Southwest Gulf Coast drinking and nightlife

Pub in Captiva Island

Mucky Duck

The unpretentious, shingle-roofed Mucky Duck is perfectly positioned for Captiva sunsets, and devoted locals jockey for beach chairs and picnic tables each evening. The extended menu offers more than just pub grub, …
Cocktail Bar in Naples

HobNob Kitchen + Bar

This place is about as hipster-chic as Naples gets, with opulent modern decor and 'nobtails' like the strawberry-watermelon fresca, made with pearl cucumber vodka. Don't miss the innovative, New American appetizers,…
Bar in Venice

Sharky's on the Pier

With the prime sunset spot at Venice Pier, Sharky's doesn't have to try too hard. It's a typical, middle-of-the-road seafood restaurant (mains $10 to $27) featuring good grouper sandwiches, frozen drinks and a tiki …
Coffee in Sarasota


Sophisticated brewing methods and sourcing of single-origin beans make Perq the best third-wave coffee bar in Sarasota.
Coffee in Sarasota

Green Bean Coffee House

In north Sarasota, this environmentally conscious coffee shop (lunch $5 to $10) serves up tasty wraps, salads and breakfasts filled with vegetables from the nearby community garden and poultry products from their ow…
Bar in Sarasota

Jack Dusty

The Ritz-Carlton's gold-trimmed restaurant features one of the sexiest drinking dens in town, with a marble bar, delicious Mote Marina oysters and terrace seating with Gulf views. The bar is headed up by mixologist …
Rooftop Bar in Fort Myers

Firestone Sky Bar

Want to feel like you're above it all in Fort Myers? Firestone Sky Bar is the only rooftop, waterfront drinking establishment in the downtown area, so you're gonna want to get your VIP bottle service here. On weeken…
Bar in Fort Myers Beach

Smokin' Oyster Brewery

You can rock up in your bathing suit and flip-flops at this open-air beach bar just steps from Fort Myers Beach. Order a platter of oysters or a bucket of steamed shrimp, corn and red potatoes (mains $6 to $14). Cau…
Cocktail Bar in Sarasota Keys

Doctor's Office

With an eye chart, old filing cabinets and a 'doctor's in' sign on the door, this new craft cocktail establishment makes certain customers are aware that yes, this was once an actual doctor's office! There's no need…
Bar in Sarasota Keys

Beach Club

Cavernous bar with pool tables, a stage, a great white shark and giant Connect Four. Live music often; ladies' night every Wednesday.