Parking In Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper. 

Parking in Downtown Las Vegas

Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. Considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the Strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas. 

Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle-free from start to finish, so we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.

Parking at the Plaza

Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot. Self-parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 60 minutes! 

Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play. Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino. Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car. Parking for up to 4 hours is only $5 and parking over 4 hours is only $10.

Parking at the Fremont Street Experience

If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street Experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens. 

Also, you can find street parking that charges by the hour, or there may be free street parking at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on. 

The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area. Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!

Container Park Parking

For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.

Main Street Parking

If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden or you can try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave. There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge a few dollars for parking.

Downtown Parking Tips

When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 60 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather. 

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Read the Signs

There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted. Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots. 

Watch the Time

If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine. 

For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!  

If You Don’t Want to Park

There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.  

2nd Annual Taste of Downtown

The time of year where Vegas visitors and tourists can enjoy balmy weather has finally arrived. With the sun still shining, many still relax poolside in the thriving energy of Downtown Las Vegas. Add some of the most magnificent and delicious food in Nevada while enjoying a fine wine or cocktail and you have just another evening well spent. 

If you’d like to have a great evening out, join us for the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown 2019. Food enthusiasts of all kinds will not want to miss this epicurean event of the season.

About Taste of Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas is known for having some of the best food in the city. You’ll find every cuisine you could possibly desire from a nice steak at Oscar’s Steakhouse to some excellent vegan food from VegeNation. 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 10, and will feature over twenty participating restaurants. Event attendees will have the opportunity to sample food and drinks from participating restaurants and see why the Nevada restaurant industry is famous for its culinary accolades.

What to Expect

With different types of cuisine from all over the world, Las Vegas has become a must-visit food destination alongside downtown Las Vegas which is also becoming the center of food culture for both locals and visitors. 

The proceeds from the event will go to support the Nevada Restaurant Association educational and scholarship programs so more budding chefs have the opportunity to hone their skills. Proceeds will go to programs like ProStart, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program that involves more than 3,500 students in the state of Nevada. 

When you buy a ticket to Taste of Downtown 2019, you’ll not only enjoy delicious food, but you’ll also contribute to a great cause!

How to Get a Taste

Tickets start at $70 for general admission and $299 for the VIP package, which includes a two-night stay at The Plaza in a poolside hotel room plus four tickets to the event. Attendees can reserve a cabana for the event.
Please visit here to purchase tickets or for the VIP package, email info@nvrestaurants.com or call (702) 878-2313.

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Best Places to Watch the Big Game Bash Downtown Las Vegas

The Big Game will be here before you know it. Even if you don’t know who you’ll be rooting for yet, it’s never too early to start your game day watch party planning! It’s considered the biggest sporting event in North America and should be considered its own holiday. In 2020, the game is taking place in Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Where to Watch the Big Game?

If you aren’t able to make it in person to see and experience this massive event, then chances are you’re going to at least make plans to watch it. The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is hosting the Big Game Viewing Party where you will find frenzied fans, a delicious buffet, and of course, an open bar.

Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party

To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Viewing Party in the newly renovated Sierra Ballroom. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. 

The game will be broadcast on several large-screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view, no matter where you are. Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!

Get a Room

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Amid the Big Game festivities, commercials, and performances, it’s also worth noting that Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Have you ever thought of a hotel room as an alternative to drinking and driving? 

The cost of a DUI can be $1,000’s of dollars and leave a permanent mark on your driving record. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but they can also be expensive and time-consuming alternatives to drinking and driving. Drivers are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers. 

Our hotel rooms are oftentimes less expensive than a round-trip ride and are a short walk from all the action. Book your downtown hotel room at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out fast for this special event.

The William Hill Race & Sportsbook Bar

Located on the casino floor of the Plaza Hotel is the William Hill Race & Sportsbook, the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year. Place your bets and enjoy an array of beer, wine, and cocktail choices at this cozy sports bar. 

The best part is, you’re located near exciting casino gaming action — a perfect way to spend halftime if you don’t care to watch the show.

The Halftime Show

However, if you do want to watch the show you can enjoy watching this year’s performers from our viewing party. Grab yourself a drink, sit back, relax and be entertained.

After the Big Game

After the game, Downtown Las Vegas has several attractions to keep the party going well into the night.

Fremont Street Experience

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Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience with its many famous characters and attractions. Enjoy the free light shows on the world’s largest video screens with premium quality sound. Over 17 million people enjoy the Fremont Street Experience every year. 

SlotZilla Zip Line

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One of our favorite things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is to ride SlotZilla, which is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line experience. Fly high above the crowded streets at speeds over 40 mph. Build amazing memories at one of the premier attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.

Neon Museum

Need a light stroll after all that food and drinks? View The Neon Museum’s collection of historic and iconic signs from Las Vegas’ past. Listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Neon Museum is a short drive from the Plaza and a great way to learn more about the history of Las Vegas. 

Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about what inspired it, where it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. We recommend experiencing the magic of the Neon Museum at night to view the iconic neon of their restored signs. 

The Place to Be Downtown

This is just a small piece of things to do during the Big Game weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Big Game Viewing Party in Las Vegas.

 

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

People love coming to Las Vegas because of the endless entertainment and things to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. 

Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and vintage charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! With so many things going on each night, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.

Experience The Fremont Street Experience

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As one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience doesn’t disappoint. Amidst an eclectic soundtrack and atmosphere, walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with a light show overhead. Tourists and locals alike explore fun shops along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!

Enjoy the Free Summer Concert Series

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Downtown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night. 

This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, we suggest you get there early to reserve a good spot since spots are standing room only with no reservations.

Visit Historic Casinos

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Some of the casinos in downtown are Las Vegas staples. In 1945, famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway purchased the El Cortez Hotel and Casino four years after opening. When it first opened in 1971, The Plaza Hotel and Casino was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”. 

The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada and was renamed in 1955 to the current name.

Watch Street Performers

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There’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, contortionist, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls. 

Get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas-style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen with which to take pictures as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.

Stay Cool at the Pool

The Plaza Pool is now open

Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals, but guests staying at the Plaza Hotel & Casino can enjoy a dip at the pool for free. Our downtown pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet. 

Relax in comfort on one of our many lounge chairs, day beds, and cabanas. If you like it hot, our 12-person hot tub is perfect for you.

Listen to Live Music

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The live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night. 

Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night.

Join the Fans for Sports Viewing Parties

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The sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and several of the bars host their own viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free so you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. 

Try Free Slot Pulls

One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.

Check Out Some Antiques

When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!

Take a Picture Worth a Million Bucks

If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million. 

It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance.

Explore Container Park

Many uncover all sorts of art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is a unique experience. It’s a park made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further!

There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages. 

Enjoy free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, there’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.

Walk under the Dome at Container Park

The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas. 

When you enter the dome, millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display surround you and will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet. 

The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.

Meet a Giant Praying Mantis

A 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire looms at the entrance of the Container Park in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.

Appreciate Art

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. From giant downtown murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets, art is on display everywhere you look. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown. 

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Super Bingo Tournament At The Plaza

February Super Bingo at the Plaza Hotel Casino Bingo is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas, but Super Bingo takes it to an entirely new level. The Super Bingo Tournament brings hundreds of people from all over the world into Downtown Las Vegas for the chance to win big and meet other bingo players. It’s not uncommon to see people come from as far as Hawaii and even Canada to take part and play in the tournament. The tournament at The Plaza Hotel & Casino takes place over two days in the newly remodeled ballroom, and all players have the chance to win $175,000 overall. There is a super coverall both days of the bingo tournament, giving players even more of a chance to win. The super coverall on the first day of the competition awards $25,000 to a lucky player, and on the second day, $50,000 is awarded for the super coverall. To join the tournament, The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers bingo only sessions priced at $130. However, players also have the option to book room-and-bingo packages, which start at $239 for a three-night stay. The room-and-bingo packages are even a great option for locals because there will be an open bar during the sessions! Having a hotel room to go back to after a full day of the bingo tournament means that everyone can enjoy the open bar responsibly. A Super Bingo & Hotel Package includes a three-night stay at the hotel, two sessions of Super Bingo, two daubers to use during bingo, a gift, and provided lunch during each day of the tournament. The tournament takes place over several weekends during 2019. The next Super Bingo takes place February 10-12! Register Now In addition to the Super Bingo tournament, there is plenty to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas. You can step outside The Plaza and step right into the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for having some of the best food in the city. When you come to Las Vegas for the Super Bingo tournament you’re sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

The Mob Museum and Oscars Give You A Deal You Can’t Refuse

Crime Lab at the Mob Museum It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city. The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob. Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

oscars steakhouse stock Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas. Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas. Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you. Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package. Book Your Package Now We hope to see you soon!

The Plaza Ranked First Place for Best of Las Vegas

The best of vegas Las Vegas is a big beautiful city where people come to dream and play. The casino lights and glamour of the city are dazzling to locals and visitors alike and the splendor of the city can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to decide what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially if you’re on a short vacation to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do here and even living here it’s nearly impossible to do it all. Luckily, The Best of Las Vegas has dedicated the time and effort to searching the city for the best places to go for many different categories, so you won’t have to waste your time researching or guessing where the Vegas hot spots are. It’s no surprise that the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas came out on the top in several categories. The Plaza was voted first place in 2017 for:
  • Best Bingo in Las Vegas
  • Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas for our steakhouse, Oscar’s
  • Best Pool in Downtown
  • Best Slots in Downtown
  • Best Hotel in Downtown
Plaza also took second place for Downtown Table Games. This means that the Plaza can be your ultimate destination for a great time in Vegas.

What Is Best of Las Vegas?

The 2017 Best of Las Vegas, invites, engages and allows their audience to vote for their favorite businesses in multiple categories, 290 to be exact. The winners are decided by locals and tourists in several categories including, things to do, places to go, and more. The Best of Las Vegas relies on their audience to supply them with the name of outstanding businesses and recognizes those winners every year in their annual Best of Las Vegas awards. Winners are announced in Mid-November and all winners are honored in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s special section publishing the Best of Las Vegas.

How to have The Best of Las Vegas in one day?

To have a perfect day at The Plaza you can check in and spend some time by our rooftop pool. When you’re done relaxing by the pool you can try your luck at bingo, slots, or one of the many table games. Then go out and explore the Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. After your adventure, come back and have an excellent dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse then end the night with a great night’s sleep in one of the many comfortable hotel rooms that The Plaza has to offer. In a city as great as Las Vegas, it’s easy to find many places to have fun and relax. There is no shortage for a good time in the city and you’ll always be able to find something to do, see, eat, or drink. But, why settle for good when you can stay with the best?

Voting is now open for 2018

We are excited to have won Best of Las Vegas 2017 and honored to be nominated again for 2018! Now we need your continued support to help us win the categories got nominated for this year. VOTE TODAY

The Plaza Hotel & Casino Adds Third 21-Story Mural

anthropomorphic wolf wearing a las vegas T-shirt The Plaza Hotel & Casino has added a third mural to its downtown Las Vegas display. This mural was done by Faile, and positioned on the north tower at 21 stories high. The mural is a big milestone for Faile, as it is the largest they have ever created. About Faile Faile, started in 1999, is an artistic collaboration hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Artists Patrick McNeill and Patrick Miller formed together to make the cohesive artistic unit. The name “Faile” was created for the duo because it is an anagram of their first project titled “A Life”. Their work can be described as a combination of “high” and “low” culture and the duo likes to think outside the box, using many different materials in their work. The current murals on The Plaza are done by Shepard Fairey and D*Face. (below) shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas Dface in las vegas The installation by Faile might be the most prominently positioned mural on The Plaza Hotel & Casino north tower because it will overlook the busy I-15 freeway and have about 200,000 cars driving past it every day. The mural is sure to make The Plaza stand out amongst the rest of the downtown hotels and casinos. Jonathon Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, felt that it was a vital part of downtown Las Vegas culture to have a diversified art installation available for the public to see. What makes the murals at The Plaza especially unique is that you don’t even have to go inside to view them. They will attract your attention from the freeway or while you are walking towards downtown. Jossel says he is proud to have the murals call The Plaza their home. Patrick McNeil of Faile stated that when they were offered the opportunity to paint The Plaza, they thought of the famous painting of Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, which can be reflected in the mural which in its progress appears to be a dog holding a hand of cards. McNeil also said he was thrilled to be a part of the iconic history of The Plaza, which has been a central hub for artists and art lovers of all kind. Click here to view Plaza’s First 21-Story Mural (by Shepard Fairey). Click here to view Plaza’s Second 21 Story Mural (by D*Face).

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Vegas

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the occasion. This year, the city will play host to amazing parties, incredible performances, and much more. Not to mention, the weather is expected to be perfect for spending time outside soaking up some of the desert rays. Here are our picks for the best events for celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Vegas and some tips to ensure your Memorial Day experience is enjoyable and safe.

Plaza Pool Nights

memorial day weekend pool party las vegas The Plaza’s new rooftop pool is one of the best spots to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend. The Pool at the Plaza brings a whole new rooftop pool experience to the downtown scene. With over 70,000 square feet of relaxation and entertainment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy our newly refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and onsite food truck. While other pool parties will cost upwards of $50 to get in, the Pool at the Plaza will be free all summer long. Come down to the Pool at the Plaza on May 27th to hear live DJ’s spinning your favorite songs, relaxing night swimming, and fireworks to mark this special occasion. Loung in style and comfort by the pool on our renovated wet deck featuring plenty of chaise lounge chairs and lily pad daybeds for guests. If you’re looking for the full lounge experience, there are also six brand new cabanas available for rent. These cabanas provide a private pool-side retreat and access to all the activities. Each cabana has it’s own TV, fan, refrigerator, and more. RSVP now for your spot at the hottest pool party this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day RSVP

Free Concerts on Fremont Street

fremont street concert seriesphoto credit: VegasExperience.com Memorial Day weekend also means free summer concerts downtown. Fremont Street Experience is the best place to enjoy free live music all summer long. With three stages and a rotating schedule of non-stop entertainers, downtown Las Vegas can’t be beaten when it comes to value entertainment. The free concert series will feature some of the best bands in the world, including Theory of a Deadman, Rock ‘n Road Trip Tour, Ann Wilson of Heart, Good Charlotte, Rick Springfield, Seether, Collective Soul, and Chevelle. This Memorial Day Weekend is no different with a full day of live music and entertainment from a wide range of musical genres. Here is the full schedule for Memorial Day Weekend. May 27th, 2017  – Main Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Jef Leppard 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10 pm to 2 am
May 27th, 2017  – 1st Street Stage
  • Vanessa Legrand 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Alter Ego 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Dancing DJ 8 pm to 10 pm
  • Spandex Nation 10pm to 2am
May 27th, 2017  – 3rd Street Stage
  • Tony Marques 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Dancing DJ 5 pm to 7 pm
  • ’80s Station 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Zowie Bowie 10 pm to 1 am

Free Viva Vision Fremont Street Show

The Viva Vision Light Show video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street’s renowned pedestrian mall. This is one of Las Vegas’ most iconic attractions. Viva Vision Light shows are approximately six minutes and run every hour. fremont street experience

D*Face Unveils Latest Las Vegas Downtown Art

If you look on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, you may see something that looks like it was pulled from a horror or suspense comic book. Dface in las vegas The latest piece of art to join the Downtown Las Vegas area is a large mural created by D*Face, an English multimedia street artist known for his sold-out galleries and collaboration with the world’s top music artists. His style can be considered a modern twist on retro comics and skeletons are a frequent staple of his work. D*Face’s latest masterpiece is his tallest and widest mural ever created. Overlooking the pool deck of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, D*Face created a chilling scene reminiscent of old horror comics with a retro feel. The mural, lacking any captions or words, encourages viewers to interpret the scene, which includes a frightened young blonde woman with big blue eyes, a menacing skeletal hand, and a slowly opening door. The artwork stretches across three different parts of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, creating a depth effect for viewers. Completing the mural was a challenge that D*Face relished. It pushed him to overcome his fear of heights and work within the uneven architecture of the Plaza Hotel to create something unique. D*Face was lifted on a platform with a rope pull system to finish the mural. D*Face masterfully used the architecture and placement of the mural to create shadows that extend the boundaries of the mural and transform it from a two-dimensional piece of art to a surreal 3-D mural that comes alive as the sun sets.
D*Face’s mural joins Shepard Fairey’s colossal mural on the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

About D*Face

“D*Face”, a.k.a. Dean Stockton is an English multimedia street artist known for using mediums like spray paint, stickers, posters, and stencils to create beautiful modern pieces of street art. He started creating his unique and recognizable characters one day while sitting in the office trying to pass the time. His life was forever changed as his artistic passion continued to grow and he decided to pursue his art as his life’s work. D*Face has been of the most influential artists in the Downtown Las Vegas art scene, alongside Shepard Fairey, Zio Ziegler, Chor Boogie, Ruben Sanchez, and more. His retro feeling art reminiscent of old comic books contributes to the classic “Old Vegas” vibe that has become a staple of the Downtown area. D*Face is a common fixture at Life is Beautiful and his latest piece joins several others that he created for the eclectic Las Vegas festival. The festival is known for its creative artwork and is responsible for contributing many of the murals that now flood Downtown Las Vegas with vibrant colors and unique styles. Below is one of the murals he did for Life Is Beautiful 2013.
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Some of his most well-known work includes album cover art for Christina Aguilera’s album Bionic, which shows Aguilera’s face as half human and half painted robot. More recently, he did the cover art for Blink-182’s album California, which features a crying woman and a skeleton sitting in a car. D*Face’s influences include hip-hop, punk rock music, animated cartoons, and fellow street artist, Shepard Fairey. Click here to view Plaza’s First 21-Story Mural (by Shepard Fairey). Click here to view Plaza’s Third 21-Story Mural (by Faile).

Street Artist and Political Activist, Shepard Fairey, Creates Downtown Mural Masterpiece

shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas Street artist and political activist, Shepard Fairey, has completed his latest masterpiece, and the largest art mural in Las Vegas, on the side of the Plaza Hotel Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The mural titled, “Cultivate Harmony,” reminds us that peace and harmony are the only way to maintain what sustains us. Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama has transformed American pop culture with his modern art and now he’s transformed the Plaza into a living piece of artwork. Fairey is one of the most recognized street artists of our generation and an icon in the art scene. Fairey began work on the building-length mural Wednesday, which is captured in a stunning high-definition video by JUSTKIDS, a creative house that conceives and promotes modern art projects. The video series details the painstaking process of planning and executing the complex mural. Shot with aerial drones and HD cameras, the video series captures Fairey and team at work high above the Plaza Hotel Casino. Watch the series below.
Covering all three panels of the hotel’s northern facade, the Plaza hotel becomes the latest Fairey creation and addition to the growing art murals found throughout Downtown Las Vegas.

Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been a destination for Street Art over the last few years, specifically downtown. When you walk around downtown Las Vegas, you can’t miss the murals and art decorating the walls. The streets of Downtown Vegas have been a blank canvas for the world’s most influential street artists including Shepard Fairey. Shepard Fairey has been one of those influential artists in the Las Vegas art scene and a common fixture at Life is Beautiful, a one-of-a-kind festival that brings music, art, and food to downtown Las Vegas. Fairey’s art can be found throughout the Las Vegas Valley but none match the size of his latest piece at the Plaza Hotel. Using suspended scaffolding and working through gusts of wind, Fairey and his team covered the Plaza with black and red paint. They then used spray paint to color open areas to create the masterpiece on display. Unaware that a world renowned artist was transforming the Plaza Hotel, on-lookers casually passed by, not realizing the Plaza was to become the next installment in Shepard Fairey’s legendary career. Shepard Fairey isn’t the only renowned artist transforming the Plaza Hotel. English multimedia artist D*Face will bring his pop art-style, bright colors, and comic book inspired artwork to his own mural in downtown. Both murals will add color and life to an already vibrant downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience. Come see the mural today. Click here to view Plaza’s Second 21 Story Mural (by D*Face). Click here to view Plaza’s Third 21-Story Mural (by Faile).

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Downtown Las Vegas

There is nothing like ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones. In fact, Downtown Las Vegas is showcasing a number of NYE2017 events and parties for the entire family. As the epicenter of global entertainment, the City of Lights will feature a myriad of social functions guaranteed to keep you and yours dancing all night long. From champagne celebrations and fireworks to the hottest bands and entertainers. With an array of amazing celebrations for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve festivities happening in Downtown Las Vegas.

Party on the Plaza

oscars steak house downtown las vegas Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza will host a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party for one and all. Enjoy the hottest dance tracks and pop music spun to perfection by live DJs in the Lounge. This fun-filled event will feature all night appetizers, midnight Champagne toast, party favors, and stunning performances by Frankie Scinta. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show emanating from the towers of the Plaza. Tickets are only $49 per person and the party goes on till 2 a.m.! From locals to tourists and guests, Party on the Plaza will leave you with NYE memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experience during new years eve The Fremont Street Experience is truly a NYE party like no other! Just a stones throw from the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, “America’s Party Downtown” will feature 15 bands on three stages. Dance and sing with over 25,000 party goers and usher in the New Year with Mayor Carolyn Goodman. What can you expect to find at this year’s New Years Eve celebration?This open-air extravaganza will also showcase a spectacular laser light show, and the premiere of “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”. With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
  • Immersive, next generation laser light show spectacular from the producers of the Super Bowl, EDC and Life is Beautiful festivals.
  • See the premiere of the new Viva Vision light show show, “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”
  • Fly into the New Year on the SlotZilla Zoomline.
With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
 

America’s Party on the Las Vegas Strip

This year, seven casinos will be letting off rooftop fireworks at midnight. The dazzling eight-minute display will be choreographed to music. For the best view, head to the upper levels of any downtown parking garage. You will be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks while avoiding the massive crowds on the Strip. Remember, the Strip is closed to vehicular traffic on NYE at around 5:00 p.m., so you’ll want to arrive at your downtown destination before then.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vegas with Kids

If you’re seeking a family-friendly, all-ages celebration in Vegas, there are several options available. At Sunset Station, youngsters can have a great time playing arcade games or bowling before ringing in the New Year. Another option is the group of libraries in the Clark County District, which have celebrations from 11 a.m. to noon that are fun and appropriate for all ages.

Backstage Bar and Billiards

Backstage Bar and Billiards will feature a live performance by XEB that simply cannot be missed! The band features the ex-original members of Third Eye Blind – Kevin Cadogan, Arion Salazar, Adrian Burley, and Tony Fredianelli. From classic rock to the latest in synth-wave and dance, the Backstage Bar will ring in the New Year with pulsating beats and heart-pounding numbers. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event. There is ample parking on Fremont Street, and all patrons will receive free posters and get to meet the band in person. Be ready for a number of NYE surprises that night as well!

Tips for Making the Most of New Year’s Eve

Before heading to any of the NYE celebrations happening in Vegas, fuel up with a light meal at one of the Plaza’s restaurants such as Oscar’s Steakhouse or Pop Up Pizza. Dressing for the weather is crucial when it comes to comfort; it’s hard to have a good time if you’re too cold or too warm. Because Vegas winters can range from mild to frosty, layered apparel is recommended. To keep your celebration stress-free, arrive at your New Year’s Eve destination a little early. Last but not least, have fun! Lastly, plan in advance and enjoy reasonable hotel room rates at Plaza while staying in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

WHERE TO FIND THE BEST WINE IN DTLV

Las Vegas-bound oenophiles rejoice! Good wine is easy to find in Vegas, if you know where to look

drinks dining restaurant bar party wine glasses red wine bottle Are you an oenophile? An oenophile is someone who has a true love of wine. Whether you’re new to wine tasting, a seasoned veteran who can rightfully claim the ‘enthusiast’ title, or you’re at the far end of the spectrum and the oenophile label applies to your obsession, you’ll find exactly what you desire in the Downtown Las Vegas wine scene. Read on to discover the best places to grab a glass of wine in DTLV. Fremont street is the ideal place to savor a glass of your favorite wine. Several restaurants and bars offer patio-style seating that delivers a front row vantage point for some serious people watching and wine drinking. Container Park, an innovative shopping, dining, and entertainment venue in the DTLV area, offers several outdoor seating areas throughout the top and bottom levels that are inviting and ideally suited to both adults and kids. The Arts District is home to several eateries and bars that serve a nice selection of wines – plus, many of these locales are situated right over hot spots like Charleston Boulevard or Art Square. Bar+Bistro is a nice spot in DTLV that offers a huge patio area that can accommodate live music acts on the weekends, which is right when they offer their Sunday Hangover Brunch. Mingo’s in DTLV is another great spot and it is situated right across from the Brett Wesley Gallery. Sidebar is located right next to the Mob Museum and delivers an appropriate speakeasy feel, handcrafted cocktails, a full wine list, and small plates – all in an intimately-designed space. Other great venues in DTLV include The Wineyard, which is located right at Fremont and 6th street, bin 702, tucked away discreetly in the center of Container Park, and Park on Fremont, offering an eclectic menu of food and drink options – including several wine varieties, right on S Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street. Finally, our own Omaha Bar is open 24 hours a day and is located right on the casino floor, if you don’t want to go far. A refreshing white wine is the perfect complement to a hot streak on the tables. To truly experience an incomparable wine list, you’ll want to make a reservation at Oscar’s Steakhouse, a favorite of hotel guests and outside visitors alike. In addition to select glasses of wine being offered at 50% off during our daily happy hour, Oscar’s Steakhouse is also launching a Local’s Night every Wednesday, starting Oct 26, with 50% off all wine bottles for local patrons. Regardless of where you choose to sample your favorite glass of wine, rest assured that DTLV is the place to be to discover exciting new food, drink, and entertainment offerings. Raise your glass, and toast the renaissance that is happening in the downtown Vegas.  

