Off the Strip: The Artisan Boutique Hotel
Remember when the Artisan was cool? Well, welcome back. Once an aging Travelodge in an odd, off-ramp location, the Artisan was reinvented as a quirkily decorated boutique hotel. Add a stylish lounge pouring classic cocktails, and the Artisan became the kind of insiders’ hangout you’d be lucky to stumble upon in a trendy San Francisco neighborhood. But financial and management woes took their toll, and the Artisan seemed destined to disappear. Enter the Siegel Group, the savior-creator of many unique Vegas properties (see Rumor, Gold Spike). Under Siegel’s management (and a healthy renovation), the Artisan has exceeded its previous reputation as a genuinely interesting nightspot. DJ M!ke Attack owns Fridays, with “Shake and Pop” pulling dance-happy hipsters, while electronica after-hours are banging both Friday and Saturday. You may not get any sleep at the Artisan, but you will always have a good time with an interesting crowd, and in a way few Vegas venues offer.