Sarasota’s Island Beach bars and Fabulous Sunset Haunts   Leave a comment

Take a look at some great options, from Anna Maria Island to Manasota Key.  Many are right on the beach while others seek views from windows and rooftops.  Many entertain with reggae or Jimmy Buffett vibes while others low key it with  piano and jazz.

Anna Maria Island

Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. 778-0444; groupersandwich.com.  Right on the beach with live entertainment

BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 779-2222; groupersandwich.com.   Right on the beach with live entertainment

Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach.  941-778-1919; gulfdrivetiki.com Right on the beach with live entertainment

Rod & Reel Pier and Restaurant, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 778-1885. View from the restaurant and Pier

Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach.  941-782-1122; bridgestreetbistroonline.com (more upscale)  View from the restaurant and balcony

Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  941-778-6444; beachbistro.com/ (moreupscale)
Window views on the beach

Bradenton

Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W. 798-9404; thecortezkitchen.com.  Views from the restaurant deck with live entertainment

Pier 22, 1200 First Ave West. 941-748-8087; pier22dining.com.   Views from the patio and restaurant with live entertainment

Tarpon Point Grill, 801 Riverside Drive. 941-746-8700; tarponpointgrill.com. Tiki bars on the Manatee River with live entertainment nightly.

Longboat Key

The Chart House, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 383-5593; chart-house.com (more upscale)  Views from the restaurant

 Lido Key

Ritz Carlton Tiki Bar on Lido Beach, 1234 Ben Franklin Drive. 941-309-2000.  Park cars at  190 Taft Drive, at Taft Park. Walk south of the Ritz Carlton entrance to access the beach walkway.  Open noon till sunset with live weekend entertainment. ritzcarlton.com

Lido Beach Resort Tiki Bar, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. 941-388-3175  Right on the beach

Lido Beach Resort’s Lido Beach Grill, 700 Ben Franklin Drive.  941-388-2161 (more upscale)  On the hotel’s eighth floor overlooking Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island with nightly entertainment

Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway. 388-4311; theoldsaltydog.com    Views from their patio deck

 Sarasota

Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grill, 1500 Stickney Point Road. 921-6200; boatyardwaterfrontgrill.com.    Views from the restaurant with live entertainment

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill, 5 Bayfront Drive. 953-7505; olearystikibar.com.     Right on the bay with live entertainment

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza. 365-4232; marinajacks.com.(more upscale)   Views from patio and restaurant with live entertainment

Ritz Carlton Bay View Burger Bar, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive. 941-309-2000; ritzcarlton.com  (more upscale)    Partial views from the patio

Ceviche’s Loco Luna Rooftop Bar, 1216 1st Street. 941-952-1036; ceviche.com/ (more upscale)   Rooftop views with live entertainment

Pop’s Sunset Grill, 112 Circuit Road | Nokomis. (941) 488-3177; popssunsetgrilltogo.com  Partial views from deck and restaurant on Inter-coastal waterway with live entertainment

Osprey

Spanish Pointe Pub, 135 Bayview Drive. (941) 966-5746; spanishpointe.com A great Tiki Bar with waterfront views of Little Sarasota Bay and the north end of Casey Key.  Live entertainment rotates nightly.      

 Casey Key

Casey Key Fish House, 801 Blackburn Point, Osprey. 941-966-1901; caseykeyfishhouse.com/   Views from tiki bar and restaurant with live entertainment

Venice Island

Sharky’s on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive S. 488-1456; sharkysonthepier.com.    Right on the beach with live entertainment

Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr. 941-484-9551; crowsnest-venice.com (more upscale)  Partial views from the restaurant with live entertainment

 Manasota Key

Lock and Key, 2045 N Beach Rd. 941-474-1517; lockandkeyrestaurant.com Partial views from the restaurant and bar

Gulf View Grill,  2095 North Beach Road. 941.475.3500; thegulfviewgrill.com/ (more upscale)   Elevated views from the restaurant with live entertainment

Englewood

Howard’s on the Water, 1400 Aqua View Lane with views of Lemon Bay

Stump Pass Grill, 260 Maryland Ave. –  Large Tiki Bar overlooking Lemon Bay

Zeke’s Bayside Bar & Grill, 779 West Wentworth – Great sunset views with entertainment five nights a week.

Posted August 20, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

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