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    “I’m the kind of musician that’s happy to perform for even one person,” says David Earl, who currently performs solo under the name The David Earl Experience. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Earl will bring his talents to the second Blizzard de Fromage festival at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City, hosted and orchestrated by Jerry Ryan.

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    1 Cielo, meaning “sky” in Italian, is Resorts’ newest addition. The beautiful spot, located at the entrance of Capriccio at Resorts Hotel Casino, is a renovated wine bar and lounge. “Sky” refers to the bar’s new ceiling, painted with cumulus clouds and featuring an overhead trellis. The eye-catching bar is made out of poured concrete, and guests sit on cushy  leather chairs. The Capriccio and Cielo logos hang on the lounge’s wall, made of wood and decorated with white waves. A large barrel tap, from which four different wines are poured — two red and two whites — is the centerpiece of the main bar area.

    Cielo at Resorts

    With the brutal, sub-zero temperatures we have been enduring lately, it would be easy for any garden-variety pessimist to focus on nothing but the frosted windshields and sore throats that have plagued us this season.


    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.

    ATS/Gypsy Bar

    For all its shimmering, beachfront beauty, when it comes to bars and restaurants, the Jersey Shore can get a little … well … repetitive at times. Anyone who travels the coast of this state will inevitably be greeted by a mind-numbing conveyer belt of indistinct “bar and grill” type establishments which, while occasionally satisfying, leave little to distinguish themselves from the pile. What one will not run into on a regular basis, is an endless parade of waterfront, Bavarian-themed venues, rich with lederhosen and more than six decades of family history. For that type of unique nightlife experience there is but one option — The Dutchman’s Brauhaus in Manahawkin.

    Dutchman's Brauhaus

    Apparently Virginia is no longer the only place for lovers. For those looking for a bit of a romantic twist to their traditional night out, there really is only one obvious choice in South Jersey. And that is The Ram’s Head Inn.

    Ram's Head Inn

    It seems these days that every new bar that opens gets a bunch of flat screen TVs, throws them up on the wall and thinks it can call itself a “sports bar.”

    Crest Tavern

    1 It’s very ‘underground.’ When the folks over at Harrah’s Resort began to conceive the idea for this new lobby bar, they wanted it to seem mysterious and underground.


    A Jersey Shore restaurant with an old-time train station theme? Sure, why not? With all the generic bars and grills popping up on every block, it’s nice to find a bit of a change of pace from a thematic standpoint. Rio Station nails it from the minute you walk in the door.

    Rio Station

    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

    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.

    ATS/Dos Caminos

    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.

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