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The Garden Sows a New, LGBTQ-Owned Small Business in DTLV’s Arts District
June 25th, 2020

Las Vegas nightlife veteran Eduardo Cordova is betting big on the city’s recovery and future growth—so much so that he built a garden.

The Garden Las Vegas opened on May 23 as a chic, intimate gay cocktail lounge located in Downtown Las Vegas’ burgeoning Arts District. In stark contrast with other nightlife venues in the city—where windows are eschewed in favor of an enveloping darkness—The Garden is a fresh new concept that reinvents the classic gay bar with a polished, upscale environment, craft cocktails and small plates. An indoor-outdoor layout capitalizes on natural lighting, patio space, water features, and airy, breezy, relaxing vibes.

Those craft cocktails trend toward fresh and crushable options such as the Spritz (Aperol or St-Germain), Moscow Mule, Paloma, and a signature Garden G&T. A few elaborate party shots and streamlined beer and wine offerings round out the menu.

Foodwise, chef Jorge Castillo’s plates include crave-able, shareable snacks and desserts, signaling that this is the spot for pre/post-dinner meetups, and keep the focus on the cocktails and socializing. Guests even have a say in the music through the AMI app, a touchless, virtual jukebox that works right from their phone.

“Also,” Cordova adds, “The Garden is a dog-friendly venue (on the patio until 10 p.m.) and non-smoking LGBTQ cocktail lounge inside, offering an all-day affair with day-drinking and brunch (to be launched in July). It is a beautiful space with Instagramable moments, where you could spend all day and night.”

The Garden is all at once a welcome new oasis in Downtown’s Arts District, a timely arrival for June’s PRIDE Month celebrations, and a beacon of hope for Las Vegas’ small-business owners.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, capacity is limited, and reservations inside are for 90 minutes. The Garden is currently open Thursday and Sunday from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.