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    1 Get a little goofy at Planet Rose Karaoke Bar. Located on the second floor of The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort, this quirky karaoke lounge is filled with loads of high energy and a punk rock vibe.

    ATS/Planet Rose

    There is a certain type of bar that instantly makes you feel at home when you walk in, producing an invisible but palpable sense of comfort and familiarity without even trying. Hammonton’s West End Grill is just such a place.

    West End Grill

    Monday, April 20, will serve as a holiday to local “grassheads” when Texas-based Whiskey Shivers rolls into town, bringing their bluegrass-inspired show to the Lizzie Rose Music Room in Tuckerton.

    whiskey Shivers Portrait


    Comedy Clubs

    1 Oh, how happy those hours are! From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nero’s Italian Steakhouse at Caesars has a great happy hour.

    ATS Neros Italian Steakhouse

    There are a lot of places at the shore that were built for the crowd that likes to party. One can choose from a plethora of hot spots from A.C. to Wildwood, but very few are year-round establishments, and just about none offer the level of service that Nardi’s Tavern & Grille in Long Beach Island does — that is to say, none of them have The Pink Bus.


    1 A steakhouse with character — and caricatures. The Palm, located inside The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort, praises their local visitors. The restaurant is known for its “Wall of Fame,” caricatures of their favorite regular customers. The wall art tradition started when the original owners, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, had no money to decorate 85 years ago. As of today, there are 2,276 painted caricatures on the restaurant’s walls. And if ya want on it, just ask General Manager Paul Sandler and you could be next.

    The Palm

    Buffalo wings are pretty much standard grub at most local bars these days. But peanut butter and jelly wings? Now THAT is something that will turn heads. We figure any place with the guts to put something like that on their menu is worth checking out at least once. In the case of Country Club Tavern, however, once won’t do — repeat visits are in order.

    Country Club

    If you’re looking to escape with your significant other for a night in Atlantic City before summer gets here and the prices go up, you should definitely check out The Chelsea’s “Date Night” packages available for a limited time this spring.

    ats/cabana club at the chelsea hotel

    Before rapper/singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, kicked off Sunday’s Wrestlemania in California by singing “America the Beautiful,” he performed the night before at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort. That’s a busy weekend.

    "Aloe Blacc" performed at The Pool After Dark

    1 They kept the menu old school, but couldn’t resist adding a happy hour. Starting April 1, The Twenties in The Claridge Hotel will add a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a drink of the week. Their new drink, Rum Punch ($6), made with Real McCoy Rum, is first in line to kick off happy hour. If you’re not into that, happy hour also introduces specials on cocktails such as the Tuxedo No. 2 (made with dry gin, vermouth and absinthe, $6), and bar snacks are half price. Philly cheesesteak eggrolls ($6), three types of sliders ($1.50 each), three types of deviled eggs ($1 each) and their Texas burger with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, onion rings and BBQ Twenties sauce ($7) are among them.

    The Twenties

    With the amount of places at the Jersey shore making no effort to stand out amongst the crowd, it’s nice to find a place where the phrase “cookie cutter” doesn’t apply. Welcome to Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro.

    Sandi Bistro bartender

    1 More music, more beer, more fun at BoneYard Bar and Grill. BoneYard hosts THE official afterparty for Atlantic City Beer and Musical Festival. Get there early as tickets are sold first come, first served for $8 each night immediately after the Friday and Saturday sessions, March 20 and 21. The kitchen will be open until 5 a.m., serving house favorites including the Mondo burger, BoneYard tacos, fresh-baked pizza and wings ($3 to $10). BoneYard is home to 18 taps and nearly 40 beers in total such as Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling ($3 to $7). The bartenders will also serve “secret drink specials,” but you have to attend to find out what they are. Local band Keep This Close and NULL band from Houston will perform on Friday. Come back for more on Saturday to hear bands Aspiga from Collingswood and Twin Coves from Atlantic City.

    AC Beer Fest

    It’s nice to find a spot that focuses just as much on making its nightlife great as it does making its food great. The Crab Trap in Somers Point is one of these gems.

    Crab Trap

    If you have ever visited Stone Harbor, you have likely seen more than one of the locals bumming around town in a “Fred’s Tavern” T-shirt. The shirt, like the bar itself, is something of a classic. And once you visit Fred’s, it’s not hard to see why.

    Fred Tavern

    1 Who can resist a cold slushy with alcohol? Wet Willie’s at The Quarter at Tropicana is sure to give you a brain freeze after a few sips of their signature daiquiris. They have 20 daiquiri machines with drinks sized small ($10), medium ($11) or large ($12). Popular mixtures include Monkey Shine, banana flavor and Bacardi rum, and Bahama Mama with vanilla, banana, coconut, raspberry flavors, Bacardi rum and Bacardi select. Some of Wet Willie’s most famous drinks are a combination of their 18 flavors. For instance, Call-A-Cab and Shock Treatment mixed together makes a Superman. And a Bob Marley is a combination of strawberry, sour apple and mango flavors.

    Wet Willie's

    For Debra Lynn Kavky, singing isn’t only a profession; it’s a passion. The versatile performer, who is currently holding a residency in Egg Harbor Township’s Library III every Sunday, says her musical roots date back to her early childhood.

    Debra Lynn Kavky

    TVs, sports, food and drink — it would be hard to find many people in America who don’t enjoy just about all of these things. So by that logic, it would also be nearly impossible to find anybody who wouldn’t enjoy Clancy’s By The Bay in Somers Point, because they specialize in all of them.

    Clancy's By the Bay bartender

    1 It’s the perfect combination of a bar and a lounge. For those who can’t make up their mind as to what type of venue they feel like hanging out at, Gypsy Bar at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa is the place for you.

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    ATS/Gypsy Bar

    The summer 2013 announcement that Bass Pro Shops was tabbed by the Cordish Company to represent the fourth and final phase of Atlantic City's Tanger Outlets The Walk will come to fruition Wednesday, April 15, during a grand-opening ceremony.

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    Bass Pro Shops arrives Wednesday, April 15


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