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    Talk-show host Wendy Williams performed at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and our friendly neighborhood Mayor Don Guardian invited her to gain a new perspective on Atlantic City. So the two took a tram tour of the Boardwalk and the city, and he even dedicated a bench in her honor. It paid off as the celebrity talked about her great experience on her syndicated talk show, pointing out the nightlife and dining options rank among her favorites.

    NeNe Leakes

    WHO ARE THEY: Michael Che is a comedian, writer and actor who grew up in New York City and began a career as a stand-up in 2009. In 2013 he began writing for “Saturday Night Live” and in the spring of 2014 worked as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” In September 2014 Che became an anchor on SNL’s Weekend Update alongside Colin Jost. In addition to television work, Che has appeared in films such as “Chinese Puzzle,” “Lyle” and “Top Five.”

    SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost

    WHO IS HE: Russell Peters is a Canadian-born comedian who has performed all around the world and has been nominated for four Gemini Awards. He’s been featured at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. In August 2006 Peters’ comedy special “Russell Peters: Outsourced” aired on Comedy Central. Since then he has had several other specials including “Red, White and Brown,” “The Green Card Tour: Live from the O2 Arena” and “Notorious.” In 2010 he released the autobiography “Call Me Russell.”

    Russell Peters

    It's said emotional people wear their heart on their sleeve. Well, Florida Georgia Line fans wear their country music fandom on their bodies. 

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    Nova Rockafeller performed at Aqua Fridays at The Pool after Dark in Harrah's Resorts Friday, April 10, with DJ Greg Lopez and Johnny B.

    Nova Rockafeller performed at the Pool After Dark, Harrah's

    WHO IS HE: Peter Lemongello became famous in January 1976 when he began a television ad campaign to promote his album “Love ’76.” Prior to the ad campaign, Lemongello was a virtual unknown but after it, he was selling out Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall and was front page news in all of the major newspapers. In 1989, after having no success landing an Atlantic City gig, Lemongello rented a billboard on the Expressway claiming that he was coming soon. Two months later the Showboat took over the billboard and booked him for a sold-out three-night engagement.

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    Anyone who thinks you can’t improve on a classic is dead wrong. Take Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle City for example. This mainstay of the South Jersey nightlife scene celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and in honor of that milestone, they have done a complete overhaul, adding a new interior, a granite bar top, a state-of-the-art sound system, a stage and more, proving you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks.

    Kic McNutley's

    In the 1980s, gods — commonly called “rock stars” — walked the earth. Top pyrotechnics, intense dance moves and flashy wardrobes and hairstyles were all common sights during that time. While that era may seem long gone, if the members of Garden State Radio have their way, it will come back with a vengeance.

    Garden State Radio

    There are so many good options for happy hour in Atlantic City, it can become quite a quandary deciding which is the best place to get an early buzz and eat on the cheap.

    Golden Nugget

    The longest-running outdoor casino party spot — The Deck at Golden Nugget — celebrates its summer grand opening this weekend, just in time for the big holiday.

    The Deck

    1 Step back in time at the Chelsea Pub and Inn. People may assume the Chelsea Pub and Inn building is only 30 years old, since the 24-hour pub and grill only opened in 1985.

    Chelsea Pub

    This week, we head down to the southern tip of the state, to a local hangout tucked in a classic hotel that is equal parts bar, restaurant and music venue: The Mad Batter in Cape May.

    Mad Batter

    1 No, you don’t have to travel to Maryland. Tony’s Baltimore Grill is about as Atlantic City as it gets. Located on Atlantic Avenue since 1966, no one that currently works at the restaurant and bar actually knows how it got its name, but if you ask, you’ll get two different answers — either because the seafood they serve came from a Baltimore-based vendor or because the original owners were from Baltimore. But it was entrepreneur Anthony Tarsitano who took over the now-pizza joint, which replaced an Irish piano bar. Since then, it’s become a local landmark that has provided families and friends with many fond memories.

    Tony's Baltimore Grill

    1 All the beer you’ll ever need. You can find a lifetime’s worth of brews all under the same roof at Firewaters.


    This week our nightlife travels take us deep into the Pine Barrens, just outside Leeds Point, home to one of South Jersey’s most enduring legends — the Jersey Devil. It seems that despite his fear-inducing reputation, this notorious horse-faced, bat-winged monster is just a down-to-earth local who likes to put down a few craft beers and a top-notch cheesesteak once in a while. After we spent a night out at his namesake bar, JD’s Pub and Grille, we can’t blame him.

    JD’s Pub & Grille

    Sundays just got a lot more fun. Especially if you like clubbing.


    1 They’re the kings of rock. Hard Rock Cafe inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is the 62nd restaurant in the international chain of 180.The restaurant offers amazing American food in a unique, rock ’n’ roll atmosphere. Every Hard Rock location is like a music museum and as such, A.C.’s is filled with authentic memorabilia from several legendary artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Grateful Dead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. So while waiting for your food, get up and browse through all the guitars, costumes, concert posters and music memorabilia of all kinds strewn throughout the restaurant. Wanna buy a souvenir while you’re there? The “Rock Shop” gift store sits at the restaurant’s entrance, where you can buy all the items you crave.

    Hard Rock Cafe

    Pizza and beer don’t seem like the most mind-blowing concept for a Jersey Shore restaurant upon first hearing it, but one trip to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro in Margate will make you rethink your attitude. One thing is for sure, you’ll be glad you went.


    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

    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.

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