Atlantic City, New Jersey has been a popular tourist destination for decades. Known for its energetic nightlife, casino lined coast, and you guessed it, amazing variety of restaurants! So what’s not to love about AC? Though Atlantic City is commonly considered a “warm weather” destination, Kevin and I can honestly say that no matter what time of the year it is, there is always something to do in this exciting coastal city. Don’t believe us? Check out our post, Things to do in Atlantic City in the Winter and for those of you planning your next trip, here are 20 of the best Happy Hour locations (in no particular order) in Atlantic City, New Jersey!
Looking for a Happy Hour location overlooking Atlantic City’s iconic boardwalk and beach, head over to Guy Fieri’s Chophouse in Bally’s AC! Guy Fieri’s Chophouse is your traditional steakhouse with a twist! In addition to serving great steak options, Guy Fieri’s also offers customers an array of delicious sushi choices as well as a number of seafood options including a raw bar. On top of all that, the staff at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse is wonderful. They are very friendly and extremely knowledgable on the menu, making them the perfect people to ask if you are having trouble deciding what to order.
Happy Hour at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse is weekdays from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm and includes half price beer and wine.
Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood is home to some of the freshest and best seafood on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. In addition to amazing entree and appetizer options, Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood offers a delicious Happy Hour. Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Harry’s “Buck-a-Shuck” is offered at the bar. “Buck-a-Shuck” consists of $1 oysters on the half shell, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Blue Point Toasted Lager, $5 red and white wines, and $5 house gin or vodka cocktails.
Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood also offers weekday specials on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. What’s that mean? Come out on Tuesday to take part in “Tito’s Tuesdays” when Tito’s mixed drinks and martini’s are only $5. On Wednesdays, Harry’s hosts Wine Wednesday where select glasses of wine can be purchased all day for only $5!
Located inside the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is Grotto Italian Ristorante, an Italian restaurant that serves up some of the best Southern Italian meals in South Jersey.
Hoping to check out Grotto Italian Ristorante during Happy Hour? You won’t be disappointed. All day Monday and Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Grotto hosts an amazing Happy Hour for those sitting in the bar area. The Happy Hour menu at Grotto consists of $4 drafts (Yuengling Lager, Tuckahoe Brewing Co Seasonal, and Peroni), $4 domestics (Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Samuel Adams Boston Lager), and $5 imported (Moretti, Heineken Corona Extra, and Stella Artois). In addition to beer specials, Grotto serves $8 specialty cocktails and sangrias and $6 wines! Worried you’ll get hungry while enjoying all of these drink specials? No problem, Grotto Italian Ristorante also serves food on their Happy Hour menu. Food ranges in price from $6 to $8 and includes everything from sliders to long hots and fried eggplant.
Looking for the best Surf & Turf in town for two? Head over to American Cut, located in Ocean Casino Resort. Not only is American Cut’s Surf & Turf amazing but this restaurant boasts the property’s largest wine list making it a great location for anniversaries and/or dinner with the ones you love.
Want to catch a bite and enjoy the views but also hoping to give your wallet a break, no problem! American Cut offers customers The Cut Hour from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. During The Cut Hour guests can enjoy bar bites for only $7.
Also located in Ocean Resort Casino is Distrito, one of our personal favorites! Distrito, by Jose Garces, brings the food and culture from Mexico City to America! This restaurant offers guests delicious tacos and quesadillas, as well as a variety of margaritas, freshly mixed cocktails, beers, and wines.
Happy Hour is hosted daily from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The Happy Hour menu consists of $2 pork and chicken tacos and $2 margaritas with your Ocean Rewards Club Card!
Every town and city has that go to place. The place where everyone in the neighborhood gets together to watch the live sports games or challenge each other in the weekly game of trivia, well in Atlantic City Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House is that place! Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House, well known for being featured in Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, is known for their crabby mac-n-cheese, crispy goat cheese salad, and unlimited array of burger options.
Though Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House is always a good idea, Kevin and I recommend going for Happy Hour. Happy Hour is from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. During Happy Hour all starters are half-price. Additionally wine and Deep Eddy vodka cocktails are $5.
Knife and Fork Inn is known for its amazing dishes and for encapsulating the history of Atlantic City. Located in one of Atlantic City’s oldest establishments, Knife and Fork Inn has been mostly unchanged since it was established in 1912.
This restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner and even offers a highly talked about Happy Hour that locals and tourists just can’t get enough of! Happy Hour is served daily from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm at the bar only. During Happy Hour guests can indulge in half-priced appetizers and raw bar!
This is definitely not a place you’ll want to miss.
Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall is located just steps from Atlantic City’s iconic boardwalk and beach. Here guests can enjoy hanging out with friends and family over a few beers and their favorite snacks. Tennessee Beer Hall features over 100 draft and bottled beers as well as a generous wine and cocktails list for those interested in drinking something other than beer.
At Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall Happy Hour is served daily from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 10:00 pm until close Sunday to Thursday. Yep, you read that right, Monday through Thursday Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall offers Happy Hour twice a day! During these times, select craft beers and wines are $5, AC Tea and their Perfect Tenn Margarita are $6, and shots of Jack Daniels are $3. They also offer Happy Hour snacks for those looking for a quick bite. The snacks range from $3 to $5 and consist of nachos, chips and dip, fries, burgers and more.
Olon, located on the boardwalk in front of Tropicana, is another delicious restaurant. This restaurant is known for its coastal cuisine and casual vibes. Olon serves everything from lobster bisque and steamed clams to ceviche and empanadas. Olon also provides patrons with a full bar of anything they want to drink including an extensive beer list!
In addition to being a great place to grab dinner, Olon is also a wonderful spot for…you guessed it Happy Hour. Happy Hour at Olon is daily from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the lounge. Drinks range in price from $3 beers (Victory Hop Devil, Tackahoe Porter, Goose Island 312, Dos Equis Lager, Red Stripe and more), $4 white or red sangrias, and $5 white or red wines. During Happy Hour, Olon also offers $1 buck-a-shuck, $3 Especialidad, $5 fries, guacamole, ceviche, chicken and finally $6 tuna tiradito.
Let’s hear it for Jimmy Buffet, not only is he a talented singer and musician but he has created some pretty awesome restaurants as well! Margaritaville, located inside Resorts Casino Hotel across from Landshark Bar & Grill, is another wonderful Happy Hour location in Atlantic City, NJ. In the bar area only, Happy Hour is served from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday. On the Happy Hour menu customers can find $4 Bud Light and Miller Light drafts, $6 house margaritas, and $6 cosmos as well as other cocktails. Though there are no food specials, Kevin and I recommend their nachos if you are looking for a sharable bite, they are amazing!
New York’s famous family style Italian restaurant is in Atlantic City and it is serving up all of your New York favorites! Carmine’s, located in the French Quarter of Tropicana, is known for its wonderful Southern Italian comfort food and amazing cocktails. However what many do not know is that Carmine’s should not only be on your bucket list for dinner but for Happy Hour as well! Happy Hour at Carmine’s is from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday at the bar. Everything from fried ravioli, eggplant rollatini, artichoke dip, mussels in red sauce, fried calamari and more are on special. Happy Hour drinks range in price from $5.00 to $7.00.
Wonder Bar has been open since 1945 and has been a popular watering hole for both locals and tourists. Located on the bay, Wonder Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating, weather permitting. In addition to great food and beverages, Wonder Bar offers awesome sunset and sunrise views for patrons, yes I said sunrise! Wonder Bar is open from 11:00 am until 6:00 am daily and offers three different Happy Hour times each day. What does that mean? Happy Hour at Wonder Bar is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm again from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am and finally again from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.
In addition to three Happy Hours, Wonder Bar also has daily specials. On Sundays, Wonder Bar offers $5 mimosas and Red Stripe all day as well as $2.75 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $6.50 Bud and Bud Light pitchers during Sunday night Major League Baseball. Monday is $5 cheese pizza night from 7:00 pm until 2:00 am and finally on Tuesdays they offer…you guessed it tacos and tequila. Tacos are served for $1 and tequila is on special for those who wish to participate. To top off the week, Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm is Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour. During Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour, Wonder Bar offers drink specials, $0.45 wings, and $5 pizzas.
Wait that’s not all. Flyers fans, head over to Wonder Bar to watch the game and enjoy $2.75 Bud and Bud Light pints as well as $6.50 Bud and Bud Light pitchers!
