Longboards Tiki Beach Grille at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Beachside dining at the Longboards Tiki Beach Grille

Top Five Beach Bars to Spend this Memorial Day Weekend

Quench your thirst this Memorial Day weekend

Summer is approaching and that means vacations to the beach are starting to be planned and put on the calendar. One of the most sought-after weekends to vacation to Florida’s Space Coast is during Memorial Day. Although this holiday is more than a day off of work, the patriotism displayed throughout the weekend will have you cheering for the red, white, and blue as you remember those who have gone before us and laid down their lives in order to protect the freedoms here in America. Never forget their service.

There is much to celebrate and there are plenty of ways to do that, from charter boats helping you catch the big one of the day to barbecuing at one of the local parks. But most people will agree that enjoying the 72-miles of pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean where you can rest and relax, play, and create memories with family and friends is how the weekend is best spent. And on those days that are hot and you’re ready to cool off with a fresh drink, but don’t want to leave the beach, these top five beach bars will have you covered, for both adults and kids.

Coconuts on the Beach

2 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach | (321) 784-1422

Literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from the beach, take a break from the sand and surf, and cozy up to the bar to get a refreshing and cool drink of your choice. Whether during the day or night, great food, drinks, and live music will keep you satisfied and entertained for the whole day. Come early for prime parking.



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Longboards Tiki Beach Grille

1550 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 613-9055

Another great spot that lets you keep the sand between your toes from a nice relaxing day at the beach, Longboards Tiki Beach Grille, located at the Hilton Cocoa Beach, offers both visitors and hotel guests the perfect spot to continue soaking up the sun while grabbing a bite to eat and a refreshing drink of your choice as you enjoy the beach views. Stay through the evening to dance under the moonlight while listening to the featured live band.



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Rikki Tiki Tavern

401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach | (321) 783-7549

If you need a spot to cool off, but don’t want to miss the views, Rikki Tiki Tavern, located at the Cocoa Beach Pier, is perfect to enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, people playing in the sand, surfers catching waves in the famous Cocoa Beach waters, and watching volleyball players duke it out on the sand courts. Food and drinks are served daily starting at 11 a.m., but for those of you looking for specials, happy hour is where you’ll find the best deals.



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Surfside Lounge

2605 N. A1A, Melbourne | (321) 777-4100/4460

Enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Surfside Lounge. Located in the Crown Plaza hotel, Surfside Lounge provides poolside service to hotel guests and beach service to both guest and visitors and an outdoor deck enjoyed by all, you can relax with a tropical beverage or beer while enjoying the beautiful ocean view after a long day at the beach.



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Squid Lips

1477 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne | (321) 259-3101

Okay, so this beach bar is technically not located on a typical beach, but it is nestled along the Indian River Lagoon where a man-made beach was created so you get the whole sand between your toes feel. Squid Lips is the perfect spot if you don’t have all day to lounge around, but have a few hours to kick back and relax with a great drink, good food, and music that will tickle your ears.



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These are just a few of the many bar options located on the Space Coast that make it easy to enjoy the beach while staying refreshed with a drink. To start planning your Memorial Day vacation, peruse the Space Coast Vacation Planner or check out the links below for more bar options along the Space Coast.

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