The Singapore-based Zouk Group’s first splash into the Las Vegas nightlife scene is creating a lot of buzz on the Strip, but its big-name resident DJs—Tiësto, Zedd and Disclosure, among others—and diverse venues are just the start of the offerings at Resorts World, which opens on June 24.
Restaurants, bars and lounges like the 66th-floor Starlight, the casino’s Crystal Bar and the Dawg House Saloon and sportsbook will bring new options for before and after the clubs. One of the most familiar and ambitious hospitality companies in Las Vegas has created another innovation for Resorts World—an upscale, Champagne-fueled spot called Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge.
Clique Hospitality, founded by Andy Masi after he sold the legendary Light Group in 2014, operates a multitude of restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges in Las Vegas, Southern California, Chicago and Florida, and maintains a solid Strip presence at Mandalay Bay, the Mirage and the Cosmopolitan.
“We’re really excited about partnering with Resorts World. The whole hotel and casino is amazing, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. It’s going to be an absolute game-changer,” says John Pettei, Clique managing partner, who also runs the show at Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay. “Gatsby’s is in a fantastic location right off the casino. It has two entrances, one [that] opens to the casino and the other to what they’re calling ‘the spine,’ sort of a restaurant district. We’re going to open early, at 11 a.m., so it’s going to be a great place to hang out during the day, have a great cocktail and relax. And as the day goes on and night steps in, it’s more of a destination.”
The 4,000-square-foot lounge, designed by the Kudos Design Collaboratory, will feature a signature “congregation of illuminated orbs” fixture that nods to the menu’s expansive selection of bubbles. Featured Champagnes by the glass or bottle will be hard to find elsewhere, and the craft cocktail program seeks to expand on what the company has established at Clique Lounge at Cosmo.
“The only place you would see some of these Champagnes or wines would be at a high-end French restaurant like Guy Savoy,” Pettei says. “To order that bottle, you’d also have to have a 12-course dinner. Now you can have it at Gatsby’s, and that makes it kind of cool and different. Or you just might want to dabble a bit and try different cocktails.”
Clique’s recent Vegas venues include the Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails—an actual barbershop with a hidden speakeasy featuring live music—and the massive sports bar and watch party restaurant Tailgate Social. The company also opened Greene St. Kitchen and Side Piece Pizza at the Palms during the property-wide renovation, and it has expanded beyond Vegas in a big way in recent years with the acclaimed Delray Beach Market in southeast Florida, among other enterprises.
Clique’s niche is clearly creating new experiences and finding the right fit for the market, and Gatsby’s sounds like another sharp move in that direction.
“I think Clique can add to overall programming at [Resorts World], from the restaurants to the nightlife to the headliner entertainment, and complement it in a great way,” Pettei says. “Once you’re there, whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, you’re not going to want to leave.”
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