Whether during happy hour or after hours, Atlantic City’s range of bars and nightclubs can accommodate any mood.
With its roster of famous patrons and celebrity DJs, Mixx nightclub inside the Borgata doubles as Atlantic City’s red carpet.
The Quarter marked its 10th anniversary in late 2014 and is still going strong with its eclectic mix of bar and nightlife experiences. But from birthdays to bachelorette parties and any occasion in between, Anthem is the place to go for late-night fun after dinner at nearby Cuba Libre or Carmine’s. The lounge’s rock ’n’ roll aesthetic is backed by the latest beats and nightly drink specials and theme parties. 2801 Pacific Ave., 609-576- 5206
The Bar at Fin
Go for the great seafood and steak, but stick around after dinner for a late-night experience of delicious cocktails and great views from any of the oceanside dining room seats. 2831 Boardwalk, 609-340-4050
On any given night at Dusk, you could be ordering drinks at the bar next to one of TV’s buzziest reality stars or dancing beside a top DJ—and sometimes both. The plush nightspot, located just steps from Caesars’s casino floor and The Pier Shops, also pours some creative cocktails. Top off the night with the Texas Tea, a clever mix of Roca Patrón reposado, fresh lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, and mint. 2100 Pacific Ave., 609-345- 3875
Borgata’s reliable live music spot boasts some of the best cover bands at the Shore and an exhaustive list of tequilas. Put those two elements together and it makes for one of AC’s busiest dance floors. Order up one of the Bar’s Gypsy Sangrias and be sure to keep an eye out for impromptu musical performances from celebrity talents like Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Fallon. 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000
Haven may be newer to Atlantic City’s veteran nightclub scene, but the Golden Nugget spot has no problem showing partygoers a good time. Reserve a table and request the Safe Haven—a combination of Three Olives purple grape vodka, peach schnapps, and a splash of cranberry juice—perfect as a cocktail to sip or as a shot to get the party started more quickly. 1 Castle Blvd., 609-340-5111
Slip past the velvet ropes and duck into one of Mixx’s private second-floor lounges for bottle service and unbeatable views of the dance floor. You might run into Rihanna, CeeLo, or other celebs who drop by to check out who’s spinning at the turntables—a roster that includes Tiësto and Questlove. 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-7249
This sexy underground nightclub gives off an infectious energy. Plan to stay up until dawn with Mur.mur’s stellar DJ lineup—including Samantha Ronson, Lil Jon, and Vice—and a VIP dance floor table with bottle service. Just ask Gwen Stefani, who’s been spotted here. 1 Borgata Way, 609-317- 1000
The Pool After Dark
Whether you’re in Atlantic City for a day of sun and fun or a night with friends tucked inside one of the VIP cabanas, try this premier poolside club’s signature drink, the Shark Bite: Belvedere vodka, crème de banana, pineapple and orange juices, and a Bacardi 151 float. A dip in the pool afterward is practically required. 777 Harrah’s Blvd., 609-441-5585
Scores Atlantic City
From The Libertine Room—a high-roller lounge and whiskey library—to the state-of-the-art sports bar, the upscale club has seven different environments to choose from. Our favorite spot? Robert’s Rooftop, to enjoy Scores’s signature Mad Man Manhattan with an oceanside view. 1000 Boardwalk, 855-500- 7267