14 Places To Light Up In The World’s Playground—Atlantic City

The storied history of Atlantic City as a destination by the sea dates back to the 1800's. "The World's Playground," as it was widely known by our parents and grandparents, has evolved into a destination that showcases more than a beachside community. It is an amalgamation offering visitors a variety of delightful accommodations, tasty dining options, gambling, golfing, music and entertainment, shopping and a hospitable environment for cigar smokers.

Atlantic City has reinvented itself more than once over the years. The most recent transmogrification is a blend of the old and new, influenced by present day casinos. In the 1920's and 30's, elegant boardwalk hotels welcomed guests who danced the night away to big band sounds of Dorsey, Krupa, Goodman, Miller, Shaw and others. During World War II, the same grand beachfront hotels were utilized as hospitals for wounded soldiers. The 1960's saw headliners perform on the city's Steel Pier—The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Count Basie, The Supremes, The Temptations, and The Four Tops, to name a few. Frank Sinatra first played the city in 1939 and was a regular guest with his Rat Pack entourage for decades. The Beatles performed there during their first United States tour in 1964, the same year Atlantic City hosted the Democratic National Convention.

In some ways, the advent of casinos has invigorated the destination and brought back a once familiar, festive lifestyle of quality entertainment, rich dining venues and crowds of people to take pleasure in the beautiful, natural shoreline location.

For cigar enthusiasts looking to buy some choice smokes, Atlantic City's best option is A Time for Wine, located in Caesars Hotel and Casino. The humidor showcases some 350 brands from the Dominican, Honduras, Nicaragua and other countries. Here you'll find such brands as Ashton, Alec Bradley, Davidoff, Dunhill, Arturo Fuente, Kristoff, Macanudo, Oliva, Padrón, Rocky Patel, Romeo y Julieta, and H. Upmann. It is the only authorized God of Fire dealer in the region and prides itself on regularly adding new and hard-to-find brands that are priced to satisfy and please a variety of smokers, from casual to cigar aficionado. A Time for Wine also operates stores at Tropicana Casino Resort in The Quarter and Resorts Casino.

In general, though, Atlantic City is a welcoming location for cigar smokers. Designated smoking areas in casinos include 25 percent of the gaming floor. New Jersey law allows cigar smoking anywhere cigarette smoking is permitted. Some casinos, however, may have restrictions on cigar smoking in these spaces.

The playground is open. Good days and nights at the beach are here again.


A Time for Wine (Caesars): This shop features 1,800 square feet of cigars and drink. In addition to 350 cigar brands, the store stocks more than 1,000 wine labels as well as 200 liquor brands and 100 domestic and international beers.
Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar (Bally’s): A cigar-friendly atmosphere located on the beach, offering drinks, food, and a free concert series.
Harry’s Oyster Bar (Bally’s): The restaurant in the old Dennis Hotel Courtyard serves a selection of seafood and other entrées, and allows outside smoking areas.
B Bar (Borgata): This trendy bar provides big couches and chairs and is the only indoor bar in the casino where you can smoke cigars.
Qua Baths and Roman Spa’s Pool Deck (Caesars): Guests can enjoy a cigar while having a massage. Qua has hosted cigar events during the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival.
Toga Bar (Caesars): This spot offers DJ and dancers in an upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere as well as a large craft beer selection, many on tap.
The Pool After Dark Club (Harrah’s): A large entertainment complex, this glass-domed tropical oasis sports a heated pool, hot tubs, cabanas and decks.
Eden Lounge (Harrah’s): The Eden Lounge features nightly live music by top local cover bands, cigars and video poker.
X-Bar (Harrah’s): Located in the middle of the casino floor, X-Bar sports several 50-inch televisions and serves up drinks and bar food.
Foundation Room (Showboat): A true smoker's paradise, this spot features a cigar and Scotch-pairing menu, fireside lounge, light dining, live entertainment, and a smoking lounge overlooking the ocean.
Rumba Lounge (Tropicana): A cigar bar with table games and bar dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
FIN Restaurant (Tropicana): This place boasts an ocean and boardwalk view with an upscale seafood and sushi menu.
Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield (owned by Caesars): This course showcases a cigar-friendly clubhouse and pro shop patios that offer panoramic views overlooking fairways, greens, salt marsh, Lakes Bay and the Atlantic City skyline.
Boardwalk: There are four miles of boardwalk in Atlantic City. Benches along the railings overlook the beach and ocean, ideal for people watching and enjoying a good cigar.

Freelancer Bill Nestor explores globally to write about travel, golf, food, nature and lifestyles.

Erik Icenhour Elgin, IL, United States, January 24, 2014 4:49pm ET
Hey guys, love your articles on places to smoke cigars! One request. Would it be possible to list locations that only allow cigar smoking? Nothing ruins a great cigar than the nasty smell of cigarette smoke! I realize that this would eliminate 90% or more of your featured places, however! :)
Preston Weiters Jr Jersey City,, New Jersey, United States, January 29, 2014 3:30pm ET
1/29/14, Heeeeeelo Erik I. When I go to AC, it's usually Tropicana. If you're either a slot player or virtual blackjack, you go downstairs near Hooters; I prefer it there anyhow. I bring my own (Nat Sherman). Of course, buying anything there will surely cost more, provided they even have what you want.
Jeff Sisyphus Smalley January 23, 2015 6:48pm ET
Rumba Lounge is permanently closed.

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