Brian Howard (chef/owner of Sparrow + Wolf) opened his Half Bird Chicken & Beer in Chinatown in the summer of 2022 and has now closed that location, but the concept has hatched in a new location in Henderson, at 725 S Green Valley Pkwy at Horizon Ridge. The menu remains the same, with free range rotisserie chicken and seven addictive sauces (such as green curry ranch and chili garlic crunch); rotisserie chicken ramen with mushrooms, pickled cucumber, scallion, chili oil and osan tamago; chicken sandwiches and a smash burger; and side dishes like smashed rotisserie potatoes, spicy cheese fries and Japanese milk bread with togarashi honey butter. This new location is quite family-friendly with an outdoor terrace with artificial turf, large screen TVs, heaters and games such as cornhole and beer pong and video games inside.
Entertainment for the adults inside include a self-serve beer wall with eight taps all pouring local beer including the HUDL Half Bird Cockfight Pils and a cooler with several regional craft beers. The beer wall is infused with modern technology, as when the screen is touched details of the beer are provided and when dispensing you are given the exact amount your credit card is being charged. Furthermore, the drafts are priced by the ounce and if you so desire you can have a sip of each one before investing in a full pour.
Photos by Jeff Drollinger © 2023
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Bob Barnes began his food and beverage writing career in 1998 as Regional Correspondent for Celebrator Beer News and wrote the Nevada Beer Nuggets column from 1998-2019. He was Editorial Director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional from 2012-2021 and has covered Las Vegas for Gayot since 2010. He continues to contribute to Gayot, writing the Gayot Las Vegas Restaurant News, features on new restaurants, and beer and spirit reviews. He also writes regularly for Off The Strip, The Vegas Voice, Neon Feast, and Las Vegas Magazine.