What’s Up Downtown – February 2015

What’s Up Downtown – February 2015

2/03/15

There is a spot, hidden in plain sight right in the heart of downtown that will take you back to the days of prohibition… when you had to imbibe on the down low and knew someone who knows someone to get you a spot at any place worth talking about. Take your date to The Laundry Room, a 28-seat speakeasy hidden behind a wall in the popular Commonwealth bar on Fremont. Patrons can enjoy a quiet, photography free bar within a bar that boasts high-end whiskey and rum in addition to a special cocktail menu only available in the Laundry Room. Seats are by reservation only by texting 702-701-1466 to book your spot. Or, you can lurk in the shadows of Commonwealth to wait for the red light above the secret entrance, signaling there’s space available.

This Valentine’s Day, at 7:30 p.m., two-time Grammy® Award winner Sylvia McNair will showcase the timeless talent of American songwriter George Gershwin in a romantic evening event in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center. Ms. McNair lays claim to a remarkable three-decade career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater.  This all-Gershwin program will feature classics such as “Summertime,” and “‘S Wonderful and Man I Love,” making this the perfect night out for sweethearts, lovers and romantics alike. Tickets from $26-$94, available online.

If getting naked in public is your thing, the Cupid’s Undie Run is a charity run that begins at Commonwealth and traverses a four-block area through the heart of downtown Las Vegas. If you’re looking for some cardio before a fancy sit down meal, bring your date to get both your heart rates up. Runners strip down to their delicates to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. If running around in your underwear in February isn’t your style, the event also needs volunteers. Registration for the event is open now at $50 per runner, the event begins at noon on February 14 with the race kicking off at 2 p.m.

If you don’t have a special someone already lined up, you can hit up Date-A-Thon at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). The event is hosted by The D Hotel and invites singles to participate in the massive speed dating event, which will also attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest speed dating event. How’s that for a “how we met” story? From 6 – 9 p.m., DLVEC will play cupid to hundreds of singles, offering each one the opportunity to meet their match as they go through 24 speed dates, each only three minutes long. Participants will enjoy drink specials and music throughout the event, and some lucky winners will walk away with prizes. Entry to the event is free but participants may pre-register at vegasspeeddate.com or on-site at the event beginning at 4 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older.

 

 

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

     

  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.