At Bogey's & Stogey's, an impressive arsenal of cigars, cloves, cocktails, and luxury smokeables surrounds customers as they relax in a cozy lounge area. Amid wispy tendrils of fragrant smoke emanating from pipes and hookahs, patrons challenge each other to games of silver strike bowling, chess matches, or breath-holding contests. As 15 glistening brass taps dispense craft suds behind the bar, karaoke sessions each Wednesday, Sunday, and every other Friday draw crowds of amateur ballad belters. A walk-in humidor enshrines countless varieties of luxury cigars, and connoisseurs can upgrade their smoking accessories with the store’s selection of cutters, lighters, and portable humidor containers.
At Chillin the Most, chef Steve Brust begets a spread of hearty, refined American eats mixed in with what the restaurant calls "HealthyLicious" options. Inside three separate dining areas–each outfitted with a different atmosphere, and different music–visitors take on grilled ahi tuna, or grilled cheese sandwiches bolstered by beer-braised shredded short ribs. A wide drink selection headlined by 24 beers on tap accompanies meals, as does live entertainment throughout the week including dance parties and live bands.
Baja Tavern's fresh menu showcases Florida seafood and salsas made from seasonal fruits and vegetables. Underwater treasures star in appetizers such as Bang Bang shrimp ($8.95), which are fried, tossed in a spicy chipotle sauce, and shot out of a small cannon on to plates. Entrees including the pan-fried tilapia ($12.95), a mild white fish with a flaky texture coated with parmesan breading, sate sea-faring appetites. The signature big fish burrito ($8.95) showers baked white fish in chipotle tartar sauce before dressing it in a flour-tortilla tuxedo for a tableside date with homemade chips and salsa. For land-locked appetites, culinary craftspeople slow roast marinated pork to craft caribbean pulled-pork sandwiches ($6.95). While enjoying the atmosphere or engaging in post-dinner staring contests, patrons treat taste buds to island-themed drinks from the bar.
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.
Uncle Mick's Bar & Grill sates appetites with a menu of comforting bar fare and cold brews served in an upbeat, lively atmosphere peppered by live music and pool. Twosomes turn high-fives into high nines with orders of four fried chicken fingers eager to dip into buffalo, honey-mustard, or barbecue sauce. Meaty mouthfuls include the signature Mick burger, an 8-ounce patty char grilled to order, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle, and served with chips or coleslaw, and further toppings can be added for an additional charge. Quartets of rumbling stomachs can quiet down with hot or cold sandwiches, such as the blackened open-face prime-rib sandwich, which accompanies fries, coleslaw, jus, and horseradish sauce that causes more nostrils to flare than an international talent search for the best mule impersonator.
With it's staple pizza named Grandma, it's pretty clear that Carmela's Pizza & Wine Bar is steeped in familial tradition. Executive Chef Adam Fatigate expanded on the idea of his late father's Carmela's Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar, located in Stuart, and opened his own high-end pizzeria. Here, along with several varieties of New York?style pizzas baked on a subway rail line, Fatigate and his team create the signature Grandma's pizza, a 16-inch square, thin-crust pizza with a slightly tangy sauce and light cheese. Grandma's pizza can stay as simple as a plain cheese pie or go puttanesca-style (with olives, anchovies, and chili oil) or basil-pesto (with sun-dried tomatoes and chicken). Classic Italian dishes also populate the menu, including lasagna bolognese, veal parmesan, and seafood risotto.
While diners can carry-out food, those who stay can imbibe at Carmela's full bar, which pours 80 wines and 25 craft, imported, and domestic beers, and also whips up cocktails with its selection of 100 spirits, such as bellinis and martinis. And the restaurant also offers entertainment: guitar-violin duo Nouveaux Honkies on Tuesday, two pianists on Friday, and jazz on Saturday.