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Downtown Arts District

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Published 07/20/2015

Fodor's Review

The emergence of the offbeat 18b Arts District (so called because it comprises 18 blocks bounded by South 7th, Main, Bonneville, and Charleston streets on downtown's southeastern corner) continues to generate excitement in the city's arts community and, increasingly, among visitors. With a number of funky, independent art galleries in its confines, the area, officially named in 1998, is a growing, thriving cultural hub—think of it as the Anti-Strip. In addition to the galleries—some of which contain impressive collections of locally known and world-famous artists—you'll find interesting eateries and dive bars to serve the alternative artists, musicians, and writers who have gravitated to the neighborhood. Each month the district hosts a First Friday gallery walk from 5 to 11 pm with gallery openings, street performers, and entertainment. It's an excellent time to come check out the still-nascent but steadily improving scene for yourself.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, USA

Published 07/20/2015

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Jul 11, 2017

Something different than the Strip and Downtown

We went shopping for antiques and eclectic stuff in Antique Alley, which is part of the Arts District, and were pleasantly surprised at all the other stuff to do nearby. The Arts Factory is there, with artists and restaurants and shops. The murals are very interesting. There are quite a lot of them in all the alleys. It was hot but when is it not hot in Vegas? There are enough bars and restaurants around that you can pop in for a cool one. ReBAR

is one that's worth going in. It's on Main Street and it's a bar AND an antique shop. We listened to a blue grass band on Sunday. There's a GREAT cat head statue on First and Coolidge, worth getting a selfie with. I hear they call it "Snowball". You can take the free shuttle bus, called The Loop, from the Outlet Mall, or The Plaza or the Mob Museum or Pawn Stars. Uber and Lyft go there as well as one of the local busses. Just head for Charleston and Main Street. That's the middle of the Arts District.

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