Former Taj Mahal Strip Club Scores Will Reopen Inside Hard Rock Atlantic City

This past week, reported that Scores, a national strip-club chain, would operate one of its gentlemen’s clubs in a 36,000-square-foot space inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

This development comes in the wake of a Hard Rock lawsuit against Scores that a federal court threw out.

“Scores Atlantic City is a revolutionary social and sensory adult entertainment complex for everyone. Futuristic showroom … audio visual extravaganza … bottle service cabanas,” the Scores Atlantic City website reads.

Scores: We’ve got a right to entertain

This past September, Boardwalk 100, LLC, the company who bought the Trump Taj Mahal with the purpose of opening Hard Rock Atlantic City, filed a federal lawsuit that said allowing Scores to remain would sully the Hard Rock brand.

While the rock-and-roll international hotelier emphasizes the rock-star lifestyle, it also wants its properties to be family-friendly, an adjectival phrase that, in the history of the world, has probably never been used to describe a gentlemen’s club.

Scores’ argument is that it was operating at the Taj Mahal until it closed, so it should have a chance to renew their lease.

A federal court sided with Scores and now here we are, nine months later, just a couple of weeks away from Hard Rock Atlantic City’s grand opening.

Strip club was the first of its kind in Atlantic City

Scores was the first strip club to open inside of an Atlantic City casino.

The Press of Atlantic City penned several articles leading up to the club’s Sept. 12, 2013, grand opening.

“Most of the new attractions added to the Atlantic City entertainment scene this summer have had a decidedly G-rated feel,” PoAC reporter Donald Wittkowski wrote on Aug. 29 of that year. “Well, get ready to slap an R-rating on the next one, a strip club called Scores that is scheduled to open Sept. 12 inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.”

The club operated under its lease up until a week before the casino closed in 2016 after a bitter labor dispute between UNITE HERE Local 54 and owner Carl Icahn.

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Hard Rock Atlantic City will have to grin and bear it

Despite its concerns, Hard Rock Atlantic City will open June 28 and with it the Scores mega strip club. The groups appear to have settled their differences.

The events schedule for Scores is vacant. Menus, however, are available on the site.

At the time of publishing, one could view Scores’ impressive beer list, which offers everything from Bud Light to a smoked wheat beer from Germany that features hints of banana, clove, and smoke.

Their cocktail menu includes the “Tarantula Mind Control,” with a description that reads:

“Startling blend of Pernod Absinthe and smoky Mt. Alban mescal, with fresh lemon, chipotle, and a splash of Curacao … mind over matter!”

About the Author

J.R. Duren

A three-time winner of the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest, J.R. Duren works as a freelance writer with a focus on the NJ online gambling and online casino industry. He writes for a number of publications, including Bespoke Post, Our Amazing Norway, Barcelona Metropolitan, Snooth, and the Villages Daily Sun.