Woodman family legend has it that when I completed my first decade on Earth, I announced—to all my relatives’ great amusement—that I was at last turning “the big one-oh!” No doubt many knowing glances were exchanged, and I expect the case will be the same when longtime patrons of Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, downtowncocktailroom.com), who have laughed, celebrated and commiserated together for a decade, will join owners Michael and Jennifer Cornthwaite to commemorate the chic boîte’s 10-year anniversary.
Little has changed since DCR opened its steel trick door on January 27, 2007, shocking the neighborhood with its sophisticated cocktail menus, swanky candlelit vibe and attractive clientele. Loyal regulars will get another pleasant surprise the first week of 2017 when they can be among the first to experience the transition of the former backroom “Speakeasy” into Mike Morey’s Sip ’n’ Tip, a new, delightfully lowbrow beer-and-whiskey concept meant to complement DCR’s distinctive high-brow experience. The Sip ’n’ Tip will celebrate its grand opening during DCR’s 10-year anniversary at the end of the month.
“It’s always fun to see familiar faces and reminisce about the past,” Michael says. “In this case, we get to celebrate the last 10 years as well as the next 10, 20 or 30!”