Downtown Lip Smacking Tour
Duration: 2.5 hours
Number of Stops: 4
All participants must be 21+ years of age with valid ID
Let award-winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tours help you discover the locals’ favorite destination, the newly revitalized booming downtown that showcases a completely different side of Vegas, away from noisy slot machines and gaming tables for a welcome slice of urban authenticity instead.
Steps away from the always-crowded Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience entertainment district of pulsating bars and clubs is the new heart of the city’s historical downtown that has grown into a thoroughly cool, eclectic hub for arts and culture. It’s where you’ll find stunning murals, towering public art pieces, and retro neon signs now sporting quirky, playful messages. It’s old Las Vegas transformed into new Las Vegas.
In recent years, downtown has gone uptown in a big way, undergoing a thrilling renaissance to become the city’s most dynamic food scene. Get to know the independent chefs and restaurateurs bringing their singular visions to life with seasonally-driven, farm-to-table artisan fare and cocktails crafted with heart and soul.
Our expert guides provide an insider’s view of this special neighborhood. You’ll learn about downtown’s historic past, what prompted its resurgence, and what the future holds for this now trendy area. You’ll be privy to all its intriguing nooks and crannies, which only savvy locals know about.
Get escorted right to the best table at nationally acclaimed Carson Kitchen. Founded by the late-great Kerry Simon, who was famed as the celebrity “rock ‘n’ roll’’ chef, it sports an open kitchen to catch all the action up close and personal, as you enjoy classic Americana dishes that have been elevated with the freshest ingredients and modern twists.
At Therapy, get rejuvenated as you’re escorted right to the special chef’s table at this buzzy new restaurant recently highlighted on the Travel Channel. The former 99-cent store has been transformed into an industrial-chic destination. It’s the perfect backdrop for indulging in contemporary comfort food, including Devil’s on Horseback reinterpreted with bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with truffled goat cheese; signature baked ricotta gnudi finished with truffled fig jam and roasted almonds; and chicken and Red Velvet waffle sliders, an original creation featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise.’’
At 7th & Carson, Chef Samuel DeMarco takes your palate on a tour de force ride across earth, land and sea with his whimsical menu of shareable plates served with a big heap of fun. With artsy tiled tables, and a brick-lined patio full of greenery, this is a restaurant made for lingering. DeMarco, also known as Sammy D’s, the name of his eponymous restaurant at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, brings his colorful personality to Vegas, after having cooked extensively in New York, and starring in the Travel Channel’s “Chow Masters.’’
Amble through the unique Container Park, a must-stop, where shipping containers have been converted into bustling restaurants, boutiques selling locally-made goods, and a spirited venue for free live music.
In between bites, quench your thirst at Inspire’s expansive climate-controlled rooftop lounge. Atop this only three-story rooftop overlooking the iconic intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, you’ll take in the best view of Fremont East for a captivating time.
- Leave the Strip behind to see a different side of Vegas, where locals hang out.
- Visit the newly reinvigorated downtown, one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods of art galleries, vintage clothing boutiques, antique shops, and the popular Container Park.
- Meet chefs and proprietors of exciting, independent restaurants focused on personal, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine.
- Feast on 3 to 4 signature dishes at each venue.
- Includes one cocktail or zero-proof drink at 1 unique stop.
- Participants must be 21+ years of age with valid ID.
- VIP service with immediate seating.
- Guided walking tour between stops packed with insider information on downtown’s colorful sights along the way.