Borgata Beer Garden features a full-service canopied bar serving more than 15 domestic and craft beers along with mouth-watering bar snacks and bites, right next to Borgata’s Outdoor Pool. Check out the recipe for one of our favorite cocktails, the Cucumber Cooler.
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Welcome back! Borgata will reopen to the general public at 10:00am on Sunday, July 26 following its closure earlier this year amidst the coronavirus crisis. A hosted, invitation-only event will take place ahead of the public reopening. Borgata’s amenity offerings initially will be limited with plans to open additional venues in the coming weeks and months.
“Following the Governor’s directive to postpone indoor dining, we took a step back to reassess our reopening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely,” said Melonie Johnson, President & Chief Operating Officer of Borgata. “When we reopen, Borgata will introduce new outdoor dining experiences, as well as a convenient takeout program from several of our fine and casual dining outlets. We appreciate our guests’ and employees’ patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming them back.”
Health & Safety
MGM Resorts’ comprehensive “Seven-Point Safety Plan” is a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. As time passes, the company will continue to evaluate and evolve its safety protocols. Key initiatives from the MGM Resorts plan as well as specific to Borgata include:
- Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training.
- Masks required in all public areas for both employees and guests (and provided free of charge).
- Guest screening and temperature checks with limited casino entrance points.
- A physical distancing policy will be implemented, with floor guides serving as reminders.
- For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, poly-carbonate barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks.
- Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on the casino floor.
- Guestroom Attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms.
- In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers will be utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently.
- Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the resort’s food and beverage outlets.
- To minimize groups congregating while they wait, restaurant guests will receive text message notification when their tables are ready.
- MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19. We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address (email@example.com). We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.
Per the Governor’s guidelines, the property will adhere to a 25% capacity limit and indoor dining will not be available during this initial phase of reopening.
A glimpse at what guests can expect:
- ROOMS & SUITES – Borgata’s hotel will reopen in a limited capacity.
- GAMING – Borgata Casino, with over three acres of entertainment, including slots, table games and the Race & Sports Book, will reopen. To promote physical distancing, every other slot machine will be disabled, and polycarbonate barriers have been installed at many of the table games. Poker will not be available in this first phase of reopening.
- DINING –
- Borgata Beer Garden: a refreshing concept unique to the Marina District, Borgata Beer Garden features a full-service canopied bar serving a variety of craft and domestic beers as well as menu items by Borgata Executive Chef Tom Biglan. Located adjacent to Borgata Outdoor Pool, the Beer Garden is open to the public, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Borgata Street Eats Food & Beer Trucks: Fast, easy, and convenient, Borgata Street Eats presents food and beer trucks with adjacent tented seating. Enjoy a selection of savory and sweet tacos from Borgata’s award-winning culinary team. Located adjacent to Borgata Beer Garden & Outdoor Pool, Street Eats is accessible via the North Entrance near Race & Sports Book. Open daily from 12-9 p.m.
- Sunbar at The Water Club: enjoy dinner al fresco poolside at The Water Club. At Sunbar, you will experience full-service dining a la carte alongside the hotel’s two outdoor infinity-edge pools. Sunbar is open daily from 3-9 p.m. and is accessible through The Water Club hotel lobby.
- Borgata Gardens: an exclusive retreat for Gold, Platinum, and NOIR M life Rewards members. Enjoy an outdoor dining experience that includes a full-service premium bar. Located adjacent to our Borgata Indoor Pool, Borgata Gardens is accessible through Borgata hotel elevators, spa level, and is open Friday through Sunday from 4-9 p.m. $12.50 Express Comps per person for Gold and Platinum members, and complimentary for NOIR members. Admission is limited to the visiting member plus one guest. Must be 21 or older. Must be an M life Rewards Member.
- BorgataEATS: restaurant food take-out and in-room delivery; allows guests to order meals from Borgata eateries like Old Homestead Steak House, Noodles of the World, and Bread + Butter to enjoy in the comfort of their guest room or home. Call 609.317.8EAT (8328) for fast, easy, convenient service.
- Grab & Go: The Marketplace Eatery, Borgata Baking Company, and Starbucks will also be available for walk-up service.
- In-room Dining: available 24/7 for Borgata hotel guests.
- Indoor Dining: will remain closed per the Governor’s directive.
- RETAIL – Available retail outlets will include Carrello, Borgata Collections, Misura, Tumi and Carina.
- PARKING/VALET – The self-park customer garage will open; the surface parking lot will remain closed. Valet parking will not be operational at this time.
Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full list of offerings, please visit theborgata.com/updates. Borgata will continue to work closely with medical experts and state officials to determine how to safely and appropriately offer more amenities and entertainment to guests.
Hello summer! As we all know, the summer heat can be testing on your skin: between salty ocean water and prolonged time in the hot and humid sun, many folks are looking for a little hot weather. Borgata’s signature spas, Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa, have created two easy at-home treatments that you can try to make your skin and body feel refreshed and rejuvenated during the season. Check out the recipes below and try your hand at a spa day at home.
Cooling Facial Mask
This cooling mask feels great after a day in the sun. Enzymatic Lactic acid and Zinc in yogurt blend with the hydrating anti-inflammatory properties (vitamins A, B, C) of cucumber to hydrate, brighten and tone the skin. All combine to make a recipe for a happy face.
