Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (Facebook/Lucy the Elephant)

Sure, Atlantic City is full of splashy new casinos and neon signs, but Boardwalk Empire's Prohibition-era AC still exists, too — if you know where to look.

Plenty of places Nucky Thompson (HBO's slightly fictionalized version of real-life political boss and racketeer Nucky Johnson) frequented are still up and running, decades later. Like these StyleBistro-approved spots, below!

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (Fralinger's)

Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy

I've already gone on about my love of Fralinger's salt water taffy — I even tried every flavor, and ranked them according to deliciousness. But did you know that the sweet shop has been around since 1880? It's actually the oldest business in AC, and pieces of Fralinger's candy are used on HBO's Boardwalk Empire set. (The brand merged with James Candy Company in 1990, hence the confusing sign out front.) 

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (Caitlin Petreycik/StyleBistro)

The Irish Pub

Lindsay, Caitlin M., and I ended up here after our night of Atlantic City clubbing, and it was the best decision ever. It's full of locals, way more laid-back than your typical AC after-hours spot, and food is $3 after midnight. There's even a $25-a-night (!) hotel upstairs, complete with a trap door behind the front desk. During Prohibition, the desk area was a bar, and people would be ushered through its secret panel when the place was raided. A word of warning, though: There's no air conditioning in The Irish Pub's hotel rooms, which is fine in early summer, but might be a bit uncomfortable in August.

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (Facebook/Lucy the Elephant)

Lucy the Elephant

Built in 1881 about two miles south from Atlantic City in Margate, New Jersey, Lucy the Elephant, a six-story pachyderm-shaped building, still attracts tourists to this day. Legend has it that Lucy’s owners would hang lights inside her eyes to let rum runners know whether or not to come to town. (Red for no, green for yes.) Today, it's a national historic landmark (and an easy bike ride from the boardwalk).

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (KnifeandForkInn.com)

The Knife and Fork Inn

Nucky Johnson was a regular at this steakhouse, founded in in 1912 by Louis Kuehnle (known as the Commodore and played by Dabney Coleman on Boardwalk Empire). The Knife and Fork Inn is one of Atlantic City's pricier restaurants, so, if you didn't do so well on the slots, we recommend checking out their (much cheaper) lunch menu — it includes steak and seafood dishes with slight tweaks (think fish and chips with battered beets instead of fries, and cornmeal-crusted calamari).

Our Favorite 'Boardwalk Empire'-Era Atlantic City Attractions  (CityAtlantic.com)

Dock's Oyster House

Another hotspot for AC's old-timey racketeers, Dock's Oyster House has a special place on its menu for the restaurant's original dishes — like the crab meat au gratin (crab meat blended with three cheeses and cream) and "beef and reef" (filet mignon and a lobster tail) — which have remained unchanged since 1897.
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