Opened by two sisters who just wanted a good place to hang out, Velveteen Rabbit is a social drinking spot that understands the art of the craft cocktail and the value of an expansive beer list. The collection of antique furniture doesn't quite match, but seems to fit the quirky spirit of the place just fine. With local artwork hanging on the walls and a history of hosting up-and-coming musicians, it's hard to find a bar that is so supportive of the Arts District community while making some of the most unique and creative drinks anywhere in Las Vegas. The daily 5–7 pm happy hour has discounted house cocktails for $12 and Montucky lager with a shot of rye for $8.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.
We may be stretching the definition of "speakeasy" with this one, but the Velveteen Rabbit has so much charm and character, it often feels like a venue from a different era. The furniture never seems to match and the walls are decorated with local artwork, but a modern touch is felt with weekend DJ sets on the patio. The lineup of craft cocktails rotates frequently, offering up inventive, well-balanced drinks often prepared with house-made liqueurs and spirit infusions. Discrete and quiet, the Velveteen Rabbit has been a staple of the Downtown Arts District for years and as the neighborhood continues to grow, continues to thrive in the face of new competition.
How to get in: Walk in anytime after 5 pm.
Velveteen Rabbit is a sexy cocktail bar located in the Arts District that goes for baroque with its high-drama vintage furniture and barely-lit interior, then goes full whimsical with its straight-outta-Wonderland magical pink patio. The cocktails are also equal parts drama and whimsy with every season, which always bring a new batch of inventive cocktails made with fresh produce and house-made ingredients all based on a particular theme, like fairy tales and folklore or obscure cult classic films.
Opened by a pair of sisters who were inspired by the arts scene in places like Portland, San Diego, and Tokyo, Velveteen Rabbit offers a constantly rotating menu of cocktails based on seasonal ingredients. The bar takes its spot in the arts district seriously: it's decorated with stylish, Victorian-inspired furniture, guest musicians play frequently on the back patio, and local artists are featured on the small booklets that replaced the old wood board menus. Cordials, liqueurs, and bitters are made in-house.