|Actually this is the backdoor|
Las Vegas, NV 89169
A few years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that there are no great bars in Las Vegas. Oh sure, there are a ton of high-end clubs where you can buy a $300 bottle of Patrón just to impress everyone on the other side of the velvet rope you just walked past. But I wanted an actual BAR, that wasn’t too far from where I staying on the Strip. It was then that a co-worker said the Double Down Saloon was just what I was looking for…and let’s just say how right she was!
First Impressions: The Double Down is not too far from the Hard Rock Hotel, but it seems like you’re in a completely different city. It’s tucked away in a dingy little strip mall and a bit hard to find at first. But, right as you walk though the front door, one thing becomes very clear…the “Saloon” is actually a killer in-your-face punk club. It is truly the “Anti” Vegas place to be.
|The whole place looks like this|
The Crowd: As they will tell you at the Double Down, always expect the unexpected…punks, women, crusty old war veterans, bums and everyday people trying to get away from the touristy places in Vegas. Hell, I’ve walked in here before and witnessed pint-sized porn stars spanking each other. Chances are you will never quite fit in to this crowd; on the other hand, you will never stand out either. Unless you’re 7’6” in a pink gorilla costume, there is always someone at the bar that is far more of a character than you are. My point, never worry about looking out-of-place here…everyone in the Double Down looks out of place…so one really ever stands out.
|Too dark to get great pics|
Prices: Considering that this is Las Vegas, drinks are reasonable enough. Expect to pay $3-3.50 for a beer and $5-6 for a shot. To put the prices here into perspective, take a quick walk to the Hard Rock Hotel, and you will easily pay at least twice as much for everything…if not more.
Food: Only thing I saw was a sign for Ass Juice with a Twinkie for $6. Needless to say I passed.
Restrooms: You have to see them to believe them. Graffiti art everywhere, including the urinal. If there are cooler-looking restrooms anywhere in the country, I would love to see them.
How Far Did My $20 Go: This might be one of the few bars near the Strip in Vegas where twenty bucks can buy you more than two drinks. Depending on what you want to drink, you can have nearly six beers or a few shots of Ass Juice. And there’s never a cover charge.
Final Thoughts: This bar never closes and lives by the motto “Shut up and Drink”. At any given point the Double Down can be filled with touring bands and Hollywood types kicking back away from the tourists. Is this a bar for everyone? I would doubt that, but if you’re like me and get bored with the same ‘ole/same ‘ole…you owe yourself a trip to the Double Down next time you’re in Vegas. You’ll either thank me profusely or never take my advice again. Just remember…always expect the unexpected.
|None needed on this night|