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Downtown Grand

240 N. 3rd Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-719-5100

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Sun-Wed 5pm-12am

Thu-Sat 5pm-2am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A bar with a 1920's speakeasy, prohibition theme.

Where is it?

In Downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Grand.

What kind of crowd does it draw?

A lot of people who work in Downtown Las Vegas.

What are the prices like?

Very inexpensive, especially for the quality of cocktails you are getting.

When is the best time to go?

Happy hour is the most crowded time.

Why should I go here?

Because you just visited the Mob Museum and you want to continue the theme.

What else do I need to know?

The bar moved from its former location a block away to this location inside the hotel in late 2013.

What's the bottom line?

A fun little diversion if you happen to be walking by and need a drink.

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FULL REVIEW

A linchpin in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas was the 2012 opening of the Mob Museum, a terrific interactive facility that traces the roots of the mafia in the United States and in Vegas. Of course one of the things that helped organized crime grow and expand was their monopolization of the illegal alcohol trade during prohibition so what could be more appropriate than a bar that gives a winking nod to the "good old days" when the mob ran Sin City?

When it first opened, Mob Bar was in a small slip of a storefront along 3rd Street about a block from the Fremont Street Experience and from the Mob Museum. Now it has moved into the Downtown Grand hotel in a much bigger, much nicer space that has windows looking toward the museum.

The decor is sort of a mix of 1920s speakeasy meets 1960s garage sale, but I mean that in a good way. Mix and match furnishings give it a homey vibe while brick walls, rich wood paneling, and soft lighting from faux-crystal chandeliers gives it a warm aura. There are chairs, couches, and booths scattered about; a decent sized bar to sidle up to; and live entertainment on select nights (vocalists, dueling pianos, etc.).

The prices are very reasonable for the kind of craft cocktails they serve, which use fresh ingredients and a mixology style of blending that goes way beyond booze in a glass. Drinks like this on The Strip would run you $20 easily but here they are half that.

They also have a limited menu of snacks and appetizers, most of which are under $10 so this would make a good place to go for a bargain drink and nosh.

It's not exactly a destination type of bar - it is simply too small and the mob theme, while cute, is not interesting enough to make it worth going out of your way for. But if you are out bar hopping in Downtown Las Vegas (and you should at some point), then this can be one of your many stops.

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