Which DTLV bar should you go to?

A collage of DTLV bars featuring moscow mules and tequila shots.

Downtown Las Vegas’ close knit community of up-and-coming eateries, bars, and shops make it a destination all its own, and we highly recommend taking a full day to bar hop, grab some local grub, and cock your head at wacky art installations. But if you find yourself short on time — or uninterested in testing the waters at more than one watering hole — we’ve got you covered. Just want to dance? Chill out? Sip a cocktail with your pinky out? These are Benoic’s top picks for the best Downtown bars to suit your needs.

If you just want to dance…

Try the Commonwealth. The main bar/ground floor isn’t particularly dance-y, but the rooftop is always bursting with people and music. The Commonwealth soundtrack is mostly rap and hip-hop with the occasional R&B tune thrown in the mix. Just be sure you get there on the early side, fellas, because you’ll be charged a cover fee once things get bumpin’. Beware summertime stuffiness.

525 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★☆☆

So you hate hip-hop. The playlist at Oddfellows might be more your speed. At this self-proclaimed “dance club for people who hate dance clubs,” you’ll hear everything from Duran Duran and Blondie to Robyn, Phoenix, and the Fratellis. Depending on the day, you may walk into an 80s Night, an Indie Dance Party, a 90s shindig, or a good old-fashioned karaoke night. You’re bound to find your perfect dance jam either way.

150 Las Vegas Blvd N Ste 190, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆

If you just want to chill with friends…

You can’t go wrong at Atomic Liquors. The oldest freestanding bar in town is also one of the hippest, with decor from the nuclear testing days and a soundtrack comprised of rock legends from Elvis Presley to local heroes The Killers. The outdoor patio is plenty nice, but you can’t beat a sunset from inside the same bar where the Rat Pack, the Smothers Brothers, and even Barbara Streisand have kicked back with an atomic cocktail and a game of pool.

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to stop by the suggestion box before you close your tab!

917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆

Gold Spike is a great alternative for friend groups. The full-on adult playground is open 24/7 and boasts a roomy dance floor, plenty of pool tables, and a one-of-a-kind “backyard,” complete with oversized games from shuffleboard and Connect Four to ping pong and foursquare.

217 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆

If you just want to be fancy…

Few people know of the secret speakeasy housed in the back of the Commonwealth. The Laundry Room is an invitation/reservation-only bar with 20s-inspired decor; an infinitely talented bar staff; a classy playlist; and a set of house rules to keep thing swanky. Lookin’ for an “in”? Look no further. Just text (702) 701-1466 or look for the red light above the door. If it’s on, there’s room for you.

525 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆

For a classy time without the 20s theme, try Container Park’s Oak & Ivy. Nestled in the far end of the park not far from the main stage, it’s a cozy spot for a date night or a night out with friends. Its bar staff is exceptionally friendly, and you’d have a hard time finding an “Apple Pie Harvest cocktail” anywhere else in town. (Skeptics, I’m tellin’ ya: It really does taste like apple pie.)

Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Price Range: $$$$
Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆

Which DTLV bar should you go to?

Know of another great watering hole? Hit the comments, partner!

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