Beer Park Pie – BBQ Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese, Fritos, Jalapeno Peppers, Cheddar Cheese
Chile Verde Nachos – Montejo Braised Pork, Hatch Green Chiles, Cheese Sauce, Baked Beans, Herb Crema, Cotija Cheese
Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls – House-smoked Bacon, Three Cheese Blend, BBQ Sauce, Chipotle Ranch
Kids Meal – Bavarian Style Hotdog, Crinkle Cut Fries
Guacamole Burger – Pepper Jack Cheese, Chipotle Mayo, Crispy Jalapeno Peppers, Stella Artois Pickles
Smoked Meatloaf Sandwich – Provolone Cheese, BBQ Sauce, Jalapeno Slaw, Texas Toast, Stella Artois Pickles
Nacho Cheeseburger – Tortilla Chips, Cheese Sauce, Jalapeno Peppers, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo with Onion Rings
BBQ Pork Ribs – Beechwood Smoked Ribs, Potato Salad, White Bread, Stella Artois Pickles
Originally opened in early 2016 on top of HeXX Kitchen + Bar with the same ownership and backing from Budweiser, it was exactly 364-days after a Wild Card Weekend visit to Beer Park that reservations were once again booked to watch Football outdoors, the teams different and weather warmer in 2018 but the Food and overall experience just as exceptional as before.
Conceptualized as a year-round Backyard Barbeque and optimized for watching sports on one of over two-dozen Television while drinking a cold one, enjoying innovative twists on iconic American Foods and even playing a variety of party games such as Jenga, it was just prior to 5:30pm that stairs outside the newly designed Alexxa Bar were climbed with greetings quickly offered by two young women, a well-advised reservation soon confirmed and the party of five subsequently led to a picnic table with a good vantage of the Rams and Falcons as well as Hockey and College Basketball.
Now approaching anniversary number two and still doing big volume, the weekend leading up to CES and a flood of New Yorkers in town for the Rangers versus Golden Knights on Sunday creating a particularly lively scene and broad diversity of jerseys and chants, it was just prior to shift-change that seats were taken and Waters poured, a quick perusal of the laminated menu showing several new additions, the decision to order in two rounds proving a wise one as the increased volume saw several items including Beer Park’s Ribs still in the midst of a second batch being made.
Dining with familiar faces of varied preferences, part of Beer Park’s appeal the surprising diversity of a fairly straightforward menu catering to many tastes, it was alongside an enormous pile of crispy Tortilla Chips smothered in Pork, smoked Chiles and refreshing Herb Cream that Beer Park’s signature Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls were presented, the wrappers holding up better this time than last and thus even more appealing compared to the more frequently seen deep-fried iteration while the all-new “Beer Park Pie” dialed up texture and spiciness by combining elements of the other two Appetizers into a dish both Southerners and the occasional Midwest native will find familiar and audacious yet delicious.
Not the sort of place to cut corners, on-site smokers, house-ground Burgers and artisan Sausages forming the backbone of entrees that also include Salads, Sandwiches, Fish and Shrimp, it was mostly in traditional Backyard favorites that appetites were invested, an off-menu “Kids Meal” featuring naked Hot Dog plus Fries pleasing a youngster before the desired half-rack of Ribs was ready, the smoke seemingly not as deep-penetrating as last visit whether as a result of being rushed or the intervening departure of former Pitmaster Eddy.
Again impressed by Beer Park’s housemade Pickles and focus on authenticity, the Wonder Bread beneath Ribs and dishwasher-safe Red Cups amongst many examples, it was just prior to halftime and in the middle of an intense game of “Chairs” that three Sandwiches arrived, the Nacho and Guacamole Burgers similar though the first placed Tortilla Chips and housemade Cheese Sauce atop the finely-ground Patty while Beer Park’s smoked Meatloaf Sandwich proved not for the faint of heart…or delicate in taste buds…thanks to scorching Jalapeno Slaw that required a bit of extra Barbeque Sauce, Pickles and Water refill to help cool off.
FOUR STARS: America’s longtime epicenter for televised athletics and now the proud owner of an NHL Franchise, Las Vegas’ position as a major US City in addition to its “destination” status now an immutable fact, there nonetheless remains a lack of family-friendly venues to watch the game while dining in Sin City, though in the Strip’s typical fashion Beer Park makes no mistake by going all-in.
RECOMMENDED: Beer Park Pie, Mac & Cheese Eggrolls, Smoked Meatloaf Sandwich, Guacamole Burger.
AVOID: Those who don’t like a lot of heat should steer clear of anything topped in Jalapenos most of the time, but especially at Beer Park as the fresh Peppers are liberally applied when listed…also, still no Desserts. : (
TIP: Although reservations are advised during big games they are not required, particularly for those who just want to grab a Beer and sit or stand at the Bar, though “The Big Game” (IE. Superbowl) will be a specially-priced event.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor