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Tampa St. Pete and the Surrounding Area

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
Tampa is the heart of the area and is Florida's third largest city. The Tampa area includes Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach and for our purposes we include the northwest cities of Tarpon Springs, Hudson, and Port Richey. There are waterside beach bars in Tampa but for "toes in the sand" beach bars you'll need to travel west the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The most popular beaches and the home of a large number of beach bars are the beach communities of Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach. Both are on barrier Islands. Take the drive from Clearwater Beach to Pass-A-Grille at the south end of St. Beach and you will pass by, or stop in, a dozen of some of the best beach bars around

There are no less than a half dozen beach bars in Clearwater Beach, two of which have made Florida Beach Bar's Top 10 List. St. Pete Beach boasts over 2 dozen beach bars including Jimmy B's which was voted Florida's Best Beach bar two years in a row. Harry's Beach Bar and Bongos Beach Bar and Grille on St. Pete Beach have also made Florida Beach Bars' Top 10 List.

Hudson and Port Richey
At the northwestern most point of this area, beach bars are far and few between. Hudson and Port Richey are both small towns but that's where the similarities end. Hudson is a quaint little beach town with a history dating back to before its founding in 1878. At one point it was home to pirates who used coves and bayous to cover up their sinister activity. The new Hudson beach waterfront is the focal point of the town and it is home to Sam's on the Beach. Sam's features a grass covered tiki bar that sits right by the water. From there you can view what must be the longest string of channel markers you will ever see.

Port Richey is a small town of about 2,000 people and is located on the Pithlachascotee River (Cottee River, for short). The name of the river seems like a good word to use for a sobriety test. Singer Johnny Cash owned a home along the Pithlachascotee River from 1979 until 2002.

Tarpon Springs
Just a bit northwest of Tampa is Tarpon Springs. This is a Greek fishing village and home of the famous sponge docks and the world's finest sponges. The first Greek immigrants arrived in Tarpon Springs, named for the abundant tarpon seen jumping from the waters, during the 1880s. These immigrants were hired to work as divers in the growing sponge industry. This area has two great Florida beach bars, Captain Jack's Tiki Bar and Miss Vicki's. The only sponges at these bars are people trying to get you to buy them a drink. (Sorry, just couldn't pass on that joke).

Captain Jack's offers the freshest seafood from local fishermen and a large dockside bar. They say "It's all about Good Food, Good Fun" and it is true. You can find the best waterfront dining in Tarpon Springs and in a large, newly renovated Florida tiki bar. Miss Vicki's is well off the beaten path in the back of a marina and actually located in a town named Holiday. It is a great place and our web page can help you find it. It's places like this, hidden away in the corners of a Florida town, that make visiting beach bars around the state a unique experience.

Tampa
Tampa is a great city with plenty of entertainment including lots of bars. While Tampa is on the water, it is not on the beach. For that you will need to travel west to Clearwater Beach or St. Pete Beach. There are, however, several bars on the water that fit the criteria for a Florida Beach Bar. Rick's on the River and.The Hula Bay Club and Duke's Retired Surfers Island Bar


  Hula Bay Club and Duke's Retired Surfers Island Bar  
  Hula Bay Club and Duke's Retired Surfers Island Bar | Tampa - At Hula bay they say that surfers have a name for the spot in the water where the waves are breaking and the real surf action lies. The impact zone. This is the beach bar impact zone.  


Located on Old Tampa Bay, the Hula Bay Club and Duke's Retired Surfers Island Bar has a name that all by itself qualifies this place as a Florida beach bar. It is named after Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing. As Hula Bay says, it is "a combination of Hang Ten and Take Five". It is on the water and has boat access. There is music nearly every day of the week.

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach is an old Florida beach town located just west of Tampa. It has recently gone through a transformation that has done away with some of the older bars, t-shirt shops, and hotels. In their place are updated or renovated beach bars and the brand new Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. All the new makes Clearwater Beach a cleaner and nicer place to visit. The renovation was done in way that still makes Clearwater Beach a familiar place for long time visitors.  Clearwater Beach is always recognizable in photos by the rows and rows of bright blue beach umbrellas.


