Stefanie Jackel and Wendy Rather had been routinely coming to Las Vegas for more than 20 years. They would visit Downtown to get away from the Strip on all of their visits and fell in love with the Arts District. Now they are sharing their love of that community with the opening of their bar, Three Sheets, located at 1115 S. Casino Center Dr., opposite Vesta Coffee Roasters just south of Charleston.
The duo nurtured their fondness for great beer and, after home-brewing for 10 years, they initially wanted to open a brewery, but as Jackel puts it, “We realized there were others doing a great job making better beer than we could, and decided we would rather partner with them.” Their plan came to fruition in 2014 when they opened an establishment of the same name in the Bay Area with a focus entirely on craft beer (“no crap on tap”) and an emphasis on supporting local beer. Jackel describes the concept as urban casual and “the best beer cave your friend ever had.” The name Three Sheets is a nod to a location they originally scouted at an old naval base in Alameda, California, (sheets is a nautical term for the ropes on a sailing vessel) as well as the old expression “three sheets to the wind.”
Regarding their decision to expand to Las Vegas, Jackel says, “We didn’t see many concepts like ours in Las Vegas. We fell in love with the pocket community of the Arts District, and the growth of craft beer in this area in recent years is pretty amazing.” She added that every local brewery they have met with has been extremely helpful, with offers of staff training, assistance with equipment and even providing introductions to the other local brewery reps.
As you approach the two-level brick building, a neon sign with just the word “Bar” and “1115” (the street address) makes it easy to spot. Inside, you’ll find an ample number of large windows, wood flooring and tables, Edison lights, six TVs and an outdoor patio and courtyard that will eventually have games such as corn hole. A remarkable circular staircase leads to another bar and outdoor patio with views of the Valley’s surrounding mountains, the County Amphitheater and the Stratosphere.
This is truly a craft beer bar, as it serves only a small selection of wine and cider. The bulk of the menu is comprised of their 24-tap selection of brews you don’t see everywhere else. It’s fluid (pun intended), meaning as soon as one keg is emptied a different one replaces it. The initial draft lineup on opening day, March 24, included a variety of beer styles and eight locally brewed products: Able Baker Atomic Duck IPA, CraftHaus Evocation Saison, Hop Nuts 18b Pale Ale, Joseph James Dead Fox Agave Ale Aged in Tequila Barrels and Tenaya Creek Hauling Oats with Whole Coffee Beans.
Parking is always at a premium in the area; fortunately there is free parking in a lot behind the bar, which is shared with a business park, as well as additional space in a vacant dirt lot a few steps beyond. While no food is served, patrons are welcome to bring in their own food. The bar plans to partner with nearby restaurants and local food trucks to make regular appearances. Three Sheets is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon until midnight Thursday through Saturday, and noon until 9 p.m. Sunday.
While in the Downtown area, if you’re hungry or still thirsty, another newly-opened craft beer haven is Eureka! in the former location of The Beat Coffeehouse at 520 East Fremont St. Open since mid-February, this is the 23rd location for the Eureka Group and its first in Nevada. The space offers seating for 170 diners, an outdoor patio and décor featuring an industrial ceiling, hanging Edison lights and rustic wood tables. The menu is highlighted by American classics and all-natural Angus burgers matched with an all-American beverage program featuring 40 craft beer taps. The lineup includes several local beers, such as Bad Beat Bluffing Isn’t Weisse, Big Dog’s Las Vegas Craft Lager, CraftHaus Silver State Blonde Ale, Hop Nuts Hopathon IPA, Joseph James Citra Rye Pale Ale and Tenaya Creek Bonanza Brown. On the spirits side, you’ll find more than 40 American whiskeys, including several small-batch and hard-to-find gems. The whole family will feel comfortable here and there’s even a kid’s menu with favorites such as chicken tenders, corn dogs, quesadillas and cheeseburgers. Eureka! is open daily for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.