7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Downtown Las Vegas
If you think you know Downtown Las Vegas, you may want to think again. Outside of the classic casinos and crowds on Fremont Street, there’s so much you may not know about this part of Sin City. If you’re thinking about visiting downtown, here are a few hidden gems and fun, must-see spots you should add to your to-do list.
1. Downtown Las Vegas is Home to Local Breweries
Something that many visitors don’t know about Downtown Las Vegas is that it’s home to some of the city’s most popular local breweries. If you’re a fan of craft beer or want to try a brew that you won’t find anywhere else, you should definitely head to downtown. For unique local brews, be sure to check out:
- Banger Brewing at 450 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Hop Nuts Brewing at 1120 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89104
- Tenaya Creek Brewery at 831 W. Bonanza Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89106
- Triple 7 Microbrewery at Main Street Casino, 200 N. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
Some of the breweries and taphouses offer tasting menus and tours. Check out their website for scheduling and any seasonal specials they may be offering. Once you’ve had a taste of an authentic Las Vegas craft beer, you’ll never look at downtown the same way again.
2. Downtown Las Vegas Has the Best Happy Hours
If you’re tired of overpaying for drinks on the Strip, you’re looking in the wrong place for the best deals. As any local will tell you, Downtown Las Vegas has the best happy hour options in the city. Here are a few downtown happy hours you need to see to believe:
- Triple George Grill – Across the street from the Downtown Grand is the classic Triple George Grill, which hosts happy hour from 3PM to 6PM on Mondays through Fridays. Enjoy generously poured draft beers, house wines, and well drinks for $5, or select cocktails for $6. You can also grab tasty appetizers ranging from $4 to $7!
- Pizza Rock – Not to be outdone, Pizza Rock also offers an awesome happy hour from 3PM to 6PM, Mondays through Fridays. All well drinks are $4 or get $2 off all draft beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. The food menu is even more impressive, with Italian fries for only $4 to gourmet personal pizzas for only $8.
- Bin 702 – If you’re looking for a daily happy hour, check out Bin 702 at Container Park for some great deals from 3PM – 6PM. You can get local pints from some of the breweries we mentioned for only $5, well drinks for $6, or wine by the glass for $7.
Of course, there are countless other bars and restaurants that also offer impressive happy hours in Downtown Las Vegas, so all you have to do is take your pick!
3. The Mob Museum Has a Vintage Speakeasy Bar
You may have heard of the Mob Museum, but what you may not know is they have a vintage speakeasy bar that pays homage to the Prohibition era. Located in the basement of the Mob Museum, you enter through a side door that’s disguised as a telephone booth before being transported to an authentically staged Roaring Twenties bar! The menu features classic craft cocktails and small plates for sharing. There’s also a stage for evening entertainment and live jazz bands.
Visit The Speakeasy at The Mob Museum Sunday through Thursday from 12PM to 9PM, or Friday and Saturday from 12PM to midnight. You can also check out The Distillery that is a working copper still that produces moonshine.
4. Some Rat Pack Hangouts Are Still Open
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, affectionately known as the Rat Pack, were regulars at many of the Downtown Las Vegas casinos, bars, and restaurants–some of which are still open today! You can explore some of the Rat Pack’s original Downtown Las Vegas hangouts by visiting the Golden Gate Casino, Golden Nugget (where Sinatra performed on the casino’s opening night), Atomic Liquors, and The Morelli House (which is now a historic preservation project).
5. Catch a Comedy Show in Downtown
Contrary to what some people assume, Downtown Las Vegas does offer live shows. The venues might be smaller and more intimate, but that actually works best for good standup comedy. You can catch live comics performing nightly at the Delirious Comedy Club at Downtown Grand and a number of other venues in downtown. It’s the perfect evening plan if you’re hoping to grab a drink and have a laugh without breaking the bank.
6. See a Piece of the Berlin Wall at Main Street Station
Downtown Las Vegas visitors have a chance to check out a piece of history at the Main Street Station Casino. You can actually see a piece of the Berlin Wall behind the urinals in the men’s restroom! Complete with graffiti from the western side of the wall, it’s as authentic as it gets. Ladies can ask the casino staff for an escort if they want to see it first-hand.
7. Downtown Las Vegas is Bicycle-Friendly
Downtown Las Vegas has undergone a cultural resurgence in the past few years, and part of that has been making the area more accessible for locals and visitors. Dedicated bike lanes have been added to several main streets in downtown to connect Fremont Street to the Arts District to Symphony Park and more. You can easily get around on your own bike, or you can rent a bike in Downtown Las Vegas at one of the many RTC bike share stations.
Overall, Downtown Las Vegas has so much to offer. From the best happy hours in Sin City to little pieces of vintage Vegas sprinkled throughout the vibrant downtown area, you’re sure to see Las Vegas from a fresh perspective after spending time in downtown.
If you’d like to see Downtown Las Vegas the right way, book your room at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. Offering discount hotel packages and stunning new rooms and suites, you can experience downtown in style and be within walking distance from all the action.