Sycuan Casino Resort’s $260 million expansion announces the entry of Vegas-based, progressive dining and nightlife partner, CliQue Hospitality, to San Diego’s premiere casino and resort. The opening of Bull and Bourbon, Elicit Bar & Lounge and Retreat Pool & Cabanas ushers in a Vegas-style nightlife experience to the east county gaming mecca, attracting new crowds and pleasing longtime guests with world-class fare, an innovative cocktail program and poolside service.

Adding to CliQue Hospitality’s impressive roster (MGM Resorts International, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Pendry Hotels and more), the three dining concepts are helmed by San Diego-born, West Coast-trained Executive Chef Aldo Negrete (Lionfish, Rare Form, JRDN, Whisknladle), who brings his expertise in chops, seafood and high-volume environments to Sycuan Casino Resort. BULL AND BOURBON Designed by JonesBaker, Bull and Bourbon anchors Sycuan Casino Resort as the high-end steakhouse dining concept. Spanning 6,689 square feet with capacity for 212 guests, the space is warm, intimate and timeless, complementing the indulgent dishes and allowing guests to feel pampered by the entire experience. Dark walnut paneling is offset with white Calacatta Vagli marble, distressed mirrors, custom lighting and rose-colored, brushedmetal accents. A private dining room seating 20 is available for booking for those looking for a secluded, upscale dining experience. Guests can watch Chef Aldo and his team preparing their entrees on a custom wood-burning grill in the open kitchen as they enjoy appetizers such as jumbo lump crab cakes, braised oxtail ravioli, and the staff favorite: house-made pork and beef meatballs in a spicy marinara sauce.

The Bourbon: Bull and Bourbon’s classic steakhouse fare is complemented by an elaborate menu of spirits, with emphasis on 75 internationally-sourced rare and esoteric bourbons. Standouts on the bourbon list include the 1792 “Small Batch,” Angel’s Envy “Cask Strength,” and Blood Oath “Pact No. 1.” Whiskey connoisseurs will enjoy the rare Yamakazi 12-year single malt, or the lauded Hibiki 21-Year Japanese Whisky. The cocktail menu also features a selection of martinis, old fashioneds and other craft mixed drinks, alongside a hearty draft beer list and wines by the glass or bottle.

Elicit Bar & Lounge is the cocktail and raw bar component of the new Sycuan Casino Resort. Designed by HBG Design with a palette of deep plum, maroon, bold red and dark wood contrasting with a rosegold lighting fixture and a stone fireplace, Elicit provides an atmosphere that lends itself to ending a day of sun and slots – or beginning a night of dining and gaming. Featuring lounge seating for individuals, duos and small groups, this late-night lounge is located adjacent the new gaming floor and will offer libations, sushi and small plates until late into the night. Taking advantage of the temperate Southern California climate, wall-to-wall glass doors open to the patio providing an indoor-outdoor atmosphere, including exterior bar seating to watch the bartenders in action and casual al fresco lounge furniture overlooking the pool and gardens. 

Retreat encompasses the outdoor venue featuring two pools, an immense lazy river, a swim-up bar, and an expansive pool deck furnished with plush oversized daybeds and cabanas. Spanning 25,000 feet, Retreat is reserved for hotel guests only, who can relax within an adults-only pool or all-ages pool, or float down the lazy river.