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The city of Las Vegas green-lights all-ages access to Downtown’s the Beat

Photo: Christopher DeVargas

It’s weird to think a 20-year-old student couldn’t ever attend an evening art opening at Emergency Arts due to the licensing of adjoining coffeehouse/performance venue the Beat, which didn’t allow minors during the evening—the only hours when beer and wine were served. But now, the City of Las Vegas has approved all-ages access to the non-bar portion of the Beat—and adult-beverage sales to those 21 and over—both day and night.

The space’s co-operator, Jennifer Cornthwaite of Future Restaurant Group, says the motivation came from restaurants she encountered while traveling with her family that allowed the same dynamic, as well as her experiences navigating the tricky Vegas dining scene with a toddler. Which means you can also expect family-friendly amenities (children’s menu, high chairs, etc.) and all-ages music and poetry events in the near future—making the Beat the most inclusive, versatile spot in Fremont East.

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