Anna Maria Island – Top Ten Happy Hours!

Going out for a night on the town? Drinks always taste better when you’re getting a good deal on them. This blog will help you find the local night spots with the best deals around.

Island Time Bar & Grill: Island Time Bar & Grill is located at the beginning of Bridge Street directly next to the traffic circle and right across the street from the beach. The location makes for a perfect place to hang out after spending the day in the sun. Happy hour is Monday thru Saturday from 11:30am – 5:00pm with $1.87 Bud light bottles and $2.50 well drinks with live music playing during every happy hour. Call Island Time Bar & Grill for more details (941) 782-1122. For more information visit their page.

Island Time Grill

Island Time in Bradenton Beach on Historic Bridge Street.

Island Gourmet Grill: Island Gourmet Grill’s happy hour is on Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Happy hour specials include $5.00 specialty appetizers and $5.00 wines at the bar. Local musician Trevor Bystrom can be heard performing live during most happy hours. Island Gourmet Grill can be reached at (941)778-0333. For more information visit their page.

Hurricane Hanks: Hurricane Hanks offers great food, great atmosphere and great prices! Happy hour is everyday from 11:30am to 7:00pm  with reduced pricing for Miller Light and Bud Light at $1.50 and well drinks for $4.25. Call Hurricane Hanks for more information at (941)778-5788. For more information visit their page.

The Waterfront Restaurant: The Waterfront Restaurant is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island offering gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. Their happy hour is everyday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm with the special including $3.00 beers on tap and $2.00 domestic bottled beer. For more details contact The Waterfront Restaurant at (941)778-1515. For more information visit their page

waterfront restaurant
The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria

Beachhouse: The Beachhouse is located right on the beach offering beautiful views of the Gulf. Monday thru Friday from 3pm until 5pm at the bar you can enjoy reduced priced appetizers for $5.99 each and well drinks for $2.50, domestic drafts for $2.00, house wine for $3.00 and frozen drinks for $4.00. For more information call The Beach House at (941)779-2222. For more information visit their page.

Gulf Drive Cafe: Gulf Drive Cafe is one of the few restaurants on Anna Maria Island with a bar right on the beach. Happy hour is on Monday thru Friday from 2:00pm-5:30pm offering great food and drink prices. You can order domestic beers for $2.00 and well drinks for $4.00.  Contact Gulf Drive Cafe now for more details (941)778-1919. For more information visit their page.

7 Bridgetender Inn: The Bridgetender Inn is a dockside bar located at the end of historic Bridge Street. Docking is also available for boaters to pull in and dock to have some on-land fun. Happy hour offers discounted prices for beers, well drinks and house wine everyday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. For more information call The Bridgetender Inn at (941) 778-4849. For more information visit their page.

The Sandbar: The Sandbar restaurant is an Anna Maria Island landmark, and the perfect spot for sunset cocktails. Located in the city of Anna Maria, The Sandbar not only boasts an amazing selection of libations, but offers delicious food. The Sandbar is open daily until 10pm.

 

Sandbar restaurant
The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.

 

Lobstahs: Lobstahs is a New England themed restaurant flying in Maine Lobsters to our sunny island daily. Their happy hour special includes discounted appetizers, beer, wine and well drinks running from 3pm-6pm. Lobstahs can be reached at (941)779-1000. For more information visit their page

10 Dcoy Ducks: Dcoy Ducks (or better known by the locals as The Duck) is a favorite spot for the locals of the island. Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm you can enjoy 2 for 1 drinks with a band playing at 9:30pm. Call Dcoy Ducks for more details at (941)778-5888. For more information visit their page.

 

D Coy Ducks
D Coy Ducks in Holmes Beach

Anna Maria Island vacation rentals and accommodations

Island Real Estate has almost 300 vacation rental properties perfect for any Florida getaway to tropical Anna Maria Island. Book your stay today!

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
No Bad Days is a gorgeous vacation rental with a the perfect backyard pool tiki! Click on the image about to learn more about No Bad Days.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

During your next winter visit you have to try these top five Anna Maria Island January activities! This is a great time of year for a warm Florida vacation as northerners experience the cold, snow and ice.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

While January is cool, it’s still a fantastic time of year for a rental on the beach!

