525 E. Fremont St.
Status: Opens at 5 p.m.
Behold the massive white peacock at Commonwealth. Today she flutters her wings to bring a new cocktail scene to the streets of Vegas, taking up residency on Fremont Street.
The 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar features a decor reminiscent of the pre-Prohibition era replete with cocktails reflecting the time. Incandescent lights brighten the room with its dark woods and exposed brick. Alcoves hide the booths while a 20-foot-long communal bar encourages conversation. Picture frames and candlelight fill out the decor, while a stuffed albino peacock greets guests at the bar. In the back, a speakeasy with a secret entrance.
Upstairs, a 2,000-square-foot rooftop bar offers live music.
The cocktail menu promises a list of Prohibition-era libations including the Cape Cod on Common made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir and house-made cranberry solution and garnished with proprietary ice stick and the Horny Tailgater, a Wild Turkey Rye whiskey sour made with barbecue-flavored bitters, topped with Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, served in a glass rimmed with peach and mesquite-flavored salt and garnished with beef jerky. Specialty shots include the General Lee made with American Honey and Firefly tea vodka and served with a lemon and the Smoke and Sinned, a mix of Vida Mezcal, Patron XO Chocolate and Toschi Wild Strawberry liqueur.
The rooftop bar has a separate cocktail menu that includes East of Fremont's made with Bombay Sapphire East gin, cucumber-flavored soda and fresh spices and Exotic Feelings with Absolut Vanilla vodka, TyKu Coconut Nigori sake, fresh mint, lime and Fever Tree ginger beer.
Commonwealth is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to close and noon to close on Saturdays.
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