Awards & Accolades


Best Restaurant For Fall In Las Vegas – The Smashed Pig
40 Under 40: Jen Taler – Fergusons Downtown
40 Under 40: René Durruthy – DTP Companies


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)


Best Indie Strong Hold: Bunkhouse Saloon
Best Fremont Street Meetup: Corduroy
Urban Land Institute Placemaking Awards for Excellence: “Catalytic Place” – Container Park

Urban Land Institute Placemaking Awards for Excellence: Fergusons won for “Innovative Place”


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 Candy Shop: Sweet Spot


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 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



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 Things We Ate in 2015
VegeNation: “In a town full of steak and seafood restaurants, VegeNation in downtown is a breath of fresh air.”


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


Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2015
Best Restaurant Row: Carson Avenue
Best Way to Get That Vintage Sound: 11th Street Records/Studio
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 New Spot for Vegetarians: Donald Lemperle’s VegeNation
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 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, Best of Vegas 2014
Best Place to Kill Some Time: Downtown Container Park
Best Mural: Zio Ziegler For Life is Beautiful
Best Alternative Entertainment: Inspire
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 New Downtown Spot: Pinches Tacos
Best Downtown Business We Can’t Wait to Visit: Writer’s Block Book Shop
Best Outdoor Movies: Downtown Container Park
Best Playground Where You Wouldn’t Expect One: Downtown Container Park
Best Local Musician Springboard: Life is Beautiful Festival


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 Place to Take Tourists: Downtown


Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2013
Best Breakfast That You Dream About the Night Before: Eat