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“Drink where the locals do”
Review of The Griffin

The Griffin
Ranked #953 of 4,874 Restaurants in Las Vegas
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Drink where the locals do”
Reviewed August 30, 2011

A local recommended it and that is all we saw: locals drinking good beer.
A nice atmosphere with fire and big couches. Highly recommended!
They have proper beers, and at decent prices. The outside is a bit of but inside it is really atmospheric. No tourists really, and just off Fremont St, so not badly located

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English first
Santa Susana CA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You gotta have sleeves”
Reviewed October 1, 2008

Baggy pants down past your crotch, tats, body pierciengs,bling jewelry and sideways baseball caps are OK but you gotta have sleeves. Give me a break!
What is it with freakin bouncers that like to put their hands on you? Why? Well the bouncer at the door was too busy talking to a couple of females to notice me going in, but the one inside came up and put his hands on me because I wasn't wearing sleeves? I was dressed better than anyoune else in there as far as I could tell. He's lucky I didn't cold cock him but I didn't feel like making an issue of it at the time.

I,ve seen better security at Chucky Cheese.

It's down across from the El Cortez and believe me, that area hasn't been cleaned up as much as some would try to have you believe. An unruly crowd hangs out in front of this place. My wife wouldn't walk past there.

Now, I'm not some old fart, I play guitar in a hard rock band.So, trust me.

It's OK for a punk bar, that is if you're a punk.

Don't bother.

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3 Thank BenJammin101
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best bar/lounge to hang out with locals”
Reviewed August 18, 2008

After trying to get into one of the Mega Clubs on the strip we wanted to see where the locals hung out. This place was recommended to us by our waitress. It's downtown which could be a pain to get to if you're staying on the strip.

Looking at the place from the outside you don't know what to expect. First positives were the lack of a cover charge and a friendly doorman. Once you walk in the first thing you notice is the decor. It looks like a plush medieval dungeon. There is concrete fashioned to look like stone walls with arches, a fireplace is located in the middle of the room, and other things to add to ambiance.

As for the essentials there is plenty of seating in the place for size it is. There are booths along the walls and couches in middle. Drink prices I would consider fairly average (pint of hoegarden was $5 and a grey goose & tonic was $6). The bar runs almost the length of the first room and I never had a problem getting a drink The music in the first room is played off a jukebox that has a great selection of indie, alt, and other great music. There is a second room with a dance floor that has couches along the walls and a dj spinning an eclectic mix of hip hop, 80s and reggae.

If I had to describe the crowd it would be scensters, locals, and tourist who heard about this place by word of mouth. There was no dress code from what I could tell but people did put effort into what they were wearing. The people I talked were very friendly and i would say unless you're a total introvert striking up a conversation here is fairly easy.

This was by far the best lounge/bar that I went to while i was in vegas.

There is another favorable review of this place that some how wound under restaurants.

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“cool little, darkly lit...”
Reviewed August 3, 2008

cool little, darkly lit bar with a great jukebox. Cool seating with a firepit (yes, even in the summer!)

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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Trendy new night spot”
Reviewed April 5, 2007

Located in the new Entertainment District on the south side of the five hundred block of east Fremont Street. A few doors west of the House of Beauty a/k/a The Beauty Bar. They share a similar clientele.
The latest in a number of trendy nightspots quickly replacing many of the mostly vacant storefronts in the area adding to the new class joints just west of the Blvd. like Mickey Finn’s and Hennessey’s.
A simple old storefront with very unusual signage.
The interior has been transformed into a medieval castle. Vaulted ceilings, made I was told at great expense, from steel, cement, plaster and paint.
Low leather couches and chairs surround low gas fireplaces. The lighting is dark even subdued, blending toward gloomy in places, thus offering islands of relative privacy.
Mostly occupied by a young and hip crowd of upscale locals and some knowledgeable tourists.
The door is carefully guarded to insure that no underage people enter and probably to keep the light of day out.
The prices are high for the area, $8.00 for a generous Knob Creek on the rocks.
This probably serves to keep out the local riff raff but there was no cover charge.
Wearing a tuxedo at the time there was no dress code mentioned but the customers’ dress leaned more toward business casual than beach wear.
Juke box in the back held current alternative rock.
A low key perhaps, even a romantic place.
Opens around 5:00 pm and stays open well towards dawn.
When I was there in late March there was much work being done on Fremont to extend the collection of classic neon signs found on the FSE, down to the 800 block of Fremont.
A good place to go in the evenings.
The area is up and coming but can still require some caution but this should not stop you from going there as it is but a few steps past the Blvd.

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