Visit Downtown LV: The Commonwealth

Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a major facelift in the last five years. In an effort to bring more business (both local and tourist) to the area, the Downtown Project has poured nearly 350 million dollars into revitalizing its businesses, restaurants, arts, and education. Commonwealth is just one of many businesses that have the Downtown Project to thank.

The Commonwealth is unique, just like every bar in the downtown area. Surrounded by neon signs and kitschy neighbors like the Beauty Bar, the Commonwealth stands out with only its name and an art deco fan to draw in its patrons. Inside, the bar looks more like a Victorian-era pub or speakeasy than a modern Las Vegas bar.

Another plus about the Commonwealth is its space. The two-story building offers an inside space on the ground level, and an open deck area on the top of the building. You’ll usually find more people on the deck, where the DJ is set up; during the summer, the deck offers a view of the downtown area you can’t get many other places.

There is no strict dress code at the Commonwealth, but I would always err on the side of caution and stick to casual nightlife attire. I’ve been inside in jeans as a female and never had an issue, but that can all depend on what may be going on at the club that night. I would always advise against flip-flops (except in the summer), but if you’re in any doubt I would call ahead. It’s better to know ahead of time than get down there and be turned away.

If you play your cards right, you can get into the Commonwealth’s hidden gem – The Laundry Room. The tiny speakeasy only allows for 10-12 people inside at a time, and absolutely no photography is allowed once inside. If you’re interested, check with one of the bartenders on how to get in.

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