Preacher Bar on the Space Coast — Photo courtesy of Preacher Bar
A new Cape Canaveral bar gives fresh meaning to the phrase, “Take me to church.”
Preacher Bar serves the likes of Holy Poutine, “sinfully good soup” and Hell Fire Shrimp, in a room filled with stained glass and dark jewel-toned accents. Imagine walking into a dim, elaborate, historic Gothic church.
But instead of religious figureheads on the artwork, the face is a round-glasses-wearing hippie.
Preacher Bar truly brings nightlife like no other.
Visitors can pull up a seat at the long bar counter – that glows neon green – or oversized monastery-style tables, and order a house-made sangria (red wine, Patron Citronge, brandy, pomegranate juice and fruit) or a Preacher Mule, similar to a Moscow mule, except made with ginger-infused vodka, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and ginger ale, served in a copper mug. The bar offers a traditional Moscow mule, too, with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer.
Inside Preacher Bar — Photo courtesy of Preacher Bar
The walls are lined with Mexican-style artwork and sparkling lanterns. The ambiance is both otherworldly and a bit ironic in its extravagance. No doubt, the owners put great effort into setting the mood.
Beyond the unusual decor, the prices here will surprise you, too. The Preacher Mule only runs $6, and a heaping plate of 12-hour slow-smoked pulled pork nachos costs under $10. It’s $10.50 for the Preacher Burger.
The bar serves more than 40 kinds of monthly-rotating beers, as well as cocktails and wine, providing a more upscale scene than you typically find in casual Space Coast nightlife dives and beach shacks.
Food at Preacher Bar — Photo courtesy of Preacher Bar
Although it calls itself a bar, the food menu is robust and quirky, too. For comfort food, try applewood bacon mac and cheese (gouda, Vermont cheddar and fontina). An unexpected favorite is the Scotch egg, hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and then baked, served with dijon remoulade.
For a new spin on seafood, try calamari with petal blossom sauce or mahi mahi tacos with ginger slaw. The Hell Fire Shrimp blends tempura shrimp with Asian chili sauce and a teriyaki glaze.
A bloody Mary — Photo courtesy of Preacher Bar
A “Preacher’s Favorite” (and ultra sinful choice) is the Holy Poutine: fries smothered in gravy and two kinds of cheeses.
The only thing predictable here is key lime pie on the dessert menu. That’s a Space Coast staple.
Preacher Bar sits next to its sister restaurant, Kelsey’s Pizzeria, which is hugely popular among locals. Kelsey’s is the better option for a night out with the youngsters. Save the holy time at Preacher Bar for the adults.