If the cavernous, energetic sportsbook and rooftop pool are the centerpieces of the new Circa Resort and Casino, its Legacy Club, set to debut on December 28, is an elevated escape from all the action.

Perched atop the 458-foot hotel tower that also opens for the first time this week, the luxurious lounge marks a completely different direction for Downtown nightlife while fitting neatly into the newly established Circa brand.

“I think it’s hard to compare, because there definitely is nothing like this Downtown,” says Alice O’Keefe, Circa’s director of design and architecture. “When we developed the concept, we looked around Las Vegas—but also outside Las Vegas, because it was important to create a destination. You can’t say it’s like the Foundation Room [at Mandalay Bay] or the other bar rooftop experiences. That’s not to take away from what’s already been done, but really it’s about creating something new, because people in Las Vegas and visiting Las Vegas are hungry for something new.”

Like Circa, Legacy Club aims to attract Vegas visitors from all over, not just the Downtown customer. And its striking features should create that kind of excitement in no time.

An incredibly rapid elevator ride from the first-floor casino to the 60th floor opens into a lobby decorated with busts of Las Vegas’ founding fathers, including Steve Wynn, Bob Stupak, Howard Hughes, Jay Sarno, Benny Binion and Jackie Gaughan. Commissioned portraits of the same figures line the hall leading into the indoor-outdoor venue, which provides a first glimpse of the stunning panoramic views of our Valley.

Fire pits and cozy seating arrangements line the expansive outdoor space, and the plan is to adjust operating hours so sunset viewing is always available. Indoors, high ceilings add drama surrounding the 12-seat bar with a build-your-own Old Fashioned program, and intimate lounge seating areas offer flexibility. A photo-worthy display of more than 60 pounds of gold bars centers the space near a dancefloor.

It might be serene in the late afternoon hours or even rowdy into the night, but Legacy Club showcases Circa’s diversity. The few seats at the bar provide an interesting juxtaposition to the 165-foot-long Mega Bar in the casino downstairs. And there will be a dress code at the sky-high lounge.

“We’re not encouraging people to come right out of the pool up here,” O’Keefe says. “The idea is to go back to your room, get presentable and come up. There are a lot of different zones and more intimate areas at Legacy Club, and to have this size and scale, I don’t think there’s anything else like it. It’s not just a Downtown attraction. People are going to be coming from the Strip, and that’s really what we wanted.”

LEGACY CLUB Opening December 28. Sunday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m.-4 a.m. Circa, 702-247-2258.

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