Explore Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas has experienced an incredible resurgence in recent years, with locals and tourists alike coming to appreciate the unique vibrancy and classic charm the downtown area has to offer. We know with so many new things to see and experience, it’s hard to choose what to do first! So, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you plan the most unforgettable Downtown Las Vegas trip on your next visit.
Downtown Las Vegas Restaurants
One of the main draws for many Downtown Las Vegas visitors is the awesome variety of culinary options. We’re talking ultra-gourmet cuisine to the most creative fusion food trucks you’ll ever find. Whether you’re looking for something casual, exotic, upscale, or comforting, Downtown Las Vegas runs the dining gamut.
If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas, your best bet is right next to the Downtown Grand or on Fremont Street. The selection is second to none, and it’s extremely easy to get around. Within a stretch of a few blocks, you have the choice between Park on Fremont, Therapy, The Smashed Pig Gastropub, Carson Kitchen, and Le Thai, all showcasing passionate chefs and inspired menus. You’ll also be surrounded by the most delicious food trucks rotating throughout the area.
With Downtown Grand located just steps away from Fremont Street, here are some exceptional dining options that you won’t want to miss:
Both a dining destination and an intimate, state-of-the-art performance venue, Freedom Beat serves up the best comfort food from across the country. Also, catch some live music while enjoying the best brunch in Las Vegas on the weekends. Inspired by Hell’s Kitchen Season 12 winner Chef Scott Commings.
This nostalgic seafood and steakhouse is the ultimate “classic Vegas” dining experience. You’re immediately transported to the timeless Rat Pack era with a chilled martini or perfect Old Fashioned and dry-aged steak. If you’re looking for an upscale restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas, Triple George Grill has you covered.
Downtown Las Vegas Bars
Downtown Las Vegas is also home to some of the best bars in the city, all within walking distance of Downtown Grand. Plan an exciting night of bar hopping with your friends, sip classic martinis while enjoying an intimate evening, and indulge in signature cocktails or craft beer in downtown—take your pick!
You’re guaranteed a good time if you swing by Gold Spike for some drinks and over-sized backyard-style games, The Griffin for an upbeat and trendy crowd, Common Wealth for live music and a rooftop patio, or Whiskey Licker Up for great views of the Fremont Street crowds. If you’re ready to get rowdy, Hogs & Heifers is right next door and has saloon-style dive bar really gets the party going with bartenders who interact with the crowds and get up on the bar to dance between slinging generously-poured drinks.
Also, check out the Downtown Las Vegas bars located inside or just steps away from Downtown Grand and we guarantee, you won’t find other bar experiences like this anywhere else in downtown!
There’s no better way to relax by the rooftop pool at Downtown Grand than with a cool drink in hand. Check out the full bar menu at Citrus Grand Pool Deck for your favorite frozen cocktails, beer, wine, spritzers, and more.
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With a high-energy vibe and stunning crystal chandeliers, you don’t have to go far from the Downtown Grand casino for this chic bar. Located in the middle of the casino floor, take in the buzz of the table games and slots while enjoying a drink.
This is the perfect destination for those craving a classic martini, cocktail, craft beer, or glass of wine to pair with a delectable appetizer. Sidebar offers an extensive cocktail and wine menu, seasonal beer selection, and a warm and inviting atmosphere that will set the tone for your Vegas night out.
The Downtown Grand Casino
The casino at Downtown Grand is the place to be for your favorite slots, video poker, table games, and sports betting. Try your luck on classic slots like Buffalo and Quick Hits, or new favorites like Buffalo Diamond, Dragon Link, and themed slots. We also offer the best odds on blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, craps, and 3-card poker. If you’re a sports fan, our William Hill Sports Book is located right in the casino for you to place your bets and catch a game.
New to gaming? Downtown Grand has you covered! Our ultimate gaming guides explain the rules, betting process, and tips to help you become a pro in no time. Whether you’ve never played before or you just need a quick brush-up, our gaming guides are the best place to start. Check them out here:
Blackjack is one of the most well-known and sought-after table games in Las Vegas. The basic rules are easy – get closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. Players have the options to stand, hit, split, or double down to beat the house.
