Accolades Highlight People, Places and Best Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown is the center of all the action in Las Vegas, and recent “Best of” lists have graphically illustrated the point.

Three publicationsLas Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven and the Las Vegas Review-Journalrecently published their “Best of” lists and downtown received a slew of honors. If you’re looking for award-winning things to do in Las Vegas, you might use these honors as a jumping-off point.

First up, there are the downtown mentions in Las Vegas Weekly’s “Best of Vegas 2014” awards. Here are some of the mentions worth noting.

Best Pizza: Tomato Pie at Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock Sign
Pizza Rock opened in October, 2013. Try the meatballs. We’re just saying.

Best Pop-Up Dinner Series: MTO Cafe

Best Doughnut: Maple Bacon at O Face Doughnuts

Maple Bacon Doughnut
The award-winning doughnut in question.

Best Mural: Zio Ziegler for Life is Beautiful

Best Cocktail Menu: Velveteen Rabbit

Best Date Night: Chart House at Golden Nugget

Chart House Aquarium
The massive aquarium at Chart House adds to the allure, especially if you’re wooing a marine biologist.

Best Place to Rescue Broadway Musicals from Casino Circumcision: The Smith Center

Best Place to Meet an Alluring Stranger: Wayfarer Bar

We can’t vouch for the “meeting a stranger” thing at Wayfarer, but still worth a stop.

Best Bar to Chill: Art Bar at Downtown Grand

Best Museum: Neon Museum

Neon Museum
At the Neon Museum, you can take a stroll through Las Vegas history.

Best Downtown Electronic Music Spot: Beauty Bar

Best New Place to Drink Downtown: Atomic Liquors

Best Geek Experience: 365 Tokyo at Inspire Theater (Permanently Closed)

Best Brewery Experience: Banger Brewing (Permanently Closed)

Banger Brewing
Banger Brewing is right at the foot of the SlotZilla zip line tower.

Best Downtown Bartenders: Calvin Perreira and Cladia Torres at Scullery Bar (Permanently Closed)

Best Place to Kill Some Time: Downtown Container Park

See the full “Best of Vegas 2014” list at Las Vegas Weekly.

There’s so much going on downtown, it’s hard to keep up. The only solution is to spend more time downtown, obviously!

Downtown Las Vegas, the original Las Vegas, is in the midst of a renaissance, with new restaurants, shows and other diversions announced nearly every day.

Aside from the diversity of what’s downtown, there’s also the undeniable value to be found, with prices a fraction of those on the Las Vegas Strip. The slots are looser, the free entertainment at Fremont Street Experience is non-stop and the hits just keep on coming.

Next up are the “Best of the City 2014” honors from Vegas Seven magazine. Again, the magazine highlights the people and places that make downtown Las Vegas utterly unforgettable.

Best Pizza for Pizza Snobs: Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock
Pizza Rock is a must-try downtown.

Best Coffee: O Face Doughnuts

Best New Place to Hide & Seek Cocktails: 365 Tokyo at Inspire Theater (Permanently Closed)

Best New Downtown Spot: Pinches Tacos at Downtown Container Park

Pinches Tacos
How do you say “sassy” in Spanish?

Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhood: The Biltmore Bungalows

Best Comeback of a Public Space: Huntridge Circle Park

Best Casino Owner: Derek Stevens, The D Las Vegas

Derek Stevens
Casino ownership is one third business acumen, one third charisma and one third “How awesome is it to own a Las Vegas casino?!”

Best Vegas Newcomer: Seong Ha Lee, 365 Tokyo at Inspire Theater (Permanently Closed)

Best Classroom in the Shape of a Fish Bowl: The Window

Best Downtown Business We Can’t Wait to Visit: Writer’s Block Book Shop

Best Outdoor Movies & Best Playground Where You Wouldn’t Expect One: Downtown Container Park

Container Park Playground
For kids of all ages. No, really.

Best Local Musician Springboard: Life is Beautiful Festival

Best Variety [Nightlife]: Insert Coin(s) (Permanently Closed)

Insert Coins
Asteroids and Frogger. Need we say more?

Best Co-Working Space: Work in Progress

Best Secret Discount Shopping: Coterie

Best Downtown Art Hive: Downtown Spaces

See all the “Best of the City 2014” honorees at Vegas Seven.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas 2014” list touted even more downtown Las Vegas offerings. Here are more things you won’t want to miss downtown.

Best Dinner Show: Marriage Can Be Murder, The D Las Vegas

Best Free Show: Fremont Street Experience

First Street Stage
We don’t make up the awards, we just collect them.

Best Keno: California Hotel & Casino

Best Players Club: California Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel & Casino and Main Street Station

Best Fine Dining: Hugo’s Cellar, Four Queens Hotel & Casino

Best Microbrewery: Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery, Main Street Station

Triple 7
Temptations await.

Best Hotel Room Value: The D Las Vegas

Best Architecture: Golden Gate Casino

Golden Gate Casino
The Golden Gate opened as the Hotel Nevada in 1906. There have been a few upgrades since then.

Best Downtown Hotel: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

Best Shrimp Cocktail: Golden Gate Casino

Some things never go out of style.

Congrats to all the award recipients on their well-deserved acknowledgement! We spend every day downtown, but it’s clear even we have a lot more exploring to do.

What offerings are on your “Best of Downtown Las Vegas” list?  If you’re looking for more things to do in downtown Las Vegas, we’ve got you covered.

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