We've already told you about the most essential restaurants in Atlantic City, but if you came to America's Favorite Playground to play at the casinos, or if you just like having a drink, you're probably going to need a list of AC's 12 most essential bars. Here it is...
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Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House (address and info) Now helmed by former employees, this laid-back spot boasts some badass burgers (try the Onion Burger w/ caramelized onions & fried onion straws), but they're all about carrying "the best local and craft brews we can find”. Lucky for you, they've found things like the 10% ABV Muffin Top from Clown Shoes, plus brews from Yards, Southern Tier, and more.
The Iron Room (address and info) Walk in -- and through -- Atlantic City Bottle Company to find this comfortable leather chair-laden boozer w/ impressive eats like foie gras French toast (?!), and more importantly, an impressive list of Scotch and rotating craft beer specials scrawled on the chalkboard.
The BoneYard Bar & Grill (address and info) This sweet dive bar has $3 wells, $2 PBRs and $5 beer-and-a-shot combos until midnight, plus a wide variety of craft beers, attentive bartenders, and random vegetarian options. You, however, should stick to the fried pickles, the Texas-toast grilled cheese, or grab a burger and take it to the back patio for some oversized beer pong.
The Irish Pub (address and info) You've been to Irish pubs before, but probably not one that's right on the boardwalk with a surprisingly sweet Victorian inn upstairs (with rooms starting at $25 per night), an outdoor deck out back, AND a rep as one of the best boozers in the country. Unless you've been to The Irish Pub (THE Irish Pub?), where they've got $3 apps (Lollipop Meatballs, fried ravioli, etc.), daily $9 dinner specials, and all the usual brews.
Mussel Bar & Grille (address and info) Boasting a solid seafood menu ($1.50 oysters & $1 clams 'til 7pm!), a knotted oak floor, and a bar embedded with mussel shells, this casino-based boozer is also an unbeatable destination for Belgian brews: they've got at least 75 of 'em, including a Belgian draft -- just $4 all day, every day -- and a brew called Antigoon that you can't get anywhere else 'cause it's made exclusively for the chef.
Continental (address and info) On the second floor above Caesar's shops, this swanky imbibery from Steven Starr is fitted with dark leather booths in the back and features a drink menu studded with craft cocktails like Run for the Roses (w/ Jim Beam, Wild Turkey American Honey, mint & lemon) and the VeeV Acai-based Summer Thyme (w/ watermelon puree, muddled pineapple, and... um, thyme, presumably).
Mountain Bar (address and info) This debauched boozer in Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino has cowgirls dancing on the bar and a happy hour with $2 shots and $3 beers that last 24 hours. What can possibly go wrong? Lots of things, but probably not your night.
Chelsea Pub & Inn (address and info) Unlike the aforementioned Mountain, this is a 24-hour bar without cowgirls dancing on the bar, which means that when you hit this beachside local hangout, you'll have to settle for cheap, strong drinks instead.
Back Bay Alehouse (address and info) Away from the boardwalk/casinos, this charmingly ramshackle harbor-side drink spot boasts a second floor deck that's perfect for noshing on fried clams and drinking cocktails like their Bob Marley w/ lemonade and mint from 32oz Mason jars.
Gypsy Bar (address and info) This relatively laid-back (for the Borgata) spot boast live bands every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with no cover, a craft tequila menu, an exotic beer selection, and a motto (“Lick it, suck it, bite it”), that makes these places totally jealous.
Tun Tavern (address and info) The only brewery in AC, TT does their house brews (Devil Dog Pale, Leather Neck Stout, All-American IPA, etc.) by the glass -- or growler-style for $20 w/ $12 refills -- and has a solid range of pub eats (the crab-topped Blue Claw Fries, a Brow Ale roast beef sandwich, etc.) to go with 'em.
Wet Willie’s (address and info) Fresh outta Florida, Tropicana’s boozy slushy destination is dispensing to-go-style frozen booze, including their signature Call a Cab, and the tangy orange Attitude Improvement, both made w/ 190-proof pure grain alcohol.
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