Golden Nugget’s new 12,000-square-foot subterranean nightclub debuted to much awe and fanfare over Memorial Day weekend.
For most guests of Golden Nugget over Memorial Day weekend, the first thing to strike the eye when driving onto the property was probably owner Tilman Fertitta’s 164-foot tri-deck superyacht Boardwalk parked at Farley State Marina.
That’s a tough spectacle to top, but Fertitta was on site, along with hundreds of primarily young-adult revelers hungry to savor the latest in cutting-edge nightlife options, for Golden Nugget’s unveiling of Haven — a stunning underground nightclub that’s being billed as the finishing touch on a dramatic, two-year property-wide overhaul.
Fertitta, CEO of the Houston-based Landry’s Restaurants, purchased the former Trump Marina in May 2011 and re-branded it Golden Nugget, his third casino-hotel under that brand. Haven represents the final major-stage renovation, converting what for years was a Trump Marina bus terminal into the 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art nightclub.
“Tilman is a brilliant innovator when it comes to dining, gaming, entertainment and hospitality,” says Golden Nugget A.C. vice president of entertainment and nightlife Gregg Coyle. “After his modernizing renovation of the Golden Nugget, Haven is the finishing touch — the ultimate nightlife sanctuary — which is sure to revolutionize the Atlantic City party scene.”
Haven has a capacity for about 700 people under ordinary circumstances, but was modified a bit to accommodate a few more during the holiday weekend’s grand opening, which featured pop sensation Ke$ha (who also performed two sold-out shows with popular Miami rapper Pitbull at The Grand concert venue at Golden Nugget) hosting opening festivities May 25 and 26. Additionally, Australian-born performer Havana Brown — a past tour DJ for such major pop-star presences as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Enrique Iglesias — staffed the new Function One sound system and DJ’d for guests Friday and Saturday night. Internationally known DJs and pop stars will be regular attractions at the new nightclub, according to a media release.
Guests enter Haven from the casino floor, descending via two long escalators. A DJ booth is situated in front of a large LED video wall, and state-of-the-art lighting systems and special effects set the stage for the performance artists and sexy Haven dancers to engage and entertain the crowd.
The main dance floor is sited at the center of the room, surrounded by 25 leather banquettes that offer signature table service and VIP bottle service. There are also two full-service bars, two VIP entrances, a special valet-parking entrance that leads directly to the club, and kiosks that double as social media-based photo booths.
What also sets Haven apart from other A.C. nightclubs is a covered outdoor area called The Veranda that offers guests a more subdued spot to socialize and interact. The Veranda includes two large fire pits surrounded by comfortable lounge seating, slot machines, roulette, blackjack and gaming tables, and even a ladies lounge with jeweled walls and royal purple leather seats.
“We’re excited to bring a new type of nightlife experience to Atlantic City,” says Coyle. “It is what the contemporary nightclub customer expects with some exciting ‘wow’ factors that, along with outstanding service, deliver a fun and memorable experience — which is why club-goers come to Atlantic City.”
For a photo gallery of the grand opening of Haven, visit acweekly.com. n
Haven got hampered by winter weather in its initial attempt to launch a new night of revelry, but if patrons found the cutting-edge nightclub worth the wait when it debuted last Memorial Day weekend, two years after the start of Tilman Fertitta’s multi-million-dollar transformation of what would become the new Golden Nugget, then surely waiting another week for MisBeHaven Thursdays will be no sweat.
Atlantic City’s nightclub scene continues to thrive as a major component of the city’s catchphrase “DO AC.” Now Tilman Fertitta, owner and CEO of Landry’s Inc., is making his play for a bigger cut of the late night action, announcing a big name guest host for the opening weekend for his latest venture at the Golden Nugget, Haven Nightclub.
If the latest outdoor social spot at Atlantic City’s newest casino is more a rollicking party zone for youth on the north end, the south-end A.C. beaches will soon have a somewhat more subdued space where people of all ages can gather under palm fronds, lounge on padded chairs and daybeds, and enjoy a fun, al fresco day at the beach. And admission is free.