December 9, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada: 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District; things to do

18b, The Las Vegas Arts District 

Located north of the Strip and south of the heart of Downtown, the quirky, dynamic Arts District was city-designated 11 years ago, though it began organically before that, and its “18b” name refers to its original 18 designated blocks, which have now expanded.  Approximately 20 antiques stores are also in this area.  Street art includes ever-changing murals that adorn buildings.  First Friday has been going for 13 years and draws a large group each month to enjoy food, performances, and art. 

A guided 18b Arts District Tour is available through Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours.   

living street art in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District
living street art

Among the stand-out venues are:
Inside Style  1119 South Main St./Charleston, (702) 399-1100.  Across the street from a bail bonds building and Vegas Vape shop, this creative interior design store makes use of the work of artists both local and farther away.  

Inside Style in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

Retro Vegas  1131 S. Main St., (702) 384-2700.  Next door, this warehouse antique shop is filled literally to its tin-roof rafters with items such as pink flamingos and colored glass.

Retro Vegas in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

Patina  1300 S. Main St., (702) 776-6222.  Across the street and down a block, past the Casa Don Juan Mexican restaurant and popular Velveteen Rabbit bar, this antiques shop specializes in the glamourous Hollywood Regency style and features art, bar wear, furniture, and clothing.  I especially liked the colorful glass and the leopard-covered furniture.  Fragrant soaps from Santa Fe permeate the store, and happy music entertains while you browse.  You can also visit their thriving online shop.

Patrina in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

The two complexes that are the glue holding the area together are:
The Arts Factory  Located within a 50-year-old commercial warehouse, this is the geographic and creative center for the area’s exhibits and events.  Many artists have studios here, and some shops sell artworks.

exterior of The Arts Factory in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

interior steps of The Arts Factory in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

artist's workshop at The Arts Factory in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

Art Square  1025 S. First St.  Composed of three remodeled 1950s buildings, this complex has a small black-box theater, an outdoor art garden, and the colorful Latin-influenced Mingo bar-restaurant.

Mingo bar-restaurant at Art Square in 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District

More things to do in Las Vegas.

More ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world. 
images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 


  1. Interesting area I have not been to in Vegas. And we will be there in March. It will be good to "see" the history of Vegas captured in this retro district. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

  2. You mean there's more to do in Vegas than gamble and see shows? Just kidding. This looks like a great way to spend a day.

  3. That blue car was something else! What fun it must have been to visit this arts district in Las Vegas!

  4. That's really interesting - I'd always had the idea that Las Vegas was just a giant entertainment centre! It's good to know that there's much more the place than that.

  5. I've been to Las Vegas a couple of times, but haven't gone to the Arts District. It looks like a great place to spend some time and I will check out on my next visit. It would be fun to take in first Friday. I love the painting going up the stairway.


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