Beer Garden Concert Series

Among all of the places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in downtown Las Vegas, you can’t beat the ambiance of our indoor/outdoor Beer Garden space. With live music and a laid-back vibe, you’ll want to make sure to keep your evenings free this October. Visit the Plaza’s Beer Garden to gain access to incredible bands, DJs, food, and refreshments. Here’s a preview of what you can expect: plaza-beer-garden-concert-series  

October 1

HIDDEN LEVELS – Named after the concealed paths to success in video games, this band blends a simple structure with a bassist, guitarist/singer, and drummer, but they prove quality means more than quantity. Special-K – This Vegas-based, indie-rock band is a fearsome trio led by singer/guitarist Aldridge Basiga. Bass player Jacob Lasky and drummer Justin Ptak have helped elevate the band from desert show openers to local hero status. Indigo Kidd – Billing themselves as a post-punk/rock band, songs like First Light and Mr. Lepard will have you grooving in no time. DJ Fish – The upcoming show on October 1st will artfully showcase DJ Fish’s smooth DJ punk/new wave/indie sounds.  

October 8

The Acid Sisters – Members Elayna, Nick, Lizzie, Dusty, and Jacob deliver a unique blend of psychedelic garage rock that will get you feeling loose in no time. Serpentfoot – All the way from the front range of Colorado comes this trippy trio and their unique brand of psychedelic grunge rock. The Astaires – This local Las Vegas mod rock band is led by singer/guitarist Crom Fallon and is a perennial favorite at intimate venues in the area. DJ Jacob Savage – Spinning seriously infectious grooves, DJ Jacob Savage delivers a distinct sound that’ll get your pulse up when kicking back in the Beer Garden.  

October 15

Same Sex Mary – Hailing from Boulder City, Nevada, Same Sex Mary is an independent rock band that is well known on the Vegas indie music scene. Glass Pools – Electronic dance rock is the music of choice for local group Glass Pools. Join the fan club this October! DJ Fish – Returning for a second showcase, you can catch DJ Fish if you missed him the first time around or simply come back for more of his eclectic tunes.  

October 22

Adult Books – Alternative rockers with the provocative name return for a night of fun led by members Nick, Daniel, and M.M. No Tides – This East Las Vegas, NV band is back with their unique take on garage, surf, rock, and urban tunes. Kurumpaw – Psychedelic surf rock is the best way to describe this band. Though they are known for their adaptive style that can change from the beginning of the set to the end. DJ Cromm Astaire – A killer combination of soul and 60s-era mod is what you can expect from this popular Las Vegas Valley DJ.  

About Beer Garden

German Cuisine with Vegas Style

Everything is bigger and better in Vegas and the food at Beer Garden is certainly no exception. Run by Michael Vakneen, chef at Pop Up Pizza, Beer Garden’s menu offers mouthwatering German favorites with a unique twist. The beer snacks are perfect pairings with your beer. Choose from extra giant German pretzels, crispy onion strings, and plenty of sauces to mix and match. But the real highlight of Beer Garden is its signature bratwursts. Their bratwurst sandwiches are creatively named after old Las Vegas hotels such as The Western, The Hacienda, and The Stardust. You can even create your own bratwurst sandwich from their wide array of sausages (includes a vegan option), toppings, and buns.

Endless Selection of Draft Beers

Of course, you can’t stop by Beer Garden without having a beer (or two). Guests can order from over 20 different kinds of craft beers on tap and various microbrews. Beer Garden’s menu offers an impressive collection of American and European lagers, IPAs, Irish stout, Belgian Golden, and fruit beers. Beer options range from classics like Stella Artois and Guinness to local brews like Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA. Whatever you choose to drink, you definitely won’t leave Beer Garden thirsty.

A Backyard Space with a Downtown Vibe

Overlooking the scenic Fremont Street, Beer Garden creates an urban backyard in downtown Las Vegas. The unique venue features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of real grass, authentic picnic tables from a 1980’s Munich Oktoberfest, and specially designed wooden trellises and greenery. The standout piece of Beer Garden, however, is its 400 sq. ft. vertical garden with more than 900 plants growing on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It is the only living wall in downtown Las Vegas, making it a one-of-a-kind, must-see attraction at Beer Garden. With so much greenery in one place, you’ll quickly forget that you’re in downtown Las Vegas!

The Plaza Presents “One Epic Night”

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is renowned for delivering affordable luxury and a variety of gambling and dining opportunities. Yet, one of the best attributes of this classic downtown Vegas hotel is the creativity inherent to its live entertainment offerings. The newest show at the Plaza, One Epic Night, is virtually unlike any other show in Las Vegas. Prepare to be amazed! plaza-one-epic-night-cast Debuting on August 29th and set to run until January 4, 2017, visitors have just four months in which to witness the live performances and carefully executed feats of skill that are the hallmark of One Epic Night. The show features headliners plucked from the latest television-based talent shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “Masters of Illusion,” and more. This limited engagement show is produced by Frank DiMaggio and Nick Padgett of entertainment group American Dream Concerts and is delivered in association with Bonkerz Comedy Productions. What’s better is the entire show is backed up by an incredible live band comprised of several nationally known artists such as Michael T. Ross, Stet Howland, and Brent Muscat. While the band guarantees a good time, so do the performers, which include:
  •  James Durbin, singer, and guitarist who finished in the top four on the 10th season of American Idol
  • Will Champlin, singer who placed third on season five of The Voice
  • Megan Ruger, a popular contestant from season six of The Voice and season 10 of American Idol
  • Jarrett and Raja, known as “The Magic and Piano Guys” who delivered their own brand of magic and music on shows like America’s Got Talent, Masters of Illusion, and Shark Tank.
… and more! You’ll be blown away by the talent gathered on one stage, and the 70-minute show is appropriate for all ages. It is presently running from Saturday through Wednesday of each week in the Plaza showroom. A special “dinner and a show” package is available that includes a preferred seating ticket to One Epic Night, as well as a three-course Prix fix dinner at the legendary Oscar’s Steakhouse. The rotating cast of standout performers will delight and entertain. Watch as you, your guests, and the entire crowd erupts in laughter as the impressionists, comedians, and other performers transport you away from the hustle of the casino floor to a showcase of quick-witted, incredible talent. All scheduled entertainers are uniquely suited to this type of fast-paced program. The intimate setting, stellar band, and rotating cast members will have you singing along in no time. To get tickets for One Epic Night, the show that is truly for everyone, visit the Plaza Hotel and Casino’s entertainment page, where you’ll find this show, as well as several other entertainment opportunities. Or, call the Casino Box Office at 702-386-2507. Ticket prices begin at $59.95 for general admission with meet and greet ticketing available.

Your Guide to Celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

 
View 2018 Labor Day Sale Hotel Room Rates & Availability Can you think of a better place than Las Vegas to celebrate Labor Day weekend? We can’t either! With enough entertainment, events, and parties to fill every weekend of the year – Las Vegas fully delivers on Labor Day weekend fun. Say goodbye to summer in spectacular style and indulge in all the luxury, excitement, and wild energy of Las Vegas. Planning your weekend? Let us help with a list of the hottest events in Downtown Las Vegas.

The Pool at the Plaza

All new and offering every amenity, the Pool at the Plaza is now open. This 70,000 sq. ft. aquatic oasis is sure to delight water lovers everywhere. The fully redesigned pool and deck area exudes a retro-chic vibe; perfectly blending the swagger of classic Vegas with the trendy-cool of the revitalized downtown area. You and your friends could easily stay at The Pool at the Plaza all weekend long, enjoying the sun, the atmosphere, and the wealth of amenities. This amazing pool experience boasts: cabana suites, lily pad day beds, 12-person hot tub, mini craps & blackjack, ping pong and recreational sports, a food truck, and even a stage and event space. The Pool at the Plaza is the spot for a Labor Day weekend to remember!

Sunset & Chill

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, then Sunset and Chill is the perfect event for you. Every Saturday from 6pm to sunset, you can enjoy a poolside happy hour with 50% off select beverages. Enjoy a stunning Vegas sunset paired with sounds of reggae music on the Pool at the Plaza, in the middle of Downtown Las Vegas!

Viva Vision Light Show

One can’t-miss attraction in DTLV is the Viva Vision Light Show, located at the Fremont Street Experience.  It is no surprise that this stunning installation pulls in 17 million visitors a year. Revel in the ingenuity and brilliance of modern technology and visionary minds as you experience the 1,500 ft. long and 90 ft. wide, high-resolution Viva Vision video screen, which is poised an awe-inspiring 90 ft. above the mall on Freemont Street. Comprised of 12.5 million LED lamps, and enhanced with impeccable sound, each Viva Vision light show lasts about 6 minutes – beginning at sunset and running past midnight. This modern marvel is a site you don’t want to miss!

Labor Day Fun in DTLV

Make this a Labor Day to remember and come to Downtown Las Vegas to experience the food, the fun, and the chic urban environment. With countless events and venues, your weekend will be overflowing with memory-making thrills and adventures.  

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 PALOMA On 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 HARVEST When 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 CALL The 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 SAND If 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 CLUB Park 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 BITCH Velveteen 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 ROSE Vanguard 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 HEAT Chandeliers 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 TIME Atomic 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/

Your Downtown Las Vegas Brunch Guide

Downtown Las Vegas has a wide array of fabulous restaurants to enjoy, including some incredible brunch destinations. Relaxing over a leisurely Sunday morning meal is the perfect way to unwind after a busy weekend, and Las Vegas has plenty of places where you can do just that.  Check our top picks for the best Sunday brunches located downtown:

MTO Cafe

Address: 500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89135 Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. MTO Cafe is a favorite DTLV brunch spot for its friendly staff and tempting menu. Popular menu items include breakfast classics like orange juice and pancakes, in addition to lunch favorites like the BLT Chopped Salad and Vegan Falafel Wrap. Got a big appetite? Try the Hangover Burger — an Angus patty topped with bacon and a fried egg.

Eat

Address: 707 Carson Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This aptly-named downtown hotspot is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its fresh approach to Sunday brunch. Linger over made-with-love dishes like cinnamon biscuits with strawberry compote and chicken fried steak, paired with fresh-brewed coffee or passionfruit iced tea. You can’t leave this gem without at least trying one of their famously fluffy pancakes, so don’t forget to at least order one on the side.

Glutton

Address: 616 E. Carson Ave. #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your appetite and prepare to fulfill some cravings when you brunch at this buzzworthy restaurant. The focus here is on fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy Strawberry Cream Cheese Turnovers and Salmon Flatbread for starters, followed by a Wild Mushroom Omelet or a delectable Apple Pie Waffle. The brunch beverage menu includes smoothies, cocktails, and of course, champagne.

Du-Pars

Address: 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: Open 24/7 Du-Pars is a Las Vegas classic, and for good reason. This restaurant is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Stop in whenever hunger hits to enjoy brunch favorites like buttermilk hotcakes and farm-fresh eggs. Another dish to try is their famous Creamed Welsh Rarebit, served over an English muffin with cheese sauce and bacon.

Grotto Ristorante

Address: 129 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Indulge in a taste of Italy at the Grotto, where you’ll find delicious menu offerings perfect for Sunday brunch. Classic Shrimp Cocktail with a Caprese salad is always a good choice, especially when enjoyed with a fine Prosecco or Champagne.

The Perch

Address: 707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. This trendy Las Vegas establishment has a brunch menu featuring sweet offerings like Brioche French Toast and Monkey bread, along with savory choices like Smothered Egg Biscuits and Chimichurri Chicken Sandwich.

Paradise Buffet

Address: 200 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by Paradise Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays for a champagne brunch with island flair. This buffet-style restaurant serves an impressive array of seafood, including fresh sushi. On weekend mornings, popular dishes include freshly baked muffins, scrambled eggs, and cheese plates — enjoyed with Mimosas, of course.

Sterling Brunch

Address: 3645 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Brunch Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The only thing this restaurant does is brunch, which is why they’re only open on Sundays. Enjoy a truly luxurious dining experience with menu items like Beluga caviar and lobster tail, with Champagne, naturally.

Hash House A Go Go

Address: 1 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Signature Bloody Marys and hearty American cuisine is on the menu at Hash House a Go Go, located in the Plaza. Fill up on Buttermilk Flapjacks or a Farm Scramble — fluffy eggs served with meat, vegetables, and cheese. If you’re in the mood for lunch, try a crispy salmon sandwich or one of the establishment’s incredibly fresh salads.

Donut Bar

Address: 124 S 6th St #140, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sometimes, only donuts will do. Stop into Donut Bar for tempting treats in flavors like Crème Brule, Strawberry Cream Cheese, and the vegan Matcha Green Tea. These donuts are so world-famous that people usually pre-order them online. If you decide brunch is better in your suite, Donut Bar is an excellent choice.   Sources: http://www.top10vegas.com/downtown/best-breakfast/

Top Pieces of Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

Unique street art masterpieces are available for viewing right around the corner in Downtown Las Vegas. Far from the stoic galleries of the fine art world and thrust right onto the walls, bridges, and underpasses of busy city streets, street art is as innovative as it is enigmatic. Most artists operate like apparitions with paint brushes, descending on an approved area and rendering their own unique artistic vision in a matter of days, or even hours. If you’re in the Downtown Las Vegas area and want to immerse yourself in an artistic trend that is both thrilling and becoming increasingly popular these days, consider the following top pieces of street art in Downtown Vegas:

“The Horned Lizard” — by artist ROA

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, street artist ROA is known for his depictions of birds and animals that are native to the areas being painted. He often uses basic color themes, but sometimes introduces full-color renderings to the urban areas that comprise his home range. “The Horned Lizard” was created in 2014 after four grueling days in the desert sun, and now adorns the side of a large building on Stewart and North 6th in Downtown Las Vegas. It was originally created as part of the Life is Beautiful art festival in 2014.

“Peace Maker” — by artist D*Face

D*Face is a prolific urban artist and an associate of the world-renowned artist Banksy – both hailing from England and mired in the world of innovative street art. One large-scale piece that adorns the walls at 899 Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas is “Peace Maker.” This mural depicts the classic six-shooter with the barrel twisted out to spell the word “peace,” and was created in 2015 in anticipation of the Life is Beautiful event of the same year.

“The Maser Motel” — by artist Maser

Born in Dublin and now working in the USA, Maser became one of Ireland’s leading creative types in the mid-late 1990’s. His artwork emphasizes geometric shapes and simplicity of form, and one of his masterpieces can now be seen at the former Town Lodge Motel in Downtown Las Vegas – now reimagined as the Maser Motel. Maser spent 8 days transforming the walls of the Town Lodge Motel into his vision of artistic perfection. It was created just in time for the Life is Beautiful Event in 2014, and can be seen at 225 North 7th street in Vegas.

“Corner” — by artist Borondo

Spanish muralist Gonzalo Borondo creates massive murals that are innovative and tend to meld within the confines of the surrounding urban landscape. According to Borondo, “I focus on the public space, I feel the environment, I am always looking at reality. It is there, outside, not here on the canvas or in the gallery, it is outside.” Borondo created “Corner” in 2014 and it represents a compelling version of anamorphic artwork, in which art must be viewed at a specific angle and vantage point to bring the work to life. It can now be seen in downtown Vegas where it occupies one entire side of a massive parking structure. These street art examples are an integral part of a larger event known as the Life is Beautiful Festival (LIB), held annually in Downtown Las Vegas. LIB melds artwork, music, food, and life-learning opportunities in a festival-style setting. Our list of artists is among the many creative types who attend and showcase their unique stylings each year under the desert sun.   References: http://lifeisbeautiful.com/roa-horned-lizard-life-beautiful-2014/ http://www.graffitistreet.com/artists/dface/ http://www.paintthisdesert.com/field-notes/maser-motel http://www.designboom.com/art/maser-interview-lazarides-street-art-04-00-2016/ http://screamlondon.com/blogs/journal/25373825-maser-motel-the-most-vibrant-place-in-las-vegas-this-weekend

What to Know About Getting Around Vegas

Downtown is probably the most pedestrian-friendly area of Vegas. If you are planning on visiting any of the exciting attractions elsewhere in the city, however, you will likely want to consider your transportation option ahead of time. Save yourself the stress of finding the right transportation when you get here by learning more about what options are available to you and how to use them to ensure you have a great trip. Here is what you need to know about getting around Las Vegas.

Ride Sharing

Chances are, you have already used one of the massively popular ride-sharing services now available. Both Uber and Lyft are now available in Vegas, but with a few extra considerations specific to operations throughout the city. Although both services are now allowed at McCarran International Airport, many of the resorts along the Strip have regulations about where users can use the services on property.

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For example, an Uber may not be allowed to simply drive to the front of your resort and pick you up, but instead, may have to meet you in a less-visible area. Another interesting point to remember is that prices surge during peak times—meaning you may be better off using an alternate method of transportation during these times if you are looking to save money.

Taxis & Rental Cars

If you aren’t big on public transport or are worried about being able to catch your Uber, you can always take a taxi. Most hotels have a loading area where you can easily grab a cab and be on your way. It’s important to remember that taxis are prohibited from picking up on the side of the road, meaning you will have to call a taxi if that’s how you are planning on getting back to your resort. Cab rides in Vegas are notoriously expensive, so you may want to consider splitting your ride with someone else to keep costs down. If you feel like you want to be a bit more independent on your trip to Vegas, you may want to consider renting a car. Car rental is also a great option for visitors who want to explore more of the city, or even areas slightly outside of the city, like the Grand Canyon, or Mount Charleston. If you do decide to rent a car, remember that parking can be tricky to navigate. You may want to so dome research and make plans ahead if you are planning on parking in Downtown Las Vegas.

Public Transport

Opting for public transport is a great way to get around the city without spending a ton of money. The Deuce is a popular option for tourists and locals alike because it runs from Downtown Vegas to the Mandalay Bay, or the length of the entire Las Vegas Strip. The flashy gold double-decker runs 24 hours a day, stops about every quarter mile, and costs $6 for 2 hours with options to purchase a pass for the entire day. getting-around-vegas-the-deuce Photo courtesy of Eric Chan via Flickr. CC/BY Another great public transport option is The Strip & Downtown Express, or SDX. The SDX is able to provide users with faster service by offering limited stops on both north and southbound routes. This is perfect if you need to make it somewhere, like reservations for dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse, and don’t have time to waste. The SDX runs daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, with stops about every 15 minutes, and costs the same as The Deuce. The best way to ensure you don’t have to deal with the hassle of getting around the city is to book Downtown Vegas suites close to the activities you’re interested in. You will also want to ensure the resort you’re staying at has plenty of great dining options and other amenities to minimize having to navigate around when you don’t need to.

The Best Ways to Relax in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas offers plenty of excitement for guests to enjoy; however, there is also a broad range of relaxing activities in DTLV to soak in. If you’re seeking a Vegas experience that’s fun and low-key, the downtown area won’t disappoint. Check out our picks for the best ways to relax in downtown Las Vegas.

Attend Second Saturday at Emergency Arts

You’ve probably heard of First Friday — an incredible art festival held downtown on the first Friday of every month, but you might not know about Second Saturday. Held at Emergency Arts on the second Saturday of each month, this event is a quieter celebration of art and is an opportunity to socialize with other art enthusiasts.

See a Show

Downtown Las Vegas is also a great place to see a show. For an evening of unforgettable entertainment, see The Scintas at the Plaza. This performing group is popular with fans of all ages due to their unique brand of variety-show-style comedy entertainment. The Scintas have been performing in Vegas since 2001, and the reason they have been able to stand the test of time is because of the unparalleled passion they have for putting on a great show. At their show in the iconic Plaza showroom, guests can expect to see impressions (keep an eye out for Bruno Mars), live music from the full band (you’ll love the horn section), both classic and non-traditional singing numbers, hilarious banter, and much more. No two shows are alike — so even if you’ve seen The Scintas before, you’re guaranteed something new at the next show.

Indulge Your Love of Books

The Writer’s Block is located on Fremont St. and is a book lover’s paradise. Browse through imported stationery, one-of-a-kind treasures, and plenty of books. This establishment even has its own bookstore bunny that guests can scratch behind the ears. The Writer’s Block is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday when they close at 6 p.m.

Get Back to Nature

Visit Sixth St. and Carson to see the first “parklet” in downtown Las Vegas. The parklet is small, yet still serves as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, offering guests and locals a breath of fresh air in the midst of the city. Visitors to the parklet are shielded from the sun; take a break at the table and read the amazing facts engraved on the seats. It’s a mini-escape that lets you unwind without leaving the city.

Take a Stroll to See the Street Art

Downtown Las Vegas has a thriving art scene; in addition to its galleries and boutiques, there’s plenty of street art to see as well. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head to Stewart and N. 6th to see a depiction of a blood-spurting horned lizard, then check out the array of murals in the vicinity.

Sip Coffee at The Beat

The Beat isn’t just a coffee shop. Although the java there is excellent, this establishment also serves as a vinyl records shop. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped through time when you enter this laid-back cafe. This Fremont Street establishment also showcases local musicians and is open to patrons of all ages.

Have Dinner at Oscar’s

A leisurely meal is certainly a relaxing pursuit and that’s exactly what you get at Oscar’s — a steakhouse located right at the Plaza. Oscar’s steakhouse in downtown Vegas serves up a tempting array of appetizers, entrees, and of course, an extensive selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. The elegant décor and fantastic American cuisine make Oscar’s a Vegas legend. Although these activities are certainly something to consider, you may simply decide to relax in the plush indulgence of your downtown Vegas suite. No matter how you decide to relax, you can easily do it in downtown Vegas. Though the city has a reputation for exhilarating fun, you’ll find that relaxing in DTLV can be incredibly enjoyable, too.

Your Guide to the First Friday Festival in Downtown Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas isn’t just about bright lights and casino excitement. Although DTLV is legendary for its neon lights and historic gaming establishments, the area also offers its fair share of arts and culture. The amazing art scene is due in large part to First Friday — a free art festival held on the first Friday of every month that’s been going strong since its 2002 debut. Today, First Friday welcomes over 20,000 guests and is the largest event of its kind in Las Vegas. First Friday is popular with locals and visitors alike; some guests to downtown Las Vegas travel here specifically for this event. Here is everything you need to know about this eccentric event.

First Friday Transportation and Parking

First Friday is held in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas. The spacious district also referred to as 18b, is home to a variety of galleries and boutiques that participate in this highly popular event. It’s so popular, in fact, that reaching the festival by car can sometimes be a challenge. Consider using a parking garage, such as the free lot at 7th and Ogden – just make sure to arrive early at this lot to get a space. Paid parking areas are also an option, such as the Fremont St. Experience lot on 4th and Carson, or The Plaza Hotel & Casino lot on Main and Carson. Royal Rewards members may qualify for free parking. If possible, walking to First Friday is a hassle-free option, although crowds can get heavy at times.

The First Friday Experience

First Friday is an art event; however, guests also enjoy incredible food and live entertainment. The event is a great opportunity for both visitors and locals to discover talented local artists. Thanks to this venue, pedestrian traffic in the downtown area has grown by leaps and bounds. First Friday has also helped promote the fantastic small businesses in the district. Dress comfortably — think outdoor festival wear — and prepare for lots of walking. If you need a break, there are ample cafes and restaurants where you can rest your feet and grab a bite. A piece of art purchased at First Friday is a great souvenir to commemorate your time in Vegas.

