Located midway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Las Vegas was founded in 1905 on 110 acres of land just off the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The following year, the first hotel — the Hotel Nevada which became the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street — opened in Downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas was officially incorporated as a city in 1911.
Commonly abbreviated as DTLV, Downtown Las Vegas is the city’s central business hub and historical center. It also predates The Strip as the original gaming district in Vegas. It’s currently home to the Fremont Street Experience, as well as numerous hotels, high rises, historic buildings, new residential developments, and vibrant arts and cultural scene.
The historic heart of Las Vegas, bustling Downtown is home to revered casinos like the Plaza, Golden Nugget and 4 Queens. Museums to boast like interactive exhibits on organized crime at the Mob Museum. A vibrant LED canopy covers the Fremont Street Experience, a 24-hour mall with shops, light shows and the SlotZilla zip line. Drinking and dining options range from casual burger and pizza places to sleek steakhouses and glitzy cocktail bars.
Whether you are looking for traditional or fusion fare, Downtown Las Vegas has the likes and licks you are looking for. Slightly off the Strip this up and coming art and food district has much to offer anyone's pallet. Easy on the wallets, but not on the eyes. You will be dazzled by the old town neon flare, eateries and local bar scene. Start your sunrise with Donut Bar and their modern take on coffee and oversized donuts in inventive flavors to a sunset dinner at Mayor Goodman's Oscar's Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel or have an expert guide you through this city’s most dynamic food scene on a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour. An assortment of both casual and formal dining awaits you in Downtown Las Vegas. With approximately 150 restaurants, diners, and coffee shops, dining in Downtown Las Vegas offers some of the best food in the area.
Known as the 18b, the Las Vegas Arts District contains a mix of independent businesses including vintage clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, hair salons, restaurants, The 18b is located halfway between the Fremont East Entertainment district and the Stratosphere Resort, clustered around Main and Charleston, bounded loosely by Commerce Street to the West, Hoover Avenue to the North, Fourth Street to the East and Wyoming Avenue at the south. It is an easy bike ride, walk or bus ride from Fremont Street. The name, "18b," represents the original Arts District area, which consisted of 18 blocks. Today, the Arts District area has grown beyond those original 18 blocks and is a classic urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses that will continue to grow as the hub of the arts scene in Las Vegas.
The "First Friday" Art Walk is a monthly arts and cultural event drawing up to 30,000 visitors into the neighborhood on the first Friday evening of each month. This event encourages people to flock downtown to browse, buy, eat, drink and mingle. The event is a festival environment with food and beverage vendors, music, visual performances and artists/artisans/craftspeople displaying their works.
We all know the alcohol never stops flowing in the entertainment capital of the world, but not as many people know that downtown Las Vegas is the hottest place in Sin City to enjoy craft beers and unique local brews.
Triple 777's Microbrewery, Chicago Brewing Company at Four Queens, Banger Brewing in the middle of Fremont Street Experience, Hop Nuts is another great destination for craft beer lovers on South Main Street in the Arts District, Atomic Liquors, was the liquor store with the first package liquor license, and the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors offers great beer and a noteworthy piece of Sin City history. Try the Sang Royal! We dare you to not fall in love with it.
Flippin’ Good Chicken, Burgers & Beer also has freshly hand-crafted beers, both local and seasonal, to keep your taste buds happy. This place has fantastic beer flights options, including BYOB Flight (build your own beer) and Vegas is Crafty, which gives you the option to choose four beers from local and craft favorites. Fremont East’s Smashed Pig Gastropubis the place to be for both foodies and craft beer lovers alike.
Craft beer aficionados, rejoice! You have yet another reason to head to downtown Las Vegas.
Downtown might be small but it is not short on museums. Ironically, in Las Vegas's first federal court, resides the National Museum of Organized Crime, The Mob Museum. Just around the corner you will find the Neon Bone Yard, home to some of Sin Cities iconic gaming, hotel and famous neon signs. Next to it is The Las Vegas Natural History Museum and Old Mormon Fort Historic Park. Head a west to the Discovery Children's Museum an exploratoritorium of science, art and music. From history to burlesque to science museums, Downtown holds a variety of museums that will peak any visitors interest.
Downtown hosts a variety of shows and entertainment to please any visitor to this Neon attraction. With free concerts and headliners on Fremont Street weekly, music festivals and events at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, a variety of shows at The D Las Vegas like FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, iconic dinner show Marriage Can Be Murder, comedy, magic shows and more.