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Top 11 Neighborhood Amenities In Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

Downtown Las Vegas existed before the main Las Vegas Strip that most tourists flock to today. Until recently, Downtown mainly attracted tourists seeking a bit of old Las Vegas history, or seasoned locals who preferred to stay away from the more popular Strip. In the past several years, however, the city has been working on revitalizing the area to attract a larger demographic of tourists and locals alike. Projects like the Smith Center, the Container Park, several hip new bars and the Arts District have succeeded in making Downtown Las Vegas a preferred hang out to the Strip for this local Las Vegan!

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment district in historic downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The main attraction of Fremont Street Experience is Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen, which is suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall below.

A zip line, which takes you about half the length of the Fremont Street Experience, is also a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.
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Gold Spike

Join other game, music and beer enthusiasts at the Gold Spike - the former downtown casino that has been reinvented as a laid-back bar, lounge and grill, courtesy of entrepreneur Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. Open 24 hours, the Gold Spike is all about easygoing fun and affordable booze. You'll find board games and other leisure pursuits in abundance here. In addition to pool tables and dartboards, there's hopscotch, corn hole, shuffleboard, a giant Jenga, an enormous Connect Four and a driving-oriented video game.

The outdoor area called "The Backyard" is filled with patio furniture and has an Airstream trailer, which is sometimes used as a bar. Inside, a big bar with flat-screen TVs mounted all around it dominates one side of the property. In the back you'll find a contemporary grill with a full menu of offerings -- ranging from all-day breakfast favorites to soups, salads, sandwiches and even prime rib.

Another plus at the Gold Spike is its fast and free wireless Internet. With space for lots of comfy seating -- from lounge chairs to bean bags and even a bed -- you can set up your laptop and work away the day or evening in an upbeat social setting.On weekends, the Gold Spike hosts live music and DJs.
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The Mob Museum

Want to know what "really" happened in Las Vegas during the Mob Era? Check out this museum dedicated entirely to Las Vegas' sordid history with the Mob and decide which side you're on!

Hours of Operation: January-June: Daily from 10am - 7pm
July-August: Sunday-Thursday from 10am-7pm
Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm
September-December: Daily from 10am-7pm

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Downtown Container Park

The Downtown Container Park is probably one of my favorite attractions of all of Downtown. It's made entirely out of shipping containers which host shops, restaurants, a play area for children and even an outdoor stage and lawn for concerts. There's definitely something for everyone here!
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Insert Coin(s)

A combination of old school and modern video games, dancing and music is what this place is all about. Insert Coin(s) has over 50 classic video games in house, a cocktail menu inspired by some of those games, gaming booths with flat screen monitors and a host of DJs rotating in and out on various nights.

If you love gaming, dancing and cocktails, then this place is definitely for you!
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Smith Center

Until the opening of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in 2012, there really wasn't anywhere in Las Vegas for locals to go to watch Broadway shows. True there was the Lion King and Mamma Mia but often, Broadway shows put up in major casinos, are cut down in length in the interest of keeping tourist attention. At the Smith Center all Broadway productions that come through their doors are the full-length original productions as seen on Broadway.

The Smith Center brings a much needed theater atmosphere to Las Vegas.
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Discovery Children's Museum

Right next door to the Smith Center is Discovery Children's Museum featuring 10 different exhibit halls including their Traveling Exhibits that let children and adults learn about arts, science and early childhood development, all while playing. One of the most popular exhibits is the Water World exhibit - a great way to spend a scorching summer day in Vegas!

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Premium Outlet Mall - North

For the shoppers among us, the Las Vegas North Premium Outlet Mall is heaven. With over 150 outlet stores from Armani to UGG and more, it would be almost impossible NOT to find a great deal here especially if you join their VIP Shopper Club online where you can get even more exclusive savings. If you like to shop in packs, you can book a group tour.

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First Friday

This is hands down my favorite Las Vegas event. It is held on the first Friday of every month and this single event has united a community while exposing hundreds of thousands of people to the treasures of Downtown Las Vegas, attracting much needed attention and resources.

Dozens of artists and vendors gather here to showcase their wares and contribute to arts awareness in the community. Also, there are several super cool bars to hop between AND - my favorite part - the food trucks! You'll find some of the best food trucks in town here, my personal faves are Truknyaki for pretty much everything on the menu, Grouchy John's for their delicious coffee and Engine 1 Pizza for their garlic fries.

A great mix of food, arts and community, you MUST check this out.
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Artifice Bar

This artsy bar features two lounge rooms and a performance area where you can often find live bands and other performances. The walls are decorated by local artists and many pieces are actually for sale.

A unique vibe and some artistically named cocktails make this bar a definite must-visit...maybe after a jaunt down the aisles of First Friday?

Park on Fremont

Hands down my favorite bar in the Downtown district, Park on Fremont has atmosphere like no other. The front patio is bordered by a white picket fence, which makes it a great spot to sit and people watch on Fremont. The interior is elegantly decorated and at closer glance the artwork and decor will make you do a double take. The best place to be, in my opinion, is the backyard. A cozy, quaint area with tables to dine at and, of course, plenty of curious art pieces. You might think that Park on Fremont ends at the backyard but many people don't know about it's hidden secret...if you walk all the way to the back left corner there's a small gap in the back wall that leads you to a tiny space with a few bar stools and...a hidden see-saw!! Yep...that's right, a see-saw.

If you visit this bar try the Unicorn, my fave drink there.
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Top 11 Neighborhood Amenities In Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada