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Which Cape Cod Towns Have the Best Nightlife?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 23, 2019

Cape COd Nightlife

Taking a vacation on Cape Cod means plenty of time in the sun, great dining options, and access to some of the country's most scenic oceanside areas.

But what do you do at night?

If you're into hitting the town during your vacation, you'll have plenty of options all over Cape Cod, as the area has plenty of bars that cater to all tastes.

Here are some of the towns that have particular lively nightlife scenes for you to enjoy.


Provincetown Has Everything

The race for the best nightlife on Cape Cod isn't really much of the contest, as Provincetown is the undisputed leader in this regard. Pretty much everything in Ptown is situated on Commercial Street and Bradford Street, and despite the area's reputation, there is something for everyone here.

If you're into having a quiet pint or two, stop by the Nor'East Beer Garden or Provincetown Brewing Company, both of which serve craft beer.

For a wilder time, the Crown & Anchor is an entertainment complex with multiple bars, including a piano bar, pool bar, cabaret, and nightclub. Places like Joon Bar, Aqua Bar, and the Harbor Lounge offer elegant atmospheres and sophisticated cocktail menus. They also provide great views of the water. There are also dive bars like the Old Colony Tap and The Underground, and karaoke at Governor Bradford Restaurant. Provincetown has something for everyone, which is why it's the top nightlife location on Cape Cod.


Live Music in Dennis

Those who aren't staying near Provincetown and still want to get out and enjoy their evenings will have options up and down the Cape. Dennis, for example, has a few great places to visit, starting with Sundancer's, which sits on Main Street in West Dennis. Have a look at the calendar of events at Sundancer's because there is live music every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, and sometimes on other nights, too.

Dennis Port is home to The Improper Bostonian, which is another live music venue offering concerts throughout the week. They also feature a popular happy hour in the evenings, and karaoke whenever they don't have a musical act. Also in Dennis Port is the Sand Dollar Bar and Grill, which offers live entertainment seven days per week, and features karaoke for kids between 5 and 8 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Across the street, you'll find the Cleat & Anchor, a tavern with music every night of the week.

If you're looking for live music, Dennis is the place to be on Cape Cod.


Various Bars in Chatham

In Chatham, the Chatham Squire is a local meeting place that you'll want to check out. This venue is a restaurant during the day, but at night it comes alive with music, karaoke, or a DJ until late at night. Chatham Squire feels like a bit of a dive, but it's a lively place to spend a night during your Cape Cod vacation.

Chatham Wine Bar & Restaurant is a quieter place with an elegant dining room and a bistro terrace with fireplaces. The terrace is a relaxing place to hang out after dinner with a glass of fine wine from the bar. Chatham Wine Bar isn't a party venue, but rather a tranquil place to finish your day. The Red Nun offers a pub-style menu and has an outdoor dining area that is a hit with guests. You'll find live music and karaoke here on weekends, and they always have the game on if you're looking for somewhere to watch the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, or Celtics.


Hyannis For a Night

The heart of downtown Hyannis on Main Street is one of the busiest areas on Cape Cod, so it should come as no surprise that there is some nightlife there, as well. The British Beer Company, Embargo, and Torino are steps from each other, and all offer nightly entertainment throughout the summer.

At the British Beer Company, you'll find a pub-style menu, along with a diverse beer list and live music. They also have open mic nights, karaoke, musical bingo, and trivia at this trendy venue.

Across the street is Embargo, an elegant restaurant that turns into a nightclub with a DJ and dance floor at night. There are also tapas, martinis, and live jazz at this venue. Torino is a popular place to head for dinner and some drinks in the evening, but the party lasts well into the night thanks to its live entertainment. The outdoor bar is also incredibly popular in the summer because you can enjoy some drinks while remaining part of Main Street's bustling atmosphere.


Lots of Choices on the Cape

Can't make up your mind on where to go tonight? Well, you have time to try a few of Cape Cod's top nightlife destinations during your time here. Have a look at each venue's events calendar to figure out when the best time to visit is, and make your choice based on what you feel like doing.

The great news is that you'll never be short on nightlife options, no matter where you're staying on the Cape

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Cape Cod's Rapidly Expanding Craft Beer Scene
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 16, 2019

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Last summer, we explored the Cape's craft breweries, as it was becoming quite evident that the scene was taking off. Over the past year or so, three more brewers have burst onto the scene, making Cape Cod a must-visit destination for beer aficionados. Brand new tasting rooms are open for business in Sagamore, Falmouth, and Provincetown, so if you are spending time in any of these locations, make sure you check them out.

