Skip all the glitz and glam of the occasionally tacky themes on The Strip. Go instead to Atomic Liquors, a bar that opened in 1945 and has served as a hangout for locals, tourists and the Rat Pack. It’s also the oldest freestanding bar in the city, and rumor has it people used to watch actual atomic bomb tests on the roof. It’s theme is the atomic era, and it does it better than anyone else. When you walk out of the bar you’ll feel like Dwight Eisenhower is president.
If you’re looking for something more over the top and dripping with theme, you can always go to the Millennium Fandom, which is the geekiest geek out spot you can find, whether you like Superman, Star Wars or Back to the Future.
New Hampshire: The Goat in Hampton Beach
A country bar doesn’t sound all that interesting until you realize just how far away The Goat is from the country. And sure, honky tonks may be a dime a dozen in some places, but this is New Hampshire, and The Goat is the first country themed bar to ever hit Hampton Beach. Plus there are more than 50 types of whiskey.
New Hampshire isn’t much for theme bars, but if you’re looking for a more familiar theme, there’s also Codex, a book-filled, speakeasy-themed bar.
New Jersey: Mountain Bar in Atlantic City
At Mountain Bar, you’ll feel like you’re mining for drinks inside of a mountain while traversing the Wild West. A replica mountain face is along one wall, complete with a miniature train making the rounds. It’s just right for when you didn’t strike gold at the casino and need a pick me up.