The CharlestonLocal Sports & Gaming Tavern
The Charleston is an Iconic Las Vegas Tavern that sits on the Other Side of the Tracks from the Arts District and Fremont Street Experience. If its culture and art you’re looking for or the gritty downtown scene, this Las Vegas classic will give you the best of both worlds. This 15 machine gaming tavern also features a Shuffle Board Table and Jukebox for added amusement, multiple Art Displays featuring unique local artists. For our sports fans, we are playing all of your Las Vegas home team sporting events, and all televised games so you will never miss the action. Our beverage menu has a large selection of draft and beers with domestic, import and craft options. An exciting cocktail menu that will excite and leave your taste buds wanting one more sip. Come down to the official Downtown Las Vegas, Tavern.
Charleston Boulevard: Life Beyond the Las Vegas Strip
In this episode of Streets by Vice we head to Las Vegas, Nevada and delve into life beyond The Strip by way of Charleston Boulevard, the city’s longest street running east to west. Charleston Boulevard spans the length of the city’s surprising and unique history. In the suburbs on the east end of Charleston you might come across a few Mormons, who were some of the first people to settle in Vegas. On the west end of Charleston you will find relics of the casinos established by the Chicago Outfit, aka the infamous Italian mob. Without the influence of these groups some say Las Vegas would look more like a truck stop than the glittering city it is today. While Vegas is widely known for The Strip’s extravagant parties and countless pleasures, there’s a culture and community growing off of the Strip for the locals who call this desert oasis their home. In the downtown area of Charleston Blvd a wave of entrepreneurs are establishing new businesses, providing jobs, and generating more activities and attractions for the local community. This kind of progressive development is drawing more people to lay down roots in the city, and is changing the popular mindset of Las Vegas as just a place to “get away.”
The 5th Ave Pub
The 5th Ave Pub was owned and operated by Barry L. for nearly thirty years. Barry sold the three taxi cab medallions he owned in New York, NY. He had saved up money as a photographer in his early years to purchase these medallions, now he was cashing it all in on a bet in Las Vegas. Barry purchased what was the 5Th Street Pub in the early 1990s, the 5th Street Pub had been in operations since 1951. The old location was demolished and now is the Walgreens on Las Vegas, Blvd and Charleston. Barry moved the Pub and the Licensing to its current location at 906 S. 6th street. The building that was originally a cash vault used by casinos for storage of cash and gaming chips.
The 5th Ave Pub was a No Frills, No Flashing Lights, No Goth Teens or Hipsters bar. To say it was a dark and shady place would be an understatement. This Very sketchy Dive bar was frequented by streetwalkers and toothless bitches. If 5 cent video poker, picking up hookers, scoring crack and getting stabbed are on your fuck it list then this was your spot. It was a nice reprieve from the pretentiousness of what has become our standard.