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    1 Be thankful for The Quarter at the Tropicana. Anthem Nightclub claims to host the biggest Thanksgiving Eve party in A.C. each year, and with four DJs — A Drop, Hooks, Sat One, B Lee — it sure seems like they do. Doors open at 9 p.m. and drink specials include $5 cocktails, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Coors Light and Miller Lite bottles and $5 cocktails and Fireball shots. Stoli bottles — Stoli, Stoli O, Blueberry, Vanilla, Citron and Raz — are $150. Cuba Libre will have merengue, salsa and bachata music spun by DJs Cawita, Bebo, Sammy, 7 AM and Party Boy. Included in the night’s festivities is a single release party for Jay Y Cess, while Manny Papeleta acts as host for the evening. Ri-Ra Irish Pub will have a DJ starting at 10 p.m. with drink specials of $3 domestic bottles, $4 drafts — including many craft beers — and $4 well drinks. At Providence, ladies get in free before midnight with an RSVP, and DJ Prime will spin tunes.


    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


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    Taryn Manning, best known for her role as the toothless Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett on the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black,” hosted a party at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort last weekend. The actress, who is also a vocalist and part of the Boomkat electronic duo, performed her solo material.

    Taryn Manning; hosted at the "Pool After Dark", Harrah'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.

    ATS Martorano's

    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.

    Doyle's Pour House

    1 You’ll find unique concoctions. Guy Fieri and his people must have had a lot of fun coming up with their list of 10 signature cocktails. You’ll find tasty and amusing drinks such as “Not Your 8th Grade Punch,” which is a twist on an island-style rum runner with Captain Morgan and Kraken rums and peach tea for $11, or $7 more gets you the “go big” version, as they like to say. Then there’s the “Cadillac Margarita” with El Jimador tequila, Cointreau and Grand Marnier ($12). Or try the “Oriental Expression” that’s comprised of Hendrick’s gin, yuzu syrup and sparkling sake ($14).

    ATS/Guy Fieri's Chophouse

    With 40 years of history behind it, Egg Harbor Township’s Library III is the type of place that oozes welcoming charm. Eschewing trendiness in favor of friendliness, this South Jersey institution attracts everyone from locals to those willing to drive far and wide for a top-notch steak and beer. Both can be found right here.

    Patty Blee

    If you are gay, or want to celebrate the LGBT community, there will be no better place to be on Sunday, Oct. 26, than Boogie Nights as it hosts The Big Gay Ball, the first of a monthly event that will occur the last Sunday of each month.

    ATS Boogie Nights

    1 Ducktown did Happy Hour before anyone. According to Ducktown Tavern's owner John Exadaktilos, no other entity in A.C. had happy hour until Ducktown announced in 2005 they were having it.

    ATS/Ducktown Tavern

    When it comes to local watering holes, simplicity beats flashiness every time. Few things provide a more deeply satisfying experience than the combination of a reasonably priced beer in one hand, a 35-cent chicken wing in the other and a nail-biter of a football game on the TV. Caffrey’s Tavern in Forked River nails this classic American tradition from top to bottom.

    Caffrey's Tavern

    1 The Quarter is getting pump(kin)ed up. Many of your favorite bars and restaurants at The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort are getting pumped for fall with a wide range of pumpkin and seasonal beers.


    In an area where every bar owner is bending over backwards attempting to cater to every whim of the summer tourist, it’s nice to know that there are still places that haven’t forgotten about the locals.


    1. Learn some American history from Tun Tavern. The original Tun Tavern dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days.

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