Everything You Need To Know About Atlantic City Casino Pools, Beach Bars And Summer Amenities

Posted By David Danzis on August 9, 2021

The dog days of summer have arrived and things are heating up for Atlantic City casinos.

Nearly all of New Jersey’s coronavirus restrictions are gone and crowds are returning to AC’s nine gambling parlors. 

Even as the temperatures rise, Atlantic City casinos offer plenty of ways to beat the heat. From relaxing in a shady cabana by the pool to sipping a frozen cocktail on the beach, PlayNJ wants people to enjoy a stress-free trip to their favorite Atlantic City casinos. So, we put together this guide to casino pools and beach bars.

Prices are subject to change and access/rentals are based on availability.

Bally’s Beach Bar

With the most famous address in Atlantic City (Boardwalk and Park Place), Bally’s is at the center of the summer action. Bally’s Beach Bar has the essentials covered — drinks, food, and live entertainment. For a day on the beach, try one of their “adult Capri Sun” (our nickname, not theirs) cocktails. It’s a 32-ounce ice-cold drink served in an easy-to-carry pouch.

Photo by Bally’s AC

Hours and amenities

  • Mondays-Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
  • Live entertainment starts at 1 p.m. daily 
  • Beach barbecue offerings chicken, burgers, hot dogs, sausages, sandwiches, and salads. 
  • Firepits are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Beach rentals

  • Available from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Prices: chair $12, umbrella $15 or $35 for a package (includes 2 chairs, one umbrella)
  • The pool is currently unavailable

Borgata

Both the Borgata and Water Club hotels have indoor and outdoor pools for guests. New this summer is the Borgata shuttle, which will take visitors across the bridge into Brigantine for a day at the beach. The shuttle stop in Brigantine is at Laguna Grill & Rum Bar, a popular local hangout just north of Atlantic City.

Borgata indoor pool

  • Open Daily 7 a.m-7 p.m.  
  • Adult swim  ages (18+) 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Non-hotel guests with spa appointments can get access 

Borgata outdoor pool

  • Open Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (weather permitting) 
  • Available to  guests ages 21+
  • Poolside food and beverage

VIP cabanas

  • Available for up to 10 people
  • Includes TV and refrigerator (smoking permitted)

Daybeds

  • Available for up 2 people with umbrella included 

Borgata Beer Garden

  • Opens daily at noon (hours vary)
  • Kitchen open noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Monday
  • Live entertainment

The Water Club indoor and outdoor pools

  • Hours:  Closed Mon.-Thu.; Fri.: Noon-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Available to guests ages 21

Borgata beach shuttle (ends Sept. 5, 2021)

  • Shuttle service offered to Brigantine 14th Street beach (Laguna Grill & Rum Bar)
  • Departs from surface lot entrance near BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar
  • Service offered on Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (weather permitting) 
  • Runs every 45 minutes
  • Complimentary beach towels and beach tags to all guests 
  • Chairs $10; Umbrellas $15
  • Hotel guests can charge beach chairs and umbrella rentals to their hotel room
  • Gold, Platinum, and Noir M life Rewards Members can charge any purchases made at Laguna Grill & Rum Bar to their hotel room.

Caesars

If a dip in a semi-secluded rooftop pool is in the cards then Caesars is a good bet. The pool and bar opened earlier this summer for guests of the Boardwalk casino hotel.

Caesars rooftop pool & bar

  • Open Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Pool available to hotel guests 21+
  • Reservations are required, capacity is limited
  • Chairs $10, daybeds start at $50
  • Poolside food and beverage 
  • Mobile app ordering from all Caesars restaurants
  • Ticketed “Night swim” event taking place Aug. 13-15, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Caesars’ Beachside Bar on the Boardwalk

  • Open Daily 11 a.m. – midnight
  • Menu includes signature cocktails and light bites

Golden Nugget

Listen, we all love kids (well, most of us) but sometimes a break from the little ones is needed. After 2 p.m., the pool at Golden Nugget is adults-only. And, you don’t even need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the H2O Pool, hot tubs, or bar and grill.

H2o Pool

  • Mon.-Thu.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sun.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • After 2 p.m. all pool guests must be 16 or older
  • Complimentary admission for registered hotel guests
  • Marina guests receive complimentary access up to 4 guests daily (based on availability)
  • Day passes for non-hotel guests 21 years & older $25 per person
  • 14 cabanas and 13 daybeds available; must be reserved
  • Hot tubs and fire pits are available   

H2O Bar & Grille

  • Bar 0pen Mon.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
  • Grille open Mon-Thu.: 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; Fri.-Sun.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Menu includes light bites and cool drinks

Hard Rock

When the Steel Pier is lit up on summer nights, few places in Atlantic City feel more alive than the Hard Rock Beach Bar. Whether it’s relaxing in a beach cabana by day or rocking out at night, Hard Rock Beach Bar is a go-to hotspot in Atlantic City.

