Circa has succeeded in bringing the luxury of top resorts on the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas. The first new construction resort to go be built on Fremont Street in decades, Circa is a “must-see” attraction in itself, even if not staying at their 777 room hotel. Complete with a 2 level casino, numerous dining options, and top-tier amenities, there is plenty to do at and near Circa located conveniently in the heart of the action downtown.
Things To Do at Circa Las Vegas
Swim: Stadium Swim, Circa’s rooftop pool is a dream for both sunbathers and sports bettors. The 6 pools that comprise the complex are open year-round, heated to the upper 90s, and offer 2 swim-up bars.
The crown jewel of Circa’s pool deck, however, is the enormous screen spanning 143-feet diagonally which broadcasts sporting events to those sipping poolside cocktails.
Placing an oversized bet, then catching the game from the pool is by far, my personal favorite thing to do at Circa. Entry to the pool for guests at The D and Golden Gate is complimentary, while non-guests need to pay a cover of $10.
Enjoy an overpowering sportsbook: Sportsbooks in Las Vegas are known for their grandeur, but Circa takes it to the next level. Their 78-million pixel, 3-story tall sportsbook screen is visible from both levels of the casino and is almost omnipresent as you navigate the property.
While seating on the main level can be expensive, we recommend grabbing a seat along the ledge of the second level where bartop gaming is also offered. In our experience, there are few things better than gambling while you’re gambling.
See a Vegas icon: Before Circa, Vegas Vickie sat atop the Girls of Glitter Gulch Gentleman’s Club outdoors which left her in rough shape. She is now completely restored, neon shining bright and leg kicking near Barry’s Prime inside the casino. While Circa has many signature amenities, Vegas Vickie’s return gives the property a “wow factor” that is difficult to put into words.
A cheap shrimp cocktail: Many of you that have made the trip to Vegas over the years will remember the famous, and inexpensive, shrimp cocktail offered at Du-Par’s at Golden Gate. While no longer offered for sale there, Circa has revived the old favorite and serves the original recipe at Saginaw’s Deli on the second level. Now, the shrimp cocktail typically costs $11, but if purchased from 3 am – 5 am with an accompanying entree, it’ll only set you back 99-cents.
The sandwiches at Saginaw’s, while expensive, are pretty darn good. Here’s my grilled corned beef and pastrami masterpiece.
Booze: Bars are usually just bars. Places to grab a drink and sit. Not the case at Circa. Bars at Circa all have unique elements that make them worth stopping at. For instance, Overhang Bar is perched on the second level of the casino and has aerial views of the Sportsbook.
Mega Bar is the longest in Nevada at 165-feet long and has 46 TVs.
Vegas Vickies offers drinks under the neon glow of the restored Vegas Vickie.
Legacy Club is located on Circa’s 60th floor and offers views of the Las Vegas skyline. Note that Legacy Club is a classy joint. The dress code is “elegant casual” and clothing like swimwear, ball caps, and T-shirts are not permitted. Check it out for a sunset drink.
Lastly, Circa Bar is outdoors along Fremont Street and sells cocktails near one of their live entertainment stages.
Things To Do Near Circa
Circa’s location at the head of Fremont Street means there are an enormous amount of things to do nearby. If roulette is your game, head over to Plaza and play their player-friendly single-zero variant which is typically available at a $10 minimum bet.
While Circa is beautiful, the gambling isn’t exactly cheap with table games often commanding a $25 minimum bet. If you are looking for a cheaper game, head down to El Cortez which frequently offers $5 – $10 table minimus, or Downtown Grand which has been known to deal a $1 minimum blackjack game.
Aside from the live music shows put on by the Fremont Street Experience, live music downtown can be difficult to find. Fortunately, The Sand Dollar Lounge recently opened at Plaza and is among the few bars on Fremont Street with nightly performances.
Sigma Derby, a mechanical horse racing game is offered at The D, is the last Sigma option in Vegas. Save up your quarters and have a great time, especially if gambling in a group. Don’t have quarters? No worries, they have a change machine.
Visiting the Las Vegas Arts District is commonly an afterthought, or completely overlooked by most, but if you enjoy craft beer, antique shopping, or art galleries, it could be right up your alley. Not typically a shopping person myself, the quirky collection of shops rarely disappoints and vintage Vegas casino memorabilia can commonly be found.
Take the free Downtown Loop shuttle to and from the district from Fremont Street!
If Las Vegas history interests you, ensure you stop into Golden Gate across the street from Circa which was first opened in 1906 and offers some really interesting windows into the past. Among other historic things to see downtown include the Mob and Neon Museums.
At the end of the day, Circa’s positioning downtown means there more things to do nearby than we could possibly list here. If you need more itinerary ideas, check out our comprehensive list of things to do on Fremont Street besides gambling.