"There's Las Vegas and there's Reno, but there's just something about Atlantic City."
It was just one of several anecdotes Liza Minnelli offered as she kicked off her March 24 concert at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Not surprisingly, the legendary showbiz triple threat proceeded to bring the crowd to its feet several times throughout her performance, most notably after her signature tunes "Cabaret" and "New York, New York."
Truthfully, there are few places in the world more suited to hosting performers of the ever-glamorous Minnelli's caliber than Atlantic City. In fact, much like Minnelli herself, the stylish Borgata is a comeback kid of sorts, having recently underwent a $50 million redesign that makes it more state-of-the-art and chic than ever.
Minnelli's appearance no doubt attracted a few more gay visitors than usual to Atlantic City, which has strived in recent years to appeal to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) market. Though there's still room for improvement, LGBT travelers will undoubtedly enjoy the Borgata's destination restaurants, which include the modern Japanese pub Izakaya and the Wolfgang Puck American Grille, as well as its top-notch spa treatments.
No visit to Atlantic City is complete without taking in some nightlife, too, and international DJs and keep the well-heeled crowd at the Borgata's Mixx Nightclub thumping until the wee hours of the morning. For those seeking a more LGBT-specific clientele, Pro Bar -- which opened last year to great fanfare -- at the nearby Resorts Casino is reportedly the city's first nightspot to cater exclusively to that audience. Here, casino-goers can enjoy the latest pop hits while taking in a spectacular view of the city's legendary boardwalk.
Take a look at the newly refurbished Borgata below: