DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO.


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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!

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

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.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

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.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

At the Akumu Ink booth, I showed off Basil Farrow’s blog and everyone went awww for my earless wahh wahh cat!

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

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!)

rony's photobooth exhibition, gallery of hipster photos, new warhol superstars, rony alwin photography, club kids la hipsters, DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

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…

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS BARS: INDIE, ALTERNATIVE GOTH CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE IN VEGAS. coolest alt punk places in vegas, AMAZING RACE GOTH TEAM AT MAGIC MARKETPLACE CLOTHING EXPO. absinthe, beauty bar, the griffin, magic marketplace, registration, exhibitors and attendees, textiles, fashion and accessories. Textile industry editorial, planning and sourcing tools, apparel convention center exposition, KYNT & VYXSIN AT LIP SERVICE, MAGIC CLOTHING TRADESHOW IN LAS VEGAS. WHOLESALE GOTH PUNK ALT FASHION.

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.

Come check out the La Carmina x Akumu Ink clothing line we were promoting at the tradeshow. PETA also posted an interview with me about caring for animal friends (with a photo of me and my Scottish Fold).

What do you love and hate about Las Vegas? Do you have any favorite hangouts? Have you been to the downtown spots I mentioned?

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  • Megan

    OMG, you and Basil look super kawaii in this picture!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eunice.ayame.yin Ayame

    Las Vegas is too flashy, as in, too much girls with boobs hanging out of their mini dresses.
    Also, lots with bad sense of fashion. Agree?

    • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

      On the strip, oh yes! But Las Vegas city, and Las Vegas Strip are like two countries in one location. Hahahah. Locals tend to avoid going down there. xD

      • http://www.facebook.com/eunice.ayame.yin Ayame

        just checked out your site Laura, pretty cool stuff in there. I like the stickman Jrock illustration. LOL

        • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

          Hahah! The girl we work with over at Be The Match drew it as an illustration for the charity event we’re working on…and its my favorite thing ever! I had to put it on my wall <3 Thank you.

      • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

        We truly enjoyed the places you took us to!

        • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

          It was fun! But you get mad props since neither of us had been to that bar before but loved it! I have to go back and try the absinthe now =)

          • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

            We’re having absinthe in LA on Weds and Saturday… :D Can’t get enough!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      My eyes, my eyes!

  • Megan

    OMG, you and Basil look super kawaii in this picture!!

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  • Seiran

    LOL I dyed my hair blue too xD Muahahahahaha and for some reason, Yukiro reminds me of the cheshire cat whenever he wears stripes

  • Ayame

    Las Vegas is too flashy, as in, too much girls with boobs hanging out of their mini dresses.
    Also, lots with bad sense of fashion. Agree?

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  • Seiran

    LOL I dyed my hair blue too xD Muahahahahaha and for some reason, Yukiro reminds me of the cheshire cat whenever he wears stripes

  • Jessica

    KRAVE & double down are my favorites

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Ohhh we wanted to go to Krave too…

  • Clare

    Blue hair, awesome!!!! :D

  • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

    On the strip, oh yes! But Las Vegas city, and Las Vegas Strip are like two countries in one location. Hahahah. Locals tend to avoid going down there. xD

  • Jessica

    KRAVE & double down are my favorites

  • Clare

    Blue hair, awesome!!!! :D

  • Ayame

    just checked out your site Laura, pretty cool stuff in there. I like the stickman Jrock illustration. LOL

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    Yukiro’s blue wig is woah bright and fabulous!! It looks great against Vyxsin’s pink hair too. You should totally get a few vibrant colour wigs!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Wigs don’t work too well for me… I have a LOT of hair, and it’s hard to find one that fits or is comfortable… I’ve been adding color via feathers and scarves. More pics to come! Love your recent blog posts, btw.

  • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

    Hahah! The girl we work with over at Be The Match drew it as an illustration for the charity event we're working on…and its my favorite thing ever! I had to put it on my wall <3 Thank you.

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  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    My eyes, my eyes!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    We truly enjoyed the places you took us to!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Ohhh we wanted to go to Krave too…

  • http://www.nameoftherose.net Laura

    It was fun! But you get mad props since neither of us had been to that bar before but loved it! I have to go back and try the absinthe now =)

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    Yukiro's blue wig is woah bright and fabulous!! It looks great against Vyxsin's pink hair too. You should totally get a few vibrant colour wigs!!

  • Nogami

    Vegas is what it is. I’ve been over it for years.

  • http://hibari-sensei.livejournal.com/ Jen

    My family and I used to go to Vegas for Christmas vacation every year. We’ve stopped because it got old and the places have become less family-friendly in an attempt to a hip party spot. I used to love hanging around the ancient Egyptian-styled shops in Luxor and the jester’s court in Excalibur, but they’re not really around anymore. I’m glad the Venetian hasn’t lost its character, and plus it’s got museum exhibits (the fact that I go to Las Vegas to go to museums, animal exhibits, and aquariums is proof that I’m a huge nerd ^^).

