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11 Bars in Clearwater to to Visit for Drinks

Clearwater is a beautiful Florida city known for the clear blue waters and white sand that decorate the Gulf Coast. There are dozens of restaurants and bars along the beach, where you can get some of the most delicious cocktails and mixed drinks you’ve ever had.

people toast drinks at bars in Clearwater

I always prefer a bar with creative and classic drinks, cold beers, and friendly bar staff. During my trip, I got all of that plus some. Check out my list of the best bars in Clearwater below!

Shepard’s Tiki Bar and Grill

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 442-5107

The Shepherd’s Tiki Bar and Grill are in the Shepherd’s Beach Resort near the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The resort bar serves classic American fare, particularly fresh seafood, with a vast beer selection.

They also have an extensive wine list, mixed drinks, cocktails, and lightning-fast service. There’s a stage that hosts live music performances and an incredible view of the beach while you sip your Dirty Goose, Appletini, or any of their other popular drinks.

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

Multiple locations
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I enjoyed visiting the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar near the Palm Pavilion Inn and Mandalay Park. The atmosphere is laid-back, and it’s another spot with a stunning beach view.

Hang out around the picnic tables on the deck and ask the bartender to surprise you with a twist on a classic like the Pina Colada. They have a tasty Rum-runner as well!


430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 450-6238
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Located inside the Opal Sands Resort, the Sandbar is one of the best places to go out for drinks, as they specialize in tropical Tiki cocktails.

For relaxed vibes and a gorgeous sunset view, visit Sandbar to taste their famous Blueberry Mojito, the Mai Tai, or a Summer Sangria.

The focus on tropical fruits makes for many yummy concoctions, all of which go great with a classic burger.

The Brown Boxer

Multiple locations
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Stuck on where to get a drink in Clearwater? Head to The Brown Boxer at the north or south beach location for a unique experience, great pub food, and even better drinks.

This classy sports bar with an inviting atmosphere has all the beer you could ever want, sensational cocktails, and exotic mixed drinks.


411 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 351-5159
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If you need fun places to go out, look no further than Jamminz beach bar, located by the Coral Resort. They have light bites that complement the spectacular drink menu of frozen and classic cocktails, along with shots, bottle service, and more.

Let the 1980s vibes carry you away as you enjoy a Bourbon Peach Slush, Drunken Mermaid, or Cognac shots!

Surfside Taphouse

395 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 201-3530
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Surfside Taphouse is a bright, industrial-looking bar located moments away from the Hilton Clearwater beach resort.

Here you can get the coldest draft beer and grab a bite of delicacies such as Chicken nachos as you sip their signature Blood Mary or whatever is your drink of choice!

Jimmys Crows Nest

101 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 683-0002
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Jimmy Crow’s Nest is a stunning rooftop bar at Pier 60 Clearwater hotel. It’s a place to grab a refreshing drink and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.

The Classic American fare is delightful—grab some hot wings or nachos and drink a cold beer or Old-Fashioned as you take the view.

The Shipwreck

647 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 446-3581
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Across the street from the Surfside Condos is the nautical-themed bar known as the Shipwreck. This is a down-to-earth place where you can enjoy a game of darts and billiards as you listen to riveting music from the DJ.

At the Shipwreck, drinks are the star of the show, and they have many specialty drinks just waiting for you to try.

Monkey Bar of Clearwater Inc.

1681 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33755
Phone: (727) 447-5996

If you know where Crest Lake Park is, you have difficulty finding the classically rustic bar—Monkey Bar of Clearwater.

Stop in, grab one of their delicious cocktails, and take in the bar’s priceless charm. Enjoy well-cooked bar food as you relax and have a good time with a bunch of friends!

Cooters Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: (727) 462-2668
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One of the best bars is Cooters Restaurant & Bar, located right next to Frenchy’s Seafood Company. They not only make exceptional cocktails and other unique drinks, but the food is just as amazing.

Chow down on the crab dip or the Tequila Daytona wings as you drink a cold beer or an expertly made Mimosa.

Norton’s Southside Sports Bar

115 N Starcrest Dr, Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 441-1034
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A few blocks down from the Skycrest Christian School is Norton’s Southside Sports Bar. This sports bar has TVs from wall to wall, games, a good crowd, and more.

Here, you can be entertained and fed and have amazing drinks under one roof. The drinks are phenomenal, and the garlic parmesan wings are a must-have!

Final Thoughts

Any of the fun places to get drinks on this list of the best bars in Clearwater promise to show you a good time. Clearwater is a beautiful location that is best enjoyed with a refreshing drink in hand.

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!

Best Bars in Clearwater, Florida

  1. Shepard’s Tiki Bar and Grill
  2. Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar
  3. Sandbar
  4. The Brown Boxer
  5. Jamminz
  6. Surfside Taphouse
  7. Jimmys Crows Nest
  8. The Shipwreck
  9. Monkey Bar of Clearwater inc.
  10. Cooters Restaurant & Bar
  11. Norton’s Southside Sports Bar
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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