All-Time Top 10 Florida Beach Bars

Who are the all time best Florida Beach Bars? In order to find out, each year asks its web site visitors to vote for their favorite beach bars. Thousands answer the call. At the end of the competition beach bar votes are tabulated and combined with Florida Beach Bar’s Pink Flamingo ratings to determine Florida’s annual Top Ten Beach Bars.

Competition for top beach bar started in 2011 and since then 18 different beach bars have made the Top 10 list. Winners from these past competitions make up the All-Time Best Florida Beach Bar list. Winners are scored on the number of times they made the Top 10 list and the ranking attained.

Only three Florida beach bars have made the list every year since the competition began;. Jimmy B's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach, The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beach
and Racings North Turn, Ponce Inlet.
All-Time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar Winners
Beach Bar City YEAR
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
 Jimmy B's Beach Bar   St. Pete Beach 1 1 2 1 1 1
 Bongos Beach Bar and Grille  St. Pete Beach   5 3 3 3 2
 Golden Lion Café  Flagler Beach 2 7 9 5 4 5
 Sharky's On the Pier  Venice     1 2 2 3
 Shephard's Beach Resort   Clearwater Beach 3 2 8   6 9
 Harry's Beach Bar   St. Pete Beach   6 4 6 5 4
 Racing's North Turn   Ponce Inlet 4 4 7 8 10 8
 Paradise Bar and Grill   Pensacola Beach 9 3 5 7    
 Flora-Bama Lounge & Package  Perdido Key   9 6   7  
 Ocean Deck  Daytona Beach 8     4   6
 Boston's on the Beach  Delray Beach   8     8 10
 Inlet Harbor Restaurant   Ponce Inlet 5          
 Frenchy's Rockaway Grill  Clearwater Beach 6          
 The Cottage Bar and Grill  Fort Myers Beach 7          
 Sandshaker Lounge    Pensacola Beach   10 10 10    
 Toasted Monkey  St. Pete Beach       9    
 Caddy's on the Beach Sunset Beach          9 7
 The Turtle Club  Key Largo 10          
Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach | 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Best Florida Beach Bar
2013 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar
  Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachJimmy B's has’s highest rating of 5 Flamingos. Located at the Beachcomber Hotel, Jimmy B's offers live entertainment day and night, seven days a week. It is located on the beach and features an indoor and outdoor bar, a large bandstand, and a volleyball court.

This Florida beach bar has a rustic and beachy appearance and is as laid back as it gets. Its friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect gathering place. Enjoy great food and then put on your dancing shoes, or flip flops, and dance to the best local bands. When the sun sets, patrons are offered free Sunset Shooters to celebrate the occasion. The free Sunset Shooters and the breathtaking view make Jimmy B's the perfect place to watch the sun as it fades into the Gulf of Mexico.

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete Beach | 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete Beach Bongos Beach Bar was recently renovated and expanded making it a showcase of Florida Beach Bars.

Bongo's has several levels of deck that provide different areas and sections in which you can enjoy this great atmosphere in the middle of Paradise. There are waterfall tables and couches and a long and beautiful wall of fire that is the fire pit for chilly days or cooler nights. Baby Bongos is a bar within the bar located on separate level. Umbrellas shield this bar from the sun during the day but at night, the umbrellas are lifted up to offer beautiful views of the moon and stars. Tiki torches warm the atmosphere and you provide the romance.

Bongos offers over 200 fresh frozen tropical drinks. There's even a pool nearby that's open to bar visitors. Live bands keep the beach bar crowd entertained every day of the week, twice a day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Food is served daily until 11:00 PM.
The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beach | 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler BeachThe Golden Lion Cafe is across the street from the beach and holds the distinction as Flagler Beach's most awarded restaurant. The Golden Lion is continually improving and expanding. It is “a place to escape the real world one hour at a time" and who doesn't love that feeling.

The upper deck of this award winning Florida Beach Bar offers a place to order your food and drink, and sit back and take in the view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you get tired of the beach views, walk downstairs and sit at the tiki bar next to the band stand and enjoy some great live music. And if you prefer a beach, the Golden Lion has added sand and beach chairs at the back of the band stand and next to the bar.