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Enjoy January on Anna Maria Island!

Mini Golf on Bridge Street

Head over to the Fish Hole Miniature golf course on Bridge Street! A great place for family fun, the Fish Hole is a great cool weather activity. You’ll find 18 holes along this well-kept course. You can feed the beautiful Koi fish, and watch the pond of turtles sunning themselves on their logs. The Fish Hole also offers soda and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream.

Bella by the Sea Boutique

Check out Bella by the Sea for a unique boutique shopping experience. This great shop offers women’s clothes, jewelry, handbags and more. This is a great place to visit during a January day on island time.

Anna Maria January Activities
Visit Bella by the Sea Boutique on Pine Avenue.

Star Gazing on the Beach

A clear January night on Anna Maria Island is perfect for star gazing. January 3rd, 2017 is the peak of the Quadrantid Meteor shower, and the Full Moon is on January 12th, 2017. Bundle up and head to the beach for beautiful skies and sounds of the tides. Check out this helpful Star Gazing Guide too!

Cocktails at The Doctor’s Office

You must visit Anna Maria Island’s newest night spot, The Doctor’s Office! Here you’ll find the island’s hottest craft cocktails and delicious chef inspired small plates. The Doctor’s Office is the newest establishment owned by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro.

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Visit The Doctor’s Office in Holmes Beach.

Bike over the Bridge

Rent a bike or snag one from the new Bike sharing racks, and go for a ride over the Manatee Bridge! You’ll enjoy the fresh bay air, sights of the Skyway and tons of sea birds flying overhead. January is the perfect time for a brisk bike ride.

Anna Maria Island National Sangria Day

There are many options for celebrating National Sangria Day on Anna Maria Island! While you can find it on the menu at several island eateries, also make it at home!

National Sangria Day

While red is traditional, white and even sweet pink wines make Sangria. There are endless recipe variations for more adventurous wine lovers.

The basic components of Sangria include a wine, liquor, fruit juice, spice and sugar. You can really let your imagination run wild with different combinations.

Traditional Red

1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
1/3 cup Brandy or Cherry Brandy. Add more for extra kick.
3-4 Tablespoons Sugar. Substitute with Brown Sugar or even Honey.
3/4 Cup Orange Juice. Experiment with other juices such as Grapefruit.
1 Orange Sliced. Experiment with other sliced citrus such as Lemons, Limes or Seasonal Blood Oranges.
1/2 Green Apple Cubed. (Set some Fruit to the side for garnishing glasses)
Cinnamon garnish optional.
Soda Water optional for a more punch like drink.

Directions:

In a pitcher or bowl combine 1/2 of the sliced oranges and sugar. Gently muddle them together.
Add in the wine, brandy and orange juice. Gently stir.
Add lots of ice.
Top with remaining orange slices and apples.

Select a large wine glass or tall tumbler. Fill with ice and poor Sangria in. Garnish with additional fruit, a splash of club soda and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

National Sangria Day
Traditional Sangria with Apples.

Ideas for creating your own.

Use the basic recipe above as a reference and let your creativity guide you. There really is no wrong way to make a fantastic Sangria at home.

Since it’s that time of year again, get into the Holiday Spirit with this Christmas Sangria Recipe too!

Wines: Chardonnay, Cava, Moscato, Dry Rose.

Liquors: Light Rum, Grand Marnier, Gin, Fruit Flavored Liquors.

Fruit: Black berries, Cherries, Mango, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Kiwi.

Garnishes: Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Cinnamon Sticks, Pomegranate Seeds.

Juices and Mixers: Pineapple Juice, Lemon Lime Soda, Apple Cider, Cranberry Juice.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants for your National Sangria Day fix.

While making Sangria at home is great, you can skip the fuss and just go out!

The Waterfront Restaurant has one of Anna Maria Island’s best craft cocktail bars. You’re sure to find an amazing Sangria on the menu. The food here is really good too! Find them at 111 South Bay Boulevard in the city of Anna Maria.