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I agree… I went with my family when I was 6 and 8 years old (or something like that), and there was much more for my cousins and I to explore. Downtown Vegas has some very cool retro spots and exhibits you might like!

  • Nogami

    Vegas is what it is. I've been over it for years.

  • http://hibari-sensei.livejournal.com/ Jen

    My family and I used to go to Vegas for Christmas vacation every year. We've stopped because it got old and the places have become less family-friendly in an attempt to a hip party spot. I used to love hanging around the ancient Egyptian-styled shops in Luxor and the jester's court in Excalibur, but they're not really around anymore. I'm glad the Venetian hasn't lost its character, and plus it's got museum exhibits (the fact that I go to Las Vegas to go to museums, animal exhibits, and aquariums is proof that I'm a huge nerd ^^).

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    We're having absinthe in LA on Weds and Saturday… :D Can't get enough!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Wigs don't work too well for me… I have a LOT of hair, and it's hard to find one that fits or is comfortable… I've been adding color via feathers and scarves. More pics to come! Love your recent blog posts, btw.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I agree… I went with my family when I was 6 and 8 years old (or something like that), and there was much more for my cousins and I to explore. Downtown Vegas has some very cool retro spots and exhibits you might like!

  • http://allwomenstalk.com/ All Women Stalker

    I’ve never ever been to Vegas. But if I could go there, I’d definitely check out those places you’ve mentioned. I’m up for meeting new, interesting people anytime.

  • http://allwomenstalk.com/ All Women Stalker

    I've never ever been to Vegas. But if I could go there, I'd definitely check out those places you've mentioned. I'm up for meeting new, interesting people anytime.

  • http://www.Modelmayhem.com/visitor Visitor in a silk hat

    Vegas Local Here, I work the MAGIC convention every time it comes around!
    Might’ve seen you walking around!

    Next time you come down make sure to check the local goth/Alternative nights!

    There is one just a 4 minute walk up the street from Double Down!
    Every Saturday @ Gipsy!

    If you come back down to Vegas anytime I’d gladly Volunteer for the tour guide position!

    Cheers!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Oooh, we didn’t know about that — what is the alt event called, and where is it?

      • http://www.Modelmayhem.com/visitor Visitor in a silk hat

        It’s called “Ghost Machine”, Every Saturday here’s the info!
        http://www.myspace.com/ghostmachinelasvegas

        There is also an 18+ night “Carpe Noctem” on Thursdays.
        http://www.myspace.com/carpenoctemlv

        And.. this is a small night but hey,(cheap drinks) “Dead man’s party” Sunday night at Divebar.
        http://www.myspace.com/divebar

        And there was a great Friday goth night that very recently went down called “Skitzofrenia”, We’re hoping to get another great Friday night here in Vegas soon!

        Cheers!

        Let me know if you come down! I would love to meet La Carmina! ^_^

        • Tabithascobra

          I was just looking at the “carpe nocturn” page and it looks like it’s on Wednesdays, not Thursdays. TT.TT are there any more clubs that play more deathrock? I noticed dead mans party but that’s not until Sunday right? Industrial and ebm are nice sometimes… but darwave and synthpop? I’m not much into that…

          • Visitor in a Silk Hat

            Unfortunately not at the momment, there used to be a night called “Cyanide” that is just what you’re looking for, however it is long gone. for now, try Dead Man’s Party.
            Also http://www.blackdoorvegas.com/ is hosting a monthly goth night now, try them, depending on the featured DJ, they’ll play what you like ~_^

  • Visitor_in_a_silk_hat

    Vegas Local Here, I work the MAGIC convention every time it comes around!
    Might've seen you walking around!

    Next time you come down make sure to check the local goth/Alternative nights!

    There is one just a 4 minute walk up the street from Double Down!
    Every Saturday @ Gipsy!

    If you come back down to Vegas anytime I'd gladly Volunteer for the tour guide position!

    Cheers!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Oooh, we didn't know about that — what is the alt event called, and where is it?

  • http://www.Modelmayhem.com/visitor Visitor in a silk hat

    It's called “Ghost Machine”, Every Saturday here's the info!
    http://www.myspace.com/ghostmachinelasvegas

    There is also an 18+ night “Carpe Noctem” on Thursdays.
    http://www.myspace.com/carpenoctemlv

    And.. this is a small night but hey,(cheap drinks) “Dead man's party” Sunday night at Divebar.
    http://www.myspace.com/divebar

    And there was a great Friday goth night that very recently went down called “Skitzofrenia”, We're hoping to get another great Friday night here in Vegas soon!

    Cheers!

    Let me know if you come down! I would love to meet La Carmina! ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Omg I missed this one! I’m certainly going to the NYC Double Down!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Schildt/1842231491 David Schildt

    hey where are the clubs at?