18BIN – LAS VEGAS ARTS DISTRICT’S NEWEST BAR & RESTAURANT
18bin is the Las Vegas Arts District’s newest bar and restaurant. The new hotspot represents the latest concept by Las Vegas culinary veterans and investors Sonny Ahuja and Don Welch, the team behind the critically acclaimed Bin702 at Container Park.
The name derives from its location in the heart of 18b—the historic Downtown Las Vegas area designated as the city’s Arts District—and “bin” pays homage to its sister concept, Bin702.
Situated on the highly trafficked corner of Charleston Boulevard and South Art Way in the Arts Factory, 18bin has a 4,000-square-foot indoor space as well as an expansive, 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio. By day, the venue attracts Las Vegas’ diverse lunch crowd, visitors, locals and artists. At night, it becomes the quintessential, centrally located happy-hour spot as well as the must-go destination for a memorable evening out with great food, drink and live entertainment.
Becoming known to many as “the bar with really great food,” 18bin’s bar boasts an extensive liquor and spirits list and plans to offer a small selection of cocktails on draft. Its roster of beers veers toward more worldly selections as well as an eclectic list of domestic brews. Meanwhile, its curated wine list continues to grow, including a variety of highly rated bottles offered at an exceptional value.
“18bin will be THE go-to bar on everyone’s list. We offer a classic, straightforward selection of spirts reflecting the overall neighborhood vibe, while also appealing to an elevated drinker,” explains Ahuja. “We’re also extremely proud of our food menu, which specializes in delivering delicious versions of classic diner and bistro dishes.”
Ahuja and Welch tapped New Orleans transplant Jennifer Landry to be 18bin’s executive chef. She brings nearly 25 years of experience to the role. With a refreshingly distinctive menu sure to entice carnivores, 18bin also offers an array of imaginative vegetarian dishes. Its casual salads, soups, small plates, sandwiches and “medium plates” incorporate upmarket extras and the occasional Cajun, Mediterranean or south-of-the-border influence. Its menu changes depending on the freshest, most flavorful ingredients available and may be found here.
With a concise but varied menu, highlights include:
- Diner Burger – 5.5-ounce griddled burger topped with Big John’s Cajun Cheddar offers a take on classic diner burger at just the right size—so far, this item proves to be a crowd favorite!
- Ropa Vieja Shepherd’s Pie – A twist on traditional shepherd’s pie with twice-braised beef, chilies, olives and Manchego cheese.
- Cajun Jambalaya – This dish speaks to Chef Landry’s roots, filled with spicy andouille sausage, herb-marinated chicken, Cajun seasoning over long-grain rice. Served with two southern-style Sticky-Sauce Chicken Lollipops.
- Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Sandwich – Top-tier version of this favorite combination, with eggplant, zucchini, Roma tomato, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, olive tapenade on focaccia.
18bin’s décor reflects the eclectic ambience of the neighborhood known for its working artists, galleries, murals and other public art. Ahuja and Welch made a special trip to meet their Los Angeles-based designer and scour the city’s thrift stores seeking eye-catching, vintage lamps and light fixtures, as well as indoor and outdoor furniture. 18bin accommodates 100 guests indoors and 150 guests outdoors on its large, trellis-covered terrace. Live entertainment will perform regularly and the venue will offer special programming and activations on its outdoor stage on First Fridays.
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