2013 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 2013. The competition was the most expansive and competitive contest to date. Thousands of votes were cast for 244 bars, Votes more than doubled the total received in 2012. The leading bars changed daily and the intensity continued into the final hours.

Beach bar cities with the highest number of beach bars in the voting closely mirrors the Top 10 Florida beach bar cities. This includes beach bars that were not on the list but voted for with write-in votes. Once again, St. Pete Beach tops the list followed by Panama City Beach and Key West. Overall St. Pete Beach comes in as the top Florida beach city with the highest number of bars and the highest number of votes for all Florida Beach Bars in a beach city.

Despite the showing from St. Beach Bars, it was Sharky's On the Pier in Venice that took the honors of 2013 Best Florida Beach Bar. Sharky’s was the top vote getter. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar of St. Pete Beach came in a very close second. The vote was so close that the actual winner was not determined until after all votes were in and the results audited. Jimmy B's has a 5 Flamingo beach bar rating, the highest available from Florida Beach Bar. Bongos Beach Bar and Grille of St. Pete Beach, another 5 Flamingo rated beach bar, moved up to number three on Florida Beach Bars Top 10 list and was in the hunt for the top spot until the very end. 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.
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The 2013 Top 10 Florida Beach Bars are:
Sharky's On the Pier, Venice - 2013 Best Florida Beach Bar
  Sharky's On the Pier, VeniceSharky's on the Pier is the 2013 Best Florida Beach Bar. This is the first time Sharky’s has made the TOP 10 Florida Beach Bar list and it did with a bang. Sharky’s is located "smack dab" on Venice Beach and features a pier that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a favorite hang out 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.

Tiki huts offer the shade, and the tiki bar is action packed. 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 fishing pier. While you are looking enjoy a beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunset or just some beachy people watching. The best is yet to come. Sharky's is undergoing a major renovation and expansion. According to their web site, the existing restaurant and deck will still be a big part of the "Sharky's Experience" even after expansion is complete.

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Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach
  Jimmy B's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachA two time Best Florida Beach Bar winner, Jimmy B's Beach Bar of St. Pete Beach captured second place narrowly missing the top spot for 2013. Jimmy B's was a top vote getter and has’s highest rating of 5 Flamingos.

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. 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 the perfect place to watch the sun as it fades into the Gulf of Mexico.

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.
Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete Beach
  Bongos Beach Bar and Grille, St. Pete BeachBongos Beach Bar and Grille is a two time TOP 10 winner moving up from up two spots from fifth to third place in 2013. Bongos Beach Bar was recently renovated and expanded making it a show case of Florida Beach Bars.

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. There are waterfall tables and couches and a long and beautiful wall of fire that is the fire pit for 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. There's even a pool nearby that's open to bar visitors. 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.

Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach
  Harry's Beach Bar, St. Pete BeachThis is Harry's Beach Bar’s second year on the Top 10 List moving up two levels to fourth from the number six spot in 2012.

Harry’s Beach Bar is located on St. Pete Beach at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. Claimed to be the oldest beach bar on St. Pete Beach, 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 friend. 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.

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“Our sincerest thanks to all of our patrons that voted for Harry’s Beach Bar. Harry’s is a family friendly place where locals and visitors meet and establish friendships. They are what makes Harry’s so special. We also want to thank our incredible bartenders and wait staff for making every guest happy. My hats off to all that have made this destination bar/eatery a ‘top 10’ year after year."
The Nicklaus Family
Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach
  Paradise Inn, Pensacola Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach Paradise Bar and Grill, Pensacola Beach has made Florida Beach Bar's top ten list three 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, was voted the best on Pensacola Beach.

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Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, Perdido Key
  Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Perdido KeyIt is the second year that the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package, and Oyster Bar (the Bama) has made the Top 10 list. The Bama jumped up three places from ninth in 2012 to sixth in 2013. 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. 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.
Racing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet
  Racing's North Turn, Ponce InletRacing's North Turn, Ponce Inlet Racing's North Turn now ranks as the top east coast Florida Beach Bar two years running. Located in Ponce Inlet, 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 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 PM and earlier on the weekends. It's the perfect place for learning some local history and making some longtime memories.

"Racing's North Turn is excited to be voted the #1 Beach Bar on Florida's East Coast again and in the Top Ten 3 years running, we love being a part of the Family! Congratulations to all the Top Finishers and a huge 'Thank You' to all of our Friends, Family and Staff who keep making this possible" Lars Bienemann , General Manager

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Shephard's Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, 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 third year in a row. 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.
The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler Beach
  The Golden Lion Cafe, Flagler BeachThe Golden Lion Cafe is a three time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar. 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 band stand 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 band stand 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 PM.

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Sandshaker Lounge, Pensacola Beach
  Sandshaker Lounge, Pensdacola BeachThis is the Sandshaker Lounge's second 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 a tiki 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.

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Honorable Mention

2013 Best Florida Beach Bar voting was extremely competitive with ranking changing nearly every day. In the end, there were several bars that came very close to making the top 10 list. For the effort they put forth and votes they received from their fans, we'd also like to mention:

check Toasted Monkey, St. Pete Beach
check Ka'Tiki Sunset Beach, Treasure Island
check Kahuna's, Deerfield Beach
check Schooner's, Panama City Beach
check Caddy's, Treasure Island

Rating was 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 2013.

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