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.
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.
Beer keg wall décor at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.