It’s anchors away at Anchor Rock Club, where things have officially kicked off after their August opening. Here are five things you need to know about Atlantic City’s newest venue.
1 It’s a hot bed of local music. While casinos bring in a number of star-studded shows, and you can find a cover band at just about any Atlantic City bar, there are very few locales that can boast the type of musical lineup to be found at Anchor Rock Club. With a sublime mix of indie bands, cover bands, once-famous frontmen and lead guitarists with new endeavors — think Bumblefoot from Guns N’ Roses or Michael Glabicki from Rusted Root — you can always count on an interesting show at Anchor Rock Club.
2 The venue is just the right size. Part of the appeal at Anchor is the venue size, which occupies the space right between the enormity of casino halls and local bars. With a 650-seat capacity, Anchor Rock Club is large enough to feel like you’re at a show, and small enough for the show to be intimate.
3 The beer list. Just like the venue celebrates indie music, it also features indie beer. With a tap list that includes lots of regional favorites, including Founders Solid Gold, Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing, Brotherton Jersey Devil, Philadelphia Brewing Company Kenzinger and Walt Wit, Collective Arts Surround Sound, Three 3’s Blueberry Saison and more, your evening is sure to be well-enhanced.
4 John Longacre and Dennis Hewlett. Not familiar with the names? That’s about to change. Longacre is the mastermind of both the established—and revered—American Sardine Bar and South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia. And Dennis Hewlett is the guy behind The P.O.P.E. and Bardot, also in Philly. And now Longacre and Hewlett have set their sights on Atlantic City and Anchor Rock Club. With resumes like theirs, Anchor Rock Club is in savvy — and experienced — hands.
5 This weekend. If you haven’t been there yet, this weekend’s a good time to check it out. Get there at 10 p.m. on Friday to catch Sad & Boujee with DJ Grotzy Versace. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 date of show. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, catch RFA and Hempwick. Tickets are free with an Eventbrite reservation, $5 at the door. Must be 21 and older with valid id to enter.