1 They kept the menu old school, but couldn’t resist adding a happy hour. Starting April 1, The Twenties in The Claridge Hotel will add a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a drink of the week. Their new drink, Rum Punch ($6), made with Real McCoy Rum, is first in line to kick off happy hour. If you’re not into that, happy hour also introduces specials on cocktails such as the Tuxedo No. 2 (made with dry gin, vermouth and absinthe, $6), and bar snacks are half price. Philly cheesesteak eggrolls ($6), three types of sliders ($1.50 each), three types of deviled eggs ($1 each) and their Texas burger with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, onion rings and BBQ Twenties sauce ($7) are among them.
2 Beer, liquor or wine — anything you want, they got it. The Twenties bar has many Prohibition-inspired cocktails that are regularly priced at $10.50 and only $6 during happy hour, including the Cucumber Gimlet, featuring cucumber, lime juice and Hendricks Gin. Another favorite is the Monkey Smash, which blends Monkey Shoulder Whisky, simple syrup, lemon and mint. The bartender will gladly serve you loads of great wines by the glass and craft beer from breweries including Flying Fish from Somerdale and Dogfish Head from Milton, Delaware.
3 As the third-oldest bar in Atlantic City, there’s a boatload of history here. The refurbished restaurant dates back to the Prohibition era, having been a place where legendary people including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Nucky Johnson and President John F. Kennedy came to visit. The new and improved Twenties is located in its original space on the sixth floor of the hotel. The Twenties was by far the most famous bar added to the Claridge Hotel during the Great Depression because of their Manhattan-style design. The 24-story hotel was nicknamed the “Skyscraper By the Sea.” It was the tallest building in New Jersey at 370 feet tall. In honor of that, The Twenties created a cocktail menu of eight selections that reflect the era, including the Sicilian Manhattan, Hot Summer Nights and the Blood Orange Cosmo ($10.50).
4 There’s something for everybody. Just because you may not remember the ’20s and ’30s doesn’t mean you’re not invited to the party. In fact, The Twenties plays most of today’s hits through satellite radio stations to keep the place upbeat. But some occasional throwback jams do come into play. Chef Frank Mulino puts a modern twist on menu items such as Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood and burgers ($9 to $45). The pancetta-wrapped shrimp served with risotto Genovese is an all-time favorite ($15), along with beef and pork meatballs served in red gravy over creamy polenta ($12).
5 The space screams Art Deco. The old-school, Prohibition-style bar and lounge was the main focus of the re-launch, but their Art Deco chandeliers will probably be the first thing to catch customers’ eyes. The bar has green marble in it, and no matter where you look, the recently renovated restaurant in The Claridge Hotel has dark wooden walls and ornate drapes hanging from the windows. And if you peek through the windows, you will see a nice view of the ocean, the Boardwalk and Brighton Park after dark.
Where: Sixth floor, The Claridge Hotel, Park Place and Boardwalk, Atlantic City
When: 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Days vary by season and hotel occupancy. Call for hours.
What to wear: No dress code, but feel free to wear vintage.
What you’ll hear: Today’s hit songs and throwbacks.
Who’s there: Young and old.
How much: Happy hour: half-priced selected bar snacks and cocktails, drink of the week $6, bar food $2 to $15, cocktails $10.50, beer and wine $4 to $12. Dinner: antipasto $6 to $18, salads $10 to $18, pasta $18 to $20, meat and poultry $27 to $45, seafood $30 to $36, sides $10. Desserts $6 to $10.
Occupancy: 30 at the bar; 135 for the entire restaurant.
How to get more info: Call 609-487-4400 or go to Claridge.com.