Downtown Las Vegas
240 N. 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
A hotel bar with an art theme.
In Downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Grand.
Mainly people who are staying in the hotel.
Relatively inexpensive when compared to prices on The Strip.
Happy hour offers some good specials.
Because you are looking for a casual place to start your Downtown pub crawl.
Look up at the ceiling. Trust me.
Nothing to go out of your way for but still worth a gander if you happen to be in the area.
Mixing alcohol and art is nothing new; tortured artists have been doing it for centuries. It's not even new for Las Vegas, as the popular local nightclub Artifice draws an artsy crowd with its gallery showings and offbeat music programming.
Art Bar at the Downtown Grand isn't as fully realized of a concept as that, but it's still interesting as a curiosity and an okay place to grab a cocktail as you are on the way to somewhere else.
The place is tiny, with seating and standing for a few dozen people max. It's comfy, with a kind of BoHo aesthetic in its mismatched furnishings and brick wall treatments. There are big windows looking out on the street so that's better than the cave-like environs of many Las Vegas bars.
So where's the art, you may be asking? Look up. The ceiling is "paneled" with framed paintings, which is a fun touch. There are also books on art scattered about that you can peruse while you are sipping whatever you have chosen to drink.
There are some specialty cocktails and beers on tap, but for the most part this is just a bar. The good news is that the prices are low. You shouldn't be paying more than $10 for the fancier cocktails and beers and some mixed drinks can cost a few bucks less than that. This is a welcome relief from The Strip where $10 might buy you a Budweiser and that's before tax and tip.
There's no real reason to go out of your way to go to Art Bar, but if you're on a pub crawl of Downtown Las Vegas and need a low-key respite between the more crazy Fremont Street watering holes, this might be a good option.