Alfonso del Cristo Hilsaca Eljadue
BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
The ZOH nightclub – the first completed part of the renovated SandCastle entertainment complex – is due to open by mid-December.
The multi-level venue will have a capacity of 800, offering three bars with 10 bartender stations – including a specialty beer speed-bar and a shot and “ice shot station” with carved frozen shots.
Live entertainment will including club model-dancers and aerial models and guest performances including track artists and visiting DJs from around the world. Multiple gogo platforms will include one that reaches 30 feet above the dance floor
Mark Baldyga, chairman and CEO of Baldyga Group LLC; told the Journal that the decision to transform the Globe was timely. “The Globe was a great club, but after 20 years it was very dated.” The aim is to have ZOH “fresh, current and on par with any club anywhere in the world,” he said.
The sound system designed in London offers more than “50,000 watts of pure energy, a dozen 18” subwoofers and a dozen Martin 15” speakers surrounding the dance floor, with more speakers surrounding the seating areas on two levels.
The lighting system is equally comparable. The club will also incorporate “multiple high resolution LED screens,” including a huge circular wall on the back of the club … for guests to see themselves projected larger than life.
While ZOH will clearly be a dance club, its facilities will offer something for everyone.
ZOH offers the “the largest dance floor in the region and offers high energy clubbing or the most active Gen Z and Millenials,” Baldyga said. However, multiple private booths on the mezzanine will make for a perfect space for the older crowd “who want to party with high end champagnes and cocktails in a semi-private environment, while observing the dance floor but without being jammed in with the crowds,” he said.
The inspiration for ZOH’s design comes from multiple sources, Baldyga said.
“The name, European design aesthetic and uniforms were inspired by the famous party island of Mykanos, Greece and the uniforms are being designed and custom made for us in Greece. The private booths, table and VIP model-hosts were inspired from the top Las Vegas clubs.” The club music was inspired by Zouk, one of the leading clubs in Asia and the music is curated by its head DJ, he said.
The club will initially open on weekends, but after January will have themed specialty nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Its hours will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Both parking and valet parking will be offered, Baldyga said.
“ZOH” means “life” or “living” in Greek. Entry to the club is through a three-story high outdoor digital art installation and digital waterfall and an exterior staircase that starts in a piazza adjacent to where the Anemos restaurant/lounge will be.
ZOH is the first venue to open as part of the Baldyga Group’s ongoing $15 million major renovation, which also includes the Anemos Restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine, the newly renovated 600-seat SandCastle Theatre and a brand new multi-million-dollar production show – Karera – opening in May next year.
The ZOH mezzanine will feature a local artists gallery, with different artists able to display work on a rotational basis.
In late 2023, a final expansion will add a Long Bar and a private wine bar.
The Globe nightclub opened in 1990 and closed in 2020, due to COVID.
BG Place LLC has received a Qualifying Certificate from the Guam Economic Development Authority for income tax and property tax abatements. mbj