It’s no secret that Las Vegas is constantly evolving. From megaresorts to production shows, to lavish shopping and incomparable dining, there seems to always be some new to see, do and explore.
But there are some things in Vegas that haven’t changed much over the years. If you look around, you’ll find lots of classic stores, resorts and attractions that give you a view of vintage Vegas.
Think you’re too cool for old-school? Head downtown to where it all began, at One Fremont Street, where you’ll find the Golden Gate at the edge of the Fremont Street Experience. This Las Vegas original has been in the same spot since 1906, and even though it’s had many upgrades over the years, the oldest casino in Las Vegas remains a true Las Vegas classic.
Just a few blocks away on Main Street is another place overflowing with Las Vegas 1950s and 1960s treasures, Retro Vegas. You’ll find all kinds of vintage art, lighting, mid-mod furnishings and accessories here, all paying homage to the style that defined Las Vegas decades ago. There are treasures for every budget, and many of the pieces there came from the most spectacular homes in Las Vegas and carry historical significance.
Raise a glass and celebrate Las Vegas history at Atomic Liquors, the city’s oldest freestanding bar, just east of the Fremont East Entertainment District. The building was remodeled in 2012 but maintains its classic look of the days when regulars would include the likes of the Rat Pack and Barbra Streisand.
While you’re downtown, pay a visit to two museums that scream Old Vegas, the Neon Museum and Mob Museum.
The Neon Museum is a Las Vegas sign museum dedicated to collecting and preserving iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. Take a guided tour of the Neon Boneyard and you’ll be reminded of the resorts that helped put Las Vegas on the map, such as the Stardust and Lady Luck. For more iconic signage, stroll through the downtown district and you’ll spot signs from the Silver Slipper, Binion’s Horseshoe and more.
The Mob Museum offers a look at the history of organized crime and law enforcement in Las Vegas. You’ll go on an interactive journey through true stories covering everything from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look through hundreds of artifacts.
For more old-school Vegas, pay a visit to the Clark County Museum and see historic homes, a ghost town (sort of), older trains, and an indoor exhibit covering Nevada’s entire history.
Blasts from the past in a city that always looking to the future. Now that’s vintage Las Vegas.