Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of drinks at Vanguard Lounge in the Fremont East Entertainment District downtown. Vanguard Lounge's candlelit modern interior is lined with black-and-white photographs and glamorous white seating. The lounge's bold cocktail menu includes the Hard 8, an artful fusion of Bacardi 8, Pernod Bath, lime, bitters, and ginger beer ($10), and the wine list features sophisticated selections such as the spicy and lush 3 Degree pinot noir ($11 glass, $33 bottle). After 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, DJs pump house jams directly into the veins of guests.
Nine Yelpers give Vanguard Lounge an average of four stars:
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.