Mermaids Casino is Demolished in Downtown Las Vegas

Mermaids Casino, a seedy but beloved casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, has been demolished to make way for a new resort.

Mermaids demolition
Mermaids has gone to Davy Jones’ locker.

The Mermaids site has hosted a number of casinos since it opened as Silver Palace in 1956.

After Silver Palace, it was Carousel Casino, Gambler’s Hall of Fame Casino, Sundance West and Sassy Sally’s.

Mermaids demolition
An excavator dips below ground level, where there was once a restaurant, Cosmo’s Underground Italian restaurant.

Mermaids closed at 11:00 p.m. on June 27, 2016, along with another small casino nearby, La Bayou.

Mermaids was a low-roller favorite on Fremont Street, known mainly for its convenient restrooms and deep friend Oreos and Twinkies.

Mermaids demolished
Nothing says “mermaid” like guitars, bongos and congas.

On August 5, 2017, the Mermaids facade came down as part of a blockwide demolition which includes the Glitter Gulch strip club and Las Vegas Club casino.

Here’s an aerial view of Mermaids in all its pulverized glory.

Crews have already begun work on gutting the casino level of the Las Vegas Club. Soon, the casino’s parking structure and hotel towers will be brought down.

Las Vegas Club demolition
Now’s a fine time to bid farewell to the Las Vegas Club casino, too.

Demolition of the block will be completed by the end of 2017, and a new resort, from Derek
and Greg Stevens, owners of The D and Golden Gate, is expected to debut in 2020.

Mermaids casino demolished
That’s going to take some getting used to.

One thing can be said for certain about Mermaids, it had character. The casino, a certified
“grind joint,” was a source of fond memories for many Vegas visitors. And intestinal
distress. But mainly that first thing.

Mermaids casino
In Las Vegas, a light rain is akin to beer goggles.

Farewell, old girl.

Enjoy more exclusive photos from Mermaids’ final moments.

Demolition of Mermaids