If you’re not a fan of texting, then The Laundry Room might not be for you. Access to this 1920s-style speakeasy (which is located inside the trendy Commonwealth bar in downtown Las Vegas) is granted through a fast-paced series of text messages between you and the concierge, in a manner that feels somewhat antithetical to the louche, speakeasy spirit. You’re then issued a fairly long list of instructions - no flimsy drinks, no loud talking - before confirming your reservation and being ushered in via an unmarked door.
Once inside, it’s worth the faff. The tiny backroom bar is furnished with chandeliers and an old piano, with just a few small tables and a strict ‘no standing’ policy. If you can, sit at the bar where you’ll be able to watch the master mixologist at work. Her name is June and she creates each and every cocktail herself. She’ll visit you personally to find out what you like and don’t like before helping you select a drink from the extensive menu, or crafting one that fits your personal tastes. Watch her whiz together rare spirits, herbal tonics, and obscure liqueurs, while schooling you on the where, when, and what of you’re about to drink (this girl knows her alcohol history). Then sit back and enjoy the bespoke Savile Row suit of the cocktail world in a city that takes its drinking very seriously indeed.