Area Attractions

The Arts District spans 18 blocks; here, you’ll find art galleries and so much more. Visit Glam Factory Vintage on Colorado for incredible vintage clothing. If its home décor you’re after, stop by Inside Style, a boutique specializing in interior décor. You’re likely to work up an appetite at First Friday — luckily, there are plenty of palate-pleasing downtown Vegas food options available. Casa Don Juan serves up authentic Mexican cuisine, and for fusion fare and cocktails, head to Mingo’s. There are even hair salons and tattoo parlors in this eclectic district.

First Friday: Something for Everyone

Although there’s nothing wrong with relaxing in your plush downtown Vegas hotel suite, First Friday is a fantastic opportunity to get outside and mingle with guests and locals. You don’t even need to be an art enthusiast to enjoy this event because there’s something to appeal to everyone! Although you’re sure to discover art that appeals to you at this event, there’s plenty of food, beverages, and street entertainment to enjoy as well. When visiting Vegas, attending First Friday is part of a well-rounded experience.

Must-See Spring Shows in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas delivers exciting shows this spring, ranging from art exhibitions to comedic performances. There are so many options when it comes to entertainment in downtown Vegas that it can be difficult to decide which show you’d like to see. From comedy to classical music, there’s a little bit of everything from which you can choose. Check out our picks for the best spring entertainment options in downtown Las Vegas.

The Scintas

When: April 8, 9, 15 & 16 / May 6, 7, 13 & 14 / June 3, 4, 24, 25 / July 8, 9, 15, 16 / August 19, 20, 26, 27 / September 16, 17, 23, 24 / October 7, 8, 14, 15 / November 4, 5, 11, 12 Where: The Plaza You don’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class entertainment — because it’s right here at the Plaza! The Scintas are a four-person comedy troupe that offers variety show style entertainment that varies at every show. The Scintas truly offers something for everyone. At any given time during a show, you have the opportunity to see Mick Jagger, Dean Martin, Bruno Mars, exciting music from a full horn section, opera numbers, and more. The show is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and hoping it never ends! Scintas-Home-Page-Slider-1600x500 If you’ve seen this act before, don’t worry — you’re guaranteed to see new material from this talented foursome. The Plaza is also currently running The Scintas and a Steak $99 special where guests can enjoy a delicious dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse before heading down to the iconic showroom for The Scintas.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Still in Therapy…

Where: The Smith Center When: Throughout April Get ready to laugh! Steve Solomon will take you on a journey through his hilarious and often brow-raising family life in this show that centers around his eclectic family. If you like stand-up comedy, you’re sure to appreciate this comedic offering.

Exhibitions at The Arts Factory

Where: The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. When: Throughout April Thanks to First Friday and an impressive array of art galleries, downtown Vegas has earned a reputation as an art hot spot. Many galleries – like The Arts Factory, hold regular exhibitions. Every month, The Arts Factory showcase changes and is not announced until First Friday. Although, if you want to get an early peek, attend Preview Thursday. Regardless of what kind of art is on display, The Arts Factory is sure to delight art lovers from all walks of life.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast

Where: The Smith Center When: Throughout April If you’re in the mood for some Disney magic, you won’t want to miss Beauty and The Beast at the Smith Center. This classic tale is the story of Belle, a headstrong yet kind young woman, who awakens true love in the heart of the Beast and changes his life forever. Check show times and buy your tickets for this heartwarming romance at The Smith Center’s website.

Mozart, Poulenc, & Beethoven

Where: The Smith Center When: April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of beautiful classical music at The Smith Center. Masterpieces by Mozart, Poulenc, and Beethoven will be performed by talented musicians on piano and wind instruments. Get your tickets at the Smith Center website. Downtown Las Vegas has it all — arts, entertainment, and so much more. In addition to the shows listed above, there’s always the Omaha Lounge at the Plaza. Every night, guests are treated to a rotating variety of entertaining performances.

5 Places to Grab a Quick, Cheap Bite in Downtown Vegas

When you’re on the go in downtown Las Vegas, it helps to know the best places to grab a bite to eat if you’re feeling those hunger pangs. Thanks to the following affordable establishments, dining on the run in Downtown Vegas is convenient, yet still delicious.

Pop Up Pizza

Is there anything better than pizza for satisfying your hunger quickly?  You don’t even have to leave the Plaza to enjoy incredible pizza — just head to Pop Up Pizza at the south end of the casino floor. Here, you’ll find a wide array of pizza choices including vegan options.
 

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All of the gourmet pizzas at Pop Up Pizza are crafted from the freshest, finest ingredients for premium quality at a reasonable price.

Viva Las Arepas

For authentic Venezuelan flavor, visit Viva Las Arepas. This restaurant offers a twist on fast food — with menu choices ranging from Wood Fire Shredded Chicken Arepas to Fried Yucca Root. Open seven days a week; Viva Las Arepas also has unique beverage selections like fresh fruit coolers in mango and passion fruit flavors.

Earl of Sandwich

Another favorite sandwich shop in Downtown Las Vegas is Earl of Sandwich. This establishment’s affordable menu features sandwiches such as the Chipotle Chicken Avocado and the Tuna Melt. Earl of Sandwich is open 24 hours and has free Wi-Fi.

The Goodwich

A well-made sandwich, like those at The Goodwich, is the perfect antidote to hunger. This DTLV sandwich shop has an extensive menu of creative sandwiches, including one called Fun Guy — featuring roasted mushrooms, fried onion, and sweet garlic fondue.
 

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In the mood for something a bit more old-school? Try the Grilled Cheese, Fried Egg, or Bologna sandwich.

Tacos El Gordo

In the mood for something spicy? Head to Tacos El Gordo, a chain Mexican restaurant that serves up delicious food at affordable prices. Locals love the Carne Asada, although the extensive menu has plenty of other selections from which to choose. Be sure to try the topped fries, a delicious treat loaded with succulent meats and cheeses. For a large appetite, there’s the Mula — featuring two tortillas stuffed with savory fillings. Downtown Las Vegas is one of the best areas in town for affordable, delicious food offerings. After enjoying these convenient food offerings, head back to the Plaza where you can catch an exciting show or try your luck on the casino floor.

The Tours of Downtown Las Vegas you Don’t Want to Miss

The next time you find yourself in Las Vegas, consider taking some time to tour the downtown area. There are all kinds of fun guided tours of this vibrant cultural area, so no matter where your interests lie, you should be able to find the perfect tour to enhance your Vegas experience. While exploring the city on your own is certainly an option, there’s nothing quite like a guided tour to give you a detailed look at everything Downtown Vegas has to offer. Here are a few of the best tours of the downtown area to consider.

Zappos Downtown Escapade Tour Experience

For an incredible look at Downtown Las Vegas, opt for the Zappos Downtown Escapade Tour Experience. For only $35, you’ll get to tour the Fremont Street Experience, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Inspire Theater, and Container Park. You’ll even receive a complimentary coupon book and downtown adventure guide that will serve you well for the rest of your Vegas vacation.

Segway Las Vegas Tours

One of the most modern and exciting ways to tour downtown is on a Segway! This tour company offers an array of Vegas tours, with several of them located in the downtown area. Choose from the following tours: Fremont North, Fremont Experience, or the Early Bird Tour of Fremont Street.

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Helmets are provided; however, it’s also important to dress for the tour in flat, closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Reservations are required, so be sure to reserve your spot at least two hours before the tour starts.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour

A foodie tour combines the dazzling excitement of Downtown Vegas with fine cuisine for a look at the city that you won’t soon forget! This tour will take you to as many as five delicious restaurants, where you’ll get to sample each establishment’s signature dishes.
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Along with the food tastings, this tour will educate you about the history of Downtown Vegas and provide you with ample opportunities for photos.

Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour

Another fantastic tour for food lovers is the Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour. This tour takes 2.5 hours and takes you to several incredible establishments. You’ll learn about Vegas history and get an up-close-and-personal look at local culture. On this tour you’ll visit: Cous Cous Mediterranean Cafe, Rachel’s Kitchen, ChillSpot by SASASWEET, Uncle Joe’s Pizza, The Beef Jerky Store, and Simply Pure. This tour is an excellent way to have lunch while discovering and exploring Downtown Vegas at the same time!

Las Vegas Walking Tours

A walking tour is a perfect way to see the downtown area while getting fresh air and exercise. Tour choices include the Past to Present Downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street tour and the Glitter Gulch Fremont After Dark Tour. These two-hour tours take you through downtown Vegas’ hottest attractions for only $35. Before heading out on your tour, make sure to dress comfortably for the weather and wear athletic walking shoes. After your tour, head back to the Plaza where you can relax in style at your Downtown Vegas suite. Later, head to one of the Plaza’s delicious restaurants or catch a show. It’s the best of Las Vegas all in one place!

Downtown Las Vegas Parking Guide

Your Vegas adventure should be hassle free from start to finish — even when it comes to parking. While Las Vegas as a whole has ample parking, the downtown area can be tricky. parking-in-downtown-las-vegas If you’re visiting areas like Container Park or Fremont Street, you may run into parking problems if you aren’t adequately prepared. Check out these tips before parking downtown.

Parking at the Plaza

Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot. Self parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 90 minutes! Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play.

Parking at The Fremont Street Experience

If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens.

Parking at The Fremont Street Experience — West End

The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area. Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!

Container Park Parking

For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. There’s another public parking lot adjacent to the casino and an underground garage at Neonopolis. The Neonopolis garage offers one free hour. After that, each additional hour costs $1, but $5 is the maximum for parking up to 24 hours.

Main Street Parking

If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden. Or, try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave. parking-garage-downtown-las-vegas There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge $3 for parking Sunday through Thursday and $5 on Fridays and Saturdays.

General Downtown Parking Tips

When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 90 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted. For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!

Top Steakhouses in Downtown Las Vegas

There’s just something romantic about a quality meal enjoyed in a refined setting. Luckily for you and your sweetheart, Las Vegas has some of the finest steakhouses found anywhere — especially in the dazzling downtown area. Consider these great steakhouses in Downtown Las Vegas when making your dinner reservations.

Oscar’s

You don’t have to travel far from the comfort of your Plaza hotel room for an extraordinary meal and impeccable service. Head to Oscar’s, a steakhouse opened by Vegas icon and former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. Start your Oscar’s experience with an appetizer like Steak Tartare A’La Meyer or Sal’s Shrimp Cocktail — paired with a selection from the extensive wine list. For entrees, there’s something on the dinner menu to please every palate, with items such as Joey C’s Filet Mignon and Citrus Crusted Halibut. Dining at Oscar’s steakhouse is an unparalleled culinary experience, which you’ll want to top off with a delectable dessert like tiramisu or crème brulee.

Hugo’s Cellar

Every lady who visits this romantic restaurant is presented with a rose, and that’s not all. When you visit Hugo’s Cellar, prepare for special touches like sorbet between courses and chocolate-covered strawberries brought to your table. Appetizers here include jumbo shrimp cocktail, seafood on ice for two, and escargot en croute. When it comes to steaks, you’ll find charbroiled Black Angus cuts including rib-eye, prime rib, and New York strip. Sweet indulgences that complete your meal include cherries jubilee and bananas foster for two.

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

Surf and turf is just one possibility when you choose to dine at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse on Fremont Street. Start your meal with an appetizer of fresh raw oysters on the half-shell, or try the artisan cheese plate. Seared foie gras and maple glazed quail are two other options to consider. When it comes to entrees, you can’t beat a juicy steak like the filet mignon or prime rib-eye. For a light bite, this restaurant also has an array of gourmet salads from which to choose.

Chart House

This charming steakhouse at the Golden Nugget offers delicious American fare and elegant décor. Start things off with a charcuterie and cheese platter, featuring a tempting selection of cured meats and gourmet cheeses. When it comes to steak, filet mignon, and prime rib are just two available options. If you’ve got room for dessert, try the Chart House Soufflé, which is made with Grand Marnier and comes with chocolate, raspberry, or cream Anglaise. No matter where you choose to dine in Downtown Vegas, you’ll find no shortage of fantastic steaks, seafood, desserts, and beverages. After dinner, enjoy a show at the Plaza or head to the Plaza casino floor for fun and excitement. Of course, if you’re too stuffed for revelry, head back to your Plaza hotel room to relax in comfort and style.

