Food & Drink

The 12 most essential bars in Atlantic City

Published On 07/10/2014 Published On 07/10/2014
Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House
The Iron Room
Boneyard Bar & Grill
Cassie Hepler
Mussel Bar & Grille Revel
Continental AC
Cassie Hepler
Chelsea Pub-ac
Back Bay Ale House
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery
Wet Willie's Atlantic City
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1. Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House 672 N. Trenton Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The menu's got everything from salmon to hummus to sliders, plus the largest selection of craft brews in AC. There's also live music and tons of TV for game days.

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2. The Iron Room 648 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Located in the back of the Atlantic City Bottle Company, the Iron Room is a speakeasy and tasting room serving up small plates and growlers.

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3. BoneYard Bar & Grill 20 S Virginia Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

It's part restaurant, part bar, part music venue -- so basically it's got everything you'll need for a great night out (including karaoke). Plus, it's open 24 hours a day.

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4. The Irish Pub 164 Saint James Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

With $3 beers, 50-cent wings after midnight, and rooms above the bar for rent starting at $25, we're pretty sure this classic Boardwalk Irish pub is run by Prohibition mobsters. So if you run into Nucky Thompson, we told you so.

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5. Mussel Bar 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

From chef Robert Wiedmaier comes Mussel Bar in Revel, where you can feast on bivalves bathed in white wine, spicy Thai green curry, or melted Gruyere cheese. Mussel's got brunch, lunch, and dinner menus available, as well as a Belgian-centric brew list and cocktails.

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6. The Continental 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Stephen Starr's rooftop retro diner at the Pier Shops at Caesars serves up small bites like tuna tartare potato skins and lobster mac 'n cheese -- along with a ridiculous boozy brunch featuring the likes of Fluffernutter waffles.

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7. Mountain Bar 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Get down and dirty frontier-style at this honky tonk bar on the Boardwalk. This Wild West-themed bar in Bally's casino offers great drinks, food, and live music.

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8. Chelsea Pub & Inn 8 S Morris Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Chelsea Pub is cheap, clean, and full of locals -- something that can't be said for many other 24-hour bars in AC. It's a great dive bar and it's connected to an inn decorated like your crazy aunt’s house, the drinks are cheap, strong and plentiful.

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9. Back Bay Ale House 800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Back Bay Ale House is a little piece of the Key West and home to Basin Mason Margarita. It's open mid-February to the end of the year.

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10. Gypsy Bar 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Gypsy Bar, part of the swanky Borgata, has live bands every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There's no cover either, which means you can spend more money at the gourmet tequila menu or on the exotic beer selections.

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11. Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery 2 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This brewery was one of the first in the country and the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps. More importantly, you can take home a growler of any hand-crafted seasonal brew for $20, refills $12. Make those Marines proud: refill six times and the seventh one is on the house.

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12. Wet Willie's The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Wet Willie's brings you possibly the best thing ever: alcoholic slushies. They aren't all strong, but if you're looking for something that is, try the Call A Cab with 190 proof.

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