Tips for Las Vegas: Hipster Edition
February 8, 2014 11:05 AM   Subscribe

We'll be going to Las Vegas for a long weekend next week and I'm looking for suggestions that are a little more off the beaten track. Some things I've found on Yelp so far that fit the profile, Drink and Drag bowling, Grouchy John's Coffee Shop, Freakin' Frog.

We got a cheap hotel room at the Treasure Island through Priceline bidding, we're not planning on renting a car but don't mind taking cabs or walking to get around. We already have tickets to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood one night.

I've been to Vegas a few times, but my GF has never been before. We enjoy typically hipster-y activities such as thrift stores, fancy beer, kitschy shows, Dolly Parton impersonators, and dive bars. I'm interested in potentially going to a spa for a facial or massage. She's interested in fancy beer and any local breweries or brew pubs.

After reading a New Yorker article about the whole DJ club scene, I'm a little interested in checking out a DJ night at one of the big hotels. Also interested in any other live music venues that are really great.
posted by forkisbetter to Travel & Transportation around Las Vegas, NV (12 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Pinball Hall of Fame?
posted by the twistinside at 11:08 AM on February 8, 2014 [3 favorites]

The Neon Museum, specifically the Boneyard. Fremont and the Old Strip sound like they might be fun for you, too.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:15 AM on February 8, 2014 [2 favorites]

Rose.rabbit.lie - I'd say more but I think I took an oath of silence :)
posted by zepheria at 12:14 PM on February 8, 2014

Best answer: seconded on pinball hall of fame AND neon museum.

downtown vegas casinos are awesomely old timey.

circus circus may be the world's largest/most surreal dive bar.

The Peppermill--24 hr diner up front, blacklight tiki bar with firepit in the back.

The liberace museum is closed but I think the Cosmopolitan has some of it on display.

Also the National Atomic Testing Museum is in vegas.

Atlas Obscura has you covered.
posted by jennybento at 12:38 PM on February 8, 2014 [3 favorites]

You definitely want to go to the Laundry Room speakeasy on E Fremont St. Text the bartender (who is awesome) to get a reservation-- that's the only way in. 702-701-1466.
posted by egeanin at 3:15 PM on February 8, 2014

Seconding the Pinball HoF. The National Atomic Testing Museum is well-done if you're into science and history.
posted by djb at 5:58 PM on February 8, 2014

Best answer: I went for Interbike last year and had a ton of fun as a hipster.

As far as thrift stores go, there's a few Savers in that area that I had pretty darn good luck in. I had to buy a spongebob backpack to bring all the extra thrift store clothes home in. The huge one we went to was at 2300 e tropicana, and there's a bus that goes from the strip there.

The neon overhead lights thing on Fremont was cheesy, but I liked the older downtown casinos. They were fun. Plus I won $75 in quarters on a $.25 spin which was pretty awesome. There was some hipster bars in the area as well.
posted by kpht at 7:07 PM on February 8, 2014

The Peppermill is indeed something special.
posted by ph00dz at 8:02 PM on February 8, 2014

You may enjoy The Double Down.
posted by outlaw of averages at 11:57 PM on February 8, 2014

Thirding the Pinball Hall of Fame.

If you want a bit of light and kitschy gambling, when I was there in 2011, the MGM still had a mechanical horse racing game Sigma Derby (yelp). It's a lot of fun .
posted by megamanwich at 11:58 AM on February 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

If you want to check out a club, go to Light. It's new and so much fun, not least because it's a partnership with Cirque du Soliel.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 7:40 AM on February 10, 2014

Response by poster: So we really enjoyed the Fremont St. area downtown.

There's a new brewery called Banger Brewing that was a really fun place to hang out. Also thought the container park was really fun.
posted by forkisbetter at 6:22 AM on March 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

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