It's been over two years since the beloved Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas first closed its doors.
The shut-down disheartened fans of the venue, but there's good news on the horizon - and it's closer than you think.
Under the ownership and operation now of the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority, Ghostbar is coming back next week.
Palms Switches it Up
Like so many venues in 2020, Ghostbar got the axe as the pandemic lit to a fever pitch in March of that year.
Since then, the Palms has undergone a massive transformation, starting from the top.
The resort and casino was purchased by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in 2021 in a $650M cash deal.
Since then, they've revamped the beloved Vegas landmark, and reopened it earlier this year with the distinction of being the first Vegas casino and resort that is both owned and operated by a tribe.
And now, they're bringing back the one question mark fans had about the venue - Ghostbar is back.
Ghostbar is Back
Re-opening their doors on August 3, Ghostbar was first brought to life in 2001 and perches atop the 55th floor, boasting a bar and lounge with unrivaled views.
It quickly became the place to see and be seen in Vegas, not to mention the breathtaking views of the Vegas strip that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
- a statement from Cynthia Kiser Murphey, general manager Palms Casino Resort
When we announced the reopening of the Palms Casino Resort, the first question we received was will the Ghostbar return? The outpouring of love for this venue was beyond our imagination, and we are so proud to bring it back to the Las Vegas community and excited to usher in a new era. We look forward to creating new ghost stories for all of those that visited in the past, as well as welcome a new generation to experience it for the very first time.
The Ghostbar team shares in a statement, "Unlike other nightspots in Las Vegas, Ghostbar’s DNA will be based on a concept that is exclusively inclusive. No private rooms here, instead, pop up performances will surprise and delight guests, DJ’s will ramp up the party as the night gathers momentum and Las Vegas’ own Midnight Skye will bring the rebirth of cool to Las Vegas. Hip, sexy, soulful with a touch of class and beauty, she will be joined by live bands, sultry dancers, specialty acts and surprise guests. With a music theme rooted in soul, expect Ghostbar to deliver the funkiest good time in Las Vegas."
The goal is to have Ghostbar become a world-renowned cocktail destination as well, a reputation it will quickly garner if the menu is any hint of what's to come.
- Specialty Cocktails:
- Large Format Libations
Ghosting Tableside Batch Kegarator
- Ghost Flights:
Rare selections of Spirits from Ghost Distilleries, limited edition bottlings and rare finds.
Starting August 10, guests can reserve tables that will open after August 17. Visit the website for more information.
Palms Casino Resort is History in the Making
CELEB took a look at the history of the Palms and why it's such an important and historic destination; "Palms has a long history by Vegas standards—having been opened in 2001 by George Maloof—it has never really shed the financial woes that struck in 2010. In 2016, Red Rock Inc., the parent company of Station Casinos, purchased the Palms, and since then it’s been dealt a series of high highs, and low lows. In 2018, it severed ties with TAO Group, who was supposed to operate it’s dayclub/nightclub and a restaurant. On the heels of that breakup, it announced the behemoth known as KAOS nightclub—which closed six months after opening when operating costs skyrocketed and the DJs began launching lawsuits at the club.
During COVID era, it seemed as though the casino and resort was doomed. The purchase of the property by the SMGHA was a much-needed boon for employees and visitors who love calling the Palms home-away-from-home. The Palms was famous for its art collection, which has since been moved out of the property, but one thing that remains is the most expensive suite in the world. The Empathy Suite is 9,000 square feet and has been perfectly tailored to the smallest detail to be a work of art in and of itself. A two-night stay will put you back $200,000. Included is a 24-hour butler service, endless amenities, a behind-the-scenes art tour of the suite and property, chauffered car service, and A-list access to the entire property’s amenities. On top of that, you receive a $10K credit to use at the resort. The contemporary, sleek, fantasy suite is unique in the world.
The sale of the Palms and the license that grants them owner and operator status in Las Vegas is a historic moment. Tribes across the United States own interests in casinos, but the more they intertwine with Las Vegas, the more opportunities abound."
And now they're bringing history into the future again with the re-opening of Ghostbar.
Not only was this a venue popular with locals, but travelers came from all over the world to experience the unique vibe and location of the original Ghostbar.
Under the care and dedication of the SMGHA team, Ghostbar 2.0 promises to be something even greater - and opening day is just around the corner.