Top Ten Night Spots – Libations Anna Maria Island

If you are looking to enjoy a little night life while visiting Anna Maria Island we have got you covered! Check out our top ten lists of places to grab a drink, listen to music and meet new friends on island time.

Top Ten Night Spots

1. Hurricane Hanks– Laid-back sports bar with a fantastic menu!

5346 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-5788

2. Island Time Bar & Grill– Great atmosphere with live music & a tasty menu!

111 Gulf Drive
South Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
1st Floor
TEL: 941-782-1122

3. Cortez Kitchen– Located not too far off the Cortez Bridge, this outdoors, laid back restaurant most likely will have a live band, good food, and a good time in store for you.

4528 119th Street West Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 798-9404

4Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar– Inside is the sports bar and restaurant, outside’s a tiki bar with live music, right on the water, and even a flat screen for game days!

155 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-4849

5. Dcoy Ducks – Great nightspot with live music, poker nights and more!

5410 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-5888

6Drift Inn– Small town bar on historic bridge street.
120 Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach, FL
(941) 778-9088

7Anchor Inn– Friendly bar with pool tables and darts.

3007 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-3085

8Bortells – Pinball, video games, and pool tables.

10002 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL
(941) 778-5487

9. Clam Factory– Just off the island, good food and live music.

10104 Cortez Road West,
Bradenton, FL
(941) 798-9898

10. Slim’s– Great place to watch sports! Great food, billiards and live entertainment.

9701 Gulf Dr.
Anna Maria, FL
(941) 567-4056

Anna Maria Island top ten night spots
Grab a Margarita and enjoy a little night life on Anna Maria Island with our top ten Night Spots.

We have plenty of more suggestions for places to visit while on Anna Maria Island.  Visit our nightlife information page.

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and Accommodations.

Island Real Estate offers almost 300 Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to assist you in finding the perfect island accommodations! Reserve your Anna Maria Island vacation today!

Anna Maria Vacation rental
Anna Margaritas is a great 2 bedroom Anna Maria Vacation rental just across the street from Bean Point beaches. Click on the image above to reserve Anna Margaritas today!

 

 

Best 4 seafood restaurants around Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria- If you’re looking for exceptional seafood, you’re at the right place! With water surrounding almost all of Anna Maria, it’s no doubt our restaurants have access to the best seafood. All within 20 minutes of the island, here are four restaurants that you’re sure to love!

Seafood Restaurants

1. The Ugly Grouper Bar & Grill

Located on the island, The Ugly Grouper is right across the street from our Marina Drive office. They serve delicious food such as grouper sandwiches and mahi fish tacos along with meals for people who don’t care as much for seafood.  Also, all of their fish is fresh off the coast of Anna Maria, so you’re sure to get fresh fish. The Ugly Grouper has a history here on Anna Maria Island, as it was previously The Barefoot Tiki Bar and even before that a gas station! Take a look at the menu here.

The Ugly Grouper seafood restauraunt
Stop in for a bite at the Ugly Grouper! Photo courtesy of www.bradenton.com

2. Derek’s

Found on Manatee Avenue, Derek’s is prided on its ever-changing menu and good food. They serve wild pink shrimp pasta, blackened salmon and much more. Whether you want to have a causal luncheon or a fancy dinner, Derek’s is the perfect place to go. They do accept reservations and are open from 5am-10pm Monday-Saturday.

Derek's seafood
Photo Courtesy of www.dereks-bradenton.com

3. Mar Vista

Mar Vista resides in Longboat Key and is casual place to get great seafood. Some of their best dishes are a Grouper sandwich and Scallops Mar Vista. Another cool aspect of Mar Vista is its history on Longboat Key. It was one of the first structures built by Rufus Jordan in 1912 and has withstood hurricanes and erosion. Still in the original building, Mar Vista is an extremely interesting place to visit that has tasty food!

Mar Vista seafood
Enjoy yummy food along with a historic atmosphere at Mar Vista! Photo from www.tripadvisor.com

4. Starfish Company Market

If you’re wanting to cook your own or buy already cooked seafood Starfish Company is the perfect place to go. Located off Cortez, they sell locally caught seafood such as fish, scallops, and shrimp. Starfish Co. was started in the 1920’s and sits on one of the few remaining working waterfronts. With an absolutely gorgeous view, Starfish Co. is a must visit when vacationing here on Anna Maria.

Seafood at Starfish Company
Come visit Starfish Company for delicious food and a great view!

Anna Maria Island dining at Eat Here

Holmes Beach – If you are looking for a casual and delicious Anna Maria Island dining experience head over to Eat Here! 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
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 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. If you’re not a seafood fan try the not mama’s pot roast smothered in gravy. 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.

Reservations are not accepted at Eat Here.

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

The Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House

Bradenton Beach – Located at 101 Bridge Street, The Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House offers fresh American fare, gourmet pizza and fine spirits. Open 11am-11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-1am Friday and Saturday. 941-251-3930

The Freckled Fin
Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House on Bradenton Beach.

Whether you grab a seat on the outside patio, inside or at the bar, you’re sure to enjoy the Freckled Fin! Offering traditional and modern American fare find something to please any palate. The Starters menu includes shareable nibbles including Ahi Tuna, the tater tot basket, and crab cakes to name a few. On the main menu offerings include fresh salads, a grouper sandwich, burgers, wraps Clam Strips, and Coconut shrimp. The pizza menu offers all the traditional toppings with specialty pizzas like the Gyro, Hawaiian or Shrimp Pesto pizzas. If you are looking for a late night hang out Freckled Fin has a fun late menu including breakfast and lighter fare. The Freckled Fin has a full service bar, and offers a kids menu. Dine in, carry out or have Freckled Fin delivered. Find live entertainment on weekends!

