JJ mcdermott lounge

1. You have probably never heard of it. And while there are a bunch of reasons that this is true — it’s new, it was part of a major renovation, and it’s part of the Atlantic City Country Club, which used to be privately owned but is now open to the public. We don’t expect it to be true for long. This place is the living room you never knew you wanted, complete with the casual sophistication of a bygone era. Get there while it’s still (sort of) a secret.

2. It’s loaded with history. The A.C. Country Club has a ton of history, having been frequented by the likes of Nucky Johnson and Bob Hope, as well as being the “birthplace of the birdie.” The JJ McDermott Lounge is no different — it’s named after John J. McDermott, the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open, who was the head golf pro at A.C. Country Club when he won.

3. The specialty drink may be all you need. If you’re looking for a fun, refreshing signature drink, try their Peach Martini. Made with vodka, triple sec, peach nectar and a splash of soda, it’s the perfect cocktail for sipping while you’re kicking back listening to music.

4. Lou Younger is the featured performer. Reminiscent of a Rat Pack crooner, Lou Younger started playing the casino scene back in the late ’70s, and is known for his renditions of the standards — think Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett — as well as his piano playing. Younger performs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m., and select Fridays and Saturdays.

5. There’s only one item on the menu. The JJ McDermott Lounge antipasto includes a selection of imported Italian meats, cheeses, olives, roasted peppers and crackers. And it’s perfect for enjoying with a cocktail in the lounge. If you’re in the mood for some serious eating, head to The Tap Room Pub & Grille right down the hall, for a full scale bar and dinner menu.

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