Opened in 1897, Dock’s Oyster House has been a staple to Atlantic City for generations. Dock’s Oyster House, located off the boardwalk on Atlantic Ave, is a beautiful restaurant serving some of the best seafood in town. As you must suspect oysters are a focal point on the menu. However, the menu also includes, shrimp or scallop ceviche, clams on the half shelf, crudo, shellfish samplers, fried calamari, chowders and so much more.
Dock’s Oyster House is open daily at 4:30 pm and offers Happy Hour until 6:00 pm. Happy Hour at Dock’s is served at the bar and features half-priced appetizers and $1 oysters.
Looking for a delicious meal with 5 star views? Head over to Nero’s Italian Steakhouse in Caesar’s Atlantic City. Nero’s Steakhouse was voted the best steak in New Jersey by NJ.com, so if your a steak lover you should definitely check this place out for yourself. Not a steak fan, thats okay too. Nero’s Italian Steakhouse also serves the staples such as veal parmesan, Chilean Sea Bass, salmon, organic roasted chicken, and more. For those of you interested in the views and the drinks but not particularly dinner. We recommend going Friday or Saturday between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm for Happy Hour.
Located in Tropicana Atlantic City is, The Palm. The Palm is a high-end seafood and steakhouse located in the French Quarter. Entrees at The Palm range in price from about $30 to $80. For those hoping to enjoy a meal here but on a tight budget we recommend going during PrimeTime. PrimeTime is available only at the bar and served Sunday through Friday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The PrimeTime menu includes spiced apple glazed meatballs, Philadelphia cheese steak, lobster tempura, prime burger sliders, charcuterie boards, filet Capri sliders, and oysters on the half shell.
Yum, yum, yum! Family-owned for nearly 40 years, Los Amigos is amazing if you enjoy Mexican cuisine. They serve everything from nachos and burritos to Southwestern style eggrolls and buffalo chicken tacos! No matter what you get, you cannot go wrong! In addition to great food, Los Amigos was also recently voted Atlantic City’s best tequila and rum bar, so while your there be sure to order one of their delicious margaritas!
Los Amigos is open for lunch and dinner and even offers a can’t miss Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm Monday and Wednesday through Friday at the bar. Happy Hour at Los Amigos includes sangria ritas, sangria, margaritas, and beer specials as well as fish or chicken tacos, quesadillas, and more!
Heads Up: Los Amigos is closed on Tuesadays!
Recently rated one of “the best bars at the Jersey shore” is Ducktown Tavern & Liquors. Ducktown Tavern & Liquors is open 24 hours 7 days a week and offers three different Happy Hours. Each day Happy Hour begins at 3:00 am til 5:00 am, convenient for those in the casino “biz.” From 11:00 am until 1:00 pm in the afternoon is Ducktown’s second Happy Hour time slot (only on weekdays) and lastly from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (only on weekdays). During Happy Hour guests can get half price appetizers as well as $1 off drinks! Appetizers include coconut shrimp, crab balls, clams casino, jalapeno poppers, nachos, quesadillas and more!
Looking for a place to relax, have a few drinks, listen to live music, and play some outdoor yard games? Head over to Sirens Bar & Grill located in Kammerman’s Marina in Atlantic City. Sirens Bar & Grill was established in 2017 and has been busting at the seams ever every summer. Since Sirens is located on the bay guests can come by boat, by car, or even by foot if they so choose.
Happy Hour is served Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and includes $5 house wine, $4 domestic beer, and more.
Heads Up: Sirens Bar & Grill is closed for the season and will reopen Memorial Day Weekend!
To all my “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Master Chef,” and “Kitchen Nightmares” fans, Gordon Ramsay has now brought his name and his cuisine to Atlantic City. Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, located in both Caesars and Harrahs, has brought the British pub scene to the America’s. This restaurant offers British staples such as scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, ale-battered fish & chips, and beef wellington. Regardless of whether you go for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack there is a good possibly you will be eating during one of Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill’s Happy Hours. Happy Hour during the week is noon to 1:30 pm then again from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. During the weekend (Friday and Saturday) Happy Hour is from 10:00 pm until midnight. During Happy Hour both draft beer and tap wine are half-price.
As always we would love to hear your feedback and what your favorite Happy Hour spots are in Atlantic City, NJ. We are always open to new places and new recommendations so please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations to add to 20 of the best Happy Hour locations in AC. We would love to keep this list growing!
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