Las Vegas Lounge
704 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
TollFree: (888) 315-6804
Sunday Karaoke @ Las Vegas Lounge
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Outdoor Seating: No
Cuisines: American, Bar & Grills
Pets Allowed: No
12/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is a very strange place to eat lunch. There is almost no one there eating lunch but the bar is packed with lowlife bar flies. I went with 2 other ladies and we felt woefully out of place and uncomfortable. The decor is repulsive, it looks like a New Orleans bordello threw up. The stereo was deafening. That being said, the waitress was very nice, she turned down the stereo on request, and the food was really very good. It is such a shame that we felt so uncomfortable with the decor and the atmosphere (and the clientele) that we will never set foot in the place again. It reminded me of a front where they look like they are in business but it's really just a place for the guys to drink. I half expected to see Tony Soprano! This is a shame as a good restaurant can do very well at this location, La Scala is across the street and bursting at the seams with patrons.
11/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Las Vegas Lounge was a unique experience. The service was pleasant and extremely efficient. The atmosphere was enjoyable! The crowd was friendly and handsome. The menu was modernly stylish. The cuisine was first-rate! I experienced flavor sensations that have been long forgotten by far too many watering holes. I live in the suburbs, and I crave this style of tavern in my neighborhood. However, the creepy crawlies in the place are running rampant. It is evident that sanitation is not a priority. This no doubt does offend the dining experience. Cleanliness is admired long before any exquisite menu, and dictates the extent to which the majority of ""foodies"" will venture into the unique depths of a chef's creativityt! Clean up and we will return to graciously satisfy a hunger that no suburban establishment can fill!
11/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I can not tell if this bar was legendary at one point or if center city people have way too high of standards. However, reading the other reviews, it seems like either this place really aggrivated a number of the old regular customers, or some people have a personal vendetta against it that dates back to 2005. It also seems like the staff is trying to redeem the place by writing a few reviews themselves (it looks like these date back to 2005 as well). So please allow a non-partisan opinion. I had my first visit yesterday. I heard their advertisement on 104.5, and a few of my pals joined me for a visit. I don't know if I would feel comfortable ordering food there, but that's not what this place is about. It's a party bar. Go there drink and be merry! 6 of us did round after round of shots, drank a ton of beer, and our check was less than $100.00! The staff seemed nice, but I didn't really engage in conversation with them. They made my drinks and said thank you. I know it's center city and all, but what do you want from a bar? For a place like this, I just want cheap drinks, a place to sit down, and to be able to hear my friends talk. It supplied that. I don't know if I'd ever become a die hard regular, but I'll stop by if I'm in the area.
10/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was THE regular biotch in the window seat of the lounge for years. In my professional opinion it is definitely trying to change. The menu is much better, the inside looks much different (except for the walls like a vampires hideout). But it just seems like something is missing. The place is not nearly as fun as it was in the old days. Its become more or less the snooze button. Me and my girls used to go because you could meet a cute guy there. They really aren't there anymore...nobody is. They all hang at Time or Vintage now. They seem to be the new in the biz bars with the old crowd. I've always said that Eric (the gorgeous previous owner) was the cornerstone of the Lounge. I'm writing now because I just noticed that when they improved the facade they removed that cornerstone (we actually name a brick in the corner Eric). In terms of the food, I did try the mac n cheese. It was pretty good, but not as good as the last review made it out to be. I think mr. chefy is trying to talk himself up a bit anonymously.
I recently had the good fortune to stumble into this established, yet revived restaurant/bar. The atmosphere is swanky cool and relaxed. However, I write this more about the food. The menu has been beefed up from its previous iteration (from what my friends tell me). The variety and caliber of food is excellent. The crab cakes are the best outside of Maryland that I have had in a long time. Mussels: mouth wateringly succulent. What more can I say? Oh, hat's off to the chef...well done indeed, BRAVO! I will be back!
Seems odd how some people get one thing from a place and others just don't. I guess what I look for is old school. The food was excellent from the huge burgers with a load of melted cheese toasted to perfection. the real crabcaps bursting with crab meat and muscles to die for. All this and great beer prices and a reasonable selection. I asked for somthing I got it. A principle seemingly out dated. Don't tell any one this bar meets the critteria I have seldomly found, good place good comfort food and good prices. Hopfully the other bad reviewers will move on. once the cat is out of the bag I know It will become crowded and I hate waiting for a table.
08/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've never had such awful service as I have at this bar! My group and I generously over-tipped all throughout happy hour, with alot of money sitting on the bar. The bartender ignored us for 30 minutes. We figured out that no one tipped on the last two rounds. But money was sitting on the bar! Did you happen to think we wouldn't tip at least at the end? The bartender would literally look at us and walk away.
