Tech cocktail's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas


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Tech Cocktail's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas! This updated guide covers the local tech ecosystem including startups, local leaders, investors, places of interest, restaurants, bars and more. Print it our or have it handy on your phone so you can easily find your way around town.

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Tech cocktail's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas

  1. WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS! We’re so excited you made it. Perhaps you’ve been to Vegas before, for a conference or weekend trip on the strip. Or maybe it’s your first time. Either way – the Vegas you’re about to experience is quite different from the one most people know. Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) is just as fun, colorful and exciting, but rather than just a vacation or conference destination, it’s a vibrant live-work-play community. Catalyzed by the Downtown Project, led by Tony Hsieh, DTLV has quickly transformed into a vibrant neighborhood full of entrepreneurs and other members of the creative class who are excited about building a city based on a culture that values community, passion, creativity and happiness. We also like to think that DTLV makes you smarter. Welcome to our neighborhood!
  2. WHO WE ARE Tech Cocktail is a national news and events organization based in DTLV. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs enjoy the startup life journey by providing resources, connections and community wherever they may be around the globe. Aside from our daily content, we host events in over 30 communities around the country. We relocated to DTLV because the size & scope of what the Downtown Project is trying to accomplish is truly incredible, creating a great base of operations for Tech Cocktail and providing an incredible focus of our journalistic attention. We love being a part of this community.
  3. Downtown Las Vegas is north of “the strip” where all the big hotels reside – just about 2 miles north of the Stratosphere on Las Vegas Boulevard. The intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street is a perfect starting point for any walking tour of DTLV! (Schedule a tour here!) GETTING AROUND There’s also a bus system that can take you around the area. To learn more about The Deuce and the SDX (Strip & Downtown Express), visit this schedule: The great news is, once you get downtown, you can pretty much get anywhere you need to go on foot. If you need a taxi, just walk to the front of the El Cortez or the Downtown Grand hotel, where taxis line up.
  4. THE LOCAL DTLV TECH SCENE The downtown area has a burgeoning tech scene! Let’s take a closer look at its different components. STARTUPS There are too many to list here, but you can get a sense of the various local startups by looking in a few places. 1) Articles about Vegas startups can be found on: 2) VegasTechFund portfolio companies can be found here: 3) also writes about the local startup community: 4) Visit this map to see where startups are located around the city:
  5. VEGASTECHFUND The Downtown Project focuses on a few different areas – such as real estate, small businesses, education and arts…but the area we care the most about is TECH. The Downtown Project includes a $50MM fund called the VegasTechFund, which also includes Work in Progress, The Mill, and Progression Labs. WORK IN PROGRESS 317 S 6th St. and 701 Bridger Ave 4th Floor Our local coworking facility houses over 200 members and 40 startups across both locations, as well as the VegasTechFund and The Mill.
  6. PROGRESSION LABS An “accelerator-like” program in downtown Vegas that invests $10,000 to $25,000 in very early-stage startups. This “residential immersion program” lasts 3 months, and ends with a demo-day. THE MILL The Mill awards $5,000 each week to an entrepreneur with a promising idea. Entrepreneurs get to spend 2 months working out of the Work in Progress coworking space and getting mentorship through their mentor program. VEGASTECHFUND
  7. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM TECH COCKTAIL WEEK For 4 days each month, Tech Cocktail hosts a tech retreat/mini-conference in DTLV, inviting 25-30 founders, investors, media and industry leaders to come visit, meet interesting people and share their knowledge with the local community – and walk away inspired by what is happening in Downtown Vegas. THE OGDEN 150 Las Vegas Blvd N The Ogden is a special place in DTLV. It’s a residential space, home to a few great restaurants (Wild, Rachel’s Kitchen and Scullery), and home base for Tech Cocktail, TicketCake and some other local companies. DOWNTOWN PODCAST A weekly video production filmed by friends, community members and visitors to share the stories, ideas and people that make the Downtown Las Vegas community so special.
  8. DOWNTOWN PROJECT 302 E Carson Ave #200 The largest and most unique startup in DTLV, led by Tony Hsieh, the Downtown Project is committed to helping transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. Their goal is to inspire and empower people to follow their passions to create a vibrant, connected urban core. The project has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, investing $200 million in real estate, $50 million in small businesses, $50 million in education, and $50 million in tech startups through the VegasTechFund. (Schedule a tour here.) STITCH FACTORY 300 N Las Vegas Blvd #120 A fashion incubator, coworking studio and creative community established to support emerging fashion designers. The collaborative studio offers designers professional workspace, an inspiring community and business mentorship. The expertise of the in-house team extends to brand development, marketing a collection, and communication with buyers. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM
  9. THE INNEVATION CENTER The inNEVation Center is a public/private economic diversification effort, bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies. It’s the brainchild of Switch founder Rob Roy, and a commitment to “pay forward” the success of Switch (see SuperNap below) by helping to empower Nevada’s next generation of economic leaders. SWITCH SUPERNAP 7135 S Decatur Blvd Supernap, an independent, privately held company headquartered in Las Vegas, and expanding around the globe, is driving vital transformation in the technology infrastructure industry. (Schedule a tour here.) LOCAL MOTORS 515 E Stewart Ave A free online and physical workspace to make your vehicle innovations into reality. The Local Motors microfactory is a unique addition to DTLV. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM
  10. TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS ALLIANCE OF NEVADA (TBAN) TBAN is proactively fostering technology business growth in Nevada. Dedicated to assisting technology-based startups, emerging and growth companies in finding the talent, customers and financing needed to be successful. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM SYN SHOP 117 N 4th St. A hackerspace for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring and learning. Founded in 2008, when some DIY enthusiasts decided that instead of hiding in garages, workshops and offices, they should come together and start a community around the things they are passionate about. ZAPPOS 400 E Stewart Ave Zappos, the online apparel company known globally for its company culture and customer service, moved its office to downtown Vegas in September 2013, in the space that formerly housed the city hall.
  11. OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST COTERIE 515 Fremont St. Coterie is a hybrid fashion boutique/hangout space. You can go hang out, have a drink or a cupcake, write on the blackboard walls, or watch a movie projected onto the floor. Right now, the historic sign above the store reads: Checks Cashed. HYDRANT CLUB 9th and Fremont Streets Hydrant Club is a membership access facility, requiring dogs to have proof of clean health and official licensing with the local municipality. More than that, it’s an oasis in the center of DTLV for dogs and their parents! CONTAINER PARK 707 Fremont St. The Downtown Container Park is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment hub, created by the Downtown Project. Made of shipping containers stacked upon each other, situated around a family-friendly play space, this unique venue offers a variety of boutique shops and restaurants. Live music is featured on the outdoor stage nightly.
  12. OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST GOLDSPIKE 217 N Las Vegas Blvd Owned by the Downtown Project, the GoldSpike is a great spot for coworking or grabbing a bite or drink anytime of day or night (open 24 hours). Make sure to check out the backyard. TURNTABLE HEALTH 701 Bridger Ave, Suite 150 Turntable Health is a member-based primary care and wellness ecosystem in Las Vegas. Doctors are available 24/7 by phone, email, or the option to video chat. Members get a health coach that works directly with doctors and nurses to help members reach their goals. INSPIRE THEATRE 707 Fremont St. Located at one of the most famous intersections in the world, Inspire is an event center, bar complex, corner newsstand, and cafe. Designed for locals and tourists alike, there’s truly something for everyone at Inspire--from nearly 200 hometown papers and international magazines to Italian-style coffee, Vegas- style entertainment, hospitality and stellar views of downtown’s bustling Fremont East Entertainment District.
