at Sin City’s latest space, where a full bar and a Skyy Vodka-inspired cocktail menu complete the beverage program, which still only features six Sin City brews at a time (five signatures and several seasonals that are rotated throughout the year). But even with the addition of the drink menu, a bartender contends Sin City’s suds are still the main attraction.
The new location joins the original at Miracle Mile, along with the Grand Canal Shoppes outpost that opened in 2009. Sin City also formerly operated a location at the Flamingo, which closed in late April.
Sin City Brewing at Harmon Corner Open daily, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. 749-8864, sincitybeer.com.