For a relaxed atmosphere and outdoor seating, head to Ugly Grouper. While they aren’t the fanciest place on the island, they sure will please you with their Sangria. Enjoy live music too! Find them on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Enjoy Sangria with your toes in the sand when you visit The Sandbar Restaurant. With an extensive wine menu, Sandbar is sure to please you on National Sangria Day! The Sandbar is also in the city of Anna Maria where Spring Avenue meets the Gulf.

Happy National Sangria Day from Anna Maria Island!

Beach Sangria Anna Maria Island
There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a tropical fruity Sangria!

Blues, Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street – Bradenton Beach Event

Bradenton Beach Event – Back for it’s second year Blues, Brews and BBQ will be serving up a great event May 21st on Bridge Street. From 3-9pm the event will offer great music, cold beer and delicious barbecue with proceeds to benefit the All Island Denomination’s Food Pantry at Roser Church. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. The gates opening at 2pm for those looking to find the perfect spot to enjoy the music.

Bradenton Beach Event Blues Brews and BBQ
Blues, Brews and BBQ is hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants and Sponsored by Grayhawk Window Systems and The Bradenton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bradenton Beach Event Music

Gene “Sarasota Slim” Hardage will headline Blues, Brews and BBQ. An internationally acclaimed guitarist, Sarasota Slim offers a unique sound incorporating blues, funk, boogie and slide guitar. Local favorties Pig Blues will take the stage at 4:30 before Sarasota Slim with the music starting at 3pm with Mac McConnell.

Food

Barbecue ribs and pulled pork platters will be provided by Island Time Bar and Grill with Fire and Stone serving BBQ pizza. Motorworks Brewery will have craft beers, there will also be a full liquor bar along with alcohol free selections. Patrons may bring their own blankets and chairs, but no coolers or outside food will be permitted into the event.

Happenings

Event goers may leave and re-enter the event at anytime to peruse the shops and deals offered on Bridge Street. Take advantage of the silent auction during the event!

Parking for the event can be found along Bridge Street, in the parking lot behind Island Time, at the Tingley Library and along the beach south of the event. The free trolley will be running until 10:30pm the night of the event.

Bradenton Beach Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers a large selection of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals with almost 300 homes to choose from. Book your stay today!

Bradenton Beach accommodations
Safari Suite is a great Bradenton Beach vacation rental just across the street from Gulf Beaches. And also a short walk to Bridge Street. Click on the image to learn more about Safari Suite.

Anna Maria Island dining at Eat Here Restaurant

Holmes Beach – If you are looking for a casual and delicious Anna Maria Island dining experience head over to Eat Here Restaurant!

Eat Here Restauarnt

Offering fresh gulf coast cookery, hand crafted beer and wine, and outstanding service in a laid back atmosphere, Eat Here is a more casual answer to local’s favorite fine dining eatery the Beach Bistro.

seafood stew eat here Restaurant
The Gulf Coast Seafood Stew offers fresh shrimp, clams, mussels and fish in a fabulous zuppa broth.

Having spent decades providing Anna Maria Island with the fine dining of the Beach Bistro, owners Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins wanted to give the island a chef-driven casual dining experience. Focusing more on the quality of food and a neighborhood friendly atmosphere rather than strict courses, Eat Here began.

The Menus

The menu at Eat Here offers a twist on many of the Beach Bistro favorites with the addition of many lighter options. Designed for sharing, many Eat Here menu items are great for a family style dining experience.

eat here mahi
Fresh Mahi topped with fruit salsa served with the sweet corn casserole.

Everything at Eat Here is delicious; with so many options it’s hard to choose! The Dinner menu is broken down into several sections including soups/salads, tacos, wood fired pizzas, beginings smaller or sharing, blue plate specials/grasslands, and sides. The Serendipitous salad is fabulous with an amazing champagne vinaigrette. If you love fries the Poutine is a must! Eat Here has an amazing selection of fresh line caught domestic fish. The nightly fish selection changes depending on what type of fish come in that day. Try the not mama’s pot roast smothered in gravy if you’re not a seafood fan. You have to order a side of corn casserole; the best you’ve ever had!