Three card poker
Three card poker is one of the most popular and easy casino games to learn. Players are not left to make complex decisions, like blackjack. Once players know the hand rankings, which are slightly different than regular poker, the rest is easy.
There’s a reason roulette one of the most exciting and popular table games on any casino floor. The rules are simple and you can potentially win big! Even if it’s your first time placing a bet, you will get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Sportsbooks in Las Vegas make it easy to place your bets at the counter, using self-serve kiosks. With NFL playoffs in February and college NCAA tournaments action taking place in March, learn the spreads, what parlay betting is and where to cheer on your favorite teams in Downtown Las Vegas.
For inexperienced gamblers, craps may seem a little confusing and even a bit intimidating. Maybe you’ve wanted to get in on the action, but you’ve never played craps before so we’ve put together some basics you should know before walking up to the table.
Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em
One of the most popular casino games available today due mostly to the craze that is the World Series of Poker and other broadcast power tournaments out there. After reading our guide, you’ll know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, when to check, when to raise, and earn the big chip stacks!
Hotel Rooms in Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Grand is located right in the heart of downtown, where more and more people are choosing to stay for the “real” Las Vegas experience. Downtown Las Vegas is not only where it all began, but also the area that has seen the biggest cultural resurgence in recent years. Just minutes from Downtown Grand is the iconic Fremont Street, Container Park, Arts District, and Fremont East District, where you can bar hop, enjoy live music, visit trendy restaurants, and place your bets without breaking the bank.
The stunning industrial-chic rooms and suites at Downtown Grand are designed with comfort, convenience, a nod to “vintage” Vegas, and an artistic atmosphere in mind. You’ll feel like you’re in an upscale center-Strip room but without the inflated prices.
Check out our stunning accommodations, along with our exclusive amenities, rooftop pool deck, plenty of bar and restaurants in walking distance, that will make your stay with us the most memorable Vegas trip yet!
Whether you are visiting from out of town or are a local looking for the perfect place for your next staycation, Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino has it all! Every amenity is designed to give you the experience you are looking for.
The opening of the Gallery Tower in September 2020 has expanded the Downtown Grand to 3 towers – meaning you will always have a place to stay at the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino.
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Downtown Las Vegas Events
Looking for things to do in Downtown Las Vegas? There’s definitely no shortage of fun events, concerts, comedy shows, attractions, and places to see while you’re visiting us. Downtown offers the most intimate live music venues, including the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, three stages playing live music on Fremont Street, and our own Freedom Beat artist lineup. From local artists to some of the biggest names in music, downtown always has the best entertainment you’ll find in Las Vegas. And with pool season is back! The Citrus DJ Series has returned to Citrus Grand Pool Deck every Saturday from 12pm-6pm.
You can also catch a stand-up comedy show at the Delirious Comedy Club in the Fremont Room at Downtown Grand. Grab a drink, have some laughs, and make fun memories from Thursday night through Sunday night! See the full comedy lineup for our featured comedians coming up this month.
Holidays in Downtown Las Vegas
Switch up your holiday routine with a trip to Downtown Las Vegas! Downtown throws the biggest Vegas-style parties for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and more with epic live performances, drink specials, and discount hotel packages. You’ll also experience a warm and festive Thanksgiving and Christmas season, a romantic Downtown Las Vegas vacation for Valentine’s Day, and a fun getaway for the whole family no matter what holiday it is.
Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas is synonymous with Fremont Street, the original “Strip” where Sin City got its start. Here you’ll find all the classic Vegas casinos, that cool “vintage” Vegas vibe, the iconic Fremont Street canopy screen, and the thrilling Downtown Las Vegas zipline. Only a couple of blocks from Downtown Grand, Fremont Street is the perfect walking-distance destination to experience the “real” Vegas without the overpriced drinks and overrated attractions on the Strip.
If you’re exploring Fremont Street, be sure to check out the shark tank at Golden Nugget, take a picture with $1 million at Binion’s, step into Golden Gate—the oldest casino in Las Vegas, play vintage slots at The D, and experience Stadium Swim at Circa. You can also catch a free light show on the world’s biggest screen or enjoy free concerts in the Fremont Street pedestrian mall.
Downtown Container Park
The Container Park is a truly unique destination. Every structure housing the multiple stores, bars, restaurants, and galleries is a repurposed shipping container or multifunctional modular cube. This attraction can be found on the southeast corner of Fremont and 7th Street and spans about 19,000 square feet. With no age restrictions, this is a great place for the whole family to go for a bite to eat, shopping, or just to enjoy the one-of-a-kind space.
Built as part of the efforts to revitalize the Downtown Las Vegas area, Container Park is one of the most popular destinations for families visiting Sin City. Here are some of the things you need to check off your list while visiting:
- The 55-foot Praying Mantis – This steel sculpture is a mobile art piece originally built for Burning Man, a music and arts festival held every year in Northern Nevada. The Mantis sculpture stands right at the entrance of the Container Park, shooting sky-high flames from its antennae to the beat of accompanying music.
- The Dome – A real visual entertainment experience, this immersive dome uses 14 million pixels and a 4K display to surround audiences with legendary band performances and captivating visual documentaries. The Dome at Container Park houses 25 recliner seats to enhance the experience.
- Tree House & Play Zone – This is a real treat if you happen to have your kids with you when visiting Downtown Las Vegas. The children’s play area comes complete with a 33-foot slide, urban treehouse, interactive NEOS 360 game, and foam blocks that encourage creative play.
Museums in Downtown Las Vegas
So many people have come to recognize Las Vegas for its vintage charm and iconic neon imagery. Downtown Las Vegas has truly captured this vibe like no other part of the city. Before the mega-casinos and hotels lined The Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard, Downtown Las Vegas was the undisputed mecca of the city. Visitors are now seeing the value and appeal of this part of town and frequent the area to experience a piece of this fascinating Sin City history.
Here are a few Downtown Las Vegas museums that will take you back to those days:
- Neon Museum – What happens to all the neon displays from the old casinos? This Downtown Las Vegas museum is your answer. The most recognizable neon signs from the 1930s to the present day are housed and displayed in the Neon Boneyard. Daily tours are the perfect way to pay homage to old Vegas and stray off the beaten path.
- Mob Museum – Chronicling the emergence of organized crime in Las Vegas and other major mobster cities, this in-depth museum unapologetically covers it all. Drop in for a bold view of how vintage Vegas was largely influenced by organized crime figures.
Downtown Las Vegas Art and The Arts District
Also referred to as “18b” due to the 18 blocks that initially made up the district, the Arts District is a cultural hub neatly tucked away in an understated corner on West Charleston. Peppered with art galleries and studios throughout the converted warehouses and aging buildings, this area has pushed Downtown Las Vegas’s redevelopment efforts forward.
A genuine creative community continues to grow in this part of the city. It welcomes tourists and locals alike to support painters, musicians, and business owners who are following their artistic passions. More events and attractions are being added regularly to accommodate the growing interest and crowds.
You’ll also find the best murals and street art in Downtown Las Vegas. As part of the annual Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival, the area surrounding Downtown Grand is home to stunning artwork by local and international artists alike. Downtown Grand’s Gallery Tower also features rotating art collections, exhibits, iconic imagery, and interactive installations that will make your stay with us a truly unique and vibrant experience.
Ready to Plan Your Downtown Las Vegas Getaway?
Contact the team at Downtown Grand to book your room and plan the best Vegas vacation in downtown. We have beautiful rooms and suites, a fun and energetic casino floor, the best bars and restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas, a relaxing rooftop pool, and live music and shows. You won’t need to go anywhere else to make your Vegas trip a fun and memorable experience. Make your grand entrance to the Downtown Las Vegas party at Downtown Grand today!