  Clearwater Beach  
  Clearwater Beach - Clearwater Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida. The average local temperature is 73 degrees. It is characterized by a white sand beach stretching for 2.5 miles along the Gulf and some great Florida Beach Bars.  

Clearwater Beach has been a long time favorite of spring breakers. It is one of the top spring break spots on the west coast barrier islands. The rest of the year Clearwater Beach is a playground for those of us whose college days are well astern. It's a place where season starts early in the year and continues through the summer. That means many of the beach bars offer live bands and entertainment nearly year round.


  Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion  
  Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion | Clearwater Beach - At the north end public anchoring each end of the public parking lot beach are two of Clearwater's favorite "toes in the sand" beach bars, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion. Both are favorite hot spots for locals and visitors are right on the beach. Rockaway Grill was voted a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar in 2011.  


There are lots of Florida Beach Bars in Clearwater including; Crabby's Beachwalk, Frenchy's South Beach Cafe, and Tropix Island Tiki Bar. At the north end public anchoring each end of the public parking lot beach are two of Clearwater's favorite "toes in the sand" beach bars, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion. Both are right on the beach, must visits, and draw large crowds of beach goers. Frenchy's is a familiar name to locals and return visitors. Frenchy's has several locations in Clearwater Beach. The Rockaway Grill was voted a 2011 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.

At the other end of the island is Shephard's Beach Resort, home to one of the best beach bars anywhere. It, too, was voted a 2011 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar. It was also voted a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar in 2012 and 2013. Shephard's is a on a beach, although its beach is smaller than the otherwise expansive Clearwater Beach. There are several bars, a bandstand that juts out over the water and live music just about every day of the week, day and night. Shephard's is always fun, and there is always a crowd. If you love Florida Beach Bars, this is a must visit.


  Shephards Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar  
  Shephard’s Beach Resort | Clearwater Beach - Shephards Beach Resort has multiple beach bars, daily live entertainment, and is on the beach. It was voted the Best "On the Beach" bar in Florida for 2011 by visitors to FloridaBeachBar.com. In 2012 and 2013, it was a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.  


John’s Pass
In the mid 1800's John Levique, one of the Gulf Coast's early pioneers, was searching for an entrance into Boca Ciega Bay. Instead he found a more northerly opening. He, along with Joseph Silva made their way through the pass on September 27, 1848. Since then the inlet between Treasure Island and Madeira Beach has been called "John's Pass" . It's a lot easier to get to John's Pass today.


  Shephards Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar  
  The Hut Bar and Grill | Johns Pass | Madeira Beach - The Hut is a Hawaiian tiki hut inside with dock seating outside. It is a Top rated Florida beach bar and a favorite of visitors and locals.  


Located on the water between Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village has been transformed into a shopping, dining, and beach bar Mecca. There you will find over one hundred merchants offering everything from unique retail shopping to dolphin watching and shelling tours. John's Pass is Pinellas County's #1 tourist attraction. And of course, you will find beach bars like the Bamboo Beach Bar, Bubba Gump Shrimp and The Hut which features a 70 foot waterfront bar.

The Hut brings a little something different to this venue. The Hut is where Hawaii meets the fishing shack. It has an Hawaiian flair to it complete with the tiki bar and columns of tikis holding it up. The bar that wraps around the inside and outside and certainly seems longer than 70 feet advertised on their web site.


  Shephards Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar  
  Gators Cafe and Saloon | Johns Pass | Madeira Beach - Gator's is all about Gators football, lots of fun and plenty of excitement. Gator's is a must see beach bar. Visit by car or boat - Johns Pass Head Marker 27.46.51'N 082°48.02'W  


On the south side of the inlet is Gator's Cafe and Saloon, a local favorite that pays homage to the University of Florida Gators. Technically this beach bar is on Treasure Island but just a stone skip across the inlet from John's Pass. If you are a Florida Gators fan, you have to visit this bar. Gator's has been hosting its namesake fans, locals, and visitors for over 20 years.


