atlantic city

Atlantic City, or commonly known as AC, is a popular east coast destination with its beaches, boardwalk, casinos and nightlife. It almost feels like a mini Las Vegas, but with the addition of the beach. Whether you want to try your luck at the casinos or relax by the water, this family-friendly destination is full of entertainment and fun.

As my first time to AC, I packed in a lot of fun and touristy stops over several days and between two hotel stays (first at the Borgata Hotel and then the Tropicana, right off the Boardwalk). My travel pal and I hit up a lot in between, too. There was no shortage of fun and food, and we got a little lucky playing the slots!

Here’s what we ate, drank and saw!


The Yard at Bally’s

The newly remodeled Bally’s Atlantic City hotel and casino welcomes guests with open arms to check out the new digs and restaurant/bar additions. Located right off the Boardwalk, the iconic Bally’s tower includes 750 renovated hotel rooms with contemporary designs inspired by the Atlantic City beach.

One of the brand-new restaurants on the casino and lobby level is The Yard, a beer garden-style venue with open air seating and a retractable roof. Besides the scenery, guests can enjoy free live music, a gastro-pub style menu, craft drinks and local brews. Adding to this experience are 90s themed arcade games that’s fun for all ages.

We were impressed with the grub and tasty concoctions. Enjoy a variety of shareable apps, handhelds, entrees, pizzas and desserts. The menu offers the perfect bite after a day on the beach, or snacks in between casino and bar hopping. Check out our food highlights below:

the yard AC
Charbroiled oysters


the yard AC
“Surprise Ice Cream Sandwich”- strawberry ice cream sandwich with two housemade cookies and cotton candy on the side


the yard AC
Beer Hall Pretzel with smoked cheese dip, mustard and a chocolate dip


the yard AC
The Influencer Burger with fondue cheese, jalapenos and crushed Cheetos, plus a pickle!


As for drinks, a cocktail on tap sounds great right? That’s what you’ll find here, in addition to more craft cocktails, a curated tap list featuring local brewers, Bally’s signature beers including Spellbound Citra Pale Ale & Spellbound Mango Pale Ale and national brewers. There are too many good choices!

the yard AC
The Peoples Margarita (influenced by The Rock! The drink comes with Teremana Blanco Tequila, Pineapple Lime, Agave and Island Salt. Aportion of proceeds donated to Surfrider Foundation)


the yard AC Drinks
Purple Haze Bacardi (available on draft); AC Manhattan with signature Bally’s customized ice cube


The Carousel Bar at Bally’s

In addition to The Yard, Bally’s also just opened the Carousel Bar. The 360-degree rotating bar makes a full circle within 11 minutes. So grab a drink and enjoy the ride!

We met the Bally’s F&B director who inspired the drink menu and brought to life many Atlantic City flavors such as the Saltwater Taffy, Cotton Candy and funnel cake. How delicious does this sound??

ballys carousel bar atlantic city


ballys carousel bar atlantic city



Wine Bar at the Borgata

Located on the bottom floor of the Borgata (The Marketplace Eatery), enjoy sips and Mediterranean-inspired bites at The Wine Bar. We were fascinated to see a selection of vintage wines and craft beers, along with tapas. If you’re a wine fanatic, be sure to stop by here. Reservations are not needed, and the bar is open to the public, not just hotel guests.

borgata wine bar


borgata wine bar


The Beach/Boardwalk

Enjoy time on the free public beach if you have some sunny days during your visit. The famous Boardwalk stretches six miles and features hotels, shops, and bars along the way.

atlantic city beach


ballys casino atlantic city boardwalk


Safe travels, everyone! 


Disclaimer: Our visit to Bally’s was hosted. All opinions are our own.