Vanguard Lounge opened in 2010 with a bang, winning the awards for Best Lounge and Sexiest Wine List from Vegas Seven magazine. Since then, the hangout hasn't lost touch with what brought it to the party. The bartenders mix classic cocktails such as negronis (seven different kinds, in fact) as well as more ambitious concoctions such as the gin- and vodka-based Fuego Pepino, which is livened up with jalapeños and a few dashes of habanero bitters. A selection of wines and craft beers round out the all-liquid menu. Once guests receive their drink, they can find a seat inside the desert-toned lounge, migrate outside to the patio, or navigate to the dance floor where DJs spin four nights a week or until they get dizzy.
Nestled within the same high-ceilinged, industrial setting, Brass the Lounge and Las Vegas Country Saloon combine their culinary prowess to deliver a menu of eclectic gastropub fare and drinks. Live music fills the space most nights, entertaining patrons who scoop mouthfuls of the crabby dip ($12.95), a combination of blue crab, homemade artichoke dip, and birthday wishes from Poseidon. A porcini-encrusted burger, grilled and topped with brie ($12.95), receives compliments from nearby bloody marys, which are made from scratch with spices and fresh-squeezed juices ($7–$8). Between straw vacuums of the Tito's vodka–infused russian mary ($7), patrons' hands grow larger to palm the trio of sliders, with a lineup of toppings including applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms and brie, and blue cheese ($10.95).
Home of Las Vegas’ first traffic light and high-rise building, Fremont Street keeps fans of vintage Vegas consistently starstruck, with lavish celebrations thrown by the landmark's eponymous party-planning committee. As 2011 wanes, the TributePalooza celebration shreds resolutions into neon ticker tape with eight hours of crowd-pleasing rock strewn across three stages. Headlining the event, raucous hair-metal heroes Steel Panther glam it up with unabashedly goofy stage moves and unapologetic spandex. Following suit with headbanging levity, fellow silly-string strummers Rock Sugar mash up sound-pies of ‘80s pop and mascara metal, creating laughter you can dance to.
In the heart of Fremont Street, The D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino sits surrounded by the bright lights of Sin City's most famous boulevard. The newly-renovated property is easily at home among its stylish neighbors, with a two-level casino and several entertainment venues on the premises. Of those, the always popular Longbar is billed by the hotel as living up to its name with the longest bar in all of Nevada. A few of the hotel's plethora of amenities include 638 newly remodeled rooms, a range of restaurants, a newly remodeled showroom with four shows a night, dancing dealers, and a vintage-style second casino level complete with coin-operated slots and a sigma derby simulated horse-racing game.
Courthouse Bar & Grill ups the ante for lively neighborhood atmospheres with flat-screen TVs and video poker. A full menu tops off empty stomach tanks with breakfast classics such as french toast, pancakes, and eggs ($5.50 each), while noontime noshers and sundown diners can grab spinach- or flour-tortilla wraps ($6.50) and hearty classics such as fish 'n' chips ($6.50) and hot pastrami sandwiches ($7.50). Courthouse offers the comforts of a bar alongside the thrill of electronically dealt bliss; if you abjure playing poker, you can head to the outdoor patio and gamble on whether or not the ball lightning will return.