What’s better than an icy cold adult beverage on a hot, humid day? Especially after a long day sunbathing, surfing, or mini golfing. Here are a local’s (<–ME!) suggestions for where to drink on Cape Cod!
Locally Made Beverages
1. Cape Cod Beer – Not too far from downtown Hyannis, this brewery hosts a farmer’s market on Friday afternoons in the summertime, complete with music, kettle corn, and vendors! Grab a pint, sit in the sun, or shop (inside or outside) for fun locally sourced goods and plenty of Cape Cod Beer shwag.
2. Devil’s Purse Brewery – This brewery opened just months ago, but offers some delicious brews with Cape Cod and nautical themed names like Handline Kolsch or Surfman’s Check ESB, which is a nod to the old Cape’s US Lifesaving Station’s patrolmen (today’s US Coast Guard). They have limited tasting room hours, but you can grab a growler or crowler (a 32-ounce can) to take home with you.
3. Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits – Would you ever guess that grapes would grow on Cape Cod? Well, they do and Truro Vineyards turns them into some superb wines. Tours and tastings are offered seasonally between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. You can also test two varieties of Twenty Boat Rum, a new addition to the facility. It’s a perfect pit stop on a day trip up to Provincetown.
4. First Crush Winery – Although the grapes used to create these wines are not actually grown on Cape Cod, this winery offers you an opportunity to participate in a wine coop. Sort of like a CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture), this reserves a number of cases for each paying member at a discounted price. You can also visit the winery for a winemaker’s tour as an individual or in groups, and they host large events, too.
Bars With A View
Beachcomber – Spend the day at Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, then stroll into the “Combah” still covered in sunscreen for dinner and drinks just in time for an epic Cape Cod sunset. If you’re a fan of beachy, laid back live music, check their event calendar to see which bands or DJ’s will be performing. I’m seeing Donavan Frankenreiter next week!
Raw Bar On Ocean Street – This bar sits directly across from a ferry terminal in Hyannis Harbor. Watch as travelers come and go from Nantucket while you sip on your beverages. TIP: Check the ferry schedule before you go, and arrive 10 minutes before a scheduled ferry, or all the seats will be taken!
Mattakeese Wharf Waterfront Restaurant – Two words: EPIC SUNSETS. This restaurant overlooks Barnstable Harbor, which is on Cape Cod Bay. Get here early to claim a table in the lounge and be treated to a view of a deeply hued and dramatic sunset.
Aqua Bar – Take a break from shopping on Commercial Street in Provincetown to enjoy the sea breeze and a Sea Breeze at this Outer Cape staple.
Wellfleet Pearl – Of course this is another great location for watching the sunset, but the view of all the boats in Wellfleet Harbor at any time of day is a beauty.
Bars with Awesome Atmosphere
Beech Tree Cantina – There is the patio seating right on Main Street in Hyannis, but the better spot to go is down at the end of the alley next to the restaurant. It’s tucked away, hidden from the bustle of all the people and cars. It’s like you escape to a beach side tiki bar and it’s wrong not to have a Corona in your hand.
Sam Diego’s – The Tex Mex food and margarita’s are the highlight of this restaurant, but your eyes will never stop gazing around at the eclectic mix of brightly colored artwork decorating it from floor to ceiling. TIP: Sit outside on the patio or at a high top table in the back bar.
The Black Cat Shack Out Back – Hanging out here is like hanging out in your friend’s back yard. There’s picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and a guy singing Jimmy Buffett covers. I love it.
*Please drink responsibly. Designate a sober driver or call a cab! =)