I’ve spent a lot of time this summer sipping cocktails outdoors on various decks and patios, gazing out at incredible waterfront views while the warm summer winds added the perfect final touch to the experiences. It’s tough to beat an outdoor bar in the summer.

But what about the rest of the year? Shouldn’t the combination of a great drink and a great view be a year-round option?

The folks at Chart House in Golden Nugget Atlantic City certainly think so. And that is precisely what they offer.

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Located directly above The Deck, Chart House is a gorgeous spot, with a massive wall of windows lining the entire space, offering relaxing views of the marina as well as the Atlantic City skyline.

The bar area has a relatively small, sleek, modern-looking bar surrounded by a series of comfortable chairs, giving it the appearance of a less velvet ropey version of a hip lounge. The cocktail menu is well thought out, too. Instead of lazily relying on Moscow Mules and the like, Chart House’s cocktail program offers unique drinks such as my first cocktail of the evening, the Ginger Mint Paloma ($12) — a mix of Casamigos Blanco tequila, Monin agave nectar, fresh lime and grapefruit juices finished with a hint of ginger puree. The drink was tasty and refreshing, though the grapefruit juice could have been a bit more pronounced.

My guests and I also sampled the Monarch Margarita, as well as The Mango Mojito, with the Monarch being the star of the show with its blend of 1800 reposado tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Finest Call Blood Orange Sour and fresh lime juice.

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The Monarch Margarita

If you get hungry while knocking back cocktails here, fear not, as Chart House has an incredible menu. Everything from fresh seafood to steaks is up for grabs. We went with an order of crunchy coconut shrimp and a charcuterie plate to share. I have eaten a lot of coconut shrimp in my lifetime and these were up there with the best I have had. The charcuterie plate was a fun choice, as well, with a variety of meats and cheeses along with grapes, toasted bread and a delicious fig jam to spread.

On the night we visited it was somewhat late, but Chart House is known for its happy hour deals which run Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 3 to 7 p.m. and include small plates between $5 and $8, $3 domestic bottled beers, $4 imported beers and well spirits, $6 select cocktails and wines by the glass and $7 martinis.

Chart House works on so many levels. It’s a perfect place to stop in and grab a drink before a show, or to come for happy hour and turn those small plates into a full meal. Of course, if you are looking for a truly incredible full meal, the attached restaurant is one of the best in town. Merit badge earned.

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