Fremont East will soon have a new cocktail bar as husband and wife co-owners Andrew and Jennifer Wheatley prepare to open Vanguard Lounge by the end of the month. Their plans include hot espresso, cold beer and handcrafted cocktails in an atmosphere reminiscent of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, complete with what Jennifer describes as “Hôtel Costes sounds”—a nod to the renowned Parisian hotel’s sophisticated compilation CDs.
Opening a bar together is old hat for the Wheatleys: The couple met and married while working together at the Artisan Hotel. “I hired him!” Jennifer says.
The lounge will be in the space previously occupied by Fremont Street Guitars. Its concrete floors are in, the foyer walls are distressed and an industrial garage door will be installed to take advantage of the area’s foot traffic. Misters will keep customers cool while al fresco; indoors, patrons will find white leather couches, glass tiles, a concrete bar, a dance floor and a live DJ four nights a week.
“We want this to be a neighborhood bar, but also for someone from Summerlin,” Andrew says.
The opening marks the first time since the February 2009 arrival of piano bar Don’t Tell Mama that the Fremont East entertainment district has added a new nightlife venue. 516 E. Fremont St., 2 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, vanguardlv.com.