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Working remotely: Think outside downtown Las Vegas coffee shops

I’ve been working remotely since October 2016, first for a company, then as a self-employed entrepreneur, since October 2017. With the latter, my flexibility has increased 10-fold as I can stop in the middle of the day anytime to pack up and relocate to a new spot.

Due to that, if I’m working outside of the house, I’ll typically hit two complimentary locations in a day. One to start out, one to change things up a bit.

There’s a beauty and convenience to working from home but I’m definitely not a person that’s chained to the home office. I make sure to get out at least two days a week and have honed my ability to focus to where I can be productive from almost anywhere! Sometimes, I want a change from the normal coffee shops, and when I do you can often find me in one of these spots.

Note: I can’t speak to the wifi speeds in any of these locations. I can’t afford to have any issues with wifi so I have an unlimited hotspot which I use virtually all the time.

Gold Spike – Downtown Las Vegas

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pool table and lounge chairs at the Gold Spike

This place is like none other. It’s a bar, lounge, and hotel and used to be residences for Zappos employees and other entrepreneurs. With that kind of history and current use it’s no wonder it’s decked out like a trendy coworking space but turns into a nightclub in the evenings.

pool table, comfy chairs and games at the Gold Spike

It’s seriously hard to describe and if you’re in the area, you should really just go experience it for yourself.

There are numerous lounge areas plus tons of high top tables and chairs for working — that is, if you can ignore the giant cornhole, pool tables, ski ball, and other games scattered around the area.

And that’s just inside! Outside you can play life size beer pong with giant red solo cups, giant chess and more. Faux grass couches and ottomans surround fireplaces (not needed much of the year) and they bill the entire space as an adult playground.

But yeah … back to the work part of it.

I love this place because it’s such a weird but cool vibe and there’s so much space! I can start out indoors but wander outside to stretch my legs (or chill for a bit on a cooler day).

There are multiple bars on site — for that always welcome lunch beer, and the restaurant Fiddlestix is located there as well. It’s open 24 hours with coffee and breakfast menu options as well your typical American fare for later in the day. I find the prices quite reasonable, though please note, this menu says coffee is $9 while a latte is $11 and that’s definitely not the case as I had coffee there just the other day for just a couple bucks. What a typo eh?

This plays stays pretty deserted, other than the staff which are quite friendly, and your typical tourists straggling awake and off for more Vegas debauchery. There are a few other people working here and there, depending on the day. This is good for my focus but it’s a shame more people don’t take advantage of the cool vibe. It would be awesome to get a group of regular entrepreneurs/digital nomads in the area coming in several times a week. (If you’re working remote in Vegas, hit me up — until the end of 2018 anyway.)

Even if you’re not local, make sure to stop in and check this space out sometime!

faux grass couches and life size chess board at the gold spike in las vegas

Parking: Pay to park downtown. I find parking in downtown Las Vegas to be quite reasonable compared to many cities at $1 to $2 per hour most places. There are quite a few free spots (and I may think about writing about them once I move away!).

Westin Lake Las Vegas

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view through arched window to blue sky, mountains and lake

The Westin at Lake Las Vegas is perfect for days when I’m slammed with work but also need to be inspired by my surroundings.

With gorgeous views out over the lake — and plenty of air-conditioned workspace — it’s hard to beat this place for a productive day.

Arabesque lounge in lobby at Westin hotel

I typically utilize the space in the Arabesque lounge, though there are numerous other spaces available. Here, the bar doesn’t open till 2:30 so there typically aren’t others around to distract — and I also have an incentive to work hard and finish up early.

There are a good number of outlets available, the center conference table having plenty itself. If it’s a nice spring day, there is a ton of outdoor seating also.

Parking: Free

Las Vegas Golf Center

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tables and chairs overlooking a golf course

My first time working out of the Flight Deck Bar at the Las Vegas Golf Center was the Tuesday before Christmas around 12:30 p.m.

The place was mostly empty. A few golfers, a few non-golfers having lunch, a friendly bartender and me. I posted up in a chair near the window to work and watch the planes.

Outside, several guys braved the (to my mind) chilly weather and swung away at buckets of balls.

McCarran airport runways border the range and planes are constantly taking off making it a great place to work, relax with a few brews, and plane watch.

There are outside tables that are great for warmer weather and about 15 indoor tables ranging from two tops to 8 tops, plus a 12+ seat bar. 8 TV’s are tuned mostly to golf (of course), but they’re willing to tune to whatever you want.

They’ve got two happy hours per day from 10 a.m (my kind of place!) to 12 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6.pm.

If you’re into golfing after you put some work in, they’ve also got a golf happy hour. $29.95 for 9 holes, a cart, a draft beer, and a small bucket o’ balls from 4pm to close. Unfortunately I never got into golf, despite my many years living in Naples, Florida and now I don’t think I ever will. It’s far too easy to sit and drink and watch instead.

Parking: Free

Downtown Container Park – Downtown Las Vegas

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view of courtyard in outdoor shopping center with blue sky

This place was a mere block and a half from my old apartment near Fremont Street and I’ll still be back many times (well, weather permitting). This open air shopping center is home to cute little boutique shops, restaurants, and, quite often, live music.

In fact, if you have phone calls or meetings to take, I’d recommend going somewhere else for the day. This place has speakers piping out upbeat music that’s pretty loud, or, there’s a good chance they’ll actually have a band performing live on the stage at the far end.

laptop sitting on table outside on a deck overlooking shopping center courtyard

Meetings aside, with two stories and tables and chairs scattered everywhere, there are plenty of places to drop down with your laptop and get some work done.

Outlets can be a bit sparse but they do exist here and there.

I’m going to miss this place during the summer as it’ll be far too hot. On a gorgeous day in the spring it’s hard to beat this for cool breezes, sunshine and a great relaxing vibe.

Parking: Pay to park downtown. There is a paid parking lot next door. I find parking in downtown Las Vegas to be quite reasonable compared to many cities at $1 to $2 per hour a lot of places.

Bronze Market Cafe – Downtown Las Vegas

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cafe tables and chairs next to counter in grocery market

This cafe is located just down the street from the Downtown Container Park. It’s inside The Market, which used to be my local grocery store when I lived downtown.

They have a great little section with TV’s, bookshelves, cafe tables, and wifi. They have a full menu with a lot of healthy and vegan options — I’m not vegan but had the vegan pancakes one morning and they were quite good!

They have a small outdoor patio right on Fremont street which might keep you from working as the people watching is definitely a trip.

The fact that you’re sitting and working in the side of a grocery store makes for a changeup from the traditional coffee shop vibe and the staff is quite friendly and welcoming. As a regular you’ll soon get recognized with friendly nods. This is such a touristy location that locals are easy to spot!

Parking: Pay to park downtown. There is a paid parking lot next door.

Lake Mead Scenic Overlook(s)

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woman with bun sitting at computer and picnic table outdoors overlooking lake and mountains

This is one of my absolute favorite places for remote working BUT it’s only good for a few hours — basically your battery life. If you’ve got an external battery, this would be the place to bring it.

My strategy consists of using these overlooks for days when I need to really focus for a few hours and knock out some work quickly. Once the battery dies I’m done for, so I can’t afford to screw around.

My wifi hotspot works great up here (Verizon) but I can’t vouch for whether or not that’ll be true for yours. Even if I didn’t have wifi, I’d use this as a writing spot. Again, it’s hard to waste time when you’re working against a clock.

You can access the overlooks by just driving along Lakeshore drive and looking for turnoff signs. There are several including Sunset View Scenic OverlookLongview Overlook, and 33 Hole Overlook.

You should note that there is an entrance fee for Lake Mead National Recreation area. It’s $20 for a 7 day pass for regular vehicles. I purchased the America the Beautiful pass on January 1st for $80, giving me free access to all U.S. National parks for an entire year so I come and go as I please.

If you’re local to the Las Vegas area and enjoy the outdoors I’d highly recommend it as you’ll be able to use it for Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon and get your money’s worth in just a few visits.

Parking: Free once you’ve paid the entry fee to get into the park

Did I miss anything?

I’ve only lived in Vegas for four months at the time of this writing (April 2018) so I’m always on the lookout for more places to add to my list. I love sitting outdoors and working but as the weather starts to turn, I’ll be on the lookout for more indoor spots.

If you know of a great place to add to this list (or if you’re local and want to meet up and cowork sometime) please send me an email!

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