Eat Here focuses on quality hand crafted beer and wines sourced from family/small operations.

Try out Eat Here today, or for additional dining options head over to the Island Real Estate local scene page for suggestions.

Eat Here restaurant does not accept reservations.

5315 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach
(941) 778-0411
Eat Here
Open nightly from 5:30-10pm

Holiday Restaurant Openings Anna Maria Island

Here’s our list of Holiday restaurant openings Anna Maria Island. All of the Island Real Estate vacation rentals offer well-appointed kitchens for meal time. However, preparing a feast may not be one of the activities you look forward to during a relaxing beach vacation. Let go of the hustle and bustle of the season! Let one of Anna Maria Island’s fabulous restaurants feed your family for the holidays.

Holiday Restaurant Openings Anna Maria Island

Below is a list of when Restaurants on and around Anna Maria Island will be serving Holiday meals. This includes Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Holiday Restaurant Openings Anna Maria Island
2015 Holiday Restaurant Schedule

Still looking for the perfect rental for a holiday stay on Anna Maria Island.  No need to worry, visit our frequently asked question page about Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals.  All the information you ever wanted to know on Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals.

anna maria island restaurants open for the 2015 holidays
Wishing you Beachy Holiday on Anna Maria Island!

If you are looking a before dinner drink see our top ten happy hours for Anna Maria Island. A perfect start to your celebration of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year!

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach – Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island offers the freshest Austin style Tex-Mex and American classics in a fun atmosphere.

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island

Wicked Cantina Opened their doors in December of 2014. Owners and former Austin residents Janice and Mike Dolan previously fell in love with Anna Maria Island on a trip. After the decision to make the Bradenton area their permanent home, Janice and Mike decided they wanted to bring a piece of Austin to the island, and that’s how Wicked Cantina got started.

The Menu

Everything at Wicked Cantina is prepared fresh daily too! They offer a large selection of Tex-Mex, American classics and seafood. Fresh made sauces, and slow roasted meats give Wicked Cantina a unique and delicious flavor. The Menu offers appetizers like the fried guacamole bites. Also find soups and salads, Angus burgers with fries and Seafood dishes. Tex-Mex classics include Enchiladas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Fajitas and Tacos. Feed the entire family at home with the Family Package Tacos to go.

Wicked Cantina Tacos
Wicked Cantina Austin Style Tex-Mex.

Wicked Cantina offers amazing hand crafted beverages like Bahama Mamas, Pina Colladas and fabulous Margaritas.

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island
Hand Crafted Cocktails from the full service bar.

Inside Wicked Cantina enjoy a vintage Austin cantina atmosphere with distressed wood and funky sophistication. The patio is a relaxing place to enjoy sunset and the hand crafted Wicked Cantina margaritas too!

Check out the Wicked Cantina Facebook or Twitter page for updates on live music.

head over to Wicked Cantina for a delicious Austin style meal. They’re open daily for lunch and also dinner from 11am-10pm.

Wicked Cantina
101 7th St. N
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Want some more choices for Tex – Mex?  Tortilla Bay in Holmes Beach is a popular choice as well as Poppos on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City.

French Table – Provence cuisine in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach – Nestled between Island Cream and One Stop Shell Shop just north of Historic Bridge Street on Gulf Drive sits a cozy little gray and red store front with a simple sign reading “French Table”. Not much from the outside, this newly renovated authentic French restaurant is anything but ordinary.

French Table goat cheese salad
Warm Goat cheese salad with fresh made crostini.

Opening their doors in 2014, French Table owners the Florcards are Provence natives with a passion for serving fresh authentic French cuisine. Chef and owner Bertrand sources his food locally and direct from France.

Newly renovated the French Table offers a cozy atmosphere in a bistro style setting. The dining room is causal with a rustic feel, and the wooden bar offers beers and fine wines primarily from the south of France.

