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Best Daytona Beach Nightlife

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There is some variety in Daytona’s nightlife, which can be characterized as either naughty or nice. The nice variety largely consists of local bands livening up happy hour at the beachfront bars or lounging on your hotel’s pool deck with a mai tai, while the other can be found in the biker-friendly venues along Main Street. There are a couple of dance clubs and occasionally the better restaurants that feature a piano player or small combo. Don’t discount the local bands; Daytona was where the Allman Brothers honed their chops long before they moved to Macon and went global.

Mainstreet Venues

Neighborhood: The Strip

Adjacent to the Boot Hill are three more bars that proudly participate in the biker-and-breaker traditions: The Bank & Blues Club, Full Moon and Dirty Harry’s Pub. During fair weather weekends, bike weeks and speed weeks, the entire street turns into a huge, moving festival with revelers stumbling from door to door in search of more and different beer and music.

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The Aquarium

Neighborhood: Mainland

One of the only dine-and-dance venues in Daytona, The Aquarium is a bar-cum-restaurant built around, surprise, aquarium tanks filled with oceanic species that appear bemused by all the goings on just outside their windows. The menu runs heavily to steaks and seafood, though it also features salads, wraps and finger foods. There’s a nice bar on the deck overlooking the small harbor which can get a little crowded at cocktail hour. After dark the floor cranks up with DJs and drinks until last call at 2:30AM. The music ranges from current pop to '80s rock, so you could see some partiers with decades of experience shaking it down. There’s a $7 lunch menu Monday through Friday and happy hour 3PM - 7PM and all day Sunday.

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Boot Hill Saloon

Neighborhood: The Strip

If you don’t make it out to Sopotnick’s Cabbage Patch for the coleslaw wrestling, this is the eastern focal point for hard-core partying and a favorite with both bikers and spring-breakers. The Boot Hill motto, “You’re better off here than across the street,” kind of sums up the vibe: The crowd comes here to party and, after all, beer is beer as long as it’s cold, right? There’s frequent live music ranging from Southern rock to slashing indie bands and you’ll probably notice the collection of ladies’ undergarments hanging from the ceiling.

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Razzles

Neighborhood: The Strip

If you’re not into the leather-and-liquor ambiance of the biker bars, Razzle’s is a laser-lit, DJ-driven dance club with 15,000 square feet of floor space and 11 drink stations. There’s also the Ultra Lounge, the club’s VIP area, though the bottle service is severe—$225 for a bottle of Captain Morgan or Jack Daniels. The club is about six blocks north of the pier and two blocks back from the beach, so if you’re in a partying mood, you can walk rather than risk driving.

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