Freckled Fin
Great Libations at The Freckled Fin.

If you are looking for something to keep your entire group satisfied head over to the Freckled Fin!

Need more choices on places to eat?  Visit our Anna Maria Island restaurant information page where we have tons of restaurants listed.

 

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island

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

Opening their doors in December of 2014, Wicked Cantina 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.

Offering a large selection of Tex-Mex, American classics and seafood, everything at Wicked Cantina is prepared fresh daily. Fresh made sauces, and slow roasted meats give Wicked Cantina a unique and delicious flavor. The Menu offers appetizers like the fried guacamole bites, soups and salads, Angus burgers with fries, Enchiladas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Seafood dishes, 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 a full bar with amazing hand crafted beverages like Bahama Mamas, Pina Colladas and fabulous Margaritas.

Wicked Cantina cocktails
Hand Crafted Cocktails from the full service bar.

Inside Wicked Cantina enjoy a vintage Austin cantina atmosphere with distressed wood and funky sophistication. Open for lunch and dinner, the patio is a relaxing place to enjoy sunset and the hand crafted margaritas Wicked Cantina is known for.

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

For a delicious Austin style meal head over to Wicked Cantina open daily for lunch and 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.

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.

Canvas n Corks at the same time at Art Space

Canvas n Corks Follow in the steps of Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas’ and Manet and have a little wine next time you pick up a brush with Canvas n Corks down at ArtSpace on Pine Ave in the city of Anna Maria.

Let local artist Debra Webster uncork a bottle and help you find your inner artist at a sip ‘n paint style work shop where all paint, canvas, and brushes will be provided along with light snacks. All you need to bring is your favorite beverage and yourself, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist they have everything you need to create a one of a kind masterpiece you’ll be proud to hang in your home.

Classes take place weekly for just $35 per person and include all supplies. You can schedule your group getaway or ladies night out by inquiring here at info@ArtspaceAnnaMaria.com or call 941-243-3835.

And here are some great Island Real Estate properties near by!

Rest a Shore

All Decked Out

Casa Calienta

Island Players 2014/2015 Season

Anna Maria – Imagine what the Island Players Theater house has seen season after season, play after play; ballet recitals, concerts from many genre’s, hurricanes, actors polishing their craft, a school room, a church, the Anna Maria Garden Club and Women’s Club meetings, a service club during WWII, town hall meetings and tourists.

The actual building was brought by barge to the island in 1912 and it became the home of the Island Players organization in 1949. Originally the home was built in Parrish for the William Gillette family and floated down the Manatee River and set right where it still stands on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. With termites threatening the historic building in the 1970’s, the Players took on the project of not only saving the building from these ravenous bugs, but to preserve it’s historical value and making improvements that benefitted all who come to enjoy our little community theater.

What a great night out! Come see what this season has in store for patrons. For a mere $20 you can lose yourself in drama, comedy and the small town feel that is part of the magic of Anna Maria. Click HERE for their season schedule.

Local theatre, Island Players of Anna Maria Island

The Island Players are at it again! 2014 Season.

Anna Maria  – For the 66th season in a row the Anna Maria Island Players have a fantastic line up of shows put on by some of the islands finest thespians. So next time you find yourself on Anna Maria and you feel the urge to laugh, cry or just experience something new check out some of the following productions that are sure to please.

October 9-19-2014

Tribute by Bernard Slade – Scottie Templeton, a popular actor, has spent his life shirking responsibility. When life deals Scottie a difficult blow, he attempts to reconnect with his son. Jack Lemmon played this lovable but flawed character in the film of the same name.

December 4-14

Regrets only by Paul Rudnick – this comedy of Manhattan manners explores the latest topics in marriage, friendships and squandered riches. The setting: a Park Avenue penthouse. The players: a powerhouse attorney, his deliriously social wife and their closest friend, one of the most staggeringly successful fashion designers. Add a daughters engagement, some major gowns, the president of the United States and stir.

January 22 – February 8

Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones – in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.

March 26 – April 12

Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz – Caught in middle age, in middle management and in a middle marriage, Becky Foster feels there has to be more out there for her, but doesn’t see any prospects for change on the horizon… until her daily routine of working at a car dealership is flipped upside down.

May 21-31

The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey – Just back from their honeymoon Edgar catches Mavis, a villainess if there ever was one, telling obvious lies about where she has spent the evening. From then on, complication follows complication until chaos reigns supreme. This zany spoof of British mysteries will leave you rolling in the aisles.

 

Dine and Drink El Fresco!

Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island is the quintessential place to hang outside in its 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.

Here is a small guide to dining/drinking outside in the beautiful AMI sunshine:

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

Coquina

Blues, Brews & BBQ on Bridge Street March 29th

Bradenton Beach – Bridge street in Bradenton Beach will be closed on Saturday March 29th from 11am-10pm for Blues, Brews & BBQ.

Bridge Street Bradenton BeachLive music, good food and drinks are the order of the day for this family fun event. The music lineup includes AJ & the Automatics, Lauren Mitchell Band, RJ Howson & Friends, Kara Nally Band and Kettle of Fish. A VIP Section will be available with preferred seating under a tent which includes tickets for the BBQ contest, alcohol, beer and a meal from Bridge Street Bistro.

The BBQ contest isn’t to be missed. From 2-6pm local restaurants will compete to see who can make the best barbecue!