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5 Things You Need to Know About Casbah

1 Casbah is the OG of Atlantic City's megaclubs. A Press of Atlantic City story about its opening in June 2000 called it "absolute craziness," "sheer lunacy" and "the only place to be in town." Basically, every article about the club since has used some variation of the phrase "rock the Casbah," a punk-rock reference for a club that bumps with hip-hop and house music. But the cliche is basically true - the venue really kicked off the casino nightlife scene here, and it still rocks out every weekend.

2 "Casbah" means citadel, or fortress. This particular castle debuted bottle service in the city back in 2002, and if you want to feel like a king or queen there are 22 VIP booths ringing the main room. The booths can fit groups as small as two and as large as 50. You need to buy at least one bottle for every four people - standard at the city's clubs. And, with prices starting at $150, it's one of the least-expensive experiences in the city.

3 If you've got it, flaunt it. The outside patio opens Saturday, May 21, and overlooks the ocean that is the city's namesake, an asset that's easy to forget about in the windowless shelter of the casinos. It's a good spot to talk at a reasonable volume with your friends, or actually get the name of that person you just met on the dance floor. Of course, you can get some of that fresh sea air in your lungs, too ... and then chase it with cigarette smoke.

4 Fist-pumping is welcome. The club recently featured a performance by DaCav5, an up-and-coming Philly-based hip-hop group whose single "Dirty Style" gives a shout out to the state, and the song's video features Angelina from "Jersey Shore" playing strip poker. Coincidentally, fellow cast members Pauly D and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino made an appearance last year, and it was Pauly D keeping the beats dirty with his own DJ set.

5 For years after the club opened, it was jam-packed, having been voted the state's foremost nightclub and recognized as one of the best in the country. It hasn't changed, but more than a dozen other clubs have opened here in the decade since. It isn't constantly pushing capacity as it once was, but that can be a plus. Too often, it seems people mistake a hassle with exclusivity. It can be refreshing to just get in and get down with your friends, instead of standing in long lines to muscle your way to the bar and squeeze into a small space on the dance floor.

The Scene

Heard on a Friday night: A steady stream of mash-ups from DJs Vito G, Black Collar and DJ Do Work, with tracks such as Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," Rihanna's "S&M" and Ke$ha's "Blow" sending the place into a frenzy.

Seen at 1 a.m.: Pink, green and blue lasers illuminate the scene while a trio of DJs switch off on the 1s and 2s. A crowd surrounds the main bar, slightly raised above the dance floor, a vantage point from which they scout out the scene and down $5 Three Olives vodka drinks. Groups in the club's lavish bottle service areas, some of the largest and most private in the resort, mix their own concoctions. Several groups of girls in skin-tight jeans and dresses wildly grind with each other, while the guys throw their hands in the air, all of it blurred in the strobe lights.


What: Casbah

Where: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

When: 10:30 p.m. to 5 or 6 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Measurements: 10,000 sq. ft., one main room.

Capacity: 800

Cover: $10 Friday/$20 Saturday

Demographics: Early 20s to 30s

Dress code: Dress to impress - no sweatpants, boots, jerseys or hats

Bottle service: 22 tables, bottles ranging from $150 to $600, with one bottle per four people

Drink prices: $7 beer, $9 mixed drinks/shots, $13 specialty drinks

Contact: For bottle service and guest list, call 609-449-6445.



Owner: Trump Taj Mahal

Debuted: June 2000

The look: A long escalator ascends into the club, where two bars and bottle service lounge areas surround the rectangular dance floor. The laser-laden ceiling towers high above. Some of the city's hottest dancers set the pace atop raised platforms, and TVs lining the walls project their images amid the fog and neon lights. An outside patio with its own bar in the spring and summer faces the ocean and Boardwalk.



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