Buddy, it’s Brando’s

September 04, 2007 4:03 AM


The neighborhood tavern in Las Vegas has become a popular gathering spot in recent years, giving patrons a relaxed, friendly place to dine, mingle, gamble and indulge in their favorite libations.

Brando’s is a relative newcomer to the neighborhood pub scene, but since their debut in 2000 they’ve steadily carved a niche for themselves in the Las Vegas market.

There are currently three Brando’s taverns, all of which feature a full-service bar, bargain-priced food, highlighted by Chicago-style pizza and signature burgers, video gaming and frequent contests and giveaways.

The latest edition to the family is Brando’s Bar & Grill, located on Industrial Road behind the former Stardust site. It joins Brando’s Sports Bar on Blue Diamond Road and Brando’s Bistro & Bar in Green Valley.

Since it was converted from the old Clam Diggers, Brando’s Bar & Grill has become a hit with workers from nearby hotel/casinos, construction workers and a gentlemen’s club next door. (The fellow who delivers pizzas to the Sapphire dancers is a friend of GamingToday. He won’t say how much he paid to land that job!)

The tavern, which attracts a solid lunch crowd and after-hours diners just getting off work, is a cozy affair, featuring a U-shaped bar flanked by high tables and adjoined by a dining room with booth and table seating.

There are plenty of plasma televisions for viewing sports and other events, as well as coin-op games and video gaming supplied by Herbst Gaming.

The menu at Brando’s is star quality and features breakfast, lunch and dinner items served around the clock.

Among the most popular dishes are the square, Chicago-style pizzas, freshly-made burgers, chicken wings, fresh soups and salads.

Chef favorites include a Philly cheese steak sandwich, a Parma Burger made with melted Mozzarella, grilled onions and 1,000 Island sauce, a healthful Chicken Caesar wrap, triple-decker club sandwich and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, to name a few.

Note that everything is prepared fresh, and cooked in trans fat free rice bran oil.

With football season at hand, Brando’s is a nice spot to view the games while enjoying all the trappings of a neighborhood pub.