For those looking for a weekend of gambling, partying, and fun in the sun, look no further than Atlantic City. A closer alternative to Vegas for those on the East Coast; Atlantic City provides fine dining, great nightlife, beach and boardwalk, and of course lots of casinos.
We had a chance to visit the Show Boat Casino a couple years ago, but Atlantic City has tons to offer guys looking for a great guys weekend since it is super close to NYC, Phillidelphia, and the Baltomore / Washington DC areas too.
This, along with the Atlantic City airport makes it a great and easy to get to destination from virtually anywhere on the east coast.
There are many casino resorts in Atlantic City to choose from for a fantastic mancation. Some of the more popular resorts include the Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa, Caesars Atlantic City Hotel, Trump's Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Showboat Casino (host to the House of Blues!) and others. All the casinos offer slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, keno, race books and specialty table games. Minimum bets vary, but usually increase during the peak times in the evening and during the weekends. If you are looking for $5 tables, you are better off gambling in the early morning. At night, and on the weekends, $15 and $25 minimum bets are what you will encounter.
With regards to nightlife, Atlantic City provides a plethora of options. You can choose from lounges, dance clubs, beach bars, comedy clubs, and more. Mixx is a Latin themed night club in the Borgata where you can salsa dance all night. The Pool at Harrah's resort is a year round tropical paradise under a huge glass dome, complete with hot tubs, private cabanas for rent, a 50-seat bar and special events open to the public every week. If you are looking for excitement on the beach, the Bikini Beach Bar at Bally's is just steps from the sand and includes live entertainment from DJ's seven days a week to live bands on the weekends. It's a great place to relax by the ocean while sipping on tropical drinks and other specialty drinks such as a blue martini. The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana is a great place for drinks and live comedy from up and coming stars of stand up.
As far as dining, Atlantic City has everything from fine dining to famous themed restaurants to boardwalk food such as pretzels, pizza, and hot dogs. If you are in the mood for steak, Morton's Steakhouse provides prime aged Midwestern steak as well as many seafood options such as Ahi Tuna, Smoked Pacific Salmon, Oysters, and much more. For those looking for traditional Italian food, Carmines at the Tropicana provides large platters of home-style antipasti, appetizers, traditional pasta dishes, seafood, chicken, veal and beef favorites.
For a relaxing time outside with the guys, walking the boardwalk or lounging on the beach are great options. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can go surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, or play a game of volleyball on the beach. The boardwalk is lined with shops, food stands, restaurants, and many attractions. Such attractions include Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and Atlantic City Miniature Golf. The Pier Shops at Caesars provide world class shopping from such elite retailers as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and others.
Getting to Atlantic City can be achieved through public transportation or by plane. The Atlantic City International Airport is located 12 miles from downtown. There are often cheap flights to Atlantic City from major cities along the east coast. As far as hotels, most exclusive offers are available Sunday through Thursday. The rates on the weekends are usually more expensive than the week, but occasionally you can find a good hotel deal for Friday or Saturday night.