The staff is super friendly and that adds to the perfect party atmosphere. The Golden Lion serves up award winning Fish and Chips and maybe the best Key Lime Pie you'll ever eat. Enjoy top local and regional talent Friday and Saturday evenings and Sundays starting at 1:00 PM. There is also music on Mondays as well.
Sharky's On the Pier, Venice | 2013 Best Florida Beach Bar and 2014, 2015 and 2016 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar
  Sharky's On the Pier, Venice Sharky's’s is located "smack dab" on Venice Beach and features a pier that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a favorite hang out for beach goers, fishers, and, yes, sharks. Sharky’s is not just a clever name every so often the “big one” that is reeled in is a shark.

Tiki huts offer the shade, and the tiki bar is action packed. There is live music every day of the week and a 2 story deck that allows you to look down on the tiki bar and out onto the Gulf and fishing pier. While you are looking enjoy a beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunset or just some beachy people watching. The best is yet to come. Sharky's is undergoing a major renovation and expansion. According to their web site, the existing restaurant and deck will still be a big part of the "Sharky's Experience" even after expansion is complete.
Shephard's Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, Clearwater Beach | 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  Best Beachside Beach Bar | Shephards Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, Clearwater Beach Shephard's Backyard Tiki Bar is located on the beach, features a large stage and dance floor that jet out over the water. Valet park your car or raft off of an anchored boat and make your way to one of the best beach bars around.

The stage is hardly ever empty and hosts some of the best local bands. The Backyard Tiki Bar has everything from great food to fantastic sunsets. The entertainment is both on stage and in the crowd. There's live music every day that usually starts in the early afternoon and continues through the evening. Get up and dance or simply sit back and savor the incredible sunset, a cool tropical drink, and great beach specialties from the Margarita Grill.
Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach | 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach Harry’s Beach Bar is located on St. Pete Beach at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. Claimed to be the oldest beach bar on St. Pete Beach, there is nothing old about its clean, contemporary decor. This Florida Beach Bar’s cozy fire pit is a great place to enjoy one of those tropical drinks and sit with friend. The menu includes great appetizers like BBQ or Garlic Shrimp to Harry's Flat Bread Pizza. This Florida Beach Bar's famous tropical drink menu features Sirata Punch and a full range of favorites like Rum Runners and Pina Coladas. Walk from Harry's Bar onto the beach and enjoy the fabulous St. Pete Beach sunsets. There is live entertainment weekdays and weekends from some of the best local bands.
Racing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet | 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  Racing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet Located in Ponce Inlet, Racing's North Turn is right on Daytona Beach and sits at the exact location where Daytona's racing history began.

Racing's North Turn is like a combination mini-racing museum and beach bar. If you are a NASCAR fan, this is where the Daytona 500 got its start. When race car drivers come to Daytona, this is where they hang out.

Today on this beach, where stock cars once raced in the sand, is one of Florida's Top 10 Beach Bars. Racing's North Turn features a large bar, big stage, and plenty of room for dancing. Walk up from the beach and just before you step onto the bar's large beach deck, there's a shower area for cleaning up. This large bar has both in and outside seating. Take a seat at one of the outdoor umbrella tables and enjoy some great food. Then get ready to rock. Music starts every night at 6:00 PM and earlier on the weekends. It's the perfect place for learning some local history and making some longtime memories.
Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach | 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  Paradise Inn, Pensacola This unique old Florida beach bar is located in the center of the Paradise Inn, a single story, classic style Florida motel. Just park your car right outside your motel door and walk a few feet to the bar and grill. Walk a few more feet and you are "toes in the sand" on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island.

Spending your evening here is more like hanging out with old friends than it is hanging out at a typical bar. The staff of the Paradise Bar and Grill go out of their way to make you feel welcome. If you are looking for music, this Florida beach bar is the place. Paradise Bar & Grill features great live bands seven days. There is plenty of good food and plenty of beach tables to enjoy both. This Florida beach bar is a great little find and was voted the best on Pensacola Beach.
Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, Perdido Key | 2012, 2013, and 2015
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido Key The Flora-Bama is located on Perdido Key right at the Florida and Alabama border and right on the beach. It is more a collection of bars than it is a single bar. The Flora-Bama has several levels and a tent and each area has its own bar and personality. There is apt to be a band playing somewhere and most likely in several places.

