2018 Award Results

Florida Beach Bar is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its Best Florida Beach Bar competition sponsored by LandShark Lager. We had a record number of votes cast online for over 200 different bars. Votes were combined with Florida Beach Bar's Pink Flamingo rating to create the winning list. 

We are excited to announce that for 2018, Sharky's on the Pier in Venice was voted Best Florida Beach Bar! Jimmy B’s Beach Bar, The Golden Lion Cafe, and Racing’s North Turn remain the only bars to make the list since the beginning of the competition! Bongo's Beach Bar and Grille on St. Pete Beach, Casino Beach Bar and Grille in Pensacola, Lemon Bar on Neptune Beach, Flora-Bama Lounge and Package on Perdido Key and Juanas Pagodas in Navarre Beach are previous winners who are back on the list this year. New to the list this year is Tortugas Kitchen and Bar in Flagler Beach. See the complete list below. 

There were a few Florida beach bars that were very close to making it in the Top 10.  Caddy's on the Beach in Treasure Island, Toasted Monkey in St. Pete, Captain Hiram's Sandbar in Sebastian, Outrigger Tiki Bar in Fort Myers Beach, Paradise Bar and Grill in Pensacola Beach, and Ocean Deck in Daytona Beach received honorable mentions for a very strong showing!

Thank you to all who voted and helped make this the largest turnout since the competition began. 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: 2013, 2018
Top Florida Beach Bar: 2014-2017

Sharky's on the Pier previously won Best Florida Beach Bar in 2013 and they won the top spot again in 2018. They have made some great additions and changes to the bar in the last few years and now it's better than ever.  Come see why Sharky's has been a Top 10 Award winner the past 6 years in a row. 

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, co-owner

Best Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2012, 2014-2017
Top Florida Beach Bar: 2013, 2018

Jimmy B's Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach is a six time Best Florida Beach Bar and this year comes in as a Top Florida Beach Bar. Jimmy B's is one of only three Florida beach bars to make the Top 10 list since the beginning of the contest. 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2018

The Golden Lion Cafe is an eight time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar winner, an honor held by only 2 other Florida beach bars. It's 3rd place ranking means the Golden Lion remains the best Florida beach bar on Florida's east coast. 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2012-2018

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille is a six time Top 10 winner. 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.

5. Lemon Bar

Neptune Beach

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2017, 2018

Lemon Bar is celebrating their second time on the Top Florida Beach Bar list! They have come close the last few years but put up a great showing in 2018. 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2011-2018

Ponce Inlet's Racing's North Turn now ranks as one of only three beach bars that have made the Top 10 list for each year of the contest. Racing's North Turn sits at the exact location where Florida's racing history began. 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2017, 2018

Casino Beach Bar has been open just 3 years but their popularity in Pensacola is growing! 2018 marks the second time they have placed in the Top 10. Congratulations to the team- we can't wait to celebrate with them! 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018

Flora-Bama has been on our list many years and we are excited that they are back for 2018. There is no denying that this is one of the most recognizable bars in the state of Florida. 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2017-2018

Juana's Pagodas in Navarre is on the Top 10 list for the second time in 2018. The great location, live music, and food and drinks all make this one of Florida's best beach bars! 

Top Florida Beach Bar: 2018

Tortugas Kitchen and Bar is a new addition to our Top 10 for 2018! With live music and two levels of great views of the ocean, this is a must see on Florida's east coast! 

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!