Public House Las Vegas twists traditional pub fare
By Brock Radke
Photos by Peter Harasty
Tantalizing steak and seafood, spicy Mexican cuisine, exotic Asian food … what comes next? The dining lineup at Luxor is now complete with a casual and fun spot for gourmet, modern pub grub, loads of beer and delicious handcrafted cocktails.
The southeast corner of the casino is now home to Public House Las Vegas, a cozy place for a snack or a homey meal, and a spectacular venue to watch sports and enjoy a couple rounds. The first thing you’ll notice is a warm, welcoming bar, completely decked out in big-screen TVs and complemented by a brilliant beer list. There are 20 varieties on tap, not to mention an extended selection of favorites by the bottle and some harder-to-find craft brews from all across the country. It’s easy to get caught up here with the big game, a frosty mug and some all-American eats like creamy spinach and artichoke dip with jack and Parmesan cheeses, classic chicken wings with a rich house blue cheese dip, or the Buffalo take on a shrimp cocktail—hot sauce included.
Moving on to the main dining room, lined with plush booths and taking up the majority of this wide-open, 7,000-square-foot space, you’ll notice there’s not a bad seat in the house. You can easily take in all the action, whether it’s at the extended bar or up on another batch of TV screens. It’s time to graduate to one of Public House’s signature cocktails. Perhaps a rum punch, flavored with black raspberry liqueur and fresh fruit juices? Or something sweet and strong, like the Bee’s Knees: Jack Daniels with honey syrup and fresh sour? There’s not a bad choice to be made, and you can always meander through the wine and champagne list. There’s something to quench every thirst at Public House Las Vegas.
The menu includes other appetizers better suited to begin your feast, such as the velvety roasted chicken and corn chowder with red bliss potatoes, or Belgian mussels with garlic butter and crunchy grilled ciabatta. Fresh salads, which can also be ordered in a whole wheat wrap with a side of French fries, include the Asian chop, with ginger-cilantro grilled chicken and a sesame vinaigrette; a classic Caesar; and the hearty steak salad with an expertly grilled flat iron cut, plus grilled onions, grape tomatoes and Spanish olives.
Public House Las Vegas’s sandwiches are great for lunch or dinner, beginning with the signature half-pound Angus burger on a brioche roll. Choose your own cheese and toppings, or go the miniature route with filet mignon sliders, augmented by caramelized onions and blue cheese. There’s a solid New York-style pastrami on rye and a down-home pulled pork sandwich with crispy onions and coleslaw. If all that beer has worked your hunger into a frenzy, satisfying entrées like tavern-style meatloaf in savory pan gravy or spicy French Quarter jambalaya—loaded with chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage—will extinguish it. Public House Las Vegas has impressive lighter options as well, including whole-grain pasta with flavorful oven-dried tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms, and delicate pan-seared halibut with tomato-basil ragout.
Every casino needs that one restaurant where you don’t have to dress up, where you can have fun just hanging out, where everything on the menu sounds just right. Now Luxor has that place.
11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. 702.262.4525