Atlantic City Weekly and acweekly.com are proud to announce this year’s finalists in our 5th annual Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards.
When Atlantic City was walloped by Hurricane Sandy last fall, it wasn’t long after the curfew was lifted on the city that the resort’s many nightclubs. taverns and lounges were again packed with patrons. Some of the nightclubs in and around Atlantic City held special Hurricane Sandy Relief fundraisers while others helped people forget about the final week of October as they danced till dawn.
And then the beats and late-night partying went full-throttle as the end of the year came and went, offering more top-shelf nightlife options, including celebrity DJs galore and parties at some of the hottest clubs on the East Coast.
And that’s why Atlantic City Weekly and acweekly.com are proud to announce this year’s finalists in our 5th annual Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards. It was a little more than five years ago when the idea came up to have our readers pick their favorites in a number of local (inside the casinos and out) nightlife categories.
For this, our fifth year, we received more votes from more people since we started the annual awards. Now that’s some positive news out of Atlantic City you might not catch with some media still under the impression that the city was wiped clean off the face of the earth in the storm. We’re thinking this uptick also means that we’re going to have a blast at Boogie Nights — new at Tropicana this year — on Thursday night, Jan. 24, when the awards ceremony will be held and the winners of each category honored (including runners up in some categories) — all followed by one of the biggest parties of the year.
(The Nightlife Awards after-party at Boogie Nights is open to the public after 8pm.)
“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Nightlife Awards,” says Atlantic City Weekly editor Jeff Schwachter. “This event will signify to one and all that Atlantic City’s nightlife not only survived Hurricane Sandy, but the party is going stronger than ever. This project was created to celebrate the talented people who help make Atlantic City the unique, high-energy entertainment destination that it is.”
Readers voted on ACWeekly.com starting in late Summer and ending Dec. 31, 2012. Categories include “Best Nightclub,” “Best Happy Hour,” “Best LGBT Party Place,” “Best Casino Lounge Act,” “Best Club to Spot a Celebrity,” “Best Locals Bar” and more.
”The awards bash has always taken place at the end of January, giving party people and nightlife-industry folks a great reason to come out in the middle of winter and party,” adds Schwachter. “This year’s event will find a new home at Boogie Nights’ brand new location within Tropicana. With the incredibly talented team at Tropicana working with us on this event, it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better with some incredible surprises.”
At this year’s awards show, to celebrate the fifth year of the party, there will be a few new twists, including the first Nightlife Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner and special guests, including Young MC, who’ll be performing the following night, also at Boogie Nights.
“I can think of no better stage for the Nightlife Awards, which have become the signature event for the industry,” says Tony Rodio, president and CEO for Tropicana Entertainment, LLC.
Here are this year's winners. Congratulations to them all.
Best DJ (Male) DJ Vito G
Best DJ (Female) DJ X Tina
Best Irish Bar Ri Ra at Tropicana Quarter
Best Place for a Guys’ Night Out (Casino) Hooters (Tropicana)
Best Place for a Guys’ Night Out (Non-Casino) Diving Horse
Best Place for After Hours Spot (Casino) Anthem Lounge at Tropicana Quarter
Best Place for After Hours Spot (Non-Casino) Luxx Lounge at Diving Horse
Best Place to Spot a Celebrity The Pool at Harrah’s
Best Place to Spot a Celebrity (Runner Up) HQ at Revel
Best Local Bar Ducktown Tavern
Best Place for Girls’ Night Out (Casino) Boogie Nights
Best Place for Girls’ Night Out (Non-Casino) Luxx Lounge at Diving Horse
Best Bartender (Female, Casino) 25 Hours at Resorts - Blanche, the Singing Bartender
Best Bartender (Female, Non-Casino) Fred & Ethel’s - Lauren Fieldstein
Best Bartender (Male, Casino) Golden Nugget Rush Lounge - Todd Lewison
Best Bartender (Male, Non-Casino) Fred & Ethel’s - Dan Russo
Best Beer Selection (Non-Casino) Tun Tavern
Best Beer Selection (Casino) Firewaters at Tropicana
Best Beer Selection (Casino, Runner Up) Mussel Bar at Revel
Best Casino Lounge Act Beth Tinnon
Best Casino Lounge Act (Runner Up) Almost Angels at Trump Taj Mahal’s Ego Lounge
Best Casino Lounge for Live Entertainment The Social at Revel
Best Casino Lounge for Live Entertainment (Runner Up) Tango’s at Tropicana
Best Comedy Club Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret at the Tropicana Quarter
Best Happy Hour (Casino) Tango’s at Tropicana
Best Happy Hour (Casino, Runner Up) Bally’s Mountain Bar
Best Happy Hour (Non-Casino) Ducktown Tavern
Best Karaoke Planet Rose at Tropicana
Best Place to Watch The Game (Casino) A Dam Good Sports Bar at Tropicana
Best Place to Watch The Game (Casino, Runner Up) The Social at Revel
Best Place to Watch The Game (Non-Casino) Chickie’s and Pete’s
Best Place for Local Live Entertainment Le Grand Fromage
Best Place for Local Live Entertainment (Runner Up) The Boneyard
Best International DJ Avicii
Best Bottle Service (Casino) The Pool at Harrah’s
Best Bottle Service (Runner Up) The Social at Revel
Best Drink Specials (Casino) Tango’s at Tropicana
Best Drink Specials (Casino, Runner Up) Bally’s Mountain Bar
Best Drink Specials (Non-Casino) Luxx Lounge at the Diving Horse
Best Beach Bar Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s
Best Industry Night The Pool at Harrah’s
Best Industry Night (Casino, Runner Up) mur.mur at Borgata
Hottest Club Dancers The Pool at Harrah’s
Hottest Club Dancers (Casino, Runner Up) Rumba Lounge at Tropicana
Best Gentleman’s Club Diving Horse
Best Local Band Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns
Best New Place to Party HQ at Revel
Best Wine Selection FIN at Tropicana
Best Place for Late-Night Munchies Providence at Tropicana Quarter “The Burger District”
Best Promotions Company Center Stage Entertainment
Best LGBT Party Place Pro Bar at Resorts
Best Singles Scene (Casino) HQ Nightclub
Best Singles Scene (Non-Casino) Luxx Lounge
Best Nightclub The Pool at Harrah’s
Lifetime Achievement Award Bob Kephart, Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret at Tropicana
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