DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO.
Las Vegas is not exactly paradise for us alternative/spooky types. The nightclubs at the major hotels charge $30 entry — and for what? To see the girls you went to high school with in stilettos and mini-dresses, grinding with men best described as “homies”? Shudder, shudder.
Salvation is away from the Vegas Strip, in the old downtown illuminated by restored retro neon lights. Two years ago, I had a riotous time at Beauty Bar: 80s dance tracks and manicures, with a hilarious floor show by drag queen Toni. Next door is The Griffin, a dark and gargoyle-y bar with strong drinks and no cover. The Downtown Cocktail Room has a good selection of our beloved absinthe (we had Pernod and Mansinthe). To top it off, we won $15.50 from a slot machine — and screamed so loudly!
The previous night, we met Kynt at Double Down, a dive bar legendary for serving Ass Juice and the Bacon Martini. It was packed with types that one can only describe as weird, even by our standards. The psychotic murals and “videos so insane they once made Timothy Leary turn blue” added to the lurid atmosphere.
Everything’s out of order… but on Day 2 of MAGIC clothing expo, we met Kynt and Vyxsin at the Lip Service booth and snuck them into the press room for free food.
LA creative types tend to end up at Magic. I ran into Dienzo, the talented Gothic artist who did the vampire painting of La Carmina. What do you think the pink decorations in my hair are made from? (Answer: paper clips from Berlin. Random!)
Our pal Rony Alwin of Rony’s Photobooth had a photo exhibit at MAGIC. Do you recognize any of the creatures he’s photographed? Amanda Lepore and Jeffree Star are among them…
Let’s wrap up our Vegas days with photos of alt/Gothic clothes displayed at Magic. Yukiro and I went wild for Mariannas, lush and Gothic jewelry that you can customize.
What do you love and hate about Las Vegas? Do you have any favorite hangouts? Have you been to the downtown spots I mentioned?
Song of the Day #316: Nightwish – Phantom of the Opera