Today's guest post is from Kim Hammond who's been out frequenting speakeasies again, this time in Sin City. Wish I could have been with her...
Whenever I’m planning a trip, I hop on google to see if there’s a speakeasy in the vicinity. Mystery Playground has trained me to do so over the last year, and truth be told, I really enjoy it. I’ve met some really nice people and enjoyed some amazing one-of-a-kind drinks. So when Tracey, my oldest friend in the world (we’ve known each other since we were 12) asked me and my sister to meet her in Vegas for a girls’ weekend I knew we’d have to find a speakeasy there.
A quick search showed many people talking about a place called The Laundry Room, located on Fremont Street. It’s inside another establishment called The Commonwealth. Most places have a shtick and this was no different. Seating is by reservation only, however, in order to do so you needed to find the secret number and text them for availability. It’s also a very small venue so they usually only allow about twenty people at a time.
We went on a Thursday evening and were standing outside The Commonwealth bar and my sister sent a text to see if they had space for a party of three that evening. Nope. Anything on Friday? Kerry text back. Nope. The only time was 8:30 pm on Saturday (our last night in Vegas). We’ll take it.
|There's a still in the bathroom|
When we went back on Saturday evening and sent a text that we were outside. A nice young woman came out to get us and lead us through this discreet door that blended in with the wallpaper, and viola, we were there. We took seats at the end of the bar in the very small one room area and quickly met Daniel Marohnic, mixologist extraordinaire.
Although there was a menu of drinks to pick from, Daniel asked us what kinds of flavors we liked to drink and would alter one of their drinks to fit our tastes. We had A Hung Mule, Rum Swizzle, Corpse Revivor #2, and Cat’s Pajamas.
Hung Mule: Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka, the King’s Ginger liquor, lime, soda, Gernet-Branca mist and candied ginger.
Rum Swizzle: Atlantico Reserve Rum, lemon, orange, pineapple, Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, Angostura Aromatic Bitters and an orange slice.
Cat’s Pajamas: EG Inspiration (Rosemary/Lavender Neutral Spirit), lemon, honey, Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette and a seasonal herb flower sprig.
Corpse Revivor #2: gin, wine, orange and absinthe liqueurs, and lemon juice
While we drank and chatted we munched on dill pickle popcorn. I know some of you may be thinking yuck, and I assure you, I did too when I first heard of the flavor. But I tried it and it was delicious and addicting. I think I pickled my tongue in the three hours we were there. There was also a beautiful old piano in the room and we were told a young man periodically stopped to play, and sure enough, an hour later he came and we had a sing-along for a while.
We had a fabulous time and would recommend this place if you’re ever in Vegas.
If you are in Vegas and want to visit another speakeasy, you may also want to try The Lady Silvia.