AC From A to F: A Casino Report Card
Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page P07
Anyplace that has a lounge called the Dizzy Dolphin -- with an actual sailboat, including a soaring mast, serving as the bar -- is okay with us. Still, the band playing drippy easy-listening tunes and the sleepy crowd slumped over their drinks didn't exactly get our pulse racing.
Major props to the Blue Martini, a chic lounge off the casino floor that's one of AC's most Vegasy nooks. And the country music served up in the Mountain Bar is at least different. But otherwise, this sprawling resort, encompassing three buildings (the Wild Wild West Casino, in particular, puts the "old" into Old West), left us cold.
With the Mixx, the B Bar, the Gypsy Bar, a comedy club and enough au courant acts in its Music Box and Event Center venues (everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Dave Chappelle in the coming weeks) to put the rest of the city to shame, Borgata remains the classiest, sassiest joint in town. Now if it could just drop a little of that attitude . . .
We'll pretend we didn't see the guy in the hallway who took out his teeth and cleaned them over a garbage can, and still give the place high marks. The Party Pit on the casino floor featured a decent band pumping out Top 40 tunes, while the elongated, dimly lit Toga Bar was a terrific respite from the nearby slot action. The Gladiator Sports Bar took some detective work to find, but the trio playing smooth jazz was worth it.