Things are happening in Downtown Henderson. The historic Water Street District has been working hard to become a major destination, now home to an array of food and drink options along with other fun activities. In addition to the permanent attractions, look to Water Street Plaza for festivals and special events, such as Golden Knights viewing parties and the recent Pacific Islander Festival & Ho’olaule’a. Here are a few more of our Water Street faves.
Eat: Biscuits and Bourbon
With so many delicious restaurants now calling Water Street home, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. (Shouts out to Juan’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina and Chef Flemming’s BakeShop!) At Biscuits and Bourbon, the revitalization of Water Street is baked right into the mission. Plus, the elevated Southern menu is flat-out delicious. Try the biscuit bennies on the brunch menu, with either fried chicken, tri-tip or pork belly. Pork rinds, country poutine, Nashville hot watermelon and a wide selection of smoked meats highlight the dinner menu. 109 S. Water St., 702-986-0307, bandbonwater.com.
Play: Lifeguard Arena
Southern Nevada’s new AHL team might be waiting for its Henderson arena to open next spring, but this official practice facility for the Henderson Silver Knights is open and ready for skaters. With two sheets of ice, the venue offers open skate, skate rentals and beginner lessons, along with hockey and figure skating programs. Event planners can even host parties there. And be sure to pop into the Livery to stock up on Silver Knights gear. 222 S. Water St., 725-201-3032, lifeguardarena.com.
Drink: Lovelady Brewing Company
Nobody goes thirsty on Water Street. With Hardway 8, Public Works Coffee Bar, Sticks Tavern, multiple casinos and more lining the thoroughfare, there’s something in a glass or cup for everybody. For many, that place is the Lovelady’s welcoming tap room. The family-owned business has become known for its beer, from the 9th Island Pineapple Sour to the HopAtomic double IPA and best-selling Love Juice hazy IPA. The 1,400 square-foot tap room features 16 handles, bar games and a dog friendly patio. 20 S. Water St., 702-564-3030, loveladybrewing.com.
See: City Lights Art Gallery
Dedicated to promoting local art and art education, this Water Street District gallery provides an enriching counterpoint to Downtown Henderson’s more indulgent attractions. The art on display is rotated quarterly, so there’s always something new to see by the stable of local member artists. Additionally, City Lights hosts bi-annual juried shows, monthly artist spotlights, classes and workshops, open studio time, volunteer artists on duty, offers college scholarships for artistic local high school students and even has a gift shop. 3 East Army St., 702-260-0300, citylightsartgallery.com.
Adorn: Downtown Vintage Barbershop & Shave Parlor
A good barbershop isn’t just a place to get a haircut; it’s an old-school gathering place, bordering on community center. Native Las Vegan Jorge Reyes is this shop’s owner and operator. In 2012, at the tender age of 18, he used the proceeds from his hairstyling to take over one of the oldest barber shops in Southern Nevada, which dates back to 1956. Partake in a timeless local tradition on Water Street and leave looking better than when you arrived. 37 S. Water St., 702-564-2343, facebook.com/downtownvintagehenderson.
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