Duffy’s Tavern has great hamburgers and COLD beer

Holmes Beach – Duffy’s Tavern is an Anna Maria Island landmark and has been since it first opened in 1958. Family owned and operated, “Miss Duffy” and her 5 daughters proudly serve their “world famous burgers and the coldest beer this side

Duffy's Fireplace
Duffy’s Fireplace

of heaven” from a two-story cracker shack located across the street from the Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida. In March of 2003, Duffy’s relocated across the street from the Holmes Beach City Hall and skate park. Now with air conditioning and a fireplace, it is a great place to hang out where you are never too hot or cold and can mingle with the locals. You can still expect the same service and quality in both the beers and the burgers. Everything comes with chips, never fries.

Duffy’s has fabulous cheeseburgers and try one with everything on it.  There is a bar as well as spots to sit down.  They have an outdoor eating area under roof as well as one out the back which is not under roof.  The regular dining area can be opened up with garage door size screens to let the breeze in on balmy breeze days.  On cold days they get the fireplace roaring and it offers a nice cozy eating spot.  Walk up to the bar and put in your order and Duffy’s will bring the food out when ready.  Plenty of cold beverages at Duffy’s, beer, soda all with Televisions behind the bar to watch your favorite sports team.

Duffy’s hours as of this posting:

Duffy's in Holmes Beach
Duffy’s fireplace

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Closed on Tuesday
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
No credit cards, CASH only!

Duffy’s
5808 Marina Dr,
Holmes Beach, Fl 34217 – Anna Maria Island
Phone (941)  778-2501

Duffy's frontage
Duffy’s frontage

Shake Pit – the name says it all – Great Shake’s off Anna Maria

Sure, there are lots of spots on and off Anna Maria Island to pick up ice cream.  If you are in the mood for a thick old style milkshake there are less spots to suggest when visiting Anna Maria Island.  The Shake Pit is the spot to suggest if you are looking for a great milk shake that reminds you of the good – ole – days.  The employees even ask how thick you want your shake.  You can get extra thick and believe me that means it is thick.  Don’t plan to get the shake through a straw for a while.  If you want to drink the shake through a straw then just tell them that.

My favorite shake is Peanut Butter – Caramel.  That’s right, Peanut Butter, wow!  The Strawberry Shake is great for those that are not as adventurous.  One thing is for sure, whatever flavor you like grab a thick milk shake at the Shake Pit.  The Shake Pit is just off Manatee Avenue about 10 minutes off Anna Maria Island.

The Shake Pit has more than just shakes.  They have hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, a few sandwiches, Onion Rings, fish and chicken baskets and a few other items to eat.  All in all its a perfect spot to have something to eat and most importantly indulge in one of life’s little pleasures – a thick, rich Milk Shake.

A few notes about the Shake Pit…they take cash only, pets are not allowed on the outdoor patio but you can chain them up to a tree nearby, the pit is normally closed on Wednesday’s. For more Ice Cream Choices on and off Anna Maria Island visit our top ten restaurants page.

Shake Pit
3801 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL, 34205
(941) 748-4016