Exploring Downtown Las Vegas’ Beer Garden

Downtown Las Vegas is a hub of fun activities and a large variety of different cuisines sure to appeal to anyone. Although there are dining options including everything from a decadent steak dinner, to oversized favorites such as chicken and waffles, there is nothing quite like the Beer Garden at Plaza. This unique venue aims to recreate the traditional European beer gardens with its own unique twist. Those looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat and a frosty craft beer straight from the tap will love Beer Garden.

Food

 
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The food offerings at Beer Garden are German-inspired and are sure to please. The venue offers a variety of great snacks to pair will you beer including an extra giant size German pretzel that feeds 4 and crispy onion strings served with your choice of dipping sauce. The real draw here, however, are the signature wursts.

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These artfully crafted wursts include options such as The Westerner, with smoked polish sausage, roasted jalapenos, crispy fried onions and a chipotle aioli and The Golden Slipper, with andouille sausage, crispy bacon, and cream cheese topped with a fried egg. You also have the option to create your own wurst and even order a slice of specialty pizza from neighboring Pop Up Pizza. This is the perfect food to satisfy after a long day of exploring Downtown Las Vegas. 

Beer

There are few things that go together better than an ice cold draft beer and a wurst. Beer Garden takes things to a new level by offering over 20 different craft beers to pair with your food. No matter what flavor profile you are looking for, Beer Garden is sure to have it.

There are so many options including from American and European pale lager, cider, fruit beer, IPA, Irish stout and Belgian golden. The selection is wider than you will find anywhere else downtown.  They even offer interesting suggestions on which beer will pair best with certain menu offerings.  

Atmosphere

 
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Aside from the great food and wide variety of craft beers on tap, Beer Garden also boasts a uniquely fun atmosphere. If you are in the mood for a quick bite, the spacious indoor bar area is the perfect space to indulge. For those who are in the mood to hang out while enjoying the delicious food and drink offerings, Beer Garden also features a fully equipped outdoor area.

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Modeled to feel like a home backyard, this outdoor area features picnic table seating, real grass and plants along with table games and live entertainment. This urban oasis overlooking Fremont Street stays true to the beer garden experience with downtown’s only living wall. The wall is a 400 square foot garden with more than 900 different plants growing on it.

 

This makes Beer Garden the ultimate pub experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Make sure to stop by and try one of their amazing wursts and a frosty beer!

If afterwards you’re ready for some rest, take advantage of our affordable hotel room rates at Plaza and stay in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

Everything You Need to Know about Downtown Las Vegas’ Art District

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Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most culturally and historically rich areas in the entire city. One of the many reasons both tourists and locals alike love this area of the city is the Downtown Arts District. This eclectic area, officially known as 18b Arts District is well known as the hub of the art scene in Las Vegas. The area is full of art and working galleries, antique and other unique shops and restaurants and unique lounges. Only a short walk from Fremont Street, the 18b Arts District is the perfect place to go for a different side of Vegas.

History

The area originally gained its reputation as an art location when a family owned and operated business, Desert Art Supplies was established. Several more art based businesses and museums opened in the area throughout the years, including The Arts Factory, Enigma Garden Café and The Contemporary Arts Center. The area was officially created in 1998 and was named for the 18 block zone set aside for the district. Although the area is larger today, it was initially bounded by Hoover Avenue, Colorado Avenue, Las Vegas Boulevard, Commerce Street and 4th Street.

Goals

The initial goal of the area was to provide the otherwise dull area with a unique identity apart from what you would find on the Strip and Fremont Street. The ideal mission was to inspire creativity in everyone who visited and lived in the area. Today the area is managed by the 18b Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association and strives to encourage art in general. They also make large efforts to enhance current and new businesses in the district by creating growth and promoting enhanced pedestrian traffic.

First Friday

Now well known as the premier art event in the city, First Friday was first established in October 2002 and was attended by around 300 people. First Friday is the largest arts and culture event in the city, held on the first Friday of every month and hosting up to 20,000 visitors. The uniquely fun event brings in a substantial amount of foot traffic, allowing visitors to mingle the galleries, shops, restaurants and food trucks in the area. This is great for many local and upcoming artists and other vendors to gain recognition and sell some of their original artwork.

