Downtown Las Vegas
1025 First St.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
An art-themed bar and nightclub with a relaxed, come-as-you-are vibe.
In the Arts District, not too far from The Stratosphere.
Mostly locals, mostly younger but the crowd changes depending on the frequent special events.
A lot cheaper than your typical bar on the Vegas Strip.
Check the website for their events and pick the one that sounds the most interesting to you.
Because you know the difference between Monet and Manet and would like to dance while discussing it,
Take some time to look at the art work on display, which changes frequently.
A cool, low-pressure place to have a drink and dance.
The arts scene in Las Vegas is booming these days with the epicenter being the 18b Arts District between The Strip and Downtown. This is where you'll find a number of galleries, boutiques, and art-focused businesses including this, a bar/nightclub devoted to all things creative.
The space is art-gallery spare, with a big bar dominating the main lounge areas, which in turn spill out into a utilitarian dance floor that doubles as a performance space. Or maybe it's a performance space that doubles as a dance floor depending on your outlook. The walls feature gallery-style showings of works from artists that rotate in and out and there are frequent live bands, guest DJs, and other events all with a decidedly artsy bent. A DJ tribute to David Bowie? Yes, please!
The crowd varies depending on the event, the night, or the moon perhaps but you can usually expect a younger, hipster (in a good way) audience especially on weekend nights when the dance floor gets packed and the bar is booming.
Despite its name, which implies trickery or guile, Artifice feels authentic. The art world can be filled with pretentious attitude but I didn't feel any of it when I visited, nor did I feel terribly out of place despite the fact that I was old enough to be the father of most of the people in the club. The friendly, laid-back, non-judgemental, all-are-welcome vibe is a pleasant change of pace from the usual Las Vegas bar scene.