Spring Break 2022 | Daytona has plenty of beachfront bar options
DAYTONA BEACH – Some of the first signs of spring in Daytona Beach are when the last Daytona 500 rider leaves town and the first Bike Week rider arrives in town.
And then, just as the azaleas begin to bloom, there’s the first woohoo of a spring breeze looking for the beach and a nearby place to grab a drink.
Here are five fun beach-side bars where thirsty spring breakers 21 and older can enjoy some cool libations.
The Streamline Hotel is a renovated 44-room boutique hotel with 360-degree views from its Rooftop Lounge.
The rooftop bar offers a unique and beautiful place to watch the sunset or simply take in the view of the ocean, the Halifax River and the A1A highway while sipping a cocktail or drinking a few cold beers.
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The Streamline also serves an interesting side dish of history with its drinks. The Art Deco Hotel at 140 S. Atlantic Ave. opened in 1940 and has become a popular haven for celebrities, race car drivers and even underground gangsters.
The hotel is best known for the day in 1947 when Bill France Sr., numerous race car drivers, officials and promoters gathered at the rooftop bar to discuss rules, payouts and various issues affecting racing of stock car. After libations and deliberation, the meeting adjourned with a signed roster from what is now known as NASCAR, and the birthplace of Stock Car Racing was cemented into the Streamline’s foundation.
Main Street Station
Looking for more motorsport history while enjoying a few adult drinks? Then, go to Main Street Station, located between the river and the ocean at 316 Main St.
Main Street Station’s roots go back to 1934 and the origins of stock car racing on the beach.
Main Street Station was once a fully functioning garage operated by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. It is now an event venue with three outdoor bars, parking for motorcycles and cars, live music and tables of billiards.
France, also known as Big Bill, lived from 1909 to 1992. He was a racing driver best known for co-founding and leading NASCAR, a United States-based stock car racing sanctioning body.
France was born in Washington, D.C., and he skipped school as a teenager to hop in his family’s Model T Ford and fly around the 1.5-mile high-inclined windsurfing track near Laurel, Maryland. . France held several jobs before opening the auto repair shop in Daytona Beach at 316 Main St.
Joe’s Crab Shack
If the ocean and beach are more your thing than NASCAR, head to the rooftop bar at Joe’s Crab Shack. Located at the east end of Main Street on the Daytona Beach Pier, Joe’s Crab Shack rooftop offers an airy place to soak up the sun or stars and chat with friends.
You can snack on seafood and enjoy specialty drinks such as Shark Bite and Category 5 Hurricane.
You can also hook up with a bit of history at Joe’s, located on a pier that dates back to the city’s earliest days. In decades past, the building that houses the restaurant was a place where locals could listen to live music, dance, and enjoy the ocean breeze on warm summer nights.
If Seabreeze Boulevard’s party scene is more what you’re looking for, head to the Daytona Taproom at 310 Seabreeze Blvd.
The beach-side establishment offers 50 beers on tap and plenty of food for those in need of a bite. The menu includes everything from beer-battered dill pickles and onion rings to BarRitos and beef, chicken and pork sliders.
There is also karaoke on Friday evenings from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The oyster pub
While you’re on Seabreeze Boulevard, check out The Oyster Pub at 555 Seabreeze Blvd.
The Oyster Pub opened in 1979 and has been a popular meeting place ever since. Along with offering plenty of oysters and clams, the facility also has over 70 televisions showing a variety of sporting events and games. The pub also has an arcade room.
The Oyster Pub offers burgers and other pub fare, such as nachos, wings, chili, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, ribs, and shrimp.
There is an outdoor patio, an indoor dining room and a private dining room that can accommodate up to 100 people.
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