When you've got street cred to think about, what you do is almost as important as what you wear. Downtown Vegas might be the scene for you.
The Fremont East District has happening nightlife, culture and a unique vibe you won't find on the Strip. Start the night right with a few drinks at some of Fremont's newest hot spots, The Griffin and the Downtown Cocktail Lounge. In the same block, you'll find Don't Tell Mama, an open-mic piano bar where Las Vegas entertainers go to be entertained, and the Beauty Bar, where you can catch the latest indie band and/or get your nails done.
Show off your shiny fingernails at Triple George Grill, an old-school bar and restaurant on Third Street where they're keeping it real. Or you could walk (with swagger, of course) down to East Fremont Street and enjoy Le Thai, the newest dining destination for hipsters and artsy types.
Don't forget to look up and catch any of the Viva Vision shows from anywhere on the Fremont Street Experience. It's 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound you'll only see in Vegas.
At some point, you'll have to wander back. Check out the creative collection of artists, writers, photographers, clothing designers and more at the Emergency Arts building in the Downtown entertainment district. Might as well stop off at the Vanguard Lounge where they're handcrafting some of Downtown's finest cocktails, such as the Spicy Evangelist and the Sherman Tank made with fresh apricots and black pepper bitters.
In the heart of Downtown sits the Fremont Hotel, a staple for Downtown visitors. For an elegant dining experience, try a steak at the Second Street Grille. It's one of Downtown's best-kept secrets. And you can't say you've experienced Downtown until you take a picture with a million bucks at Binion's.
Gordie Brown delivers a night of impressionable entertainment at Golden Nugget, and afterward, you can always find some tasty libations with the five varieties of beer brewed on site at the Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station.
There's nothing to be bitter about at Du-par's Restaurant and Bakery inside the Golden Gate Hotel. The pancakes are just as good as the ones they've been serving for 70 years and make for a good way to end the night. Every Downtown hipster knows that when it comes to Italian food, you have to grab a seat at Chicago Joe's. They've been dishing out amazing Italian fare in a cozy atmosphere for 30 years.
When it's time to crash, Downtown has some new options. The Golden Nugget's been around forever, but their just-built Rush Tower has brand-new rooms. They also have a pool where a 30-foot waterslide will take you right through the shark tank. If you want to stay in the heart of the Fremont East District, the El Cortez's Cabana Suites offer boutique chic rooms with modern luxuries such as flat screens and iPod docks.