A Beginner's Guide to Atlantic City Nightlife and Drinks — Where to Go and What to Drink

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) You can find me in 'da club...

If you've ever been to Atlantic City, you've probably:

A) lost a lot of money on slots (I lost $25 in three minutes, no joke.)
B) gotten a stomach ache from too much salt water taffy (shout out to Caitlin P.)
C) ventured into the magic that is AC's drinks and nightlife (see our fieldguide to finding hot guys for more on this)

Now, if you've never been to AC, you should probably do all three of those. But mainly, you should experience Atlantic City's nightlife in all its glory. From ridiculously cheap happy hours to poppin' clubs with bottle service, AC has it all.

I have selflessly scoured AC's nightlife to compile a list of some of the best places to go and best things to order for you on your next trip. You're welcome.

(Photo courtesy of Revel) Hit up HQ's dance floor to shake what your momma gave you.

HQ Nightclub
Where: 500 Boardwalk, Revel
When: Open Friday - Sunday; 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Cover: Cover $30 to $40 for men and $20 for women
Phone: 609-345-2211
Website: Revelnightlife.com

(Photo courtesy of Revel) I strongly suggest partaking in some Binglo on Mondays.

The Social
Where: 500 Boardwalk, Revel
When: Open 24/7 - live performance Friday - Sunday
Cover: None
Phone: 609-345-2211
Website: Revelnightlife.com

You can find both HQ and The Social inside AC's newest spot, Revel. The Social offers anything from comedy acts to live music to Binglo on Monday nights. And as they say, anything can happen at The Social. And it did! Our own associate editor Lindsay walked away with $1,250 in cash. HQ Nightclub is located in the center of Revel's main floor and is one of AC's hottest nightclubs. There you can find some of AC's snazziest and most fashionable peeps. The club features a number of resident DJs, multiple bars, and swanky bottle service deals. These include bachelor/bachelorette packages, a "I'm With the DJ" package that seats you right next to the DJ (!), and a High Rollers package, which gets you a birds eye view overlooking the dance floor beneath. I'll take that one, please!

(Photo courtesy of Trump Taj Mahal) Check out Almost Angels or relax with one of Ego's signature drinks.

Where: 1000 Boardwalk; Trump Taj Mahal
When: Sunday - Saturday, 24 hours
Cover: None, but two-drink minimum in seated area
Phone: 609-449-1000
Website: Trumptaj.com

Ego's vibe is just like the vibe at the Taj: totally cool and ready for fun! It's a flirty vibe here so get ready to mingle with fellow lounge-goers. Show off your moves on the dance floor or just enjoy the cocktails from their signature drink menu. Be sure to check out Almost Angels at Ego, as well! They're a sexy, high-energy band that performs hits from hotties like Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj. Almost Angels appears Friday and Saturday 10:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Drink tip: Try Ego's featured drink, "Mirror Mirror." It's Grand Marnier, orange vodka, and orange juice, garnished with an orange slice and cherries. Yum!

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) What I wouldn't do to see John Travolta break out some moves on the dance floor at Boogie Nights.

Boogie Nights
Where: 2831 Boardwalk; Tropicana
When: Sunday - Saturday, 24 hours
Cover: $10 Friday, $15 Saturday
Phone: 1-800-345-8767
Website: Tropicana.net

Boogie Nights is totally a place to get your groove on. From its decked out, seventies-style lounge to the largest disco ball in AC, Boogie Nights is a place to dance the night away. You can strut your stuff on the dance floor or mingle with some of the Boogie cast, which includes Mr. Boogie, Roller Girl, and Hula Hoop Girl, obviously. And might I suggest hitting up one of their themed nights? Try Animal House night, where the attire is what else but TOGAS, TOGAS, TOGAS! Or even better, hit up Cougars and Cubs, an event where women 40+ and men 21-29 get in for free until 11 p.m. Rawwwr!

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Big enough to share. But you don't have to.

Drink tip: Try the Cherry Fishbowl. This enormous drink comes in, can you guess? A fishbowl! The cherry vodka, Sprite, and Grenadine mix is enough to share with friends, so be sure to bring your peeps!

