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There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:
Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.
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Get ready! Coming straight at you is a special version of Sip or Pour where we head downtown to highlight some awesome drinking spots. So let's get to it! Here are two bars that'll either have you savoring the evening ahead or pouring on a little fun!
For a quite unorthodox drinking experience, you should try your best to get into The Laundry Room. One of downtown's -- and perhaps Vegas' best
open secrets -- this little bar is actually a backroom of the Commonwealth. You can only get in with a reservation or a password, but for those who are able to drop in for cocktails, it will be memorable.
Named 'Best Las Vegas Cocktail Bar' by the Nightlife & Bar Awards (the secret's out), the Fremont East venue is small, intimate and quiet which goes against just about every bar experience in Vegas. But, it works. Styled after a prohibition speakeasy, it's the creative cocktails that are the standout feature here.
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The VegasChatter in-box is overflowing these days with deets on St. Patrick's Day parties, March Madness specials, Cinco de Mayo deals, Easter happenings, Spring Break offerings, pool openings and more. So to
delete five emails in one swoop keep you up-to-date, here are five quick food & beverage updates of note!
☛DB Brasserie will open this May at Venetian. The restaurant will mark Chef Daniel Boulud's return to Vegas. You may recall when he had a brasserie over at Wynn. That closed in 2010. Venetian's version, which will still feature French-American cuisine, will serve lunch and dinner.
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There is certainly no shortage of places to grab a drink in Las Vegas. After a bit, though -- to this writer at least -- they all sort of blend together. Always on the search for the best bars and the best bartenders in town, we highly recommend the Laundry Room and its lead bartender June Kang.
The Laundry Room is the semi-secret speakeasy hidden inside downtown's Commonwealth. In order to get in, you have to text a slightly guarded phone number. This isnt a place for shouting, fighting, and jagerbombs. There is a strict code of conduct that patrons are expected to follow. While that may seem pretentious to some, it does result in a refined, grown-up experience. The Laundry Room might be the best "second date" bar in town. With no live music or televisions, there is nothing to distract you from conversation with whoever you came with.
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Considering your first or next tat? As we've documented before, ink inspirations comes in different strokes for different folks. If you haven't been flushed with royal inspiration, aren't flush with Laura Croft money, don't want Caesar to stay here or Bill's closure didn't strike the same chord as Sahara's did, downtown's Commonwealth wants to tickle your fancy with a tat idea.
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This VegasChatter writer loves the Las Vegas Strip. Itís high profile, glamorous, ever-evolving and over-the-top, just like her. Going to Downtown Vegas after partying on The Strip is like downgrading from a high-end department store to a swap meet. Sure, youíll find similar things, but they wonít be as nice or expensive and it smells. But, if you can get past that, and all the homeless people, youíll end up having a good time in a much less pretentious atmosphere!
Here are 10 reasons why even the prissiest of girls should visit Downtown Vegas:
1. Casual Atmosphere
This VegasChatter'er loves her stilettos and sparkly dresses, but for those nights when you feel more like flats and (cringe) wearing leggings as pants, thereís always downtown. No judgment or heel rats, just fun.
This is one of the places that made Downtown worth the trip. Recommended by one of our hipster BFFs (read: bike-riding, PBR-drinking writer), the nearly hidden spot is dark, plush and serves artfully crafted cocktails with ingredients weíve never heard before.
Ever since Boardwalk Empire hit the airwaves, people canít get enough of the Prohibition craze. Hot vintage jazz and handcrafted cocktails are gaining in popularity, and these things can be found in Las Vegas, both downtown, on The Strip and off.
We've covered downtown's Commonwealth already. It is a newcomer to the awesome Fremont East part of town. What we didnít see before was the top secret speakeasy hidden inside the bar. Recently, that changed. This writer was sitting in the bar talking to a few pretty girls (how we roll) when the manager of the bar invited them to take a peek. We, of course, tagged along.
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*not* on being in our cups.
Who wants to cruise downtown in a cab or in your own vehicle? We prefer the open-air Cycle Pub!
We absolutely love downtown Las Vegas, drinking and riding a bike. And, thanks to owner/operator Russell Davis, we did all three as we climbed aboard his Cycle Pub Vegas. Okay, it's not really a pub, as riders arenít allowed to drink and pedal at the same time, but Davisí bicycle built for 14 took us on a unique pub crawl to our favorite downtown drinkeries -- where we moseyed up to the bar for Moscow Mules and Stellas.
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Last week, we teased a review of downtown's newest 6,000-square-foot, pre-prohibition-inspired drinking establishment, Commonwealth. Owners aimed to emulate a hundred-year-old bar plucked from the cobblestone streets of an east coast neighborhood.
From the outside, they nailed it. Our first reaction to the photo up top was memories of drinking our way through old Boston neighborhoods. Commonwealth already looks like it's been a Vegas staple for generations. Even a local street dude was overheard observing the building really spruced up this corner. One of VegasChatter's followers tweeted at us an impression of pretentiousness, though, so not everyone's fallen head over heels yet. That tweet's since been deleted so perhaps the pretentious was a bit presumptuous.
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The downtown landscape continues to evolve, particularly the area of Fremont East. A tenant we've had our eye on for quite some time has scheduled a grand opening for Wednesday, December 12, but the owners of Commonwealth aren't prohibiting anyone from bellying up to the bar now (you''ll see what we did there).
Located on the corner of Fremont and Sixth streets, or next to Le Thai for those that recognize the red and white arrow up top, Commonwealth is a 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar with design and drinks inspired by the pre-Prohibition era (aha!). A backroom speakeasy and rooftop bar complete the story.