Food & Drink

The 12 best places to drink on Cape Cod

Published On 06/18/2014 Published On 06/18/2014
Oak & Ember Whiskey Bar & Grill
The Box Office Bistro
Pain D’Avignon
Chatham Bars Inn
The Chart Room
Quahog Republic
The Beachcomber
Harbor Lounge
Mahoney’s Atlantic
Mooncussers Tavern
Ocean House Restaurant
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1. Oak & Ember Whiskey Bar & Grill 680 Falmouth Rd, Mashpee, MA 02649 (Capethe Islands)

Oak & Ember is a Southern steakhouse with a kicked-up whiskey program. Chase your meat-laden entree with more than 140 options of firewater.

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2. The Box Office Bistro 2642 Main St, South Chatham, MA 02659 (Capethe Islands)

Run by two LA ex-pats, The Box Office Bistro will stuff you full of pizza, treat you to around 60 varieties of beers (not all at once -- easy, tiger), and also let you rent a DVD to "watch" as you nap off all of that pizza and beer back at the beach house.

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3. emBargo 453 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601 (Capethe Islands)

emBargo is a hip, swanky spot that's a perfect place to bring a date for some tapas, sushi, and signature martinis (20 types!).

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4. Pain D'Avignon 15 Hinckley Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601 (Capethe Islands)

Having evolved from a bakery into a full-service French bistro, Pain D’Avignon has an impressive (mostly French) wine list, sandwiches, heartier dinner entrees, and a solid craft beer list as well.

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5. Chatham Bars Inn 297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA 02633 (Capethe Islands)

Hop onto CBI's outdoor deck area with fantastic views of the beach, and enjoy something funky from their cocktail list, like the Shark Bite (light rum, crème of coconut, pineapple juice, Monin Blue, grenadine splash, candy shark garnish).

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6. Chart Room 1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet, MA 02534 (Capethe Islands)

Inside the Kingman Yacht Center, The Chart Room has been the go-to spot for visitors and locals since 1966 -- grab a chair on their deck, order up a beer or cocktail, and enjoy the friendly vibe.

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7. The Beachcomber 1120 Cahoon Hollow Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667 (Capethe Islands)

This spot has been a Cape institution for over 50 years, and is actually considered to be within the protected Cape Cod National Seashore -- so you'll never have to worry about being able to enjoy cheap, quality drinks right on the shore.

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8. Harbor Lounge 359 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 (Capethe Islands)

With a fantastic deck and harbor views, Harbor Lounge (aptly named!) is the perfect spot to grab a drink with some friends or a date at sunset.

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9. Mahoney's Atlantic 28 Main St, Orleans, MA 02653 (Capethe Islands)

Mahoney's will offer you both sumptuous seafood and classy libations in a swank atmosphere -- try a Meet Your Maker Manhattan (Maker’s, calvados Pays d’Auge, Peychaud's orange bitters) and, if you're hungry, an Atlantic Steaming Bowl -- that's Portuguese bouillabaisse studded with littlenecks, mussels, scallops, shrimp, haddock, and squid swimming in tomato saffron broth along with some thin-as-can-be pasta.

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10. Mooncussers Tavern 86 Sisson Road, Harwich Port, MA 02646 (Capethe Islands)

Whether it's tapas and wine, or burgers and beer, you'll be able to find something you want at Mooncussers -- especially if you want a martini, of which they have 15 signature varieties.

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11. The Ocean House 425 Old Wharf Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639 (Capethe Islands)

You're going to enjoy yourself whether you're inside at the bar/dining room or kicking back outside on the deck/patio, because the scene is always rocking and rolling with live music, good grub, and generous pours.