10 Best Places to Go Out in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Canaveral, Fla., is one of the most interesting destinations for tourists visiting the Space Coast. It’s ideally located between busy Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, and Cocoa Beach, with it’s lengthy pier, surfing and popular beach.

Cape Canaveral is exciting by day, but it also comes to life in the evenings. In fact, some of our favorite nightlife options in all of Brevard County are stationed in the Cape.

Most notably, Cape Canaveral is home to the Florida Beer Co., the state’s biggest craft brewery and a leader in the beer industry. The large Cape Canaveral facility includes a tap room, visitor center and shop.

Visitors who want to get on the water and try their luck enjoy Victory Casino Cruises. Special ships transform into floating casinos, complete with food and free drinks.

For a night out close to, but not directly on, the water, Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill has a party deck with life music. Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar both also have outdoor seating and live entertainment.

While in Cape Canaveral, don’t miss Hogan’s Irish Bar, an authentic pub with roots in Ireland (and owners to match). This family-run bar is adorned with antique furniture, all with a story behind it.

Here are our 10 favorite places to go out in Cape Canaveral.

Port Canaveral
Izzys Bistro
Photo courtesy of Izzy's Facebook page

Izzy's Bistro is a restaurant first, but it's open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, making it also popular among the later-night crowd. It's like multiple restaurants in one, due to its exciting and varying theme nights throughout the...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Preacher Bar
Photo courtesy of Preacher Bar

Preacher Bar is one of the newest nightlife destinations in Cape Canaveral, and it brings nightlife like no other. First, the decor. Imagine Gothic and stained glass, jewel-toned accents, a room that is elaborate and dark, like a historic...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Papa Vito's
Photo courtesy of Papa Vito's

Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant in Cape Canaveral is not the cheapest Italian restaurant on the Space Coast, but it does have the best specials. Which means if you time it right, you can have high-quality food for cheap prices. Papa Vito's...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Hogan's Irish Bar
Photo courtesy of Hogan's Irish Bar

Hogan's is a traditional, family-run, Irish-run bar on the Space Coast, featuring craft beer and the biggest selection of Irish whiskey in the area. In true Irish pub style, you can also get a pint of Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp, as well...  Read More

Pick your favorite location: Melbourne Riverside or on the Port. But whatever you do, don't judge this restaurant by its curb appeal. Grills looks like a standard waterside shack (complete with its own party deck and tiki bar, of course!), but...  Read More

Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar

A great place to cool your heels at the close of the day, Rusty's is a fun, laid-back kind of place that features a great deck, live entertainment and great views. And this dock-side joint serves up far more than cold brews and stout cocktails,...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral
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Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Even though millions of cruise passengers pass through her every year, the atmosphere remains relaxed. Located off A1A in Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral serves as an industrial,...  Read More

Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

Enormous waterside bar features a great, covered party deck, tiki bar upstairs, sports bar, sun deck, an array of terrific martinis and an ever-popular Mimosa Brunch on Sundays. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. This is the...  Read More

Victory Casino Cruises
Photo courtesy of Victory Casino Cruises

Gamble on the water, near Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Victory Casino Cruises are special ships stocked with slots, tables and live entertainment to bring your gambling and entertainment to the water. Find two cruises every day, seven days a...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Florida Beer Co.
Photo courtesy of Florida Beer Co.

If you've seen Duff Beer on "The Simpsons," you've got to visit the Florida Beer Co. in Cape Canaveral, on the Space Coast in Florida. This craft brewery is the producer of real-life Duff Beer. Florida Beer Co. is also the biggest craft...  Read More


Meet Aimee Heckel

Aimee Heckel’s passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the...  More About Aimee

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