The Mirage has been more than just a casino, it’s a part of the city’s history. Launched by Steve Wynn, The Mirage set a new standard for luxury and entertainment, claiming the title of the world’s most expensive resort. Known for its Y-shaped design, the resort featured an indoor rainforest, a volcano that erupted nightly, a dolphin habitat, and immersive experiences. One legend connected to The Mirage is its role as the first casino to offer complimentary beverages to gamblers. According to reports, a bartender suggested Wynn, who later approved the idea. As a result, complimentary beverages became a common practice amongst casinos.

Additionally, The Mirage significantly impacted pop culture by hosting legendary performances, which became the resort’s main attraction. One famous show that earned a permanent spot at The Mirage was Siegfried & Roy, which ran from 1990 to 2003. Another attractive aspect of The Mirage was the Cirque du Soleil-Beatles production “Love,” which had an 18-year run at the resort and will officially end its operations on July 7th.

While the end of an era is slowly approaching, The Mirage’s closure is not all that bad. Hard Rock International purchased The Mirage’s property location from MGM Resorts International to build a new Hard Rock Hotel. This move signifies Hard Rock’s return to the Strip after selling its original property in 2020.

Nevertheless, the transition is expected to bring nostalgia with a hint of modernity through its fresh look and aura. The plans include creating the hotel’s structure into a massive 700-foot guitar, which is a staple in Hard Rock’s property designs, blending in music and luxury. Additionally, the new 80-acre resort is set to open in 2027 under the new name “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Guitar Hotel Las Vegas” and will employ over 6,000 individuals.

Moving forward, the transformation marks a significant moment in history for the city of Las Vegas. While the closing of The Mirage may bring on sadness, the rebranding highlights the ever-growing aspect of today’s society. Despite the change, Hard Rock aims to uphold the legacy The Mirage left behind while offering a new level of entertainment to the Las Vegas Strip.