With something for everyone, the menu is chef crafted with a small selection of classic, clean Provence inspired dishes. Appetizer offerings include mussels with french butter, and parsley or Shrimp salad with mango and grapefruit. Entrees range from lighter seafood dishes, like Grouper with mango sauce and rice, to heavier meals like the Duck breast with honey sauce and potato gratin. When you visit the French Table be sure to try some of the chefs daily fresh baked bread. The desserts at French Table are home made offering different selections of fresh pies including lemon meringue and strawberry.

Lemon Meringue pie bradenton beach
Lemon Meringue pie

For an authentic Provence dining experience head over to French Table today!

Reservations excepted 941-779-1930.

chef owners the Florcards the french table
The Florcards

French Table
103 Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

Hours:
May-December; Tuesday-Saturday 5-10pm
January-April; Tuesday-Sunday 5-10pm

 

 

Island Gourmet Grill

Holmes Beach – Offering fresh seafood, pizza, fabulous lunch options, fine wine, craft beers and the classic Italian favorites Island Gourmet Grill has a little of something for everyone.

Fresh Seafood
Fresh Seafood at Island Gourmet Grill

Offering a bar, lounge area, indoor and outdoor seating, Island Gourmet is a fun place to relax and dine in a hip atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine and oysters on the half shell while watching the open pizza kitchen chefs tossing the best pizzas. Even better, if you don’t feel like dining out, have a pizza delivered to you anywhere on Anna Maria Island.

The dining room at Island Gourmet Grill is casual and comfortable perfect for a quick lunch or a fine dining experience.

The lunch fare is truly American style cuisine with salads, quesadillas, flat breads, wraps, chicken wings, personal pizzas, sandwiches and the always popular fish tacos.

The dinner menu is chef crafted and loaded with seafood and Italian options. Enjoy delicious selections such as the shrimp scampi with pappardelli pasta, Veal Milanese, or the Filet Mignon topped with onion straws. Don’t forget to try out the fabulous desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Tiramisu.

Island Gourmet Grill offers nightly specials.
Mondays buy one get one pizza free.
Taco Tuesday with $1 tacos.
Wednesdays buy two entrees and get a free bottle of wine.
Thursdays enjoy New Orleans style fish and chips.

Happy Hour is offered daily from 12-6pm with $5 glasses of wine and $2 bottles of beer. The wine menu at Island Gourmet Grill is extensive with almost any popular varietal.

Island Gourmet Grill Catering menu is full of fun options for any event including Hors D’ Oeuvres, Platters, Bruschetta, Carving Stations, Desserts and Cakes.

 

Lounge
Outdoor lounge area at Island Gourmet Grill

For a relaxing delicious meal head over to Island Gourmet!

Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am; Dinner Monday – Saturday 5pm

Reservations not necessary. Call 941-778-0333.

For information about Island Gourmet Grill visit our Area Map Restaurant Listings.

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island –  Plan on watching the Super Bowl 2015? To help you out we’ve put together a list of some of the places on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy the game, and a snack, and a drink. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the game.

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-5788

Watch the game in HD. NFL Wings and other game food.

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

ESPN Sunday Package

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Superbowl Party all day. ESPN Sunday Package.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

10 ft TV to watch the game on. Tailgate party until 5:00pm. Drink and food specials all day long.

Below is a list of some other places that regularly do something special for Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

 

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island – Dine and Drink El Fresco!

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island is the quintessential way to hang out in beautiful tropical climate! There’s nothing better than when going out to grab a bite to eat or drinks, having the warm island breeze surrounding you. Some of the wonderful restaurants I’ve listed below have beautiful water views of either the crystal clear Gulf or Bay, or an open-air setting directly across the street from the beach.

The fresh air of AMI always makes your food taste that much better and your drinks that much tastier, bringing you relaxing vibes that will be sure to lift your spirit. I have suggested different places from smaller and more quant spots, to casual any-time spots, to romantic night spots.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Direct Gulf front

Sandbar

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Bay views

Waterfront

Anna Maria Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Out in the middle of the Tampa Bay

Pier

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Direct bay front

Bridgetender

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf

Island time

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front

Beachhouse

Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island