Downtown Melbourne has a rich cultural heritage, and is home to numerous delicious restaurants, vibrant bars, museums, unique shops and festivals. Since 1888, downtown Melbourne has been enhancing their community, and building a historic district where families can enjoy living, shopping, dining and adventuring. There are plenty of things to do in downtown Melbourne; from enjoying a flavorsome dinner, to sipping craft beer, to dancing the night away with your friends.
Main Street Pub
If you’re looking for a fun time, complemented by authentic pub food and unique cocktails, Main Street Pub is the place for you. There are three different bars with three completely different atmospheres; the downstairs whiskey bar, the upstairs bar overlooking downtown and the outdoor tiki bar. If you’re grabbing a bite to eat, try the roast beef sandwich with au jus.
The Mansion brings a unique mix of fine dining, drinks, gourmet food, and craft beer and cocktails to downtown Melbourne. Originally built in 1905, The Mansion is rich with history. The 360 seat, multi-level restaurant offers delicious food, a store with over 1,200 wines, 1,250 beers and 1,000 different spirits. Oh, did we mention they have a bakery and deli in-house so you can take the deliciousness home with you?
Known for their casual, fine dining experience, Matt’s Casbah has an eclectic menu, an outdoor patio and art-filled dining room. If you’re a sushi lover, you’ve come to the right place. Matt’s Casbah is creating innovative sushi rolls that will send your taste buds on an adventure. Sushi happy hour is every Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
El Ambia Cubano Restaurant
Immerse yourself in the rich, musical atmosphere and Cuban culture when you visit El Ambia Cubano Restaurant. Have a seat on their outdoor patio and enjoy the view of Crane Creek, while sipping on a Cuban coffee. El Ambia has authentic Cuban cuisine that even the toughest critic will appreciate.
Island Pasta Company
One of the most popular dining destinations in downtown Melbourne is the Island Pasta Company. Known for their mango and cucumber basil martinis, Island Pasta Co. is dishing out cuisine and cocktails influenced by the island. The intimate and casual dining is the perfect place to enjoy creative food, made with fresh ingredients.
If you’re in the mood to dance the night away with hundreds of fellow party goers, Debauchery in Downtown Melbourne is the spot for you. Debauchery features live music, a full liquor bar, and one of the largest craft beer selections on the Space Coast, featuring 37 draughts and over 130 select flavors. Happy hour is from 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Hell ‘N Blazes Brewing Company
Hell ‘N Blazes Brewing Company is downtown Melbourne’s newest addition. Formerly a hardware and farm supply store, Hell ‘N Blazes Brewing Company features a 300+ capacity taproom, with bar seating, high and low-top tables, lounge areas, a private tasting room and a game room. With games, music, and a laidback atmosphere, Hell ‘N Blazes is the perfect spot for friends to hang out and drink good beer. Altogether, the brewery is the perfect mix of vintage, modern and industrial décor.
Meg O’ Malley’s
One of the most popular bars in Brevard is Meg O’ Malley’s. The traditional Irish pub is located in the heart of downtown Melbourne, and has a wide selection of domestic beer, wine and a full liquor bar. Meg’s serves traditional Irish cuisine including corned beef and cabbage. If you’re looking for nightlife, Meg O’Malley’s is the place you want to be. They are one of the hottest venues in Brevard County for live music and entertainment.
Iron Oak Post
The Iron Oak Post is a vintage, industrial post office themed tavern that is serving a selection of craft beers, wine and food. With 32 beers on tap and 20 more on the way, you have plenty to choose from at this tavern. The kitchen is now open and serving unique bites like delicious pasta rolls. If you love a good beer or a fine wine, head over to Iron Oak Post.
Off the Traxx Sports Bar & Grill
Off the Traxx is the place to go for casual dining and sports bar classics such as burgers, wings and pizza. The sports bar offers a 40-foot full bar that seats up to 60 people, with specials every night of the week, and live music on the weekends. Off the Traxx has pool tables, a dance floor and an outdoor bar. Happy hour is Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer