Beer Is the Word

Ever since the beer garden opened on Feb. 4 above the Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris they have been popping up like spring’s first crocuses. Not quite the authentic, raucous, Hofbräuhaus-style bier halle with sturdy mädchen in dirndls hefting frothy steins by the meaty fistful, but sudsy fun nonetheless.

The Chateau Beer Garden may double as the club’s terrace by night but when the sun shines guests may enjoy the elevated view of the Strip and Bellagio’s fountains while they partake in 10 bottled beers and 20 on tap or by the pitcher as well as refreshing cocktails and a menu of salads, sandwiches and pizza. Open daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,

Lavo at Palazzo launched a beer garden promotion on its existing Strip-front terrace March 22. The 5-8 p.m. midweek deal offers the work-weary $5 draft beers, $5 Bellinis and a specialty small plates menu Tuesday through Thursday. 5 p.m.-midnight Sun-Thu, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri-Sat, 791-1800,

On April 3, downtown’s Beauty Bar debuted a spiffed up backyard, now called the Beer Garden. In addition to outdoor concerts and the Get Back dance party, here hipsters can enjoy ping-pong, billiards and, on movie nights, free food and beer from 6-9 p.m. before the 9 p.m. film. Take in flicks under the stars, washing down the free popcorn with a Sierra Nevada brew. Open nightly 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 598-1965,

A very unique beer garden hides Strip-side outside Caesars Palace, where Spiegelworld’s Lucid absinthe-fueled show Absinthe’s beer garden features drinking games, a VIP speak-easy, a DJ, a burger truck, and Newcastle, Kronenbourg 1664 and Chimay on tap. 7:30 p.m. Wed-Sun, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tue, Thu-Sat, 800-745-3000,

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