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Florida Beach Bar Rating System

Florida Beach Bar RatingWhat makes a great beach bar? It’s a fun bar on a beach with open air seating, a full bar, good food, and live music both day and night. You can go in your bathing suit and flip flops, no problem.

Sometimes it is hard to separate a great beach bar from a great beach restaurant with a cool bar.  And believe me, we do have our list of favorite restaurants with cool bars. Many don’t really meet the beach bar criteria. But when in doubt, we add them to the list.


We use a mathematical model to determine the final rating of each bar. It's as serious as we get about the ratings, and our attempt to be consistent and objective. Points are awarded in four major categories: Proximity to the Beach or Water, Food and Drinks, Live Entertainment, and Beach Bar Factors and Features.Factors and features include Outside Seating, Ambiance, Parking, View, Sunset, Boat Access, Good Staff, and etc. Each major category is explained below:

Rating Criteria

Proximity to a Beach
On the Beach On the Water By the Beach By the Water Near the Water
On the
Beach
On the
Water
By the
Beach
By the
Water
Near
Water

We are looking for beach bars and that means an ideal beach bar should be right on the beach. But there are some great bars located on the water by waterways, such as inlets and the intracoastal. Others beach bars are located by the beach or by the water, just across the street from the beach or a dock.. Then, there are those bars that are near the beach or water and are as good as "real" beach bars. The closer the bar is to the beach the higher the rating.
Food and Drinks
Full Menu Full Bar Beer and Wine
Full
Menu
Full
Bar
Beer/
Wine


Unlike a typical night club or bar, serving food is almost a requirement of a good Florida Beach Bar. Beach bars can have a Full Menu, serve Bar Food, or neither. Points are awarded accordingly.
We're not rating restaurants or food quality, just that it is served. Any reviews of food are in the comment section of the bar page.

Beach bars may offer a Full Bar or Beer and Wine. Points are awarded accordingly.

Live Entertainment
Music
Live
Music

When it comes to Florida Beach Bars, Live Entertainment is the magic ingredient that can make all the difference. Ultimate beach bars have live music day and night, seven days a week. More typical beach bars have music seven nights a week and twice on Saturdays and Sundays. Points are awarded based on a bar's live music schedule. Karaoke and DJ's do not count as live music.

Beach Bar Factors and Features
Parking Sunset Tiki Bar Sunset
Park-
ing
Boat
Access
Tiki
Hut
Sunset

There are a number of Factors and Features that can impact a beach bar's rating ranging from parking to sunsets. Included for consideration are Tiki Huts, Outside Seating, Ambiance, Parking, View, Sunset, Boat Access, Good Staff, and
Friendly Patrons. Points are awarded for each until a maximum number of points is achieved. Using this approach assures beach bars are not penalized because of locations.
 
Good or bad, you may disagree with our ratings and we understand. Individual experiences differ. You can have a great time at the same bar one day, and a bad time the next.  Factors change.  Who are you with?  What is the crowd in the bar and their mood?  What is the band playing?  Most bands are great, but if their music doesn't match your taste, you won’t have a good time.  I guess you could say it is all about attitude and latitudes.  Sounds like a song. With the right attitude, at the right latitudes, every bar can be memorable, and hopefully, fun.

When all is said and done, we have never met a beach bar we didn't like. They are all been fun, and the people have been great.

Florida Beach Bar Pink Flamingo Rating

Pink FlamingoPink FlamingoPink FlamingoPink FlamingoPink Flamingo Our pink flamingo system, is used to rank beach bars. Five pink flamingos designates the best overall rating. If a beach bar only meets the minimal requirements, they qualify for a single flamingo. While ratings are important, we encourage you look at all the bars we've listed. Fact is you'd be hard pressed not have a great time at any of them.

We do not solicit direct, unedited comments from our readers. You can find that on tons of sites. But if you visit as many beach bars as we do, we'd love to hear from you directly at
pinkflamingo@floridabeachbar.com

Top 10 Florida Beach Bars

best bar Florida Beach Bar compiles and publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Florida Beach Bars. Ranking is based on votes from thousands of Florida Beach Bar site visitors and Florida Beach Bar's "Pink Flamingo" ratings.

The number of votes and ratings are combined using a proprietary formula to produce the final rankings. Votes are tallied and audited for accuracy and duplicates. Votes not meeting established criteria are not counted in the totals.

"Pink Flamingo" ratings are determined using a mathematical model. Points are given for major categories: Proximity to the Beach or Water, Food and Drinks, Live Music, and Beach Bar Factors and Features. Factors and features include Outside Seating, Ambiance, Parking, View, Sunset, Boat Access, Good Staff, and etc.

Bars are awarded a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar plaque and use of the Top 10 Florida Beach Bar logo on their site.



 
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