2014 Top Florida Beach Bars

After thousands of votes were cast and tabulated, Florida Beach Bar is pleased to present the Top 10 Florida Beach Bars for 2014. Two hundred plus bars received votes over the six week period. Ratings changed daily throughout the competition. On any given day, Jimmy B's of St. Pete Beach or Sharky's on the the Pier of Venice was in the top spot. In the end, Jimmy B's prevailed holding off a last day push from Sharky's on the Pier.

Bongos, also on St. Pete Beach, steadily held on to the number three position. The Golden Lion of Flagler Beach and the Ocean Deck of Daytona Beach fought over fourth place. In the end it was the Ocean Deck that ranked fourth and they received the distinction of being the Best Florida Beach Bar on the east coast of Florida.

Harry’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach, Paradise Bar and Grill on Pensacola Beach, and Racing’s North Turn in Ponce Inlet finished sixth, seventh, and eighth. All three are past winners and have consistently had strong showings in the competition for best Florida beach bar.

Toasted Monkey on St. Pete Beach made the Top 10 list for the first time this year. The beach bar reminded customers they received an honorable mention their first year in business and asked for their votes to make it into the Top 10. Sandshaker Lounge on Pensacola Beach, a three year winner, took the final spot on the Top 10 list. thanks all of those that voted and thanks the Florida beach bars and their staff for their extraordinary effort in helping make this year’s competition an outstanding success. Voting was driven by both the number of bars in a location and the loyalty patrons have to their favorite beach bar. If you like beach bars, these three beach towns are the places to go. Read the complete press release

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The 2014 Top 10 Florida Beach Bars are:
Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach - 2014 Best Florida Beach Bar
  Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachNow a three time Best Florida Beach Bar winner, Jimmy B's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach captured first place in the 2014 competition.

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. The recently expanded deck features two outside bars and cozy seating areas with couches and tables.

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 one of the best places to watch the sun as it fades into the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the Award Presentation.

Sharky's On the Pier, Venice
  Sharky's On the Pier, VeniceSharky's on the Pier, winner of Best Florida Beach Bar in 2013, finished second just missing a repeat of last year's performance. Sharky's is located "smack dab" on Venice Beach and features a pier that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a favorite hangout 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.

Sharky's recently opened its brand new upscale restaurant, Fins. This second story eatery offers fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Venice Pier.

The action packed tiki bar is a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists. 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 the fishing pier. While there you can enjoy a beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunset or just do some people watching. Check out the Award Presentation.

"Sharky's on the Pier is thrilled to have consecutive years as winner and runner up especially against such a great group of Beach Bars. 2014 we will focus again on maintaining that position and regaining the top spot!"
Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete Beach

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete BeachBongos Beach Bar and Grille is a three time TOP 10 winner. They maintain last year's third place position on the Top 10 list. 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.

In the evening waterfall tables and couches receive a golden glow from the tiki torches. A long and beautiful wall of fire serves as a fire pit on 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. 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. Check out the Award Presentation.

Ocean Deck, Daytona Beach
  Ocean Deck Ocean Deck returns to the Top 10 list moving up from the number eight spot in 2011 to fourth in 2014. Ocean Deck is a landmark Florida Beach Bar located right on the sands of Daytona Beach. The Ocean Deck has been serving the locals, tourists, race fans and spring breakers for over forty years.

The upper deck of this two story beach bar overlooks the sand and the ocean. It features a bar, a restaurant, and drinks served in Mason jars. 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, band stand, and bar area that is open to the beach. Whether you choose the upstairs restaurant and bar area or the downstairs band and bar area, you will LOVE this bar. Check out the Award Presentation.
The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beach
  The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler BeachThe Golden Lion Cafe is a four time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar winner. This Florida beach bar is across the street from the beach, and for nearly two decades has held 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 bandstand 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 bandstand 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 and sometimes Monday evenings too. Check out the Award Presentation.
Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach
  Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachThis is Harry's Beach Bar’s third year on the Top 10 list and one of St. Pete Beach's favorite hangouts. It is the oldest bar on the beach with the same owners as when it was first built.

Harry’s Beach Bar is located on the beach at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. It may be the oldest beach bar on St. Pete Beach, but 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 friends. 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. Check out the Award Presentation.
Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach
  Paradise Inn, Pensacola Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach has made Florida Beach Bar's Top 10 list four years running. 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. Check out the Award Presentation.
Racing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet
  Racing's North Turn, Ponce InletRacing's North Turn in Ponce Inlet 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 seats beach bar goers in or outside. 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. Check out the Award Presentation.
Toasted Monkey, St. Pete Beach

Toasted Monkey, St. Pete BeachThe Toasted Monkey is located right on St. Pete Beach on the grounds of the Howard Johnson Resort Hotel. In only its second year of business, the Toasted Monkey moved up from honorable mention to number nine on the list.

Sit inside or outside at this beach bar and enjoy the great Gulf of Mexico views. Or if you prefer, sit poolside 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 beachfront 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 starting at noon. Check out the Award Presentation.
Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach
  Sandshaker Lounge, Pensdacola BeachThis is the Sandshaker Lounge's third year on the Florida Beach Bar Top 10 List. It 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 an outside 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. Check out the Award Presentation.

Honorable Mention

2014 Best Florida Beach Bar voting was extremely competitive. A number of Florida beach bars were on and then off the Top 10 list. For the effort they put forth and votes they received from their fans, we'd also like to mention:

check Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido Key
check Shephards Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach
check Boston's on the Beach, Delray Beach
check Cottage Bar and Grill, Fort Myers Beach
check Beach Bucket, Ormond Beach

Ratings were determined by combining number of votes from the Florida Beach Bar web site with Florida Beach Bar Pink Flamingo Rating. Florida Beach Bar's rating criteria includes the amount of live entertainment, proximity to the beach, food, beverages and a list of judging criteria. The two numbers were combined using a proprietary formula to create the Top 10 Florida Beach Bars for 2014.

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