Commonwealth will bring Downtown Las Vegas a fascinating new social science on its grand opening on Wednesday, December 12th. The pre-Prohibition era-inspired 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is located at 525 E. Fremont St. It is also inspired by libations which has its own backroom speakeasy. Live music is offered at the rooftop bar for an experiential setting.
“Commonwealth was designed to emulate an East Coast bar that has been sitting on the same cobblestone street for the past 100 years; but with these amazing, eclectic touches that make it stand apart from any other establishment. We have created something special; and believe Commonwealth will become known as one of the best spots in the country to enjoy a phenomenal, one-of-a-kind cocktail and stylish atmosphere,” Commonwealth proprietor Justin Weniger said.
The team up of Insomiac Events founder Pasquale Rotella, hospitality veteran Michael Parks, local businessman Ryan Doherty and Weniger created the classic bar for modern era, Commonwealth.
“Commonwealth speaks to the very definition of the word: for the good of the community. We want to be part of the downtown story. A great cocktail bar is timeless, and the city block where Commonwealth will be located is building incredible momentum,” Parks said.
Guests must expect cocktails in fresh ingredients, flavors and spice like the pre-prohibition era cocktails. Juyoung Kang, one of the top mixologists in the country will craft the finest spirits and libations and will be executed by the experience bar tenders of Commonwealth.
“Commonwealth’s beverage program is the unification of time, culture and class. It’s a reflection and marriage of the old and the new with hopes to become the benchmark trendsetter of how it should be to come. We want Commonwealth to be the common stomping grounds for everyone where they come in and cheers to the people around them just for the sake of it. The cocktails are all about enjoying the moments that make up a life,” Kang explained.
Two different sections divide the cocktail menu including the “Common” section and “Wealth” section. The Common section includes Great Odins Raven made with Jim Beam bourbon, Bacardi rum, cream and simple syrup topped off with cola. Also included is The Son of Man made with Berentzen Apple liqueur, Hangar One Spiced Pear vodka, simple syrup, lemon, lime and lime-soaked apple slice for garnish. The wealth cocktails include The Liberal Lady made with Green Chartreuse, Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey, egg whites, lemon and a champagne float. The Sidecar, also included in the wealth cocktails, is made with Hennessy VS Cognac, simple syrup and lemon.
The Commonwealth drink menu includes Fancy Beers featuring cocktails made with beer and Punch Bowls drink menu made to serve a group of eight guests. Fancy Beers such as Benevolent Nod from Morgan Freeman is made with Cherry Herring liquer, Morgan Spice Rum, filled with Miller lite and brandied maraschino cherry for garnish, among other unique beer cocktails. The Punch Bowls include Beautiful Buzz, a delicious concoction of Marie Brizard Watermelon liqueur, Absolut Mandarin, cranberry juice and lemon and lime sour. Also included is the Pillow Talk which is a mixture of Skyy Ginger vodka, a mixture of Skyy Pineapple vodka, pineapple juice, lemon and lime sour and grenadine. Seasonally at Commonwealth, new cocktails will be introduced and it will remain on the bar menus several signature cocktails, year-round.
Commonwealth’s area for socializing is located at the lower level while guests who preferred to party can celebrate at the 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio. While guests enjoy their beer, wine or cocktails, a live entertainment and music will amuse them as they adore the view of Downtown Las Vegas.
The intimate tone is set through a warm incandescent light washing over the grainy dark wood as well as the exposed brick on the floor and walls. Booths are available for private conversations while a larger space of 20-foot-long bar can be used for co-mingling among guests. Adding to the room’s accent are the touches of light coming from the candles and the collection of picture frames which covers the wall. Every guest will be welcomed by the oversized peacock located in the center of the bar. The peacock is commissioned for Commonwealth by artist Miguel Rodriguez. It will be seen from signage at the exterior as well as on cocktail menu.
Commonwealth is open Tuesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to close. Every Saturday, it is open from noon to close.