Awards & Accolades


Yelp – Top 50 Whiskey Bars in the US (Oak & Ivy)
National Restaurant Association’s “Star of the Bar” 2019 – Greg Rodriguez (Oak & Ivy)
Yelp “Pick Your Poison” Cocktail Competition Winner 2020 – Greg Rodriguez (Oak & Ivy)


Desert Companion, 2016 Best of the City
Best New Bookstore: The Writer’s Block
Best Dry Cleaners: Mint Locker
Best Toy Store: Kappa Toys
Best New Again Live Music Venue: The Bunkhouse
Best Downtown Attraction: Downtown Container Park
Best Beauty Products: Cala: Bath, Body, Home (Downtown Container Park)
Best Breakfast, Readers Poll: Eat
Best Park, Readers Poll: The Hydrant Club


Las Vegas Weekly, 2016 Best of Vegas
Reader’s Choice: Best Cocktail Lounge – Oak & Ivy
Best Music Hub: 11th Street Records 
Reader’s Choice: Best Local Brewery – Banger Brewing
Most Indestructible Venue: Bunkhouse Saloon
Reader’s Choice: Best Taco Shop – Pinches
Best Local Scene Comeback: Neon Reverb


Thrillist, Best Rooftop Bars In Las Vegas: Inspire

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10 of the best spots in Las Vegas for Brunch:


Thrillist, Bottoms Up: The 15 Best Cocktail Bars in Las Vegas


City of Las Vegas, Mayor’s Urban Design Awards
Building and Environment: Inspire (Bunnyfish Studio)
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse: John E. Carson Building (Bunnyfish Studio)


DailyMail UK, Hottest New Party in the DesertLife Is Beautiful


Desert Companion, 2015 Best of the City
Best Green Shopping Experience: Downtown Container Park
Best Intelligentsia Hangout: The Writer’s Block
Best Cocktail Theater: 365 Tokyo
Best Chocolate: Jinju Chocolates
Best Candy Shop: Sweet Spot
Best Bar Snack: Spicy Pecans at The Perch


Desert Companion, 2015 Newcomer’s Guide
Who to Know, Foodies: Chef Natalie Young
Who to Know, Entrepreneurs: Tony Hsieh
Culture Lovers Tip: Bookmark the Writer’s Block


Entrepreneur Magazine, 2015 Business Travel Awards
Best Meeting Destination: Downtown Vegas


Festival Snobs, 12 Music Festivals To Look Forward To This FallLife is Beautiful


Las Vegas Review-Journal, Best of Las Vegas 2015
Best Candy Shop: JinJu Chocolates
Best Doughnuts: O Face Doughnuts
Best New Restaurant: Carson Kitchen
Best Local/Alternative Music Venue: The Bunkhouse Saloon
Best Margaritas: Nacho Daddy


Las Vegas Weekly, 15 to Watch in 2015
Ronald Corso, Champion of Sound (11th Street Records)
Meridith Spriggs, Hero for the Homeless (Caridad)


Las Vegas Weekly, Best of Vegas 2015
Best Place to Party Like You’re Still 21: Gold Spike
Best New Cocktails Downtown: Oak & Ivy
Best Reason to Stay Inside: 11th Street Records
Best Literary Hangout: The Writer’s Block


Taste The Style, The West Coast Festival to Book Next Year: Life is Beautiful
Taste The Style, Why Life is Beautiful is the Most Well-Rounded Festival Ever, The Thrillist Awards: Best of Vegas 2015  
Best New BBQ Spot: Big Ern’s, Fiesta Rancho


Travel + Leisure, Best Places to Travel in 2015
Las Vegas: “If you’re looking for a good time in Las Vegas these days, all signs point to north of the Strip. Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos, is leading the charge, investing $350 million of his own money into projects like the Downtown Container Park, which transformed shipping containers into restaurants, shops, and a children’s playground.”
Travel + Leisure: Downtown Las Vegas Has the Most Happening Food Scene Right Now, Best Bloody Marys in Las Vegas 2015
Glutton: “Be a glutton and don’t let anyone stop you from slurping down every drop of this Bloody Mary, even if you have to break out a knife, fork, spoon or your bare hands.”, Best Things We Ate in 2015
VegeNation: “In a town full of steak and seafood restaurants, VegeNation in downtown is a breath of fresh air.”
Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky: “The concept is simple and delicious… a ramen house downtown that likes to pair ramen with whiskey–a fantastic combo if ever there was one.”


Vegas Family Guide, 2015 Vegas Family Favorites
Favorite Free Attraction: Downtown Container Park


Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2015
Best of Both Worlds: Glutton and VegeNation
Best Restaurant Row: Carson Avenue
Best Hope for Downtown Project’s Future: Mark Rowland
Best Place to Build Your Startup: The Mill Accelerator
Best Way to Get That Vintage Sound: 11th Street Records/Studio
Best Little Park That Could: The Waiting Game (Sixth Street and Carson Avenue)
Best Place to Educate Your Kids (While You Get Your Drink On): The Writer’s Block, Atomic Liquors


Vegas Seven, Intriguing People 2015
The Downtown Success Story: Natalie Young (Eat, Chow)


Vegas Seven, Restaurant Awards 2015
Best Breakfast Sammy: Glutton’s Proper Breakfast Sandwich
Best New Spot for Vegetarians: Donald Lemperle’s VegeNation
Best New Late-Night, Off Strip: Flippin’ Good Burgers
Best Bar Snack: Spicy Pecans with Rosemary at The Perch
Best Beer-Friendly Bite: Hamachi Kama at Bocho Sushi
Finest Pack of Mules: Oak & Ivy

2014 Travel, The Best Additions to Las Vegas in 2014
Container Park (#4), Carson Kitchen (#6)


Complex, The 20 Best Murals of 2014
Bicicleta Sem Freio, Downtown Las Vegas


Desert Companion, 2014 Best of the City
Most Powerful Lunch: Eat
Best Candy Shop for Kids: Sweet Spot
Best Soon (We Hope!)-to-Reopen Live Music Venue: The Bunkhouse Saloon
Best Mural: Cycle of Civilization, by Zio Ziegler
Best Place for Family Fun: Downtown Container Park


Desert Companion, 2014 Restaurant Awards
Appetizer of the Year: Bacon Jam at Carson Kitchen
Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Carson Kitchen


Engineering News Record Southwest, Best Projects 2014 
Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Project: Downtown Container Park


Las Vegas Weekly, 14 to Watch in 2014
Zubin Damania, CEO & Founder of Turntable Health
Banger Brewing, Downtown Beer Boys


Las Vegas Weekly, Best of Vegas 2014
Best Place to Kill Some Time: Downtown Container Park
Best Doughnuts: Maple Bacon at O Face Doughnuts
Best Mural: Zio Ziegler For Life is Beautiful
Best Alternative Entertainment: Inspire Theater
Best Geek Experience: 365 Tokyo
Best Brewery Experience: Banger Brewing


NEWH: The Hospitality Industry Network, 2014 HOSPY Awards
Best Theatrical Experience: Inspire (Bunnyfish Studio)


Travel + Leisure, Best Breakfast Restaurants in Las Vegas
Eat, Favorite New Restaurants 2014
Carson Kitchen


Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2014
Best Coffee: O Face Doughnuts
Best New Downtown Spot: Pinches Tacos
Best Vegas Newcomer: Seong Ha Lee
Best Downtown Business We Can’t Wait to Visit: Writer’s Block Book Shop
Best Unsexy Tech We All Need: Hardware
Best Co-Working SpaceWork in Progress
Best Bay Area Expatriate: Banjo
Best Outdoor Movies: Downtown Container Park
Best Playground Where You Wouldn’t Expect One: Downtown Container Park
Best Grassroots T-Shirt ShopLVCK
Best Little Design Empire: Winky Designs
Best Secret Discount Shopping: Coterie
Best Nightclub Alternative Spot: Scullery
Best Place to Hide and Seek Cocktails: 365 Tokyo
Best Antidote to Amazon: Book Machine
Best Local Musician Springboard: Life is Beautiful Festival
Best Classroom in the Shape of a Fishbowl: The Window
Best School You Didn’t Know You Needed: Las Vegas Camera Club


Vegas Seven, Restaurant Awards 2014
Best New Casual Restaurant: Carson Kitchen
Best New Bacon: Crispy Chicken Skins, Carson Kitchen
Best New Bar: Oak & Ivy


Desert Companion, 2013 Best of the City

Best Pancakes: Eat


Las Vegas Weekly, 2013 Weekly Awards
Best Women’s Clothing: Coterie
Best Place to Take Tourists: Downtown


Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2013
Best Breakfast That You Dream About the Night Before: Eat
Best New Concierge Service: Downtown Rangers
Best Tech Startup: Rolltech Bowling
Best Place to Become a Domestic Goddess: Stitch Factory


Vegas Seven, Intriguing People 2013
Connie Yeh, 9th Bridge
Meghan Boyd Mossler, Stitch Factory
Sonny Ahuja, Bin702