Nantucket is a unique and beautiful vacation destination with some of the best bars to enjoy a lively, yet relaxed, upscale scene. The island is well known for its people watching and beaches, combine that with some breathtaking views and imaginative cocktails, and the bars in Nantucket are not to be missed! The sunset at Galley Beach is one of the best on the East Coast, CRU offers a lavish experience of oysters, champagne and everything in between and Cisco is well known for its world-class beers.

We selected the 10 Nantucket bars below based on the unique drinks and atmosphere that they offer. The island has something for everyone!

10 Best Day Drinking Bars on Nantucket:

Cisco Brewers

An award-winning, no frills bar and brewery. Cisco offers world-class drinks, beers, spirits and wines, as well as, local seafood! They have the perfect beach bar atmosphere and there is always a crowd.


The iconic waterfront location in the heart of Nantucket harbor offers the ideal backdrop any time of day. This casually elegant venue offers an experience unlike any other to enjoy a glass of champagne, indulge in caviar and perfectly-shucked oysters or sip on a glass of rosé at sunset.

Brant Point Grill

Located in the White Elephant Hotel, Brant Point Grill offers some of the finest dining on Nantucket Island. Featuring regionally-inspired New England fare in a relaxing ambiance overlooking the harbor, indulge in exceptional seafood, steaks, handcrafted cocktails and choice selections from an award-winning wine cellar. This one is not to be missed!

Galley Beach

Since the 1920’s this Nantucket landmark has been serving guests. Galley Beach is located right in the sand and  overlooks the Nantucket Sound. They originally started as a clam shack and are now a premier destination!


Sandbar at Jetties Beach offers the quintessential beachfront Nantucket experience. The spacious open-air restaurant has lots of seating around the sand. They have an incredibly fresh raw bar, delicious burgers and sandwiches, and so much more!

The Tavern & Gazebo

The Gazebo is a lively, open-side structure and is hard to miss when downtown. It’s the perfect spot for enjoying ocean breezes and Nantucket summer days or nights. Sip the beverage of your choice while gazing out at the busy Nantucket harbor.

Or, The Whale

The Whale is the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining in downtown Nantucket. They have a perfect location and great seafood!

The Rose and Crown

The Rose & Crown is family friendly and accommodating to big groups. It’s a great gathering spot for drinks, food, and entertainment. This is a place where everyone can visit, feel welcome, and be treated like a local. The menus are designed with something for everyone.

Slip 14

Take a stroll down beautiful Old South Wharf on Nantucket harbor for a relaxing, outdoor or indoor dining experience. The patio area is a great place to meet friends for some afternoon cocktails or a memorable night out.

Charlie Noble

The Charlie Noble is a true blend of classic and progressive regional New England cuisine. They provide a casual beach setting with a focus on quality and service.


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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