- ½ of medium cucumber
- 1 Tbsp. yogurt
Cleanse face using warm water. Mix ½ of cucumber peeled and pureed & 1 Tbsp. of plain yogurt. Apply a thick coat onto face 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then cold. Apply hydrating facial moisturizer.
Sweet n Salty Body Glow
The fine texture of sugar and the superior exfoliating qualities of fine Sea Salt makes them ideal to buff away old dry skin. Coconut oil’s deep moisturizing properties rapidly hydrate, replenish lost vitamins, and shield your skin from moisture loss. You now have a treatment that can transform dull dry skin into a youthful radiant glow!
- ¼ cup of fine sea salt
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- 2 Tbsp. shower gel – any flavor
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
In a small non-breakable bowl, mix together fine sea salt, sugar, and shower gel. Rinse body with warm water. In circular motion, gently scrub arms, legs, back, stomach and chest – pay close attention to knees and elbows. Rinse off in shower with warm water. Rinse for second time with cool water. Step out of shower onto dry mat. Pat dry with towel. Apply coconut oil and gently pat dry off excess oil
Tom Gable, Director of Race & Sports at Borgata, provides our readers with insider tips and strategies for making the most of their sports betting ventures. This month, Tom tackles this summer’s hottest sport: golf!
During the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of changes across all different avenues of entertainment, including the closure of major U.S. sports. While Borgata remains temporarily closed, the betting action has moved online at BorgataSports.com where there are certainly some out of the ordinary offerings to bet on, including Russian table tennis and Korean baseball. Slowly, some U.S. sports have returned such as the UFC, NASCAR and the PGA Tour. MLB and the NBA have announced restart dates at the end of July. Visit BorgataSports.com to check out the current offerings.
Today’s tips focus on a sport that has grown in betting attention the last few years: professional golf. For those that follow golf, there are a number of different ways to bet on it. Each week, sportsbooks will post odds for the PGA Tour’s event that will be held that week – usually taking place Thursdays through Sundays.
The most common way to bet is to pick the overall winner of the tournament. Each golfer will have odds assigned to them to win the event. For example, Rory McIlroy may be 12/1 while Bubba Watson is 40/1. These odds determine how much you win for each dollar wagered – if you bet $100 on Watson to win the tournament at 40/1 odds, you would win $4000 in addition to your original $100 you put up if Bubba wins the tournament.
You can also bet if a golfer finishes in the Top 5 or Top 10. Odds are posted on each golfer much like they are to win the overall tournament.
Head to head matchups between golfers is another bet growing in popularity. Sportsbooks will create matchups between two golfers and list odds on them to win that particular matchup – similar to a baseball game. Let’s use the example of Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson. McIlroy may be listed as -150 while Watson would be listed as +130. This means you would bet $150 on McIlroy to win $100, while a $100 wager on Watson would win you $130. The match up could be just for one round or for the tournament as a whole. So if Watson ends up with a better score than McIlroy, all of the wagers on Watson would pay out. This is an exciting way to wager on golf as you can handicap the golfers in their individual match ups and wager on who you think will have the better score. Many people find this form of bet easier than picking the overall winner of the tournament out of 100+ golfers competing.
Some of the important things to look at while handicapping golf:
- Recent performances: how the golfer has been playing in his last few tournaments
- Course history: how many PGA Tour events return to the same courses year after year and how a golfer has performed at that particular course in years past. It may also be beneficial to research how particular golfers have fared on certain courses designed by a particular course architect. Architects have a particular style and their courses may set up more advantageously for certain golfers.
- Weather conditions: there are some golfers who are known to be fantastic players in bad conditions
With most of the major U.S. sports still on the sidelines, now may be a great time to jump into betting on golf. Download the Borgata Sports app now or log onto BorgataSports.com to get started.
Angeline is Iron Chef and James Beard Award winning Chef/Borgata Partner Michael Symon’s ode to classic Italian food—simple, bold, fresh and served with prideful attention to detail. Looking for this delicious pepper recipe? Michael’s simple but delicious Roasted Sweet and Hot Peppers with Burrata is the ideal dish for your at home Italian pasta night. Check out how to assemble below!
Roasted Sweet and Hot Peppers with Burrata
- 1c red wine
- 1c red wine vinegar
- 1c granulated sugar
- 2 oz. kosher salt
- 2 lbs. roasted red bell pepper, sliced ½” thick
- ½ lb. roasted hot banana peppers, sliced ½” thick
- 4 oz. red onion, sliced ¼” thick
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1T chopped oregano
- Pinch of chili flakes
- Burrata for serving
- Aged balsamic vinegar for serving
- Fresh basil leaves for serving
Combine the first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil. Whisk to dissolve the salt and sugar.
In a mixing bowl, combine the peppers, onions, garlic, oregano and chili flakes. Pour the hot liquid over the pepper mixture. Mix to combine and allow to marinate overnight before serving.
The peppers can be stored in a mason jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The longer the peppers marinate, the better the flavor.
To serve: Slice a piece of burrata in half and spoon the peppers along with their juices over the top. Drizzle with aged balsamic and tear some basil over the top.
This Fourth of July Weekend, we want Borgata Beer Garden to be part of your festivities. Try our Strawberry Daiquiri recipe, off the menu of our favorite outdoor spot, at home! This sweet and cool cocktail is an easy way to celebrate the summer with friends outdoors. Check out the recipe below.