Preview Thursday

Held the first Thursday of every month, Preview Thursday was established as a scaled down version of First Friday. The reasoning behind this, is to allow more serious art buyers with the chance to beat the large crowds and potentially buy anything they are interested in. Preview Thursday is a great, more upscale way to enjoy the offerings of the Art District.

Must Visit Places

If you find yourself in need of a great meal while exploring the Art District, stroll over to Casa Don Juan for the best authentic Mexican food you will find anywhere. This family owned restaurant offers all of your favorites including carnitas, tortas, tacos, fajitas and much more. For anyone in need of an afternoon pick me up, or smaller food offerings will love everything at Makers & Finders Coffee. This coffee house serves up one-of-a-kind hand brewed favorites such as lavender infused lattes and small tapa like dishes including arepas, empanadas and shrimp ceviche. Head over to the Velveteen Rabbit for unique handcrafted cocktails in an atmosphere that perfectly embodies the spirit of the Art District.One of the best places to visit if you find yourself in the Arts District is the Arts Factory. Started in 1997, it is a warehouse full of a wide variety of different kinds of art including contemporary and traditional.Also make sure to find some of the many different street art murals in the area for a unique look at some of the ever-changing community art pieces. Finally, be sure to take a stroll down the First Street Art Trail as a way experience a unique variety of public art.

Family Friendly Attractions in Downtown Las Vegas

The transformation of Downtown Las Vegas over the past couple of years has made the area more family friendly than ever. Today, there are plenty of different attractions and activities to keep every member of the family happy. The eccentric atmosphere of Downtown Las Vegas means you are also sure to find truly unique activities while enjoying the area. If you are in town with younger family members, make your way Downtown for a day the whole family can enjoy.

Container Park

  This open air shopping area is made up entirely of shipping containers is one of the best places to go to entertain the entire family. The complex features an interactive kid’s play area, known as the Treehouse, unique shopping opportunities for both kids and adults, and enough food options for even the pickiest eaters in the family. Don’t forget to check the events calendar before heading to Container Park, as they host family movie nights, live music and much more.

Slotzilla

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This one-of-a-kind zip line attraction lets visitors experience Fremont Street from unexpected heights. This attraction offers two different experiences, one from 77 feet up and the other from 114 feet up. This attraction is sure to get your adrenaline pumping with speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Although there is no age requirement, flyers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult and meet weight requirements. Slotzilla is perfect for all members of the family and is an experience you are not soon to forget.  

Segway Las Vegas

 
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If you are looking for a new and exciting way to explore Las Vegas, look no further than Segway Las Vegas. This unique tour company specializes in tours of Segway Personal Transporters throughout the city. These tours give you the opportunity to operate your own Segway while cruising around different parts of the city, presenting unparalleled photo opportunities. The age limit for these tours is 12 year of age and are sure to be the most exciting tour you will ever take.

Museums

Discovery Children’s

Perfect for kids of any age, the Discovery Children’s Museum, located in Symphony Park, is both fun and educational. The three story, 58,000 square-foot facility features nine award-winning interactive exhibits including toddler town, eco city and water world. Each exhibit and interactive activity in the museum is geared toward teaching children more about how certain things work. Discovery Children’s Museum provides hours of fun and exploration for the whole family.  

Natural History

  Created in an effort to foster understand and appreciation for global life forms, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, located in the Cultural Corridor of Downtown Las Vegas, offers a truly unique experience. As a Smithsonian affiliate the museum features exhibits with treasures you can’t see anywhere else. Explore everything from Egyptian relics to displays on diverse African wildlife and much more.These are only a few of the exciting family friendly activities Downtown Las Vegas has to offer. So the next time you are in town with your family, remember that Las Vegas is fun for both adults and kids!

5 Unique Shops to Check Out at Container Park

Made entirely out of empty shipping crates, Container Park is one of the most unique shopping and entertainment centers in the city. With a distinctly downtown Las Vegas feel, Container park is full of fun stuff to see along with one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. The shops located inside the 3 story open-air retail center give visitors a chance to find boutique apparel, jewelry, art and more while supporting small, local businesses. Here are 5 of the most unique shops to check out next time you are exploring Container Park.

Blumarble

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Blumarble offers unique, handcrafted glassware, jewelry, gifts, home décor pieces and much more that you can feel good about. This is because Blumarble collects as many glass bottles from the Las Vegas Strip as possible, and then upcycles them into unexpected products that can add variety into your everyday life. They partner with businesses on the Strip and currently collect over 15,000 bottles of month to keep up with the high demand for these amazing products.

