1 Get the view of a lifetime. Residing at the beginning of A.C.’s Boardwalk on the north end, Flagship Resort Atlantic City offers 32-stories of thrilling scenery including one from the 7th floor at Blue Water Grille. The restaurant and bar is the hidden secret of the Inlet and Brigantine Beach and most people only stumble upon Blue Water when they’re staying at the resort. Yanni Papaspanos, food and beverage director, wants to show local residents what they are missing.
2 Happy hour equals a successful evening. Blue Water’s happy hour has unbeatable deals from 5 to 7 p.m. daily at the bar only. Munch on mozzarella sticks ($8), Blue Water nachos grande sprinkled with cheddar cheese, lettuce, diced tomato, jalapenos, scallions, sour cream, salsa and guacamole ($5), Southwestern quesadillas ($4.50), jalapeno poppers filled with sweet cream cheese and marinara ($4) or Buffalo chicken wontons ($5). Stack up on drafts beers for just $2 each and the house liquor and wines are only $4.
3 Take a break from your Pandora playlist. Blue Water has entertainment lined up through September on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the first Thursday of every month is LGBT night. Jazz/pop singer Sharon Sable will take over the mic on the deck from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Then the Lisa Camp Duo will entertain you with their soulful voices noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19.
4 Pleasant service, large portions and reasonable prices. The entire menu ranges from $5 to $30, so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket. Everything is made to order for a flavorful dining experience. The waiters and bartenders are good at taking care of large parties promptly, serving customers fresh seafood and American favorites. For an appetizer, try the calamari ($13), band bang shrimp ($13) or BBQ pulled chicken flatbread ($10). The seared salmon ($23) and N.Y. strip ($28) are always cooked to perfection.
5 A flawless backdrop needs a fine interior. The dining room is open and spacious and natural lighting seeps through their big windows. Blue Water has been at Flagship for more than 20 years and for the past seven months, Papaspanos and developers have worked on revamping it to make it even more attractive, affordable and breathtaking. Papaspanos says this location was neglected for too long and the upgrades, be completed by January of next year, will give the place a much-needed face-lift.
Owner: Bruce Kaye
Evolution: Atlantic City’s downtown and oceanfront continued to grow at a fast pace, but Kaye saw the Inlet as a golden opportunity that other developers felt was a difficult task to undertake. Flagship was mainly a destination for tourists, but in recent months, they have been trying to keep the local community interested in venues such as Blue Water Grille.
Where: 60 N. Maine Ave., Atlantic City
When: Bar hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays; noon to midnight Saturdays; noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
How much: No cover
Occupancy: 100 plus
What to wear: Informal, laid-back attire
What you’ll hear: Overhead music plays Pandora where guests are welcomed to choose a station; frequent live entertainment.
Who’s there: People of all ages and backgrounds
How to get more info: FantaSeaResorts.com
Coming up: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, Patty Blee; 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and noon Sunday, July 26, Rick & Laura