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Vegas: Downtown Cocktail Room, revisited

Some of the most creative handcrafted cocktails are found at this hidden downtown gem


Posted January 8, 2013 by Melissa Chang

No trip to Vegas is complete without a spin on Megabucks, a Bellagio fountain show, or at least one drink at the Downtown Cocktail Room. As mentioned last year, the Fremont Street East district — a redeveloped area just past the Fremont Street Experience — is filled with bars, clubs, and cafes, new sidewalks, landscaping and neon signs that reminiscent of Sin City’s original glory days. The area was redone to attract Vegas locals, not tourists, so it’s a nice respite from the excessive largeness and lights of the casinos.

One of our favorite bars there is the Downtown Cocktail Room, which is known for its seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails. Each season, the bartenders experiment with new drinks and the official menu is decided by committee. Once the season ends, you never see the cocktails on the menu again, and the mixologists keep churning out new creations.

Here are some of this season’s cocktails, which you can still try until the season changes (around March). Each cocktail has a level rating of one to five, depending on complexity. If you’re just here for Heineken or a lava flow, keep moving along, buddy.

Downtown Cocktail Room (1 of 9)

Downtown Cocktail Room

This time, Julie and I went to DCR with Maui expats (from left) Tioni Taylor, Matthew Erickson, and Rob Ola Kawaa.

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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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