Holiday Hop

Downtown Bradenton is a terrific place to be during the holiday season. The bright and colorful lights along the waterfront are a must see, as well as other local attractions taking place nearby, including Main Street Live. This popular concert series is back in action and features one of the area’s more popular bands, Kettle of Fish, on December 16, 2017, 6–10 p.m. The show takes place at 400 12th Street West.

favs.jpgThe holiday activities are conveniently located within minutes of Main Street’s eateries and bars. You can grab a bite or meet up with friends for drinks before the festivities begin. The area is very walkable, so you can park your car in one location and walk to each destination.

Food and drinks are aplenty in downtown Bradenton, and makes it easier for you to find what you’re in the mood for. Below are a few suggestions on where to eat and drink before and after the festivities.

O’bricks Irish Pub — The atmosphere and food at O’bricks will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Located on Old Main Street, the family-friendly restaurant offers an eclectic menu for brunch, lunch, dinner, and desserts. Their bar is also a popular spot for those wanting a cocktail or an ice-cold beer.

Fav’s Italian Cucina — Fav’s is another delicious option to grab a bite, especially if you fancy Italian cuisine. Also located on Old Main Street, Fav’s offers a number of Italian favorites, including pizza, subs, pasta, and Stromboli. Bring your family and share a delicious pizza, or enjoy one of their fabulous subs. You cannot go wrong with whatever you choose.

corks.jpgCork’s Cigar Bar — Cork’s is a cigar bar located directly across the street from O’bricks and Fav’s. The family-owned business is a staple in downtown and they serve a variety of craft cocktails and beer. They also offer eight different cigar brands to choose from. Live music by local musicians happens every Friday evening.

To find O’bricks, Fav’s or Corks, type into your browser; press the green GO button; then type in the name of the business, and their Location Card will pop up. You can connect to their website, get directions, or call them directly.

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undine-shorey.jpgUndine Shorey is a singer/multi-instrumentalist and freelance writer in Manatee and Sarasota County.