The Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach, Fla. is the epitome of a dive bar. Tikis make up the decor and swimsuits are proper attire. Set against the backdrop of the ocean where the crashing waves are in earshot – everything about this place is just my style.
The true sign of a good dive bar is ridiculously strong drinks.
Floridians are no strangers to hurricanes, but we prefer the ones in the form of a cocktail. In fact Sandbar’s catch phrase is, “We don’t run from Hurricanes… we drink um!” The drinks range on a scale of 1-5. Being a native Floridian that has weathered some storms I went straight for the category 5.
Called the “mother of all hurricanes” this concoction is made with light rum, spiced rum, triple sec, Trader Vic’s coconut rum, a float of dark rum and 151. Let’s just say that a hurricane could hit and you might not notice after knocking one of these drinks back.
A drink like that calls for some food.
The Sandbar’s menu is eclectic with dishes ranging from pizza to alligator tail to a five-pound burrito. I didn’t take on the burrito during my last trip, but I did manage to try several dishes including its famous fish tacos.
Not one for portion control I went for the Monster Taco Platter. Made up of three giant fish tacos and a separate platter of rice, beans and plantains – this dish definitely lives up to the name. Perhaps some of the tastiest fish tacos I have ever had, the mahi-mahi was tender and perfectly blackened. The jalapeño white sauce helped dial up the heat, but did not overshadow the fish.
The Sandbar Sports Grill is everything you could want in a dive bar – people with little to no inhibitions, strong drinks and some mighty good food.