Gambling can be a serious affair, especially if you’re playing games that involve strategy as much as luck, like Blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em. But casinos are primarily a place to have fun, whether you’re kicking back with a close friend or celebrating with a large group. And because many people like to socialize over rounds of delicious drinks, casinos are known for their wide array of adult beverages, along with specialty cocktails that vary depending on where you go. Continue reading…
Casinos are exciting, loud, and lit up with neon lights and signs. But one sign you won’t see is a list of rules and etiquette. If you’re new to the casino scene, following the proper procedures can mean the difference between a fantastic time and a humbling life lesson. So if you pass the first rule—the age limit (18 at Golden Acorn Casino)—and you’re interested in trying your hand at table games, here’s a handy guide of Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you leave the casino smiling, win or lose.
DO ask to join games already in progress
Some longer games like poker can’t easily accommodate newcomers, but if you’re looking to join a “shorter” game like blackjack, it’s still polite to ask the current players if they mind because new additions will alter the count and possibly affect the outcome of their game.
DON’T ask the dealer for lessons
During slow hours, dealers might be willing to teach you a new game or offer advice, but in general it’s bad form to request lessons while other players are at the table. Your best bet is to learn and practice new games online first before taking your skills to an actual casino.
Whether you’re celebrating a jackpot or need fortification for an epic round of slots, there’s nothing like a refreshing drink from the bar to enhance your next trip to the casino. The only question is, what should you order? If you don’t already have a favorite standard, check out this list of the 10 most commonly ordered drinks at bars for inspiration.
Blended or over ice, Margaritas are as refreshing as they are versatile. Enjoy the drink original-style (tequila, triple sec, and lime juice) or mix it with an unlimited variety of fruits like strawberry, mango, melon, and pomegranate. Fun fact: the most popular tequila cocktail in the U.S. is also somewhat local—its origin is said to be somewhere between Tijuana and Ensenada!
Another classic cocktail with versatility to spare, Martinis are typically made with gin and vermouth, although vodka can be substituted—and don’t forget the James Bond-popularized option of “shaken or stirred.” Basic Martinis can also be transformed to a variety of cocktails such as the Appletini (mixed with apple schnapps), Blue Martini (blue curacao), and the risqué-sounding Dirty Martini (extra olive juice).
Food. We need it to fuel our bodies for all the bazillion things we do in a day. But food also gives us pleasure, and not just in the way it tastes, either. Think about heading to a restaurant with friends and family, sitting down together at a table, browsing the menu for exactly what you want – and getting it. The ritual of it all gives us pleasure, too.
Food is a big part of the ritual here at Golden Acorn Casino. People come from San Diego and all other parts of Southern California with a plan to play and eat. Some eat before they play. Others start at the tables or the slot machines, and then break for some good food and drinks between games. We have some regulars (not naming any names) whose eat-play-eat-play schedules we could set our clocks by. Everyone here does it their own way, but almost everyone comes to Golden Acorn to eat and play.
Golden Grill Restaurant
Sunday-Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The menu at Golden Grill features everything from soups, salads and appetizers to hearty entrees and decadent desserts. Cocktail service is also available. Come in, sit down, and take some time to unwind. You deserve it.