Be the center of attention.
Located “at the heart of the action” on the casino floor, Tropicana Casino & Resort’s Rumba Lounge is designed as the spot where various forms of entertainment converge. From gambling to dancing to watching sports on the big-screen TVs, this place truly offers something for everyone who appreciates a good party. “We created this exciting space to combine all these forms of entertainment in one place,” says Vice President of corporate marketing Eric Fiocco. “We feel it’s the perfect location, in the center of the casino with good foot traffic. People can game; we have table games, slots, the dancers, music, drink specials and 12 TVs for sporting events. So in this one area, we’ve created a mini entertainment complex.”
Get ready to Rumba.
Because it’s centrally located — adjacent to Chickie’s and Pete’s, Tropicana’s newest sports bar venue — Rumba Lounge is ideal for pre-gaming, that important ritual of meeting up with friends who may be staying at the hotel for a drink while you decide where to party all night. And whether you’re headed to a concert and want to get into the flow, or gearing up to boogie at Providence or another venue in The Quarter, Rumba’s got you covered. If you like to start your Friday night off with a good beer buzz, $2 Miller Lite drafts and $3.50 Miller Lite bottles will help you on your way. If the concert venue is tied to Trop, as was the case recently with Brett Micheals and Kool and the Gang, music videos of the band’s hits and radio versions of those tunes that don’t have videos will play before and after the show to keep the magic flowing.
Dance the night away.
There’s no live DJ, but that doesn’t detract from the energy of Rumba Lounge. That just means the constant stream of Top 40 hits stays fresh and the Rumba dancers keep the energy level at high all weekend long. Elevated off the casino floor by platforms, the scantily clad dancers are highly visible to gamblers, often drawing players for a drink and a break from the action on the gambling floor. “They’re very well choreographed and their costumes are well designed, but it’s not a specific theme,” Fiocco says, describing the scene. “They put on a good show and it produces a lot of energy because people can see them from all angles.”
Play the hand that’s dealt.
There are five gambling tables at Rumba Lounge; four Black Jack tables and one roulette table, plus 15 poker slot machines. So you never have to leave the party atmosphere to try your luck at the tables – this is Atlantic City, after all. “We have a mix of everything,” Fiocco brags. “We really pride ourselves on being everything to everybody. We have the older crowd listening to music, or a younger crowd wtching the game on TV, or gamers.”
Party until the cows come home.
Servers and bartenders show up about noon on weekdays, 2 p.m. on weekends and keep the drinks flowing into the wee hours of the morning. The intimate venue only fits about 75 people from all walks of life at one time, so “It always feels busy and the energy there is exceptional, it’s not like other venues,” Fiocco says. And after a long night out on the town, Rumba Lounge makes it easy to meet up again with your group and discuss the evening’s adventures, or to work your magic on a new friend you may have met along the way over a night cap. “Rumba is (small) by design, because we like the intimacy,” Fiocco points out.
Owner: Tropicana Casino and Resort
Evolution: Rumba lounge always has offered an eclectic venue designed to meet the party needs of a wide cross-section of guests. Table games and slot machines were added this year.
Where: Tropicana Casino and Resort
When: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights; Noon to 6 a.m. weekends, year round
How big: 75-person capacity
What to wear: No dress code
What you’ll hear: Top 40, artist-specific tunes and everything in between
How much: No cover charge; Beers start at $5, wines start at $8.
How to get more info: Tropicana.net
Dancers 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays