Atlantic City 2015, What should I know
2015 in Atlantic City
What hotels have in store for you.
Even if you couldn’t make it to Atlantic City to celebrate New Year’s Eve, you still have almost all of 2015 to gamble, eat, drink, shop, and be entertained in this fabulous 24/7 town. More good news is that great Atlantic City hotel deals, including Atlantic City discount hotels, are plentiful, and you can take advantage of lots of special offers right on this website. We also have the latest scoop on all of the great Atlantic City shows and other Atlantic City events that may interest you. Whether you gamble or not, there is always lots to do in Atlantic City and lots going on, but it’s at night that this town really comes alive. So the focus of this article is the Atlantic City nightlife.
Of course, in much the same way that you have a wide choice in what you play and how much you spend at the slot machines and tables, whether you make your fun night on the town expensive and over the top or surprisingly affordable is entirely up to you. Room costs, particularly if you are staying at one of the elegant Atlantic City boardwalk hotels or Marina hotels with a casino, are somewhat higher on weekends and holidays than during the rest of the week, and some entertainment venues may be a little more expensive, as well, but they are still nothing like the out of sight New Year’s Eve prices. So if it has been too long since you have treated yourself to a special night out in Atlantic City, what are you waiting for? Virtually every night of the year, every casino and major non-casino Atlantic City hotel is buzzing with excitement. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. Atlantic City truly is the Las Vegas of the East!
Bally’s Atlantic City
Bally’s is a one of the Atlantic City Boardwalk hotels. It is conveniently located on the center of the Boardwalk. It is also the closest casino hotel to the Atlantic City Bus Terminal.
The Bar at Harry’s
If you’re looking for a casual, laid back good time, by day, Harry’s is a great choice for delicious reasonably priced seafood. But by night, the bar at Harry’s really comes alive. You can have a couple of beers or one of Harry’s signature cocktails and watch your favorite team on one of nine flat screen TVs, Or, if you prefer, in nice weather, relax in the courtyard and watch the parade of people on the boardwalk.
Mountain Bar (at Bally’s Wild Wild West)
The Lobby Bar is a nice place to meet a friend for a relaxing cocktail. The Mountain Bar serves up honky-tonk country music on Thursday nights and a live band on weekends. Both bars are open 24/7.
If you love martinis, this place is for you. But choosing which one to order won’t be easy since Blue Martini has over 100 varieties! There is live music, too.
The Borgata, Atlantic City, is known for its spectacular nightlife.
MUR.MUR is only open Friday, Saturday, and Monday. The party doesn’t even get started until 11 p.m. and continues until? Amenities include signature bottle service and world class DJs.
The energy of this Saturday and Sunday night only club featuring VIP and table service is off the charts. The party starts at 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. World class DJs provide music to dance the night away.
Unlike the high profile clubs just mentioned, the Gypsy Bar is a more casual hotel bar featuring tequila, margaritas, and beer and free live music every night.
Caesars Atlantic City
Caesars is located right off the Atlantic City Expressway, right in the center of town. It is also Party Central for some great nightlife.
You can expect the action to last long past dusk at this happening place, which actually includes three venues in one, the Dusk Nightclub, Retro’s, and the Backyard Bar. Dusk is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights only, starting at 10 p.m. All three nights, admission is only $5 before midnight, and on Tuesday and Friday night, $5 drink specials are available. Or if money isn’t an object, you can order bottle service at $200 and up. For reservations, call 86-905-7163.
Retro’s features drinks and music that were popular in the 80s. The Backyard Bar is an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant featuring signature cocktails and frozen drinks.
Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino
The Atlantic City Marina hotel and casino that used to be Trump Marina, has been successfully transformed into an entirely different property, the Golden Nugget.
The Haven was voted the best nightclub in Atlantic City for 2014 by ACWeekly.com. You can dance the night away at this venue on Thursday and Friday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. For VIP reservations, call 855.580-3605.
Along with the Borgata and Golden Nugget, Harrah’s Resort is the only other casino hotel located in the Atlantic City Marina area rather than the Boardwalk. Harrah’s is the only place in town where guests and non-guests alike can enjoy weekly pool parties year round.
For a perfect combination of a hearty Italian feast served with an attitude (forget asking for substitutions) and music and dancing, too (the later the hour, the louder the entertainment), the place to be is Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen at Harrah’s Resort. The Atlantic City Martorano’s is very much like the original at the Rio in Las Vegas and very much unlike any other restaurant. For reservations, call 609-961-6970.
There is no hotter or cooler place (depending on your point of view) to let loose in Atlantic City on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night than the Pool After Dark at Harrah’s which is open those three nights only from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. AC Weekly voted the Pool After Dark the Best Place to Spot a Celebrity. Exciting extras include rotating resident DJs the likes of DJ Pauly D (of Jersey Shore fame), Paris Hilton, and Brody Jenner. And you never know who else might turn up for one of the “Aqua Friday” or “Epic Saturday” parties. When you don’t feel like dancing, you can go swimming (or at least attempt it) or go upstairs to the Loft overlooking the pool and play blackjack or roulette. Poolside tables and private cabanas with bottle service can be arranged by calling 609-441-5585.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Resorts is the oldest of the Atlantic City boardwalk hotels and casinos, but it’s as ready as you are to party like it’s 2015.
Landshark Bar and Grill
Landshark Bar and Grill is the only year-round full service bar right on the Boardwalk beach. Go to http://resortsac.com/nightlife/landshark-bar-and-grill/ to find out when they are having special entertainment like a singing competition or “Name That Song.”
Party like Jimmy Buffett till 2 a.m. any night of the week and enjoy live entertainment on select nights at Margaritaville, right on the casino floor.
Bar 1 is a 24 hour bar located on the casino floor near the hotel lobby. Live DJs entertain on weekends.
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
As long as it’s between noon and 2 a.m. in Atlantic City, any night of the week is show time at this bar where flair bartenders put on a dazzling performance creating fancy cocktails, including a $5 “Who’s to Blame Margarita.”
There is so much exciting entertainment going on at once at the Trop, making your selection at this Atlantic City Boardwalk hotel won’t be easy. Here are just a few of your choices.
This high energy club features go-go dancers, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and world class DJs. Providence is open Thursday and Friday nights from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. But Thursday, which is Industry Night, is when the place really comes alive with aerialists and robots and other thrilling entertainment. To reserve a special package, call 609-345-7800.
If you prefer a club with a more retro atmosphere, Boogie Nights might be the perfect place. Boogie Nights brings back the music of the 70s and 80s. Dance around the disco ball Friday and Saturday night stating at 9 p.m.
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar
The best time to hit Cuba Libre is Friday or Saturday night when the vibe and music get really caliente with a dazzling Latin floor show at 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., and midnight. The party continues long after the show, until 4 a.m
Open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m., this stylish and trendy club features reasonably priced bottle service.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
Last, but certainly not least, is the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. All of this casino’s threats to close in 2014 turned out to be a false alarm, and the Taj is not going to close after all anytime soon. So why not show this struggling Atlantic City boardwalk hotel-casino your support by stopping by and having drink there to celebrate this good news. You can also take in a free performance by the Almost Angels (a female singing group) at the Ego Bar.
We will fill you in more Atlantic City entertainment options in upcoming columns, including what some outstanding non-casino hotels like the Chelsea and Claridge have to offer. Yes, you can party like it’s 2015 all year round in Atlantic City!