It may have begun with a coffee renaissance, but the revitalization of the Arts District has continued with much, much more. The neighborhood, close to downtown, is making a steady march toward becoming the trendiest neighborhood in Las Vegas. The Arts District is welcoming new restaurants and bars while maintaining its independent spirit, allowing its artistic flare and vintage vibes to manifest in events like a monthly street fair.
If you’re looking for an oasis of creativity in the desert, put these Arts District activities on your itinerary.
1. Enjoy the First Friday Festivities
Once a month, the Arts District puts on a community event that lures about 20,000 people to sample food truck fare and support local artists. For First Friday, galleries and studios open their doors and vendors set up booths with all manner of art and handmade goods. You can enjoy some live music while you meander through the booths and get to know the neighborhood.
2. Have Brunch at Mingo, Kitchen and Lounge
Mingo, Kitchen and Lounge is one of the best eateries in the Arts District. It’s known for some truly unique dishes, as well as a phenomenal Sunday brunch. Keep it simple with a chopped salad or get the Notorious P.I.G., a gourmet hot dog topped with mac and cheese, pickled jalapeno, and more.
3. See a Show at the Cockroach Theatre
The Cockroach Theatre put on its first performance in 2002, and it has been entertaining visitors with performances in the Art Square Theatre since 2011. You can expect lively shows performed in an intimate setting; the theater has made its home in a renovated warehouse. When the venues on The Strip are too crowded or mainstream, grab tickets for a show at this locally-owned gem.
4. Have a Drink at Velveteen Rabbit
It may be the 21st Century, but at the Velveteen Rabbit, you’ll feel like you’re in a speakeasy. Even if you don’t have a mustache, you’d wish you did so you could twirl it. The craft cocktails have interesting names and creative ingredients, like “Blood of My Enemies” (sage-infused rye, lemon, egg whites, cherry wine). The beer selection is great, too.
5. Get Caffeinated at Vesta Coffee Roasters
Vesta’s open-space concept gives you tons of space to stretch out and enjoy your pourover coffee in peace. Pull up a stool at a long wood table and savor your pastry while you contemplate which art gallery you’ll visit after you finish your beverage.
6. Support the Artists at the City of the World Art House
The Art House has a mission to celebrate art and creativity – and you can help them by paying their gallery a visit and bringing home a new piece of décor. It’s a family-friendly, non-profit venue that supports local artists. They also host painting parties, where you can get hands-on and find your own inner Picasso.
7. Take a Walking Tour of Graffiti Art
The artists of the Arts District can’t be contained to conventional mediums, and several buildings in the area reflect their ability to turn anything into a canvas. Rather than paint over the elaborate and colorful graffiti on the sides of Arts District buildings, the neighborhood has adopted the works and let them add to the area’s charm. Take a cup of coffee to-go and begin a walking tour to spot all the local graffiti.
The Arts District is sending a siren song to all creative hearts and artistic souls, bringing in an ever-increasing number of galleries and hip eateries. If you’re in Las Vegas and need a break from the ring-a-ding-ding of slot machines and neon glow of casino signs, this neighborhood is waiting with open arms (and a paintbrush).
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