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!

Anna Maria Island – Top Ten Happy Hours!

Going out for a night for Anna Maria Island Happy Hour? 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 Monday through Saturday from 11:30-6:00. Happy hour specials include $5 cocktails, sangria, martinis, wines and $2.00 beers. 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 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!

 

 

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