Thursday Night: Atlantic City
Ah, Thursday night — the only truly social night of the week. Last week we pined for Fort Lauderdale, and the week before that we got a mountain high in Aspen. This week we present the perfect Thursday night in Atlantic City.
It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through — and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
Atlantic City skyline (Photo: RomanK Photography/Flickr)
The dream of Atlantic City ever rivaling the spectacle of Las Vegas is over. With the long-troubled Revel casino recently entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time, and the announcement that Caesars Entertainment’s Showboat casino will close at the end of the summer, the city is proving to be a lousy bet for the gaming industry.
So maybe don’t invest in Atlantic City, but you can still have a good time here. The Borgata casino has the top poker room on the East Coast, and if you pick your spots correctly, you’ll shop, eat, and party well in Atlantic City. And despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that Vegas has spent creating fake beaches, it will never have the actual ocean that is just steps away from many Atlantic City resorts.
Before you go, here’s the perfect itinerary for an action-filled Thursday night in Atlantic City.
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa (Photo: Mary Godleski/AP)
There are always multiple games (and sometimes World Poker Tour events) running at Borgata’s 85-table poker room. Whether you’re looking for low-stakes hold-’em or big-bet shenanigans with grinders risking thousands of dollars on hands, there is something for everyone. However, if you prefer basking to bluffing, check into the Water Club at Borgata. That nongaming tower offers room service from Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, its own luxurious indoor and outdoor pool areas, and an immersion spa that overlooks the ocean from the 32nd floor.
Atlantic City Boardwalk (Photo: gGraphy/Flickr)