– By Stacey Gualandi
A VIEW THAT KILLS
For anyone looking to toast 2021 with a good stiff drink, look no further than the Legacy Club, the new luxe rooftop cocktail experience high atop Circa Resort & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.
The nearly 9,000 square foot upscale lounge was five years in the making and boasts an expansive terrace, fire pits, a display of 500 two-ounce Circa-branded gold bars (worth what the ticker says on any given day), and according to Circa CEO Derek Stevens, the best sunset vantage point in the city.
“When you get to see Las Vegas light up right before your eyes, it’s something pretty special,” says Stevens of the panoramic Valley views. “You know you’ve got a great night ahead of you.”
The lounge got its label by paying homage to the icons who made Las Vegas what it is today. Eleven “founding fathers,” including Howard Hughes, Benny Binion, and Bob Stupak are enshrined with metal busts in the 60th-floor entryway as you exit the exclusive elevator, and in black-and-white portraits leading directly to the centerpiece bar.
That devotion to decades past is also reflected in the club’s cocktail program, including a build-your-own Old Fashioned menu with over 200 whiskeys to choose from; and new twists on old classics, like their namesake Legacy Club, which shakes up a traditional Clover Club (Absolut Elyx and prickly pear syrup replace gin and raspberry).
“We tried to do the same with classic cocktails that made what the craft cocktail world is today,” says Sam Pulliam, the Director of Beverage. “I feel like this is what Vegas used to be: the glitz, glamour, and mid-century vibe.”
The opening of the Legacy Club and the hotel’s 777-room and suites tower follows the October reveal of the world’s largest sportsbook; Stadium Swim’s year-round pool/amphitheater; and Circa’s two-story casino with a refurbished icon “Vegas Vickie.” Now, the first ground-up, adults-only casino-resort downtown in 40 years is finally complete and leaving a legacy of its own. The “founding fathers” would toast to that.