Atlantic City vs. Las Vegas: Which is the True Sin City?

Want to know who wins the battle of the vices out of Las Vegas or Atlantic City?

Las Vegas is affectionately known as ‘Sin City’ whilst Atlantic City is referred to as ‘America’s Playground’. Both offer an abundance of ways for adults to keep themselves entertained but which one is the true city of sin? When it comes to instant gratification, vices and sheer hedonism which city offers the greatest choices to become our ultimate pleasure island?

In our feature, we pit of battle of East vs West as we compare Las Vegas to Atlantic City to find out which one is the top city of sin.

Atlantic City vs Las Vegas: A Brief History

Situated on the east coast state of New Jersey, Atlantic City legalized gambling in 1976 in an attempt to re-energize what was once a popular resort. Resorts International was the first casino to open in 1978 and was the first one in the east coast. In the 1980s it was the home turf for a lot of heavyweight boxing matches and for the next few decades it became known as America’s Playground offering an alternative to Las Vegas as a location for strip clubs and gambling.

Though the last decade has seen a lot of closures for the adult entertainment industry the city still contributes almost $278 million in taxes from a $3.3 billion economy.

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The East Coast’s gambling capital, Atlantic City, NJ. Image via Free Domain Pictures.

Las Vegas, of course, needs no introduction and is one of the world capitals for gambling. It is home to almost 200,000 slot machines and is famous for some of the most iconic buildings in the country. A Mecca for gamblers, the city was founded in 1905 but the first casino wasn’t built until 1931.

As well as casinos, there are actually more than 1700 venues in the city that are licensed for gambling. The city contributes almost $9 billion dollars to Nevada’s economy and is one of the most visited parts of the USA.

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Nevada’s jewel, Las Vegas is the original vice city with a world-famous reputation for its casinos. Image via Pixabay,

Strip Clubs

 Las VegasAtlantic City
Female Strip Clubs218
Male Strip Clubs0 (see below)5

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has built much of its modern day sin city reputation on the strip shows and lap dancing clubs. Many venues are open 24/7 and have a good range of other services including private suites, VIP areas and limousine pick-up. We’ve listed the main strip clubs located in the city itself although there are others.

There are no dedicated male strip clubs in Vegas but most of the big venues have male revue shows with Sapphire, Hustler and Treasures being the main ones. There are also some male strip shows in the main hotels, the most famous of these being the Chippendales show at Rio.

Atlantic City

  • Dreams, 137 S New York Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Lace Gentleman’s Club, 181 S South Carolina Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Rio Gentleman’s Club, 205 S New York Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08041
  • Stiletto, 185 S North Carolina Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Centrefolds Cabaret, 201 E Delilah Rd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
  • Bare Exposure, 2303 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • The Horse, 9 S Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Delilah’s Den, 2405 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Atlantic City also has a lot of male strip clubs aimed at bachelorette parties and female-heavy groups. They are open for male guests but are not exclusively a gay venue.

The Winner

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Who has the best strip clubs? Atlantic City or Las Vegas? Image via MaxPixel.

There is no doubt that Las Vegas wins hands down here on the sheer volume of strip clubs available but Atlantic City has a slight edge on the number of male revue shows making it more popular for women than men. Vegas also wins on the availability of these shows with most of their strip clubs open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Both cities have the same licensing laws which mean you can’t get a full liquor license with full nude dancers; however Vegas has the draw of Palomino, the only club in the city where you can get both.

It’s close to a draw, we’d say but Vegas may just tip the scales.


 Las VegasAtlantic City
No of Casinos80+10


Las Vegas

There are over 200 casinos in Nevada with 81 of these being situated in Las Vegas. There are far too many to list here but those on the strip include iconic resorts and complexes such as:

  • Casears Palace
  • Excalibur
  • Flamingo
  • Hard Rock
  • Luxor
  • M Resort
  • MGM Grand
  • Mandalay Bay
  • New York New York
  • Rio
  • Stratosphere
  • The Mirage
  • The Venetian
  • Treasure Island
  • Tropicana
  • Wynn Las Vegas

Of course, there aren’t many places in Vegas where you can’t gamble and you can find video poker machines and slots in many bars, restaurants and clubs.

