mur.mur at Borgata
Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly at Revel
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When the sun goes down, the scene heats up at The Pool After Dark, the aquatic party playground at Harrah’s Resort (609-441-5233, harrahsresort.com/poolafterdark; Wed, Fri, Sat 10pm–4am). Atlantic City Weekly recently sent a slew of superlatives the Pool’s way, including Best Dance Club, Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand and Best Club to Fist Pump. That final triumph could have a little something to do with the resident DJ: Jersey Shore alum Pauly D. Up the VIP ante by reserving a poolside table, cabana or private hot tub, with premium bottle service provided by bikini-clad waitresses.
When it comes to options, Borgata offers a veritable smorgasbord of unique nightlife experiences, from a rock & roll tequila bar to a swanky ultra lounge. For dance floor-seekers, there’s MIXX (Sat, Sun 10pm–4am or later), a high-energy bi-level nightclub that has attracted the likes of Rihanna and Cee Lo Green. Behind it is the more intimate—but in no way low-key—mur.mur(Fri, Sat, Mon 10pm–4am or later), which features 30 bottle-service tables and a VIP area smack-dab in the middle of the dance floor.
A.C.’s newest player, HQ Nightclub, located in a stand-alone structure at Revel (Thu–Sun 10pm–4am; 609-345-2211, revelnightlife.com) offers two levels of party space and commands sweeping ocean views. With its ongoing lineup of internationally known DJs and state-of-the-art suspended performance stage, HQ is helping A.C. re-create the Vegas experience much closer to home.
The sports bar has gone upscale, courtesy of Jay-Z, at the Atlantic City outpost of the music mogul’s 40/40 Club (2120 Atlantic Ave between S Arkansas and S Missouri Aves; 609-449-4040, the4040club.com/ac; Fri, Sat 9pm–4am). More than 30 flatscreen TVs mix with memorabilia (including a number of autographed jerseys donated by players who have sported the number 40) to fill the walls of this 15,000-square-foot ultra sports lounge, which boasts not one, but two VIP sections and a premium cognac room.
Musical stylings go well beyond the Delta at Showboat’s House of Blues (houseofblues.com), the Atlantic City location of the world-famous music club. The venue can pack in a crowd of more than 2,000 fans; they’ll need the space for upcoming shows by Megadeth (Nov 16), BB King (Nov 23), Mac Miller (Dec 26, 27) and The Roots (Dec 28). To make like a true high roller, hit the artifact-filled Foundation Room. The once-private club is now open to the public (as long as you’re dressed to impress) and has a welcoming fireside lounge, VIP “Prayer Rooms” and stunning views of the Atlantic.