Downtown Las Vegas has really stepped up its game when it comes to the best places to eat and drink in Sin City. Restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas have evolved far beyond the days of cheap buffets and smokey bars. Some of the best places to eat in Las Vegas are in the downtown area, and visitors are taking notice of these unique foodie destinations. Here are the top 10 places to eat and drink in Downtown Las Vegas.
Triple George Grill
If you’re hoping to capture a little bit of that Sin City nostalgia during your visit, Triple George Grill is the best place to fully experience real vintage Vegas. We’re talking “perfectly dry-aged steaks, chilled martinis, and a smooth scotch curling around a couple ice cubes” kind of night. Reminiscent of the prohibition days, the restaurant features a classic deep-colored wooden bar complete with padded stools, oversized booths for dining, hanging crystal chandeliers, and the best wait staff you’ll find in downtown. Be sure to check out the extended all-day happy hour that runs from Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm for some of their best cocktails and appetizers.
As one of the newer restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas, Therapy has already carved out its place as an established foodie cornerstone in the area. The Fremont East restaurant boasts more than 40 craft beers to satisfy even the pickiest drinkers, outstanding specialty cocktails, and an exceptional contemporary menu serving the freshest ingredients and adventurous cuisine by Chef Talen Lancaster.
From the day it opened its doors in 2014, Carson Kitchen has been known as one of the best places to eat in Downtown Las Vegas. The modern restaurant features a casual urban design, sleek industrial tables, and a stunning outdoor rooftop patio for diners to enjoy the trendy downtown atmosphere. This is a great place for groups as their menu offers social plates for sharing. Even if you can’t get a table right away, the selection of small plates, contemporary gourmet cuisine, and the extensive wine and cocktail menu is well worth the wait.
Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar
This restaurant needs to be on your list if you plan on visiting Container Park while you’re in Downtown Las Vegas. Just as all the other stores, restaurants, and retail establishments in Container Park, Downtown Terrace is built using the shells of repurposed shipping containers. However, you’d never guess it by the stunningly bright interiors and ceiling-to-floor windows in the restaurant. If you’re looking for a quick bite and fresh shareable menu options, this is the perfect spot for a bottomless mimosa brunch or early dinner.
For fans of artisan pizza, Pizza Rock has been on their radar for a long time. Chef Tony Gemignani is a 12-time World Pizza Champion and his expertise shows in this exclusive menu. But it doesn’t just end there. The restaurant also offers a rotating selection of draft beers and excellent craft cocktails to go with the energetic atmosphere you find at Pizza Rock. This is a great spot to grab a drink before a show or to settle in for a late night dinner after bar hopping around Downtown Las Vegas.
Freedom Beat in Downtown Grand doubles as an intimate performance venue and high-energy bar & restaurant. This menu is not for the weak. Chef Scott Commings serves up the best comfort food from around the country with the most welcoming southern vibes. With regularly scheduled live music performances right in the restaurant, this is also one of the most popular bars in Downtown Las Vegas. Serving up the best boilers from across America (a whiskey and beer), you’ll feel right at home no matter where you’re from.
Flock & Fowl
If you’re craving some homestyle Asian cuisine in Downtown Las Vegas, you don’t have to look far. Flock and Fowl opened its doors in 2015 to massive success for its simple menu, fresh ingredients, and unrivaled fried chicken & rice dishes that keep people coming back with every trip to Las Vegas. With all sauces made from scratch in the Flock and Fowl kitchen, there’s never a lack of flavor with these plates. Pop in for their award-winning chicken wings and choose from their selection of sauces, including garlic soy, salt & Szechuan pepper, and mother flockin’ hot.
Evel Pie is one of the newest additions to the Downtown Las Vegas restaurant scene but has already made quite the impression. Named after famous daredevil Evel Knievel, the delicious pizza menu is just as adventurous. Check out their specialty pies such as “Balls to the Wall,” “Hog Heaven,” “The Barry White Pie,” and “Viva Las Vegan” for those looking for a healthier option. Pair it up with some wings and a beer, and you’re all set for a night out on the town.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon
With a tagline of “The Best Bad Decision You’ll Ever Make,” you know it’s going to be a wild time at Hogs & Heifers Saloon at the Downtown Grand. This southern rock dive bar is known for its energetic bartenders, stiff drinks, and the rowdy crowds keeping the party going until 4:00 am every night. This is one of the best bars in Downtown Las Vegas… that is to say if you don’t mind sexy bartenders in daisy dukes getting up on the bar for a quick dance between slinging drinks to their regulars. You definitely don’t want to miss this one if you’re in the downtown area.
