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For those looking to escape the chaos of the Strip, look no further than The Laundry Room, a hidden speakeasy that feels decades away from the typical Vegas experience.
The Prohibition-era-themed bar within a bar is located on downtown’s Fremont Street, but reservations are required for this 28-person maximum capacity spot and a heavily guarded phone number breeds the exclusivity that The Laundry Room prefers.
Finding The Laundry Room is an experience in itself. To get there, patrons walk through another bar, The Commonwealth, one of the rowdier bars on Fremont Street. The juxtaposition of the two is like a 180-degree twist: Guests are led through a narrow passageway from a chaotic party scene into what feels like a time machine to the Jazz Era.
To create an ambience reminiscent of a true speakeasy, The Laundry Room boasts era-specific decor, music and of course, cocktails. Mixologist Juyoung Kang recommends that first- time patrons try the Sazerac: Rye whiskey with a sugar cube and peychaud bitters, served chilled with an absinthe rinse and a lemon twist ($15). If an absinthe rinse sounds a little too daring, Kang also recommends the Double Max Sun, named after the Vampire Weekend song. This cocktail boasts a 15-year-old Glenfiddich whiskey mixed with rose syrup, honey, and chocolate bitters.
— Ariel Sayre
The Laundry Room at The Commonwealth
525 East Fremont Street
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 8 p.m. until the wee hours.