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Vegas’ Arts District
In at least one charming patch of downtown Las Vegas, “there’s not a poker table to be found,” said Mike Seely in The New York Times. The city’s low-slung Arts District, tucked between Fremont Street and the Stratosphere tower, has sprung to life over the past few years, completing a renaissance that began when artists started migrating to the area in the late ’90s. The Arts Factory, home to dozens of artist studios, has long anchored First Fridays, an open-house event that attracts thousands to the 18-block neighborhood. The streets are now also filled with friendly bars, coffee shops, restaurants, microbreweries, and performance venues. ReBar, a favorite hangout, sells both drinks and vintage collectibles. Velveteen Rabbit, another bar, keeps cocktails flowing during rowdy Shakespeare performances. “Seeing live theater that doesn’t involve blue men or topless women might seem surreal to some in Vegas,” but in this district, the unexpected rules.