Downtown Las Vegas

Come as you are: Denny’s on Fremont is totally Vegas

Neonopolis’ newest tenant is a real grand slam. Denny’s first “flagship” location, Denny’s on Fremont, is open for business and it’s dripping with “Only in Vegas” charm. Even by this city’s standards, this is a unique building. The first detail most people will notice, after the neon Denny’s signage, are…

Welcome to the neighborhood, Commonwealth

I had the chance to attend a tasting at Fremont East newcomer Commonwealth last night and, though one could wax poetic forever about the flourishes and character of the joint (and oh, I will), it all boils down to one thing: This is a very worthy addition to the popular…

A resort is reborn under new ownership in downtown Las Vegas

The D Las Vegas has been made over as the revitalization of downtown continues. All traces of the former Irish-themed Fitzgeralds are gone. Revamped and relaunched, the $20 million transformation of the longstanding hotel/casino on the corner of Third and Fremont streets is officially complete. “A year ago my brother…

Downtown Las Vegas dazzles with its main attractions

  The Strip isn’t the only spot in Las Vegas where you’ll find one-of-a-kind attractions. From checking out retro sneakers at ShoeZeum (pictured above) and zip-lining along the Fremont Street Experience to exploring the history of the mob and walking through a “boneyard” of old hotel signs, you’re in for a…

Ten bars not to miss in downtown Las Vegas

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…

Turning around downtown Las Vegas

The resorts in downtown Las Vegas are all racing to break ground on or put the finishing touches to various renovation projects. Once struggling and recession-battered, the area has become something of a boomtown, with everyone rallying to revitalize it. The benefits have been innumerable: New construction. New jobs. New…

The D Las Vegas is being positioned for success

Redesign. Renovate. Rebrand. All of these things are currently underway at the former Fitzgeralds hotel/casino, situated in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. A major $15 million overhaul of the Irish-themed property is scheduled for completion this fall and will elevate it to a new level. The Fitzgeralds was bought…

Architecture and art at The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas

Innovation, craftsmanship and sustainability are key to the new performing arts center By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com A unique facility that boasts unrivaled presentation capabilities, The Smith Center is a showcase work of both architecture and art. The $470 million complex opening on March 10 is the result of a harmonious…

Take your seat in downtown Las Vegas!

The curtain is rising on The Smith Center for the Performing Arts By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com The celebration is well underway. The subject of nearly two decades of discussion, planning, construction and anticipation, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is opening on March 10 with a grand show produced…

Lucy in the Sky with Fire: First Friday Flames of Change

On the First Friday of every month downtown Las Vegas transforms into a vibrant hotspot where local artists, performers and vendors showcase their talents and wares. This month, First Friday Las Vegas, in combination with the Lucky Lady Lucy team and the city of Las Vegas, are hosting the city’s…

Mob it up – The new Mob Museum in Vegas

Are you ready to bring out your inner gangster? Three floors of gangster, that is. Whether you’re intrigued with the bad boys like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone or the heroes (FBI investigators and other law enforcement agencies), you’re going to love The Mob Musuem in Downtown. I wasn’t really…

We didn’t see anything at the Mob Museum in Vegas

The designers behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. have done it again with the newly opened National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement – aka The Mob Museum. The 41,000-square-foot Mob Museum houses three floors of in-depth and interactive…

Signs of life at Neonopolis

When I first heard of Neonopolis several years ago, I assumed they were talking about a day-glo Greek temple where toga-clad philosopher types hung out a few thousand years ago and talked about math and logic and such. Instead, it was an outdoor mall in Downtown Las Vegas. OK. That’s…

Hot Rods, G.I.s and Space Robots Invade Downtown!

…fortunately, the monsters, dolls and race cars of Toy Shack are mostly too small to terrorize citizens of Las Vegas. Toy Shack, an addition to Downtown Las Vegas’ Neonopolis that is holding its grand opening on Oct. 1, is home to wonderful toys from all eras. “For some people, picking…

Artists with a unique ‘body’ of work

Sometimes, the best costume isn’t even a costume in the first place. The art of body painting itself goes back to ancient times, but it saw a massive revival in the 20th century, with anyone from sports fans to performers to people who are just enthusiastic about body paint using…

In focus with theatre7

Art house brings new life to Las Vegas for local filmmakers and indie film fans By Renée LiButti Vegas.com Multiplex cinemas boasting as many as 18 screens are scattered across the Las Vegas valley, typically in casinos and shopping centers. Although easy to find, they all offer the same bland…