Park on Fremont
When it comes to outdoor patio dining, Park on Fremont simply cannot be beat. The cozy back patio comes complete with a roaring fireplace, beautiful foliage, and trees decked out with sparkle lights and lanterns. It also doesn’t hurt that the menu and drink selection are just as impressive. Park on Fremont serves up comfort food in the form of mac and cheese balls, garbage fries (think nachos with a fried egg over french fries), fried pickles, and more.
As the city’s oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors really set the standard for all the bars to come. Started as the first liquor store to be licensed in Las Vegas, the establishment has since evolved to one of the best places to drink in Downtown Las Vegas. Serving up a wide selection of draft beers and signature craft cocktails, Atomic Liquors is the ideal place to stop in for a great drink and to experience a piece of Las Vegas history. And if you get hungry, The Kitchen at Atomic is right next door.
If you’re thinking about venturing out to Downtown Las Vegas, or even plan on staying at the Downtown Grand, these bars and restaurants are a great place to start. With so many of the best places to eat and drink in Las Vegas located downtown, it’s quickly becoming the most popular destination for many Sin City visitors. When you’re done satisfying your appetite, check out more things to do while in Downtown Las Vegas.
This Thanksgiving, our two favorite venues are giving you two festive menus to gobble. Both Triple George Grill and Freedom Beat are offering special Thanksgiving Day menus that will leave you and your wallet super satisfied.
Thanksgiving In Style at Freedom Beat
Freedom Beat inside the Grand Casino is offering their holiday feast, “Freedom to Gobble” for only $20 per person.
Available on November 22nd from 11AM – 11PM; you’ll receive an all-inclusive menu of sage and herb marinated sliced turkey complete with traditional dressing, roast sweet potato, sautéed green beans, whipped garlic mashed potatoes and all the gravy and cranberry sauce you could ever wish for.
This meal wouldn’t be complete without the draft beer or house wine to wash it all down with. And make sure you save room because your very own cast iron pumpkin pie will follow.
Triple George Grill Does Thanksgiving Right
Alternatively (or even in addition to, if you’re still hungry….) Triple George Grill is serving up a four-course Thanksgiving menu that gives you options for each course.
Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta made with smoked bacon, cranberry, goat cheese and micro greens
Deviled Eggs made with cayenne pepper, Dijon mustard and parsley
Pumpkin Soup featuring caramelized apple, crostini and cream
Field Greens Salad which includes fennel, candied walnuts, cranberries and blue cheese
Herb Crusted Prime Rib with a horseradish cream, au jus, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables
Roasted Turkey Breast served with a pan gravy, herb stuffing, cranberry chutney and green beans
Warm Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream
Pumpkin Cheesecake with a salted caramel ice cream
If the amazing food options don’t pique your interest – we did not forget the drinks! For Thanksgiving, Triple George Grill is also featuring an indulgent Pumpkin Pie Martini and a Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail with champagne.
Thanksgiving isn’t the ONLY thing going on throughout November.
Be sure to also ask for:
- The Lion King dinner menu at Triple George Grill
- Available November 7th – 25th in conjunction with Disney’s The Lion King at The Smith Center
- Triple George Grill announced a new All-Day Happy Hour available Monday through Friday from 11AM – 7PM
Reservations at Triple George Grill are encouraged and can be arranged online here or by calling (702) 384-2761.
Downtown Las Vegas is undoubtedly a unique part of Sin City. Many Las Vegas visitors have only stayed on the Strip or really don’t know much about the downtown area. However, more and more people are choosing to stay in Downtown Las Vegas rather than the overpriced resorts on the Strip, and it’s easy to see why. Here are some of the perks you can expect when you stay in Downtown Las Vegas.
