Borgata Turns 15…..Let’s Party!

Picture it…..July 2nd, 2003…..11:45 pm…..

Atlantic City’s latest skyline addition, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, opened its glamorous doors to the public……and history was instantly made. 

A bright, bold and beaming structure, the MGM Resorts International owned Jersey Shore hot-spot features 2, 002 luxurious rooms and suites (and so, so much more…keep reading), and owns it place as the largest hotel in New Jersey and is also currently the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City. 

Needless to say, Borgata’s opening came with quite a bit of negative chit-chat as many in the gaming industry were concerned about the resort’s staying power, much due to the fact that fifteen years ago was right around the same time that the AC we once knew as the place to be began to falter with many, many, many favorite casinos began to either shut their doors or be sold off. But also needless to say, the grand resort has certainly withstood the sands of time and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And we just can’t leave out Borgata’s stunning exclusive $400 million non-gaming boutique-lifestyle hotel, The Water Club, which features 800 grand guest rooms and suites and has no doubt added more flair to the name that is Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

But what is indeed a grand fifteenth anniversary celebration like the East Coast has never seen, is also a rebirth of sorts thanks to the grand openings of Atlantic City’s latest endeavorsOcean Resort (formerly Revel) and Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City (formerly Taj Mahal)–which have both already driven tourism way up this summer, a feat that could only help Borgata as well, especially for those who haven’t trekked down to AC in a while.

With that being said, the time is right now to let loose and party, and naturally, this weekend’s entertainment journey begins with lots and lots of delicious food and five-star culinary extravaganzas. If you’re heading down to celebrate life and everything that comes with it this weekend, (really, who isn’t?), you might want to get the party started with Savor Borgata Culinary Series, which will be starring some of your favorite celebrity chefs taking over Borgata’s staple restaurants. On Friday, July 6th, The Old Homestead Steak House will be a delish home to get the festivities started properly, with a commemorative multi-course dinner prepared by Executive Restaurant Chef Romeo DiBona, which will be mercifully paired with a selection of fine wines. However….there’s only a few tickets left to tonight’s second seating, so you and your hungry stomach better go here…now. 

This only kicks all of the carbs off as this Saturday, July 7th, Chew co-host and Angeline Chef/Partner Michael Symon will be taking over Borgata’s Surface Lot for an outdoor food festival featuring culinary takes from around the globe. But the best part is that this event is designed for the whole family and will feature loads of fun group activities including a mechanical rock wall, dunk tank, photo booth, and it’s all while Atlantic City Police and Fire Departments participate to make it that much more special for the kids in all of us, So, come hungry, get happy and have a blast! For ticket info on all of this weekend’s impending deliciousness (plus don’t forget about Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille, Bobby Flay Steak, you get it), be sure to dive in right here, right now. 

Of course, no Borgata top-tier dining experience is complete without a follow-up show or concert (and everything on the dessert menu, naturally), and luckily for everyone, they’ve got you covered thanks to their lively venues, including The Music Box and their grand Event Center. So, where do we begin with all of this top-notch entertainment that’s taking over the stages this weekend and beyond? How about with the legendary Barry Manilow, who’ll be taking over the Event Center to make this weekend’s celebration that much more classic. Magician and stand out improv artist Michael Carbonaro will be taking over the Music Box to give your weekend to give it a little more spark…as if it really needs it.  

Oh, and you might want to mark your calendars and get those tickets because Halsey, Huey Lewis, Britney Spears (!!), Camila Cabello, Brit Floyd, Kings of Leon, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Seinfeld, Collective Soul and the one, the only Cher (although both of her shows are sold out already ) will be stopping by to show the Borgata some entertainment love one love from now until Labor Day. Get ready. 

As you might have already guessed, after the show comes the after party, and Borgata certainly has plenty of stylish offerings for the perfect nightcap. If you’re looking to get lost in some of those chill late-night vibes, then Gypsy Lounge and Mixx are waiting just for you. And of course, Borgata and AC’s #1 night club, Premier, will see the likes of Tyga and RL Grime stopping by to celebrate with us this Friday and Saturday night, while Jowell & Randy, Mustard, Play & Skillz and many more will be owning the Borgata spotlight this summer to give it to you proper. Plus you’ve got Borgata Beer Garden, B Bar, better yet, just dance it out right here to experience all of it. 

Now, did someone say….five-star spa treatment and shopping all day long? Yes. While we could certainly go on and on about all of those fancy and relaxing details, it would truly take up another full article. So, for all of the cucumber eye peel/boutique (Hugo Boss, Misura, it’s all here) goodness you could ever want (plus, there’s tons of stuff for the boys), kick up those heels right here to plan a most fabulous Borgata shopping/spa day right this very second. 

As you can probably gather by now, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa not only has everything you could ever want in a truly fabulous and stunning resort, but that this weekend’s fifteenth birthday bash is truly a landmark celebration…..and it’s one that’s certainly going to last all summer long and beyond. 

Let’s party! 

Cover photo courtesy of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 





SPECIAL CONCERTS AND STAND-UP: Our entertainment lineup has something for everyone this 4th of July weekend in Atlantic City. Whether you like comedy or classic soft rock, Borgata has you covered. Sebastian Maniscalco is coming back to Borgata with 10 sold-out shows and will bring you laughs all night long. Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings his iconic artistry to The Event Center on July 6-7 in a series of performances that are sure to delight “fanilows” of all ages. Funny man Michael Che will be in the house at The Music Box on June 29 as well!

