Seventy years after the neon cowboy, Vegas Vic, first started waving his neon thumb over visitors’ heads in downtown Las Vegas, the family that still owns his trademark has opened a jazz lounge in his name.
In opening Vic’s, the father-son duo of Paul and Chris Lowden are adding one more offering to downtown’s cultural epicenter, in the form of a vibey lounge for watching live performances over Italian food.
Located inside Symphony Park and next to the Smith Center of Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum, Vic’s is a single-story venue with a bar, sports lounge, and main dining room for taking in live music over dinner.
Designed for live jazz and blues, the main dining room is built to scatter and absorb sound. The tables are lightly padded to reduce the clatter of plates and silverware and they fan out away from the stage, providing a view of the action to every seat, booth, and setee.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising that Las Vegas has a selection of restaurants and bars that welcome customers’ dogs. The city has one of the highest dog park rates per capita in the country.
This is good news for dog lovers who know that the happiest hour at any bar takes place when both two-legged and four-legged patrons are served. Showing up to brunch with a canine companion might be a serious faux pas in some cities, but the places featured on this map welcome the presence of puppies.
When desert dwelling Las Vegans find themselves craving water, the natural instinct is to hop on the highway and make the four-hour drive — well four hours on a good day — to the Pacific Ocean.
So many locals and visitors forget that Las Vegas is just moments from the sprawling Lake Mead National Recreation Area where opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving abound.
The 1.5 million-acre Lake Mead National Recreation Area is situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona and is comprised of both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (a reservoir along the Colorado River). The bright blue body of water can make for the perfect day trip from the Strip or a weeklong voyage on a houseboat.
Here’s where to eat while exploring this oft-overlooked desert oasis