Think Las Vegas is just gambling and bottle service? You’re missing out. Las Vegas is brimming with arts and culture—more than 18 blocks of it, to be precise. Located just a short jaunt from Fremont Street, the Las Vegas Arts District (also referred to as 18b, a reference to the 18 plus blocks that the area encompasses), is a lively, walkable neighborhood where you’ll find galleries, theaters, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and public art. Beloved by both locals and Las Vegas visitors alike, the burgeoning Arts District serves as a creative, down-to-earth counterpart to the glamor of the Strip.
Planning a visit to the Las Vegas Arts District? These spots should be on your radar:
Jammyland is a modern Jamaican kitchen and bar with a spacious patio outfitted with murals from local artists including Jerry Misko. Have a mai tai, a plate of 24-hour smoked jerk wings, and watch the sunset on Main Street.
A shopping and drinking destination in one, ReBar is an eclectic cocktail bar where everything inside is for sale. Or is it an antique shop that happens to serve drinks? Visit and find out for yourself.
Chef James Trees’ Esther’s Kitchen is a local favorite known for simple, beautifully crafted pasta dishes, such as the chittara topped with pecorino and pepper and the tagliatelle served with braised wild boar. If you’re looking for weekend brunch plans, grab a table on the sidewalk and pair porchetta benedict with people watching.
Set aside at least an hour for a trip to Antique Alley where you can browse booths from more than 65 vendors. From mid-century furniture to souvenirs from dearly-departed casinos, you’ll find it here.
Majestic Repertory Theatre has redefined immersive with interactive dinner party shows, drive-through performances, and even an irreverent retelling of that Oregon Trail video game you loved as a kid. Shown here are affordable, intimate, and often extremely weird (in a good way).
Browse work from local Las Vegas artists and see creatives at work in their studios at Art Square. Inside, you’ll also find the Cockroach Theatre, shops, and even a hair salon.
First Friday is the definitive event of the Las Vegas Arts District. Held monthly, the free celebration of all things artsy draws massive crowds. Tour galleries, watch live performances, grab a bite from a food truck, and mingle—you might even leave with a new piece of art.
Main Street and the surrounding side streets (Colorado Avenue, California Avenue, Casino Center, and others) are decked out in murals from local and visiting artists. Take a stroll and snap them for your Instagram, and be sure to visit often as there’s always something new.
The Las Vegas Arts District has long had an impressive roster of restaurants—but one type of cuisine was missing: a really great sushi place. Enter Yu-Or-Mi Sushi Bar from Chef Virakone Vongphachanh. Located on California Avenue, Yu-Or-Mi serves sushi and other Japanese favorites such as karaage chicken and sunomono salad, plus sake by the glass or carafe.
Spend an afternoon or an evening sampling craft beer in the shadow of the Stratosphere at Able Baker Brewing. Here, you’ll find more than 30 craft beers on tap plus a brewpub menu featuring banh mi, burgers, fish tacos, and more.
Vincent Rotolo’s award-winning Good Pie is known for its grandma-style pizza—a square pie with thin crust and crispy edges. You can also get your pizza Detroit style, Sicilian style, Brooklyn style, or even vegan style. Don’t forget to grab an order of garlic knots.
Provocative artist Izaac Zevalking, aka Recycled Propaganda, has a space on Main Street devoted to showcasing his work. Prints, stickers, and other items are also for sale.
Gargagiste (a French word referring to a small group of winemakers) is a sommelier-owned wine shop and tasting room on California Avenue. Stop in for a sip and a lesson in wine-tasting; leave with a bottle or two.
Look for the rainbow-colored building with the words Love Las Vegas on it, and you’ll find the Arts Factory, a studio/gallery space where you can see art as it’s being made, and talk to the artists who are making it.
For a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience, few bars compare to the magic of Velveteen Rabbit. The seasonal drink menu (which doubles as a pocket-sized literary magazine) always offers beguiling ingredients like rosewater, creme de violette, and smoked agave—and the pink patio serves as a fittingly romantic destination for sipping.
Be on the lookout for Taverna Costera, an upcoming restaurant/bar/coffee shop/event space that promises Mediterranean food, craft coffee, live music, and a rooftop space with sweeping views of the city.