Best Romantic Activities in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the most romantic cities in the world — not just on Valentine’s Day, but all year long! If you’re going to be in Vegas with your sweetheart and want an unforgettable experience filled with romance, look no further than the downtown area. Check out these ideas for couple-friendly activities that are sure to fill your heart with love.

Dinner at Oscar’s

A delicious meal in an elegant setting is always an excellent choice when it comes to turning up the romance. Look no further than Oscar’s at the Plaza when you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner. This iconic restaurant serves up mouthwatering steaks grilled to order and tempting sides made lovingly from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, seafood, or both, Oscar’s extensive menu is sure to satisfy. Before the main course, linger over an appetizer like bruschetta or a fresh shellfish platter. A photo posted by Oscar’s Beef, Booze, & Broads (@oscarssteakhouselv) on If you’re in the mood for a few drinks, hit the restaurant’s adjacent cocktail lounge for a tempting array of libations. Love is sweet — and so are the desserts at Oscar’s! Tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and New York style cheesecake are just a few of the available dessert options.

Stroll through the Neon Graveyard

Dating back to 1996, the Neon Graveyard — also known as the Neon Museum — is a collection of 150 retired neon signs. The one-hour tour through this museum is a perfect way to bond with that special someone while marveling at some of Las Vegas’ iconic neon.

Get Cozy with Cocktails

If you and your sweetheart are in the mood for a low-key date that’s intimate and cozy, cuddle up with cocktails at the Plaza. In addition to the cocktail lounge at Oscar’s, the Plaza also has other cocktail hotspots including the Omaha Bar and the Beer Garden. If you and your special someone are looking for something a little different, head over to the Downtown Cocktail Room. This local favorite features a wonderfully intimate space and delicious handcrafted cocktails with exotic and unexpected ingredients.

Take a Gamble

There’s nothing like the excitement of the Plaza’s casino games, which can certainly bring you and your sweetie closer together and give you both an evening to remember. With slot machines, card games, roulette, and more, the Plaza casino floor has everything you need to treat your date to hours of gaming fun.

See a Show

Catch The Scintas, where you can enjoy a prix fixe meal along with your show for only $99. Also, the Omaha Lounge features a regularly changing array of incredible performers every night. Glamorous Downtown Las Vegas is always a winning choice when it comes to romantic activities to enjoy. And, you don’t even have to leave your hotel! When you choose the Plaza for your Downtown Las Vegas accommodations, you’re right where you need to be for incredible dining, exciting gaming, and dazzling entertainment both you and your loved one are sure to enjoy!

6 Great Coffee Shops in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas has it all — glitzy casinos, incredible shopping and dining, and an array of excellent coffee shops. Fuel up for your Vegas adventure with a cup of java at one of these downtown hotspots:

Coffee Bar

Located inside the Plaza Hotel is Coffee Bar — a warm and welcoming cafe famous for its amazing gelato and a tempting array of coffee drinks. Enjoy a Latte, Chai Tea, or Americano coffee. Also, on the menu is Cappuccino, Cafe Moka, and much more. In the mood for an intense jolt? Coffe Bar also sells single and double Italian-style espresso shots with soy milk and flavor shot additions available.

The Beat

The Beat is a coffee house that also serves as a restaurant, vinyl record shop, and performing arts venue. Despite the fact that beer and wine are also served here, this establishment is open to all ages — all the time. Choose from coffee choices like traditional drip-style, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and more. If you’re hungry, The Beat also serves breakfast, soup, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers.

Makers & Finders

This urban coffee bar is a local favorite for its uplifting atmosphere, Latin cuisine, and last but not least — its coffee. Select your favorite brew from five single origin bean choices, then customize your coffee with tempting house-made flavor syrups. Coffee is brewed seven different ways at Makers & Finders — no matter how you like your java prepared, this unique establishment is sure to please.
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PublicUs

Vegas locals and visitors alike love PublicUs for its friendly staff, breakfast dishes, and an array of coffee drinks. Whether you take your brew hot or iced, black or sweetened, you’ll find an ideal beverage. Consider the Shaken Almond Latte, which is available hot or iced. This cafe has a variety of flavor syrups so you can customize your coffee to suit your tastes.

Bronze Cafe

You’ll find the charming Bronze Cafe tucked into the LGBTQ Community Center. On the menu is an array of vegan dishes, however, there are also items featuring bacon jam — a customer favorite. When it comes to coffee, both hot and iced brews are made to suit any taste. Pair your coffee with something sweet, like a Fruity Pebbles Treat — made with vegan marshmallows — or Blueberry Coffee Cake.
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Hash House A Go Go

Last but not least on our list of great places to get coffee in Vegas is Hash House A Go Go, a Plaza restaurant that specializes in breakfast dishes but also serves lunch and dinner. While you here, be sure to indulge in the famous S’mores Mocha or one of Hash House’s unique latte offerings including the Banana Latte or Frosted Mint Latte.

The Best Pizza Joints in Downtown Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas is full of incredible restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable, sometimes only pizza will do. When you’re in the mood for a slice or two, look no further than Downtown Las Vegas for an array of delicious pizza joints. Here are our favorites.

Pop Up Pizza

Enjoy some of the city’s best pizza without ever leaving your hotel. The Plaza is home to Pop Up Pizza, an establishment with a cozy, welcoming ambiance and an array of tempting menu items.

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For a taste of the traditional, try the 18b — a classic pizza made with whole-milk mozzarella. Or, opt for the 5th Street — a pie that’s piled high with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, and pepperoni. Pair your pizza with a side such as onion rings or mozzarella sticks.

Boston Pizza

For pizza, wings, and more, visit Boston Pizza. This establishment offers dine-in, carryout, and even delivery for your convenience. On the menu, you’ll find an array of pizza choices including the Boston Vegetarian and the Boston Meat Lover’s. If you want something other than pizza or wings, Boston Pizza has burgers, pasta, and even fish.

Pizza Rock

Another favorite pizza establishment in downtown Vegas is Pizza Rock, which features incredible pies crafted by award-winning chef Gemignani. Start off with an appetizer like White Wine Clams or Classic Meatballs, then satisfy your pizza craving with a New York-style, Chicago-style, or Sicilian-style pie. Also on the menu are strombolis, calzones, and more. For dessert, try Tony’s Tiramisu or the decadent Mud Pie.

Anthony’s New York Pizza & Deli

Head to Anthony’s New York Pizza & Deli for an authentic taste of the Big Apple right in downtown Vegas. This restaurant doesn’t only serve pizza; you’ll also find an assortment of breakfast dishes, pasta, strombolis, and calzones. Popular pies at this establishment include the Hawaiian Pizza, which comes with ham and pineapple, and the Double Decker Pizza, which features two layers of meaty toppings and melted cheese.

Other Dining Options at the Plaza

In addition to Pop Up Pizza, the Plaza offers other dining options to satisfy your cravings, including Oscar’s Steakhouse, the Beer Garden, and the Food Court to name just a few. Of course, most of the pizza restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas are happy to deliver, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your suite to enjoy a delicious slice.

Come Check Out What’s New at The Plaza

Craps is one of the most timeless Vegas table games, evoking images of taking a big risk for an even bigger payout. Classic craps is likely to remain a Vegas staple for the long haul, but like much of the city, it too, has evolved. If you’re wondering how a stronghold like craps could get any better, imagine never losing on the comeout roll. Crapless craps, now at The Plaza Hotel in downtown Vegas, is perfect for seasoned craps aficionados and new-to-the-table players. Ready to learn how to play?

The Breakdown

Crapless craps, in its most basic form, is simply a rule variant to regular craps. The rule variant being that no player can lose a pass bet on the comeout roll. In regular craps, on the come out roll (or first roll of the dice during a betting round) pass bets win on a 7 or 11 and lose on a 2, 3 or 12. Don’t pass bets win on a 2, 3 or 12 and lose when a 7 or 11 is rolled. In crapless craps, if a player rolls any number other than a 7, it becomes the point, and you can’t lose on 2, 3, or 12. This fast-paced spin on the old Vegas classic is sure to provide all the thrills and payout of the original!

Crapless Craps at The Plaza

downtown vegas craps table The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect place for anyone looking to play this exciting variant of their favorite game. Crapless craps at the Plaza lets you bet on the 2, 3, 11, or 12 with big payouts every time your number rolls. There is no possibility of “crapping out” because you cannot lose on the comeout roll as every number is a point. In this easy to learn game, your bets will stay up until a 7 rolls, giving you plenty of opportunities to get paid. What’s better than getting paid every time your number rolls? Not much. If you’re ready to learn how to get started winning with crapless craps, head over to the Plaza. Every Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can get free lessons on both traditional craps and the quick-moving crapless craps. While you’re there learning or playing crapless craps, be sure to stop by the Plaza’s newly opened Party Pit.

Plaza Party Pit

The Plaza Party Pit is the perfect mix of some of the most uniquely Vegas entertainment options available. The innovating Party Pit is meant to immerse guests in an atmosphere that offers the best of both gaming and traditional Vegas partying. Not only will you get to play some of your favorite Vegas table games at plenty of different limits, but you also get to enjoy great music and even better company. Aside from the stunningly charming dealers and gaming, you’re sure to appreciate the one-of-a-kind view right down the heart of Fremont Street. The beautiful dealers, great music, and upbeat atmosphere are ideal for anyone looking for a less than traditional gaming experience. No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it at the Plaza. Exciting variations of your favorite games? Check. Tons of opportunities to win big? Check. Beautiful table dealers? Check. Great views and even better music? Check. So, what are you waiting for?

The Best Happy Hour Hotspots in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city that has most everything you can imagine, including some great places to have a drink. Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a resident entertaining friends or family from out of town, you’ll find an array of happy hour hotspots within convenient walking distance of each other. Here are some of our favorites.

Velveteen Rabbit

The locally-loved Velveteen Rabbit bar has happy hour every day except during the monthly First Friday events. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you’ll save $2 on specialty cocktails, $2 off beer, $4 off well drinks and $1 off any other menu items.

Commonwealth

Enjoy happy hour at this cocktail lounge — inspired by the pre-Prohibition era — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Well cocktails and domestic beers are only $3; premium cocktails and craft beers are reduced to $5. Music and a rooftop patio make this bar a favorite of locals and visitors like.

Therapy

Therapy is a hip Vegas haunt with happy hour daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Menu items include draft beer, handmade sangria, and signature cocktails. Be sure to try the refreshing Deal Maker, a combination of Hana Gin, grapefruit, maraschino, and fresh lemon-lime soda.

Fizz

Champagne lovers, rejoice! From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Fizz offers the Bottomless Bubbles deal. You will get unlimited glasses of J. Roget Champagne during the two-hour period for only $36. Pair your bubbly with a delicious offering from the menu such as Caviar on the Rocks or Wagyu & Horseradish Panini Bites.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

Of course, you don’t even need to leave your hotel in Downtown Las Vegas to enjoy a fabulous happy hour. Just head to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday for great deals on drinks and food. Not sure what to try first? Oscar’s is famous for its steaks, of course, but you also don’t want to miss the signature martinis. Taking advantage of great happy hours in Downtown Las Vegas is an excellent way to get more bang for your buck. No matter what kind of libations you are looking for, you are sure to find them at one of these great happy hours.

5 Great Dessert Spots in Downtown Las Vegas

There’s always room for dessert, especially when you’re in Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the fabulous entertainment and shopping destinations found here, downtown is also home to some of the best desserts in the city. These fabulous establishments are serving up crave-worthy treats sure to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Here are a few of our favorites.

ChillSpot by SasaSweets

When nothing but a frozen treat will do, head to Chillspot by SasaSweets. The ice cream served here is made right in front of you using liquid nitrogen for unparalleled freshness. For an indulgent experience, try a Belgian Chocolate or Madagascar Vanilla Sundae. Want something on the light side? The shop’s Sorbettos and Italian Ices are available in a variety of fruit flavors.

JinJu Chocolates

This Vegas chocolatier offers a decadent assortment of handmade treats ideal for taking back to your hotel to enjoy later or for giving as a gift. If you’re stopping in for a quick bite, try the AKOYA 4-piece bonbon collection. Or, indulge in the Fortunato No. 4 Chocolate Bar, crafted with 68 percent Grand Cru dark chocolate.

Cupkates by Kate

Although cupcakes are the main attraction at this Vegas bakery, Cupkates also offers delicious dipped apples and strawberries, cake pops, and cookies.
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Cupcake flavors change by the day, so if you’re craving a particular flavor, call ahead to see if it’s available. Popular cupcake varieties found here include PB & J, Snickerdoodle, and Lemoncello — just to name a few!

