Livin’ la vida #DTLV
There is a very particular vibrancy in Downtown Las Vegas. The streets are teeming with a, we’ll call it “interesting,” cross section of humanity. Living and working downtown allows me to sit front and center to the spectacle of the area. From the giant fire breathing mantis that hovers over Fremont in front of Container Park to the roaming packs of tourists, partiers and weary locals just trying to get to and from wherever they need to go.
But there’s so much more than tourist attractions and bars to downtown (though both of those things are also cool). So here’s a few of my favorite things:
Get good eats at Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whiskey (the tonkatsu ramen is where it’s at and if you can sit in DJ’s section, he’s the best) followed by stopping in to Oak & Ivy for a night cap. I recommend the Overnight Billionaire. (Pictured at left) The next morning you can grab Cinnamon toast and an iced chai latte at The Beat Coffeehouse for breakfast and while you’re there, check out the amazing history stuffed into the small but robust Burlesque Hall of Fame located in the same space as The Beat. Or grab a mani/pedi upstairs with Andrea at Feetish Spa.
If you’re not feeling Fremont Street, then hop over to the Arts District and grab one of the seasonal cocktails at Velveteen Rabbit. The summer menu is out and the Cosmic Collisions is perfect for sipping on the Rabbit’s back patio. Late night munchies? The Goodwich is open late and El Pig will cure whatever ails you. Some of the best shopping in Vegas is along Main Street, in my humble opinion at least; from vintage finds at Amberjoy’s Vintage Closet to more modern threads at Buffalo Exchange. Breakfast, lunch and some of the best coffee in Las Vegas can be found at Makers & Finders. Do not miss their lavender latte.
If you really want the not so hidden gem though, it’s Luv-It Frozen Custard. Cash only and the special flavors rotate daily. You cannot go wrong with just plain old chocolate with jimmies though.
If none of that appeals to you, you can always post up on the Atomic Liquors patio and just watch the parade of downtown denizens that march past. If nothing else, DTLV is excellent people watching.