By Steve Beauregard
With intriguing, hilarious real-life characters, Pawn Stars has practically taken over the History Channel, and its popularity seems to have no end.
If you’re a big fan of the show like I am, a trip to the store, otherwise known as the Gold & Sliver Pawn Shop, is a definite must-do during your next trip to Las Vegas.
The world famous pawn shop is situated right on S. Las Vegas Boulevard. While Las Vegas Boulevard is also the name for the Las Vegas Strip, the Pawn Stars shop is technically not on the Strip.
Instead, it’s situated on that approximately three mile stretch of road from the Strip to Fremont Street in old downtown Las Vegas.
It’s estimated that up to 5,000 people per day visit the Gold & Silver Pawn shop to either catch a glimpse of the reality show stars, check out the famous digs they seen each week on TV, or to even (and here’s a concept) buy or pawn something.
Pawn Stars Shop Location
When you are driving from the Strip to Fremont Street, you’ll find the Pawn Stars Shop on the right side of the busy Las Vegas Boulevard. The official address is as follows:
713 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV. 89101
Phone: (702) 385-7912
It’s situated on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, between Gass Avenue and Garces Avenue. There are parking lots both south and north of the shop for you to park in. The south parking lot will be familiar to viewers, as that is often where haggling takes place when a seller has a car or motorcycle. It’s also the scene of a lot of the pre-haggling and post-haggling interviews with customers.
(The black star is the Pawn Stars shop. Purple is downtown Fremont Street while the yellow star represents the center of the Las Vegas Strip)
Please note that these parking areas get packed quickly and spaces are hard to come by. You should know that large trucks and oversized vehicles aren’t allowed to park there.
If the Pawn Stars parking lots get filled, there is another free parking lot directly across the street, along Garces. You’ll see it right behind a large kiosk selling Las Vegas tours.
In addition to these Pawn Stars parking lots, there are parking spaces on Garces you could use. I cannot vouch for the safety of the area around the shop at night, however I felt comfortable there during the middle of the day.
In general, the area is somewhat sketchy. Directly across the street from the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop’s parking lot is what looks like a gas station turned into sleazy, run down adult shop called “Showgirl Video.”
Distance from the Strip to the Pawn Stars Shop
The distance from the Las Vegas Strip to the Pawn Stars store varies depending on where on the Strip you are, however I would not consider it be within walking distance – not because of the distance, but rather because of the shop’s rougher location.
The south end of the Strip is quite a ways from the store.
MGM Grand to Pawn Stars, for example, is 4.7 miles and would take you an hour and ½ to walk it, when staying on the Strip the entire way.
The center Strip properties are a little easier, but still not walkable. Caesars Palace or the Flamingo to the Gold & Sliver, for example, would still be 3.6 miles and take you just over an hour of walking.
North Strip properties like Circus Circus, the Wynn, and Venetian are still over 2 ½ miles from Pawn Stars and nearly an hour walk.
The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is the closest Strip resort to Pawn Stars, and the 1.2 mile walk would take you about ½ hour.
Distance from Downtown Fremont Street to the Pawn Stars Store
It’s .6 miles from Fremont Street in old downtown Las Vegas to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Despite the short distance however, I personally wouldn’t walk it because (A) The area around the Pawn Stars store isn’t great, and (B) The Las Vegas heat is brutal.
If you do choose to walk there, it would only be around a 15 minute walk.
A better option would be to drive or take the bus…
Bus From Fremont Street Downtown to Pawn Stars
It’s just an 8 minute bus ride from Fremont Street to the pawn shop. The easy, tourist-friendly Las Vegas bus system is called the Deuce.
You’ll want to get on the Deuce at the far east end of the Fremont Street experience, at Las Vegas Boulevard. The actual stop is by the Neonopolis shopping complex.
From there, it’s eight minutes to the Hoover bus stop, which is where you’ll want to get off. The Deuce will drive past the pawn shop, then stop a little down the road. From the Hoover bus stop, the Pawn Stars store is just a block’s walk north, on the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Alternatively, you could get off at an earlier bus stop, called the “Clark” stop. It’s just a 2 minute bus ride to this stop. From there, it’s a five minute walk to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
Note that if you take the SDX (Strip/Downtown Express), you’ll get on and off at a different spot. You’ll hop on the SDX at Binions, right off of the Fremont Street Experience on Casino Center Drive.
You’ll want to get off at the Bonneville Transit Center. From there, you’ll walk 4/10ths of a mile east on Garces Avenue to the pawn shop.
Bus From the Las Vegas Strip to Pawn Stars
Whether you are taking the Deuce, or the SDX bus from the Strip towards downtown to the Pawn Stars store, you’ll want to get off at the Bonneville Transit Center at Garces, then walk the five minute stroll east to the store. There is no closer stop on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Bike to Pawn Stars shop
If you choose to use the Las Vegas bike-share program, (called “RTC Bike Share”) you’ll find a return station right outside the store’s parking lot.
No matter how you get there, a visit to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn store is a must-do for anyone who is a big fan of the show.
(Photo courtesy of Wilson Hui via Flickr).