Top Black Wednesday Bars In Las Vegas

November 14, 2013 4:00 AM

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Black Wednesday, also known as “Blackout Wednesday” in some places, is a night of partying observed the night before Thanksgiving. It began with students coming home for the Thanksgiving holiday, kicking off a weekend of nothing but binge eating and watching sports. Thankfully, Las Vegans don’t have to worry about the bars shutting down for Thanksgiving Eve. Here are a few local spots to start your own Black Wednesday tradition.

commonwealth Top Black Wednesday Bars In Las Vegas

525 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

This chic downtown hotspot boasts its own speakeasy and rooftop patio. Commonwealth has a menu of delectable cocktails and nightly entertainment, making it the perfect place to kick off a four-day weekend. Sip a roaring 20s-inspired cocktail while enjoying the prohibition era decor and diverse clientele. No cover charge during the week makes Black Wednesday a good time to check out the hipness that is Commonwealth.

Publicity photo of The Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas

The Chandelier
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Chandelier is a three-story crystal chandelier-enrobed bar located inside The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Each level has its own distinct atmosphere from high energy to a low-key lounge featuring an interactive light show. Signature cocktails include the Kentucky Girl Scout made with Basil Hayden, Mozart Dark Chocolate, Creme de Menthe, Angostura, vanilla syrup and cream, and The Libertine made with Maker’s 46, rosemary simple syrup, orange marmalade and maple syrup foam. The Chandelier is a splendid place to experience any level of Black Wednesday fun.

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Frankie’s Tiki Room
1712 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 385-3110

Not going anywhere for the Thanksgiving holiday? Take a trip to the tropical locale that is Frankie’s Tiki Room. The tiki decor and rum concoctions make Frankie’s an ideal Black Wednesday destination. Start off with a Bender Ender, an infusion of rums and POG topped off with a float of 160-proof rum. Follow that up with a Dr. No, a mix of scotch, pear nectar and spices, or channel your inner Gilligan with the Thurston Howl, a concoction of rum, brandy, gin and papaya nectar. All cocktails are $9 or $25 with one of nine collectible tiki mugs.

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McMullan’s Irish Pub
4650 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

There’s no place to party like an Irish Pub and McMullan’s rises to the challenge. Home to the annual St. Baldrick’s event to benefit childhood cancer, McMullan’s is as devoted to the community as it is to its whiskey selection. The bar also has an extensive selection of draught beers, domestics and import bottled beers. Grab a bite from the late-night menu to fend off the munchies.


Born And Raised
7260 S. Cimarron Road
Las Vegas, NV 89113

Born and Raised, or BAR for short, was conceptualized by a family of Las Vegas locals who wanted a place for longtime Las Vegans to enjoy life outside the Strip. Born and Raised seeks to go back to a time in Las Vegas when everyone knew each other and personal service was the norm, not the exception. With a late, late happy hour running weekdays from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., you can put BAR on your Black Wednesday hot list. Born in Las Vegas? Bring in your birth certificate for a special VIP card for 10 percent off.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at