Commonwealth will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 12, bringing an inviting new social scene to Downtown Las Vegas. Located at 525 E. Fremont St., the quintessential 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations; complete with its very own backroom speakeasy. A rooftop bar will offer an experiential setting for live music.
“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,” says Commonwealth proprietor, Justin Weniger. “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.”
Weniger, along with partner, Ryan Doherty, local business man, Michael Parks, hospitality veteran, Kenna Warner, and founder of Insomniac Events, Pasquale Rotella, have come together to create Commonwealth as a classic bar for the modern era.
“Commonwealth speaks to the very definition of the word: for the good of the community,” says Parks. “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.”
Like the cocktails from the pre-prohibition era; the emphasis will be on fresh ingredients, spices and flavors. The drink menu will feature a collection of the finest spirits and libations, each expertly crafted by one of the top mixologists in the city, Juyoung Kang, and executed by Commonwealth’s experienced bartenders.
“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,” explained Kang. “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.”
The cocktail menu is split into different sections including the “Common” and “Wealth” sections. The Common cocktails include The Son of Man, which includes Hangar One Spiced Pear vodka, Berentzen Apple liqueur, lemon, lime, simple syrup and garnished with a lime-soaked apple slice; and Great Odins Raven, made with Bacardi rum, Jim Beam bourbon, simple syrup, cream and topped off with cola. The Wealth section includes the ever-so-classy Sidecar, made with Hennessy VS Cognac, lemon and simple syrup; and The Liberal Lady, made with Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey, Green Chartreuse, lemon, egg whites and a champagne float.
The Commonwealth drink menu will also include Punch Bowls, made to be shared with friends, and Fancy Beers, featuring cocktails made with beer. The Punch Bowls include Pillow Talk, a mixture of Skyy Pineapple vodka, Skyy Ginger vodka, lemon and lime sour, pineapple juice and grenadine; and The Beautiful Buzz, a tasty concoction of Absolut Mandarin, Marie Brizard Watermelon liqueur, cranberry juice, and lemon and lime sour. The punch bowls each serve about eight drinks. The Fancy Beers include the Benevolent Nod from Morgan Freeman, made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Cherry Herring liqueur, filled with Miller Lite and garnished with a brandied maraschino cherry, among other unique beer cocktails.
New cocktails will be introduced at Commonwealth seasonally and several signature cocktails will remain on the bar menus, year-round.
While the lower level is for socializing, the 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio will be for partying. Live music and entertainment will create a dynamic setting for guests to enjoy the view of Downtown Las Vegas while enjoying beer, wine and cocktails.
Warm, incandescent light sets an intimate tone, washing over the dark, grainy wood and exposed brick on the walls and floor. Booths will be tucked away in alcoves for private conversations, while a communal 20-foot-long bar will encourage co-mingling among guests. Touches of light from candles will accent the room, and an assortment of picture frames will cover the walls. Situated in the center of the bar will be an oversized peacock, commissioned by artist Miguel Rodriguez for Commonwealth, standing proud to greet each and every guest. The iconic bird will be seen throughout Commonwealth, from the exterior signage to the cocktail menu.