Patrons enjoy the patio area of the Margaritaville restaurant at Resorts. The patio offers perfect views of the boardwalk and ocean, and the restaurant is part of the $35 million Margaritaville entertainment complex.

1 It's a good place for hanging out. Everything at the Jimmy Buffett-themed entertainment complex is designed to evoke an island paradise on Absecon Island. From sea-worthy boat dining booths to a bouy-shaped stage to a giant replica of that iconic frozen concoction at the entrance, Margaritaville is a perfect hangout spot for Parrotheads to meet like-minded individuals over a cheeseburger in paradise.

2 Have a cheeseburger in paradise. For real, that's what it's called. In fact, all the food here - and that includes breakfast, for those who can get up early enough - has an island flavor to it, with dishes including "Jamaica Mistaica Wings," coconut shrimp, seafood mac and cheese, volcano nachos and, of course, key lime pie. An al-fresco dining area on the boardwalk is open seasonally, while floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the ocean and boardwalk.

3 It's always 5 o'clock here. Or at least from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, rain or shine. The thing with Jimmy Buffett is he's an island kind of guy year round, and this is a place for Parottheads - who are rumored to have a local chapter in the area. Yes, it's an actual club - who rely on that frozen concoction to help them hang on year round. Margaritaville's two bars - the Chill Bar and Tiki Bar - offer a variety of cold beer, tropical cocktails and a 22-ounce refillable, take-home blender cup filled with, what else? Booze.

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4 This party is for people growing older, not up. Starting at 6 p.m., a very unique and informal celebration gets going at Margaritaville. Stiltwalkers appear and start creating balloon animals to hand out to "children of all ages" who happen to be in the restaurant or attached casino area. Bands get the crowd dancing between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. or keep the island beat fresh throughout the night beginning at 10 p.m.

5 Take a memory home with you. If snapping pictures of you and your friends craning to see the face of a stiltwalker or sitting in a real boat to eat isn't enough of a memento for you, check out the retail store in front. You'll find enough music, fashion and flavors to make your absent friends jealous, or to bring a piece of your island getaway home with you.


OWNER: Margaritaville Hospitality Group

OPENED: May, 2013

EVOLUTION: Margaritaville is part of a the Resorts' Jimmy Buffett-themed $35 million Margaritavilleentertainment complex.


WHERE: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Resorts Casino Hotel

WHEN: Open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, year-round. Margaritaville Coffee Shop open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

HOW BIG: 14,000 square feet, 448-person capacity

WHAT TO WEAR: Casual clothing

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR: Live entertainment nightly

WHO'S THERE: A crowd of all ages

HOW MUCH: No cover charge; beers start at $4.75, mixed drinks at $8.25.


Coming up

Thursday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m., Calmer than You 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Under Pressure 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Under Pressure 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Amberlamps 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Monday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Bobby Lynch 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Screaming Matilda 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: Stiltwalkers 6 to 9 p.m, Bobby Lynch 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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