The Bohemian neighborhood bar 18bin feeds the soul in the arts district.
Stories Debbie Hall
The historic arts district in downtown Las Vegas, 18b, pulsates with art, culture, and the soul of the community. Its newest gathering place for food, drink, and live entertainment, 18bin, draws diners for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late-night fun.
The bar’s menu combines classic diner and bistro dishes with inspired vegetarian fare. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and small and medium plates incorporate Cajun, Mediterranean, and south-of-the-border influences. The menu changes to include locally sourced and fresh ingredients in their peak season.
The plant-based Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Sandwich stacks eggplant, zucchini, Roma tomato, and artichoke hearts on focaccia, and tops it all with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and olive tapenade. Carnivores devour the Diner Burger, a 5.5-ounce griddled burger topped with Big John’s Cajun Cheddar.
A favorite, Cajun Jambalaya is made with spicy andouille sausage and herb-marinated chicken with Cajun seasoning served over long-grain rice with a side of southern-style Sticky-Sauce Chicken Lollipops. Ropa Vieja Shepherd’s Pie puts a twist on the traditional dish with twice-braised beef, chilies, olives, and Manchego cheese.
The full bar at 18bin offers an extensive liquor and spirits list, cocktails, and diverse selection of domestic and international beers. For connoisseurs of the grape, the curated wine list beckons a sip of red or white.
Located in The Arts Factory, this new hot spot encompasses a 4,000-square-foot indoor space and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio. Its eclectic decor reflects artists, galleries, murals, and public art. Vintage light fixtures, intricate lamps, and midcentury furniture ramp up the ambience. Sunshine can be enjoyed on the trellis-covered terrace, especially when the weather warms up. Live entertainment adds to the creative vibe along with special programs and activations held on the outdoor stage during First Friday.