November 02, 2021
10 Mins read
Exploring Las Vegas’ Arts District and Downtown
Vegas’ reputation as a town for gambling and partying brings millions of visitors to the city each year. Often referred to as an “adult playground,” most people associate Las Vegas with the bright lights of the Strip, the ringing bells of slot machines, a never-ending nightlife scene unrivaled by any other city in the world. These Vegas stereotypes have created a bit of a misconception that the city has minimal arts or culture of its own.
For the quirky, artistic, and creative traveler looking to get away from the conventional experience, Downtown Las Vegas and the city’s Arts District are hidden gems worth visiting. Only a 10-minute car ride from the Strip, and a 5-minute ride from our dispensary, these neighborhoods are full of art studios, galleries, and vintage shops, as well as many cocktail bars and restaurants that cater to a young and trendy crowd.
Next time you come to stock up on your favorite Oasis products, take a quick trip to Downtown Las Vegas and the Arts District to check out the city’s best bars, restaurants, and stores!
Here’s a quick guide on our favorite spots.
Bars and Restaurants
The Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar located on South Main St., right in the heart of the Arts District. With a rotating menu of seasonally inspired drinks, set in an eclectic space featuring local art, vintage furniture, and an extremely-Instagrammable pink outdoor patio, the Rabbit is a great spot to meet with friends after work or wrap up a night out.
Located on Charleston Boulevard, the Cornish Pasty Co. offers handmade, hand-held meat pies influenced by traditional British cuisine with a modern twist. Their menu features 52 different pasties, including vegetarian and vegan options, pub fare, salads, soups, and a full bar with 24 rotating taps of local and craft beer.
18bin is a well-known Downtown bar and restaurant centered right in the heart of the Arts District that caters to all types of eaters, offering a full Vegan menu as well as traditional meat dishes. The restaurant hosts live music throughout the week and events and special offers like a Saturday all-ages brunch and a Sunday 21+ deep-house party brunch!
For some Caribbean-inspired fun, check out Jammyland on Main Street! The cocktail bar and kitchen offer inventive drinks, a funky ambiance, and a delicious Jamaican menu featuring beef patties, jerk wings, curry, and more.
GOOD PIE is a Brooklyn-style pizza shop founded by award-winning pizzaiolo Vincent Rotolo, dedicated to bringing authentic NY-style street slices to Las Vegas. Rotolo has some of the best gluten-free and vegan pies in the country, making it an excellent option for foodies from all backgrounds!
Able Baker is the perfect place for beer lovers looking to try some local craft brews in the Arts District with a name derived from the first two atomic bombs dropped at the famous Nevada test site. Their taproom and brewery offer over 30 different draft beers, along with a kitchen serving burgers, salads, appetizers, and more!
Tacotarian is a plant-based Mexican eatery with over 14 different vegan tacos and many other Mexican street food favorites. Grab a bite in their trendy dining room, or take a few tacos to go and explore the neighborhood’s fantastic street art and murals.
Located in the artsy and eclectic Fergusons shopping center, Peyote brings retro desert charm to the Arts District through open fire cuisine, fresh local ingredients, and a vibrant decor that takes you back to 1950’s Palm Springs. The eatery also has an outdoor cactus and succulent garden that guests can enjoy while eating and drinking.
Named after the famous stuntman Evel Knievel, Evel Pie is a staple of Fremont St. known for quality New York-style pizza, good beer, and a rock n’ roll style design featuring memorabilia from the collection of the Knievel family. Rated ‘Best Pizzeria” by Vegas Weekly in 2019.
Oak and Ivy
A perfect spot for craft cocktail lovers, Oak and Ivy, brings classic whisky and unique handcrafted drinks to the Downtown Container Park right off of Fremont St! Skip the outdoor patio and sit at the bar to get a front-row view of your drink being made! Ranked as one of the Top 50 Whisky Bars in the U.S.
Atomic Liquor is a Las Vegas institution claiming the title of the first business in the city given a license to sell alcohol. Back in the ’50s, customers could sit at their rooftop patio and watch atomic blasts from the nuclear test site 65 miles away. Stop by the bar to grab a beer, enjoy the vintage decor, and become a part of Vegas history!