The Flora-Bama is a hurricane survivor that has been rebuilt and expanded to accommodate the large crowds that make the Bama their beach bar destination. It is legendary and the kind of Florida beach bar that songs are written about, like Jimmy Buffet's Bama Breeze. The Bama draws people from all walks of life. The Flora-Bama web site describes it as "a place where folks can mingle from hard hats to millionaires, shrimpers to Admirals, hippies to yippies, singer/songwriters to U.S. Senators!" This is a one of a kind place that is a must visit for anyone who likes Florida Beach Bars. There's music daily and partying through the night. It is a must visit for any Florida Beach Bar lover.
Ocean Deck, Daytona Beach | 2011, 2014 and 2016
  Ocean Deck, Daytona BeachThe Ocean Deck is a landmark Florida Beach Bar located on the sands of Daytona Beach. The Ocean Deck has been serving the locals, tourists, race car fans and the spring breakers for over 40 years. The upper deck of this two story beach bar overlooks the sand and the ocean, features a bar, restaurant, and drinks served in Mason jars. The food is great from "killer fresh fish sandwiches" to prime steaks and seafood. But when it comes time to party, the lower deck is where the Daytona Beach sand meets the dance floor.

Downstairs you'll find a second bar, bandstand, and bar area that is open to the beach. Walk up from the beach past the volley ball net and join the party. You'll find a friendly crowd day and night. Enjoy live reggae music and dancing every night of the week. It is a classic Florida Beach Bar that has everything you'd expect from a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.
Boston's on the Beach, Delray Beach | 2012, 2015 and 2016
  Boston's on the Beach, Delray BeachBoston's on the Beach offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is just across the street from the beach, and the views are great. This Florida beach bar offers several areas to dine or to drink.

The "Beach Bar", located on the lower level of the main Boston's building is all about Boston's sports teams. Each booth has a it's own private flat screen TV. The walls are decorated in brick and the "green monster" even makes an appearance. Upstairs is 50cean a beautifully decorated upscale restaurant and bar. It is the perfect place to enjoy a lovely dinner of lobster, of course, while looking through the floor to ceiling windows at the Atlantic Ocean.

The newly added Sandbar which anchors the south end of Boston's on the Beach. The Sandbar's large tiki hut and bar help make it a perfect beach bar. Tables and chairs are scattered about a man-made beach. Play corn hole with your friend, listen to the music and dance in the sand. This tiki bar area, or the Rum Shack, has everything you look for in a great beach bar.
Inlet Harbor Restaurant, Ponce Inlet | 2011
  Inlet Harbor Restaurant, Ponce Inlet Inlet Harbor is located at Ponce Inlet just south of Daytona Beach and features a colorful Caribbean and lively atmosphere. The tropical casual setting has great food and plenty of entertainment. Sit back and enjoy a cool drink while you watch boaters navigate to the docks as they come to join the party. It's ranked Daytona's top dinning and docking destination, and now, one of Florida's Top 10 beach bars.

Inlet Harbor features a large indoor stage for live bands and its many events. Like any good Florida beach bar Inlet Harbor has music that will get you moving in the afternoons and on weekends. In fact, many days they have live entertainment twice daily. This Florida beach bar provides a wonderful place to catch the sunset and the views from this bar are spectacular.
Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Clearwater | 2011
  Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Clearwater Frenchy's Rockaway Grill is located smack dab on Clearwater Beach. Frenchy's is a place the tourists know and the locals love to go. Anyone from Clearwater knows that when you mention Frenchy's you're talking about some of the best food on the island. Whether it's great food, entertainment, or just a place to hang out on the beach, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill is the place to be. The colorful umbrellas and tropical interior create the perfect atmosphere to catch a Gulf sunset.