  13. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Shavonnah Tièra Collins @ShavonnahTiera Startup Weekend Facilitator, UNLV Startup Center Jen Consalvo @noreaster Cofounder and COO of Tech Cocktail There are many people who make DTLV and the local tech eco-system what it is – these are just a few of the folks you might come across while exploring the area. Laura Berk @lauraberk Cofounder Progression Labs, Cofounder of ROCeteer.
  14. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Frank Gruber @FrankGruber Cofounder and CEO of Tech Cocktail, Author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success John Hawkins @vegasgeek Cofounder of 9seeds, Organizer of Las Vegas WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Las Vegas Sara Vainer Hill @saravainer Work in Progress Director of Entrepreneurship Tony Hsieh @tonyhsieh CEO of Zappos, Fearless Leader of Downtown Project, Best Selling Author Rick Duggan @rickduggan Organizer of the Las Vegas Parent/Kid Programming Meetup, CTO Rolltech
  15. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Jacqueline Jensen @JackieMJensen Cofounder of TicketCake, Producer Downtown Podcast and Curator of Adam Kramer @VegasKramer Vice President of Innevation, Chief of Staff for the Nevada Board at SWITCH Amy Jo Martin @AmyJoMartin NY Times Best Selling Author & Founder of DigitalRoyalty Jen McCabe @jensmccabe Downtown Project’s “hardware sorceress”, running the Nimbus Portfolio for VegasTechFund Jimmy Jacobson @jimmyjacobson Cofounder of Wedgies, Organizer of local hackathons
  16. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Mark Rowland @ROCETEER_LV Founder and Chief Roceteer of ROCeteer and Cheer Leader Delivering Happiness Rob Roy @SUPERNAP CEO, Founder, Inventor, Chairman at SWITCH Fred Mossler @Zappos_Fred “No Title” at Zappos, Partner at VegasTechFund Damien Patton @webbizceo Founder and CEO of Banjo George Moncrief @geomon Entrepreneur in Residence at VegasTechFund
  17. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Jen Taler @Jen_zappos Managing Partner, Stitch Factory, Brand Ambassador Zach Ware @zachware Cofounder of Work in Progress, Founder of Project 100, Partner at the VegasTechFund Andy White @LeanStarter Partner at the VegasTechFund. Gabe Shepherd @gabeshep Liaison for SXSW V2V, Cofounder of Don’t Sweat the Tech, Wedgies Augusta Scott @zapposcoach Life/Goals Coach at Zappos, Organizer of local events
  18. LAS VEGAS TECH PRESS TECH COCKTAIL A national news and events organization headquartered in DTLV. Covers hyperlocal startup news around the country, including Las Vegas. Mission is to help entrepreneurs enjoy the startup life journey by providing resources, connections and community. Find and follow: @techcocktail LAS VEGAS STARTUPS Covers Las Vegas startup and tech news. Find and follow: @VegasStartups VEGASTECH Covers the people, places and events of the Las Vegas tech community. Find and follow: #vegastech LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL A local newspaper that sometimes covers tech and startup news. Find and follow: @reviewjournal DON’T SWEAT THE TECH A tech news site and podcast. Find and follow: @dontsweattech DOWNTOWN PODCAST A weekly community podcast that showcases the stories, ideas and people behind the transforming downtown Las Vegas. Find and follow: @downtownpodcast
  19. INVESTORS THE MILL Part of Work in Progress, The Mill gives out $5,000 to an idea each week and then supports the entrepreneurs with 2 months of coworking and mentorship. VEGAS VALLEY ANGELS A group of accredited investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early and mid-stage entrepreneurial companies. The primary focus is on companies based in Southern Nevada. COLOMA VENTURES A venture capital group with a focus on Internet based start-ups. They represent a consortium of accredited investors including many of Las Vegas’ most influential and preeminent business luminaries. VEGASTECHFUND The Downtown Project’s $50 million tech fund for startups. PROGRESSION LABS An accelerator-like residential immersion program that brings startups to downtown Vegas for 3 months and gives them office space and funding. NIMBUS The hardware arm of the VegasTechFund, which makes investments around $100,000 in companies in robotics, connected devices, smart home, and Internet of things.
