Inspire, the "event center/bar complex/corner newsstand/cafe" and hoped for collision point for the city's creative talents, is informally functional prior to officially opening. The building still needs some work, such as the exterior still being clad in concrete sheets and tidying up the exterior, but new information is finally being shared. While invite-only events have already taken place, on Dec. 27 the public can attend a spoken word event inside the Inspire Theater benefiting the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.
In a confident move, Inspire is currently projecting their interior design renderings on its two newly functional video screens facing East Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. Craig Sean Palacios and his Bunnyfish Studios architecture team completed the look that includes a "Mad Men-style" bar, a climate-controlled roof patio and yards of international magazines to create extra inspiration.
The building's sign is up, operational and for those who take an extra second to glance, featuring a hidden letter "D" after the letter "E."
Inspire [Photo: Bradley Martin]
On the ground floor, Inspire News Café, the city's first international newsstand, will feature a global collection of more than 300 magazines and many obscure national ones. "Sophisticated yet down-to-earth dining options" will include the usual coffee variants, other beverages and "a limited menu of fresh, high quality "grab and go" items." They've set up a sliding service window on Fremont for pedestrians.
The Cafe is said to merge into East Fremont's "neo-village vibe." Abundantly WiFi-ed, the space's seating is a mix and match combo of indoor and outdoor chairs, benches, sofas and "semi-secret nooks." The News Café will be open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One floor up, Wayfarer Bar features a view looking into the theater auditorium. The small lounge is aiming for a retro, mid-century, idealized Americana feel and hopes for a "sumptuous, bourbon and scotch-fueled social" scene augmented with dark wood hues and comfortable seating. The Wayfarer will be open every day from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
On the roof will be The Roof, hyped as the the city's "largest outdoor, climate-controlled rooftop lounge." The patio view will extend down both aspects of Fremont Street. Elevator access will take you up to a bar offering "communal service," their descriptive of beers, cocktails and punches served in large pitchers for sharing. Also, upstairs, "raucous communal tables," built for communing with fellow guests and their over-sized drink receptacles. This outdoor lounge will only be open from Thursday to Saturday 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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