Vegas bars are obviously some of the busiest drinking establishments around, and it’s no wonder why. There is something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for an authentic Irish Pub or a classic Vegas lounge.
So during your time here you may have to wait an extended amount of time for that pint you crave. The taps lined up behind the bar, like an encyclopedia of hops and barley goodness, tantalize you and make you think about hoping the counter and to pour your own.
Well, at most places that kind of behavior will get you kicked out quicker than Mel Gibson was from “The Hangover” sequel.
But thanks to a rare innovation in the world of bars, you too can now pour your own pint.
The folks at Diageo from across the pond that have shared Guinness with many of us Americans teamed up with Ellickson International to come up with a table-top, beer-pouring system. The result of their work is called the Draft Master Table.
The table, which allows patrons to pour their own beer, has made its way into 10 Las Vegas locations including, The Pub at Monte Carlo, Nine Fine Irishmen, Hennessey’s Tavern and McMullan’s Irish Pub. It can also be found throughout the United States and internationally.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “How does this work?” Well, according to Declan Duggan the director of sales and marketing for Ellickson, you’re not alone.
“People come in take a look at it and go, ‘What is that? Is that a piece of art? Can I pour my own beer? How do I book it if I do?’” Duggan said. “So they have all these internal questions; the internal monologue is going on. There’s some internal trepidation built into basically the first sight of the table that people don’t know what to do…And not everyone is comfortable asking the question.”
Basically how the table works is you give your credit card to the bar and begin a tab, just like a normal visit to your local watering hole. But how this table differs is you get to draw your own beer. There are two taps and one of those is almost always Guinness – it did help make the table after all. But the other one can be changed out with your favorite brew at most places by requesting ahead of time.
There is also a digital screen between the two taps that tells patrons how much of a tab they’ve accumulated based on the precise amount poured.
Now this doesn’t give patrons free range to begin keg stands like they did in college. Guests are allowed to pour two rounds, which are controlled by a switch located behind the bar. Every two rounds a member of the bar staff will check on the table to be sure everyone is OK and give the go-ahead to pour another two rounds.
“Let’s face it, people go to Vegas for a good time, we all know that,” Duggan said. “But we want to make sure that they’re doing it in a way that’s not irresponsible.”
The table should be especially attractive for Guinness fans. It’s not often that Guinness drinkers get the chance to practice the art of pouring this Irish staple. Unlike pouring a Budweiser, Guinness is recommended to be served using a two-part pour to extract the entire flavor.
And because the Draft Master Table is a collaboration with Guinness, it comes with a short keg-to-tap line and the preferred gas mix of 75 percent nitrogen and 25 percent CO2, giving it a perfect pour every time.
“So the experience that they get at that table is probably as good of a pint that they’ll get anywhere in the U.S., certainly, and probably nearing the experience they would get in a Dublin bar,” Duggan said.