While visiting Sin City, you might be curious to know where Las Vegas locals hang out, get the best deals, and avoid the tourist crowds. As any local might tell you, the answer to that question is Downtown Las Vegas. If you’re trying to avoid the beaten path and want to experience the city from a different perspective, here are some Downtown Las Vegas tips from Sin City locals to keep in mind:
1. Try Dining in Downtown
Although there are some world-class restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, you are missing out on some hidden gems and award-winning menus if you’ve never dined downtown. Locals generally try to avoid the Strip because of the hectic crowds and inflated prices. Instead, they opt for restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas that feature local chefs and mouth-watering dishes that won’t break the bank.
For real vintage Vegas dining, check out Triple George Grill in downtown. The dim lighting, deep booths, and classic steakhouse menu offer an authentic and upbeat experience you can’t find anywhere on the Strip.
2. Book Directly Through Your Hotel
If you’re on a budget, Downtown Las Vegas is where you can save on accommodation costs. When locals have friends or family visit, they will recommend booking directly with a Downtown Las Vegas hotel to avoid overspending on their room. If you contact the hotel directly, you can ask about deals or promotions they might have going on, which may include breakfast, free play in the casino, or tickets to a show. You’ll also skip having to pay hidden fees to third-party websites if you make your reservation directly with the hotel.
3. Take Advantage of Free Live Music
Locals know they can always enjoy a free live show in Downtown Las Vegas. On any night of the week, there is live entertainment on Fremont Street, just a couple of blocks away from Downtown Grand. There are also multiple venues, bars, and restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas that feature local artists and talent, including Freedom Beat and Pizza Rock. If you’re looking for some tunes while hitting the slots and tables, the Downtown Grand casino floor has free live DJs every Friday and Saturday night.
4. Get Free Drinks While You Gamble
Because there aren’t many places on the Strip that still offer free drinks when you’re gambling, visitors assume that applies to everywhere in Las Vegas. However, Downtown Las Vegas still embraces the tradition of free drinks and good times. Park at your favorite slot machine or cozy up with your blackjack or poker dealer in the casino, and the drinks will keep flowing. That takes us to our next recommendation.
5. Don’t Forget to Tip
Las Vegas is a city based on service. Hotel and casino employees work hard for tips and will often go out of their way to make your experience better when you show your appreciation. Although your drinks are “free” while you gamble, don’t forget to give a little something to your cocktail server. Even just a dollar per drink can go a long way, and you might find that they come around a little more often! In the end, you’re still saving more than you’d be spending if you paid for the drinks.
6. Find Local Products at Container Park
It’s true that the Strip is great for shopping if you’re looking for major brands, luxury items, or even basic souvenirs, but what about locally-made products? Locals will be the first to tell you you’re not going to find anything like that in any of the Strip shopping centers or stores. Luckily, Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas is home to many local brands and artisan-crafted products.
Check out Third & Arrow for unique clothing, Bombs and Bubbles for handmade beauty and cosmetic products, and Art Box for locally created jewelry and decor. To add to the experience, every store and restaurant at Container Park is housed in a recycled shipping container!
7. Pace Yourself
The fact that Las Vegas is a 24-hour town where you can do just about anything at any time of the day can be a little overwhelming for some visitors. Locals can always spot a newbie tourist by their melting yard margarita in hand as they struggle to stay upright. To fully enjoy your time in Downtown Las Vegas, try indulging in something different while you’re here. Soak up some sun at Citrus Grand Pool Deck, get a massage at one of the Downtown Las Vegas spas, or check out a comedy show. Remember, you’ve got all night, so make it count! The last thing you want is to waste your vacation nursing a hangover all day.
8. Be Flexible With Your Schedule
In Downtown Las Vegas, you never know what fun opportunities might pop up at the last minute. Our final local recommendation is to be flexible with your schedule and stay open to different experiences. Your hotel concierge might offer you tickets to a show, or maybe you meet some locals who invite you to a private party at a downtown art gallery. With so many things to do in Downtown Las Vegas, it’s sometimes the best idea to go with the flow to make the most of your trip.
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino offers an unforgettable Downtown Las Vegas experience with luxury amenities, an energetic casino atmosphere, and excellent dining options. Check out our hotel packages for the best deals on accommodations right in the heart of the city.