2016 Award Results

Florida Beach Bar is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of its 6th Annual Best Florida Beach Bar competition. During the month of April, over 23,000 beach bar enthusiasts cast online votes for 281 different bars. Votes were combined with Florida Beach Bar's Pink Flamingo ratings to create the winning list. 

Jimmy B’s Beach Bar, The Golden Lion Cafe, and Racing’s North Turn are the only bars to make the list 6 years running! Harry's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach, Ocean Deck on Daytona Beach, Caddy's on the Beach on Sunset Beach, Shephard’s Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach, Bongo's Beach Bar and Grille on St. Pete Beach, Sharky's on the Pier in Venice, and Boston’s on the Beach in Delray are previous winners who are back on the list this year.

This year, we had a very close competition and there were a few Florida beach bars that were very close to making it in the Top 10. The Lemon Bar on Neptune Beach, Crabby Joe's Deck and Grill on Daytona Beach, Casino Beach Bar and Grille in Pensacola, Johnny D's in Flagler Beach, and Toasted Monkey on St. Pete Beach received honorable mentions for a very strong showing in 2016! 

The number of votes collected this year set a record, adding almost 7,000 new voters compared to the previous year! Participating beach bars used local promotions, their websites, and social media to solicit votes. 

Thank you to all who voted and helped make this the largest turnout since the competition began 6 years ago. Special thanks to the Florida beach bar owners, managers, and staff who work hard every day to bring you a great Florida beach bar experience! 


Best Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2012, 2014-2016
Top Florida Beach Bar: 2013

Jimmy B's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach captured first place in the 2016 competition, making them one of only three Florida beach bars to make the Top 10 list six years in a row. Five of those six years, Jimmy B's took first place. Jimmy B's hosted an amazing 2016 party with a few bands, beer vendors, and giveaways.  It was definitely a party well deserved for the Best Florida Beach Bar of 2016!

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2012-2016

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille is a five time Top 10 winner and finished in second place on the 2016 Top 10 list. Bongo's has several levels of deck that provide different areas and sections, including one where you can put your feet in the sand and enjoy this great atmosphere in the middle of paradise.

Bongos Beach Bar is extremely excited to be voted #2 Beach Bar in Florida. We want to say a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who took the time to vote for us. With so many great beach bars in our beautiful state, it’s difficult to choose just one! Congratulations to Jimmy B’s for being voted #1 again this year and to all Beach Bars that entered the competition. We look forward to doing it again next year!
— Roxann

Best Florida Beach Bar: 2013
Top Florida Beach Bar: 2014-2016

Sharky's on the Pier, winner of Best Florida Beach Bar in 2013, finished third in 2016. Sharky's has been a Top 10 Award winner the past 4 years in a row. They celebrated with a variety of vendors serving drink samples and food was cooking on the outdoor grill.  Music carried the party into the night and it was a blast all night long.

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

#4. Harry's Beach Bar

St. Pete Beach

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2012-2016

This is Harry's Beach Bar’s fifth 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.  They celebrated with a tropical shooter and music that kept the fun going as people enjoyed the atmosphere at Harry's.

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

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2016

The Golden Lion Cafe is a six time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar winner, an honor held by only 2 other Florida beach bars. It's 5th place ranking makes it this year's best beach bar on Florida's east coast. They went all out with confetti cannons, an airplane flyover and fireworks!  What a great night!

ocean deck beach front

ocean deck beach front

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011, 2014, 2016

The Ocean Deck is now a three-time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar award winner! They made the list during the inaugural contest in 2011 and we are thrilled to see such a great beach bar back in the top 10!

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2015, 2016

Caddy's on the Beach has now place in the Top 10 the last two years. With a little bit of everything, it's not surprising why Caddy's finished so strong in 2016! Bands kept the celebration going for those of us sitting in the bar as well as the outdoor beach seating area.  A well deserved award for an amazing place!

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2016

Ponce Inlet's Racing's North Turn now ranks as one of only three beach bars that have made the Top 10 list for the past six years running. Racing's North Turn is right on Daytona Beach and sits at the exact location where Daytona's racing history began. The band had people dancing as Racing's celebrated their Top 10 Florida Beach Bar award!

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2013, 2015, 2016

Shephard's Beach Resort Backyard Tiki Bar, part of Shephard's Resort in Clearwater Beach, made 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.

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2012, 2015, 2016

Boston's on the Beach is now a three-time winner of the Top 10 Florida Beach Bar competition. Boston's first made the list in 2012 and has now been in the top 10 the past two years in a row! The bartenders made a Pink Flamingo Drink in honor of the Florida Beach Bar award and there was even a Pink Flamingo cake!  

Discover Your Favorite!

There are so many amazing beach bars in Florida that did not make it in the Top 10 list so be sure to pay them a visit, and if you like your experience, vote for them during the next Best Florida Beach Bar contest!