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Fremont East Entertainment District

525 Fremont St.

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-798-7000

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Daily 8pm-3am

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B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A speakeasy themed joint with a full indoor bar downstairs, an outdoor patio on the second floor, and a hidden bar that you have to know about to get into.

Where is it?

In the Fremont East Entertainment District of Downtown Las Vegas,

What kind of crowd does it draw?

All sorts of different folks, but mostly a younger, locals crowd.

What are the prices like?

Very affordable, especially compared to bars on The Strip.

When is the best time to go?

Weekend nights are when the biggest crowds show up.

Why should I go here?

Because the weather is nice and you want to sit outside and enjoy a drink.

What else do I need to know?

This place is just steps from half a dozen other great bars so if you don't like it here you have options.

What's the bottom line?

A little too boisterous on the weekend nights but great for a cocktail on the more laid-back evenings.

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FULL REVIEW

Although not as much of a true speakeasy as The Lady Silvia, this speakeasy themed bar has made quite a splash in the Fremont East Entertainment District since its 2013 opening. Located within steps of other fantastic bars like Insert Coin(s), the Vanguard Lounge, and The Griffin (to name a few), The Commonwealth secures the revitalized neighborhood's reputation as the coolest place in Vegas for those in the know.

The prohibition era decor gives the place a classically upscale vibe even though the reality is a much more egalitarian one. Exposed wood timbers, brick walls, wrought iron detailing, chadeliers, and polished wood floors make a lasting impression. On the main level is a big bar, lots of area to stand, a some seating but not enough to handle the crowds that often pack the jonit. Most of the time that'll be fine because you'll probably want to be up and moving around to the DJ provided music anyway.

Upstairs is an outdoor patio overlooking Fremont Street with another full bar, some casual seating, and a nice under-the-stars feeling on nice nights. When I visited it was about 30 degrees and windy so not so much.

Back downstairs there is actually a third bar - a true, hidden speakeasy called The Laundry Room. It is only available by advance reservation, you can't take pictures, and you can only stay for two hours. It's a cute idea but totally unnecessary for the average visitor.

The crowds vary wildly depending on the time of day and day of the week. Early evenings get a post-business crowd of young professionals while later in the night it gets more party-centric. Weekend nights there may be a long line to get in and precious little personal space once you do.

Drink prices are higher than one usually associates with Downtown bars but still significantly cheaper than what you'd pay on The Strip. There is rarely a cover charge unless they are having a special event.

Add The Commonwealth to your Downtown bar hopping must-list.

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