5 Downtown Las Vegas Casinos
August 30, 2018
Casinos and Vegas go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can enjoy them separately but why would you want to? Whether you’re visiting Las Vegas for a summer getaway, are driving in just for the weekend, or live right around the corner from some of the top hotspots, you can’t help but get swept away by the excitement of Las Vegas gambling. According to the UNLV Center for Gaming Research and a study conducted in June 2018, statewide gaming revenues are currently up 3.6% with a 4% increase in slot wins and a 2.8% increase in game wins.
Now let’s talk more about these Downtown casinos and gaming hotspots. Even though most people might think of some fancy gaming floor on the Strip, we’re here to talk about some of the local hotspots and Old Las Vegas casinos. Buckle up for a casino-focused trip down Fremont Street.
🎲 El Cortez Hotel & Casino
First up on our list is El Cortez Hotel & Casino, a well-known staple to the Downtown Las Vegas scene. El Cortez was established in 1941, and just celebrated its 75th Vegas anniversary in 2016. At first, the El Cortez location was originally thought to be too far from the action of Downtown. But in 1945, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway saw the profitability behind it and decided to buy and invest in this Downtown location. If you’re looking for a fun night out, any day of the week, head over to El Cortez for coin slots, steak dinners, and cold drinks.
Let’s focus on the casino to start. Of course there’s your classic blackjack, roulette, and craps tables, but you also have a sea of slots. As you’re gazing upon the many slot machines packed into each casino, you might notice that these are some of the most popular casino games on the floor. This is because slot machines are easy to play and the winnings can be big! El Cortez has the bright, flashy slots that draw you in, but the casino is also home to classic, coin-operated slot machines that were popular in the past.
If you’re looking for a local hotspot that’s right around the corner from your home at The Ogden, sign up to join the Club Cortez player’s club and start reaping the benefits.
After you’ve enjoyed the fun on the gaming floor, head over to Siegel’s 1941 for a meal you won’t forget. Who knows, you might even spot some familiar faces dining right next to you! For example, former Mayor Oscar Goodman has been seen at Siegel’s in the past. This 24 hour, casual dining spot brings old-school and sophistication to the Fremont East District. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the Chef’s Selection!
Fun Fact: El Cortez was the first major resort to open in Downtown Las Vegas on November 7, 1941.
🎲🎲 Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
You can’t visit Downtown Las Vegas without checking out Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. With the word “grand” smack in the middle of the name, you’re sure to have a memorable night. With everything from their Grand Rewards program, to classic slots and unique table games, Downtown Grand is a hot spot for fun and luck. Whether you’re looking for modern rooms or an unforgettable vibe, Downtown Grand has it all.
Not only is Downtown Grand home to world-class dining, drinks, and gaming, but they also host unforgettable local events for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to enjoy a poolside concert, the Wrangler NFR viewing party, or countless other events, Downtown Grand has you covered. For example, Third Thursday on 3rd is a Downtown Las Vegas event that you won’t want to miss. You probably could have guessed it, but this event happens every third Thursday of the month on 3rd Street and includes food trucks, all you can drink beer, art, street games, and fun! Check out other upcoming events and plan your next night out with Downtown Grand.
Fun Fact: When Downtown Grand first opened it was known as Lady Luck Hotel & Casino, which was acquired by Isle of Capri, headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
🎲🎲🎲 the D Las Vegas
Welcome to the D Las Vegas, located in the heart and soul of the Fremont Street Experience. If you’re looking for a night filled with fun and Vegas glam, you’re stopping at the right place. This Downtown casino floor will leave you wanting more. Two floors, 42,000 square feet, 1,000+ slot machines, and 22 table games make up this contemporary gaming floor. But, one of the most unique aspects about the D casino floor is the Sigma Derby horse race. Head to the classic gaming area on the second floor to witness both the old school Sigma Derby and the new and improved Konami’s Fortune Cup™ Mechanical Horse Racing game. Although the payoff from the horse racing is not the largest in the casino, this game gives you a whole new rush.
Another unique aspect of this Downtown hotel and casino is that fact that they are partners with the Vegas Golden Knights! It’s not unusual to see one of the all-stars enjoying a meal at Andiamo Steakhouse, or even the whole team hosting a gathering to celebrate their first hockey year in Las Vegas. Either way, if you’re a die-hard Golden Knights fan and want to enjoy some local spirit, the D is the spot.
Fun Fact: The classic Sigma Derby horse racing game at the D Las Vegas is one of only two left in Las Vegas.
🎲🎲🎲🎲 California Hotel & Casino
California Hotel & Casino has plenty of Hawaiian flair for locals and visitors, alike. With a fresh look and the spirit of “Aloha” included in every inch, the Cal is the place to be. The California Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas is known as a vacation in the Hawaiian Islands with everything from Hawaiian decor to dining delicacies to Hawaiian print shirts for all employees! As you make your way to this Downtown casino floor, enjoy table games, live-action gaming, and the sports book filled with every game you could possibly imagine.
Dining at the Cal is always a good choice. Fine dining steakhouse? Check. Craving noodles? Check. Aloha-specific dinner and drinks? Check. So grab a bite to eat and fuel up before heading back into the fun of the casino or sports book. If you’re a local and are looking for a fun and reliable location to test your luck at the Hospitality of the Hawaiian Islands’ casino, the Cal is where it’s at.
Fun Fact: California Hotel & Casino has been owned by Boyd Gaming since it was first built by Sam Boyd.
🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲 Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Our final Las Vegas gambling spot is the very well-known Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. You might notice this hotel and casino by it’s unforgettable exterior lights or its memorable name. Either way, if you don’t stop by this casino location on your hunt for the best gaming spot in Downtown, then you’re missing out! Since opening day in 1946, the Golden Nugget has been known as one of the oldest casinos in all of Las Vegas. When you make your way to the gaming floor of this historic casino, you’ll not only be enjoying your favorite poker, video poker, or slot games, but you are also placing your money where it counts in an award-winning casino.
If you’re looking for somewhere to fuel up after a fun night on the casino floor, checkout some of the casino’s best restaurants. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, steak, seafood, or endless buffet options, you can find it at this iconic Fremont Street hotel and casino.
Events and performances have always been a big part of this memorable location. Their Theatre Ballroom opened in 1948 and since then has been taken over by greatness with acts from Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, and many other stars. The Golden Nugget is still known for its entertainment options, so check out The Showroom for a concert you won’t soon forget.
Another key aspect that makes the Golden Nugget unique is their pool, or The Tank. Guests can swim alongside sea creatures and sharks in the 200,000-gallon tank, right in the middle of the Fremont Street Experience.
Fun Fact: Guy Mcafee, kingpin in the illegal gambling scene of LA, founded and opened the Golden Nugget Casino just months before Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo on the Strip, all during the midst of the mob influence in the city.
Whether you’re looking for a friendly Aloha, classic casino game fun, or live entertainment, Downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience is the place for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re just visiting town or live right around the corner, these unique gaming spots in Las Vegas ensure a memorable time.