If you’ve spent any time in the Las Vegas Arts District, you know that it’s truly a trendy and exciting place to explore! An artistic and vintage haven for locals in particular (with more tourists expected to join in on the fun over time), there’s a hidden gem around every corner. In fact, today we’re eager to spread the word about one of DTLV’s newest hotspots: Taverna Costera.
What is Taverna Costera?
Taverna Costera is “a multi-use project,” says owner Jeff Hwang. This unique space boasts three venues in one location: a coffee shop, a coastal Mediterranean fusion restaurant, and a rooftop bar.
“The coffee shop is called Dragon’s Alley Coffee Co,” Jeff shares. “It’s a coffee shop within a restaurant. It’s the kind of place where you can come and hang out. We’ll stay open late with the bar and the restaurant.”
Dragon’s Alley even offers a full menu, so you can grab a quick bite to eat even when you don’t have time to enjoy the full Taverna Costera restaurant experience.
When you are interested in a nice sit-down meal, however, you’ll be presented with a fresh selection of offerings each week. And presentation is a huge part of the Taverna Costera experience. Many of the dishes we ordered had an intriguing element to them, like the way our seafood and veggie medley was slowly unwrapped, or the way our More Rockin Tagine (pictured above) was initially brought to our table inside a beautiful blue container.
Jeff adds that even those who don’t necessarily like seafood might still enjoy the unique seafood offerings at Taverna Costera. The ZOOO team especially loved the Fish en Papillote, which was one of our favorite indulgences of the night. “It’s a paper purse that we made with the fish inside, and it keeps all the flavor and juices inside the package.”
If animal products aren’t your jam, not to worry. Dragon’s Alley and Taverna Costera are proudly vegan-friendly, with a wide range of dishes and drinks available across the board.
As for the entertainment?
You can expect to enjoy live music both indoors and out, within the restaurant and onstage upstairs with a beautiful view of the Stratosphere and surrounding Downtown businesses. The incorporation of live entertainment was inspired by Jeff’s own passion for playing live music, and he’s eager to regularly bring local musicians in for an evening that’s all about community, togetherness, and good times.
As you wander through the different sections and levels of Taverna Costera, you might notice some one-of-a-kind art placed throughout. The entire venue is also an art gallery, with each piece being available for purchase – so take note of any pieces you fall in love with! This art is the work of local artists and photographers, so your purchases directly benefit other community members.
So, why the Arts District?
“The Arts District is the fastest growing and hippest place. It’s a place made by locals, and eventually, the tourists will come here at some point.”
We couldn’t agree more – Taverna Costera is one of the many local businesses that are sure to draw in a crowd. When will you be stopping by?
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Taylor is a creative content strategist originally from the Midwestern U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, Film, and Creative Writing from Lawrence University, where she served as a four-year starter on the university softball team and took on four different positions in Campus Life while pursuing her double degree. With a deep love for collaboration, Taylor hopes to apply her background in community engagement to the digital world in support of local businesses. When she’s not at work, you can find her playing Animal Crossing or hanging out at her current favorite tea shop.