There are so many good options for happy hour in Atlantic City, it can become quite a quandary deciding which is the best place to get an early buzz and eat on the cheap.

Well, consider this the official — well, maybe unofficial — verdict: Golden Nugget Atlantic City is the best place for happy hour in town. And here are the 5 reasons why.

5 Grotto: If Italian is your thing, this 4 to 7 p.m. daily happy hour is your dream come true with $3 bellinis, $4 draft and domestic beers, $5 imports, $6 specialty cocktails including the vodka sweet tea and Lemon Thyme Lemonade, $5 wines and Italian sangria for $5 per glass or $8 per carafe. Want food? Fuggeddaboudit. Everything is 8 bucks: oven-roasted long hots stuffed with zucchini, squash, eggplant, fontina cheese, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese; chicken meatballs on a skewer; Bolognese sliders with smoked Gouda cheese; a Grotto trio with tapenade, bruschetta and Tuscan cream cheese with toasted bread; arancini balls; and mini Panzerotti with pepperoni and three cheeses. Grotto also has all-day happy hour on Tuesdays at the bar with same booze specials plus pizza deals. Molto bene!

4 Lillie’s: For those craving scrumptious Asian cuisine, Lillie’s is the place to be 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, plus a late-night happy hour midnight to 2 a.m. Saturdays. The real bargain is their small plates, where $3 will get you edamame, vegetable tempura, egg rolls and pot stickers, complete with all of the appropriate dipping sauces. Sushi is equally affordable at just 5 bucks for rolls such as spicy tuna, salmon, California, Philly or yellowtail. Wash it down with $4 domestics and Asian beer, plus $5 select wines. Chopsticks included.

3 Chart House: Seafood lovers and those who can appreciate one of the best views in the city will want to head to Chart House, which overlooks the marina and the A.C. skyline, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays. After looking at the menu, you wonder what’s not on special. There are $7 martinis including the Ruby Delight, $6 cocktails including the Monarch Margarita, $5 wines, $4 cocktails, $3 domestic beers, and $4 imports and crafts. Good luck choosing what you will eat: $5 hummus trio, spinach and artichoke dip and truffle skinny fries with fried plantains and sweet potatoes; $6 ahi nachos, kim chee calamari and lettuce wraps; $7 firecracker shrimp, Mediterranean chicken pita and shrimp tacos; and $8 fish tacos, prime rib sliders and the Chart House sampler with lobster and shrimp spring rolls, tuna tartare and fried plantains.

2 Vic & Anthony’s: This modern steakhouse is hands-down the best happy hour in town. Offered 4 to 7 p.m. daily and 4 p.m. to close Thursdays, V&A not only has the best deals, but the best food and drink selections. Period. Start with $1 fresh oysters on the half shell, $2 jumbo shrimp cocktail or $3 meats and cheeses. Then dive into the $5 chips and strings or calamari with sweet and hot pepper sauce; $6 shrimp and tenderloin skewers; and $7 steak tartare and maple-glazed quail, perhaps the best appetizer in the city. Then there are $4 domestic beers, killer $5 specialty and import selections from breweries such as Avery, River Horse, Founders, Dogfish Head, Yards and more, plus $6 cocktails including the Little Italy Manhattan, and $7 wines with some great selections. This is the one happy hour you HAVE to go to.

1 All of these happy hours are under one roof. Start early and hit all of them. If you go on Thursdays, it can last all night, ending at V&A. And then when you are done being the daylight glutton you are, you can hit the tables, go to their H20 pool, The Deck or various clubs and bars to continue the party … or keep up the early bird routine and head home for an early bedtime.

For more information, go to GoldenNugget.com.

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