Maybe if you are going to Vegas at all you are on the less covid caution end of the spectrum. Personally, I want to both live my life and be as careful as I can reasonably be. So given that we are being treated to a rare fall WSOP with hopefully amazing weather here are some recommendations for eating, drinking and entertainment in a safer fresh air environment.
– Fergusons Downtown: Great outdoor area in the eastern part of Fremont st. More of a morning spot for coffee in the sun.
– Esther’s Kitchen: great spot for dinner in the Arts district (about a mile from the Stratosphere if you need to orient your Vegas compass). Gets very busy but they have a few tables on the front and back patios for a more covid safe dinner. You won’t find a better Italian restaurant with outdoor seating and one of better Vegas restaurants period. Have to book the outdoor table ahead of time though.
– Taverna Costera: I’m referring here to the rooftop as a live music venue which is open air. Live music Wed to Saturday every week. Owned and operated by none other than Jeff Hwang author of one of the definitive PLO books. He’s always around during the show. Tell him H sent you.
– Soulbelly BBQ: also in the Arts district, high quality BBQ spot with outdoor seating.
– Atomic Liquor: budget friendly bar downtown has a spacious outdoor patio.
– Oak and Ivy: you’d be hard pressed to find more thoughtfully made cocktails in Vegas. Its inside container park downtown which means it closes earlier than most bars so check the opening hours before you head there. Plenty of outdoor seating and sometimes you are treated to free live entertainment from the adjacent container park stage.
– Jammyland: best on a weekend evening otherwise atmosphere might be a bit lacking. Craft cocktails and a “reggae kitchen” open late with excellent food. Book a table and specify outside. If the weather gets cooler at night the tables have little fire pits for warmth.
– Vegas Test Kitchen: operates mostly on the weekend and right next door to the aforementioned Fergusons. You can get a table in the alley. It’s odd but its fun with various food options because different chefs are operating from the same kitchen.
– Neon Museum: probably not worth a trip downtown just to go here but if you are in the area pick up a ticket to see some Vegas history. If the idea of just looking at some signs seems boring then instead pick up a ticket to their sound/light show called Brilliant! Its just 30 minutes and a cute diversion. It’s all outdoors.