Cape Canaveral

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Cape Canaveral Nightlife

Beach Shack Blues Bar

Sip a cold one at this iconic watering hole on the ocean in downtown Cocoa Beach. Live blues bands perform Thursdays through Sundays; Sunday afternoons lure inlanders from Orlando.

1 Minuteman Causeway, FL, 321-783-2250,
Tags: nightlife | bar | open-air

Big Daddy Dave's

For the best jazz south of Jacksonville and north of Miami, hit up this establishment by Riverfront Park.

Cocoa, 401 Delannoy Ave., FL, 321-636-1370
Tags: nightlife | jazz

Cocoa Beach Pier

Visit this 800-foot, character-packed pier for restaurants, bars, and sports activities like fishing or surfing. It’s also a prime viewing location for sunrises and space shuttle launches.

Tags: nightlife | pub | open-air

Cocoa Village Playhouse

See shows at a restored 1920s-era theater. The schedule varies depending on the season; past hits have included A Christmas Carol, Footloose, and Grease.

300 Brevard Ave., FL, 321-636-5050
Tags: nightlife | theater

Murdock's Bistro

Come for live music several nights a week, including reggae on Saturdays and salsa music and dancing on Thursdays.

600 Brevard Ave., FL, 321-633-0600
Tags: nightlife

Slow and Low Bar-B-Que Bar and Grill; Cush Martini Lounge

Start with brews and pulled-pork sandwiches on Slow and Low’s breezy patio, then duck inside Cush for stylish cocktails.

306 N. Orlando Ave., FL, 321-783-6198,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | bar | dj | bbq

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