08/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I really don't see what people are talking about...or I wonder that's what they used to talk about, being as that the bar was empty on a prime night. I gave the place another chance after a rude bartender treated me like I was burdening her with wanting a drink. I wasn't impressed the first time around due to the smell, atmosphere, mediocre at best food menu, and obviously the service. At my next visit, the service was much better (thanks blonde sweet bartender who's name I don't remember), atmosphere was the same, and the smell was worse. They advertised a new food menu and it looks pretty good. All I'll say is that looks can be deceiving, but the effort was there. I imagine the only way I would return, is if my friends were meeting there and I couldn't pursuade them otherwise.
04/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is not at all what I expected when I saw the outside. It looks like hell! Really it looks like it's falling apart. But I guess the cool staff and good music keeps pepple coming back. I was so famished that i dared to try their food. The bartender recommended a few things on the menu, and i took his advice. I was fairly impressed! The crowd was pretty cool too. There were attractive girls in there. I'll definitely go back!
11/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Umm did a bomb went off in this place? I walked in the bar and tripped over a peice of ply wood that is supposed to be the floor of the entrance. The bartender told me rudely that they were under construction but all i saw was the destruction of a once cool place. It was like 50 degrees in there because the heat isn't working! It was literally freezing out and the heat itsn't working!?! This place has a limited life. It was early in the night, the bar wasn't busy, and i had to wait a long time for a drink so the bartender could finish her conversation. After she walked by me for the third time I asked if i could have a drink and she yelled at me for it and gave me dirty looks the rest of the time she was there. You got a hot bod sweetheart but your attitude makes you uglier than your face! I would have left after my first drink but she was on her way out the door. They must do a late shift exchange or something. The night time bartender was curteous and cool. I feel bad for him. Run like hell Sean that place is going to crumble.....literally! Whoever manages that place should be ashamed, and the owners should be embarassed.
01/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I stopped in LVL for the first time in about two years the other day and it looks like it hasn't been cleaned since its Y2K party. Seriously, I understand the attraction to cheap beer, but I wouldn't buy anything that wasn't in a bottle at the LVL. The staff was all right and there were some cool people there, but overall, this place's glory days are in the past. I'll stick to some of the other neighborhood haunts.
12/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to the Las Vegas Lounge a couple of times and I wish I could go more because I really liked it.. The beers are cheap, the staff in attentive and pleasant. There aren't many bars in the area like that one. I find it hard to believe that the entire staff is disrespectful as abbycart previously wrote. I just don't see it. On my third trip there, I was recognized and the bartender even remembered what I drank. I was having a horrible day and I was made to feel very welcome. I get the impression that a lot of regulars come in there because the bartender greeted most guests by name and had their drinks ready, which says a lot. If someone who has been to a lot of bars can't find a bar with employees more rude and disrespectul than the Las Vegas Lounge, than you haven't been to a lot of bars. The city is full of rude people and bad staff, but this bar isn't one of them. I would recommend a bar around the corner whose five letter name begins with a ""C"" and ends in an ""S"" (I won't mention it fully) Their staff and their attitudes make the Las Vegas Lounge look like a five star pampered resort. Stick with the Las Vegas Lounge, you can't go wrong.
12/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to many bars in my life, but I have never seen such rude employees as the LVL employees. The service is horrible, and the employees are simply rude and disrepectful. This place used to be awesome a couple years back, but now is not worth my time.
12/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I definitely dig the Las Vegas Lounge! It's got a good vibe going on with a great variety of music, cheap prices and a cool staff. I have been there several times and have never had a problem getting a great drink from friendly bartenders. I mean, they are people, so maybe they have bad nights too- who knows? I just don't get the unfriendly vibe from anyone there. The crowd is diverse and even when it's slow, it's still a chill place.
09/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This place is a wild card. It depends on when you go. Sometimes it is completely boring but other times it's ok. Whatever rival you people obviously have going on here I have to tend to agree that the staff are not the friendliest bunch. Then again there was one bartender there that treated me decent. Don't know too much about the food but i agree with whoever said the place is dirty. I've been here a handfull of times but have never felt welcomed by the bartenders. I basically wanted to acknowledge the one bartender in there who treated me decent and helped me find some other cool spots. Sorry, wish I remembered your name and knew exactly what shifts you worked because i don't feel comfortable in this spot with these other people you work with. I'm the one that moved here in July (you jotted me a map down). Anyway, if you remember Thank You but you need to get a job somewhere else.