If you're among the hundreds of people who bought tickets for a canceled show, grumbled about the hefty cover charge or in other ways found Bart Blatstein's T Street at the Playground disappointing last year, you may (or may not) want to give the place another shot. Starting this weekend, the bars and nightclubs in Atlantic City's former Caesar's Pier re-debut with some significant changes.
First of all, there's no cover to get into the party space except on Saturday nights after 10 p.m., when a venue-wide block party shuts down and a so-called "after party" hosted by DJ Stellar from Vegas starts up and runs until 4 a.m. at WAV nightclub. If you haven't heard, WAV replaced 39 N, opening as a 20,000 square foot EDM dance venue in April.
Blatstein, of Northern Liberties fame, claims that he intended all along to temporarily manage T Street last year while he watched to see which places shook out and which ones thrived. See, he MEANT for some of his venues to close. Whatever the case, he's brought in WAV Entertainment and Velocity Management to manage the joint and its component destinations. WAV's CEO is Brian Nagele, the Philly promoter behind North Shore Beach Club who was responsible for throwing the T Street party this past NYE, which got very mixed reviews.
Also new: Monkey Bar will serve lunch, brunch and dinner, along with several happy hours per day, and Wet Willie's is on the scene, serving frozen banana daiquiris and icy alcoholic beverages to patrons who can wander with them anywhere on the premises.
As for the venues that stuck it out all year, they'll all feature food and drink specials daily after 5 p.m. and program live band, karaoke, DJs and dueling pianos during the week after 8 p.m.