Founded as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983, Sycuan Casino has become a San Diego landmark and one of the area’s most popular gaming and entertainment destinations. This March, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will unveil Sycuan Casino’s $260 million expansion—and with it, three hip venues operated by hospitality firm CliQue: a chic cocktail lounge, pools flanked by cabanas, and a swanky steakhouse.
The expansion also includes a new 12-story luxury hotel tower, seven new restaurants, a full-service spa and fitness center, and more gaming space.
Sycuan’s partnership with the trend-setting Clique Hospitality is anticipated to draw a younger demographic to the resort. CliQue Hospitality is renowned for its Las Vegas venues, among them: Lionfish, Oxford Social Club, and The Pool House at The Pendry in the Gaslamp. CliQue also runs restaurants and clubs at MGM Resorts International, Station Casinos, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and more.
“We were all familiar with Clique’s successes in Las Vegas, but our collaboration to create venues true to San Diego is what will stand out most. Guests are going to love the unique vision for these spaces,” Sycuan General Manager John Dinius said.
The three venues coming to Sycuan Casino in Spring 2019 include:
Elicit Bar & Lounge will be a high-end cocktail lounge serving artisanal cocktails, craft beers, wines and Asian-inspired appetizers. At Elicit, master mixologists will create table-side concoctions using ingredients ranging from fresh juices to smoke and fire. Live DJs provide the soundtrack.
Sycuan’s new outdoor venue Retreat Pool & Cabanas will feature two pools, an immense lazy river and an expansive pool deck furnished with oversized daybeds and cabanas. The poolside menu features seasonal bites and a full bar serving fresh mojitos, margaritas and champagne-infused cocktails.
Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse “will bring an innovative approach to classic steakhouse cuisine,” said Aldo Negrete, executive chef at Bull & Bourbon. “We will feature steaks cut from our in-house butcher program along with select cuts from our on-site aging room. The kitchen will come to life each night as we create a multi-sensory experience with steaks prepared from our custom wood burning grill paired with our hand-selected bourbon menu.”
Job fairs are planned at Sycuan for January 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, job fairs are scheduled to take place: January 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and January 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit sycuan.com/employment for more information.