This appropriately-named neighborhood, Mountain's Edge, is perched on the southern edge of the city. There were just a few roads out in the desert not long ago, but the area has seen tremendous growth in new-build homes and businesses in the last couple of years, especially restaurants. This new area is still finding its niche but has many small businesses to visit and support. If you're looking for a true neighborhood experience, definitely make your way to Mountain's Edge. Here are some of our favorites!
Where to Eat
One of the few late-night dining options in the area, Shoku Izakaya is open until 1 a.m. and styled after a traditional Japanese izakaya bar. Their menu spans shareable tapas and grilled skewers along with udon noodle dishes and rice bowls to pair with their beers. Seafood lovers tend to gravitate towards their fresh sashimi and oysters, while meat lovers rave about their curry bacon fried rice.
If you have not encountered them before, gorditas are around, fried masa pocket stuffed with fillings, similar to an arepa. Owner Alfredo Delatorre created the menu at Gabi's Gorditas of healthier Latin comfort food and named the restaurant after his sister. The gorditas here are filled with ingredients like picadillo and Peruvian purple potato or chicken tinga with avocado salsa and pickled red onion. Side options include crispy Puerto Rican tostones and elote in a cup, with house-made fruit drinks and ube pudding for dessert.
Modern upscale dining for Vegas locals is the goal at The Sparklings. The beautiful open dining room is elegant and sophisticated. The menu of global favorites includes tuna tartare and seared scallops to pasta dishes and comfort food entrees, plus daily brunch and a full bar. The beautiful location is perfect for a date night, or private areas can be reserved for special occasions like baby showers and birthday celebrations.
Where to Drink
Distill Bar has several locations around town and a great loyalty program, a favorite neighborhood bar among locals. In addition to a full bar, locations have an expansive food menu and video poker for online gaming. The space is divided into an all-ages restaurant with a separate 21-and-up area for the bar itself. In addition to eating and drinking, patrons can enjoy old-school video games and a lounge area with cozy chairs and couches. This spot is open 24/7 and has several TV screens to watch sports games, as well.
Blue Diamond Saloon
Despite the new homes and businesses going up in the area, this bar has been around for over a decade. You can spend quite a bit of time in this dark and intimate space, and you're likely to see several regulars. Sharing space with a local pizzeria, Blue Diamond Saloon handles the business's beverage side and gaming. If video poker isn't your thing, they also have the more traditional bar entertainment: pool tables and shuffleboard! Note that this bar also offers happy hour deals twice a day, so there's never a wrong time to pop in and whet your whistle.
Rumored to be named after the classic Vegas movie from the 90s, the Rounders bar does draw in visitors with its video poker and gaming promotions. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard neighborhood bar, with several TVs tuned to sports games and a great drink selection. This spot also has a kitchen with classic American comfort food dishes and shareable appetizers available all hours of the day and night.
What to Do
Want to visit the girliest arcade ever? Head to Pink Wawa. Tucked into a shopping plaza on South Rainbow, this shop has pink floors, pink walls, pink ceilings and pink furniture. The decor has a definite and inexplicable but thoroughly enjoyable girly slant, with clouds and hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling. Games operate on a token system, and you can win various prizes and stuffed animals with your winnings. Come for the fun and stay for the photoshoot!
Exploration Peak Park
With 24 developed acres, in addition to open space and trails, Exploration Peak Park has plenty of outdoor activity options for our many sunny days in Vegas. Exploration Peak Park is named for and wraps around Exploration Peak, which can be accessed with walking and biking trails for spectacular views from the top. The park also features an outdoor amphitheater, a water play area and horseshoe pits for visitors. Children will also enjoy the covered wagon and Western town-building replicas for imaginative play with a side of history.
Part event venue and part functional ranch, McKee Ranch allows you to interact with and feed their resident animals, ranging from ducks to horses. They have a petting zoo area set up with bunnies and other small animals and pony rides available. The location is decorated in a mishmash of country chic, with vintage license plates and antiques sprinkled throughout the grounds. During the fall, they are set up for family-friendly festivals with craft stations and a pumpkin patch. Head here for family-friendly fun.