Best Florida Beach Bars

Get your beach fix with a side of tropical libations

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A visit to Florida wouldn’t be complete without a night at a proper beach bar.

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.

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  • 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.
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Enjoy craft beers at Beach House Restaurant. Beach House via Facebook

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.

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Watch the beautiful Florida sun set with a tropical drink in your hand at Jimmy B’s Beach Bar! The Beachcomber

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.

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At Quinn’s, you’ll be sipping on inspired bartender creations while taking in spectacular views of the Gulf. JW Marriott Marco Island via Facebook

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.

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Imbibe in the sun on the rooftop of this beachside bar or sip a drink with your toes in the sand on the ground level. Golden Lion via Facebook

24. Golden Lion – Flagler Beach Sit on the upper deck at this Flagler Beach favorite, known for British beers and fish and chips.

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