Reasonable Prices Compared to Las Vegas Strip
One of the biggest reasons people choose to stay downtown is the affordability aspect of the area. When compared to the Strip, Downtown Las Vegas hotel room rates, table limits, drink prices, and transportation costs are considerably lower. There’s a reason you always see visitors in downtown with drinks in hand! No expensive upcharges or outrageous drink prices here.
If you’re visiting Las Vegas on a budget, DTLV can deliver all the glitz and glamour you’d expect from Sin City, without the harsh prices you find on the Strip. Although many of the Fremont Street resorts have been remodeled and revitalized in recent years, the affordability and vintage charm of the area remains, making it one of the most attractive places to stay for many tourists.
Eclectic Crowds of Locals and Tourists
Downtown Las Vegas provides such an interesting mix of people from all walks of life. You will see rowdy crowds of young people bar hopping on Fremont Street, but also couples spending a romantic weekend together, retirees gambling in the casinos, and Las Vegas locals enjoying a night out. Because there’s so much to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas, the area attracts people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Las Vegas Strip tends to pull in the biggest tourist crowds, which can be stressful or overwhelming for some visitors. Downtown offers a more intimate environment without the massive tourist crowds you’d typically find on the Strip. You’ll also have a chance to mingle with some Las Vegas locals and get the inside scoop on the best places to visit during your trip from the people who know it best.
More Free Entertainment Options
Free entertainment used to be a staple in Las Vegas, but times have changed for the major resorts and casinos on the Strip. Watching a show or enjoying a concert can often be the most expensive part of your trip these days! However, Downtown Las Vegas has held tightly to the classic Las Vegas ideas of affordable prices and unique entertainment.
Downtown Las Vegas features free concerts, DJs, and performances throughout the year, so there’s no need to spend big bucks for entertainment. In addition, many of the casinos on Fremont Street, including Downtown Grand, host major events, festivals, and parties that are open to the public for a low entrance fee. You can enjoy drink specials and free nightly entertainment without ever having to leave the downtown area!
Vintage Vegas Atmosphere
If you haven’t been to Downtown Las Vegas for some time, you may have a picture in your mind of what downtown used to look like. However, downtown hotels have undergone some significant changes in the last decade, particularly the hotels and Downtown Las Vegas casinos upgrading their accommodations and amenities, offering many of the same services that the big Strip resorts provide.
Although the hotels and casinos have made a significant shift to a more modern and sophisticated style in many ways, the best parts of “Old Vegas” will always remain. This means high-energy dealers at low-limit tables, fun bartenders pouring generous drinks, non-stop entertainment in the streets, and warm, welcoming crowds continue to be a part of the DTLV experience.
No Need to Pay for Transportation
The convenience of Downtown Las Vegas is one of the major perks of this area. All the major casinos, restaurants, bars, and attractions are so close to each other that it’s rare that you’ll need to drive or use a ride-sharing service to get around. You can simply walk from place to place without the worry of having to find a parking spot or paying hefty parking fees.
Fremont adds to the convenience by being closed to traffic where the casinos line the street. So once you step outside the Downtown Grand doors, there’s more room for pedestrians to walk up and down Fremont and quickly get to where they’re going, even if there are large crowds on the street. If you’re trying to avoid having a car while you’re visiting Las Vegas, your best bet is to stay in downtown.
More Cultural Attractions
The variety of cultural attractions offered and things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is hard to find anywhere else. From museums to art galleries, music festivals to Broadway shows, Downtown Las Vegas is where to go if you want to experience a more creative vibe of the city. The Las Vegas Arts District is located just outside of Fremont Street and hosts a monthly First Friday arts festival for people to enjoy live music, food trucks, performances, and of course, featured artwork.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is the cultural hub of the city located right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. This venue hosts plays, musicals, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theater, and so much more. Aside from the parties and crowds in Downtown Las Vegas, this area is such an essential part of the city’s growing art scene.
If you’re on the fence on where to stay during your next trip to Las Vegas, it’s time to take another look at downtown. Nobody throws a party quite like Downtown Las Vegas, and you’re truly missing out if you haven’t experienced the vibrancy, excitement, and charm of this part of town. It’s all happening at Downtown Grand, so contact us today to learn more about our upgraded accommodations, the Citrus Grand Pool Deck on our rooftop, world-renowned restaurants and casino floor, and exceptional customer service.