The Tasting Panel magazine

May 2013

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Commonwealth is part of Downtown Las Vegas's bar scene revival. Cocktails with History by Allyson Siwajian THE NEW BAR SCENE IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS REFLECTS ON THE CITY'S PAST N orth of the famed Strip, Downtown Las Vegas offers The World's Tallest Pint Glass, original casinos featured in mid-century Hollywood films and the illustrious Fremont Street Experience with its ceiling of 12 million lights above a pedestrian walkway. Here, Las Vegas's history remains among a smattering of classic pubs and venerable gambling venues, despite the city's notoriety for imploding antiquated buildings to erect new structures in their stead. In the heart of Downtown, where hipster youth search for artistic stimulation and business executives frequent municipal offices, a collection of savvy beverage professionals have started a trend, creating non-gaming locations where locals and tourists could comfortably mix. Then, through inspiration from metropolitan hubs nationwide, they've enlivened the landscape with revived mixology.

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