"Let's Get Naked and See Who's Stronger."
If that doesn't sound good, maybe some of the other oddly named drinks on Commonwealth's menu will seem like a better pick.
The movie-inspired cocktail list is a little bit silly, a little bit serious and definitely the harbinger of a good time. Much like the bar itself.
The bar has as many rustic details as elegant ones, with exposed brick walls and tables made with old heaters. There are Mod-Podged newspaper and photo clippings on the walls, intentionally designed to curl up and even fall off over time, or to be taken and replaced with others. Intricate chandeliers and art, including the trademark peacock behind the bar, class up the joint -- but never enter pretentious territory.
Oh, and you've got to love the custom beer taps – which are made of a motley crew of objects, including leather hammers, tennis rackets, mallets, table legs and even antlers.
The rooftop deck is perhaps the most alluring (and hyped) aspect of Commonwealth, being the only bar space of its kind in the Fremont East District. You can order punch bowl cocktails (basically, their cool version of getting a bottle) and relax at one of the tables overlooking the city, or just take in the view of old Vegas from the bar -- the wall behind the bar has a cutout for that very purpose. In the corner, DJs from L.A. and New York City will play to rooftop parties.
The cocktail menu looks back to the pre-Prohibition era for inspiration, but also features modern drinks and original creations by mixologist Juyoung Kang, served up in glasses that are often made from recycled wine or liquor bottles. In addition to the unusual names, you'll note that there are plenty of beer cocktails -- go on, be a little adventurous and give one a try. Toddies round out the menu, so you can keep warm in the winter months. Not that you'd have to worry too much about that, as the already cozy rooftop area is heated.
As a very novel addition to the ever-growing Fremont East area and a venue that already stands out from day one, Commonwealth is a must-visit for anyone in the area.
-- Review by Jorge Labrador