Downtown Las Vegas classic, Binion’s Casino, sits nestled in the heart of Fremont Street. It’s neon sign, reminiscent of its Old Las Vegas origins.
Now its part of the continuing changes in Downtown Las Vegas. After a decade, dozens of its shuttered hotel rooms will soon be renovated. The property is also expanding with a saloon.
“The Binion property is so historic, and there are so many firsts that happened here,” explained General Manager Tim Lager. “The history of Binion’s is just so strong.”
The Binion family sold the property to its current owner, TLC Casino Enterprises, in the mid-2000’s. Shortly after, the Recession hit. “Obviously, the economy crashed after we purchased the property and we were forced to close the hotel rooms,” recalled Lager. “So the hotel rooms have been sitting as they are today since 2009.”
A decade later, Lager gave reporter Darlene Melendez a tour of those same hallways as he and his team breathe life back into the Apache Hotel’s 89 rooms. As part of the expansion project, Binion’s will be reopening the hotel.
“We’re gonna have hardwood floors, stained-glass windows, lace curtains…you can see the old-style phone,” shared Lager. “Flat screen TVs, USB cords. Giving you the modern thing with an old-school feel.”
In addition to reopening the hotel, Binion’s is also welcoming a brand new, full-service saloon—’Whiskey Licker Up.’
“The mechanical bull will be here,” pointed out Lager as he continued the tour, now of the bar’s future space.
And if a mechanical bull wasn’t enough, the saloon will also have a rotating bar and a balcony that will go 12 feet past the face of the building — giving its guests a front row seat to the action below.
“We just want to be able to bring outside in, the inside out, and kinda interact with the whole street,” explained Lager. “It’s like a bourbon street feel.”
Binion’s expansion projects will preserve its origins while honoring its namesake. “We just want to give you a feel of life back in the 30s, what it would’ve felt like coming to Las Vegas,” Lager shared. “Benny Binion always said, ‘Good food, good whiskey, good gamble.'”
TLC Casino Enterprises, INC. hopes to have both the bar and the hotel completed as early as July 2019.
Fun fact: The Apache Hotel was built in the 1930s. After the renovations, it will be marketed as a “historic and haunted” boutique hotel. Workers have reported experiencing paranormal activity—and the hotel has been featured on popular ghost-hunting television shows.