Luv-It Frozen Custard

For an authentic taste of Vegas, head to this quaint frozen custard shop that has been in business since 1973. In addition to creamy frozen custard served in cones and cups, this establishment offers a variety of creative sundaes. The Luv-It Special sports pecans and strawberries while the Banana Fudge Krumble features cookie crumbles, sliced banana, and hot fudge.

Dessert at the Plaza

Despite the presence of the fabulous dessert destinations mentioned above, you don’t even need to leave your downtown Las Vegas hotel to enjoy a sweet treat. For an authentic taste of down-home cooking, visit Hash House A Go Go at the Plaza. In addition to the breakfast and lunch fare, you’ll find Andy’s Famous Bread Pudding, topped with ice cream and served with a cup of coffee. At Oscar’s Steakhouse, be sure to try the authentic New York Cheesecake or the delectable crème brulee. No matter what kind of sweet treat you are looking for, you are sure to find it in Downtown Las Vegas.

Exploring Downtown Las Vegas’ Beer Garden

 

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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.

 

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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, artificial 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.

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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.

6 Restaurants to Check Out in Downtown Las Vegas

Dining Downtown Las Vegas The exciting transformation of Downtown Las Vegas continues as more retailers and restaurants come to the area. As the community continues to grow, we are able to experience some of the most amazing new food the entire city has to offer. No matter what you are looking for, you are likely to find it right here in Downtown Las Vegas. So come down today to check out some of these great restaurants.

VegeNation

As one of the few truly vegan restaurants in the city, VegeNation is sure to get you excited about healthy eating. Featuring a wide variety of different types of cuisine, you can get everything from Vietnamese pho to Mexican and Italian dishes all made with 100 percent plant-based products. Don’t forget to also check out their signature “juicetails” featuring local distilled liquor and cold-pressed juice while you are there!

Carson Kitchen

This Downtown favorite, located at Sixth and Carson streets features a perfectly crafted menu of new American food with a unique twist. The restaurant also has a garden-style rooftop patio for an outdoor dining option. Designed for sharing with your party, the menu features favorite items including crispy chicken skins, bacon jam, sandwiches, flatbreads and much more. The restaurant also features a wised variety of beer, wine and stiff specialty drinks.

Le Thai

Frequently lauded as one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Le Thai is a small restaurant that delivers big flavor. Located across the street from the El Cortez, the restaurant features a large outdoor dining space complete with a misting system for those warm Vegas nights. Le Thai is best known for its delicious three color curry complete with strips of fresh daikon, carrot and basil. Other must-try dishes include the short rib fried rice, awesome noodles and fried bananas.

La Comida

La Comida, located on Sixth street, is a rustic yet chic interpretation on a traditional Mexican cantina. The vast restaurant features a large indoor dining area complete with interesting furniture and light fixtures along with a comfortable outdoor dining area as well. The menu features plenty of tasty Mexican classics such as Pozole, Mexican street corn, ceviche, tacos and much more. Take some time to sample one of the over 100 tequilas on the menu or one of their famous fruit margaritas.

Therapy

This hip new restaurant, located in the Fremont East District, touted as a “gastro-lounge” gives a whole new outlook on American cuisine.  The restaurant features both tapas-style dishes that are meant for sharing, along with individual entrees, and something called cast iron s’mores, which sounds worthy of a trip on its own. The restaurant caters to everyone with offerings like a wagyu beef burger, charred kale salad, steak tartar, Scottish salmon and much more.

Monta Japanese Noodle House

Monta Japanese Noodle House serves “KURUME” style Tonkotsu Ramen, with a broth made from selected pork bones and the unique soy sauce imported from Japan. The prices are great and the portions are large, pick up any of their delicious Ramen bowls downtown. Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming the place to be if you are looking for uniquely delicious food offerings. Make sure to stop and check out one of these new restaurants next time you are looking to try out something new.

5 Pieces of History Worth Visiting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas History Las Vegas boasts a rich history, and the city offers up plenty of opportunities to step back in time. Throughout the years, Las Vegas has undergone several shifts in identity leaving traces of each change behind. From the Wild West era to mobster playground, and now a gambling mecca, Las Vegas is more than just neon lights and craps tables. If you’re looking to experience something a little different next time you visit, here are 5 pieces of Las Vegas history sure to change the way you think about the city.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Serving as the very first permanent structure in the valley, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was built in 1855, strategically located near a spring fed creek.  The original structure was a 150-foot adobe fort intended to serve as a mid-point regrouping area on the trail from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Today, a small portion of the original structure still remains just east of Las Vegas Boulevard. Make sure to take some time to check out the visitor center of the state park for great details about this historic place.

Railroad Cottage District

The rail services in the area helped Las Vegas develop into the city it is today. In order to provide housing for those building the rails, the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad built a total of 64 cottages in what is now Downtown Las Vegas. Although only a handful of cottages remain in the original district, the area remains on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is sure to bring you back in time.

Famous Neon

Vegas Vic is the unofficial name for the famous neon cowboy located outside of a souvenir shop that was formerly The Pioneer Club. This staple of Downtown Las Vegas since 1951 measures in at 40 feet, and can wave and talk. Located directly across Fremont Street is another famous piece of Downtown neon known as Vegas Vickie. She is a seated cowgirl with a leg kicked over Fremont, erected in 1980, who now sits over the Glitter Gulch Neon Sign. In 1984, Vic and Vickie were married in a fun ceremony covered by local news. For more pieces of Vegas neon history, be sure to check out the Neon Boneyard.

The Bellagio Fountains

Since their first show over 15 years ago, the fountains at Bellagio have become an award winning staple of Las Vegas. This amazing (and free) fountain show takes place at regular time intervals every day and featured over 30 different combinations of water movements carefully choreographed to a variety of popular songs. The fountains are located on an 8-acre manmade lake and feature over 4 thousand lights and over a thousand nozzles. For another amazing free show, make sure to head down to The Mirage for the famous volcano show!

Hoover Dam

One of the most well-known manmade landmarks resides just outside of Las Vegas on the border of Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam, completed in 1935 to control flooding and irrigation along the Colorado River, was built from 5 million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of reinforced steel. This amazing artificial wonder of the world created Lake Mead, the largest manmade reservoir in the U.S., now a mecca for outdoor activities in the area. Make sure to take some time to check out some of these amazing historic sites next time you find yourself looking for something different to experience Downtown.

5 Unique Shopping Destinations in Downtown Las Vegas

Dining Downtown Las Vegas

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Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most unique areas in the city. Over the past couple of years, and still continuing today, the area has undergone a massive transformation to make it a truly captivating destination for locals and visitors alike. One of the many things making Downtown so unique is the one-of-a-kind shopping presented by the wide array of boutiques located throughout the district. Whether you are looking for a special Vegas-themed antique, the perfect book for the gambler back at home or a highly coveted record, the shops in Downtown Las Vegas have you covered.

11Th Street Records

The perfect stop for the music lover in your group, 11th Street Records is dedicated to buying, selling, trading, and even recording records. The store boasts vinyl listening parties, in-store parties and performances, live streaming webcasts of these performances and much more. Stop in and do your part to help support the music industry and community today.

The Writer’s Block

The Writer’s Block is the only independent bookstore in the entire city and is much more than just that. The shop boasts not only an amazing selection of unique books, but also books from larger publishers, a collection of children’s books, apparel, collectibles and a book machine that prints, binds and trims paperback books in 5 minutes.

Retro Vegas

Just up the street from the Plaza, Retro Vegas is the place to go if you are looking for one-of-a-kind Vegas antiques. This massive shop is full of both Las Vegas themed collectibles and general mid-century antiques, and enough variety to fit into any price point. While you are there make sure to check out the famous pink kitchen. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply saunter up Main Street for over 10 more different antique shops to peruse.

The Gamblers General Store & Book Club

For the widest variety of gambling related products, including books, The Gamblers General Store is your go-to in Downtown Las Vegas. For over three decades, this Downtown staple has specialized in providing all your gambling needs including personalized chips, high-quality cards, dice, poker tables, memorabilia and much more. If you are searching for a book about gambling, check out the over 3,000 gambling books available at Gamblers Book Club.

Container Park

What good would an article about shopping in Downtown be without a mention of the amazing Container Park? This one-of-a-kind open-air shopping area is made entirely from shipping containers and contains enough activity to keep everyone in your group (especially the kids) occupied and entertained for hours. No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it here. Don’t forget to check out some of the mouth-watering food and drink options while you are here. No matter what you are looking to buy or do, Downtown Las Vegas has it all.  So make sure to give yourself ample time to explore this district the next time you are in town!

What to Expect When Dining at Oscar’s

Oscar's Steakhouse Las Vegas

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Come on In

It isn’t a trip to Vegas unless you’ve dined at Oscar’s. Flirt with all the showgirls you want, but you haven’t done Sin City without the signature steaks and cocktails that await you at the only dining establishment that’s earned the name of the Happiest Mayor on Earth. And while you’re here, you may even get to meet the legendary mob-boss-turned-mayor, Oscar Goodman himself. Located in the iconic glass dome of the the jewel of Downtown – the Plaza Hotel and Casino – it’s a true Vegas experience worthy of any appetite.

Take in the View  – Inside & Out

The all-glass dome of the Plaza used to be home of this Downtown classic’s pool. This was a scene where you wanted to be seen…and not much has changed to this day. From your table, you’ll be treated to views of the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Inside, enjoy the glitz and glam of old-school Vegas with mood lighting and classic jazz. While you’re here, take in some of Oscar’s rare photographs of vintage Vegas, along with memorabilia from Mr. Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor.

Did We Mention the Broads?

Can you beat beauty and brains? No way. The Broads of Oscar’s are beautiful dinner hostesses and companions who can regale you with tales of Vegas history, recommend must-do Vegas attractions (although you’d be experiencing one during your conversation), talk sports, debate politics – anything you want. They were inspired by Oscar Goodman’s “booze and broads” trial back when he was a mob attorney, and the Bacchanal Room at the old Caesars Palace where guests were invited to party with the Goddesses. Oscar’s Broads are there to enliven your experience…after all, nothing complements a great dinner like sparkling conversation with a beautiful companion. As the man himself says, “I’d take one Betty over 100 showgirls any day.”

Eat and Drink Like You Own This Town

Oscars Steakhouse Steak The crowning jewel of Oscar’s is the amazingly varied food menu and classic drink offerings. As a fine dining steakhouse, Oscar’s offers a variety of perfectly aged cuts which are then seared over a 600 degree grill to ensure they are flavorful, juicy and tender. Adding to the unmistakably Las Vegas glam feel, Oscar’s offers jumbo shrimp, crab legs and lobster tail to complement any of the already delicious entrees. All of the side dishes at Oscar’s are made from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients. Featuring staples such as smashed potatoes and steamed asparagus to less-expected offerings such as roasted corn brulee and onion strings, you are sure to find something you love. With a full bar, you can opt for a classic cocktail or one of the many signature and hand-crafted Las Vegas inspired drinks at the restaurant. Don’t forget to try Mr. Goodman’s signature Bombay Sapphire martini while you’re here. Oscar would insist on it.

So When Are You Coming?

Hopefully your appetite is whetted for the quintessential Vegas dining experience, courtesy of beloved Mayor and famed mob attorney Oscar Goodman. Just remember, if you haven’t been here, you haven’t really been to Vegas. Cheers!

The Best Spots in Downtown Las Vegas to Have a Nightcap with “Old Vegas” Nostalgia

Atomic Liquors Las Vegas Travel back in time to the days of Elvis, Frank Sinatra, mobsters and showgirls. Here  nightcaps are in style and cocktails are elaborate concoctions unique to every bar, lounge or speakeasy on the streets of Vegas. Flash forward to present day: The magic of Old Vegas is alive and well downtown. Many of the vintage bars and cocktail lounges have become a part of the downtown renaissance — destinations that are reminiscent of days long passed but with a decidedly modern twist. Here are some of the best spots to have a nightcap with Old Vegas nostalgia.

Atomic Liquors

The oldest freestanding bar in Vegas, Atomic Liquors has been around since 1952.  The name comes from what used to be the main attraction — watching nuclear blasts at the nearby atomic test site from the roof of the bar. This downtown gem has quite a history in show business and was frequented by the Rat Pack, the Smothers Brothers and Barbara Streisand. Today, it boasts a well-stocked bar, a fabulous drink menu, late night hours and special events just about every day. Step into the Atomic and head right back to the 1950s.

