Six of the Best Seafood Bars on Cape Cod

A vacation to Cape Cod would not be complete without some relaxation, excellent food, music, and cocktails, no matter what time of day. Whether you love a good dive bar with cheap beers and a lively atmosphere, or prefer to sip martinis while watching the sunset, there are plenty of options throughout Cape Cod and Nantucket, all easily accessible from our Dennis Port resorts. Check out these six beach bars that will be the perfect place to wind down, after a fun filled day in the Cape Cod area.

The Beachcomber, Wellfleet, MA

The Beachcomber, located right at Cahoon Hollow Beach, has received plenty of praise from the press for their fresh raw bar and seafood, beer, and drink selections. This seasonal spot offers lunch and dinner, and even offers a late night menu for bar-goers.  Best of all, they have live music to dance to all summer long and the option of indoor or outdoor dining and drinking. It is the place to go for locals and visitors for a true Cape Cod beach bar experience, with friendly service, good food, strong drinks, cheap beers, and a lively atmosphere.

Trader Ed’s, Hyannis, MATrader Ed’s

Trader’s Ed’s has a little bit of everything, including plenty of outdoor seating, a pool, water views of the Hyannis Harbor, food, and plenty of drinks, all in a party atmosphere. Located only 10 minutes from the Dennis Port properties, locals love their signature drinks and fresh seafood, served up by the helpful staff, seven days a week. There is always something to see, whether you are checking out the boats or the people hanging by the pool. It is the place to go to let loose, take some shots, and dance off the calories you take in from the frozen drinks.

Sand Dollar Raw Bar & Grill, Dennis Port, MA

Located right in Dennis Port, The Sand Dollar is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. They have won numerous awards including the Best Neighborhood Bar on Cape Cod in 2008 and 2009. They also pride themselves on serving up some of the best, fresh oysters in the area, from the East Dennis Oyster Farm and offer deals like raw bar specials all summer long. They have a menu heavy on seasonal items and seafood, plus American pub grub and serve plenty of beers and cocktails. There’s always something happening including live entertainment and karaoke nights, occasional pig roasts, Miss Cape Cod contests, and other parties and events.

Sundancer’s, West Dennis, MASundancer

Sundancer’s is one of the best waterfront restaurant and bars in the mid-Cape area. Not only do they serve New England favorites like fried clams, lobster, steamers, and other fresh seafood daily, but they also offer the option to dine indoors with views of the Bass River or outdoors on their waterfront patio. Locals and vacationers go there for the drinks and the entertainment. You can see live performances from cover bands, along with country, classic, reggae, and other types of musical performances by live bands. Dance and sing along to the entertainment on weekends, all year long, or nightly during the summer.

Galley Beach, Nantucket, MA

Nantucket is a quick ferry or flight from the Cape, so make sure to take a trip there and explore. Many of Cape Cod’s restaurants are clam shacks and the bars are low key beach huts, but why not step it up a notch with a first class dining and drinking experience at Galley Beach—a waterfront restaurant and bar.  Perfect for a group of friends or a date night, imagine watching the sunset from the beach and enjoying cocktails at happy hour, then feasting on fresh local seafood. It is a place for a special occasion or to just celebrate being on vacation.

emBargo, Hyannis, MA

Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, emBargo specializes in martinis, cocktails, wine and beer. Pair your favorite adult beverage with with a tempting selection of hot or cold tapas. Not familiar with tapas? They’re tasty, small-sized portions of meat, fish and vegetables served individually or as a group to make up a meal. Other menu items include sushi, spring rolls, salads, pizza, slider and items from the raw bar. You can also enjoy live entertainment featuring jazz and dance music plus DJ nights. If you’re so inclined, take the microphone and sing your favorite tunes on karaoke night.


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