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Jun 14, 2014 05:54 PM

Cocktail Bars?

Hi, We are going to be in Vegas soon, and I've done my web research and am not really finding any great "classic" cocktail bars or liquor stores. Any recos? (Note: I'm sure there are good cocktail places in the casinos, but would rather hit the downtown / off the beaten path places, unless those are few and far between.) Thanks,
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  1. I can't personally vouch for any of these, but in my own research for an upcoming trip, I have found a few, which I’ve listed below w/small write-ups copied from websites.

    These are all off-strip. If you do happen to be on-strip, Chandelier Bar at Cosmo makes really great craft cocktails, and there’s a fairly large variety. I also see that Blvd Cocktail Company has opened in the Linq and while small, their menu is intriguing. They have the same owners as Laundry Room/Commonwealth listed below.

    Velveteen Rabbit: Located in Vegas's downtown arts district, a dark, whimsical bar & lounge decorated with unique Victorian-styled furniture (from Vegas), serving up serious cocktails and nice craft beers. http://velveteenrabbitlasvegas.blogsp...

    The Lady Sylvia: A place that is uniquely built to give satisfaction to people from all walks of life, Lady Silvia provides a charismatic, old-world charm and fascination to the public. Inspired by Prague's Strahov Monastery Library, this new lounge flaunts dazzling furniture situated on its black and white checkerboard floor, invoking an English-style library and cocktail bar ambiance.

    Herbs & Rye: Pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar and late-night lounge plus a cozy, Old Vegas dining experience. Bartenders including owner Nectaly Mendoza mix up classic cocktails amid the velvet wallpapered dining rooms and bar, black leather booths and twinkling chandeliers.

    Laundry Room: A very small semi-secret speakeasy within the Commonwealth bar downtown. Named as such as it was formerly the laundry room of the El Cortez. For reservations, you must text your request up to one week in advance to get instructions for entry. Cocktails run $15 ea. Check their facebook page for details.

    Side note: My favorite drink is the Pisco Sour, which was not easy to source on my Vegas trip last year. I ended up finding one at Jean Georges that was just so-so. I see that a couple of the places below offer pisco, and the other ingredients are simple, so I’m hoping to have more than one this trip.