1 Few lounges in Atlantic City can claim they are a destination in and of themselves, rather than just a stopover for a drink in between gambling or on the way to another bar. Ego Bar & Lounge is one of them. The venue replaced a quiet gourmet restaurant in 2006 with a high-energy sports bar, performance area and gaming pit, covering 11,000 square feet, costing about $8 million and proclaiming itself the city's premier ultralounge.
2 In the past few years, Ego almost has become better known as "the place where the Angels perform." Almost Angels, a group of six gorgeous, talented dancers and singers backed by two musicians and joined by a top-notch DJ, hit the stage from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays and 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The group is no doubt the lounge's main attraction, and fans reserve tables near the stage every night to get front-row seats for their shows. Check out photos, see videos of past performances and get more info on the group at www.Almost-Angels.com
3 When the Angels aren't on stage, there is still plenty going on at the 24-hour entertainment area. There are more than a dozen plasma TVs surrounding the diamond-shaped bar, which always offers a variety of sporting events just off the casino floor. Constant music and fully stocked shelves of liquor, with discounted drinks Mondays through Fridays, means there's always an opportunity to start up, or wind down, your own party.
4 Hitting up Ego doesn't mean you have to drop the gaming. There are slot machines embedded into the bar top, and $1 blackjack tables surround the performance area. It's a nice atmosphere anytime, with the color-fluctuating lighting and backlit drapes creating a cool environment. But when the lounge is in full swing with the Angels on stage it's a sure bet for a unique experience.
5 If you're planning on stopping at Ego for pre-game, post-game or gametime itself, you can reserve yourself and your crew a table by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and asking about their bottle service.
Heard on a Saturday night: The Angels performed a sexy set of songs that ranged from the Black Eyed Peas hit "Just Can't Get Enough" to a montage of Janet Jackson classics. In between their sets, DJ HotLinh kept the crowd alive - and got a few people on the dance floor to show off their own moves - by playing a streaming mix of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic mash-ups.
Seen at midnight: As The Angels got ready to take the stage for their second set of the night, the reserved tables in from the stage and plush couches surrounding them were near filled with couples and mixed groups of men and women. Another row of people stood against the rail bar that rounds the back of the lounge, and on either side people glanced up from their table games to catch the scene. At the bar, people mingled and moved to the music blasting over the speakers.
Thursdays: Almost Angels and DJ HotLinh, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Fridays: Almost Angels and DJ HotLinh, 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturdays: Almost Angels and DJ HotLinh, 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Halloween Party hosted by Scotty and JoJo of the Morning Edge on WMGM-FM 103.7, 8 p.m.
What They're Saying
Brian Dennis, 28, Egg Harbor City
“It’s cool that you can gamble and see a show in the same spot.”