Craft beer has come a long way in Las Vegas during the past decade, and now a new entry into the scene lends credence to the idea that the burbs are ready to support a gastropub with a superb beer menu and good food to back it up.
Situated on the southeast corner of Tropicana and Rainbow, 595 Craft and Kitchen’s numerical moniker references the little-known fact that a portion of Rainbow Boulevard is designated State Route 595. Set in the space that formerly housed Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar, the rustic farmhouse décor has been replaced with a high industrial-style ceiling, brick veneer and tones of black and dark gray. A novel addition is a glycol-chilled strip on which to set your glass built right into the metal bartop to maintain the cool temperature of your drink.
One thing that stands out is the unique beer list. General manager and co-owner Van-Alan Nguyen says, “Diversity of beer and beer styles is key. We don’t want to have the same beers everyone else has.” The initial 24-tap lineup contained a varied selection such as Avery Perzik Peach Saison, Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Stout, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Sour Ale and Mikkeller Foggy Figures Black IPA; and local beers from Able Baker, CraftHaus, Hop Nuts, Joseph James and Tenaya Creek. The selection, however, will change constantly, and to further entice locals, most are priced at $6 a pint.
Although beer is the main draw, the proprietors are seeking to establish the gastropub as a family-friendly community hangout; its no-smoking and no-gaming vibe and approachable, reasonably priced menu with nearly all items $10 or less should help. (However, after 9 p.m., it’s 21-and-over only.)
As for the food menu, you’ll find a mix of comfort food (think burgers) and Southeast Asia-influenced dishes, including four types of banh mi sandwiches such as the Signature ($9) with honey-soy glazed pork, cucumber, pickled daikon, carrot, cilantro and jalapeño mayo. If you want fries with that, you’re covered with hand-cut potato options of poutine such as the Traditional ($10) with brown gravy, fresh cheese curds and fried egg.
NAME: 595 Craft and Kitchen
SERVING: Refined craft beer list with food and craft cocktails.
OPENED: June 16, 2017
WHO’S BEHIND IT: San Diego transplants Van-Alan Nguyen and Chris Holding.
DID YOU KNOW? The executive chef, Walter Manikowski, has a background in high-end fine dining and before coming to 595 worked at Currant American Brasserie in the Sofia Hotel in San Diego.
LOCATION: 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100
HOURS OF OPERATION: 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Mon–Sat, 10 a.m.–midnight Sun.