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! Here is our top ten night spots on Anna Maria Island.  By the way in no particular order and tried to include the normal outfits found for patrons visiting the night spot.  We would classify night spots into three categories; Motorcycle bar, Coastal Vacationer bar, Local bar or a mixture of Vacationer and Local.

Top Ten Night Spots

1. Hurricane Hanks– Laid-back sports bar with a fantastic menu!  I have never had a bad meal at Hurricane’s so grab a drink and enjoy some great eat’s.  My father love’s grabbing a gin and tonic with the scallops and bacon appetizer.  Business casual is normally the outfits found at Hurricane Hanks and this is a mixture of Coastal Vacationer and Locals.

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

mermaid drinks
Enjoy a fruity drink for the ultimate mermaid experience!

2. Island Time Bar & Grill– Great atmosphere with live music & a tasty menu!  Coastal casual wear is what would be found at Island time and this is a mixture of Coastal Vacationer and Locals.

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.  Good mix of coastal visitors and locals makes this a good choice for any type of evening you are looking for.

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!  Located in Bradenton Beach just of Bridge Street.  Parking can be a challenge so bring your patience or ride the trolley!  Good mixture of Coastal Vacationers and Locals.

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

5. Dcoy Ducks – Great nightspot with live music, poker nights and more!  Located in the heart of Holmes Beach right next to the Feast.  Go grab some fabulous food at the Feast and walk less than 30 feet to Dcoy Duck’s!  Normal outfit would be a tshirt with some casual shorts.  Leather could be included but this is a good mix of visitors and locals that patronize this bar.  Mixture of locals, coastal vacationers and motorcyle patrons.

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

6Drift Inn– Small town bar on historic bridge street.  Normal outfit could include a little leather but likely includes a t-shirt and some torn up blue jeans.  More of a feel of motorcycle patrons along with locals.

120 Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach, FL
(941) 778-9088

7Anchor Inn– Friendly bar with pool tables and darts.  This is one of several local bars located just South of Publix.  Normal outfit would include a little leather.  More of a feel of motorcycle patrons along with locals.

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

8Bortells – Pinball, video games, and pool tables.  Normal outfit would include a little leather and some blue jeans.

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

9.  The Doctor’s office is located within a short 2-3 minute stroll from the Feast or Dcoy Ducks.  The Doctor’s Office is a craft cocktail bar.  They have small bites, wine, beer and some unique cocktails to offer.  This is a very quaint and cozy bar that reminds me more of a cigar parlor with comfy seats and fabulous staff that works to meet your every whim.  Normal outfit would be business casual and this has strong coastal vacationer feel.

5312 Holmes Blvd
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 213-9926

10. Slim’s– Great place to watch sports! Great food, billiards and live entertainment.  This for sure is a local hang out and many nights they host after party teams from the Anna Maria community Center extracurricular evening sports activities.  Normal outfit would be coastal wear with some shorts.  Coastal vacationer and local hangout.

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

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

Anna Maria Island Real Estate

Island Real Estate has dominated the Anna Maria Island Real Estate market for more than two decades.  Visit with one of our full time sales professionals or view our real estate listings to get your “peace” of paradise.

By the way – there is no reason to drink and drive on Anna Maria Island.  Check out the free monkey bus or the free Anna Maria Island Trolley for plans to let someone else handle the heavy lifting while out on the town!

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!

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.

 

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

Blues, Brews BBQ on Bridge Street March 29th

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

Blues Brews BBQ

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 also be available with preferred seating under the tent. Additionally the vip tickets include the BBQ contest, alcohol, beer and a meal from Bridge Street Bistro.

The BBQ contest is amazing too! From 2-6pm local restaurants will compete to see who can make the best barbecue!

Experience the Anna Maria Island Nightlife

Anna Maria Island Nightlife

Anna Maria Island Nightlife
Looking for something to do at night on Anna Maria Island? There are several choices in nighttime entertainment to choose from…

Live Music

  • Blue Marlin Restaurant’s Courtyard offers live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a relaxing outdoor setting.
  • Island Time Bar & Grill has live music running from Thursday through Sunday. Wings, burgers, and fried grouper sandwiches are also available.
  • The Anna Maria City Pier has live music on Friday and Saturday starting at 6:00PM.
  • D Coy Ducks is an option for those wanting to stay out later, open until 1:30AM. Live music Wednesday-Saturday with Thursday being karaoke night.
  • Ace’s Lounge, a short jaunt off the island, is a great choice for live music. Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz and Reggae can all be found here.

Happy Hours

Check out our full list of ten Anna Maria Island happy hours to get the night started right!

Bars & Billiards

  • Sport’s on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach has billiards, darts, and shuffleboard!
  • Slim’s Place has two billiards tables and drinks to go around. A large bar and televisions to watch the game.
  • Bortell’s has darts, pinball, video games, and billiards tables, and .
  • The Firkin & Fox Pub is off the island, but open until 11:00PM Monday-Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

More information on night spots can be found in some of our other top blogs!

Bridge Tender Inn restaurant in Bradenton Beach, FL

Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant
Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant

Bradenton Beach – The Bridge Tender Inn is a fabulous restaurant and full service bar situated directly on the intercoastal side of Anna Maria Island on Beautiful Sarasota Bay. Located on Historic Bridge Street just south of the sight of the first bridge that connected the Island to the mainland, the Bridge Tender Inn has an old Florida small town casual feel.

The Bridge Tender Inn offers more formal indoor seating and an open air seating area nestled into Mangroves just across the street at the base of the Bradenton Beach pier.  A locals favorite, Bridge Tender Inn serves fresh seafood including tuna, shrimp, grouper and scallops to name a few.  If you have already had your fill of seafood on your Anna Maria Island vacation don’t worry.  The Bridge Tender restaurant has duck, pasta, steak, ribs, a vegetarian dish and much more.

tiki bar
Outdoor Tiki Bar situated directly on Sarasota Bay.
Bradenton Beach pier Bird
A Great Blue Heron enjoys a spot on the Pier.

For a more relaxed atmosphere visit the bar style dining area.  The bar area often has live music, and is a fun place to dine with entertainment and endless Bradenton Beach character.  The restaurant bar offers a limited menu which serves a lighter fare than the formal restaurant menu.  The bar area outdoor seating has the island’s most beautiful views the intercoastal has to offer.

The name Bridge Tender Inn is of important significance.  Anna Maria Island’s first bridge to the island with motor vehicles is the current sight of Bradenton Beach pier. The men who operated the bridge were called Bridge Tenders.  For more information on how the bridge operated and the significance of the Bridge Tenders be sure to visit our Anna Maria Island Informational page.

For great food with an amazing view head over to the Bridge Tender Inn and enjoy a slice of old Florida charm. Open daily from 11:30am- 12pm

Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar
155 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-4849