What do the less popular songs of Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Rolling Stones all have in common? They all wound up on the flip sides of some of the most acclaimed records of the 20th century—what people who grew up before streaming services and MP3 players would call the B sides of records.
But just because these songs weren’t the primary tracks doesn’t mean they weren’t special and enjoyable in their own way. Something similar can be said about B Side, a self-proclaimed “new culinary and sound concept” inside Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues. There isn’t assigned seating and you likely won’t find yourself in the middle of a mosh pit, but you can enjoy live music—opening night featured acoustic guitar players—appetizers and drinks with your friends.
B Side is eye candy for the nostalgic rock fan. They spin B-side tracks of everything ranging from The Doobie Brothers to Sonic Youth. White tiles decorated with the famous visages of rock stars past adorn the venue’s gabled ceilings. The walls are lined with graffiti-like decor that evokes the golden hour of a warm Las Vegas evening. The lighting from the rustic, double-ring chandelier that hangs over the dance floor sets an ambience that pairs well with B Side’s food and drink options.
The appetizers are a combination of gastropub and upscale tailgate fare. A tangy, creamy combination of Crystal Louisiana’s hot sauce and butter coat the crispy fried ribs. Also worth checking out is the fried shrimp skewers with jalapeño jam, as well as lobster mac ’n’ cheese.
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The bar at B Side features a variety of cocktails and locally brewed beers, such as the 9th Island Pineapple Sour from Lovelady Brewing Company in Henderson—just one more reason to take a walk on the B Side.
B Side at House of Blues is open daily from 4 p.m. to close, inside Mandalay Bay houseofblues.com/lasvegas/bside