It's known as "Vintage Vegas," but Downtown Las Vegas is also the center of revitalization with a booming entertainment and dining scene. Downtown Las Vegas might be the place for you if you're looking for urban excitement and a hip, casual nightlife scene.
The Fremont East District has a happening nightlife, culture and unique vibe you won't find on the Strip. Start the night right with a few drinks at some of Fremont Street's hot spots, The Griffin, the Downtown Cocktail Lounge and the Commonwealth, featuring a spectacular rooftop lounge with views of the action below. On the same block, you'll find Don't Tell Mama, an open-mic piano bar where Las Vegas entertainers go to be entertained, and Beauty Bar , where you can catch the latest indie band and/or get your nails done. If you're ready to rock, check out Backstage Bar & Billiards , filled with classic memorabilia and live music most nights, and its adjacent concert venue, Fremont Country Club .
Get your shop on at the new Downtown Container Park , featuring a variety of boutique shops and food outlets. Most nights you can enjoy a concert at the outdoor amphitheater of this unique park, which is made completely of stacked shipping containers. Grab a bite at Triple George Grill , an old-school bar and restaurant on Third Street, where they're keeping it real; or enjoy a cocktail at The Artifice Bar in the Arts Factory . You could walk (with swagger, of course) down to East Fremont Street and enjoy Le Thai, Park on Fremont, Radio City Pizza, La Comida, or any of the dining destinations for hipsters and artsy types.
Don't forget to look up and catch one of the Viva Vision shows from anywhere on Fremont Street Experience . It's 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound you'll only see in Las Vegas.
At some point, you'll have to wander back. Check out the creative collection of artists, writers, photographers, clothing designers and more at the Emergency Arts building in the Downtown entertainment district. Might as well stop off at the Vanguard Lounge , where they're handcrafting some of downtown's finest cocktails, such as the Spicy Evangelist and the Sherman Tank made with fresh apricots and black pepper bitters.
There's so much new to see downtown, you should stay a night or two and check it out. The new Downtown Grand has 629 rooms and suites right in the heart of Downtown. With a spectacular location overlooking Fremont Street, enjoy dinner at Oscar's, the steak house named for our legendary former mayor. Located inside the newly renovated Plaza Hotel , this hot spot is a sure bet for pre-show dining or after-hours drinks. Grab a cocktail at the Mob Bar, just steps from the Mob Museum , another must-see attraction. And you can't say you've experienced downtown until you take a picture with a million bucks at Binion's .
Gordie Brown delivers a night of impressionable entertainment at Golden Nugget , and afterward, you can always find some tasty libations with the five varieties of beer brewed on site at the Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station .
There's nothing to be bitter about at Du-par's Restaurant and Bakery inside the Golden Gate Hotel . The pancakes are just as good as the ones they've been serving for 70 years and make for a good way to end the night. Every downtown hipster knows that when it comes to Italian food, you have to grab a seat at Chicago Joe's . They've been dishing out amazing Italian fare in a cozy atmosphere for 30 years.
If you are visiting on the first weekend of the month, check out the First Friday Art Celebration , Las Vegas' monthly art experience showing off artwork, music and more. Only then will you be a true Downtown Hipster.
SlotZilla zip line is the newest attraction in Las Vegas, and whether you fly the lower “Zipline” or upper “Zoomline,” we think it's one of the best things to do in Las Vegas , period.
Depart from the world's largest slot machine, then fly along zip lines under the dazzling Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience. Learn more , check out our SlotZilla FAQ or get your ticket online now.
Enjoy jaw-dropping, free light shows on the world's largest video screen, all amidst the electric atmosphere of the Fremont Street Experience's pedestrian promenade. The people-watching is free, too!
Take a free photo will a million dollars cash at one of downtown's most iconic casinos, Binion's.
Photos are taken from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. This photo op is one of the best free things to do in downtown Las Vegas. Visit the official site .
Take a stroll through Las Vegas history at this outdoor museum dedicated to saving and preserving vintage neon signs.
The Neon Museum hosts guided tours through the Neon Boneyard, and incredible collection of retired neon signs, many of them from gone-but-not-forgotten downtown casinos.
You won't believe it unless you see it for yourself. This hospital-themed restaurant at Neonopolis prides itself on irreverent humor and a ridiculously indulgent menu, including the “Quadruple Bypass” hamburgers, “Flatliner” fries and butter-fat shakes.
Don't say we didn't warn you and your arteries. Find out more , if you dare.
Most slot machines in Las Vegas now use ticket-in/ticket-out technology, but the second floor of The D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgerald's) has tons of classic machines that still take and pay out in coins.
For players who love the feel of coins, and filling up buckets with their winnings, stop by The D. Learn more .
The fascinating Mob Museum in Las Vegas is an enlightening look at the world of organized crime and law enforcement. The fancy version of the Mob Museum's name is the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, but no matter what you call it, it's a Las Vegas must-see. Among the hundreds of artifacts, make sure to check out a giant piece of the brick wall transplanted from the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
The museum is just a couple of blocks from Fremont Street Experience, near Downtown Grand (the former Lady Luck).
