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The mobsters have made their way back to Vegas, but this time it's in an even more organized fashion with the opening of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. "Scarface" (Al Capone), "Bugsy" (Benjamin Siegel), "The Teflon Don" (John Gotti) and "Whitey" (James Joseph Bulger, Jr.) are just a few notable names that left their fingerprints in the crime hall of infamy and now their stories are being revealed. The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law enforcement, takes you inside the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement with high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits.
The museum's 41,000 square-foot building has as much history as the exhibitions inside. Standing three stories tall, the building was formerly the historic federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office building where one of the 14 Kefauver Hearings on organized crime was held in 1950. The museum is more than just a collection of historic photos and stories, but an interactive exhibition featuring weapons, wiretapping tools and crime scene artifacts. Visitors can even "shoot" a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and partake in FBI weapons training. Join the family - the mob family - and leave Vegas with a story you can tell your family.
Once you've learned the truth and nothing but the truth at The Mob Museum, explore Downtown Vegas by strolling along the Fremont Street Experience under 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound during the Viva Vision light show. Enjoy a drink, a song, or a game at the Fremont East Entertainment District. This urban neighborhood has a happening nightlife, diverse culture and a unique vibe with hot spots including The Griffin, The Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar, and Insert Coin Videolounge.
Some say downtown is the "real" Las Vegas; others are loyal to the Strip. Two sides of the story - but the truth is, you can score some great deals on rooms in vintage downtown hotels including the Golden Gate Hotel, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Plaza Hotel, California Hotel, Vegas Club, the D Las Vegas, and Main Street Station. The history, thrill and adventure of Downtown Las Vegas allows you to experience a whole new side of the city.
In this week's Vegas Minute, it's time to get your game on at Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar. This unique 21-and-over arcade-meets-nightlife scene is only at the Fremont East District downtown.
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When you think about Downtown Las Vegas, the first image that likely comes to mind is VivaVision at Fremont Street Experience. That's with good reason - 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound are hard to miss.
But there's a whole new vibe Downtown at the Fremont East District. This unique collection of clubs and lounges is a must-see experience.
The Downtown Cocktail Room is 3,000 square feet of warm Bohemian-chic decor with the sexiest libations and staff. This cocktail bar and speakeasy offers seasonal menus and amazing handcrafted cocktails. Sing along with friends at the Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar or dance to top music with upcoming DJ's and a South Beach vibe at the new Vanguard Lounge.
Catch a live show at Beauty Bar Las Vegas on the large back patio. The venue is retrofitted with the late-'50s Capri Salon of Beauty from Trenton, New Jersey. Then swing by The Griffin and rock out to more live music in a spectacular and unique venue.
If art inspires you, Emergency Arts Building is a creative collective with the goal of bringing working artists, writers, photographers, clothing designers, musicians, filmmakers, artisans, graphic designers, dancers, retailers, actors and start-up nonprofit organizations together. Enjoy a conversation with the current artists, or add to your own art collection and take home a masterpiece!
Do you still have PAC-MAN fever? Grab a drink and a game station for a fun night at Insert Coins Videolounge Gamebar. Classic arcades, ultra-lounge service, console video gaming and the world's greatest video DJs all under one roof.
Carve out some time during your next Las Vegas visit and rediscover the charm of Downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont East District!