Downtown Life: Cornish Pasty Co., Thunderbird Boutique Hotel & Lounge and more
So Many Choices
For a little taste of England, head to the Cornish Pasty Co. in the Arts District. The hip joint features an open kitchen, dark woods, and an intimate bar—and some seriously rocking pies.
There’s an enormous variety, from a traditional meat pasty stuffed with meat, cheese, onion and rutabaga to a veggie cottage pie with Quorn ground beef (a mycoprotein), peas, carrots, mashed potatoes and onions. The Cornish Pasty Co. also makes from two to four vegan options a day. You’re not limited to traditional English fare, though. The pasty list goes on and on: Mexican, Reuben, lamb and mint, spicy asiago chicken, lamb vindaloo, Greek, eggplant Parmesan and a boatload more.
And for dessert? What about sticky toffee pudding or a peanut butter and jelly pasty? Wash it all down with a craft beer and you’re ready to roll. –Nina King
10 E. Charleston Blvd., 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. 702.862.4538
On the grounds of the newly remodeled Thunderbird Boutique Hotel & Lounge is a real hidden gem, the Tree of Love Chapel. Bathed in florals and heavenly white décor, the gem of the chapel is the living tree rooted at the alter. When remodeling the grounds, the owners wanted to keep the almost 100-year-old tree in its place, so they built the chapel around it, and now you can say your “I do’s” in one of the coolest spots in Vegas.
And it’s not just Thunderbird’s new chapel—the whole hotel grounds offers a cool, Palm Springs-meets-Las Vegas escape, located near the eclectic Arts District and flourishing downtown scene. The 100-room boutique property offers an intimate pool area, and a spacious one-bedroom pool suite that overlooks all the action. There’s also a new lounge and entertainment space with a full menu of eats and drinks.
Delicious food items include a filling “hangover” breakfast burrito; huge, fluffy pancakes; steak and eggs; pork belly sliders; flatbreads; a veggie burger; a shrimp po’boy and a seriously delicious dessert—a made-in-house brownie topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream. Classic cocktails include the Hemingway daiquiri, Moscow Mule and Rum Runner. In the lounge, there are also beer pong and pool tables, plus bar-top gaming, as well as a stage for live musical performances. Connected to the lounge is a spacious outdoor patio with views of the all action on the boulevard. –Kiko Miyasato
1215 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.489.7500
Bourbon and rye cocktail connoisseurs need look no further than Oak & Ivy for some of the most delicious concoctions downtown. Try a barrel-aged masterpiece, or have the staff prepare something based on your individual tastes. Answer a few questions and you’ll soon be tasting your new favorite drink. –Ken Miller
707 Fremont St. in Container Park, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. oakandivy.com