Maybe you’re a seasoned Vegas traveler or maybe you’ve been hoping to find your Vegas in the lesser known. Either way, this guide will take you past the crowds and postcard-ready backdrops and show you how locals live. Your Las Vegas insider guide awaits.

 

Downtown Las Vegas

Atomic Liquors and Atomic Kitchen – Las Vegas’ oldest free-standing bar and a more recent spot to eat is definitely a treasure in our city. The Kitchen, formerly Doc’s Automotive in the 1950s, still features the original windows — plus a menu of delicious starters, sandwiches, salads and burgers. And right next door is the iconic bar, which serves up a menu of craft cocktails and beers in an atmosphere nostalgic of Las Vegas’ past, complete with mid-mod finishes and some retro memorabilia.

917 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

 

The Laundry Room at Commonwealth – Haven’t heard of it? It’s one of Las Vegas’ secrets. Hidden in a backroom at Commonwealth, The Laundry Room is an intimate, 28-seat room that only opens based on reservation. A secret number is texted (702-701-1466) and someone texts back instructions on when to be there, where to meet, dress code, and any other details you may need. Tip: Go in with some of your favorite flavors and tastes and the mixologist will craft you a personalized cocktail.

525 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

7th and Carson – Walking down Carson Street, you’ll notice street art, trendy places to document your vacation, and unique places to eat. Among those is 7th and Carson, an American bistro-style restaurant with unique tapas and drinks. It’s the perfect stop, whether you’re in the neighborhood for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101

 

Vesta Coffee Roasters – This local coffee shop is on an unassuming street in the Arts District and is totally worth the trip. Outside you’ll find a beautiful mural that takes up the right side of the building; inside you’ll find fresh, sustainably farmed, and roasted coffee.

1114 S. Casino Center Blvd. #1, Las Vegas, NV 89104

 

Velveteen Rabbit It was your favorite book as a kid, it’ll be your favorite bar as an adult. After a late-afternoon coffee, you can head over to this bar that doubles as a venue for live music and more. The cocktails change seasonally and are crafted from fresh produce and house-made ingredients.

1218 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104

The Strip

Use this Las Vegas itinerary to see a new side to the Strip you may not know yet but are sure to love. 

Superfrico at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – This Italian American eatery — from the same production company behind the hit Las Vegas shows OPIUM and ABSINTHE — offers diners an immersive experience. Complete with entertainment and a fantastic soundtrack spun by an all-vinyl DJ, visitors can enjoy classic dishes and family heirloom recipes like Chicken Parm, Meatballs Sicilianu and Tiramisu. Don’t forget to explore its bars and lounges for creative sippers such as the Pizza Pie Negroni and The Cosmonaut of Las Vegas.

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

Best Friend at Park MGM – The front entrance of renowned chef Roy Choi’s Best Friend might have you fooled the first time you walk past it. Set up like a neighborhood liquor store, the slushies in red cups and neon-colored T-shirts aren’t what you’d expect from an acclaimed Korean BBQ spot in Las Vegas. Once you’ve passed the vinyl curtains (like those in a convenience store’s refrigerator), the real fun begins with inventive dishes like Uni Dynamite Rice, Kogi Short Rib Tacos, and Gochujang Pot de Crème alongside BBQ classics such as Kalbi short ribs, Spicy Pork and Yuzu Shrimp. While enjoying the phenomenal fare, diners can take in the restaurant’s unique murals and maybe even a live DJ’s bumpin’ beats. Don’t forget to order one of those aforementioned slushies — boozy and virgin versions are on the menu!

3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Peppermill Las Vegas Opened in the ’70s, the Peppermill is an iconic stop in Vegas, offering a retro feel and an expansive menu of diner favorites. If you’re looking for an old Vegas feel for cocktail hour, the Fireside Lounge is perfect for just that — cozy up to the blaze while enjoying a fabulous tropical cocktail — or whatever your heart desires!

2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Vanderpump À Paris at Paris Las Vegas – Reminiscent of a Parisian courtyard, this posh lounge is a perfect place to slow things down some and sip on a whimsical cocktail. Created by television personality Lisa Vanderpump, the hot spot features a menu of drinks, dinner and desserts, plus charming touches like Art Nouveau-inspired velvet banquettes and crystal chandeliers in wrought iron cages. Why not enjoy la vie en rosé for a while?

3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas – The Roaring ’20s are alive and well at this (somewhat) hidden gem at the Strip’s newest resort. With inventive cocktails and live music, it’s a great spot to sneak away and have some vintage-inspired fun. Don’t forget to ask your bartender for a matchbook — in true speakeasy style, it has a QR code on it that gains you access to a secret menu!

3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

 
Off-Strip

The Golden Tiki – Just when you thought those tiki bars made popular in the ’50s were going extinct, The Golden Tiki brings them back into your life. It’s off the Strip, so you’ll feel more local, and with superb drinks and a casually cool ambiance, you’ll feel happy just to be in Las Vegas.

3939 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Shag Room at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas – An intimate spot with loads of swanky style, this lounge is tucked away at the front entrance of the new, off-Strip resort. With a carefully curated bar menu and state-of-the-art audio/visual effects, it’s a groovy spot to grab a drink and soak up some Vegas. The space also features an Upside Down Tea Party every Sunday, offering visitors boozy teapots to pair with delicious sweet and savory bites.

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Unknown at Palms Las Vegas – Just a quick drive from the Strip is Palms Las Vegas, where you’ll find this quirky cocktail bar. Designed by internationally renowned artist Damien Hirst, you’ll find new touches each time you visit. Remember to get a photo with the bar’s centerpiece — Hirst’s signature shark sculpture titled Unknown — mounted atop the bar and preserved in glass and steel tanks of formaldehyde. This spot is most certainly anything but ordinary!

4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

 

You’ll have an absolute blast exploring these exciting spots next time you’re in Las Vegas. Just remember that the destination is also home to the world’s most electrifying entertainment options, dozens of esteemed and celebrity chef-helmed restaurants, and the most thrilling sports events as the Greatest Arena on Earth. Once you’ve decided on a resort to stay at, fill your itinerary with a mix of everything — and tailor it to your style and personality. You really can’t go wrong!