It's heating up in Cape May's Boiler Room

The Boiler Room at Congress Hall in Cape May

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.

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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.

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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.

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