A major east coast destination for weekends, bachelor parties, or large nights out, Atlantic City offers up a fun mix of nightlife, pools, casinos and beach bars. Below is a guide to the best nightlife in Atlantic City.
More than any resort in AC, the Trop feels ‘seasonal.’ Despite its location on the boardwalk, the Trop feels more of a winter destination than a summer one.
This is because all the action is indoors – no major pool day scene, no outdoor clubs/bars. With its indoor Havana Market and dusk sky ceiling, the whole area has a nighttime feel that makes you forget you’re actually at the beach.
During summer, there’s not much buzz in the air but over the holiday season, the Trop can really feel alive.
The resort boasts a stunning selection of bars and lounges, from laid back to upscale, along with an amazing new location of Chickie’s & Pete’s, the famed Philly sports bar chain.
Providence, the major club on premises, is an average club. In our opinion, the dance floor is actually too large, leaving little space to mingle near the two bars. Thankfully, the bars are large enough to accommodate customers with very little wait.
As a second tier club, Providence lacks the cache to draw DJ’s of global status. They do have a strict dress code but entry and lines are not difficult, even on weekend nights.
It’s a decent option if you’re in one of the Trop’s many other bars and looking for a club, offering a close option without having to take a cab across town to the Marina District.
Haven (Golden Nugget)
Opening in 2013, Haven is a first-tier club so entry can be challenging, especially if a major DJ is booked. After 12pm on any night, expect to see long wait times.
Inside, the club is very spacious and presents no difficulty in long waits for customers at the bars.
Haven has a small, roof covered outdoor lounge area with tables, couches, fireplaces and even a few gaming tables. It’s a unique and impressive addition but simply too small for a club of this size and feels almost tacked on like an afterthought. The lounge area also lacks a bar, meaning customers have to walk back inside for drinks.
We’d like to see Haven expand this space and add a bar in the future to give customers some additional options, and think it would greatly improve the overall experience.
The opening of Premier in 2016 at Borgata also brought about the closing of Mixx and Murmur, two longtime clubs on premises, essentially merging Borgata’s nightlife venues all into one. Like Murmur, Premier regularly draws an attractive upscale crowd and really benefits from its location in Borgata, with many young professionals staying on premises looking to let loose on weekends.
Premier occupies the same location at Borgata as Mixx, retaining much of its former layout with a main bar, dance floor and tables downstairs. It does however offer a newly built, well-lit bar on the second floor with plenty of standing room and a good view of the lower level – a welcome addition that breathes new life into this venue and the overall Borgata nightlife experience. A must visit for any Borgata weekend.
The Pool After Dark (Harrah’s)
The No. 1 rated club in AC, The Pool After Dark combines an indoor/outdoor nightlife experience like no other.
Rather than having a stand-alone club on premises like most casinos, Harrah’s instead begins a makeover of its pool once the day ends, transforming it into a huge nightlife pavilion with two spacious bars, a large assortment of VIP seating, two dancefloors, and a rooftop bar.
To the surprise of many guests, Harrah’s actually does not have an outdoor pool. The entire pool area is covered by a large transparent dome. But the whole place is large enough to still have an outdoor feel, whether it’s a pool by day or a club by night.
It’s different. But it works.
The Pool After Dark is a huge club. The second floor contains a large bar with a cool view of the entire club, and just off to the side is the roofdeck.
The roofdeck offers table seating and contains one large bar. Weather permitting, you’ll find plenty of guests outside, enjoying drinks under the night sky with a good view of the city.
Normally, large clubs with an enormous capacity do not equate to great clubs, but The Pool After Dark defies expectations. It combines every essential nightlife element to create a truly fun and unique atmosphere, making it our best bet for AC.