Ghostbar, the indoor-outdoor ultralounge at the Palms, shuttered for nearly six weeks for a multimillion dollar remodel has quietly reopened. The redesign is part of the $50 million renovation of the Palms.
Sitting high atop the off-Strip casino on the 55th floor, ghostbar opened with the property in November 2001. The lounge had never undergone an extensive remodel since it opened, according to a 9Group executive.
“It was the first ultralounge, boutique nightclub,” said Chuck Oliverio, 9Group general manager. “There was Voodoo (nightclub) at the Rio, but ghostbar set the tone. This place was ahead of its time.”
Oliverio, a veteran 9Group executive, showed off his remodeled lounge to the Review-Journal this week. He described ghostbar’s new look as contemporary and elegant.
Oliverio said the ghostbar still offers some of the most stunning views of the Strip.
The sky deck offers a 360-degree view of Las Vegas with a view straight down through a glass insert in the floor. Inside, ghostbar features a “feminine feel” and a color scheme of white, black and fuchsia.
Other elements include 19 Murano-style chandeliers, four 47-inch televisions that will integrate ghostbar’s social media feed, a 28-foot bar, a fireplace with floating candles, and boxwood hedges lining the sky deck bar and patio.
The 3,500-square-foot lounge will continue to offer bottle service but has added its own specialty drink menu. Among the 11 signature cocktails on two menus is That’s What She Said, made with Ciroc coconut, mango juice, fresh lemon juice, fever tree ginger beer, and candied ginger and mango.
Oliviero said one-of-a-kind cocktails were a crucial element to ghostbar’s success in a competitive marketplace.
“There are a few more of these places in town now then there was when ghostbar opened with the hotel,” he said. “We didn’t change the name because it’s an iconic bar in Las Vegas.”
Oliviero admitted it was time to remodel the lounge to keep up with other nightclubs and lounges in Las Vegas. To keep ghostbar relevant while it was closed, 9Group kept the name in front of people on social media and with advertising wraps throughout the Palms.
“It’s still a great space,” Oliviero said. “They want to come out and see what we’ve done.”
Ghostbar, which employs 45 people, reopened Wednesday, but 9Group and Palms executives expect to host a grand reopening party sometime in the near future. Ghostbar Day Club will return for its third season in October, according to a Palms spokesman.
“The ghostbar remodel marks a significant milestone for Palms and the renovations of our rooms, casino and restaurants completed last year,” said Joseph Magliarditi, president of the Palms. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the response.”
Ghostbar was the latest in a series of upgrades to the property. The Palms began renovating the property in July 2012 by updating its Bistro Buffet and adding Fortunes, Earl of Sandwich and Chocolat Bistro.
Other new brands include Heraea, a sports lounge and restaurant, and Chronic Taco in The Eatery food court.
The former Playboy Lounge located atop the Fantasy Tower was replaced with The View, a bar and lounge with a view of Vegas plus billiards, pingpong and shuffleboard.
The Palms also renovated 428 rooms in its original Palms Tower, renaming it the Ivory Tower. The project included remodeling the entire casino floor, building a new front entrance and opening Social, a bar in the middle of the casino.
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