The Boiler Room in Cape May's historic Congress Hall used to be just that - a place to store the hotel's water heater.
Now it gets steamy as a nightclub, with crowds filling the space to hear live music in an intimate atmosphere from mid-March through December.
"We make sure we represent the best of the entertainment in our area," general manager John Daily says.
Popular headliners often performing at the Boiler Room include American blues musician Frank Bey, Latin jazz artist Edgardo Cintron and a traditional rock and roll band The Billy D. Light Trio, Daily says.
Performing this weekend will be Third Degree Band with Margie Staples on Friday and BK&G on Saturday. BK&G stands for Bobby Hunter, Kit Worton and Greg Pordon, a trio of accomplished musicians who have individually backed some of the biggest acts in the entertainment world.
Daily says the musicians perform eye-level to the dance floor, making for up-close and personal entertainment. The Boiler Room also features a long bar and a smaller room off to the side with cocktail tables, both of which are ideal places to enjoy the music while holding a conversation.
Most people migrate to The Boiler Room after dinner at The Ebbitt Room, The Blue Pig Tavern or another nearby restaurant. The nightclub is open 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends and daily throughout the summer.
The Boiler Room offers a full beer list featuring $6 crafts - Blue Pig Tavern Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company, Harpoon IPA, Blue Moon Wheat and Samuel Adams Octoberfest - $5 imports and $4 domestics. They also offer wine by the glass and half-bottle and an extensive specialty cocktail menu.
The signature cocktail at The Boiler Room is the Congressional Cosmo, $10, made with Absolut Cintron, Cointreau, white cranberry juice and fresh lime.