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Ryan Doherty

Corner Bar Management
Ryan Doherty, founder of Corner Bar Management (CBM), brings together compelling art, edgy
entertainment, progressive design, imaginative cocktails and innovative cuisine at each of his Las
Vegas bars and restaurants. Doherty excels at creating social environments through shaping shared
experiences for his concepts. He started with a neighborhood bar, and it’s turned into a

Doherty elevated the nightlife standard in Downtown Las Vegas with the opening of his first bar,
Commonwealth, in 2012, and has since shaped much of what is now Downtown Las Vegas’ vibrant
Fremont East Entertainment District. A 6,000-square-foot neighborhood bar with rooftop views
inspired by Doherty’s Boston roots, Commonwealth is home to The Laundry Room, an
internationally acclaimed cocktail haven. Doherty crafted every detail of the bar, from curating the
art to shaping a lineup of DJs and live music.

In April 2013, Doherty introduced Park on Fremont, a lush, whimsical patio garden and bar amidst
the concrete and neon of downtown Las Vegas. At 5,000 square feet, Park on Fremont is an intimate
bar filled with objects d’art and framed on two sides by two garden patios, florals and greenery, and
an upgraded sound system and a DJ booth has been added to the back patio.
Doherty went on to consult, design, conceptualize and build businesses, including Itsy Bitsy Ramen
And Whisky, BLVD Cocktail Company, Due + Proper and Whist Stove & Spirits in 2015. In 2019,
Corner Bar opened Joy of Hot Dog, a neon-lit mobile trailer serving unconventional hot dogs
adjacent to Park on Fremont’s front patio.

Just this summer, Doherty introduced two new concepts on the same block as Park on Fremont and
Commonwealth: Lucky Day, an intimate 3,000-square-foot tequila and mezcal bar and DISCOPUSSY,
a 6,500-square-foot after-hours dance haven that caters to audiophiles craving mainline house and
techno. Corner Bar will unveil two more concepts at Fremont East in 2021: We All Scream, a
collision of candy-colored clubland that will blend music, art and ice cream; and Cheapshot, an
intimate 99-seat theatre with eccentric entertainment.

In late summer, Doherty opened two concepts at AREA15, the world’s first purpose-built art and
experiential entertainment complex. In September, Corner Bar unveiled Oddwood, a 2,500-square-
foot enchanting cocktail bar set under the awning of a 25-foot-tall digital maple tree. In October,
Doherty opened Museum Fiasco, a 5,000 square-foot progressive museum designed to cultivate an
immersive sound and light experience. The museum’s first exhibit, ‘Cluster,’ created by Playmodes
Studio, pushes boundaries in light, technology and creativity in a large-scale audio-visual
experience, presenting a dynamic, interactive show that engages the senses. The virtuosic play tells
a story through a collection of lights that strobe in harmony with the extraordinary soundscape.
The 360-degree experience explores the chaotic feeling of being inside the kernel of a glitchy
computer processor and is the first brick and mortar gallery in the United States for Playmodes

Commonwealth and Park on Fremont have received multiple accolades and awards, including
Commonwealth’s designation as one of “7 New Reasons to Hit Las Vegas” by the New York Post and
one of the “Best Rooftop Bars in Las Vegas” by Thrillist. The Laundry Room was named “Best
Cocktail Bar of the Year” by Nightclub & Bar and Oddwood and Lucky Day were featured as a “Must-
Try Restaurants in Sin City” by Vegas Magazine and “25 Great Las Vegas Dates To Go On Right Now”
by Thrillist. In addition, Oddwood was featured as one of the “Most Anticipated Restaurant and Bar
Openins in Las Vegas” by Eater, and Museum Fiasco was recognized as a hospitality business “On
the Move” by the Las Vegas Business Press.
Doherty’s concepts prioritize communal experiences that are less about taking snapshots and more
about social engagement. He has focused on lower populated areas of Las Vegas to breathe life into
dilapidated buildings and upgrade neighborhoods along the way. His projects have personalized
previously untouched areas of the city with bars and restaurants that feel on-trend and
simultaneously timeless. His footprint in Downtown Las Vegas includes multiple properties that are
connected by the appeal of art, not displayed on the walls, floors and ceilings, but the art that has
become each individual business.

Doherty developed an early interest in the hospitality industry, managing and directing nightclubs
throughout his college years. Identifying a need for new businesses to support Las Vegas’ fast-paced
growth and appeal to the city’s growing nightlife business, Doherty opened a portfolio of businesses
to support the fast-growing industry. He opened Las Vegas Printing Press in 2003, which later
became Environmental Ink, and serviced some of Las Vegas’ top companies, including Cirque du
Soleil, Zappos, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Shops at Crystals and more. Doherty later entered the
media industry by bringing popular lifestyle magazine, 944, to Las Vegas. He and his business
partner, Justin Weniger, expanded their media portfolio with the creation of WENDOH Media, a
premier, full-service media company that founded multiple media outlets, including Vegas SEVEN,
Vegas/Rated, DTLV, DailyFiasco.com and SpyOnVegas.com.
From 2015 to 2019, Doherty served as chief experience officer for Life is Beautiful, one of the
largest annual music festivals in Las Vegas celebrating music, art, food and ideas in Downtown Las
Vegas. Spearheading the Life is Beautiful mural program, Doherty coordinated public works of art
throughout Downtown Las Vegas with over 50 artists from around the world. Featuring
unforgettable headlining musicians, extraordinary installations from esteemed artists and thought-
provoking speakers, the festival brings the community together to inspire creativity, empower
individuality and spark meaningful conversations.

Most recently, Doherty curated two large-scale art pieces at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino,
known as “Transmigrations,” the world’s largest augmented realty mural created by Camila
Magrane and “Slat City,” a 5,600-square-foot, colorful and abstract mural, by Josef Kristofoletti.
An avid believer that art amplifies culture, enhances the quality of life and builds a sense of
community, Doherty is notorious for his unmatched eye for design and art in each of his endeavors.
He has been involved in countless art installations, concepts and pieces in Las Vegas, including his
coordination of a large-scale mural project at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, which won the Mayor’s
Urban Design Award in 2017. He has sold large-scale installations to Wynn Las Vegas, The Venetian
Hotel, the Fashion Show Mall Plaza and other notable Las Vegas destinations. Doherty has worked
with renowned artists including Okuda, Shepherd Fairy, D*Face, Faile and many more.
Doherty continues his commitment to enriching Las Vegas’ art scene with a public mural program
in collaboration between We All Scream and Zappos. A nightlife and ice cream experience on

Fremont Street, We All Scream will give patrons the power to fund local murals and public art
programs in Downtown Las Vegas through every purchase of ice cream or merchandise at the
venue. Already a showcase of great public art and murals, We All Scream will seek to further
advance the city’s reputation as a public art destination and the largest outdoor gallery in the

Doherty is devoted to restoring neon signs from Downtown Las Vegas’ glory days and adding as
much neon to the area as possible, most recently donating a 30-foot neon sign to the Neon Museum
Las Vegas. He has an ongoing and collaborative partnership with the City of Las Vegas to fund and
design new signs Downtown. Doherty holds a Bachelor of Arts in hotel management from the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an
avid outdoorsman and enjoys jogging with his dog, Disco.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, June 28

2:00pm PDT