Las Vegas, the city known to trade in luck, got dramatically out of hand last year.
The coronavirus pandemic has given Las Vegas a lost hand, removing almost all sin (and most of its spending) from the city. The city recorded around 19 million visitors in 2020, a sharp drop from the 42 million visitors in 2019. Unemployment, which was just 3.9 percent at the beginning of 2020, rose to 34 percent by order of the governor of Nevada – the highest unemployment rate in the country casinos closed last year to contain the spread of the pandemic. Vegas and its famous casinos, entertainment and restaurants have lost billions.
But his fate returns. The New Year brought hope as casinos and hotels opened again to more guests, one by one. Casinos, bars and restaurants rose from 25 percent to 35 percent in February. then 50 percent in March. With a little luck, even more government restrictions will be relaxed in May.
The following is new in Las Vegas:
Circa Resort & Casino
This adult-only resort casino (21 and older) is bubbly enough to draw high rollers from the more iconic palaces of the Strip to the downtown area, where it soars in grand style above the Freemont Street Experience.
The 1.25 million square foot property has 777 rooms in its 35-story tower, which includes a two-story casino, the world’s largest sportsbook, and the multi-layered swim stadium, with six pools opening onto a massive, high-resolution 125-foot screen look. Dining options include Barry’s classy Downtown Prime Steakhouse. 8 East, a Pan-Asian restaurant; Project BBQ, the Freemont Street Experience’s only permanent food truck; Victory burger; Saginaw’s delicacies; Mega Bar, Nevada’s longest bar; Vegas Vickie’s retro lobby bar; and Legacy Club, a chic rooftop cocktail lounge with panoramic city views.
Around is owned by Derek Stevens, the developer and owner of a downtown casino. It promises to improve the stakes for downtown casinos while ushering in a new vision – one that cleverly blends Vintage Vegas with the city’s most cutting-edge gaming, hostels, and food / drink options. Room rates start at $ 119. 8 Freemont St., 702-247-2258; circalasvegas.com
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
More than US $ 200 million went into the conversion of the former Hard Rock Hotel into the fabulous new Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, which opened with dazzling fanfare in March.
The property, now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, features 1,500 rooms (they call them chambers) in three towers that come with ergonomically designed beds, room technology, and minibars with a new indoor function space and a day club with bars and lawns an open-air event stage.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment operates the 60,000 square meter gaming area with 650 slot machines and 50 table games. Dining options include Casa Calavera, a Mexican nightclub-style restaurant owned by the Hakkasan Group; Kassi Beach Club, a European-style restaurant and lounge; the Thai restaurant Night + Market; Todd English’s Olives; A steakhouse from Morton’s restaurateurs; Nobu International Japanese Restaurant; Signature of the Virgins Commons Club and Shag Room; and Money, Baby !, described as an adult playground with games, cocktails and food.
This is Virgin Hotel’s first entry into the casino market. It already feels like a different era in Vegas: Virgin touts no resort fees and free parking. Room rates start at $ 129. 4455 Paradise Road, 702-693-7625; virginhotelslv.com
Resorts World Las Vegas
This $ 4.3 billion luxury resort, Vegas’ most ambitious new venture, is slated to open in the summer of 2021 with 3,500 rooms, next-gen games, retail stores, and a range of new restaurants and bars (including an outpost of Houston’s Blood Bros. BBQ) are over 88 acres at the north end of the strip.
The property promises a 5,000-seat theater, pool complex with seven pool experiences, nightclubs and day clubs, and restaurants, including a street-vendor-inspired food that also includes vendors selling dumplings, Hainan chicken rice, clay pot rice, noodles, roti, roast pork, Asian style yakitori, bubble tees, nori and barbecue. Also in the F&B mix: DawgHouse Saloon & Sportsbook with a sports bar in Nashville; Wally’s Wine & Spirits from Los Angeles; Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge with champagne and craft cocktails; Viva offers modern regional Mexican cuisine; Genting Palace, with a menu of dim sum and Cantonese cuisine; Kusa Nori, a modern Japanese bistro; Brezza, which offers modern coastal dishes; Bar Zazu, a European cafe; and Starlight on 66, a cocktail lounge on the 66th floor of the resort overlooking the Strip. 3000 South Las Vegas Blvd., 702-676-7000; rwlasvegas.com
When you go
Travelers flying with Southwest Airlines can greatly improve the C Concourse at McCarran International Airport thanks to a $ 13 million project expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.
New bars, restaurants
Amalfi from Bobby Flay: After his 16-year run at Caesars Palace, celebrity chef Bobby Flay will lead a new concept in his former Mesa Grill area. The new Amalfi restaurant, inspired by his travels to the Italian Amalfi Coast, is expected to open in May with a fresh new coastal menu.
Stadia Bar: The new high-end sports bar with 120 seats next to the Forum Food Court of Caesars Palace is expected to open in May. Expect rare whiskey like Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, which is served in five leather-wrapped VIP domes meant to suggest vintage football helmets in the lavish bar designed by the Rockwell Group.
Mileage statistics: Vegas’ outpost of the famous Greek seafood restaurant has made a jump from Cosmopolitan to Restaurant Row at the Venetian Resort. It remains the best table for fresh seafood, flown in daily from the Mediterranean: Greek ceviche, raw sashimi-style fish, grilled whole fish and grilled squid that can be enjoyed with fine Greek wines.
Brera Osteria: Inspired by Milan’s cool Brera district, this new casual restaurant at The Venetian Resort offers a multi-regional Italian menu with dishes such as fritto misto, beef carpaccio, pizza, classic pasta (cacio e pepe, amatriciana, pappardelle with wild boar sugo and black truffles) ) as well as roasted branzino, chicken and steaks.
From Tai Fung: The famous Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house brings its meticulous dumpling-making skills to MGM’s Aria Resort & Casino. The restaurant produces more than 10,000 dumplings a day, including the signature Xiao Long Bao, a Shanghai-style soup dumpling filled with kurobuta pork. The menu includes pasta and soups, as well as a chocolate dumpling not to be missed.
Bang Bar: Superchef David Chang’s Momofuku-To-Go concept takes place in Block 16 Urban Food Hall of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. With a menu of quick-casual, Asian-inspired dishes (rice bowls and flatbreads filled with roast meat), Bang celebrates its debut on the west coast in one of the strip’s most dazzling food and drink collections.