1 It's a destination for people who live nearby. The Ducktown Tavern has only existed for about eight years, but it's one of those places where it feels like people have been going for decades. With a simple, dimly lit bar area and a separate restaurant section, it is often crowded by locals who know each other well and call the bartenders by their names. It is an attraction partly because it's casual and comfortable, but also because it caters to all those who live in the surrounding communities or just frequently visit.
2 They unlock the doors and throw away the key. The bar is open 24 hours a day, every day - one of several such establishments in the city that never closes but definitely one of the most lively at all hours of the day. Some people come in to grab something to eat during the day, others come later to hang out all night, and some come in even later after partying elsewhere or finishing a shift at the casinos. Acknowledging this, the bar welcomes them in with three separate happy hours, with specials from 3 to 5 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
3 Their TVs are always turned on. Ducktown opened with about three TVs in 2005, but they have added a couple dozen since, including the recent addition of three 70-inch HD screens. That comes in handy so everyone can get a good view and so that when there are a lot of different, high-profile games on - such as when three pro sports seasons coincide, on NFL Sundays and during March Madness - the events aren't competing with each other.
4They love to celebrate local causes. One of the ways the bar has become an integral part of the area is by doing what it can to support different fundraisers and generate awareness for various benefits. Recently, the bar dedicated thousands of dollars raised through the sale of Samuel Adams beers to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, collecting the money and sending employees up to Boston to deliver a check. They also sponsor major local events, including Atlantic City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, for which they close down Georgia Avenue and throw the biggest bash on the island.
5 You can take the tavern home with you. The owners have significantly expanded the bar's beer selection over the years, adding up to 20 draft selections to their taps, and they have opened a connected liquor store as well where patrons can purchase late-night alcohol to bring home. That comes in handy on nights when you want to keep the party going elsewhere, or just for an emergency beer run when everything else is closed. Talk about satisfying the needs of its neighbors.