If you were anywhere near the Arts District a few weeks ago, you would have gotten an eyeful of exactly how Artifice is making a name for itself with the hipster party set as attendees of the Bike Prom rolled up to 1025 First St. in their frilly and formal pedal gear for the inherently irreverent event. What you see is what you get—a comfortable, inviting, artsy-but-unpretentious live-music venue in a vintage Vegas warehouse with lots of old-school caché. Artifice also boasts a live-music space, two lounges, a wrap-around bar and a cozy little semi-private nook for cozy little semi-private meetings. Early on in the evening, the atmosphere is mellow, but as the hour grows late, the party picks up speed dramatically with DJs spinning, bands playing and conversations flowing like booze. ArtificeBar.com.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.