1 It’s just nice out there. There is something incredibly satisfying about pulling up a seat at a table at an outdoor bar with a group of friends. The combination of warm, seasonable breezes and good company create a little bit of magic in an otherwise normal outing. Add to that the gorgeous views of the water and the impressive collection of yachts that you can’t afford, and somehow the experience all comes together perfectly like the subplots of an old “Seinfeld” episode.
2 They are opening a week early this year. Instead of the traditional Memorial Day Weekend opening, The Deck will open a full week early this year starting Friday, May 20. Need more of a reason to go opening weekend? From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21 The Deck will host AC Weekly’s own Burger Bash! If you haven’t heard already, Burger Bash will feature a variety of the best burger spots in the area all on hand to grill their way to victory and be crowned the ultimate burger champ. And who gets to vote? Why, you do of course. Think Wingcraft, Vagabond, Gregory’s Vic and Anthony’s and more. Just $25 gets you all you can eat burgers and one heck of a gluttonous, boozy good time. Bring the kids! Go to ACWeekly.com/Burgerbash for tickets.
3 The bands are stellar. Each summer The Deck manages to be one of the best spots to see live music in Atlantic City. With a mix of the area’s top cover bands playing everything from oldies to modern rock, you can be sure the party will stay energized. And unlike some bars that cram the band in a back corner of the floor, The Deck features a large stage and top- notch sound system, giving the performers plenty of space to put on a real show.
4 It’s a great place to nosh. Sure, when you think of an outdoor bar images of frosty cocktails immediately pop in your head, but The Deck also offers a full menu of hearty fare that will likely hit the spot. Everything from fried clam strips to pulled pork sandwiches are up for grabs, and both go great with an (almost) summer breeze.
5 The drinks are on steroids. With an atmosphere as picturesque as this, it seems only fitting to be sipping on a unique and colorful cocktail. And while that’s all well and good, the real reason to order a drink here is that you get to pick what size vessel you would like it to be served in. Choose from 16-ounce, 32-ounce or the wildly unnecessary, yet very exciting 64-ounce option on all drinks. That’s right, if you want a margarita the size of a Super Big Gulp you can get it here. Booze by the half gallon. Why? Because, ’Merica, that’s why.
THE DECK AT GOLDEN NUGGET
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to midnight (seasonally)
WHERE: Brigantine Blvd. and Huron Ave., Atlantic City
OTHER INFO: All major credit cards accepted, outdoor bar, disabled accessible, live music, full menu, drink specials