Andy Masi

HAUTE LIVING LAS VEGAS—Now that Andy Masi has opened APEX Social Club atop the Palms Casino & Resort, the nightlife entrepreneur can honestly say he’s exorcised the spirit of Ghostbar.

His company, Clique Hospitality, introduced a sophisticated and social vibe combined with one-of-a-kind art, crafty cocktails and stunning Las Vegas views, completely redesigning and redefining the iconic 55th-floor space.

“That was the challenge,” admits Masi, who splits his time between San Diego and Las Vegas. “We have this iconic room that everyone knows as Ghostbar. We wanted to make something that is so impactful, so cool, so different, that it really kind of took away what it used to be.”

Masi is an innovator when it comes to the city’s nightlife scene. He’s also among the founders of modern-day Las Vegas nightlife. When he originally came to town to open the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in 1998, hotel nightclubs and table service simply didn’t exist here.

“When we got the opportunity to do the first bottle service nightclub in a casino with Light, it was totally unique. No one had ever heard of it,” he recalls of his days as co-founder of The Light Group along with Andrew Sasson. “People thought we were crazy that we wanted to charge $300 for a bottle of vodka. They thought we were nuts for making people dress up and not letting people in with sneakers and shorts and hats” …

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