Opening of the nightclub and Hideaway lounge in the Masters building
With a number of nightclubs in the Myrtle Beach area closing or changing themes over the past few years, Mike Kap has seen an emerging need in the area’s nightlife.
So Kap and his partner at the Masters Gentleman’s Club opened what he describes as an upscale lounge and nightclub called Hideaway in the middle of three rooms in the building that houses the strip club on Mr. Joe White Ave.
Hideaway had a grand opening on March 11.
“That’s definitely why we did it. We saw there was a great need when all the clubs closed due to COVID,” Kap said. “. . . We saw the need for something like this, so we’re kicking it off and seeing how we can make it.
“. . . It’s a big space. There’s a nice living room feel where it’s not overwhelming.
Team Zombie Mode DJs are featured on Fridays and Saturdays, and Energy 92.1 FM has live remotes in the club on Saturdays.
“We thought it was a good time to open something new in Myrtle that was more like a lounge that played a good mix of hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today,” Kap said. . “We play old school meets new school.”
Refuge has an elevated, lighted dance floor; chairs, sofas and tables on the lower level. Upstairs there is a VIP area with leather sofas and tables.
A high-end sound and light system broadcasts the video clips of the song played on the club’s televisions.
“It’s a great vibe where you can see your favorite old school videos playing while you’re on the dance floor,” Kap said.
Erik Holian was hired as general manager. He was previously at clubs Oz and Malibu’s Surf Bar on Broadway at the Beach, and most recently at Klockers Tavern.
The club has limited hours at the moment. It’s open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and food is available during opening hours. Kap said the hours could get longer.
The room is available for hire for all types of parties.
“Because the room is so comfortable and it’s not overwhelming, if you put 50 or 60 people in there, it’s a great atmosphere,” he said.
Kap said he is considering other alternative uses for the space.
“We keep it simple (to start with). We’ll keep it that way for now,” he said. “I would love to develop, of course. I wouldn’t mind doing comedy shows eventually, I wouldn’t mind doing acoustics. The room is very versatile.
Kap said the masters club performers would not be at Hideaway.
“It’s exclusive. I didn’t want Hideaway and the Masters to mix and match,” he said.
The room that houses Hideaway has been used many times over the years, including a hookah lounge several years ago. He also recently hosted the Muscle Men Male Review over the weekend.
This story was originally published March 25, 2022 3:09 p.m.