Before the launch of legal sports betting, Atlantic City was hardly an NFL town. There wasn’t a home team to root for and, frankly, for fans of nearby NFL franchises, there were better options for sweating games closer to home.
Now in the second year of legal sports wagering across New Jersey, America’s Playground has become one of the best places to spend an NFL Sunday.
Local fans of the New York Jets, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles can certainly attest to that. They regularly fill the sportsbooks inside Atlantic City, enjoying the modern amenities these spots offer all while getting a little skin in the game.
With the NFL Playoffs coming up in just a couple of weeks, those that can’t make it to a live playoff game should consider a trip to Atlantic City, where the local sportsbooks have truly become some of the best NFL bars in the country.
We look at all eight Atlantic City sportsbooks proving that statement true with every beer ordered, chicken wing consumed and dollar wagered throughout the 2019 NFL season.
The Book at Bally’s
1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The Book at Bally’s calls itself the largest sportsbook in Atlantic City. At over 15,000 square feet, that’s certainly true.
It may also play host to the best NFL bars in the city. There are more than 130 seats around the sportsbook, including 28 at the bar with video poker and probably the best view of the giant 98-by-18-foot LED video wall in the room.
As a bar, The Book at Bally’s separates itself from the pack with its Beer Yourself wall. There are more than a dozen beers on tap on the serve-yourself wall helping turn NFL watching into a real experience here.
The Book at Harrah’s
777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
At 3,800 square feet, The Book at Harrah’s isn’t even close to the size of sister sportsbook The Book at Bally’s.
But with a view of the high-quality resolution LED televisions from every plush seat and food service by AC Burger Co., it’s a perfect place to watch and bet on your favorite NFL team.
There are even two “Fan Cave” areas if you’re after a private sportsbook experience.
Borgata Race & Sports Book / Moneyline Bar & Book
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Borgata Race & Sports Book features 100 seats with individual flat-screen monitors for NFL viewing. There’s also a massive video wall and the Boot & Whip in-venue bar completing the NFL bar experience.
However, it’s the Moneyline Bar & Book at Borgata that really cements the property’s reputation as a great NFL bar.
The 8,000-square-foot sports bar and sportsbook features a 40-foot-wide LED video wall and six betting windows.
There are high-top tables with self-charging stations, U-shaped booths, and banquette seating in the VIP lounge, all with a great view of the game. But Moneyline is about more than watching and betting on the games. It’s an NFL bar with more than 20 craft beers and a menu filled with specialty bar bites.
DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts is hardly the largest sportsbook in Atlantic City at approximately 5,000 square feet.
That said, it’s a rather comfortable spot and a great place to watch NFL action.
Ultrahigh-definition LED video walls (including one 15-footer) ensure you’ll never miss a moment of the action. A total of 18 betting kiosks and five betting windows make it easy to bet on that action as well.
The happy hour from 2-7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday offers $4 draft beer and $6 well drinks, which helps take it to the level of best NFL bars, as well.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Sportsbook
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Sportsbook is attached to a Sports Bar with over 40 TVs for game viewing.
Drink specials are on offer throughout the NFL season.
There’s also a brand new Sportsbook Video Poker Bar inside where patrons can play games like video poker single hand with double down, multi-hand poker, keno, video reels and roulette while they sweat the NFL action.
However, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Sportsbook is considered small with around 50 seats.
The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Atlantic City
600 Huron Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a great place to spend an all-consuming day of NFL action.
The Sportsbook features over 100 seats, more than 50 TVs, five video walls and enough self-service betting kiosks to make sure you can get in on the action.
There used to be a ban on NBA bets there, but that’s over now. Plus, it never really took away from the Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s reputation as an excellent place for NFL betting action.
William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort lays claim to the biggest game-viewing screens and best odds board in Atlantic City.
The 24-hour center bar inside the sportsbook, offering a great view of the state-of-the-art panoramic video wall and odds board, delivers on that promise.
The fact that William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino is in the middle of the gaming floor also makes a great place for true gamblers to spend an NFL Sunday.
William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Featuring 180 seats, a 250-square-foot odds board and several massive panoramic LED screens for NFL game viewing, William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana is one of the largest sportsbooks in Atlantic City.
It’s also located on North Tower Casino Floor across from Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House & Sports Bar and the 10 North Lounge, enhancing its reputation as a great NFL bar.
The 10 North Lounge even serves as the official sports bar for the sportsbook.
Your place or mine?
Remember, every single one of the sportsbooks listed above is also affiliated with an online and mobile sports betting operation available across the entire state. Any of these apps, a six-pack, and a White House sub can turn your living room into one of Atlantic City’s best NFL bars, too. That is if staying home to watch and bet on games is more your speed.