When you think of Atlantic City, I imagine the first thing that comes to mind is casinos. Which is what Atlantic City is known for but in the past few years Atlantic City has gotten a lot of great non-casino bars and restaurants. As someone who grew up 30 minutes from AC and now lives 15 minutes away it might be surprising that I’m not a big gambler but, I do love a good night out. Atlantic City offers lots of great nightlife activities without ever having to step foot on the casino floor.
Perfectly Innocent Amusement Company Unfortunately Perfectly Innocent closed, we have heard rumors that they might reopen in a new location and we are hopeful that they do.
A speakeasy style bar, with a fun twist. Perfectly Innocent Amusement Company features craft cocktails, great food and video games. The bar is dark but still inviting, with plenty of seating at the bar and at pub tables. The back of the bar features about 2 dozen video games including air hockey, skee ball, Mortal Kombat, Pac Man and many more. The games are reasonably priced, so you won’t mind dropping a few quarters for some play time. The drinks are strong and delicious and the menu, while small, does not disappoint. The cocktails here are no joke and the bartenders take there art seriously. Personal favorites the Rook a rum based drink featuring strawberries. The Tots Tots Ridiculous are not be missed, these certainly are not your kids tater tots.
While we are on the subject of tater tots, which may soon become the food that Atlantic City is known for, head over to Wingcraft. Located at one of my favorite non-casino activities in Atlantic City, Tanger Outlets The Walk, Wingcraft has craft beer and wings but let’s get back to those tater tots. Wingcraft offers tater tots two different ways. My personal favorite is the short rib tater tots and you can’t go wrong with any of their wings. Craft Beers change regularly, so make sure to check the large black board in front of the bar.
While technically Margaritaville is in Resorts Casino, the Landshark Bar is located on the boardwalk adjacent to Resorts, so you don’t have to go through the casino to enter Landshark. Landshark is the kind of place where you could stumble in at noon and find yourself staying for the night. Landshark has a great line up of live music entertainment, and you’re practically guaranteed to hear some Jimmy Buffet. When it’s warm out the beach bar area of Landshark features games like bean bag toss and horse shoes. Landshark offers great views of Atlantic City, The Steel Pier and the beach. While you can’t go wrong with a cheeseburger in paradise, my personal favorites are the fish tacos and the Perfect Margarita.
Located in Gardeners Basin in Atlantic City, this area in itself is a total gem and home to some great bars, restaurants and the Atlantic City Aquarium. From Gardener’s Basin you get a totally different view of Atlantic City and Gardener’s Basin is one of my favorite spots in Atlantic City. The Back Bay Ale House is a great place for some day drinking on the bay. My personal favorite is their mason jar drinks and the fish and chips. In the summer time there are often concerts and movies at Gardener’s Basin.
If you want to go to Atlantic City and not even see a casino, then The Wonder Bar is the place for you. The deck bar at the Wonder Bar is a summertime favorite and you will really have to struggle to see a casino as this bar in the south end of town offers a totally different view of the back bays. The Wonder Bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset and grab an ice cold beer and some appetizers.
Have you been to Atlantic City? If so what are some of your favorite places to grab a drink?