Renowned Las Vegas Nightlife Developer Clique Hospitality
to Launch First East Coast Venues
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (August 1, 2016) – MGM National Harbor revealed the first details of two venues certain to become the region’s go-to hotspots for sophisticated socializing and inventive cocktails, all within the center of the action. The destination resort has tapped the trendsetting experts at Clique Hospitality to develop two distinct entertainment venues, Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Cocktail Lounge.
Clique, a boutique hospitality company led by nightlife impresario Andy Masi, has transformed the nightlife scene in Las Vegas with upscale concepts that set trends rather than follow them. Now the company will bring its expertise and creative forces to the banks of the Potomac with two lounges set to entice guests with refined energy, alluring design and original cocktail programs.
“Andy and the team at Clique are true innovators in the field and will help us define and execute what will become a key component of our resort experience,” said Bill Boasberg, general manager of MGM National Harbor. “We believe Felt and Blossom will very quickly become the destinations to see and be seen in the Capital Region for visitors and locals alike.”
Throughout his career, Masi has led the development of successful concepts that have defined, and then redefined, the ever-evolving nightlife industry. In the nascent days of nightclubs and lounges in Las Vegas, Masi pioneered table service and the mega nightclubs that have ruled the Entertainment Capital of the World for the last decade. Foreseeing a change in the way guests enjoy a night out, Masi and his team are now leading the charge in creating curated experiences through interactive lounges and restaurants.
At MGM National Harbor, Masi and the Clique team partnered with KNA Design to conceive Felt Bar & Lounge, a dashing cocktail spot with an outdoor terrace featuring striking views of the nation’s capital, as well as Blossom Cocktail Lounge, a sexy space at the heart of the casino floor. Both are designed to incorporate the history and beauty of the surrounding region into the design while providing a premier level of service.
Masi, co-founder and CEO of Clique Hospitality, said, “We’re looking forward to bringing these two new concepts to life as our first ventures on the east coast. Having a home base in Las Vegas has allowed us to explore and develop many new concepts and ideas. We’re incorporating the best of what we’ve learned into these new venues at MGM National Harbor and can’t wait to get to know the local audience.”
Felt Bar & Lounge
An alluring indoor/outdoor lounge that is equal parts composed, cool and vibrant, Felt Bar & Lounge will become the region’s newest hotspot, integrating live music and DJ-driven sounds, while delivering skilled service and breathtaking city views.
Three different interior areas invite guests to enjoy intimate conversations in cozy chairs, mingle with new friends at one of three communal tables or revel in the atmosphere with plenty of space for impromptu dancing. An extension of the superior service and moody vibe of the indoor lounge, Felt will feature a spacious outdoor terrace with views of the nation’s capital. A stone fire pit with comfortable seating, along with vignettes of nautical-inspired chairs and couches will tempt guests to enjoy the outdoors.
Mixology from the minds of the most creative bartenders will take center stage with beloved classics and of-the-moment cocktails featuring fresh juices and colorful garnishes. For the ultimate personalized experience, Felt also will offer table-side mixology for the first time in the region.
Blossom Cocktail Lounge
MGM National Harbor’s center bar will be as beautiful as the exquisite blooming cherry blossom trees that abound in the Washington, D.C. area each year. The 24-hour gaming lounge will offer an easy-going atmosphere along with modern cocktails, micro- and macro-brewed beers and creative, fun shooters to jump-start the night.
Guests enjoying one of Blossom’s four table games, or the nearby sofas lining the lounge, may feel they are sitting beneath a cherry blossom canopy. A wood-plank ceiling intermixes with custom-made branch-like light fixtures each supporting delicate, transparent globes emulating petals and flowers. The lounge’s focal wall is outfitted with art panels featuring photos of local cherry blossoms.
For additional information and renderings for MGM National Harbor, please visit newsroom.mgmnationalharbor.com.
About MGM National Harbor
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor has an unrivaled setting offering stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort, which opened December 8, 2016, sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington's Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. For more information and reservations, visit mgmnationalharbor.com.
About Clique Hospitality
Clique Hospitality was founded by Andy Masi, the former Light Group founder and CEO, along with his partners Brian Massie and Shane Monaco. These three visionaries have helped change the dining and nightlife landscape of Las Vegas since 2001. Masi, as well as his partners within Clique, have dedicated their lives to making a simple night out more than just a memory, but also an experience. A boutique hospitality company, Clique specializes in upscale comfortable dining that sets trends, rather than follows them. Hearthstone, a Masi project that specializes in rustic American fare, reinvigorated Las Vegas' Red Rock Resort, bringing in a more contemporary clientele with its worldly flavors. With eight restaurants and lounges in the pipeline in Nevada and California, Clique is transcending hospitality through service and operations, unabashed cuisine, appealing design and unrivaled desire.
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