Sarasota is home to some of the best bars in Florida. Whether you’re looking for a place to catch up with friends or just relax after a long day, these bars will do the trick. From laid-back beach bars to trendy nightspots, there’s something for everyone in Sarasota.
So grab a drink and explore everything this city has to offer!
Best Bars in Sarasota, FL
- The Gator Club
- Shamrock Pub
- Legends Sports Pub
- Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant
- The Blue Rooster
- Livingston’s Amusements
- O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill
- Thirsty Turtle
- Daiquiri Deck St. Armands Circle
- Evie’s Tavern & Grill On Main Street
- The Mable – Bar & Grill
The Gator Club
1490 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
With over 500 bottles to choose from and new products arriving every week, you are sure to never get bored with their always evolving selection. They also offer special orders of rare liquors for package sale as well as 1oz pours of even their highest tier spirits, so you can try their most exclusive products without breaking the bank.
They offer live music 5 days a week, hosting a diverse catalog of talented live bands in the region, as well as a DJ every Friday and Saturday night on their second floor. They also play host to other nightly events such as Burlesque Shows, karaoke, adult bingo, and more.
2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
Shamrock’s rotating selection of more than 100 craft beers is available by bottle, can, or draft and they even offer specialty sodas. The focus on micro-brews was another improvement, making the ‘Rock the downtown spot for a craft beer.
The Shamrock is smoke-free, though a back patio is a comfortable option for smokers, and free parking is always available in the front and back of the bar.
Legends Sports Pub
1816 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
Legends Sports Pub is part of the Linksters/PaddyWagon Bar Family and is a friendly neighborhood sports bar with a great selection of craft beer and wine. Check out Their menu on TapHunter.
They have a casual environment with outdoor seating. You can enjoy Pool, Darts, and Golden Tee. Come watch your favorite sports team play on their large HDTVs!
This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Lagunitas Unrefined Shugga.
Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant
7275 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Just a short distance away from America’s most beautiful beach, Siesta Key, is Mattison’s Forty-One. Here, they’re carrying on the celebratory spirit of the beach with their all-day happy hour, their extensive wine list, and their private dining room, where up to 100 guests can enjoy their amazing food and impeccable service.
We dropped by this spot one night and had a blast! If you end up visiting this bar, I would try the Mango Jalapeño Martini, Peach Sriracha Margarita, or Huckleberry White Tea.
The Blue Rooster
1525 4th St, Sarasota, FL 34236
Blue Rooster offers a welcoming and comfortable roadhouse-chic, urban warehouse atmosphere.
Their 50 feet of bar and community tables, ample seating, and music-centric layout with space for dancing echoes the juke joints of old while maintaining a modern and accommodating space. Stop on in and see for yourself.
If you stop by this place, I would recommend trying the Classic Mint Julep. Other drinks that caught my eye were the Georgia Peach Tea, Kentucky Mule, and Ellen’s Jalapeno Margarita. I’ll be ordering those next time I pop into this spot!
5947 Clark Center Ave, Sarasota, FL 34238
Livingston’s Amusements is Sarasota’s most inviting entertainment experience. With over 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fun, Livingston’s is the ultimate place to hang out, play games, eat, drink and socialize.
They’ve spent the last 30 years perfecting fun…so any way you turn…you’ll have fun at Livingston’s! Between the SpinZone Bumper Cars, Bazooka Ball, their massive Arcade, Naskart Racing, or their Billiards Hall, there is something here for everyone!
O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill
5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Enjoy a casual waterfront breakfast, lunch, or dinner while looking out on the bay and enjoying the breezes from the Gulf of Mexico. Great tropical drinks, and live music. Right next door Bayfront Excursions offers daily rentals of wave runners, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, paddleboats, aqua cycles, and more.
We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Cadillac Margarita and Bloody Mary, and I opted for the O’Leary’s Gold Margarita. My drink came with gold tequila, Cointreau, sour mix, and a splash of orange juice.
2615 Mall Dr #5939, Sarasota
Thirsty Turtle is Sarasota’s go-to spot for the best bar snacks and pub food. Complement your meal with a beer or wine from the delightful drink menu at this restaurant. Thirsty Turtle’s seasonally available outdoor seating allows you to enjoy the cool summer breezes.
Daiquiri Deck St. Armands Circle
325 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236
The Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar on the iconic St. Armands Circle has some of the best Seafood, Oysters, and Live Music on the circle as well as the best Frozen Daiquiris anywhere!
The Daiquiri Deck offers full service 7 days a week so you can enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner with the whole family or kick back and relax with friends while enjoying the best nightlife on Lido Key.
The Paloma was absolutely delicious and had Teremana Blanco Tequila, Squirt, grapefruit, and lime juice. Other great cocktails I tried were the Dirty Ginger, Mai Tai, and Rum Runner Roxx. This spot is a must-visit!
Evie’s Tavern & Grill On Main Street
1560 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
Anything but your standard sports bar. Offering excellent homemade pizza, fresh American simple food, specialty cocktails, 24 beers on tap, and wine that can all be enjoyed in their grill. Largest LED TV in Sarasota to watch all your Sports.
The Mable – Bar & Grill
2831 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
The Mable — Bar & Grill offers a diverse menu of various types of this popular brewage, along with snacks to complement its flavor. Enjoy your drink in a relaxing setting while listening to music and having a good time!
There you have it! Our list of the best bars in Sarasota. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments. And be sure to check out our blog for more great content like this. Cheers!