Gastro Pubs bring together artisan quality cuisine with the most comprehensive selections of brews and cocktails. For the special type of evening that lends itself to decompressing in one place over roaming about town, these picks make it possible to relax with great dining and the atmosphere of the best bars in any town. All without rushing to catch a reservation or missing happy hour.
Gordon Ramsay / CAESARS / Las Vegas / Reservations
Two unique restaurants are united by a striking bar with an array of beer taps and a backdrop reminiscent of iconic British telephone booths. Nosh on elevated British pub food in the comfortable and lively casual bar or enjoy an extended menu in the dinning room. The Pub and Grill is locally renown for showing sporting events from across the world without missing local match ups. At least 36 beers are always on tap in addition to another 63 bottled beers. The menu has an eye towards dishes that pair well with beer, including English ale onion soup, shepherd’s pie, a selection of sausages and the classic fish and chips. The grill section of the restaurant features dishes including Scottish Salmon, lamb T-bone, whole brick pressed Cornish chicken and dry aged 30 oz. bone-in beef rib eye.
Pub 1842 by Michael Mina / MGM Grand / Las Vegas / Reservations
Pub 1842 is an American pub that features a wide selection of beer, whiskey and provisions. The playful menu satisfies every comfort-food craving. Succulent starters are served such as Glazed Pork Spareribs; Crispy Chicken Wings. The extensive burger list has a variety of inventive selections such as the Peanut Butter Crunch Burger and the Korean BBQ Salmon Burger. Steaks, salads, sandwiches and hearty entrees round out the menu. Named for the year Pilsner beer was invented, PUB 1842 offers a vast beer list featuring a wide range of American and international brews by the can, bottle or pulled from one of many taps. Beer flights are available so guests may sample a variety of the more than 50 selections. The inviting space features an expansive, high-energy bar and an open façade that overlooks the heart of The District at MGM Grand.
Therapy / Downtown Las Vegas / RESERVATIONS
Therapy offers progressive, yet approachable American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. The 4,100-square-foot American gastro-lounge features an expansive menu for sharing, as well as large plate selections, executed by Executive Chef Daniel Ontiveros. Therapy features a menu highlighted by ingredient-driven selections such as the signature ‘In the Gnudi,’ a baked ricotta with truffle honey and fig jam, roasted almonds; ‘Devils on Horseback,’ bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds and truffle goat cheese and topped with romesco sauce; the ‘Big Sexy Burger,’ loaded with Boston bib lettuce, marinated tomato, brie and scallion mayonnaise; and a Kurobuta bone-in pork chop with grilled peach compote, mustard mash and pork jus; among others. Desserts will include a cast-iron s’mores, sorbet trio and carrot cake.
Spur Gastropub / Seattle / Reservations
This twenty-one plus hot spot is an upscale and intimate urban pub in Belltown. Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough opened Spur in 2008 and it’s been recognized by Food & Wine magazine as one of the country’s top restaurants. Acknowledged for turning out some of the best dishes and cocktails in town by local media, the Chefs were selected as “Rising Star Chefs” nationally by the industry insider magazine StarChefs. In addition to earning the attention of Wine & Spirits magazine, their cocktails have made Spur one of Seattle’s top 10 bars.
The Backdoor / Seattle / Reservations
A speakeasy inspired bar versed in great libations, great food and even better company. House made bitters, tinctures and infusions go into their nightly selection of barrel aged and craft cocktails. There is even no cover on Wednesdays when Backdoor spotlights local bands.
Exchange Tavern / Westminster / Reservations
A wide selection of menu items pair nicely with refreshing craft cocktails, or carefully-selected wines or specialty taps. Voted the Best Place for a First Date, as well as the Best Place to Drink Whiskey, and Best Live Music in Westminster, the scene is vibrant, eclectic and welcoming. Warmed by the open-flame oven, bar-side fireplace, dark woods and stone accents, the space has an earthy feel. Similarly, the mix of seating options includes cozy booths, ample bar seating, and party-sized tables–all designed to encourage guests to linger and enjoy heartfelt Irish hospitality. Weekends are busy with live entertainment on Friday, and brunch served Fri-Sun. This is a true public house, where community is built with good food and drink shared between friends old and new.
Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastro Pub / Denver / RESERVATION
Focused on approachable high-end British pub cuisine, European and Colorado beers and whiskies from around the world, Argyll conveys a sense of old world rugged elegance and deep warmth. Argyll’s modo, “Eat Well – Drink Slowly – Speak Warmly” is made all the more profound with the addition of famed local chef John Broening. Chef Broening’s focus on local, fresh ingredients pairs charmingly with Argyll’s dimensional and balanced beer selection. The Argyll team has taken the dining scene in Denver by storm. Broening made his mark wit honors such as Westword’s ‘Best New Restaurant’, Denver Post’s ‘Best French Restaurant’, and Gourmet Magazine’s ‘Nation’s Best New Restaurants.
Granite Taphouse / Ashland / Reservations
Granite Taphouse is an upscale casual restaurant and Taphouse, located on the third floor of the historic masonic building on the plaza in Downtown Ashland. Gourmet quality hand-ground Natural Burgers and handmade Artisan Pizzas are prepared with a 150-year old sourdough from Naples, Italy. A selection of Farm to Fork Entrees pair well with Salads, Soups and homemade Desserts. Granite Taphouse uses only the finest natural, organic, sustainable ingredients whenever possible in each homemade menu item. Vegan and gluten free options are matched with a large, vibrant craft beer, wine and cocktail selection. Growlers are available for craft beers and wines from around the world. As well, selections from the blossoming American Whiskey market are available to sample and purchase.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill / Tigard / Reservations
Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails. Thirsty Lion has become a bit of a state-wide institution and also takes reservations for the Hillsboro location.