2011 Reader's Choice Nightlife Award Winners!

The 3rd annual Reader's Choice Nightlife Awards will be formally announced at an award party at Boogie Nights Thursday night, Jan. 27. It's free and open to the public!

By Ray Schweibert
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The votes have been tallied for the 3rd annual Reader’s Choice Nightlife Awards. On this page you will find the winners, with a handful of honorable mentions in cases when the votes were so close that we needed to give props to some of the respective venues that were voted for.

Back in the fall of 2008 when Atlantic City Weekly hatched out the plan for such an awards project — with all the voting done online at — and the awards event, we had no idea it would become as big as it is in 2011. The original intent was to celebrate the local nightlife industry and create a big awards-ceremony party in the dead of winter.

More than 3,000 votes were cast online at this year, up from each of the past two years. Additionally, the awards ceremony Jan. 27 (see opposite page) is slated to be the biggest and best yet, with a pair of icons from the 1980s — which is quite fitting as the host venue, Boogie Nights at Resorts, has a ’70s and ’80s theme — hosting and presenting during the awards ceremony, and the decision to make the entire event open-to-the-industry.

“This party is going to be the best Nightlife Awards party we’ve done yet,” says Schwachter. “Everyone in the industry who I’ve had the chance to talk to in recent weeks is very excited, not only for the chance to win an award, but to celebrate Atlantic City’s extraordinary nightlife scene with fellow industry and party-going folk.”

See 2010 Nightlife Awards winners here and video and photo gallery from last year's bash at Boogie Nights here.

Along with all of our many readers who voted this year, Atlantic City Weekly thanks the sponsors of the Jan. 27 event, especially our event host Boogie Nights at Resorts.

And, without further adieu, here are your 2011 Reader’s Choice Nightlife Awards. If you think someone else should have won in any category, we have three words for you: Vote next year. Keep an eye on for more info and photos from the awards party and about the 2012 voting. Rock on.

The winners in each category are in bold and the honorable mentions include an *

Best Comedy Club: The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret

Best Wine Selection: Phillips Seafood – Cellar 32*

Best Beer Selection: Firewaters – Tun Tavern*

Best Drink Specials: Souzai

Best Martini: Blue Martini

Best Happy Hour: Souzai

Best Bartender: Scott Gully (Laguna Grille) – Jason Solari (Souzai)*

Best Irish Bar: The Irish Pub – Ri Ra*

Best Sports Bar: Game On!

Best Beach Bar: Trump Plaza – Sammy Hagar’s @ Ballys*

Best Karaoke: Planet Rose

Best Club to hear Hip Hop Music: 40/40 Club

Best Lounge Act: Beth Tinnon (Tropicana)

Best Lounge for Live Entertainment: Ego – Gypsy Bar*

Best Bottle Service: Dusk

Best Local Hangout: Ducktown Tavern – The Chelsea*

Best Place to Have a Bachelor Party: The Quarter – Dusk*

Best Place to Have a Bachelorette Party: The Quarter – Boogie Nights*

Best Gentleman’s Club: Bare Exposure – AC Dolls*

Best Club to find Celebrities: Dusk – The Pool at Harrah’s*

Best Club Dancers: Mur.Mur – Boogie Nights*

Best After Hours Spot: 32 Degrees – Casbah*

Best Resident DJ: DJ Vito G (Caesars Ent.)

Best Industry Night: Mur.Mur – Dusk*

Best Dance Club: Boogie Nights

* Indicates Honorable Mention

See 2010 Nightlife Awards winners




and photo gallery from last year's bash at Boogie Nights here.

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1. Tim S said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:54PM

“It appears that the "More than 3,000 votes" came mostly from individuals age 40 and over! Best Dance Club: Boogie Nights? You got to be kidding.

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2. Bmbm said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:13PM

“You had a question for best promoter but didn't post winner”

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3. Craig S said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:07PM

“Craig the manager at Dusk is a cool dude.”

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4. Kevin Friel said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:17PM

“I agree that Craig is a cool dude.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:23PM

“This is the second year in a row they asked and didn't post the promoter winner. And yeah, a coincidence boogie nights won and that's where they had scheduled the winner ceremony. Hmmmm”

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6. Anonymous said... on Jan 28, 2011 at 03:44PM

“What about the crazy horse”

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7. Anonymous said... on Feb 1, 2011 at 04:16PM

“beth tinnon best lounge act you haved to be kidding it should have been almost angels hands down "crowd pleasers!"”

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8. BETH TINNON said... on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:42PM

“I think the important thing to remember here is Atlantic City as a whole has great Nightlife and wonderful loving fans of ALL of our entertainment...I have met and seen these young ladies show and mentioned to them how much I loved their talent...if you notice Ego won best lounge for live entertainment with Gypsy honorable mention...Atlantic City has a lot to of entertainment options to be proud of. Best Wishes and please keep coming back to Atlantic City.”


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