The vibrancy of downtown Las Vegas has been growing steadily. The Downtown & 3rd Farmer’s Market allows people to get artisanal foods and fresh produce every Friday morning. Restaurants like Le Thai have been popping up here and there. The freestanding bars and lounges opening downtown make nightlife and barhopping fun and easy.
These bars take on a life and personality of their own. From a lounge / arcade hybrid, to a retro bar, complete with ’50s-style hair dryers, these quirky hangouts breathe life into downtown Las Vegas.
Here is a list of 10 bars not to miss when you’re downtown:
Location: 240 N. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Mob Bar is the casual, comfortable bar with an old-school feel mixed with modern conveniences (note the multiple flat-screen televisions.) The bar brings you back to the Roaring ’20s, complete with Prohibition cocktail menu. When you’re at Mob Bar, act like you’re in the know and order “The Usual,” Mob Bar’s signature cocktail, made with Woodford reserve bourbon, Cherry Heering, bitters and a splash of vermouth.
Location: 201 N. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: If you’re in for a rowdy good time, Hogs & Heifers is a motorcycle bar that is the perfect place to party. The original New York location in the Meat Packing District is said to be the inspiration for “Coyote Ugly,” so you can only imagine the party that happens in Vegas. The bartenders are delightfully crude. The interior looks like a dive bar, complete with bumper stickers on the walls. Oh, and there are lots and lots of bras hanging from the ceiling.
Don’t Tell Mama
Location:517 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Don’t Tell Mama is a piano bar located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The bar offers live entertainment, nightly. However, if you’re so inclined, take a turn on the mic and belt out your best Billy Joel or Bon Jovi rock ballad.
Location: 516 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Vanguard Lounge is a sleek, sophisticated bar, mixed with an urban edge. The front is a garage door that opens to a small patio and leads you into the main room. Once inside, white crocodile-embossed booths and barstools lead to a long bar area, where exotic craft cocktails are offered, like the “Fig-ure of Speech,” a mixture of maplewood bacon-infused bourbon and housemade blackberry fig jam.
Location: 511 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: With dark woods, deep colors and a fireplace, The Griffin takes you out of downtown Las Vegas and into someone’s living room — with a jukebox and a bar.
Location: 517 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Complete with ’50s-style hair dryer seats, linoleum checkered flooring and retro color palate, Beauty Bar feels like a place your mother would have gotten her hair done — with cocktails and a DJ. Open nightly, Beauty Bar has a back patio, where you can sip on your favorite martini.
Downtown Cocktail Room
Location: 111 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Downtown Cocktail Room has a modern, sultry atmosphere with a neighborhood bar feel. The pops of red and orange, soft glow of candlelight and comfortable lounge furniture mix well with the DJ and bartenders hastily making your hand-crafted cocktails.
Location: 1025 First St., #A, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Artifice has an urban-artsy feel, complete with artwork on the walls. The interior of the venue was also decorated by artists. A large center bar offers delicious specialty cocktails. The bar is located in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas, just steps away from Bar + Bistro and art galleries.
Location: 512 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Description: Insert Coins is a 7,000-square-foot venue that features a small dance floor, a DJ booth, Pacman. . .About that last part — Insert Coins is part bar, part club, part arcade. That’s right, you can essentially sip a cocktail while playing “Call of Duty.” Or, do a little dancing and then sink into a VIP booth (equipped with HDTVs, of course) and order bottle service while playing your Xbox 360. Ah, it’s good to be a gamer.
Location: 900 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Description: The Lady Silvia is a speakeasy-style bar, complete with hidden door. Once inside, the interior looks like a swanky library, with shelves of books, black and white tile flooring, crystal sconces and various other knickknacks. The Lady Silvia has a casual, laid back approach to nightlife, where you can go with your friends and carry on a conversation.