The Bunkhouse Saloon is a popular live music bar and restaurant located in the Downtown Area. Check out the Bunkhouse on Friday and Saturday nights to see some great local musicians and relax by their outdoor fire pit.
Carson Kitchen is a staple of the Downtown Las Vegas dining scene specializing in inventive American cuisine and thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Think comfort food with a fine-dining twist! The space features a contemporary bar, an open kitchen, and an outdoor rooftop and bar. Guests can also take in a cocktail and relax in the courtyard of the repurposed mid-century John E. Carson Hotel next door.
Located in a massive two-story space on Fremont St., Therapy serves up high-end bar food to Arts District locals. Stop by for weekend brunch to try some mouth-water hangover cures, or get the party started with some bottomless mimosas!
Le Thai is a perfect place to grab dinner before bar-hopping through Downtown Vegas. Offering both traditional Thai dishes as well as fusion, you can grab a bite or drink on their patio and watch the hustle and bustle of the famous Fremont Entertainment Street District.
Centered in the heart of the Arts District, The Garden opened in 2020 as a place where the local LGBTQ community can gather and enjoy the best party atmosphere in Las Vegas. From the coziness of their lounge to the freedom of their outdoor terrace, the bar’s vibrant atmosphere is perfect for a good time of dancing and partying or just hanging out with friends.
Makers and Finders
Makers & Finders is a vibrant, upbeat restaurant-coffee-bar where specialty coffee, inspired Latin food, & hospitality is the main pillars of their service. The Downtown LV staple was named “The Most Beautiful Coffee Shop in Nevada” by Architectural Digest!
Shops and Galleries
If you’re looking to get some ink while visiting the Arts District, Koolsville Tattoo has a reputation as one of the premier shops in the city. Open to walk-ins as well as appointments, Koolsville has more than 15 award-winning tattoo artists available to ink your masterpiece and five body piercers for all your piercing needs. The official home of the “$10 Tattoo.”
An entire city block devoted to fostering the downtown Las Vegas community, Fergusons Downtown celebrates local music, creators, and makers for an immersive way to shop, eat, drink. The space was once a historic motel that has revitalized into several different retail stores housing locally owned small businesses.
Buffalo Exchange is a chain store where customers can buy, sell and trade vintage and used clothing and accessories for money or store credit. If you’re looking for a new pair of jeans but don’t want to shell out expensive retail prices, check out the Buffalo location right on Main St.!
Known as the home of mid-century modern history, style and all that’s fabulous about Las Vegas, Retro Vegas is an antique store specializing in furniture, lighting, and art from the 50s and 60s. While visiting the shop you’ll also want to check out The Red Kat – a store within the store that sells amazing vintage clothing and accessories. A perfect place to meet all of your vintage needs.
Rockin’ Bettie is a retro-style clothing boutique selling Pin Up, Rockabilly, and Vintage styles with a modern edge. They offer a variety of clothing for all sizes and genders, as well as a selection of colorful gifts and housewares.
Located in the “Antique Alley” of the Arts District, Vintage Vegas is one of the largest locations for retro furniture and collectibles in the city. The store even makes their own custom neon signs, so you can bring the Vegas-style right to your home! Open for walk-in shopping as well as private appointments.
Modern Mantiques is a premium antique shop that will bring back old memories of your dad or grandpa, offering a wide selection of rare military items, neon signs, taxidermy, vintage vinyl, sports & casino memorabilia, and much more! The shop also offers consignment for any collectors looking to pass their items down to a new owner.
Las Vegas Oddities
Known as the “weirdest little shoppe in Las Vegas”, Las Vegas Oddities is a mecca for strange collectibles that might not belong in your average vintage store. If you’re into all things dark, obscure or strange, stop by the store to try on a vintage clown mask, or maybe even buy a human skull! Every visit to the shop is a surprise, with new items being curated on a frequent basis.
Now that you have a list of the best spots to eat, drink, and shop in the Arts District, the next step is to grab your favorite Oasis products and enjoy the neighborhood! Check out our menu to find your favorite flower, concentrates, and vapes available for pickup or delivery.