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Bristol A Big Winner As Casino Opens

It’s been a long time coming, but the Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock finally opened its doors to the temporary casino on July 8. How excited were the guests on hand? On a hot, humid summer day, the line wrapped around the building as Virginia’s first full-service casino welcomed hundreds of customers for the first time.

The opening week saw thousands of people from around the region and from several neighboring states anxious to try their luck at the casino, which has been in the making since 2019.

The temporary casino, located in the old Bristol Mall off Gate City Highway, is a gorgeous venue that includes more than 870 slot machines, 21 tables, and a sportsbook. So, if you want to try your luck at slots, Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Mississippi Stud, Pai-Gow, Three-Card Poker, or Ultimate Texas Holdem, the Bristol Casino is the place for you! And you can do it any time you want as the casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And you won’t have to worry about going hungry when you visit the casino. It houses two restaurants, Mr. Lucky’s, which features seafood, steaks, pasta dishes, house-made soups, and uses locally-sourced ingredients, and Brick’d, a chef-led pizzeria with a quick-service Italian menu that offers grab & go items.

The Bristol Bar is also a hotspot. It is located just across from the Sportsbook area, and features live entertainment, ice cold beer, and cocktails.

Guests can pick up their favorite Hard Rock signature merchandise from the Rock Shop, where you can buy the iconic Hard Rock t-shirts and a variety of other apparel and souvenirs.

The larger, highly-anticipated Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol, expected to open in the summer of 2024 and projected to attract over four million visitors annually, is expected to have something for everyone. The destination resort will feature two hotel towers, a pool, a 3,200-seat Hard Rock Live music venue, wedding and convention facilities, top-notch retailers, and a 20,000-capacity outdoor entertainment venue with restaurants, shops, and more!

In the meantime, if you’re feeling lucky – or just wanting to check out the region’s newest attraction – we’re betting you can’t go wrong with trip to the Bristol Casino!