Pool

  • Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. for hotel guests only
  • Sundeck is open for the season
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Beach bar

  • Open Mon.-Thu.: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri.: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Daybed and cabana rentals available ranging from $150-350
  • Chair and umbrella rentals available Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun.: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (chairs $12, umbrellas $18)
  • Cocktails available for purchase

Hard Rock public beach

  • Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Chair and umbrella rentals available Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Umbrella and chair rentals available first come, first served (same fees as above)

Harrah’s Resort

The vibe of Atlantic City casinos in the Marina District is a bit different than their Boardwalk counterparts. Harrah’s Resort recently upped the ante with the debut of vibe dining at The Pool After Dark. This upscale, photo-worthy poolside dining/nightlife experience is one-of-a-kind in Atlantic City.

The Pool at Harrah’s Resort

  • Open Fri.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.-Thu.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • Must be 21+ with a valid ID
  • $20 per hotel room up to 2 guests, each additional registered guest $10
  • $30 for non-hotel guest
  • VIP cabanas, and daybed renters available
  • Mobile app ordering from all Harrah’s Resort restaurants
  • Family pool is currently closed 
  • The Pool Bar is open for beverage service only

Ocean Casino Resort

It should come as no surprise that an aquatic-themed casino has plenty of pool options. Ocean Casino Resort has an indoor/outdoor pool, an adults-only pool, and a Boardwalk pool that doubles as a dayclub on the weekends. The beaches on the North end of the island (including in front of Ocean, Hard Rock, and Resorts) were replenished this winter, making them much more accessible this summer.

Eclipse indoor/outdoor pool

  • Open daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Adult swim (18+) 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Available to hotel guests only
  • Drink service offered Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sat.- Sun.:10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • The Grille menu includes tasty snacks, chicken tenders, and lobster rolls 
  • Rum Shack is the place to grab a frozen drink, beer, or wine

The Cabanas at Ocean

  • Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Hotel guests only; must be 21 or older 
  • Cabana, daybed, or cocoon reservation required to access
  • Space includes 2 pools, 1 jacuzzi
  • Poolside food and beverage offered

Boardwalk Pool & Bar at HQ2 Beachclub

  • Open Mon., Wed.-Sun.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (weather permitting); must be 21 or older 
  • Hotel guests receive complimentary access
  • Non-hotel guests pay $20
  • Chairs are first come, first serve
  • Daybeds and tables can be booked in advance

HQ2 Beachclub

  • Open Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.: Noon-6 p.m.
  • Bungalows, daybeds, VIP sections can be reserved

Ocean Beach (Atlantic City public beach)

  • Open Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas rentals available for hotel guests (chairs: $12; umbrellas: $15)

Resorts

Landshark Beach Bar in front of Resorts Casino Hotel is the quintessential sun-soaked seaside watering hole. Frozen drinks, Jimmy Buffett blaring on the speakers, tiki hut umbrellas. What more could you ask for? 

Resorts pool

  • Open daily 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Adult swim (18+) 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Hotel guests only

Pool bar

  • Fri-Sun.: Noon-8 p.m.

Landshark Beach Bar

  • Sun.–Thu.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.:11 a.m. – midnight
  • Firepit for nightly beach campfires
  • Food and drink available for purchase

Tropicana Atlantic City

Perhaps the best-kept secret in Atlantic City is the rooftop pool of the Chelsea Tower at Tropicana. The Cabana Five Bar & Pool Deck is a summer lover’s paradise with plenty of daybeads, cabanas, and pool chairs. Oh, and the water is (almost) always warm even if it gets a bit windy on the roof.

 

Cabana Five & pool deck

  • Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Hotel guests ages 21+
  • Loungers, cabanas can be booked in advance
  • Midweek chairs $10; Cabanas $200 w/$50 food & beverage credit
  • Weekend chairs $20; Cabanas $250 w/$50 food & beverage credit

North Tower outdoor pool & Blue Parrot Pool Bar

  • Hotel guests only
  • Cabanas $150 midweek; $250 weekend
  • Daybeds $50 midweek; $80 weekends
  • Lounge chairs $10

South Tower indoor pool

  • Mon.-Thu.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri.-Sun.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Adult swim (18+) Fri.-Sun.: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Reservations required
  • 1-hour timeslot per day; 4 guests  per hotel room max
  • Putting green, shuffle board, and ping pong available on pool deck 

Oasis pool

  • Available to spa guests only
Photo by Caesars Entertainment
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