Nine downtown hot spots to discover in Las Vegas

Adella Miesner

Take your Las Vegas trip downtown and discover some hot spots sure to make your trip a memorable one. From fun spots to tour and some great meal experiences to hair-raising adventures and awesome outdoor retail, you’ll quickly see downtown has plenty of cool stuff to offer. 1. Vegenation (616 […]

Take your Las Vegas trip downtown and discover some hot spots sure to make your trip a memorable one. From fun spots to tour and some great meal experiences to hair-raising adventures and awesome outdoor retail, you’ll quickly see downtown has plenty of cool stuff to offer.

1. Vegenation (616 E. Carson Ave. Ste. 120, 702.366.8515) With vegan dining currently all the rage, Vegenation does the cuisine oh, so right. What they do with meat-free and dairy-free recipes is truly a taste epiphany. Dine on delights like Mac Daddy burger, elote tamales, chicken pot pie, bao buns, sushi rolls, mac and cheese pizza, the wickedly good chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy.

2. DTLV Art Walk (dtlvartwalk.com or 702.879.8875) Break out your camera, put on your comfy shoes and take a tour with guides and local art enthusiasts Rikka and David on the DTLV Art Walk. The one-and-a-half-hour tour takes small groups (masks required) through the streets of downtown with stops that highlight various mediums of art.

3. The Beef Jerky Store (112-B N. 3rd St., 702.388.0073) Fan of jerky? A must-visit is The Beef Jerky Store. Here, you’ll find more than 100 flavors of the dried, salted meat, as well as some exotic choices like kangaroo, alligator, buffalo and venison. There’s also seafood jerky and meatless jerky for the veggie lovers.

4. Heart Attack Grill (450 Fremont St., 702.722.2180) You’d think it was a joke, but they’re dead serious. Anyone weighing more than 350 pounds can eat as much as they want for free (after being weighed on the cattle scale, of course). The hospital-themed hamburger joint embraces the unhealthy diet and encourages guests, known as “patients,” to try and conquer items like the Quintuple Bypass Burger and Flatliner Fries.

5. Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum (600 E. Charleston Blvd.,702.444.0744) If you’re a fan of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, then Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum will take your curiosities and love for the paranormal to the next level. This labyrinth-like museum features Bagans’ ginormous collection of haunted artifacts including Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s death van and the Dybbuk box.

6. The Underground (300 Stewart Ave., 702.229.2734) In the basement of the famed Mob Museum, discover The Underground—a destination filled with actual Prohibition-era artifacts, a working distillery for making moonshine and a speakeasy serving classic Prohibition-era craft cocktails.

7. Downtown Container Park (707 Fremont St. 702.359.9982) In the heart of downtown, made up of shipping containers, Container Park is an outdoor retail and dining space perfect for the whole family. Get your nails done, shop for clothing, toys, and accessories, grab a cup of joe and dine on Mexican food, vegan food, hot dogs, ice cream and more.

8. Oscar’s Steakhouse (Plaza, 702.386.7227) One-time Las Vegas mayor and mob attorney Oscar Goodman built an upscale steakhouse joint in the style of old-school Vegas with a menu of classic appetizers, entrées, desserts and cocktails. The dining room set inside the famous glass dome—complete with views of the famed Fremont Street Experience—makes this a reservation to remember.

9. Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.880.3696) Ask any number of locals for a must-try downtown cocktail experience, and the common denominator will be Downtown Cocktail Room every time. Handcrafted cocktails are a practice in flavor experiences; and don’t miss the awesome absinthe offerings, not to mention the Tuesday-through-Saturday happy hour, where drinks are 50 percent off from 5-7 p.m.

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