Atlantic City

In the last decade there has been a string of closures when it comes to casinos in Atlantic City and although you can find ways to play slots and electronic gaming machines in the city, there are only ten major casino resorts in Atlantic City.

The Winner

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Who has the best casinos? Atlantic City or Las Vegas? Image via Wikipedia.

It’s a hands down win for Vegas on this one, you can’t swing a cat in the original Sin City without hitting a jackpot pay-out.

Swinger Clubs

 Las VegasAtlantic City
No of Swingers Clubs82


Las Vegas

Las Vegas has an affinity to couples who live the lifestyle and there are a lot of clubs where non-members can arrange to play with like-minded singles and other couples.

There are also quite a few clubs where the location is only provided upon booking confirmation:

Atlantic City

There are two swingers clubs in Atlantic city although there are plenty of private parties being held throughout this part of New Jersey.

The Winner

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Who has the best swingers clubs? Atlantic City or Las Vegas? Image via Wikipedia.

Again, Las Vegas has the upper hand in this match. The city boasts a much wider selection of swingers clubs as well as simply having a greater number.


 Las VegasAtlantic City
Prostitution LegalNot in Vegas but in parts of NVNo
Closest Brothel65.4 miles2,444 miles

Las Vegas

Nevada is the only part of the United States where prostitution is legal in state licensed brothels and there are currently more than 20 located throughout the state. Though most of these are situated closer to Reno, there are two brothels in the town of Pahrump that are only an hour’s drive from Las Vegas; Sheri’s Ranch and the Chicken Ranch.

Both offer full service as well as a comprehensive sex menu including fetish, BDSM and happy ending massage. They each have some good facilities on site to keep guests occupied during busy periods which include swimming pools, spas and a sports bar.

Atlantic City

Prostitution is not legal in New Jersey and you won’t find any brothels within the area. You would have to travel over 2.4k miles to get to the eastern edge of Nevada where you would find the Stardust Ranch in Ely.

The Winner

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Who has the best brothels? Atlantic City or Las Vegas? Image via Flickr.

This is a big win for Las Vegas, albeit by-proxy. Sorry, Atlantic City, until New Jersey reviews its laws on prostitution, Vegas will always have this one in the bag.


 Las VegasAtlantic City
Estimated No of Escorts30,000Unknown
Average Price Per Hour$200-$250$200-$250

Prostitution is illegal in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City however you can engage services of an escort for ‘companionship’

Las Vegas

Las Vegas attracts a lot of very wealthy high rollers as well as tourists on a budget. As a result, there is a good market to suit all wallets. As well as engaging the services of a premium supermodel escort for well over $500 an hour, you can also get the company of a pretty decent looking lady for as little as $100 to $150.

Atlantic City

The number of escorts working in Atlantic City is unknown but the popular directories suggest that this figure could well be as little as a tenth of those in Vegas.

The Winner

Sorry Atlantic City but Vegas pips you to the post at this one too. Comparable prices on average but Las Vegas has far more choices of escort in the major directories and a great selection of agencies offering everything from elite supermodels and porn stars to fetish and BDSM girls.

Conclusion: Atlantic City vs. Las Vegas

There’s no competition it seems when we look at the detail of what both Atlantic City and Las Vegas has to offer. The Nevada City, nicknamed Sin City, has it all and it has it in abundance. From gambling and striptease to swinging and access to brothels, Las Vegas gets our crown for the capital of vice, USA.

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It’s official, Vegas is the king City of Sin; Viva Las Vegas! Image via PXHere.

Featured image via Public Domain Pictures and Pixabay.

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