Everyone has heard of the Las Vegas Strip, but how often do you explore downtown Las Vegas? Better yet, did you know that Las Vegas has an Arts District? While it may be challenging to see Las Vegas culture from inside a casino-resort on the Strip, it doesn’t mean that culture doesn’t exist. The 18b Las Vegas Arts District is the city’s home to eclectic galleries, boutiques, bars, eateries and other venues. [Image above is attributed to: http://www.18b.org/]
18b straddles West Charleston and is home to vibrant streetscapes, colorful buildings, and public art and murals. 18b’s short and walkable blocks are filled with charming character and a cultural identity that tends to fly under the radar. Do something different the next time you travel to Las Vegas. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and head to 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District for places to dine, drink, and explore!
The best days to visit the Las Vegas Arts District are Thursday through Sunday, however, you can experience all of 18b’s eclectic charm every day. If you’re planning a trip and want to see the main highlights of the Las Vegas Arts District, take these days into consideration when scheduling:
The 18b Arts District boasts everchanging street art and over two dozen art studios and galleries. Many of these are located in the flourishing commercial arts center, which consists of three remodeled buildings and a beautiful outdoor art garden. The Arts Factory is a building comprised of several art galleries and studios. Across the street is Art Square, a fully-renovated warehouse building that many creative businesses call home. Arts Square also contains a beauty salon, restaurants, a wedding chapel, and the Cockroach Theatre.
More than 20 independent antique and vintage stores make up Antique Alley, with the majority located in the Arts District. Catering to mid-century modern enthusiasts, lovers of vintage clothes, and collectors of antiques of all kinds, popular shops include Patina Décor, Buffalo Exchange and Retro Vegas.
After visiting the galleries and shopping, stop and refuel at one of 18b’s many artsy cafes, restaurants or bars. There’s no shortage of great options within the Las Vegas Arts District. Indulge your senses (taste, in particular) with one of these unique venues.
This bohemian neighborhood may not appeal to everyone, but if you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys getting off the beaten path (and free parking!) or if you’re tired of the Strip and want to try something new, give 18b a chance and explore the art and culture that “real” Las Vegas has to offer.