Whether you're here on vacation or relaxing after the end of a long work day—there's nothing like enjoying a frosty drink while the waves crash just a few feet away.
Peg Leg Pete’s - Pensacola Beach
This old-school beach bar, with its sun- bleached exterior wood and license-plate-covered walls, is a maze of bars, dining rooms, tiki huts and playgrounds for kiddies.
Sliders Seaside Grill - Amelia Island
From the three bars here, our favorite is the Tiki Bar for oysters with a cold one, as well as live music. Join Bob Marley fans on Reggae Wednesdays.
Bud & Alley’s - Seaside
This is the prime spot to catch the sunset along Scenic Highway 30A. Arrive an hour early to secure a table on the roof deck bar. Nosh on smoked tuna dip or the fresh catch while toasting the day’s end.
4. The Beach House - Anna Maria Island
The expanse of beachfront is jaw-dropping stunning at this toes-in-the-sand dining and drinks spot. The sunset-inspired cocktail, the Green Flash (with Midori), is our fave.
5. High Tides at Snack Jack - Flagler Beach
A valet parks your car at this Atlantic Ocean fave. Find a seat at the surfer-inspired joint for a fish Reuben, a cold longneck and the surf report.
6. Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill - Panama City Beach
Fried pickle wedges go great with a domestic pint at this laid-back surf stop. A prime spot on the pier will have you debating which is better: the view or the fresh fish tacos.
7. Morada Bay Beach Café - Islamorada
Grab a table on the sand and sip a Painkiller (rum punch with coconut cream and nutmeg). Full moons are celebrated with blowout parties on the sand.
8. Nick’s Bar & Grille - Hollywood Beach
It’s plenty divey, but that’s a big part of the appeal. Locals frequent this Boardwalk spot for live music, mango margaritas and the kickin’ ocean view.
9. Whale’s Rib - DeerField Beach
The raw bar’s clams, house potato chips and Clamato juice bloody marys are the best at this 30-year institution.
10. Flora-Bama - Pensacola
On Perdido Key, this bar serves Bushwackers, the local drink.
11. Crab Trap - multiple locations
Order garlicky crab claws and a chilled rum cocktail at this bar on Scenic Highway 98.
12. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill - Clearwater
The grouper sandwich is tops at this Clearwater Beach staple.
13. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar - St. Pete Beach
Celebrate sunset on St. Pete Beach with a Sunset Shooter on the sand.
14. Siesta Key Oyster Bar - Siesta Key
This Siesta Key landmark, decorated in dollar bills, has 20-plus beers on tap.
15. Mucky Duck - Captiva Island
This beachside pub has been a Captiva Island favorite since 1976.
16. Quinn’s on the Beach - Marco Island
The Sunset grenadine punch goes down easy when gazing at the Gulf.
17. Clevelander - South Beach
This is the quintessential Ocean Drive bar for the buff SoBe set.
18. Setai - Miami Beach
The resort’s Beach Bar is secretly tucked behind sea-grape trees on the Miami Beach Boardwalk.
19. Aruba Beach Cafe - Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL
Order an açaí-blueberry concoction at this Lauderdale-by-the-Sea spot.
20. The Sandbar - Delray Beach
Delray Beach’s new tiki-hut-shaded hot spot serves a mean mojito.
21. Waldo’s - Vero Beach
This is Vero Beach’s go-to place for a Dark ’n’ Stormy and great volleyball.
22. Sand on the Beach - Melbourne Beach
Hit the second-floor bikini bar at this newbie in Melbourne Beach.
23. Chase’s on the Beach - New Smyrna Beach
Find cold beer and a pool for volleyball at this New Smyrna Beach hangout.
24. Golden Lion - Flagler Beach
Sit on the upper deck at this Flagler Beach favorite, known for British beers and fish and chips.