St. Pete Beach
The City of St. Pete Beach is located just southwest of Tampa and south of Clearwater Beach. It incorporates the towns of Pass-a-Grille, Belle Vista and St. Pete Beach. It is classic old Florida with visitors ranging from snowbirds to spring breakers. From Treasure Island to the north to Pass-A-Grille at the southernmost tip, St. Pete Beach has more beach bars than any other single location in Florida. Many are right on the beach and many are connected with a hotel or motel.


  St, Pete Beach  
  St. Pete Beach has 4.5 miles of shoreline and more beach bars than any other single location in Florida. Many are right on the beach and connected with a hotel or motel. Four have won Top 10 Beach Bar awards from Florida Beach Bar.com.  


St. Pete is an older beach with a young attitude. The crowds of boomers and breakers have a common goal and that goal is to party on the beach. There are even some great smaller Florida beach bars at the local hotels that have music and are a good place to go when you want to get away from the larger crowds.

With 4.5 miles of beach, you'll probably not be walking from bar to bar. Yet many are in close proximity to each other. Since parking can be a challenge it's best to plan your bar hopping strategy in advance. But if you are looking for place that has more beach bars than you can visit in day, this is it. St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, and Pass-A-Grille have a total of over 2 dozen beach bars. And to make things even more fun, St. Pete Beach is home to Jimmy B's Beach Bar, voted Florida's Best Beach Bar for 2011, 2012, and 2014 by FloridaBeachBar.com's web site visitors and a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar in 2013.


  Jimmy B's Beach Bar  
  Jimmy B's Beach Bar | St. Pete Beach - Jimmy B's was voted the BEST beach bar in Florida for 2011, 2012, and 2014 by visitors to FloridaBeachBar.com. That says it all.  


Jimmy B's Beach Bar is part of the Beachcomber Hotel on St. Pete Beach and is more than worthy of its Number 1 status. It has a large deck, two bars, music all day every day, and is right on the beach. Live music is provided by some great local bands. At sunset, Jimmy B's and guests toast the end of the day, or beginning of the evening, with FREE sunset shooters. It is all that you would expect from the top Florida beach bar.

Next to Jimmy B’s is the Toasted Monkey, voted a Top 10 Florida Beach Bar in 2014. The Toasted Monkey is located on the grounds of the St. Pete Beach Howard Johnson Resort Hotel right on the beach. The Toasted Monkey features a large beachfront deck and volleyball courts.

The Toasted Monkey features a large beachfront deck and tiki top tables near the pool. The deck overlooks beach volleyball courts. It is also where the bands set up when the music is playing. On cooler days, step inside and enjoy the covered and enclosed bar. There are plenty of TV’s to catch your favorite team on game day. Whether you sit inside or outside you can enjoy the great Gulf of Mexico views and a spectacular evening sunset.


  Toasted Monkey  
  Toasted Monkey | St. Pete Beach - The Toasted Monkey is located right on the beach and was voted a 2014 Top Ten Florida beach bar by visitors to FloridaBeachBar.com  


Just down the beach is Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, Jimmy B's sister property and another 2012, 2013, and 2014 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar. Located at the Grand Plaza Hotel, this Florida Beach Bar is situated right on St. Pete Beach offering a true "toes in the sand" beach bar experience. Bongo's takes great pride in its perfection of creating over 200 fresh frozen tropical drinks. If you can think of a new drink, they will be happy to make it for you.


  Bongos Bwach Bar and Grille  
  Bongos Beach Bar and Grille | St. Pete Beach – Bongos, a 2012, 2013, and 2014 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar, takes great pride in its perfection of creating over 200 fresh frozen tropical drinks. If you can think of a new drink, they will be happy to make it for you.  


Just down the beach a bit is Harry's Beach Bar, the third St. Pete Beach 2012, 2013, and 2014 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar. It's located right on the beach at Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. They bill themselves as the oldest beach bar on St. Pete Beach, but there is nothing old about its clean, contemporary decor. Harry's offers everything from 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.


  KA'TIKI Sunset Beach  
  Harry's Beach Bar | St. Pete Beach - Harry's famous tropical drink menu features Sirata Punch and a full range of favorites like Rum Runners and Pina Coladas. Harry's was voted a 2012, 2013 and 2014 Top 10 Florida Beach bar.  


