A mural being unveiled in Old Town Pompano Beach

The revitalization of Pompano Beach, Florida’s, historic Old Town is well underway and already worth exploring. Pompano’s original downtown was incorporated over 100 years ago when farmers from all over South Florida brought their produce to load onto trains headed for the Northeast. In the last few years, millions have been invested in to this neighborhood, which is becoming Pompano Beach’s exciting new cultural arts, restaurant, and entertainment district. Old Town is adjacent to the city’s state-of-the-art Cultural Center, where you can catch a music or theatrical performance and then enjoy dinner or drinks in Old Town, just a couple blocks away.

At Beach Vacation Rentals, we highly recommend that visitors check out the latest venues to open in Old Town. Guests at our charming Cottages by the Ocean rentals in Pompano Beach can drive less than ten minutes to this historic district. Here’s a look at the restoration of Old Town and the businesses you can explore when you visit.

The Renaissance of Old Town Pompano Beach

The outside of Bailey Contemporary Arts building in Old Town Pompano BeachOld Town Pompano Beach was, for many years, a hidden gem waiting to be rediscovered. Thanks to dedicated public and private efforts and investments, this historic area has been brought back to life. The city and its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) embarked on an ambitious mission to rejuvenate Old Town and transform it into the vibrant Old Town Downtown Entertainment District.

Historical building facades were restored for a fresh look. Streets and sidewalks were upgraded, new murals adorned building walls and alleyways, and many other improvements beautified the area for a safe and accessible environment for residents and visitors. Money also went to transforming the historic Baily Hotel into the stunning Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) building that houses art studios, galleries, and an open social area for monthly music, literature, and art events. As a result of the investment, people were eager to visit Old Town, and more exciting businesses are opening their doors in the district.

What to Do in Old Town 

Odd Breed Wild Ales, a brewery in Old Town Pompano BeachOld Town Pompano Beach has something for every age and interest. BaCA is the area’s most popular attraction, drawing in locals and visitors alike to experience the creativity and artistry of painters, ceramists, photographers, and more. Whether browsing the galleries, attending an artist workshop, or attending an event with live entertainment, a trip to BaCA is a must.

Across from BaCA, award-winning Odd Breed Wild Ales is a picture-perfect small brewery and tasting bar that focuses on creating unique barrel-aged wild ales. Small batches are shipped to subscribers all over the country. If you’re craving a craft beverage that’s sure to excite your palate, Odd Breed Wild Ales is the place for you.

When you work up an appetite, try the newly opened South Bar & Kitchen, where an infusion of creole and cajun flavors gives new life to Southern classics. South Bar & Kitchen is the first business to open in Old Town’s Backyard, an outdoor gathering place highlighted by a huge ficus tree decorated with lights. In the evenings, when it is lit up, it elevates the ambiance and makes for one of Pompano Beach’s most unique indoor-outdoor restaurant settings.

The salt cave at The Soulful Steep in Old TownAnother unique new business is The Soulful Steep, a multifaceted teahouse, salt cave, and emporium. Most venture to The Soulful Steep for its delicious teas and tasty sweets, which include vegan and gluten-free options. However, the salt cave is ideal for relaxing and rejuvenation, and a funky retail emporium reminiscent of the 60s and 70s is a delight as well.

On the horizon, there is a lineup of new restaurants coming to Old Town, including The Vault from the original bank building and Papamigos. The Wash House, a former laundromat, is being converted into a trendy new restaurant with a stunning rooftop and an indoor and outdoor bar. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the new businesses coming to Old Town.

Lodging in Pompano Beach

When you plan your vacation to Pompano Beach, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the enchanting Old Town. When you stay at top-rated Cottages by the Ocean, you’re just a short drive to all that Old Town has to offer. Our vacation rentals in Pompano Beach are private, clean, and located a short walk to dozens of restaurants, shops, live music venues, dive boats and fishing pier. To stay at one of our properties, please visit our contact page or call 954-283-1111 today.