With Springtime gracing us with its presence here in Central Florida, there is nothing I love more than being outside. Outside for workouts, outside for beach days, outside for cocktails… 😉 I get quite a few questions on Instagram about the Daytona Beach area and I decided it’s time to start sharing some of my favorites! We don’t play tourist around here very often because when we’re home, I’m a total homebody, but I couldn’t resist hopping around to some of the best spots in town to grab drinks in Daytona Beach with a view!
Now, I know there are plenty of hotels and bars all over Daytona Beach. Some locals might prefer the smaller dive bars over these larger options. However, I wanted to share some of the very best ocean views and beachside vibes. Whether you’re looking for sand between your toes with a beer in your hand or live music and firepits, this little list has you covered. As always, if you ever have specific questions about local spots in Daytona Beach, email me at email@example.com!
What’s better than tacos and tequila?! Tacos and tequila by the beach! Cocina 214 is a contemporary Tex-Mex restaurant that offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant is big and beautiful with plenty of Insta-worthy opportunities. When they hosted us for lunch one day, we split the chips, queso, and salsa which you can never go wrong with, right!? The chicken tacos were my favorite, but it was the Caliente Casamigos margarita that I couldn’t get enough of! The bartender toned it down just a tad because she said the serrano peppers could be super spicy, and she made it absolutely perfect every time.
Cocina 214 also features some outdoor dining, a beachside bar, and fire pits. It’s the kind of atmosphere that’s wonderful any time of the day. It’s great for families, date nights, celebrations, and everything in between. And after all, Tex-Mex is some of the most festive food to munch on with friends!
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4:00 – 6:30pm
$5 214 Rocks, 214 Frozen & El Diablos, $3 Draft Beers, $5 Wells and more!
Cocina 214 also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays featuring $3 mimosas and more!
Address: 451 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Hard Rock Hotel // Sessions
The newest beachfront resort in the area is the Hard Rock Hotel. If you’re looking for a great beachfront spot for drinks in Daytona Beach, this is it. Sticking with the rock star vibes and modern luxury, it’s a place that makes you excited the second you walk in the door. Sessions Restaurant is their indoor/outdoor dining option. Outside, they have bar seating and tables along with fire pits, couches, and tea lights strung through the air. The ocean breeze will keep you cool in the summer and the live music will set the tone for the evening.
Their happy hour runs Sunday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:30pm. They have a special menu for happy hour with light bites ranging from $3 for things like bleu cheese bites, $6 for a Caesar salad, and $9 for a flatbread, wings, or sliders. Happy hour drinks also range from $3 – $9. A Cosmopolitan, Apple Martini, or Lemon Drop Martini are $6 each.
Address: 918 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
The Shores Resort and Spa
One of my favorite resorts in Daytona Beach is The Shores Resort and Spa. It’s a luxury boutique hotel and even if you’re just visiting for the evening, you feel like you’re on vacation. The inside bar features a daily happy hour, but the outside is where you want to be. With a Tiki Bar, lounge chairs, and several fire pits, it’s just the right setting for a little date night action.
Address: 2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118
Ocean Deck is another beachfront restaurant and bar where you can literally walk from your table right into the sand. I’m a huge fan of Ocean Deck because it’s been around for decades and it’s family owned. It’s more of a party atmosphere with a lot of live music and fun events. You can bring the family during the day, but at night, the downstairs (it’s 3 stories) definitely becomes a little wilder at night. Their happy hour runs from 3:00 – 7:00pm Monday through Friday. Check out their website for the drink specials, all of the live music line ups, and events!
Address: 127 S Ocean Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Streamline Hotel Rooftop Bar
This boutique hotel originally opened in 1940 and quickly became the go-to spot for celebrities and racecar drivers visiting Daytona Beach. Over the years, it’s been completely restored with a fun Art-Deco meets NASCAR style. It sits on the west side of A1A, but the rooftop bar is there to satisfy your happy hour dreams. With plenty of seating, an indoor bar, and views of the beach and boardwalk, it’s a great little spot to watch the sunset. It’s not the most charming space, but it’s gotten a major upgrade from what it used to be. As much as I love places like the Hard Rock Hotel, I love supporting smaller businesses even more. Looking to bar hop? The Streamline Hotel is walking distance from Ocean Deck!
Streamline’s Rooftop Bar has happy hour every day starting at 5:00 pm. It features $5 Ketel cocktails, $1 off all drafts and $20 select bottles of wine.
Address: 140 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Cheers to That
So if you’re looking for the perfect little spot to get drinks in Daytona Beach with a view, hit up at least one of these places! We may not get the sun setting over the ocean on the east coast of Florida, but we get some gorgeous cotton candy skies! The ocean breeze will keep you comfortable year round and you’ll feel like you’re sipping on a cocktail in paradise. Oh, and if you’re looking to share a margarita with a local, hit me up! 😉