This lively bar has tons of character and is a favorite of bikers everywhere. Look for Jim Morrison's mug shot and arrest report on the bar's wall. Visit the bar's official site for all the details.
Downtown's vibrant restaurant and bar scene make Fremont East a great way to spend an evening on the town in Las Vegas. Some best bets for restaurants are La Comida and Le Thai, and no visit to Fremont East would be complete with a stop at Commonwealth, Insert Coins or Downtown Cocktail Room.
The Golden Nugget's $30 million pool is an absolute stunner, not to mention an incredible feat of engineering. The Tank features a 200,000-gallon shark tank visitors can experience at a distance or up-close by riding the pool's three-story water slide. Dive into the official Golden Nugget site for more information.
Inside the men's restroom at Main Street Station , there's a huge slab of the Berlin Wall. Yes, that Berlin Wall. Women can ask to be escorted in by security to see this surprising curiosity, too.
It's a hidden gem in hotel with dozens of antiques and curiosities from around the world. Stop by the registration desk for a brochure listing all the antiques around the hotel.
If you're into craps, check out the Sharpshooter Club hall of fame at Fremont Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Plaques immortalize the names of players who have had hot rolls on the hotel's craps tables. There's another wall of plaques at the Fremont's sister hotel, the nearby California Hotel & Casino .
How serious is the Fremont about craps? It's the only casino we know of that has a roll counter on its craps tables to track the hot rolls for posterity. Love it!
The shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate casino isn't just any shrimp cocktail, it's a piece of Las Vegas history.
It's estimated more than 40 million people have had a shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate. Get this world-famous shrimp cocktail at Du-par's restaurant, just off the casino floor. Don't miss out on this tasty Las Vegas tradition. Read more .
Two classic neon signs reside under the canopy at Fremont Street Experience, downtown. Vegas Vic (originally commissioned as a cartoon character by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1947) stands above the Pioneer Club (now a gift shop). His counterpart, Vegas Vickie (also sometimes spelled Vicky or Vicki), can be found just across the Fremont Street Experience mall.
These two were legally married during the construction of the Fremont Street Experience, and the duo are fast approaching their 20th wedding anniversary. Only in Vegas!
Made famous in the reality TV hit, “Pawn Stars,” this pawn shop is always bustling with activity. You may even spot the stars of the series from time to time. The colorful cast of “Pawn Stars” are frequently spotted out and about downtown, and often make appearances at Fremont Street events.
Learn more at the official Gold and Silver Pawn site.
Downtown's newest shopping center is just as the name implies, its shops, restaurants and bars are in giant shipping containers. Downtown Container Park is family-friendly, with a massive playground at its heart.
If you know where to look, you can find at least two free slot machine pulls at Fremont Street casinos. The best free slot pulls are at Binion's and Four Queens. At each, you could win up to $2,500 cash. Make sure to ask about the free coupons for casino amenities, too.
These free machines might not have the best odds in town, but did we mention they're free? Just remember, not all free slot pulls are created equal. Here's why .
We're not kidding. At Nacho Daddy restaurant , a few steps off Fremont Street on 4th Street, you can order an actual scorpion in your shot of whatever. Why you'd want to do that, we have no idea, but that's beside the point. It's Vegas, baby!
Nacho Daddy is also known for its margaritas, recently voted the “Best Margaritas in Las Vegas” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal . The food's pretty good, too!
Viva Vision Light Show at Fremont Street Experience
The free Viva Vision light shows at Fremont Street Experience are a must-see in Las Vegas.
One of the most spectacular ways to see the lights of Fremont Street is by flying on the SlotZilla Zip Line ! Flying under the Viva Vision screen is a thrill for the senses, to say the least.
The Viva Vision video screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above Fremont Street's renowned pedestrian mall, lined by some of the world's most iconic casinos and hotels.
Guests can enjoy a variety of light shows with dazzling, high-resolution imagery and state-of-the-art, 550,000-watt, concert-quality sound. The Viva Vision screen is made up of 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lamps.
Viva Vision shows last about six minutes, and run every hour, beginning at dusk (between 6:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m., based upon the season). Shows typically end at midnight (in the summer, shows run until 1:00 a.m.).
Light shows currently include Heart, The Who, The Doors, Bon Jovi and others. Check the monthly calendar to see which Viva Vision show plays when.
More than 17 million Las Vegas visitors a year take in the Viva Vision light shows at Fremont Street Experience.
Fremont Street Experience is the best place to enjoy free, live music in Las Vegas!
We've got three stages , and a rotating schedule of non-stop talent performing music from just about every musical genre you can imagine.
The party atmosphere of Fremont Street Experience means you can let loose, enjoy great performances and dance like nobody's watching.
Our live music ranges from local talent to concerts by international superstars.
With the exception of a few high-profile concerts, our live entertainment is absolutely free. No ticket required. Grab a cocktail, pick your spot and create some musical memories in downtown Las Vegas.
Get started by taking a look at our ever-changing Calendar of Events and see you on Fremont Street.
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