When the internationally known DJ-producer Tiesto takes the stage, he wants his audiences to have the time of their lives.
The Commodores’ catalog reads like a pop-R&B soundtrack for the ’70s and ’80s. During its heyday the group easily moved among hit ballads such as “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady” and “Still,” with dance tracks such as “Brick House,” “Too Hot Ta Trot” and “Lady (You Bring Me Up).”
Air Supply made its name on ballads such as “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love,” but that doesn’t mean the veteran duo doesn’t know how to let loose.
Due to a polyp recently discovered on the throat of ’80s pop icon Boy George, the group Culture Club has just announced that they are cancelling their tours in both the United States and United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year’s addition of the largest ice rink south of Rockefeller Center to Ocean City’s popular First Night celebration almost proved to be too big of a hit, with a long line of parents and children waiting for their chance to take to the ice at Ocean City High School’s Carey Stadium grounds.
Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in Somers Point will host the premiere party for the film “Borrowed Happiness” 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will celebrate Kwanzaa with two free programs this week: a documentary film and a dance and drum performance.
Bring the family to Flyers Skate Zone 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, for their 7th annual “Skate for Wishes” event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
There are only a few days remaining to enjoy the holidays in South Jersey, but there is certainly no shortage of fun family events. From “The Nutcracker” to “Santaland Diaries,” from spectacular ice dancing to magical “talking” trees, there is something for everyone to enjoy this season.
For the third year, the Cape May Jazz Vespers’ favorite musicians will once again come together to donate their time and talents to raise money for a good cause — two good causes, in fact. This year’s holiday concert, “Music for Man and Mutts,” takes place 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, and will benefit the Food Closet of Cape May and Animal Outreach.
It’s kind of bittersweet, but the final film of Peter Jackson’s epic, six-movie story of Middle-earth has arrived in theaters.
A kitchen supervisor from Winter Haven, Florida, is the winner of the latest season of “Hell’s Kitchen” and will be a head chef at the new Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill when it opens in February at Caesars Atlantic City.
Andrea Pallodino still fondly remembers his mother frying up every type of seafood he could want in their kitchen — calamari, smelts, shrimp, octopus — in preparation for his extended family’s arrival on Christmas Eve.
Chef Joe Muldoon is a perfectionist, so when he says he’s pleased with the current menu at his Northfield restaurant, Roberta’s by Joe Muldoon, it must be really good.
For a great night out that melds theater and amazing food, you won’t do any better when it comes to dinner theater than The Palm’s “A Dickens of a Murder,” which will be presented 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.
As the weather transitions into colder temperatures and lounging on the beach is no longer an option, small shore towns look for new ways to keep the atmosphere vibrant and active. Beach Haven is one town that thinks it has found a solution.
The Twenties is unapologetically old school in its appearance.
Lifelong Millville residents Rick Abbott and his wife Lois have always loved good food. But — with no disrespect to his hometown, with its adorably artsy main street — there weren’t many options when it came to experiencing fine dining in the area.
Get ready for a new buffet at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa … well, sort of.
The Iron Room, one of the best restaurants and bars in town — and certainly one of the most interesting — is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new bar menu, revised happy hour and a very cool burger and wine offering.
Tuckers Tavern is a Long Beach Island institution, a place where locals have gathered for about 30 years to share fresh seafood, drink beers and wish that summer never ends. In fact, if you count its previous incarnations, the space Tuckers occupies has been a restaurant and gathering place for more than 50 years.
The best sushi in Atlantic City is back! Armiyanto “Harry” Setiyaki wowed sushi lovers for years with his creative yet traditional sushi skills at Oshi Sushi & Sake and then Scarduzio’s Steak, Sushi & Lounge at the former Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Marie Nicole’s Grill always raises the bar for fine, yet casual, dining in Wildwood Crest. And now that the tourists are gone, there is no better time to check out the intimate, classy space, particularly since it recently rolled out a very creative fall menu.
Gaspare Campisi grew up in the restaurant business, either helping in his father’s Brooklyn pizza shop or working in his uncle’s restaurant. So when the opportunity came about for him to move to South Jersey to open a place of his own, he took the chance.
When sales at her Mays Landing frozen yogurt shop Chillaxin started to wane, former casino cocktail waitress Rosita Nguyen decided to completely revamp her business plan and open an eatery that was closer to her heart. So Nguyen, of Vietnamese descent, opened Pho Life Vietnamese Noodle House in the same exact space in June.
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