Everything You Need to Know About Our New Rooftop Pool

With its “retro Palm Springs meets classic downtown Las Vegas” vibe, the Pool at the Plaza brings a whole new rooftop pool experience to the downtown scene. The renovated pool deck provides guests with OVER 70,000 sq. ft. of ultimate relaxation and entertainment, making it one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy a variety of newly added features including a refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and even an onsite food truck. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Pool at the Plaza.rooftop-pool-at-the-plaza

Lounging in Style and Comfort

It always feels like a battle to find seats by the pool, but guests don’t have to worry about that at the Pool at the Plaza. The renovated wet deck features plenty of chaise lounge chairs and lily pad daybeds for guests. And for those who are looking to get the full lounge experience, there are also six brand new cabanas available for rental. These cabanas provide guests with a private poolside retreat that is close enough to all the activities. Each cabana is complete with its own TV, fan, refrigerator, and safe for guests’ belongings. They also include a complimentary fruit plate OR a cheese and cracker tray.

Culinary Paradise

When you’re at the pool, there’s nothing more satisfying than having a drink (or two) in your hand. Guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail poolside or at the walk-up bar just a couple feet from the pool. And when you’re feeling hungry, there’s no shortage of options at the Pool at the Plaza. The rooftop pool offers food options from Pop Up Pizza, Zaba’s Mexican Grill or from the pool’s own food truck. Yes, you read that correctly. There’s a full-size and full-service food truck just for pool guests. The on-site food truck is headed by chef Shawn Giordano who comes to the Plaza with decades of culinary experience. Giordano’s unique menu offers fresh seaside street food with a classic Californian touch. Some of the must-try menu items include ahi tuna poke lettuce wraps, crispy rice paper tacos, and the lobster rolls.pool-at-the-plaza-food-truck

Up-Close and Personal Entertainment

Of course, no Vegas pool experience is complete without some live entertainment, right? As part of its massive renovation, The Pool at the Plaza includes a stage that overlooks the entire rooftop scene. The stage will offer a diverse lineup of live entertainment ranging from weekend DJs, concerts, and special events. Live entertainment performances will also support local events such as Plaza’s own Big Blues Bender and Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. Previous events include a special performance by the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash’d Out. With its featured performances, the Pool at the Plaza plans to create a laidback Palm Springs vibe rather than the typical day club experience on The Strip.pool-at-the-plaza-performance

Endless Activities & Amenities

If you don’t feel like taking a dip in the pool, the Pool at the Plaza has you covered with a bunch of other exciting activities. The impressive rooftop space will soon include recreation courts for tennis, basketball, and Pickleball – a combination of tennis, table tennis and badminton (the Plaza even hosted a Pickleball exhibition with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) earlier this month). There are also tables for mini-craps and blackjack as well as other games (foosball, table tennis, and a sandbag-toss game). And if you’re just looking to relax and unwind, the 12-person hot tub is the perfect activity for you.

Where to Find the Most Unique Cocktails in and Around Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas offers visitors the chance to experience the same excitement and nightlife that the city is known for, but with smaller crowds than the Strip. Next time you’re here, make sure to stop by these top-notch spots and grab one of their cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Or you can just try all of them—decisions are hard.

Oscar’s Beef • Booze • Broads

KAREN HILL’S PALOMAOn the second floor of the Plaza, one can find a flurry of refreshing cocktails on Oscar’s cocktail menu. These cocktails include Karen Hill’s Paloma made with tequila, Jarritos, Pamplemousse Liqueur, and lime, the Fairy Nectar comprised of gin, Lillet Blanc, Domaine de Canton and plum bitters, and the Whiskey Dreamcatcher with Maker’s Mark, elderflower, apricot and orange juice. Paying tribute to the extended run at the Plaza of the popular and critically acclaimed music and comedy show, the Scintas, Oscar’s cocktail also offers The Scinta Affair that floats a tequila infused lemon sorbet in sparkling wine.

Oak and Ivy

APPLE PIE HARVESTWhen it comes to the cocktail game, Oak & Ivy is a real standout. Nestled in an upgraded shipping container in the center of Downtown Las Vegas’ Container Park, Oak & Ivy’s trained mixologists combine both classic and innovative ingredients to bring patrons the ultimate cocktail experience. Their “Apple Pie Harvest” is all the rage and certainly something you won’t find anywhere else. To make the superstar staple, mixologists behind the bar combine Apple-scented Clyde Mays with Bar Keep Apple Bitters and finish it off with a pipette of Allspice Dram.  And since this is Vegas, they blowtorch a brown-sugared Granny Smith apple slice topper right in front of you as well. Side note: they also have a cult following for their Moscow Mules (but you weren’t going to get only one drink anyways, right?).

Downtown Cocktail Room

MATING CALLThe Downtown Cocktail Room (or DCR as locals call it) is a Las Vegas favorite due to its ever-changing seasonal menus. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall all feature deviations from their classic drink list, keeping locals coming back for new custom specials. One of their most unique drinks is a year-round keeper though, and comes with some unusual toppings. The “Mating Call” is a fusion of Cachaca (a sugar-cane spirit) and Yerba Mate tea, garnished with a cut of smoked cheddar and sugar-soaked blueberry decor. The mixologists at DCR surely stepped up the current sweet and savory culinary trend with this one since its ingredients combine to form a sultry smoky-sweet elixir. If this combo seems too adventurous you can always grab a friend and share one of their classic cocktail punch bowls, served exactly as the name hints.

