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Downtown's ever-changing drinking laws have you in need of a drink (if you could only figure out when, where and how to consume it)? Avoid the headache and just pull up a seat at a downtown bar instead and hang for a while. In this edition of Sip or Pour where we highlight awesome drinking spots around town, we feature two more downtown bars (check out our first two here) that will either have you relaxing with a great cocktail or pouring on some serious fun!
When looking to enjoy everything Fremont Street, be sure to check out Park on Fremont. Park is a neat place to throw your feet up while drinking in a great downtown ambiance. While you could sit inside, the real attraction as far as this writer is concerned is on the patio; or more specifically, "the park."
The park offers a laid-back and relaxed outdoor atmosphere that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but at the same time, not put you on public display. An eclectic barrage of art, plates and wares means there's no shortage of visual randomness to entertain the eye. But, the main reason to visit is that Park on Fremont delivers a fun selection of cocktails at a reasonable price.
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Park on Fremont pretty much has it all. A super cute (if overly thought out) design, a prime location in Fremont East (just beyond, or depending on how you're approaching, before the Fremont Street Experience canopy), and friendly service. Unfortunately, the one thing we bemoaned about sister bar Commonwealth just down the street is the one thing we could have done without here. The food. (Commonwealth only serves drinks and, we found, that's probably a good thing.)
But, let's start at the beginning. We parked it at Park on a Sunday night right around sunset and had our choice of seating options. The newly opened venue offers patio seating right on Fremont Street (really, you're right up against the sidewalk), inside at the bar (bar top or booth style, with fun pop-out walls offering views outside), and the star attraction out back, a 'park'-inspired patio with a centerpiece tree, shrubbery, flowers, loads of chotskies and twinkling lights. With a perfect spring night ahead of us, we chose the latter and were lead to a two-top table which offered one wrought iron chair and a cement landscaping wall as the other seat. That didn't bother us, but others might not be as accepting.
At Park for conversation, drinks and eats, we didn't waste any time ordering up cocktails. This writer went with The Unicorn ($8), Ketel One Citron Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, ginger beer (you know how VC loves it some ginger beer) and a lemon wedge; while our companion chose the Hunting Season ($10) Bloody Mary, with Asolut Mango Vodka, diced mangos, Bloody Mary mix, and dehydrated mango. Both served in mason jars, the former was refreshingly crisp (if not stiff) while the Bloody Mary was voted one of the best in town.
From there, we perused a
limited select dining menu while enjoying a 'backyard' jammed a wee bit too much with visual kitsch, from the painting of a horse being mounted and shoes thrown over electrical wires to a wall of dishes and a "fucking beautiful" photo op. (See what we mean in the gallery below.)
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It's hard to believe that Vegas' newest bar went from this to this, but the transformation is so ab fab that we forgive the inevitable Vegas delay that stretched out a once hoped for launch of late 2012.
For those hungry for more dining and drinking options downtown, one more is finally here and another is a bit closer to its Fremont East arrival, too.
First, after opening countdown reset after opening countdown reset, downtowner and Andiamo fan @BruceNV on Twitter alerted us to the fact that Radio City Pizza was finally serving up pie (although a new countdown reports we have t-minus one more day to go):
@BruceNV was so excited to see RCP open that he forgot to snap a pic so the image above, taken about two weeks ago, is the most recent we have. We'll stop by a slice and a few snapshots soon.
Right next door, Park on Fremont says March will be its debut month. This after once saying before year's end. That's 2012's end. But, not like we were keeping track, or anything.
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Neither rain nor heat can stop the forward march of progress in Fremont East.
A grey, rainy day did not halt construction in this rapidly evolving section of Downtown Vegas. We ambled through this morning and spied work everywhere we looked. At Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont (where Fremont East and the Fremont Street Experience meet), what was once a 7-Eleven is now shrouded in privacy canvas and scaffolding as it begins its transformation into a cafe, bar, newsstand, and theater with rooftop balcony. (See a rendering here.)
Across the street, Park on Fremont, a soon-to-open beer garden, sports an eye-catching facade of neutral brick and weathered planks with pops of green landscaping here and there. Once expected to open before 2012's close, work still continued today. We're now hearing that a February opening is most likely. Park takes over the space formerly occupied by Maharaja Hookah Lounge. The bar is a sister venue to nearby Commonwealth.
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If you were planning to get your money's worth out of Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, it's time to go a size up on the stretchy pants.
Vegas Seven is reporting that, since opening, the buffet that's become the talk of the town, has also become the priciest in town, too. After beginning at $39.99 for dinner, the weekly magazine states that the buffet has dished out two price hikes and now requires $44.99 a person. That's with a reduction in Total Rewards savings, too, so your card will only knock $2 bucks off dinner now instead of three.
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The design is an, erm, interesting one, but one that seems to
poorly echo the poolside bar near Javier's Los Cabos locale at the Cabo Azul resort. Which is weird 'cause the same designer is behind both, but a casino does not a beachy backdrop make.
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Somewhere Vince Neil is having the last laugh.
After getting into a Twitter dust-up with the Palms over service at Little Buddha earlier this year, Vince is probably delighted to hear that the Asian restaurant is being closed. (Note to self: Don't anger Vince Neil.)
Little Buddha will be shuttered to make way for, wait for it, another Asian restaurant -- XISHI. (Look hip by pronouncing it right, "zai-she.") The resto is another step in the Vegas takeover of ONE Group which brought us STK at Cosmo, is waiting for permits to bring us Bagatelle at Trop and is building Heraea, a sports restaurant also at Palms.
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'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we will die.'
Not exactly the welcome to Fremont East we had expected yesterday, but one of the first things that was said to us as we meandered around. (That's if we skip over being asked for our name, our number, if we lived around there and for spare cash by a series of random
We can see the vision for Fremont Street, Fremont East and the larger downtown Vegas experience, but that's all on paper right now. Or, in the midst of construction. The wail of saws, hammering of nails, and the whine of machinery were the first sounds to hit our ears late yesterday morning. What's to come is exciting, but what is right now made us apply Purell about three times in the car afterwards.
We started our walk to check up on the state of things downtown in Fremont East at the corner of Fremont and 6th, after parking our car in a metered spot just a few steps away. On one side we were flanked by the Fremont Country Club, still a work in progress with an opening of fall 2012 painted on its side. (From what we've seen, don't look for it before mid-October.) To give you some perspective, Fremont Country Club is right across the street from El Cortez.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the venue will transform into Park on Fremont, a beer garden-slash-restaurant where you can expect to fill up to casual fare along the lines of sammies and burgers. Some of the partners in the project are also the same folks behind another bar coming soon to downtown, Commonwealth. Vegas Seven, whose publishers are among the partners, details the experience: