Downtown Las Vegas has consistently been proving to be the place to be in Las Vegas. In past years, we have proven that Downtown Las Vegas is more than just an afterthought when visiting the Strip. Now, it is an area thriving on its own with plenty of Downtown Las Vegas attractions, bars, restaurants, and events bringing in over 33 million visitors a year.
Let’s look at the numbers. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Downtown Las Vegas occupancy continues to grow. In January 2018, citywide occupancy changed 1.7% compared to 2019. In the same time period, Downtown occupancy changed 5.1% – whereas the Strip changed 0.8% in that time.
Long story short: The downtown area is growing quickly, and for good reason! Read below to see some upcoming Downtown projects we’re looking forward to:
One of the biggest changes coming to Downtown is Circa Las Vegas, the new resort and casino planned to be completed by the end of 2020. Being built where the Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch, and Mermaids Casino previously resided, Circa Las Vegas will be the true embodiment of the prosperity of Downtown Las Vegas. After decades of rich history, Circa will signify the new era of Downtown Las Vegas in 2020 while celebrating the golden ages circa 1940 and 1980.
You can expect over-the-top amenities and memorable experiences at this hub of hospitality and entertainment. During construction, more details will be released about the themes, bars, chefs, and more that will make Circa Las Vegas a truly unforgettable time. Until then, here are a few things to look forward to:
Circa Las Vegas is brought to Downtown by Derek and Greg Stevens and will join the D and Golden Gate family. The Stevens brothers are consistently working toward elevating the Downtown Las Vegas experience and creating a new golden age for the city.
With just over 6.5 million convention attendees in 2018 alone, Las Vegas has proven to be a hot spot for conventions and trade shows. Earlier this year, ground was broken on the upcoming Downtown Las Vegas convention center. The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas will be a 315,000-square-foot facility to host larger-scale community events, trade shows, conventions, and the twice-annual World Market.
Credit: Fremont Street Experience
The future of Downtown Las Vegas is bright, and the Viva Vision canopy that lights up the Fremont Street Experience is about to get a lot brighter! Suspended 90 feet above the ground and spanning 90-feet wide and 1,500-feet wide, the canopy has been an iconic display that has dazzled spectators for over a decade. The new lighting will be brighter, sharper, and will even have a mobile app to allow people to interact with the display.
One of the best parts of the development of Downtown Las Vegas is the food. Vegas has been well-known for celebrity chefs for quite some time, but Downtown is thriving with up-and-coming chefs who bring something new to the table – literally. Fergusons Motel is getting a makeover from Chef Daniel Krohmer of Other Mama. His new restaurant plans include Hatsumi, a Japanese robata-style restaurant, and La Monja, a Mexican restaurant with a focus on fish.
Downtown’s popular Whiskey Licker Bar is moving up this summer, as in it’s expanding a floor up! Whiskey Licker Up will sit directly above the current bar at Binion’s and will overlook Fremont Street Experience. Licker up, or liquor up? This new venue promises strong drinks, a mechanical bull, and live music. Even more exciting is the centerpiece – a rotating bar that gives an amazing view of Downtown.
Keep an eye out for all the amazing developments happening in Downtown Las Vegas. From conventions to exciting bars (or exciting bars after conventions), Downtown has everything to make your Vegas experience one to remember. Want to be right in the middle of the action and excitement? Be sure to book a room at Golden Gate Hotel to see the modern-day Downtown Vegas grow right before your eyes.