During the day, Frenchy's is a great place for beach goers to stop by for a cold one with friends. Spend your night dancing and listening to the music every night of the week. Live music, great food, and beautiful Clearwater Beach make this an easy choice for a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.
The Cottage Bar and Grill, Fort Myers Beach | 2011
  The Cottage Beach and Grill, Fort Myers BeachThe Cottage Bar and Grill is located right on Ft. Myers Beach and has been Fort Myers Beach's favorite beach bar for ages. The two story building looks like a cottage with plenty of places to enjoy all that the Cottage has to offer. Dine and drink anytime at the upstairs bar and grill and enjoy panoramic Gulf views. If you prefer sinking your toes in the sand, try the ground level open air beach bar from 11 am 'till sunset.

The Cottage is a Florida beach bar with great food, drinks, and live entertainment. The Cottage's full menu includes everything from Garlic Crab Claws to the Cottage's Famous Beach Bread. Live bands play every night Monday through Saturday. The Cottage has everything a Florida beach bar lover could want making this a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.
Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach | 2012, 2013, and 2014
  Sandshaker Lounge, Pensdacola Beach Sandshaker Lounge's is the home of the original Bushwacker drink. Sure, all of Pensacola beach bars will lay claim to it, but it was the Sandshaker that invented it.

The Sandshaker has the feel of a local bar with pool tables and people enjoying other bar games. This Florida beach bar has a tiki bar and the bands play outside on a big stage. And when the band is playing, Sandshaker draws a crowd so be prepared to party. If there is no band playing, you might find a Texas Hold ‘Em game going on.

You really don't want to miss having that original Sandshaker Bushwacker or choose a banana or strawberry flavored one. When you are ordering a Bushwacker you will be asked if you want 80 or 151 proof rum. That may be your last intelligent decision. It is a classic Florida beach bar, for sure. Oh, and it is not just one bar. There are several bars inside and out of this bar.
Toasted Monkey, St. Pete Beach | 2014
  Toasted Monkey, St. Pete BeachThe Toasted Monkey is located right on St. Pete Beach on the grounds of the Howard Johnson Resort Hotel. Sit inside or outside at this beach bar and enjoy the great Gulf of Mexico views. Or if you prefer, sit pool side at tiki umbrella shaded tables.

Twenty-five TV’s spread throughout the bar let you enjoy the beach and your favorite sporting event. The Toasted Monkey features a large beach front deck and volleyball courts. The outside deck is the best place to take in the beach, listen to your favorite beach tunes, and watch the sunset. There is live entertainment 7 days a week starting at 6:00 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays there is live entertainment twice a day
Caddy's on the Beach, Sunset Beach | 2015 and 2016
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido Key Caddy's is the kind of Florida beach bar you know you are going to love the minute you arrive. Every once in awhile you hit the jackpot with the perfect beach bar. You fall in love immediately and don't want to leave EVER!!

Caddy's opens up every day at 8:00 a.m. to serve breakfast, lunch, and then dinner. You see? You never have to leave. You can have all your meals here at Caddy's. The service is fast and the place is fun. Caddy's has live entertainment. Check their schedule as it starts at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays through Sunday. On Monday through Thursday it starts at 4:00 p.m. This Florida beach bar has a top deck where only those over 21 can party. It's called Coupe De View. There are great views on the upper deck of this Florida beach bar. There is a saxophone player who plays through the sunsets. How romantic is that?
The Turtle Club at Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant, Key Largo | 2011
  The Turtle Club at Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant, Key Largo The Turtle Club is part of Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant in Key Largo. As the locals say, it's at mile marker 94.5. Snapper's is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys with plenty of boat dockage. Snapper's opened in 1989, and the property has survived hurricanes, floods and even some pirate pillage. It's rumored that the upstairs was once a house of ill repute. Of course,some of this was all before 1989.

The Turtle Club has plenty of character with old white captain's chairs from boats used for bar stools. The band's stage is designed to look like an old fishing cabin with its own dock and features live bands every night. Its unique old Florida atmosphere and Caribbean style seafood make it a big hit with locals and visitors. The food, atmosphere, and entertainment all add up to a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.

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