Circa Las Vegas Vows Adults-Only Resort

The first ground-up casino to come to Downtown Las Vegas in decades will open in October with a ban on anyone under 21. Adults “need some mystique back in their lives,” the property said in announcing the policy.

Fremont Street’s new Circa resort will be off-limits to anyone under 21 when it opens in October.

The first ground-up resort to come to Downtown Las Vegas in decades announced the policy on Twitter.

“Once, Las Vegas held a certain mystique as this fabulous place where only grown-ups could play,” the message states. “Call us old-fashioned, but we think adults need some of that mystique back in their lives.”

Developer Derek Stevens later verified the post in a direct message, joking, “Circa was expensive to build and we couldn’t afford the arcade LOL.”

He said his other Downtown properties, the Golden Gate and the D Las Vegas, will continue to allow guests with children.

The last Las Vegas casino that sought to bar minors as a matter of policy was Steve Wynn’s Bellagio, which opened in 1998 at a time when the era of the so-called family-friendly Las Vegas was coming under mounting criticism. Wynn initially banned strollers from entering the Strip resort, but this was relaxed after guests made it known they wanted their children to see the floral displays at property’s popular Conservatory.

When MGM Resorts International bought out Wynn’s Mirage Resorts in 2000, the policy was quietly allowed to lapse.