In about a month, the Atlantic City nightlife scene is about to change dramatically as Scores will open inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to become the first adult-themed entertainment complex inside a casino-hotel in the United States.
Scores, which has clubs around the country, including the famous New York original that was once frequented and often talked about by Howard Stern and his crew, is unlike any exotic entertainment complex on the East Coast.
With a price tag of about $25 million and taking about two years to complete the 36,000-square-foot space, Scores is not your neighborhood strip club. In fact, it's unlike any adult-themed complex that has ever been in a casino-hotel nationwide.
"This is an upscale gentleman's club where women are wearing gowns, there is a dress code for customers and the entertainers look like they are coming from Glamour magazine," says Managing Member Bob Gans, who says the club should open in early August. "Nothing has been done like this before inside a casino anywhere, and it's the largest adult entertainment complex on the East Coast. It's upscale, classy and sexy. It's a game-changer for Atlantic City."
Located on the second floor in a space formerly occupied by three restaurants, there are eight distinct areas, one more striking than the next.
The Electric Fantasy Club is the main showroom for Scores entertainers, where women wearing as little as pasties and G-strings will dance exotically on a main stage with four poles as a 16-by-10-foot seamless LED screen projects sexy images behind them. The dancers will be accompanied by a futuristic laser light show. With a purple, black, lavender and blue color scheme, Electric Fantasy will feature two VIP champagne areas, five private cabana-like areas and a main bar. The stage will allow seven women to perform at once, but there may be more than 100 female entertainers working at Scores for one shift.
Near Electric Fantasy will be The Spread, an intimate sports bar, and its adjacent Deck at Scores, an exclusive beachside day and nightclub experience. Dancing will also be occasionally offered in the sports bar, where there will be eight flat-screen TVs showing most sporting events. With a bar seating about a dozen people, banquettes and food including everything from burgers to wings to paninis, it will certainly be a great place to hang out.
The Deck at Scores is a 5,000-square-foot space with cabanas, hightop tables, a DJ booth, another bar, four more TVs, a heated firepit in the offseason and a spectacular view of the Boardwalk and ocean.
The Libertine Room offers a super-luxe, private celebrity and high-roller lounge with its own pole, televisions and upscale furniture in a posh, Elizabethan setting that will have a private elevator that leads right to its entrance.
The Distrikt, modeled after Amsterdan's Red Light District, is a red-lit "fantasy corridor" with 13 private rooms capable of holding two to eight customers at once.
The Black Box Cabaret is a secondary but gorgeous club for female entertainers that will be often used for bachelor parties, private functions and more. With four poles, VIP section and a circular bar, it's a very versatile space.
The Blue Velvet Theater will host the Real Men of Scores, an exciting male revue. With a VIP section, half oval bar and a pole, this will be where the bachelorettes can be found.
And Scores Collection Retail Store will sell lingerie, bathing suits, "sexy, fun things," gowns, and Scores official merchandise.
Scores, which is owned by the same group that opened the scrumptious Robert's Steakhouse inside the Taj Mahal last year, will be open every day, with hours fluctuating. However, it is expected to open as early as noon or early afternoon most days.
"Scores has something for everyone," Gans says. "Sports guys will love it for the sports bar. Clubgoers and anyone who loves a beautiful view of the ocean and boardwalk will enjoy the deck, there's programming that appeals to men and women and we'll even have great food. No one has anything of this magnitude. It's going to be quite amazing."
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa celebrated its 10th anniversary in style Monday night with an awesome concert featuring the hilarious Aziz Ansari opening the show with an amazing set. Then The Roots offered a set, followed by Jill Scott. The finale featured Slash joining The Roots to round out a great night of music. Then the afterparty featuring DJ Ruckus in mur.mur officially celebrated the July 2 anniversary at midnight.
Vincent Piazza, who plays Charles "Lucky" Luciano in the hit HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," which is set in Atlantic City, hosted Philadelphia Style's Atlantic City issue with a party at Borgata's MIXX nightclub.
New male burlesque show at Royal Jelly
Ivan Kane's Royal Burlesque Nightclub, a popular nightspot inside Revel, now has something different to check out on Wednesday nights.
Ivan Kane's Le Male Burlesque will debut Wednesday, July, 10, and continue weekly at the risque club known for its world-class dancers, fun choreography, costumes and awesome light show.
Kane says he will set "the new standard in male burlesque, setting the bar with erotically charged performances and blood-pumping live music."
General admission will be offered, as well as the VIP experience, which features $125 bottles and a personal male go-go dancer.
The entrepreneur ran a similar experience at his Forty Deuce clubs in California and Las Vegas, and they are meant to be LGBT friendly.
"Le Male will cater to the LGBT community as well as straight women who long for nightlife that's more exotic, dangerous and hot," Kane says. "We're looking to draw new patrons from Philadelphia, New York City and South Jersey by offering to them something unique, different and thrilling."
In addition, a special $4 "U-Call-It" bar will take place at the Royal Jelly Go-Go Catwalk Lounge in front of the club from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Club doors will open at 10 p.m. with dancing until dawn.
Call 609-225-9898 for reservations.
'Curtain Call' airing later
"Curtain Call with David Spatz," the long-running, Emmy Award-winning entertainment series that features interviews with Atlantic City headliners and more, will move to an hour later to a new 7 p.m. time slot beginning Saturday, July 6.
Airing on WMGM-TV NBC40, the one-hour show will feature the performers and the producer of "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata this week.
The show also can be seen 12:30 a.m. Mondays. Producer Jake Glassey, Jr., says the Saturday time slot move is beneficial.
"That one hour will make a big difference in the number of times the show is pre-empted," Glassey says. "Between college football in the fall and horse racing season and golf tournaments in May and June, there have been times when the show has been pre-empted three weeks in a row."
New, free show at Taj
Head to Trump Taj Mahal through Sept. 1 and you can check out a great performance by Rudi Macaggi, The Acromedian. He will be there with his beautiful assistant to present his "Daring World of Wonder" every Friday to Sunday in the Main Concourse at the Taj.
The 20-minute, free show features the Acromedian offering a unique blend of acrobatics and comedy. A third generation Italian circus acrobat, Macaggi has been entertaining audiences around the globe since the age of 7. He was the America's Got Talent" Season 1 winner of the "Wild and Crazy" category. He is also a repeat guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," with his stunts featured in the "Don't Try This At Home" segment.
Daring World of Wonder is presented 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.