1 It's a near-beach bar with a year-round view. A short walk off the Boardwalk is The Dizzy Dolphin at Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, a casual, mostly low-key lounge with a high ceiling, nautical theme and entrance right on the city's famous wooden walkway. It attracts a diverse, casual crowd that varies in age from 21 to 61 on any given night, and its view of the beach over the dunes is there every day of the year.
2 The sounds echo through this location. Live musicians play here two to three times a week on weekends, with both late afternoon and evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays. The nights start off with usually duos or trios of musicians, followed by full bands that really get the place moving. Recently, the Irish rock trio Flip-N-Mickeys, who play a mix of modern party music along with some good ol' Irish drinking songs, have been Friday night residents, and when they play, Jameson whiskey shots are half-price.
3 If you stay all night you'll be twice as happy. Dizzy Dolphin offers drink specials twice each night - from 5 to 7 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Those four hours of happiness feature $5 martinis, $5 glasses of wine, $2 domestic drafts and bottles, $3 imported drafts and bottles, and $2 shooters.
4You can get lucky every night. Like an increasing amount of bars in the city, Dizzy Dolphin features a line of video poker machines across its bartop, so you're never far away from playing a hand and ordering a drink. Think of it like a chance to earn your drinks, because if you're good enough you might just pay for your bar tab, and even be able to pay for someone's else drink.
5 The more you drink, the safer the waters. The signature cocktails served in 22-ounce "Shake & Take" souvenir shakers that guests can take home are both good for getting a buzz and supporting the mission of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in nearby Brigantine. The rescue organization aids stranded seals, dolphins and other sea mammals that are in danger on local beaches, and Atlantic Club donates a portion of each "Shake & Take" sale to the center.