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We’ve had Atlantic City on our radar all summer since naming it one of our Top 10 Boardwalks. So of course we’re excited to hear that HBO’s new series “Boardwalk Empire” – a fictionalized look at Atlantic City gangster life in the 1920s starring Steve Buscemi (premiering September 19) – is taking over AC September 16-19. The main festivities will be at Caesars Atlantic City with a red carpet screening of the first episode on September 16.
Those who can’t score an invite to the exclusive, star-studded event can still enjoy a taste of the gangster lifestyle all weekend long with special $19.20 prix fixe menus and “Boardwalk Empire”-inspired cocktails at over two dozen Atlantic City restaurants. Bonus: On September 18, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a talk by Nelson Johnson, whose book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City formed the basis of the HBO series (see the library website for a full list of “Boardwalk Empire”-themed events).
Caesars and sister hotels Harrah’s, Showboat, and Bally’s are also offering an America’s Playground package inspired by the series that includes VIP check-in, a free upgrade on accommodations, a $50 resort credit, and free entry for two to either Dusk or the Pool After Dark nightclubs. Rates vary by hotel – we found rooms at Showboat for September 16 starting at $151/night. The package is available through October 2.
Can’t make it to Atlantic City this month? Never fear – 26 other Harrah’s properties across the U.S will be offering a version of the “Boardwalk Empire” package, from Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace to Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino. Check the package website above for details; all packages are available at least through the end of September.