In addition, there is a craft brewery in Plymouth that deserves attention, giving you somewhere to stop if you take a day off the Cape. Checking out the area's craft breweries is just another way to spend a day or two during your Cape Cod vacation.


6A Brewing Company

Seconds after crossing the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod, you'll pass 6A Brewing Company and its new taproom that opened in June 2019. The brewery sits in a building formerly occupied by Flynn's Irish Pub. As the story goes, the brewery's owners started their journey by opening Flynn's in 2011. They soon expanded to three additional locations, each with rotating craft beer taps. In 2017, ownership began brewing beer in a nearby warehouse to sell at local restaurants. By 2019, they had decided to turn one of their pubs into a taproom, giving them the chance to put their creations out there for the public.

The tasting room is small and doesn't serve any food, although food trucks are a possibility in the near future. For now, you can bring your own food to enjoy, as long as you clean up after yourself. The beer here has excellent reviews, with the Soul Radiation IPA, Tiny Gift American Brown Ale, and Open Road German-style Lager being among the most popular. Both draft and cans are available.


Provincetown Brewing Company

The Provincetown Brewing Company is a little different from most breweries because it practices "draftivism". Basically, "draftivism" means that the company donates 15% of all profits to causes and organizations that are important to the Outer Cape community, including those supporting LGBTQ+ rights and environmental conservation. In the fall of 2018, for example, the Provincetown Brewing Company celebrated its unofficial launch during an event at Provincetown Town Hall. During this event, the brewery helped raise $2,500 towards a new LGBTQ Welcome Center in the town.

The brewery's actual tasting room didn't open its doors until August of 2019, but it has quickly become a hit with locals and visitors alike. Unlike many taprooms, this location opens at 9:00 AM every morning for breakfast and also serves lunch and dinner. As for the beers, you'll find both cans and draft on the menu. Some of the more popular options include the Bearded Mistress IPA and the Golden Hook Ale.


Bad Martha Beer

Bad Martha has been a staple on Martha's Vineyard since 2013, so it isn't a brand new brewery, but its Cape Cod location just opened in September of 2019. This taproom in East Falmouth is entirely self-sufficient, meaning its 15-barrel brewing system is large enough to handle its on-site needs, and provide the products distributed throughout the Cape. The beer here can be purchased as a pint or paddle flight, and free samples are available. Who says there's no such thing as free beer? You can also buy four-packs, growlers, and crowlers to take home with you. Bad Martha is trying to establish itself as a place to hang out with friends, and it's doing a pretty good job of achieving this in its early stages. The brewery has outdoor games and live music, in addition to a diverse food menu that includes pizza, charcuterie platters, bar snacks, and cheese plates.

You'll have to visit Bad Martha a few times if you want to try everything, but some of the more popular offerings include the Half Shell Oyster Stout, Crooked Coast Pale Ale, Shark Bite Lager, and Great Harbor Gose. They have up to 16 beers available at any given time, so you'll have some serious decisions to make. Bad Martha's is located on Route 28, just west of Waquoit Bay.


Independent Fermentations Brewing

If you choose to hop off the Cape for a few hours during your vacation, Plymouth is a beautiful place to visit. And while you're there, why not give Independent Fermentations Brewing a try? Known locally as IndieFerm, the brewery uses barley, wheat, and rye that is mostly grown in Massachusetts, although some ingredients come from other parts of the northeast and beyond. On average, about 80% of the ingredients in each brew are local. While you're here, you'll want to try the Farmhouse Red, Boat for Sale Pale Ale, Rye and Sage Saison, or Gratzer, which uses an oak-smoked wheat malt that makes it taste like bacon. Yes, it's weird, but it's also delicious.

IndieFerm Brewery is located on Camelot Drive, just off the Pilgrims Highway and a short distance from The Grove at Plymouth. If you're heading back to your vacation rental after a few hours in Plymouth, make sure you grab a growler or some cans to-go on your way.


So Many Choices

By our count, there are now nine craft breweries on Cape Cod, which is incredible considering that just a few years ago, Cape Cod Beer was the only game in town.

This growth is excellent news for beer lovers who will be taking a vacation to the Cape because you'll find somewhere to have a one-of-a-kind pint in many different neighborhoods.


Keep in mind that if you're looking to explore these breweries and enjoy a few drinks, the Cape Cod Brew Bus can be your designated driver. Each tour is $89, which includes a beer at each location. This service is a great way to see many of these taprooms in a single day.

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