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    1 Kiss 2014 goodbye at The Quarter at Tropicana. Doors open at 9 p.m. at Boogie Nights on New Year’s Eve. Admission is $60 per person, $100 per couple, and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, open bar from 9 to 11 p.m., party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and entertainment. You can also get VIP seating for $100 per person in the lounge or $150 in a booth. Can’t make it there until after midnight? Then admission is only $25. Call 888-940-7080. Pay $30 for Cuba Libre’s NYE party until Friday, Dec. 26; after that, it’s $75 for VIP tickets. The event includes an exclusive two-hour VIP open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight, party favors, sounds by DJ B3BO, another dance party at Missile Bar upstairs and a tropical floor show at 11:30 p.m. Call 609-348-6700. Providence is offering a package deal for $95 that includes a five-hour premium open bar from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., hors d’oeuvres from 9:30 to 11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. They also have a VIP package for $150 that includes all of that, plus reserved VIP seating, bottle service and mixers at your table and priority admission. Go to ACBallDrop.com. Anthem is hosting a NYE Carnivale for $60 per person until Dec. 26, $70 thereafter. It includes a three-hour open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, complimentary party favors, a Carnivale-style mask, headpiece and entertainers, noisemakers, beads and champagne toast. Select bottle service specials are available. Party all night long as Anthem stays open until the wee hours of the morning. Go to AnthemLounge.com. Ri-Ra starts early — 7 p.m. — to toast the New Year along with Ireland with a complimentary shot of Piper (Bailey’s and Jameson). Eleven Eleven takes the stage at 10:30 p.m., and a second toast occurs at midnight.

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    The Pool After Dark crowd was treated to a night of hip-hop when Cassidy performed to a packed crowd on Friday night at Harrah’s Resort.


    Resorts Casino Hotel has some cool events happening for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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    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

    The band Why Not is the living embodiment of dichotomy. With members split across both coasts, a plethora of genres contributing to their sound and a variety of stage presences and attitudes throughout the membership, they’ve managed to combine several unique ingredients to create something entirely original.

    Why Not

    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

    1 Toast with a glass of “real” Champagne at Knife & Fork. Knife & Fork is legendary for its award-winning wine list, which can only mean that its selection of bubblies is pretty darn stellar, too. What sets this list apart from many in the city — and pretty much anywhere else — is the representation of small production Champagnes and sparkling wines such as Salinia Twenty-Five Reasons Petillant ($45), which has a limited production of only 500 cases per year, and Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs ($520), which is only produced in the finest of years. The list also includes other lovely selections such as Lilbert-Fils Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ($110), Sea Smoke Sea Spray ($140) and Ulysse Collin ‘Les Maillons’ Blanc de Noir ($110). By the glass they offer Juve Y Camps Brut Rose Cava ($8) and a true blue Champagne by Paul Goerg ($12). As for the atmosphere, it’s elegant and classic — just like the holidays should be. 609-344-1133; KnifeAndForkInn.com


    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.

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    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.

    Goodnight Irene's

    1 It’s a flashback to the Prohibition era. The guys from Perfectly Innocent Amusement Co. want to create a “cocktail culture.” They, along with The Iron Room, are the only ones in A.C. that focus on craft cocktails outside of a casino. The vibe they are going for at this speakeasy-style bar harkens back to the A.C. of the 1920s. And thanks to “Boardwalk Empire,” places such as this are back en vogue. The name derives from that speakeasy feel, where everything seemed “perfectly innocent” just inside the door, but things got wild behind the walls. Their highly skilled mixologists were carefully selected as the owners consider them ambassadors to the city. They are all very service oriented and aim to please. They also enjoy introducing new items to customers. For instance, if a customer orders a cosmopolitan, they won’t automatically poo-poo it. Instead, they’ll ask the customer what it is about a cosmo that they like: Is it the vodka? The cranberry juice? Whatever it is, they’ll create a concoction for the customer that they never had before, but certainly will order again.

    Perfectly Innocent Amusement Co.

    In a world where concepts such as “vintage” and “distressed” are reason to pay top dollar for everything from jeans to furniture, one thing remains clear: Nothing beats the refined comfort that comes with age. That “broken-in” feeling only brought about by time itself is so desirable that folks are willing to shell out big bucks, even for faux versions. But even the most crafty of Disney Imagineers could not recreate the palpable sense of history one feels upon entering The Smithville Inn.

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    Walk into Harrah’s Resort and prepare to be dazzled by its stunning new lobby bar, which is certainly above and beyond your typical resort lobby bar.

    Harrah's lobby bar

    1 Street kid does good. Steve Martorano was raised on the streets of South Philly in a family with mob connections. He was able to avoid that lifestyle when he started DJing at area clubs, as well as diving into the kitchen, where he learned to perfect his famous gravy — don’t dare call it “sauce” — and meatballs which many, including Tony Bennett, Tom Cruise, Joe Montana, Shaquille O’ Neal and Al Pacino — not to mention Gourmet Magazine — consider the best in the world. Martorano claims his food is what’s famous, not him. And he absolutely refuses to sacrifice quality or change the integrity of his food. So if you have a special request, fugheddaboudit.

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    When done right, a comfy local bar with great food and reasonably priced drinks is nearly impossible to beat, regardless of how many gimmicks a place may throw at you. Simplicity is divine — and that is precisely what makes Doyle’s Pour House in Barnegat Township such a home run.

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