I LOVE Downtown Las Vegas. Come here. Stay here. It’s not The Strip. In this case, that’s a good thing.
The basics: there are no 5-star hotels. The Golden Nugget is the top of the line. It has a great pool with a shark tank. Of course, it is under renovation this week. You can still swim, it will just be sharkless.
Fremont Street – You are outside but it feels like you are inside. A huge TV arches over the street and every evening beginning at dusk, loud music, and bright lights force pedestrians to halt in their tracks and look straight up for about 4 minutes. Adding to this entertainment, zip liners fly above you like superheroes appearing out of nowhere. When the show is over, street performers resume their own talents whether it be actual talent, or just standing there looking pretty.
This is when most people leave and go back to their hotels on The Strip. Walk down Fremont to the very end. Now keep going. You will still find some cool neon signs. We saw Indian food, Thai food, a pizza place called Evel Pie, all kinds of cool bars and pubs.
I am so spoiled by living in The Fort and having handfuls of exceptional Mexican restaurants to choose from. I have had Mexican in many different cities and countries. It has pretty consistently been sub-par and disappointing. Fajitas are always a safe bet. I guess all the shiny and glittery sights gave me a dare-to-be-different vibe, so I went balls out and abandoned my safe fajitas. I was so not disappointed.
Deliciousness abounded. We went with the mango margarita (OMG), carnitas (super tender and melt in your mouth), elote (not grilled, but you cannot stop eating it) and stacked nachos. The hot sauce was not firey, but SO flavorful. Perfect rice.
Inside and outside the alley there is a ton of street art – really cool street art.
If you don’t feel like living up to royalty, head back toward the hotel and on the left, you will come across The Griffin. Dark, divey and the perfect place for a beer. There are always cool stories being shared here.