The Other Side of Fremont Street

Fremont Street is a covered promenade in downtown Vegas that is popular with tourists who gather for free concerts, the free light show on its canopy and the venerable casinos along it. Less well known to tourists is the row of interesting bars on the street’s eastern end, where locals gather.

At The Griffin you can hear selections from an excellent jukebox while sipping your drink next to one of two fireplaces. At Beauty Bar  ladies are made to feel especially welcome through manicure demonstrations (unlike its branch in Los Angeles where patrons can actually get a manicure, Las Vegas authorities have determined, in all their drink-soaked wisdom, that such an activity would tarnish the city’s image). Next to Beauty Bar you have a new venue called Don’t Tell Mamma, a piano bar with checkerboard floors where your waiter may take to the stage after pouring you a cold brewski and belt out a song in tune (patrons are also welcome to show their vocal skills).

Off Fremont on Third Street is another row of bars. Sidebar is a study in class thanks to muted colors, cigars for sale and a hip DJ, while Hogs & Heifers Saloon attracts grizzled hog riders, college students and casino workers. Its look and ambience couldn’t contrast more with Sidebar’s.