IndianSoulArt

Founded in 2004 with the goal of sharing Native American Arts and Crafts with others, IndianSoulArt not only sells art, but provides a space for display as well. Offering and expansive collection of paintings, pottery, totems, dreamcatchers, jewelry, traditional baskets and much more IndianSoulArt also offers documentation of authenticity for all pieces of art. No matter what kind of original Native American products you are looking for, this is the place to go.

San Miguel Trading Company

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Featuring an eclectic mix of authentic home décor, furniture, art, jewelry and apparel offerings, San Miguel Trading Company strives provide customers with only the most unique offerings. The company was founded in an effort to bring the rare and one-of-a-kind artisanal goods from Mexico to share with more people. All of the good in the shop are handmade with lots of love and pride and are sure to bring you joy.

Max Luxx

Max Luxx is the perfect place for anyone looking for great prices on authentic designer handbags, wallets, belts, travel gear, sunglasses and much more. This unique resale boutique that combines the best aspects of luxury and affordability. With amazing products from some of the most well-known designers in the world, you are sure to find exactly what you want at Max Luxx.

Kappa Toys

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This one-of-a-kind toy store is carefully designed and well-stocked to instill a heavy dose of nostalgia to everyone who enters. The store is sure to provide hours of discovery for both adults and children. With never before seen toys from all over the world to classics sure to remind you of your childhood, Kappa toys is a great place to find something fun for both you and the kids.

Mob Museum Spotlight

It’s no secret that the mob was linked with the establishment of the city of Las Vegas as it is today. The history of both the city and some of the better known hotels in Las Vegas is strewn with some of the most recognizable mob names imaginable. Although this was previously considered to be a weak point in the evolution of the city, it has been embraced in recent years. This is in large part due to the opening of the Mob Museum in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. This uniquely Vegas museum breathes history, including everything inside, along with the building in which it is houses.

The Building

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mob Museum is the corresponding history of the building where it is located. Falling perfectly in line with the rich history of the entire Downtown area, The Mob Museum was originally both the U.S. Post Office and courthouse and was opened in 1933. Although it was not primarily used as a courthouse for several years after opening, in 1950 the building gained notoriety for holding one of the Kefauver Committee Hearings.  The famed hearings, led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, were to investigate organized crime in interstate commerce. Although these hearings took place across the country and were intended to investigate organized crime in general, it became clear the mob connections in Las Vegas were front and center. The courtroom on the second floor of the museum, where testimony was heard for these hearings, has been restored to its original glory. The building was sold to the city in 2002 with the agreement that it be preserved and used as a museum.

The Museum

The idea of the museum was proposed by the Mayor of Las Vegas, and well-known mafia criminal defense lawyer, Oscar Goodman, as a way to tell the complicated story of organized crime in society.
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Officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement the museum is an interactive journey using a vast collection of exhibits to tell true stories. The underlying theme of the museum is how mobsters led to the rise of the city and how law enforcement led to their eventual downfall.

Exciting Exhibits & Artifacts

One of the most anticipated exhibits in the museum is the restored second floor courtroom where visitors can see video clips of the actual Kefauver hearings that were broadcast to Americans during the time. There are also plenty more interactive exhibits to visit including a wiretapping display, a firearms simulator and an audio visual panel where you can see FBI testimonies.The most valuable and exciting artifact in the entire museum, however, is the blood stained and bullet battered brick wall where the infamous Chicago Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place. Some of the other notable artifacts include the sunglasses worn by Bugsy Siegel on the day of his death, the white suit famously worn by John Gotti during court appearances and a 1919 World Series ticket showing the game has been fixed.

Notable Names

 
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Those who curated the amazing artifacts for this one-of-a-kind museum clearly spared no expense in securing artifacts from some of the most well-known names in organized crime. There are rare items from Al Capone, Charlie Luciano, Tony Spilotro, George Moran, John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, Carlo Gambino, Edgar Hoover, Estes Kefauver, Eliot Ness, Rudy Giuliani and many more.This unique museum is a must visit next time you find yourself looking for something interesting to do in Downtown Las Vegas. You are sure to leave the museum with a great understanding of how organized crime infiltrated American culture and society during these times.