On Treasure Island is Caddy's on the Beach, and it is a "toe- in-the-sand", right on the beach Florida beach bar. The crowd here is typically young and ready to party. There is music daily and sometimes twice a day. Be part of the action on the lower level or enjoy the views and watch the action from the upper deck. The upper deck is reserved for the over 21 crowd. Even with its own parking lot, this bar's popularity makes parking a challenge. But once you are there, you will have all the fun that a beach bar can offer.


  KA'TIKI Sunset Beach  
  Ka’Tiki Sunset Beach | Treasure Island -Ka'Tiki is a small local beach bar located just across the street from St. Pete Beach. The outside Tiki hut is a beacon for locals and visitors lucky enough to know about Ka'Tiki. Now that you know, you are one of the lucky.  

Just across the street from the beach is Ka’Tiki Sunset Beach, best described as a local yet rustic bar that is one of those secrets you will be glad you uncovered. Ka'Tiki is a laid back tiki bar just across the street from the beach and a favorite of locals. It is a great example of the diversity you'll find with St. Pete beach bars. It is also example of the diversity you'll find with St. Pete beach bars.

Of the dozens of beach bars on St. Pete Beach, some are on the beach and others are on the street across from the beach. One such on-the-street beach bar, and another popular local favorite, is Ricky T's Bar and Grille. Located on Gulf Blvd. it bills itself as Treasure Island's most popular bar and restaurant. The outdoor patio is usually packed day and night with music every day of the week.

The long list of St. Pete Beach bars goes on (includes St. Pete Beach, John's Pass, Treasure Island, and Pass-A-Grille)


 
St. Pete Beach Area Florida Beach Bars
Beach Bar Location
   
 Bamboo Beach Bar   John's Pass 
 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.   John's Pass 
 The Hut   John's Pass 
 Mangos Tiki Bar   N. Redington Beach 
 Hurricane Pass-A-Grille   Pass-A-Grille 
 Paradise Grill   Pass-A-Grille 
 The Wharf Pass-A-Grille   Pass-A-Grille 
 Seabreeze Island Grill and Raw Bar   Redington Shores 
 O'Maddy's Bar Grill    South Gulfport 
 Bongos Beach Bar and Grille   St. Pete Beach 
 Crabby Bill's   St. Pete Beach 
 Flippers   St. Pete Beach 
 Flying Bridge   St. Pete Beach 
 Harry's Beach Bar   St. Pete Beach 
 Jimmy B's Beach Bar   St. Pete Beach 
 Postcard Inn on the Beach    St. Pete Beach 
 Rumrunners Bar and Grille   St. Pete Beach 
 Salty Rim Grill   St. Pete Beach 
 Salty’s Tiki Bar   St. Pete Beach 
 Sandbar Bills   St. Pete Beach 
 Sea Hags Bar and Grill   St. Pete Beach 
 Toasted Monkey   St. Pete Beach 
 Undertow   St. Pete Beach 
 Woody's Waterfront Cafe   St. Pete Beach 
 Caddy's   Treasure Island 
 Gator's Cafe & Saloon   Treasure Island 
 Ikki Woo Woo's Tiki Hut   Treasure Island 
 Ka'Tiki Sunset Beach   Treasure Island 
 Rick's Tiki Bar   Treasure Island 
 Ricky T's   Treasure Island 
 Sloppy Joe's On Beach   Treasure Island 
 

Pass-a-Grille is the southernmost point of St. Pete Beach and the location of The Hurricane located right across the street from the beach. From the street it looks more like an old two story home than a beach bar. Walk through the bottom floor restaurant and head upstairs to get to roof top bar. This cozy little bar has a great view of the sunset and music nightly. It's the perfect place to start or finish a tour of St. Pete Beach bars.


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References

Largest Cities in Florida, 2012 - http://voices.yahoo.com/largest-cities-florida-2012-5992122.html
Hudson Web Site, Hudson History, http://www.hudsonfla.com/history.htm
Wikipedia, Port Richey Florida, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Richey,_Florida
History of Johns Pass - http://www.johnspass.com/index.php/2011/02/history-of-johns-pass/




 
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