Find Real Las Vegas at the Downtown Container Park

Sitting in part of a former freight container, sipping a Mexican Coke and enjoying some excellent tacos al pastor at Pinches Tacos (“Real Mexican Food by Real Mexicans” says their sign) I knew that I’d found a place in Las Vegas where I fit in and felt at home. Sure, the blinky lights, over-the-top entertainment, unsurpassed people-watching and hotels that electronically sweep open the curtains and turn on music when you walk in (thanks for the drama, Aria) all have their charms, but Vegas is just not my sort of city. In search of a better fit, I headed to the older section

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