(Photo courtesy of Destination360.com) "You have to go to Providence on Thursday!" said the Hooters waitress.


Where: 2831 Boardwalk; Tropicana
When: Thursday and Friday: 11 p.m. - 4 a.m. or later; Saturday: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. or later
Cover: Cover on Wednesdays is reduced before midnight; $10 to $20 for women, $20 to $25 for men.
Phone: 1-800-345-8767
Website: Providenceclubac.com

If you're homesick for the Meatpacking District — side note: I want to know who this person would be — try Providence. This club is a Manhattan-style club right in the middle of The Quarter in the Tropicana. It is THE place to be on Thursdays, says everyone in AC. The DJs at Providence are in two elevated booths (fancy) and play killer dance tracks all night. Crystal chandeliers, hot dancers, and snazzy VIP options make Providence one of AC's hottest night clubs.

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Get yo fist pump on at The Pool. Or do what I did and watch others fist pump all night.

The Pool After Dark
Where: 777 Harrah's Blvd; Harrah's
When: Wednesday & Friday: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.; Saturday: 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Cover: Starts at $10 Wednesdays and Fridays, $20 Saturdays.
Phone: (609) 441-5233
Website: Caesars.com/poolafterdark

A night out in AC would NOT be complete without a trip to the Pool After Dark. The Pool is everything you'd imagine a club to be: bumpin' music, dancing girls on platforms, a big bar, and well, a pool. If you're not convinced, we asked a Hooters girl where we could find hot guys on a Wednesday and her immediate reaction was an enthusiastic "The Pool!" With Pauly D as one of their resident DJs, the Pool is a hot spot for dancing the night away, as well as potentially meeting that Mr. Right...well, Mr. Right Now anyway. Voted the #3 club in the US by Clubplanet in 2012, the Pool has standards. There is a dress code, which is enforced, so take note: no coats, ladies! If you're up for it, rent one of the private booths or hot tubs with bottle service. Why not make it rain?! But be warned: this place is a total night owl spot. The club won't start to get going until at least 11:30 p.m.

Drink tip:
If you're at the bar at the Pool in the day, order a Tropical Delight. It is a glorious mix of Pina Colada mix, Malibu coconut rum, and creme de banana. Seriously, it's like laying on a hammock on the beach while a hot guy fans you off with a palm tree leaf. If you're at the Pool at night, find Jon the bartender and ask him to make you a Purple Gatorade shot. It's grape vodka, peach Schnapps, a splash of Sprite and cranberry juice, but Jon claims it tastes just a purple Gatorade!

(Photo courtesy of Toga Bar) Togas are classy. I promise.

Toga Bar
Where: 2100 Pacific Avenue; Caesars
When: Sunday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Tuesday, Friday: 2 p.m. - 4 a.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Cover: None
Phone: 609-441-2222
Website: Caesars.com

Don't let the togas fool you, Toga Bar is a premier social spot. The lounge inside Caesars has hot music, super swanky VIP areas with bottle service, and a massive video wall that illuminates the entire venue. Choose Toga Bar as the spot to spend your evening or as the spot for a night cap from 2 a.m. - 4 a.m. For all you beer lovers, they have an amazing craft beer selection and often host tap takeovers from beer company’s like Dogfish Head. Toga is the spot for an upscale night in AC.

(Photo courtesy of Foundation Room) I could sip on one of these all night long.

Foundation Room
Where: 801 Boardwalk; Showboat
When: Friday: 6 p.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday: 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Cover: Cover starts at $10 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Phone: 609-343-4523
Website: Showboatac.com

Head to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, located inside Showboat, for your after hours wind-down. Open until 6 a.m. Saturday nights, Foundation Room is a great place to relax and have a few more drinks — because obviously if you're out until 6 a.m. you haven't had enough yet! What makes the Foundation Room stand out in AC is it's super high-class decor. Imagine a fireside lounge, ocean views, a cigar lounge, and sacred prayer room. I'm still trying to figure the last one out. But really, the Foundation Room is a place for top-notch fun. With a cigar and scotch menu, might I suggest taking your BF there, or maybe even your dad?

