Las Vegas nightlife for your style: The Hipster

Sin City has something for everyone. To prove it, we’re breaking down the nightlife and giving each style its own spotlight. Tonight we ironically say, “Whatever. I knew about that place like two years ago,” to the hipster.

Your skinny jeans are squeezing you like a tube of organic toothpaste to the point that your well-crafted facial hair is growing faster than you can rub artisanal bee’s wax into it. You’ll wear a bow tie and suspenders regardless of gender. And every band you listen to will be over within six months. So clean your glasses and get the wax out of your gauges, because Vegas has the bars for you.

Even the stuffed birds think double exposures are cool. Photo courtesy of Park on Fremont.

Park on Fremont

We know it’s going mainstream quickly. But there’s still some original life left in this downtown hotspot. The outdoor patio may bring in the walking traffic who don’t know the difference between a hand-crafted cocktail and a wine cooler, but the inside seating and back patio are still just as quirky and exclusive as ever. You can even impress all your less-than-knowledgeable friends by rattling off the exact locations of the carriage, the “f***ing beautiful” sign and the Bloody Mary reference. The drinks come in jars. The warm and perfectly gooey cookies come in a cast iron pan. And if you get overwhelmed by the crowds from the Fremont Street Experience, just slip back to the see-saw – you know what we mean. If you don’t, maybe you’re not quite as with it as you think you are.

You might not have a flower in your hair yet, but you'll want one. Photo courtesy of the Lady Silvia.

The Lady Silvia

As a hipster, you’re pretty much required to love a place that looks from the outside like the door to a mid-priced accountant’s office but from the inside like Emilie Autumn needed a dark place to read “The Brothers Karamozov.” But even if you weren’t, The Lady Silvia is a place hipsters – and everyone else – go to get away from the crowds that think having a drink should mean screaming to Top 40, or really caring at all about the Top 40. The drinks are sensational. The atmosphere is secretive yet inviting. And it’s smoke free, so you don’t have to worry about the tweed jacket you bought second handle smelling like cigarettes when you’re searching for shades of red lipstick that match your antique scarf. Outstanding local DJs play from the inset DJ booth, so you can count on the music selection being at least somewhat close to what you would totally play if you had time to become a DJ – which you totally don’t, but you know you’d be great at it.

If you need you feel even more exclusivity, you can reserve the cozy space at the back. Photo courtesy of Artifice.

Artifice

We didn’t really want to put this one on the list, not because it isn’t great, but because it’s so incredible we just wanted to keep it all to ourselves. But, after admitting how hipster that was of us, we realized it needed to be shared. Artifice is a bit off the path, but that just means you can ride your fixed-gear bike or Vespa there. Original artwork on the walls is often for sale, or at least available for cultural critique. And live performances from burlesque to music to live painting provide entertainment in between well-crafted yet reasonably priced drinks. They also have LGBTQ nights, goth nights, steampunk fashion shows and loads of other events. Artifice is one of those bars that’s so great we feel like we have to protect it. So we’re trusting you here. Stay true to the hipster spirit and don’t let everyone else ruin it.

Day or night, get a nice dark drink and great company. Photo courtesy of Oak & Ivy.

Oak & Ivy

New is always in for the hipster. And when that newness comes in the form of a bar built out of an upcycled shipping container, it’s practically a hipster bat signal. Oak & Ivy is a whiskey bar in the new Downtown Container Park – one of the latest revitalization endeavors from Las Vegas’ Downtown Project. The moment you step into the Downtown Container Park as a hipster you’ll feel at home. From gluten-free non-GMO kettle corn to artisanal frozen pops, DCP has everything to keep you hipster happy from your feet to your fedora. (Are fedoras over? It feels like they might be over.) Oak & Ivy is the place to be seen in all your hipster glory and sip a barrel-aged cocktail that you swear you’ve heard of before. They also have an exceptional list of whiskeys so you can sip the 114 proof Noah’s Mill then pretend you can totally handle it while the bartender explains why it’s so good.

Black and white with motion blur? It's like a hipster post card. Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout.

Culinary Dropout

This is another spot that’s picking up steam, but so far it’s sticking to its hipster roots. Billing itself as being built by dropouts too cool for culinary school, this gastro-pub offers unique food, clever cocktails and live entertainment. If you’re staying on or near the Strip, you can’t get downtown and you don’t want to try to find The Lady Silvia, Culinary Dropout is the place to embrace your hipsterhood without having to travel too far from the masses. Whether you’re a new hipster in training, an old hipster who knows quality, or you just want a full meal with your PBR, Culinary Dropout proves that the quirky and classy can still be accessible. And it’s a great compromise if you’re traveling with your family who just don’t get you.

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I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.