Herbs & Rye

BLOOD AND SANDIf a cocktail menu organized by time period and a generous set of happy hours (both dinner and drink) pique your interest, then Herbs and Rye should be top on your Las Vegas bucket list. The restaurant’s “Blood and Sand” cocktail is listed under the Prohibition era, but there’s nothing secret about it—since it’s lit on fire before being served. The cocktail’s ingredients are listed on the menu as scotch, cherry heering, sweet vermouth, and orange juice with some zest—a combination sure to please even after the main display. Speaking of their happy hour—half price steaks? Order up.

Park on Fremont

DERBY BREAKFAST CLUBPark on Fremont is the perfect place to catch breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ve got drinks to pair with their food for every meal. Shoot for an AM dining time and experience what many would say is their most unique doozy all day: the “Derby Breakfast Club”. Served in a mason jar, this drink is a twist on the classic Bloody Mary using bacon-infused vodka, hickory smoke, and fresh house-made Mary mix. What makes the drink really unique though is its toppings—a piece of perfect bacon and an entire pickled egg. Make reservations for the porch ahead of time and get a great view of Fremont Street while sipping and eating your drink.

Velveteen Rabbit

GREEN BITCHVelveteen Rabbit is a cocktail bar featuring classic vintage decor, but their drinks are anything but old. The owners are two entrepreneurial sisters who are also expert mixologists. Their “Green Bitch” cocktail features a set of very unusual ingredients including Green Chartreuse, Strega, lemon, celery, egg white, simple syrup, and curry bitters. The components of the drink were carefully selected to offset the French herbal liqueur, creating a mixture that combines to form a perfectly balanced drink. PS: If you’re looking for a pick-me-up after the Green Bitch try the fluffy “Dorian Grey” – it’s an Earl-Grey infused vodka cocktail and comes with a shortbread biscuit.

Vanguard Lounge

TENNESSEE ROSEVanguard brings a perfect combination of superb mixologists and guest DJs to Fremont Street. This has made this lounge a favorite for locals and tourists alike. The space is decorated in super trendy industrial chic, which many consider a nice break from the numerous themed bars in the neighborhood. Their top-of-the-menu “Tennessee Rose” is a sure favorite for its whiskey flavor and sweet undertones- a.k.a. a combination of Bonnie Rose Apple Spiced Whiskey, Lime Juice, Sumac Grenadine, and Maple Syrup. If you’ve got steady enough hands, make sure to grab a the unique drink and head to Vanguard’s dance floor—where music and cocktail combine to form bliss.

Classic Jewel

THE HEATChandeliers and a glass bar wall may decorate Classic Jewel, but the real stunners are the drinks. “The Heat” lives up to its name as a blend of Sauza Hornitos Reposado, chili and jalapeños, sweet agave nectar, orange juice, and lime juice. Luckily, Classic Jewel’s mixologist allows you can choose the heat of your peppers on a scale of 0-2 before creating the drink, depending on how brave you are. One of the best parts though? If you really like “The Heat” you can even live above Classic Jewel (since it’s located at the base of a residential high rise).

Atomic Liquors

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIMEAtomic Liquor is a staple in Las Vegas, mostly due its history of famous Vegas clientele and long-gone rooftop mushroom cloud shows—courtesy of a former government bomb-testing area a mere 50 miles away. While you may have missed the window for that explosive experience by half a decade or so, Atomic Liquor is still sending shockwaves through Vegas today for their stellar cocktails. Their “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” mix is quite a crowd pleaser and unlike other bars, actually includes the title ingredients and not just flavor. The drink is a perfect blend of rye whiskey, sloe gin, blackberry, and peanut butter served in a mason jar. It’s exactly as mouthwatering as it sounds. Just like mom used to make, right?

Embracing Warmer Weather in Downtown Las Vegas

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas over the next few months, you’ll definitely want to compile a list of things to do that will help you beat the summer heat. Downtown Las Vegas is a great location to find unique attractions for having fun and staying cool. Here are five exciting, heat-approved attractions you should check out in Downtown Las Vegas:

Downtown Container Park

Located at 707 Fremont Street in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Container Park is a unique, open-air shopping destination that features food, shops, and entertainment options for the whole family. With an abundance of activities and attractions for everyone to do, this is the ideal location for family-friendly fun during the summer heat.

The Pool at the Plaza

What better way to beat the heat and introduce a sense of Classic Cool to your day than by lounging at the vintage Palm Springs-inspired rooftop Pool at the Plaza. With 70,000 sq. ft. designed for your enjoyment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in Downtown Las Vegas. Plenty of cabanas and daybeds, poolside entertainment, and scenic views of the Fremont Street Experience makes this pool perfect for all-day relaxation.

Commonwealth

More than just your standard bar, Commonwealth represents a new social opportunity in Downtown Las Vegas. Located on 525 E. Fremont Street, Commonwealth is a pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar with a variety of off-the-wall drinks. There’s even a hidden speakeasy lounge inside Commonwealth, called The Laundry Room. With two bars in the same building, this is a great place to grab a drink with friends and take in views of Fremont East from the open air atop the rooftop patio.

First Friday Art Celebration

Just as you’d expect, the First Friday Art Celebration takes place on the first Friday of the month and is open to those of all ages. This free event features an ever-changing assortment of art, from ceramics to paintings, photographs to mixed media. Lots of food, drink and shopping opportunities are available in the area, too. Check it out at 107 E. Charleston Blvd from 6 – 11 pm – the perfect timeframe for enjoying slightly cooler Las Vegas weather.It certainly gets warm in Las Vegas over the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your activities to the confines of the casino. Instead, balance your agenda by visiting one or more of these unique destinations the next time you’re in Downtown Las Vegas.Sources:http://downtowncontainerpark.com/https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/commonwealth/http://recesslv.com/10870/lets-go-to-the-laundry-room/https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/artifice-urban-lounge/http://www.lasvegas.com/event/first-friday-art-celebration/11674/