Lined with mahogany-colored shelves, Wine Bank's walls display bottles upon bottles of wines, suggesting that its name is no misrepresentation. But unlike most wine shops, Wine Bank isn't just about wine. Here, beers, fine wines, and cigars complement an in-house menu of upscale starters and gourmet entrees, ranging from pork filet mignon to shrimp mac 'n' cheese. And for those who would rather drink wine than spend thousands building vineyards in their basement, Wine Bank offers memberships with discounts and invitations to private tastings and events.
House for Beer boasts a rotating selection of more than 400 premium microbrew beers from around the world, including 50 draft beers and more than 300 bottled beers. Affectionately known as H4B, this locally owned and operated venue presents suds connoisseurs and greenhorns alike with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere, free of liquor and smoking. When visitors want to combine sips with bites of food, they can order from any of the neighboring restaurants in the Pavilion, from pizza and burgers to sushi and ice cream. Entertainment during the week rounds out the H4B experience with live performances by local musicians and bands.
Twenty-nine stories separate Top of Daytona Restaurant & Lounge from the sands and rolling surf of Daytona Beach. From this vantage point, diners savor expansive, 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, the mainland, and the Halifax River—views that the Orlando Sentinel lauded as "spectacular"—all while indulging in a menu inspired by classical pan-European cooking.
Executive Chef Vadim Vladimirsky incorporates Portuguese, Russian, French, and Italian flavors into his dishes, embracing the cuisines' rustic roots while adding his own refined, yet accessible touches. Accents such as homemade mozzarella cheese, a reduction of aged balsamic vinegar, and a rosemary-tinged port sauce demonstrate his dedication to upscale eating. And given the restaurant's oceanside location, an emphasis on fish and Caribbean lobster comes perfectly natural—Chef Vladimirsky even personally buys the seafood fresh from local suppliers each morning.
Should guests somehow tear their eyes away from the food and the view beyond the curving wall of windows, they find the dining room echoes Top of Daytona’s classic feel. A stone-circled fishpond bubbles in the center of the room, surrounded by stately chairs and tables draped with crisp white linens. The ambience grows most spirited on select Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings as live musicians entertain the crowd and help teach passing seagulls to sing in tune.
Although the 12-ounce Delmonico steak is the house specialty at The Blue Grotto, the baked stuffed flounder is the owner's favorite dish on the menu. Guests have their choice of sitting in the azure dining room, where the decor is inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave on the island of Capri, or the dog-friendly outdoor deck that overlooks the marina. The venue turns into a nightclub in the late-night hours, with DJs, dancing, and free drinks for manatees.
As one of the only dedicated art houses in Daytona Beach, Cinematique's all-digital theater and surround-sound system immerse theatergoers in national, international, and local independent flicks. In addition to the latest celluloid, Cinematique screens cultural events, pairs indie movies with live improv comedy, and hosts a Saturday-night showcase for local filmmakers, musicians, poets, and Oscar-statue impersonators. Through its Daytona Beach Film Festival, Cinematique supplies audiences with a vast assortment of movies, from internationally acclaimed directors to local and student filmmakers. The theater also illumes an inflatable screen with cinematic classics at free outdoor showings at Riverfront Park, commencing each film at dusk so patrons and cinephilic fruit bats can relish its crystalline picture quality.
Sting Rays Sports Saloon's menu is helmed by a hearty selection of classic American favorites to complement the fully stocked bar with 19 beers on tap. Bask in the salty downtown flavor while luxuriating on Sting Rays expansive outdoor patio, munching on a crisp, bacon-topped Stingrays wedge salad ($7.99) or onion rings that double as swanky beach bracelets ($6.99). Bun enthusiasts can mollify maws with an eclectic array of burgers and chicken sandwiches ($7.99–$9.99) or exhibit their love of exclamation points with a Hot Diggity Dog! ($7.99), an all-beef, meat-encased flavor tube served on a grilled hoagie roll and sprinkled with chili and cheddar for an additional charge. Tiny diners can gratify gullets with a selection of children's fare ($3.99–$5.99), and those looking to fill their hourly meat quota can sink knives into a juicy, Midwestern-raised 12-ounce ribeye steak ($14.99).