A Toast For Every Taste: The 5 Most Unique Bars on Fremont Street
Every major city has a notorious downtown, and in Las Vegas that would be Fremont Street. Of course in Vegas, where everything has to be over the top, they went ahead and covered their downtown locale with a 90 foot canopy that is the world’s largest video screen. Non-stop light shows aside, Fremont Street is lined with dozens of bars, each with their own special allure. If a night of bar hopping is what you have in mind, here are a few must hit spots:
Don’t Tell Mama: If you are looking for a quiet get-a-way this quintessential piano bar is just the place. There are no dueling pianists here, just one grand piano where you are welcome to stand up and sing along without worry of your indiscretions being revealed. The drinks are strong, the music is timeless and the atmosphere cabaret-esque. Who could ask for more?
Insert Coins: Video games and vodka, a match made in heaven Vegas. The main attraction at this Pac-Man inspired joint is the rectangular bar where all the action takes place. Several different gaming stations are set up with attached T.V. monitors so the whole bar can cheer you on as you chase after the ghosts. If you want some privacy for when you lose, go bottle service and have your very own T.V. and game console set up in your booth along with the bottle of Jack.
Commonwealth: Commonwealth is actually 3 bars in one and caters more to the Vegas elite with a swanky atmosphere. On the main level you will find a long bar with custom beer taps and unique furnishings. Or head to the roof where a patio bar offers you a bird’s eye view of all the happenings on the street below. Their 3rd bar is the super hush hush Laundry Room where only a reservation will get you inside.
Hogs & Heifers: The epitome of the dive bar, complete with the bras hanging off of the walls to prove it. With country music blaring in the background expect to be served by a half naked bartender who won’t think twice before jumping up on the bar for a dance. Think Coyote Ugly except ruder and with a pool table. If you want to party where you can leave your manners at home, this is the spot.
Atomic Liquors: This is the oldest bar in Vegas and well worth the trip to the far end of Fremont Street. Recently re-opened after a 2 year hiatus, Atomic Liquors is the neighborhood bar that you won’t find anywhere else in Vegas. Served with their signature cocktail F-bomb is a taste of Vegas history dating back to the early ‘50’s. Take it all in while sipping your drink from the same stool that was Barbara Streisand’s favorite.
From down and dirty to high end pristine, whatever your poison, Freemont Street will have it. Take a night off from the strip and see for yourself why downtown Vegas earned the nickname Glitter Gulch.