The Laundry Room
Once you get into this secret bar (located inside Commonwealth), there's only enough seats for just over two dozen people. They have rules like no texting, no photos, and no PDA in the bar -- but you'll be so busy watching bartenders craft insane drinks, you won't even mind.
Commonwealth is a popular bar in the Fremont East district, but the Laundry Room—hidden behind the back wall underneath the stairs—carries the spirit of an authentic speakeasy. Originally part of the laundry facility for the historic El Cortez casino across the street, the intimate space accepts guests by reservation only with a limited number of seats. Browse the menu for original cocktails—with cool names like The Deadpan and Arsenic Meets Lace—or just talk with the bartender about creating a customized, balanced libation based on flavor, aroma, and mood. No matter what you get, every drink is $18. Pay attention to the house rules—no cell phones, no PDA, and no rowdy behavior. Just set the real world aside and get lost in true mixology.
How to get in: Make a reservation, and you'll probably get on the Laundry Room's exclusive text list, which will be the best way to book subsequent visits. Walk-ups at the entrance (a spray-painted door on 6th Street near Fremont) could get lucky, but timing is everything, so don't count on it.
The Laundry Room, a hidden speakeasy inside the Commonwealth cocktail bar, is one of the most rewarding bar experiences in Las Vegas. The drink list is an impressive mix of sophisticated classics and inventive creations, but things work out even better when you let the bartender come up with impromptu offering based on moods and words—like "smoky," "aggressive," or "Brad Pitt in Fight Club." Keep the ground rules in mind: no PDA and no cellphones (although texting is okay) and due to limited space, this is really one of those joints that requires a reservation. How do you score one? Or find the hidden door to the Laundry Room? Just hang out for a while and ask a few questions in the main Commonwealth space, which has a rooftop patio, extensive beer list and some amazing aperitifs of its own.
How to book: The secret's out of the bag. Book a reservation online.
Commonwealth is a great bar in its own right, but if you really want to take your cocktails up to next-level status, pay a visit to the Laundry Room, an intimate speakeasy that usually requires a text or online reservation to get in. The place was once an actual facility for a nearby hotel, but now has a throwback Prohibition-style vibe with vintage furniture and decor. There are a few drinks listed on the menu, but it's best to let the bartenders take their time and stir up a custom cocktail based on your mood, preferences, and personality. The more offbeat, the better.