Downtown Cocktail Room

Located in the Fremont East Entertainment district, the Downtown Cocktail Room is an upscale cocktail lounge and speakeasy that serves up luscious libations in a Bohemian-Chic atmosphere. The handcrafted cocktails are one-of-a-kind creations that have acquired a huge following among locals and visitors alike. Be a part of the downtown scene that escapes the spectacle of the Strip — and embrace the glamour of Vegass’ past, present and future.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

Locatedin the iconicx dome at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, Oscar’s has been attracting discriminating visitors to its restaurant and bar since 2011. Oscar’s famous bar, adjacent to the steakhouse, serves up world-famous martinis in a glamorous, old-school Vegas atmosphere. Overlooking the Fremont Street Experience, Oscar’s also has the best view in town.

The Commonwealth

This swanky, 6,000-square-foot cocktail lounge was inspired by pre-prohibition era design. Serving a huge array of cocktails, craft beers and other libations, Commonwealth boasts over-the-top chandeliers, bow-tied bartenders, a dance floor and a rooftop patio. What more could you want in a classic, downtown bar? When you are ready to reminisce, there is no place like downtown to find that Old Vegas style. With such a unique array of nightlife opportunities, these are truly hidden gems, tucked away from the circus of the Strip. If you have been neglecting the downtown area, now is the time to visit these popular watering holes to see what you’ve been missing.

5 Spots that Showcase the Downtown Las Vegas Revival

Praying Mantis at Downtown Las Vegas Downtown Las Vegas may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Vegas, but in recent years it has done a fabulous job of rebranding itself. Instead of competing with the circus of the strip, downtown Las Vegas has worked hard to create an image that embraces art, music, and culture in a world-class destination. If you’re wondering why you should consider a stay in downtown Las Vegas, here are five must-visit spots that showcase the best of the downtown revival.

Mob Museum

Located in the heart of downtown, the Mob Museum shares the thrilling story of organized crime in Las Vegas. The mob scene played a huge role in the shaping of modern Las Vegas – helping it evolve and to become the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” At the Mob Museum, you’ll explore high-tech theater presentations, unique artifacts, and awesome interactive exhibits that tell both sides of the story; that of the mobs and that of the law’s. This intriguing presentation of Las Vegass’ colorful history will surprise and enthrall you. A must see.

Smith Center for the Performing Arts

From Broadway shows, to jazz, ballet, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, there is always something happening at the Smith Center. This thriving cultural complex has enabled southern Nevada to take its place on the international stage, and the sprawling campus has become a mecca for world-class culture, art, and musical events. In fact, the Smith Center is an exhibit in-and-of itself, with unique architecture, outdoor sculptures, and beautifully landscaped grounds. A picnic in Symphony Park is almost as exciting as the first-rate performances.

Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park is a truly unique experience, unlike anything in Las Vegas. A Fremont Street destination built entirely of shipping containers, this urban gathering area features nightly music, boutique shopping, world-class cuisine, and a kids’ play area, complete with a 30-foot slide and water-play attraction. There’s always something going on at this hip, downtown destination.

The Neon Museum

Neon Museum Downtown Vegas

Founded in 1996, the spectacular Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and displaying the iconic Las Vegas signs that used to tower over Sin City. Indoor and outdoor display areas, with more than 150 rescued signs, chronicle the changes and trends in sign design and technology from the 1930s to the present day. This uniquely Las Vegas museum is located downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Discovery Children’s Museum

Located in Symphony Park, adjacent to the Smith Center, the Discovery Children’s Museum has helped redefine downtown Las Vegas as a cultural and artistic destination. This huge, interactive and educational play space provides a vibrant and engaging experience for kids of all ages. The 58,000-square foot building has nine exhibition halls spread across three stories. Science, art, technology, music, and theater: It’s all here, just waiting for your family to discover. Over the years, Las Vegas has become so much more than an opulent gambling destination. Thanks to a modern revival, Downtown Las Vegas is now an attraction in its own right, helping to define Vegas as a culturally diverse and internationally renowned urban center.    

Food Diary: Eating Our Way Through the Day

Plaza breakfast 7:00 a.m. The alarm clock went off and there was no hitting snooze. We had a lot to get to at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, but before we could do anything, whether work or play, we needed to eat a solid breakfast. The best way to start the day is with breakfast at Hash House A Go Go. One of our favorite dishes there is the classic Boston Hash – crispy potatoes, mixed onions and fresh tomatoes crowned with blue crab cake drizzled with horseradish cream and served with eggs and fresh fruit. After a breakfast of that magnitude we were almost ready to begin the day. We just needed to stop by Cafelatte for a Lavazza coffee first. 12:32 p.m. Before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We were still a little full from breakfast and were busy making the most of the day so we opted for something quick and easy at Pop Up Pizza. We indulged in a slice of cheese, but also had a salad. Mom always said eat your veggies! 5:00 p.m. Five o’clock rolled around. It was a busy and productive day, but now it was time to relax and enjoy the evening. It was a beautiful fall day in Vegas. Today’s sky was a mix of pink, orange and red as the sun set. We headed to the Bier Garten for a craft beer and to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Las Vegas from the outdoor area. In addition to our beers, we ordered a giant pretzel and wurst to share as a snack before dinner. Bier Garten food and drinks 6:52 p.m. We had a reservation at Oscar’s for 7 p.m. so we headed upstairs to the restaurant. The decor of Oscar’s is glamorous. It incorporates memorabilia from Oscar Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor as well as classic photographs of Las Vegas from over the years. It makes you feel like a star. We started with some calamari and chose the pork chop for the entrée. The calamari was nice and crispy on the outside and the pork chop had been perfectly seared. Not a bad way to wrap up another fun day at the Plaza. Oscar's calamari Oscar's pork chop

Holiday Shopping in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Container Park

holiday shopping downtown Everyone knows Vegas is one of the best cities to shop ’til you drop.  Whether it’s high end couture, beautiful boutiques or fantastic outlets, there are tons of places and a variety of ways to shop in Sin City.  Those who like to find special pieces that no one else will have should explore Downtown Container Park. It’s only a short walk from Plaza and has beautiful boutiques and a quirky design. And foor the bargain mavens there is Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, which offer an unparalleled combination of quality and great deals and are also located close to Plaza. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful or just a task to cross off your to-do list. It can be quality, relaxing alone time or a destination event for the whole family. Container Park has an amazing array of stores (art, apparel, décor, toys), dining options (BBQ, Mexican, extravagant hot dogs, whiskey bar, wine bar) and activities (treehouse and play area for kids and adults, live music). You can bring the fun back to holiday shopping with a visit to this popular Downtown Las Vegas destination. It’s a fresh urban landscape and more than a collection of stores. The area is constructed from shipping containers stacked on one another and was created as a place everyone can enjoy. Spend the day perusing the boutiques, sampling the different food options and having fun in the park. While you can pay top dollar for anything you want in Las Vegas, you also can find amazing brand name goods at bargain prices if you visit the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Tell everyone you picked a little something up for them in Vegas – just don’t tell them you bought designer wear for less than designer costs! With 150 stores, the outlets offer all of the high end designers you’d find at malls and destination shopping venues.  Come visit Las Vegas and shop it up – you’ll love what you find!

Downtown Las Vegas Buzzes as Life is Beautiful Returns

Life is Beautiful
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Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, is a testament of this. The festival will bring some of today’s greatest musicians, chefs, artists and speakers to the art district for a three day inspirational social platform. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has defined Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication. The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire. And as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community. Adjacent to the arts district, the Plaza was a hub for those who attended last year’s inaugural Life is Beautiful festival and we be one this year as well. Whether you need a room to rest between days, something to eat or drink or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible. For the full festival lineup, please visit lifeisbeautiful.com.

What You Don’t Know About Las Vegas!

The bright lights of Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip plus the fast-paced and high-energy gambling at any number of casinos. That’s Las Vegas in a nutshell — or is it? Sure, you’ve heard of these attractions, and you’re certainly going to hit them up the next time you’re in the city, but is there more to Las Vegas than meets the eye? Of course! Las Vegas is a city of surprises. Whether its your first time visiting Sin City or you’re a Vegas veteran, these beyond the strip attractions will give you a well-rounded vacation you’ll remember forever.

Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Tour and Botanical Cactus Gardens

chocolate What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so that means you’re free to overindulge. The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory promises fun, education, and a free sample. You’ll see how chocolate is made and learn about Ethel M., the genius behind the gourmet morsels. Once you’ve toured the factory, you can head next door for a completely unique experience – a visit to the Botanical Cactus Gardens. Displaying over 300 types of cacti, these botanical gardens are truly engaging, offering three acres of prickly pears, yuccas, aloe, and more. This excursion is perfect for parties of all ages, but it’s a great way for families to spend part of the day doing something together – and it’s free!

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon Have you ever dreamed of soaring above all your troubles? At Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, you can do just that – at 60 miles per hour. The moderately priced attraction ($159 for your three-hour tour) is perfect for those who love nature and adventure. Not only will you have the time of your life flying down four ziplines, but you’ll also get a captivating view of the historic and beautiful Bootleg Canyon. It’s one of the most breathtaking sights in the Las Vegas area. You might even glimpse some horn sheep or lizards as you zip through the Red Mountains. This experience is perfect for teens and adults with a sense of adventure or who are ready to get one! However, it’s not a great choice for those with health conditions, and there are strict weight limits.

American Muscle Car Driving Experience

musclecar Have you ever wanted to drive a really cool, really fast car? If so, Las Vegas is your town. The American Muscle Car Driving Experience provides you with a really awesome car – a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 2013 Corvette Z06, or 2014 Camero ZL1 – and lets you drive it really fast through 30 miles of Red Rock Canyon. While this is obviously an attraction for adults, almost everyone loves shiny cars, so it could be a fun opportunity for your whole group, provided no one is afraid of high speeds! One person can drive for $299, a passenger is $99, and an additional driver costs $150. Las Vegas has always been considered one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but there’s more to do than gamble and take in shows. Make your experience unique with one of these destinations.

20 Awesome Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas [Infographic]

Downtown Las Vegas has been exploding recently with endless possibilities drawing people away from the Strip. The emergence of a fantastic arts scene, gourmet food, special bars, unique museums, and varied activities for every taste, have all attracted plenty of attention to downtown. Just like any city, even Las Vegas has hidden gems waiting to be discovered and explored. This infographic details the better and lesser known options that downtown Las Vegas has to offer for those eager to venture away from the Strip and learn something new about the city that is loved by so many people. Come on by and see for yourself why downtown is such a great neighborhood to be in!
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A Sneak Peak Into the Hidden Gems of Downtown Las Vegas

downtown Las Vegas Every town has their hidden gems – their “secret” local hangouts. You have to be on the inside in order to have the privilege of knowing about these trendy spots. Well, I’m here to give you a little insider information. Just about everyone knows about the famous Fremont Street Experience, and you may even know about the Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series and the new Slotzilla zipline (that is being constructed all the way down Fremont Street). But what you may not know is that when you venture off Fremont Street you will find a bevy of speakeasy bars, a plethora of amazing food choices, and more art galleries than one person could see in a day – each injecting a thrilling sense of adventure and mischief into the regular Vegas experience. For the uninitiated, exploring downtown can be like opening a treasure chest of entertainment. Food is definitely plentiful in downtown Las Vegas and should not be overlooked. Key restaurants provide the best in American and foreign food, from the infamous burger joint Heart Attack Grill, to the gourmet, specialized food of eat. and even the wide selection at Le Thai. It certainly is easy to work up an appetite in this city so indulge yourself and try out one of these greats. The Laundry Room is hidden behind secret doors and has no markings. The unsuspecting might walk right by without any knowledge of the excitement held inside. This modern speakeasy bar operates under anonymity and specializes in classic cocktails. One of its unique features is the chance to simply name your preferred type of alcohol and have the bartender create something special for you. If you can find this hidden gem, make sure you make a reservation. Not on the list? No entrance! The Lady Silvia also falls under the category of the modern speakeasy, but come on in! No reservation required! There is no shortage of exciting activities when you step away from the downtown Las Vegas casinos, and engaging in downtown has never been more fun, so stop by and see what you’re missing!