Regardless of what you’re drinking, The Griffin has quickly become one of the coolest spots in town to see and be seen, but not in a pretentious sort of way. It’s the kind of bar where if you’re local, you run into somebody you know, and if you’re not a local, trust us, you’ll run into somebody you want to know – you’ll be able to tell that you want to know them when they pick out a few eyebrow-arch worthy selections on the bar’s jukebox.
-- Review by Jamie Helmick
I tell you what. I didn't even want to go to the Griffin. I told The Little One she tricked me. But I quickly noticed that I could totally get into this vibe: One of the few places in Las Vegas where you can see someone wearing a Bravery T-shirt, or a dude in a tie, or a guy with a 8 inch Mohawk all drinking a beer in a cool, dimly lit atmosphere.
They even have a DJ in back after midnight. The best thing about The Griffin is that it has, what is widely known by cool kids in Las Vegas, the greatest jukebox of all time.
Yes. A jukebox, but not filled with the music you might expect from a jukebox in your local bar or tavern.
So by the time I had heard the following selections from this juke box, I was ready to wish a Happy Birthday to our ultra-cool friend Sarah...
Made In The Dark
It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
When The Whip Comes Down
The Rolling Stones
Ike & Tina
[Download Jamie T - Ike & Tina]
Black And Gold
Reason Is Treason
I captured the music from this magic box of jukes with the handy iPhone app I have talked about before. Shazam. This whole list is as best as I could capture with my phone. When the drunk girls that are TLO's friends finally showed up, it was tough to let Shazam do its thing over the drunk screaming and yelling.
Sound Of Silver
[Download LCD SoundSystem - Sound Of Silver]
Time Has Come Today
The Chambers Brothers
Smiling Faces Sometimes
The Undisputed Truth
Clap Your Hands!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Ride, Ride, Ride
Be My Lover
I Love Rock N' Roll
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
[Listen To Digitalism - Pogo]
And the list goes on...
Fox On The Run
Love Is The Drug
No You Girls
Jerk It Out
Do You Wanna
Sugar On My Tongue
Awesome isn't it! That range and indie-cool level is rarely reached in a dive bar, much less a Jukebox in a dive bar!
After midnight a DJ shows up in the back room to play even more great music. Granted, his technical ability was a little on the "I-don't-give-a-fuck" level, but his track selection was epic. Here is a sample of that courtesy of Shazam:
Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix)
Eric B & Rakim
Listen Up! (Mstrkft Mix)
[Download Gossip - Listen Up! (MSTRKRFT Remix)]
Over And Over (Mock And Toof Dub Mix)
Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)
The Ting Tings
Saturdays (Kingroc Remix)
[Download Cut Copy - Saturdays (Kingroc Remix)]
10 Dollar (Diplo's China Girl Mix)
As you can see, Shazam has revloutionized the concept of trainspotting your favorite DJ!
If you live or visit Las Vegas make sure to check out The Griffin. I hear there is a Griffin in California as well...that serves food!