Exploring Main Street in downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Every city in America seems to have a main street. Until a few years ago, the main control in downtown Las Vegas was rather inconspicuous.

Most people only visited the area if they were interested in antiques or attended the monthly arts festival on the first Friday that began in 2002.

That has now changed, with the influx of trendy restaurants, a popular resale clothing store, several breweries, art galleries, a few gyms, and soon a comedy club and bakery

A recent stroll on a Friday evening revealed that many Las Vegas locals, and probably even a good number of tourists, were eating and drinking at various restaurants and food trucks, enjoying live music, and buying works of art, clothing, and other trinkets or collectibles.

Efforts to remodel Main Street began in October 2014 with the release of the 2045 Downtown Master Plan. The city has allocated $ 13.9 million to improve the area that most people would visit only if they had to.

Before the revitalization efforts, Main Street was a one-way street with few zebra crossings and little lighting.

Now the road is only passable in one direction and in 2018 lights were placed above it, giving it a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the evenings.

Although the most popular night is undoubtedly the first Friday of every month, many people now choose the main street as a term during the week, both day and night.

If you’re thinking about visiting Main Street, here are some of our suggestions.

Casa Don Juan, which has been on Main Street since 1995, is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas. There is often a queue on the weekends, even before the pandemic, but it’s worth the wait.

If you’re looking for an art gallery with world-class art, check out the Conrad West Gallery, which opened in January 2021. Or check out Recycled Propaganda for art with an edge.

One of the most interesting vintage stores is Vintage Vegas. And if you’re looking for a full list of antique / vintage stores, click here.

If you’re looking for an excellent cup of coffee, turn to Makers & Finders. The cafe says it was founded on 3 pillars – coffee, Latin American food and culture.

If wine is your thing, head over to Garagiste Wine Room and Merchant. Garagiste says his goal is to be a leader in the development and growth of Las Vegas wine culture.

If you’re a beer lover, check out the new silver brand owned by Rose Signor and Andrew Smith. The Silver Stamp isn’t like most bars in town, with wood paneling, vintage beer signs, and cave-like flair.

There are also several breweries, including Able Baker Brewing and Nevada Brew Works.

Some of the best pizzas in Las Vegas can be found at Good Pie, which opened in December 2020. Good Pie is known for its authentic Brookyn, Detroit, and Grandma style pizzas.

Vegans and taco lovers should try Tacotarian. The plant-based Mexican restaurant claims to serve the largest selection of vegan tacos in the universe.

Enjoy Italian food at Esther’s Kitchen, under the direction of Chef James Trees. The restaurant was named after Trees’ great-aunt Esther, a tough, smart, and nonsensical person. Not only is the restaurant a local favorite, but Las Vegas headliners like Usher have had dinner there too.

We also recently heard that the area’s most popular Freed’s Bakery is set to open a location on Main Street in a few months. If you’ve never had a cake from Freed’s Bakery, you’ve missed it.

If you want to combine antique shopping with drinking, you can do both at ReBar. The owner, Derek Stonebarger, was one of the first to see Main Street’s potential and has been instrumental in its development over the past few years.

If exercise is your thing, there is Sin City Yoga and a new gym called F45 for fitness fans looking to take it to the next level.

Not only can you find elegant clothes at Buffalo Exchange or sell your own, but you can also get your hair cut at the Downtown Vintage Barbershop & Shave Parlor or get a punch at Viva Blowout.

Level One Bar and Lounge is another newcomer to the region. The new venue caters to a more mature customer base with live blues, smooth jazz, and comedy.

The Majestic Repertory Theater is the location for a state-of-the-art, immersive theater in Las Vegas. During the pandemic, they ran shows on Instagram and auto shows. Her most recent show, titled “Hot Trash,” has been described as avant-garde cabaret on a ranch served under the guise of a 1970s Times Square peep show.

Cork and Thorn is known for both its wine and its live entertainment and party atmosphere. Sometimes the party takes to the streets.

EDIT, which is also a newcomer to Main Street, will help you level up your coffee table book game. The ultra-modern store has a mix of the best publishers in its book gallery and artwork by local artists on the walls.

Whenever you want a tattoo, Koolsville Tattoo is always ready to inject some ink into your skin. They even offer $ 10 tattoos. However, be prepared for a queue, especially on the weekends.

For those who want to make an effort. Little Vegas Chapel offers a variety of packages, including the chance to get married by Elvis.

If you’re wondering what else is coming to Main Street, a new hot dog place – Chicago Street Food – can always be opened.

If you’re into street art (e.g. graffiti and murals), just walk down one of the many alleys on Main Street. It’s not difficult to find an interesting wall to use as a background for Instagram or TikTok.

And if you’re worried about parking, there are spots on either side of Main Street and on back streets like Colorado Avenue, California Avenue, and Imperial Avenue. Parking can be a challenge.

In addition, there are at least two chargeable parking spaces operated by the city. One is near the new comedy club across from Able Baker Brewing and the other is behind ReBar. You can also find spots on Commerce Street, which runs parallel to Main Street. The best advice is if you’re having trouble finding a vacant seat, drive around a few times until something pops up.

Of course, you can avoid the parking problem by moving to the area. There are several apartment buildings in the area with more to be added in the future.

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