8 Downtown Bars That are Actual Bars
Somewhere along the way, bars and nightclubs have become fused, making it hard to find that watering hole where you can go and just get watered – with gin. Down on Fremont St. we have found 8 distinct bars, that are light on the EDM and heavy on comfortable chairs and strong drinks that actually encourage conversation.
The Griffin – Pull back the black curtain and find a cozy drinking scene that seems to be begging you to step inside. The booths are the type that you don’t want to get up from, the drinks are strong enough to keep you rooted there, and central fireplaces add an ambience that invites good times and laughs with friends old and new.
Downtown Cocktail Room – A self-proclaimed “un-scene” the Downtown Cocktail Room is chic without even trying. The atmosphere is infused with a warm red glow that washes over intimate tables and booths adding a touch of mystery. Friendly mixologists work off of an expansive cocktail menu that changes along with the Vegas seasons, giving you good reason to keep going back.
Crown & Anchor Pub – Expect a laid back crowd and an extensive list of ale on tap at this authentic British Pub. You’ll stop by for their everyday happy hour drink specials and dollar draughts deals, and stay for the homey pub feel that makes you feel like you are on the other side of the pond waiting for Polo match to start.
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar – It could be the 70+ boutique Tequilas that draw you to this locale, or maybe the 80 ounce ice cold beer tower. Whatever it is, you won’t be disappointed if you are craving an energetic crowd, spicy food, and a variety of drinks to enjoy with friends. At Cadillac, every second is a party infused with a large dose of Mexican flair.
Champagnes Café – Take a trip back in time to a local favorite, where brocade velvet wallpaper still lines the wall behind your tufted red leather booth. Champagnes Café is a Vegas institution where after one or two too many you’ll start feeling that “Rat Pack” vibe.
Commonwealth – Complete with its very own, super hush-hush speakeasy, Commonwealth is a throwback to the ‘40’s. You’ll have no trouble in finding a comfy couch or chair to sink into in the main room or up on the terrace, but if you really feel adventurous, try getting into the Laundry Room. This exclusive bar within the bar is for invited guests only and demands your utter discretion before entering.
Park on Fremont – Get your drink on and a burst of fresh air at the delightfully unique Park on Fremont. With its array of artwork, gardens and patios, the temptation to grab a drink and explore is overwhelming. Yet you’ll eventually want to pop a squat to dive into a plate of fried pickles to go along with that cocktail.
Frankie’s Tiki Room – Frankie’s is indeed a one of a kind experience, where you are awed and terrified at the same time by the surroundings. The drinks are just as exotic as the original Tiki carvings, which stare you down as you indulge in your rum based concoction daring you to order another. Escape to this fantasy land any time of the day or night and take a walk on the primitive side.
DJs and dance floors are not the only things spinning during the Vegas night. When you want an escape from the electric beat, take a walk Downtown Fremont St. and get a feel for what a bar should feel like.