NIGHTLIFE: Whether you prefer to dance in the club, party at the bar or relax in the beer garden, Borgata has nightlife for anyone. Enjoy two-floors of party in Premier Nightclub with the best DJs in the industry or grab your friends and hang out in our Rock ‘n Roll tequila bar, Gypsy Bar and listen to the best Live Bands in the area. You can also step out by our Outdoor Pool and enjoy the Beer Garden’s great menu and music.

The Borgata has a number of world-class restaurants, a 2,400 seat event center, a 1,000-seat theater and a selection of Atlantic City’s hottest nightlife spots. There is also a 54,000-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor pool areas, gardens, retail boutiques and a second boutique hotel tower.



Groove of the Day/Iggy Azalea/MØ/”Beg for It”

Get ready to live like it’s 2014 all over again because the one-and-only “Fancy” rap diva from down under herself (sit down, Ms. Ora) Ms. Iggy Azalea, is about to….take a hold of the stage at the Borgata event center tonight. 

Now, while we could easily straight up break our fine Lennox tea mugs about “Pretty Girls,” this, that and the other mighty oak grown shade all, but since it will and always will be all about those grooves here (if you’re down for that, as you should, because get over it and just listen), we’re going to press play on “Beg For It,” Ms. Iggy’s collaboration with “Cold Water” co-conspirator, MØ,  who’ll on a lil’ Danish pop diva side note, will be stopping by Union Transfer just in time for the holidaze. 

Served up as the lead single from the re-issue of Iggy’s debut set, The New Classic (hey there, “Black Widow” and Reclassified), the song stumbled a bit on the Billboard charts (and hey there, that SNL performance) and went on to only peak at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

But the real mystery is..why?

Iggy’s flow is quite pussy powered up and fierce, MO’s vocals will get you in a delightfully weird way, and that produced beat just simply get to werk. 

Okay, so, let’s face it (there goes one mug), we may never, ever know if Mizz Iggy will strike back on those charts like she (sort of) did just two years ago, but what we do know is that if “Beg For It” is on fleek this evening at the Borgata this evening then a big ol’ yas Iggy queen. 

Just listen and then get those tickets…and then dance, bitch, because it’s the weekend and we need to live it up….because why wouldn’t you? 


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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Gettin’ Down to Havana Brown

Her name is Havana…and she wants to know if you have a big music banana. 

While there may be quite a few of you out there who are smitten by Havana Brown‘s slick stack of disco whirled ditties, there are indeed quite a few who just don’t how absolutely delicious they are. Lucky for you guys, Philly Mixtape has been in a trance by this steamy groove goddess for quite some time, so now it’s time for everybody to be gettin’ down to Havana Brown…and here are 5 reasons why. 

1.She’s a sexy disco diva from down under…

While there’s nothing quite satisfying than the soul-searching music provided by our English Breakfast music tea sipping divas like Adele, Emeli Sande and Madonna, sometimes we need the beats provided by a sassy disco diva from down under like Kylie Minogue and Ms. Brown. Not only does Havana have that Aussie accent that will get you every time, much like Kylie, she’s blessed with legs and looks for days which certainly get the sassy job done. 

2.Because you should always respect the DJ….

During her beginning days of music life, Brown gravitated toward the DJs at the clubs (who wouldn’t?) and quickly learned how to master the tables through a friend. After music word got out of her vinyl abilities, she was soon spinning at clubs across Australia. But her big break came in 2008 when Hennessey company saw her talents and sent her across the globe, which led her to touring with the Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga, opening their shows with a DJ set.

It was that same year that she signed with Universal and released a buffet of mix compilations, which led her to her first album, When The Lights Go Out, which brought “We Run the Night,” and another shining wonder from down under, “Spread A Little Love.” 

And remember to always respect the DJ..especially if her name is Havana Brown. 

3.Her grooves are pure pop-disco confections…..

While “We Run the Night” is pure dance floor fire, that’s just a small part of Havana’s jar of strobe-lit goodies. She shines on her latest synth-heavy ballad, “Battle Cry,” and also on this year’s blazing, “Bullet Blowz.” Other tracks “”Warrior,” “You’ll Be Mine” and “Better Not Said” certainly prove that she’s certainly got the grooves to make you move.

But if you really want to head straight into the after hours part of the evening, slip into something comfortable and unzip “Flashing Lights,” a shimmering romp of a good time that will leave you breathless and wanting more Ms. Havana. Lace up those skates to it below…you’ll be glad you did. 

4.Because she wrote a song called “Big Banana”…

Now, what’s not to love about a big ol’ banana? They’re delicious in the summertime and you can eat them any time of the day! Ms. Brown knew exactly that so she teamed up with DJ R3hab to unwrap “Big Banana,” a steamy dance ditty that  became a Viagra-sized hit all over the music globe. And while the original is a bedroom ready good time, legendary DJ Dave Aude took it and turned it into an even, um, bigger “Banana.” One listen to this remix and you will be heading straight to the music produce aisle to peel back every layer of Ms. Havana’s delicious disco fruit.

5.Because of THIS video…..

Late last year, Brown released the ferocious, “BaBing,” a destructive dance track that was co-written by another overseas dance diva, Ms. Luciana. While the banger was just served up as just a buzz single, the Aussie DJ delivered a growling and snarling black-and-white video complete with a buffet of beefcake, Ms. Brown’s Doberman Pinscher (whose name is in fact, BaBing,), and lots of leather-and-laced up in-your-face imagery for days.

If you’re still not convinced you should be gettin’ down to Ms. Havana Brown, jump into the wild “BaBing” clip below and see why it was Philly Mixtape’s favorite video of 2014. Go.