Drink tip: Order one of their signature cocktails or martinis! The Shiva is one of the more popular and pretty ones.

Rush Lounge
Where: 1 Castle Blvd; Golden Nugget
When: 24/7, baby
Cover: None
Phone: 609-441-2000
Website: Goldennugget.com

Stop in for Rush's famous happy hour on Sunday - Friday at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Find $3-$6 drink specials made by one of AC's top bartender's. No really! Rush's own Todd Lewison was voted AC Weekly's top male casino bartender in the Nightlife Awards. Located on the main casino level of Golden Nugget, Rush is super swanky without being stuffy! Go enjoy some of Lewison's delicious concoctions at a killer deal.

Drink tip: Try the Opal martini, especially if you have a sweet tooth. The Opal is Rush's take on a chocolate martini. This one is made with vanilla vodka, Godiva white chocolate liquor (!!!) and Baileys. Plus, it looks way pretty!

(GoldenNugget.com) Take a look at that view. I'll be back this summer for sure.

The Deck
Where: 1 Castle Blvd; Golden Nugget
When: Seasonally
Cover: Cover starts at $5 for men on Fridays and $10 on Saturdays; $5 for women on Saturdays.
Phone: 609-441-2000
Website: Goldennugget.com

The Deck is the place to be during the summer. Overlooking the perfectly preppy scene of boats lined up at the dock, The Deck is one fun place to be. It has a full menu, too (in case you want to eat and not just drink). Order a Malibu Bay Breeze or Ultimate Walk on the Beach as you take in the beautiful view of South Jersey. And don't forget, there's live music at The Deck every night in the summer!

(Photo courtesy of Borgata) Despite the name, I'm pretty sure you don't have to whisper in mur.mur....pretty sure.

Where: 1 Borgata Way; Borgata
When: Friday: 10 p.m. ‐ party's over; Saturday: 10 p.m. ‐ party's over; Monday: 10 p.m. ‐ party's over
Cover: Mondays and Fridays: $10 for women, $20 for men; Saturdays: $20 for women, $25 for men
Phone: 866-692-6742
Website: Borgatanightlife.com

mur.mur is not for the shy or timid. This is sexy and sensual spot! The club is located within the already slick Borgata and has their own signature bottle service menu. If you're going to mur.mur, why not go all out? Grab a VIP table and get the royal treatment. Table service features a special VIP entrance and access, your choice of bottle(s) of liquor, an assortment of mixers, and a private table — whoa! You'll also get your own table server who will mix your drinks all night long. Talk about living the posh life! Side note, if you do this, you are required to bring me along.

(Photo courtesy of Borgata) If you want to feel like it's you against the music, MIXX is definitely the spot for you.

Where: 1 Borgata Way; Borgata
When: Saturday: 10 p.m. - party's over; Sunday: 10 p.m. - party's over
Cover: Fridays and Sundays: $20; Saturday: $25
Phone: 866-692-6742
Website: Borgatanightlife.com

MIXX is a totally high-energy, dance club. Come here if you're ready to dance the night away! MIXX resembles a fancy nightclub you'd likely see in NYC's Meatpacking District, so if you're craving the true club experience, come here! As they say at MIXX, "inhibitions are strictly prohibited," so get ready to let loose and have some fun. Another cool aspect of MIXX? The lounge has two levels!

(Photo by Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) With a price of $7, you can go crazy with food and drink on Mondays at Izakaya.

Where: 1 Borgata Way; Borgata
When: Monday: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Friday: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cover: None
Phone: 866-692-6742
Website: TheBorgata.com

Ok, so Izakaya isn't really a place you'd go to party, but I promised I'd tell you where to go and what to order, so here it is: one of the best deals around. On Mondays, Izakaya has a $7 food and cocktail menu! Plus, if you spend $20 or more, you'll get complimentary admission to mur.mur. Food, drinks, and admission to 'da club? Did I deliver or did I deliver? Check out their full Monday Menu here.

Now, there are TONS more amazing places to hit up in AC, and these few barely scratch the surface. Hey, I'm just one girl doing AC in five days! Looks like I'll have to come back this summer for an updated list...


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