704 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.949185 -75.152714
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
There's nothing exactly "Vegas" about LVL in terms of glitz or glamour, but it's easiest one of the most accessible and down-to-earth places to get drunk in Center City.
Hidden Jem – 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!
don't tell anyone , THIS ONES A KEEPER – 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.
Why? – 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.
Not For Me – 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.
Pleasantly Surprised – 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!
What the hell happened to this place? – 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.
Dirtiest Bar in Philadelphia – 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.
Cool Bar – 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.
Worst Service I've ever seen – 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.
Diggin It – 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.
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