Best of Philly

2009 Way to Live Large and Drink Cheap

Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

Sure, you get free drinks at the blackjack table. But by the time your waitress returns with your watered-down cocktail, you’ve blown a hundred bucks. In the Borgata’s horse-betting lounge (how retro!), a $2 wager gets you a drink ticket (you may have to ask for it) good for most top-shelf liquor, including normally $10-a-shot Patrn. And by the time your (hopefully winning) race goes off, you’ll be ready for another bet and another round. Even if you lose all your bets, you’re only paying $2 a drink plus tip. Try scoring that deal at Churchill Downs.

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401; 609-317-1000;