Downtown Las Vegas

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…

Picture yourself here

Whether you’re an avid planker, or you want to get the perfect Facebook profile picture or just want to impress your friends and prove that “Yes, I was there,” there are many spots in Vegas for breathtaking, silly or otherwise unique portrait opportunities. Here is but a sampling of locations:…

Back to the Future

The family-built El Cortez celebrates 70 years in Las Vegas By Renée LiButti Vegas.com The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas has a proud past and a more promising future. With 70 years under its belt, the resort exudes historic eminence. But that’s not what sets the El Cortez apart…

I experienced Fremont Street and survived

I have to admit it: When you live in Vegas, you sort of become a little bit blind to all the spectacle of this town. You just sort of… get used to it. Unfortunately, this goes double for the older parts of Vegas that don’t always have the same kind…

Insert Coin(s), Press Start

If somebody combined a chic bar/lounge with a vintage arcade, you’d end up with something like Insert Coin(s), the “videolounge gamebar” that opened last week and brings yet another fresh venue to Downtown Las Vegas’ rising nightlife scene. As a pretty avid gamer, this is a pretty exciting prospect. Patrons…

Vegas gambles on public art

By Jorge Labrador VEGAS.com There is a new wave of headliners in Las Vegas. You won’t see their names on the Las Vegas Strip’s big marquees, even though some of them are known around the world. You won’t find them in the city’s showrooms, theaters or lounges. Instead, you can…

Golden Nugget looking to trade your cash for gold

The recession has taught us some valuable lessons and among them was that investing in gold was one of the few ways to make your money work for you or if you were short on money you could cash your gold in. The perfect spokesman for exchanging you gold for cash was…

From blings to kings: museums show off city

Paris is known for the Louvre. New York City is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles has the Getty Center. And though Las Vegas doesn’t seem like a place concerned with preserving historic relics, the city is actually home to several unique museums and exhibits. Many of…

What’s up with downtown: One rainy day on Fremont Street

In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best idea to venture downtown on a rainy day. True the Fremont Street Experience is covered by a Viva Vision canopy, and said canopy towers 90 feet above Fremont Street spanning the length of five football fields with more than 12 million LED lights. Also true, the Viva Vision canopy is by no means rain…

Flashback Friday: When the action was all Downtown

It’s easy to think that the Strip is all there is to see in Las Vegas. The casino corridor that runs down Las Vegas Boulevard is an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights, architecture and people made famous by countless movie and television shows. But long before the Strip was a gleam…