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New Speakeasy Brings Retro Style to Downtown Vegas

The Tasting Panel Editors

Downtown Las Vegas is proving to be the hip place for those who want to get away from the tourist-worn hotel circuit on The Strip. One new place is putting a whole different spin on Sin City, trading uptown glitz for pre-Prohibition posh and polish.

Recently named  one of the "7 New Reasons to Hit Las Vegas," by the New York Post, Commonwealth brings a stylish new social scene to the burgeoning Downtown Vegas. The swanky 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is a collision of art and architectural influences inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations—complete with its very own backroom speakeasy, The Laundry Room.

New Downtown Las Vegas speakeasy The Laundry Room.

With entrance guaranteed only to holders of a special clothespin given to the very few (the rest have to rely on word of mouth), one of the only speakeasies in downtown Las Vegas has been credited as one of the best in city. In order to get in, guests must text a number from that clothespin to gain entrance—either through the discrete wallpaper door from inside the Commonwealth bar, or via the unmarked graffitied door on the outside.

The labor-intensive drinks in the speakeasy form an entirely different menu from those served at Commonwealth. Categorized by rum, whiskey, tequila, gin and bubbles, the cocktails range from the classic Old Fashioned and French 75 to inspired tributes like the Citizen O—made with Compass Box Orangerie Scotch whiskey, ginger juice, honey, orange slices and a Fernet Branca float. Each drink is a carefully hand-crafted concoction.

Commonwealth, interior view.

Commonwealth helps light up Downtown Vegas.

Some house rules include "Don't be creepy" and "No name-dropping," along with "Making or taking telephone calls is strictly prohibited." Texting is permitted, but unlike at many other Vegas bars, the "No Smoking" rule is enforced.

With only 28 seats, the Laundry Room also has a strict rule that everyone must have a seat for the majority of their visit: "No standing at the bar"!


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