Nightlife in Downtown


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  • Atomic Liquors
    In the early 1950s, at the start of the Cold War, crowds would gather on the roof of Atomic Liquors, cocktails in hand, waiting for the show to begin. However, this particular brand of Vegas entertainment didn't feature singing, dancing, or strongmen wrestling slot machines. In fact, the stage was nearly 50 miles away, where the massive blasts from nuclear-bomb tests sent mushroom clouds billowing into the desert sky. Atomic Liquors?n?e Virginia's Cafe?changed its name in 1952 to jibe with its free entertainment. That same year, the bar's original owners, Joe and Stella Sobchik, outfitted it with a new sign, which the Huffington Post recently lauded as a classic piece of Americana. When it first went up, that now-iconic sign was a beacon for Las Vegas' stable of stars. The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers used to drink here after their shows, and Barbara Streisand even had her own seat, which has since been restored and put on display. Indeed, as Atomic Liquors' list of famous patrons grew, so did its acting resume?movies such as Casino and The Hangover and TV shows such as The Twilight Zone have all filmed scenes at the bar. Yet despite the history of glitz and glamor, Sin City's oldest freestanding bar doesn't rest on its pedigree; its updated list of libations includes 60 different kinds of beer, including 20 on tap, as well as a plethora of whiskeys and other spirits. Free parking is located on Fremont Street.
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    917 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV US
  • Great Vegas Festival of Beer
    Motley Brews' beer lovers share their passion for suds by curating beverage-focused festivals and events. Whether they?re lauding neighborhood breweries during the Downtown Brew Festival or uncapping rare beers at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, they encourage attendees to try new tastes and rekindle the fire with old favorites. Motley Brews toasts the community as well, giving a portion of its celebrations? proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.
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    800 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV US
  • Great Vegas Festival of Beer
    Motley Brews' beer lovers share their passion for suds by curating beverage-focused festivals and events. Whether they?re lauding neighborhood breweries during the Downtown Brew Festival or uncapping rare beers at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, they encourage attendees to try new tastes and rekindle the fire with old favorites. Motley Brews toasts the community as well, giving a portion of its celebrations? proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.
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    601 Fremont Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV US
  • The Beat Coffeehouse and Records
    Find your morning fix at The Beat Coffeehouse and Records — this offbeat coffee shop serves a strong cup with an unconventional attitude. Plan to indulge a bit at The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. The perfect place for a large party, The Beat Coffeehouse and Records will comfortably host your friends and family. Access the internet free of charge via The Beat Coffeehouse and Records' complimentary wifi. The weeknight rush is in full force at The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, so anticipate a wait if you go after work. For those in a hurry, the coffee shop lets you take your grub to go. Guests can leave their vehicles in the nearby lot — valet service is also available — or circle the block for a spot on the street. There's no need to bust your budget at The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, with most meals costing under $15. The Beat Coffeehouse and Records has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
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    520 Fremont St
    Las Vegas, NV US
  • Vanguard Lounge
    Vanguard Lounge opened in 2010 with a bang, winning the awards for Best Lounge and Sexiest Wine List from Vegas Seven magazine. Since then, the hangout hasn't lost touch with what brought it to the party. The bartenders mix classic cocktails such as negronis (seven different kinds, in fact) as well as more ambitious concoctions such as the gin- and vodka-based Fuego Pepino, which is livened up with jalape?os and a few dashes of habanero bitters. A selection of wines and craft beers round out the all-liquid menu. Once guests receive their drink, they can find a seat inside the desert-toned lounge, migrate outside to the patio, or navigate to the dance floor where DJs spin four nights a week or until they get dizzy.
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    516 Fremont St.
    Las Vegas, NV US
  • Don't Tell Mama
    Located on Fremont Street, right at the gateway to the Fremont East Entertainment District, Don’t Tell Mama is well situated to attract downtowners looking for live entertainment. A black and white checkerboard floor sets the tone, with ample tables and half-booths lining the walls, plus red velour drapes that hang around the large space. But the bar’s real draw is the grand piano, elevated on a small stage, from which singing bartenders and accompanists perform nightly. Patrons can make song requests and sing along with the waitstaff if they so choose. Or, better yet, get onstage themselves to perform renditions of Broadway show tunes, pop, rock, country, cabaret or any other song that comes to mind (and can be cued up from Don’t Tell Mama’s voluminous music files). There’s no cover but an enforced one drink minimum, so be prepared to spend some cash.
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    517 Fremont St
    Las Vegas, NV US

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