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Royal House

When we first discovered what was slowly brewing at the Royal House, it was because we had glommed an invite to local scenester Ryan Pardey’s annual holiday bash last December. Since then, a unique scene has surfaced at the remodeled and reinvigorated property: Coachella-like pool parties, live music, quirky special events and the excellent Barrymore restaurant. Hidden in plain sight on Convention Center Drive, it’s halfway between UNLV and downtown, and just a skip from Firefly and the Strip. Enjoy it before every downtowner you are trying to avoid discovers it.

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Crown Prince of the City

Crown Prince of the City


The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.