Best Bars/Nightlife on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Restaurants

If you’re on the hunt for a slice of paradise with a splash of excitement, look no further than Anna Maria Island. This Gulf Coast island has lots of unique hotspots for anyone who appreciates a good libation and a lively atmosphere. From beachfront tiki bars to quirky cocktail bars, let’s embark on a boozy adventure through some of the island’s best bars and nightlife!

The Kokonut Hut

Kick off your shoes, dig your toes into the sand, and soak up the tiki vibes at The Kokonut Hut. This beachfront tiki bar in Bradenton Beach is known for signature tropical cocktails and laid-back island vibes. Enjoy a frosty booze slushie or one of many beers on tap while you admire the sunset over the Gulf. The party gets started after dark with live music – dancing in the sand is highly encouraged!

The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar

For a low-key night out on the waterfront, head over to The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar, a beloved local spot where the good times roll all day long. Tucked at the end of historic Bridge Street, this easygoing watering hole has dive bar charm and open air seating with a view of the bay. Pair a round of beers with some classic American bar food and stick around for live music, bingo or trivia.

The Doctor’s Office

the doctors office - anna maria island

Your prescription for fun is waiting at The Doctor’s Office, a cocktail bar in Holmes Beach serving up playful themed concoctions in a former medical office. This hip bar is decked out with quirky medical decor, cozy seating and an inviting ambiance. With creative “house prescription” cocktails, shareable plates and elevated bar snacks, this local favorite has the cure for your evening.

The Freckled Fin

Calling all party animals! The Freckled Fin is where the fun never stops. This vibrant Irish pub and dance hall is known for its lively atmosphere, live music performances, and extensive selection of beers and spirits. Whether you’re belting out karaoke tunes or tearing up the dance floor, you’re going to have a great time at The Freckled Fin.

Slim’s Place

If your favorite team is playing while you’re visiting Anna Maria Island, catch the game at Slim’s Place. Tucked along Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, this laid-back sports bar serves beer and wine in a space lined with 12 TVs tuned to all the current games. With a full menu of hearty pub fare and a great weekday happy hour, this is the spot to cheer on your favorite team during your vacation.

Bamboo Island Bar

Bamboo Island BarCraving a taste of the tropics? Head to Bamboo Island Bar, a lively hotspot with island vibes. This Bridge Street staple is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, fruity cocktails, and regular live music performances. Sip on a traditional caipirinha cocktail while swaying to the rhythms of a steel drum band – you’ll feel transported to the southern hemisphere without ever leaving Anna Maria Island.

Daiquiri Deck

Get the lay of the land with a drink in hand at Daiquiri Deck! This island hotspot has a wraparound rooftop deck with views from the Gulf to the bay, and the perfect vantage point for prime people-watching along Bridge Street. The namesake cocktails are the star of the show, with a range of frozen daiquiris with flavors from fruity to coffee-infused, and everything in between. Nightly live music performances and a full menu of seafood and American fare make this vibrant spot a great place to enjoy a night out on Anna Maria Island.

The Sandbar Restaurant

Seafood Platter - Sandbar Anna Maria Island Restaurant

Located right on the beach in Anna Maria, the Sandbar Restaurant is a great destination for sunset cocktails and stunning views over the Gulf. Pull up a chair on the outdoor deck, sink your toes in the sand, and savor a refreshing drink as the sun dips below the horizon. Southern-style shareable appetizers make this a great place for happy hour, or stick around to enjoy incredible seafood dinner options. With its laid-back vibe and unbeatable scenery, this spot is a must-visit.


Whether you’re looking for a lively party atmosphere or a laid-back spot to sip cocktails and watch the sunset, Anna Maria Island has something to quench every thirst. Book your Anna Maria Island vacation rental and say cheers to an unforgettable island getaway filled with great drinks and good vibes!