Why Locals and Seasoned Visitors Prefer Downtown Las Vegas

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Vegas has a special appeal to it. From its authenticity, history, incredible food, unique bars, and wild nightlife, Las Vegas locals and seasoned visitors alike prefer to stay in downtown Vegas. Downtown has more than meets the eye, visit to find out yourself! But here are a few of the reasons why Las Vegas locals and seasoned visitors prefer downtown, as well as some of our favorite things to do in downtown Las Vegas.


Downtown Authenticity 


Since the beginning of Vegas as we know it, downtown has been there for it all. From the last days of the wild west, to the Prohibition era, and the first casinos and hotels, Downtown has always been a starting point for Vegas development. This history and legacy are what make downtown authentically Las Vegas. 



In 1906, Vegas’s first hotel opened its doors. It’s the hotel we know and love today as Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The opening of the first hotel was the beginning of the Vegas we all know and love today. Golden Gate has seen over 100 years of change in Las Vegas, and Bar Prohibition! in particular, has seen it all. From being a watering hole in the wild west to a regular spot for the Vegas rat pack, through prohibition and into the 21st century, Bar Prohibition! holds a lot of history in the bar’s walls. 


Art and Culture 

Downtown Las Vegas is home to more culture than anywhere else in the city. With family-owned restaurants, an art scene, beautiful museums, and culture backed by history, you’ll be blown away by the culture and authenticity here. Downtown is home to the 18b Las Vegas Arts District, the heart of art and culture in Las Vegas. This neighborhood is home to beautiful galleries and art installations, amazing restaurants, fantastic bars, and beautiful shops. Exploring the Arts District is one of the best things to do in downtown Las Vegas and a great way to understand why locals and seasoned visitors love downtown so much. 


Friends Enjoying Drinks at Downtown Las Vegas Bar


Restaurants and Bars 


There is no shortage of amazing restaurants and bars in downtown Las Vegas. From sushi to pizza and tacos to Thai, whiskey and cocktails and beers (oh my!) there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie or simply enjoy a great meal out, downtown has got you covered. If you’re looking for a handcrafted drink or a wild bar, you will find it here. Really, downtown has everything. 



You will find some of the best restaurants in downtown Las Vegas. No matter where you go, you’ll find somewhere delicious to grab a bite. Project BBQ is Vegas’ only permanent food truck, and it’s serving up some delicious barbeque eats. Evel Pie is a rocking spot to grab a New York slice. Park on Fremont is a beautiful downtown spot with an outdoor patio, you won’t want to miss this urban escape. Le Thai is one of the best Thai restaurants in Downtown, serving up delicious food in a casual eatery. La Comida is serving up amazing Mexican food and pouring some equally great tequila. Bocho Downtown Sushi will satisfy your sushi cravings with their fresh selection of top-tier fish. Andiamo Steakhouse is the perfect spot for a classy date night. Visit as many restaurants as possible when downtown, this is where the neighborhood’s culture really shines through. 



There are so many different types of bars downtown. From rooftop bars to outdoor beer gardens and rooftop oases, there is no shortage of places to grab a drink. Visit Legacy Club located on the 60th floor of Circa Resort & Casino, where you will find a beautiful outdoor terrace and hand-crafted cocktails. Head to Oak & Ivy for a superb whiskey selection and an equally superb rooftop patio. Head to Commonwealth for a specialty drink and a dance on their rooftop dance floor. Visit D Bar right on Fremont Street for some frozen libations, talented bartenders, and a front-row seat to the action downtown. Head to one of Downtown’s many breweries, all part of a local brewing culture that you will most definitely want to be a part of. Downtown bars are spectacular. And the drinks are even better. 


Front Desk at Circa Resort in Downtown Las Vegas


Stay in Downtown 


Downtown is home to some of the best properties in Las Vegas perfect for anybody, whether you’re looking for history or luxury. With fantastic casinos, beautiful pools, spacious suites, and superb locations, Downtown Las Vegas blends old and new harmoniously. Visit one of downtown’s great hotels yourself on your next visit to Vegas. 


Circa Resort & Casino 

Circa Resort & Casino is Downtown’s newest property, and it is new and beautiful. Visit Circa Stadium Swim®, a unique pool experience with six pools, swim-up bars, and a massive flat screen that will make sure you catch every second of every game. Circa is home to the world’s largest sportsbook where you discover the world of sports betting. With restaurants and bars and endless entertainment, Circa is one of a kind.


The Original Vegas Hotel 

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is the original Las Vegas hotel, founded in 1906. Because of that, we definitely consider ourselves well-seasoned locals, and we know how to pull out all the stops for the ultimate Downtown Las Vegas experience. Experience history right in the lobby, the casino, and the hotel’s bars. You can even book a room in one of the original 10 rooms! With outstanding customer service and fantastic accommodations, you will love your stay at Golden Gate.


Downtown Vegas is a special part of the city. Whether you’re visiting during the day or looking for a night out, Downtown is full of things to do. Visit the restaurants and plan a Downtown bar crawl. Tour the arts district and visit a museum. Stay in one of DTLV’s many beautiful hotels and immerse yourself in the neighborhood. Book a room at Golden Gate to stay in the original Vegas, where you will come to find exactly why locals and seasoned visitors prefer Downtown Las Vegas!