  20. PLACES TO EAT La Comida – 100 S 6th St. Our COO’s favorite place for shrimp tacos - grab a seat at the bar. There’s a swing too! Le Thai – 523 Fremont St. Ask anyone who lives in DTLV, and they will say this is the place for great Thai Food… We would live off of it if we could. Wild – 150 Las Vegas Blvd N Suite 120 Excelente, fresh food, with amazing gluten free options. Big Ern’s BBQ – in the Container Park One of our DTLV locals created this BBQ joint to share his passion. Stop by and say hi to Big Ern! Pinches – in the Container Park Another team favorite - we like the burritos and combo platter. Gold Spike Grill – 217 N Las Vegas Blvd Open 24/7, it’s a great place for late night or anytime munchies. Eat – 707 Carson St. OMG! Anything on their menu is AMAZING! Only open for breakfast and lunch. #pancakes Triple George – 201 N 3rd St Want to feel some “Old Vegas”? Try this joint. O Face Donuts – 124 S Sixth St. Ste 140 Delectable sweet & savory options, and coffee. Nacho Daddy – 113 N 4th St. Be sure to try a margarita with your nachos. Our CEO Frank always gets the Nachos Supreme. The Beat – 520 Fremont St. Great for coffee and a quick snack. Rachel’s Kitchen – 150 Las Vegas Blvd N Suite 160 Perfect place to grab a smoothie or a fresh sandwich or salad. Simply Pure – in the Container Park Vegan or not you have to try this place! Second level :) For more visit
  21. ENJOY A COCKTAIL Boozery – in the Container Park Grab a drink and sit up on their roof to enjoy live music. Bin 702 – in the Container Park We love their wines… and cheese. Downtown Cocktail Room – 111 S Las Vegas Blvd Great comfy lounge space with creative cocktails. Commonwealth – 525 Fremont St. Looking for something hip? Check out this great hipster bar with their rooftop deck, DJ’s, and their funky list of drinks. Park – 506 Fremont St. Take a step through the looking glass and visit this fun bar featuring wild art, beverages and food. #secretseesaw Atomic Liquors – 917 Fremont St. The first local bar - guests would come to watch atomic bomb testing back in the day. Insert Coin(s) – 512 Fremont St. Grab a drink and play some vintage arcade games. Bet you can’t beat our high score on Pac Man! Gold Spike – 217 N Las Vegas Blvd Come for a snack, stay for the drinks and great adult-sized games! They have everything from GIANT Connect 4 to oversized Corn Hole. :) Inspire – 107 Las Vegas Blvd Multiple places in one! Inspire News Cafe, The Roof, Wayfarer Bar and 365 Tokyo. Enjoy the views from The Roof with a cocktail. Scullery - 150 Las Vegas Blvd North A new addition to DTLV, serving great drinks & charcuterie. Banger Brewery - 450 Fremont St #135 They make all their beer on site, and have fun and exciting flavors of popcorn to add to the mix! The Chill Spot - in the Container Park Enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage! Shaved Ice, Teas, Milkshakes, and more. For more visit
  22. Downtown Grand Hotel Container Park Learning Village The Western Hotel Club Azul Gold Spike Inspire Theatre The Ogden: TechCocktail HQ Work in Progress: 6th St Workspace Work in Progress: Bridger Workspace Fremont Street Experience Zappos Tour Experience Neonopolis Shopping Center The Mob Museum Las Vegas Racetrack & Ballpark Emerging Arts Simply Pure – Vegan Restaurant Big Ern’s BBQ EAT. La Comida The Stitch Factory Wellthily Bridger Building UP Summit Meeting Places Vegas Points of Interest Map courtesy of UP Global