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    1 Happy hour? Try “happy day!” From Mondays through Fridays, the Atlantic City Bar & Grill, a local favorite, has happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. with martinis such as the Orange Crush — fresh-squeezed OJ, triple sec and 7-Up — cosmos or the Key Lime for only $5 (regularly $10), wines priced at $4 and beers at $2. You can also take advantage on deep discounts on their seafood — their house specialties — such as clams, mussels, snow crabs and oysters. Or maybe try one of their most popular items, crab pizza ($9) with a homemade scampi sauce, cheese and crab meat, a huge seller during happy hour. If you’re really hungry, go for the $25 lobster dinner — which is the price whether it’s happy hour or not. It’s a whole 1¼ pound lobster that includes a house salad, veggie and bread.

    ATS/AC Bar & Grill

    It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Friday. You suddenly awake with a profound and desperate thirst, the kind that can only be quenched by a parade of ice-cold Budweisers straight out of the tap. Only trouble is, you live in Absecon and can’t seem to muster up the desire to schlep all the way into A.C. at this time of night. The solution? Skelly’s Hi Point Pub.

    Skelly's Hi Point Pub

    It was a busy weekend at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort last weekend as Terrence J kicked off the weekend by hosting a bash. The actor, model and co-anchor of E! News posed with fans and took photos with them. The next night, R&B singer Bobby V performed a few of his Top 10 hits at The Pool.

    Terrence J hosted at the "Pool After Dark", Harrah's Atlantic City


    Comedy Clubs

    1 “Lights go down, music comes up and inhibitions disappear.” This phrase, found on their website, perfectly sums up the experience at MIXX. With a dance floor that can hold about 500 revelers, two bars, plush seating and private table service, MIXX is a high-energy, two floor, extra large nightclub that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a hip, urban metropolis and nowhere near the breezy Jersey shore. It’s a place where you can let yourself go wild while having the time of your life.


    When you think of nightlife on Long Beach Island, images of wild summer revelers downing frosty margaritas in the warm summer breeze may immediately pop into your head. Fair enough. That is summer at the shore, after all. But for many, Long Beach Island is more than just a summer getaway, it’s home — and like most great hometowns, it boasts a great local watering hole: The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge.

    The Gateway continues to be an  iconic LBI hot spot

    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has been a leader in nightlife not just in the city, but the East Coast since it opened more than 10 years ago.


    1 Enjoy happy hours Wednesdays through Sundays. On most nights that Dos Caminos, the fabulous upscale Mexican restaurant at Harrah’s Resort, is open, they have a terrific happy hour deal. It all starts with “Cinco de Wednesday,” when from 5 to 10 p.m. you can enjoy select appetizers and drink specials for $5.55. Next comes “Thirsty Thursday,” which takes place 5 to 7 p.m., where guests can take advantage of $3 tequila shots, $5 margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa at the bar. Start your weekend off at “Viva la Friday” from 5 to 8 p.m., munching on half-priced tacos and washing them down with either $4 beers, $5 margaritas or $19 Coronita buckets. Sunday ushers in “La Hora Bueno” — i.e., happy hour — with $5 margaritas and specialty cocktails and complimentary chips and salsa from 5 to 7 p.m.

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    With winter in full swing and a chill in the air stinging the skin, some will seek the comforts of a classic, cozy pub. With its twinkly lighting and warm atmosphere, The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant in Somers Point hits all the marks.

    Anchorage Tavern

    If the name “Tomatoe’s,” with its oddly incorrect spelling, has you picturing one of the dozens of unremarkable “red sauce and ravioli” joints scattered throughout the Garden State, you could not be further from the mark. But who doesn’t love a good surprise? Expectation-shattering Tomatoe’s in Margate is definitely a good one.


    Ahh, Millville — sure, it’s off the beaten path a bit, the type of town you might not venture to unless you had a specific reason for going there. Well, now you do: the Old Oar House Irish Pub.

    Old Oar House

    Capriccio inside Resorts Casino Hotel has always been a fabulous Italian restaurant in Atlantic City. Now it has an equally impressive wine bar to complement it.

    ATS Rubys Diner and Cielo

    When it comes right down to it, a classic local bar needs three key ingredients to work: great drinks, great food and a great vibe. Hit all three of those and folks will keep coming back. Testa’s Good Guys Pub in Mays Landing is living proof of that.

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    Somers Point has always been a very jazz-friendly town, from the frequent Jazz Society events to the open-mic jams and featured performers. Tim Lekan has been a mainstay in the field and has been hosting a weekly jazz concert series at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro every Tuesday night for several years now.


    If you’re a fan of DJ Pauly D, here’s some good news: the former star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will return as a resident DJ at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort for an unprecedented fourth year in 2015.

    Nightlife Listings

    1 Sing along with a piano player every night. From around 6 p.m. to close daily, Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City has a piano player.

    ATS/Dock's Oyster House

    With the rate that bars seem to go out of business these days, there is something comforting about walking into a place that has been open for 31 years. It means the bar has “earned its stripes,” so to speak, and all you need is a burger and a beer from Rocco’s Town House to know why.

    Rocco's Town House

    1 Resorts Hotel Casino’s bars have a very loyal customer following. Despite being inside a casino, Gallagher’s Steak House and Burger Bar have a regular clientele. Sure, these places are conveniently located near Resorts’ showroom, but those who frequent these bars don’t necessarily hit the shows — although many do tend to hang out at the bars beforehand or afterward. The Burger Bar is casual and relaxed, while Gallagher’s is a typical steakhouse bar to the hilt — cozy, classic and comfortable. Folks enjoy sitting and eating at either, as you can order from the full menu at both. Additionally, the bartenders have been here since the Steak House and Burger Bar opened in ’05, and they know their customers as well as those in any episode of “Cheers.”


    The fun thing about nightlife in South Jersey is that it is a creature with many faces. Sure the images that pop into most folks’ heads is of jam-packed clubs filled with over-tanned 20-somethings slamming down shots, but those in the know are keenly aware there is elegance to be found amidst the chaos. Case in point: The Merion Inn.

    Merion Inn

    1 The petite-sized Iron Room has a wine list that’s anything but. A recent winner of Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for their wine list, A.C.’s Iron Room’s vintages derive from eight countries including Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, France and the U.S.


    A lot of places say they have something for everyone, but only a few can actually deliver on this promise. That being said, meet W.L. Goodfellows and Co. — a place that truly does have something for all. 


    It seems like every local bar nowadays is desperately trying to keep up with the “craft beer” trend, and while it’s nice to see some variety in the taps, it also seems that most of these places don’t have a clue when it comes to actual beer knowledge. In truth, beer is a complex topic with as many nuances as fine wine. Your average TGI Friday’s bartender with his collection of unfunny pins forced upon his shirt would be in way over his head. That is why true South Jersey beer geeks head to Goodnight Irene’s when it’s time for a pint.

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