Posted by Ric Garrido

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace Las Vegas opened December 2012. Celebrity chef restaurants hold little sway with me in dining. I am simply not much of a foodie. The environment created in the Pub & Grill with the music and drinks is what I found attractive along with a stylish post-punk fashion.

I was surprised to learn our travel blogger tour included a free dinner and drinks at the Pub & Grill.

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Beer is one of my true loves. There are over 80 beers at the Pub with more than 20 on tap. Uncommon imported beers for free is one way to this man’s pleasure.

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Beer keg wall décor at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.

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There is a brewpub look and feel to the place with a retro-punk staff wardrobe. Soundtrack of late 70s, early 80s songs with stuff like Talking Heads, Pretenders and The Clash was perfect for a guy like me who has listened to these tunes more than thirty years.

Hearing the 1979 Gang of Four song Natural’s Not in It playing over the sound system soon after sitting at a bar table for ten diners set the stage for instant pleasure in Caesars.

The problem of leisure

What to do for pleasure

Gang of Four – Natural’s Not In It

Mental images of lady wait staff in post-punk fashion. Serious lack of leather for the guy waiters to have a true pub feel. No people photos.

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Beer, Wine and Cocktails on iPad menu.

I tried two beers I had not tasted before.

Moa Methode barrel fermented pilsner (Marlborough, New Zealand) $8.75 pint – the Moa Brewery website says the pilsner pairs well with scallops. The entrée Pan Seared Diver Scallops were delicious with this beer.

The trend, as told to me by locals, is brussels sprouts and other vegetables are served hard in Las Vegas restaurants these days. Personally I want more chew than crunch in the vegetables.

Innis & Gunn smoke-aged Scottish Ale (Edinburgh, Scotland) $8.75 pint. Typically I find Scottish ales too sweet, but I liked this one. A strong beer.

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Cocktails offer drink descriptions with pictures.

No slideshow pictures for beer on the iPad. That is a feature I would like to see. Show the bottle shape and label with a brief description of the beer.

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Touch the screen and the cocktail ingredients pop up in menu frame.

Only the desserts made my photos since I put away my fork before the big sweets arrived.

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  • Potted triple chocolate trifle – white, milk and dark chocolates.
  • Spotted Dog – steamed bread pudding, raisins, vanilla cream
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding – sweet cream ice cream
  • Butterscotch Pot de Crème – pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin seeds
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly – blackberry cobbler, peanut-oat crumble

Desserts are $11 or priced $1 less for Caesars TotalRewards loyalty members.

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Hearing the Gang of Four song is an indelible part of the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill experience for me. It has been a few years since I listened to the album Entertainment. Gang of Four is one of the British bands I followed from 1979 in California. One great aspect of living in Monterey is I could be in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2 hours to see just about any band. I saw Gang of Four play, I think in winter 1980.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is an experience I truly enjoyed. Travel bloggers have interesting tales about places and many are fine storytellers. The Pub was a nice environment to hang out for a couple of hours talking, dining and drinking some exotic beers.

Blogger Disclosure:Caesars treated a small group of travel bloggers from the New Media Expo 2013 #NMX Las Vegas conference to a free dinner and drinks at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. That was a nice gesture. Caesars Entertainment also manages Rio Resort & Casino, site of the 2013 Las vegas New Social Media #NMX conference.

Related post: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Experience #NMX

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

5 Responses

  1. Pint prices seem a little high (like NYC) but if they get unique beers that you don’t typically find then it could be worth a visit. I typically have to go off strip (e.g. Aces and Ales) to get a good craft beer selection.

  2. You mentioned the Harrah’s Rewards program in your previous post. I’m surprised to see so little discussion about the player’s points game in travel blogs. I’ll be at Paris Las Vegas next week on a comped room for two days, getting $500+ free play and fully expect to get comped for a $200 or so meal at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak resturant. I see it as a variation on the points and miles game. More on topic for a travel blog, I’ve saved money on a few lengthy mileage runs by passing through Vegas and sleeping for free in a comped room between long lights.

  3. @Paul – the prices are high in my opinion, but the same as other bars in the major casinos on the Strip. I asked the beer price at several places I passed by and most were $7 to $9.

    The Gordon Ramsey Pub & Grill had a much larger selection than I saw elsewhere so a good deal in my opinion if you are paying $9 anyway for a Stella or Sierra Nevada or such.

    @Bill H. – I don’t gamble so the Las Vegas loyalty programs are out of my knowledge base.

    I think Las Vegas is one of the great cities of the world for upper-upscale and luxury hotel rooms at bargain prices if you plan a stay midweek during non-event periods.

    Caesars was about $80 per night Monday Jan 7; Mandalay Bay $67. Rates all along the Strip went to $300 to $500 per night on Tuesday Jan 8 for the start of the Consumer Electronics Show CES convention and stayed high for the next five nights.

    Comment by Ric Garrido on January 17th, 2013 at 4:19 pm
  4. Even if you don’t gamble, it can be very lucrative to be a member of the casino’s players club.
    For example, although I never gamble, 25,000 ($1,000 of hotel/restaurant/topguest spend per year) tier points from any of the MGM owned casinos gets me “Pearl” status.
    My favorite benefit of Pearl is that it gets you into the VIP line for all of the buffets. In the case of Bellagio, this means a two minute wait, rather than a 45 minute wait.
    Membership also gets you access to casino rates for the hotels. I’ve paid $80 for Aria on weekend nights, where the rack price was $150.
    Again, all without gambling a cent. Just remember to show them your card at checkin, buffet, restaurants, bars, (not sure about gift shops).

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