The Best Beach Bars

Enjoy cold drinks, white sand and great company at these awesome beachfront bars in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Three adults toast in bathing suits at Post Card Inn in St. Pete Beach

Kick back and have fun at the Postcard Inn Beach Bar & Snack Shack in St. Pete Beach

Florida can be hot and humid at almost any time of the year. Whether the middle of the day or approaching midnight, beach bars in St. Pete/Clearwater offer a retreat from the Florida heat in the form of ice cold drinks, great food and fun company. At these waterfront and beachfront bars, you'll experience just that. The only problem you'll have is picking which one (or ones) to try before heading home.

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Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Beach

An exterior shot of the Palm Pavilion Restaurant just after sunset

The Palm Pavilion has been a staple on Clearwater Beach since 1926.

You won't be at the Palm Pavilion for long before you realize you’ve discovered paradise. Locals love this open-air beachfront eatery not just for the sunset celebrations but also for the laid-back, down-home feel (not to mention the extensive menu).

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Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Clearwater Beach

Asian family dining at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill beachfront restaurant in Clearwater Beach

Quebec-born Michael “Frenchy” Preston opened Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach in 1991.

A mainstay of Clearwater Beach, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill is the largest of the four Frenchy's establishments in the area. It opens right onto the Gulf of Mexico sand and often hosts live local bands. Don't just come for the drinks and beachy atmosphere--you won't want to miss the classic Grouper Sandwich.

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Shephard's Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Clearwater Beach

Women enjoy a sunny day on a boat near Shephard's Tiki Bar

Shephard's Tiki Beach Bar & Grill overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico

Head to Clearwater Beach for Shephard's Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, one of the liveliest beachfront spots you’ll find in the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Check out the outdoor tiki bar and The Wave, a nightclub featuring DJs and bottle service that’s geared toward a dressed-up younger set. Dance the night away while a live band plays on a massive outdoor stage.

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Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar, North Redington Beach

Enjoy a spectacular sunset leading to starlit skies in this tropical setting. Mangos Restaurant & Tiki Bar, located at the DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton on North Redington Beach is great place to unwind.

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Caddy's Waterfront, Treasure Island

Two woman enjoy cocktails on the second floor of a Caddy's Restaurant overlooking the beach

The original Caddy's on the Beach at Treasure Island is known for great views, BBQ and live daily music.

Caddy's Waterfront in Treasure Island is one of the few beachfront bars on the Gulf coast where you can legally wiggle your toes in the water while sipping your beverage of choice. It can get rowdy on weekends, but the panoramic views of the beach you’ll find on the open-air second floor are priceless. Caddy's has locations also on Madeira Beach, Indian Shores, St. Pete Beach and more!

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Crabby's On the Pass, Treasure Island

Crabby's On the Pass is a new restaurant with boat docking, a fish filleting station on site and a menu full of shrimp, oyster and fresh fish fare.

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360° Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Zamora, St. Pete Beach

A shot of seating at Hotel Zamora Rooftop Lounge

The 360° Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Zamora with its panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Stunning views and a swanky lounge-style atmosphere make the 360° Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Zamora one of the hippest destinations for cocktails on St. Pete Beach. Take in panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Way while sipping craft cocktails. 

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Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach

Exterior shot of Jimmy B's Beach Bar at night

Jimmy B's is a laid back beach bar with nightly live music.

Music. Mai-tais. Sunsets. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Jimmy B's Beach Bar, where most bands play classic rock covers to the delight of flip flop-wearing dancers. There are multiple bars, and a boardwalk leads you out to the beach.

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PCI Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach

Exterior shot of people drinking at Postcard Inn Beach Bar & Snack Shack in St. Pete Beach

The Postcard Inn Beach Bar & Snack Shack in St. Pete Beach is a go-to for anyone looking to enjoy drinks on the sand.

Old license plates line the ceilings at the Postcard Inn's Beach Bar & Snack Shack. You can write on the wooden bar and there’s good live music daily. It's definitely the place to be on the weekends!

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Swigwam Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach

Not technically on the beach, but so close we wouldn't want to forget this divey gem on St. Pete Beach's blossoming Corey Avenue. The Swigwam is an old Florida classic that has dollar bills plastered to the walls and one of the best dartboards in town.

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Undertow Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach

A bartender at Undertow Beach Bar in St. Pete Beach serves a cocktail

Undertow Beach Bar in St. Pete Beach has a great selection of import and craft beers.

A quintessential beachfront spot, Undertow Beach Bar has a great selection of import and craft beers. The oversized wooden beach chairs facing the beach volleyball court are a huge hit, and you can catch sunsets from the rooftop deck.

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Hurricane Watch Roof-top Bar, St. Pete Beach

People dining on the rooftop of Hurricane Watch Roof-Top Bar  at sunset

Listen to live music and sip a cocktail at the Hurricane Watch Roof-Top Bar 

One of THE best views of the beach (and sunset!) can be found three stories up on the rooftop bar at The Hurricane Restaurant on Pass-a-Grille. Listen to live music and sip a cocktail overlooking this charming beach town known for the smallest main street in the U.S. 

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