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2015 Top Florida Beach Bars

FloridaBeachBar.com is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of its 5th Annual Top 10 Florida Beach Bar competition. During the month of April, over 15,000 beach bar enthusiasts cast on-line votes for 268 different bars. Votes were combined with FloridaBeachBar.com’s beach bar ratings to create the winning list. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar of St. Pete Beach captured first place followed by Sharky's On the Pier in Venice, and Bongos Beach Bar and Grille also of St. Pete Beach.

Jimmy B’s, The Golden Lion, and Racing’s North Turn are the only bars to make the list 5 years running. Shephard’s on Clearwater Beach, Flora-Bama on Perdido Key, and Boston’s on the Beach in Delray are previous winners who are back on the list this year. Caddy’s on the Beach, Sunset Beach, on Treasure Island is a first time winner of the Top 10 Beach Bar honor.

Voting was the most expansive to date, doubling the number of votes in the previous competition. Nearly 250 of Florida’s beach bars from a 100 different Florida cities received votes. Participating beach bars used local promotions, their web sites, and social media to solicit votes.

Thank you to all who voted and helped make this the biggest turnout since competition began 5 years ago. Special thanks to the Florida beach bar owners, managers, and staff who work hard every day to bring you this important part of the Florida lifestyle. You all rock; Trop-rock that is.

   

The 2015 Top 10 Florida Beach Bars are:
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Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach - 2015 Best Florida Beach Bar
  Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach Jimmy B's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach captured first place in the 2015 competition making them one of only 3 Florida beach bars to make the Top 10 list 5 years in a row. Four of those 5 years Jimmy B's took the first spot.

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. And the ever favorite fire pits.

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.
   
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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 in 2015. Sharky's fought hard for the first place position moving to the top of the list several times during the competition.

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 indeed a shark.

Sharky's upscale restaurant, Fins, offers great food and 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.
"For Sharky's it's not just about being Florida's Best Beach Bar but it is more about being Florida's Best Beach Destination. We thank all of those people who drink, dine, and dance with us everyday along with those who voted us on to this prestigious list!" - Justin Pachota, Sharky's on the Pier
   
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Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete Beach
 

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete BeachBongos Beach Bar and Grille is a four time Top 10 winner and finished in third place 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 reflect 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.

   
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The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beach
  The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler BeachThe Golden Lion Cafe is a five time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar winner, an honor held by only 2 other Florida beach bars. It's 4th place ranking makes it this year's best beach bar on Florida's east coast.

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.
 
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Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach
  Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachThis is Harry's Beach Bar’s fourth 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.
"VERY tough competition this year and much more effort needed to hold on to our spot in the top ten...... And congratulations to you guys. You continue to create a bigger and better platform for the competitors." - Gregg Nicklaus, Harry's
 
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Shephard's Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach
 

Best Beachside Beach Bar | Shephards Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, Clearwater BeachShephard's Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, part of Shephard's Resort in Clearwater Beach, makes Florida Beach Bar's Top 10 list for the fourth time. It is a favorite of voters and anyone who has ever visited Shephard's.

Shephard's Backyard Tiki Bar is located on the beach, features a large stage and dance floor that jet out over the water. Valet park your car or raft off of an anchored boat and make your way to one of the best beach bars around.

The stage is hardly ever empty and hosts some of the best local bands. The Backyard Tiki Bar has everything from great food to fantastic sunsets. The entertainment is both on stage and in the crowd. There's live music every day that usually starts in the early afternoon and continues through the evening. Get up and dance or simply sit back and savor the incredible sunset, a cool tropical drink, and great beach specialties from the Margarita Grill.

   
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Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, Perdido Key
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido KeyIt is the third year that the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package, and Oyster Bar (the Bama) has made the Top 10 list. The Flora-Bama is located on Perdido Key right at the Florida and Alabama border and right on the beach. It is more a collection of bars than it is a single bar. The Flora-Bama has several levels and a tent and each area has its own bar and personality. There is apt to be a band playing somewhere and most likely in several places.

The Flora-Bama is a hurricane survivor that has been rebuilt and expanded to accommodate the large crowds that make the Bama their beach bar destination. It is legendary and the kind of Florida beach bar that songs are written about, like Jimmy Buffet's "Bama Breeze" and, of course, Kenny Chesny's song "Flora Bama". The Bama draws people from all walks of life. The Flora-Bama web site describes it as "a place where folks can mingle from hard hats to millionaires, shrimpers to Admirals, hippies to yippies, singer/songwriters to U.S. Senators!" This is a one of a kind place that is a must visit for anyone who likes Florida Beach Bars. There's music daily and partying through the night. It is a must visit for any Florida Beach Bar lover.
   
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Boston's on the Beach, Delray Beach
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido KeyBoston's on the Beach is now a 2-time winner of the Top 10 Florida Beach Bar competition. Boston's made the list for the first time in 2012.

Boston's is just across the street from the beach and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The main Boston's building is all about Boston's sports teams. Each booth has a it's own private flat screen TV. The walls are decorated in brick and the "green monster" even makes an appearance. Upstairs is 50cean, a beautifully decorated upscale restaurant and bar.

But when it comes to beach bars it's Sandbar that offers you a real beach atmosphere and experience. Anchoring the south end of Boston's on the Beach, the Sandbar's large tiki hut and bar help make it a perfect beach bar. Tables and chairs are scattered about a man-made beach. Play corn hole with your friend, listen to the music and dance in the sand. This tiki bar area, or the Rhum Shack, has everything you look for in a great beach bar.
"Considering that it is Boston's 35th Anniversary year, returning to Florida's Beach Bar Top 10 - 2015 list is certainly a fitting honor for the staff, managers, chefs, bartenders, music director and owners of Bostons. We are thrilled! The only beach bar in the Palm Beaches to make the top 10 - Yahoo!" Enid Atwater, Venue Marketing Group
   
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Caddy's on the Beach, Sunset Beach
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido KeyThis may be Caddy's first time on our Top 10 list, but it's not the first time it has been recognized as one of the best beach bars in the state. Caddy's is the kind of Florida beach bar you know you are going to love the minute you arrive. Every once in awhile you hit the jackpot with the perfect beach bar. You fall in love immediately and don't want to leave EVER!!

Caddy's opens up every day at 8:00 a.m. to serve breakfast, lunch, and then dinner. You see? You never have to leave. You can have all your meals here at Caddy's. The service is fast and the place is fun. Caddy's has live entertainment. Check their schedule as it starts at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays through Sunday. On Monday through Thursday it starts at 4:00 p.m. This Florida beach bar has a top deck where only those over 21 can party. It's called Coupe De View. There are great views on the upper deck of this Florida beach bar. There is a saxophone player who plays through the sunsets. How romantic is that?
   
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Racing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet
  Racing's North Turn, Ponce InletPonce Inlet's Racing's North Turn now ranks as one of only three beach bars that have made the Top 10 list 5 years running. . Racing's North Turn 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 inside 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 PM and earlier on the weekends. It's the perfect place for learning some local history and making some longtime memories.
   
Honorable Mention and Recognition for Their Strong Effort

2015 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar voting was extremely competitive. . A number of Florida beach bars moved up to and down from the Top 10 list. On any given day anyone of them could have made the list. Four of the five bars are former winners. Guanabanas of Jupiter is new to the Top 15. For the effort they all put forth and votes they received from their fans, we'd also like to mention these great Florida beach bars.:

check Paradise Bar and Grill, Pensacola Beach
check Guanabanas, Jupiter
check Ocean Deck, Daytona Beach
check Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach
check Toasted Monkey, St. Pete Beach



Calculation
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 2015.
 
 

 
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