By Debbie Hall
Downtown Las Vegas has come into its own with restaurants, clubs and attractions. Third Street north of Fremont is now Downtown3rd with its anchor Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. With so much to do and see, Downtown Grand offers the perfect place for a staycation to play tourist.
Located a block from the Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Grand opened in 2013 as a new resort experience in a new metropolitan center. The 18-story Casino Tower and 25-story Grand Tower feature 629 guest rooms with high-definition flat-screen televisions, presidential pillow-top mattresses and high-thread-count linens. Downtown Grand offers 25,000 square feet of gaming space and dining including The Commissary and S+O Restaurant. The Art Bar features reproductions of famous art pieces on its ceiling. PICNIC is a rooftop pool encompassing dining, entertainment, an infinity pool, full bar, private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area. Visit DowntownGrand.com.
Eclectic dining establishments enhance the Downtown3rd experience. Triple George Grill serves up the power lunch, but also offers hidden private booths, a full bar running the length of the restaurant, a separate dining room and patio seating. Hogs ‘n’ Heifers is the rowdy southern rock bar for motorcycle enthusiasts and the place to cut loose. One of the owners of Pizza Rock, 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, creates every type of pizza including Sicilian and Chicago style, cooked in nine different ovens including wood-fired, gas and electric.
For a glimpse into Las Vegas history, visit The Mob Museum at the north end of Downtown3rd. Officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the museum is housed in the actual building where federal hearings were held about organized crime in downtown Las Vegas. The 41,000 square-foot museum encompasses 17,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors with self-guided tours beginning on the third floor and concluding on the first floor. The museum is designed to be interactive with opportunities to take part in FBI weapons training, shoot a simulated Tommy gun or listen to real FBI surveillance tapes. Visit themobmuseum.org.
Also in the area is The Neon Museum offering hour-long guided walking tours with docents. Featuring over 3,100 square feet, the Neon Boneyard exhibits rescued signs including signage from Flamingo, Sahara, Lady Luck, Stardust, Golden Nugget and many more iconic hotels and businesses. Visit neonmuseum.org.
Alibi Las Vegas is a combination walking tour and interactive show in downtown Las Vegas celebrating its resurgence. The tour group will engage with comedic actors in humorous situations in various locations downtown including restaurants, bars and shops. Visit alibitheshow.com.
Plan your getaway in Downtown Las Vegas and really experience the city.