You might notice every group eating a different dish at Crispy’s Beer & Wine Bar. That’s because the bar has BYOF policy—that’s short for bring your own food—which lets guests soak up the 39 craft brews on draft without having to snack on bar peanuts. This policy inspires patrons to linger over pints of hoppy Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or bottles of fruity Belgian Kasteel Rouge. The deep brown of Gulden Draak hints at its potent Belgian flavor and alcohol content, and light flits easily through the wheat-golden color of Paulaner Hefeweizen. Televisions overhead chatter, providing updates on athletic events or how scary the weatherman says thunder will be this weekend. Those who didn’t bring food snack on the bar’s small selection of locally produced appetizers and desserts such as chocolate-covered potato chips and beer brittle.
Vintage 56 has been described as a tapas and wine bar. The décor is contemporary, with indoor and outdoor dining, cloth napkins and modern art, with music that is fun but not intrusive. The bar offers 56 martinis and a good-sized wine list and the menu features a touch of Mediterranean flair with a little Asian spice!
The Hogan family have made a serious commitment to bringing the flavors of Ireland to Cocoa Beach. After helming an authentic pub for more than 25 years in Ireland, they packed up and headed to Cape Canaveral, where they opened Hogan's Irish Bar. But their Irish nationality?and a bar stocked with Irish whiskies and beer?wasn't enough to satisfy their need for a truly authentic experience. So they shipped everything from the original Irish pub to Florida, with pieces including the bar furniture and the iconic phone box that represents life in rural Ireland. They complete the atmosphere with live music and pints of Guinness to keep the merriment going in the New World.
Victory Casino Cruises' four decks of maritime merriment abound with more than 600 slot machines, 30 table games, and an expansive food selection including hot entrees, meat carving and pasta station. The floating party ship sails out on five-hour morning and evening voyages that combine sweeping ocean views with the interior entertainments of casino games including craps, roulette, blackjack, and Duck Duck Goose. While testing their luck, gamers can request drinks from the Victory Girls, a roving band of waitresses who may just serve up luck alongside cocktails, beers, and tropical beverages. For extra entertainment, the ship’s Club V offers a beat-filled dance floor for celebration shimmies, and the Sportsbook Lounge houses tellers ready to take bets on football, basketball, or baseball. On the first deck, a buffet spread refuels gamers with carved meats, fresh seafood, and comfort foods.
Sandbar Sports Grill boasts an extensive menu fit for castaways in an eclectic beachfront bistro. The kitchen stays open until midnight, serving up an array of appetizers such as coconut shrimp, arriving tableside with dip-ready orange marmalade ($8.99), as well as Floridian favorites such as tropical grouper paired with plantains ($21.99). House specialty fish tacos ($3.99) please lighter eaters, and turf-friendly dishes such as the taco burger, served with sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, and melted cheese ($10.99), suit those still establishing their sea legs. Libation-seekers can plant their tiny umbrellas in a sandbar hurricane ($4–$9) in five categories of intensity.
With 10 military performers and 6 civilian air vessels, the Cocoa Beach Air Show delights and awes guests seated in the exhilarating drop zone. Against the ocean’s gentle lapping, the daredevil performers careen into the sun, writing invisible graffiti on the sky with impeccable grace, speed, and cursive. U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs launch from passing planes, floating ethereally to the sand just feet away from the drop-zone seating area. A B1B Lancer fighter jet screams across the blue expanse, leaving torn sound barriers and envious seagulls in its wake.