Atlantic City is a very popular bachelor party destination, for a wide variety of reasons. There’s the boardwalk, or course, and plenty of opportunities for gambling, but there’s also a huge variety of restaurants and ample entertainment options. I recently had my bachelor party weekend at The Borgata, which is the highest-grossing and most Las Vegas-style of all the casino-hotels in the city, and can’t recommend it strongly enough for anyone looking to have their bachelor party in AC. Here are nine reasons why The Borgata should be your first choice.
The Borgata is located in the city’s Marina District, which is more exclusive and secluded than the bustling boardwalk area. You’ll feel like you’re in your own little world here, but if you want to explore the boardwalk, cabs are plentiful and the ride is less than $10.
The Glitz and Glamor
As mentioned, The Borgata looks like it would be right at home in Las Vegas, thanks to its sheer size and classy, timeless appeal. From plenty of white marble to some spectacular Dale Chihuly blown glass art, the simple act of entering The Borgata will make you feel like you’ve really arrived.
The gaming floor encompasses 161,000 square feet, nearly as much as Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, and there are more than 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, and 50 poker tables. The floor is absolutely huge.
Several of the best restaurants in Atlantic City are located inside The Borgata, including Bobby Flay Steak, Old Homestead Steak House, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, and Fornelletto. The buffet is also stellar, and if you’re looking for something more casual there are plenty of options (like an oyster bar at The Metropolitan), as well as a cafeteria (that’s open late) with options including Tony Luke’s, Fatburger, and Panda Express. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it.
Mur.mur is insanely hopping and has everything you could ever want in a club, from table service to leading DJs. And on Friday and Sunday nights, drink specials include $5 well drinks and Champagne and a bottle service upgrade. If you’re not the clubbing type, you can also visit The Gypsy Bar, where live music will have you rocking into the night. You can arrange to have a section roped off just for you and your party, and their bachelor party package, Buckets of Booze, includes a bucket of beer for every two people and a shot of house-infused pineapple tequila for every guest. Other bars inside The Borgata include Long Bar, B Bar, and Level One.
Located adjacent to the spa, the barbershop is an ideal spot for some pre-big night grooming. Offerings include haircuts, colorings, straight razor shaves, hot towel treatments, manicures, and pedicures.
You need to show your key card to access the elevators that take you to you room, meaning that nobody who isn’t staying at the hotel will be able to get past the first floor. The rooms are spacious and bright, with comfortable beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end bathroom fixtures, and plenty of space to hang out with the gang before heading out for the night.
If you feel like replenishing your wardrobe or just going on a shopping spree (with your winnings, perhaps?), The Shoppes at The Water Club (located inside The Water Club, The Borgata’s high-end adjacent next door neighbor) is home to high-end retailers including Hugo Boss, Misura, Tumi, and an upscale wine shop.
There are two major venues at The Borgata, The Event Center and the Music Box. At the 1,000 seat Music Box you’ll generally find a regular schedule of comedy and smaller music acts, while some of the country’s biggest acts perform at the 30,000 square-foot Event Center; upcoming shows include The Roots with Common, Jackson Browne, Jerry Seinfeld, and Josh Groban. Also be on the looking for other annual events, including the Savor Borgata food festival.