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Best bars in Manatee County

Seafood Restaurant
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“Little spot by the marina where you can have a bite, a drink, and watch the boats traffic in and out. Indoor seating or outdoor. They also have an upscale restaurant and bar upstairs indoors, and an indoor restaurant. Full bar in and outdoors. Live entertainment indoors and outdoors.”
66local recommendations
Seafood Restaurant
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“Casual, beachy spot with a covered patio offering seafood & bar fare, draft beer & live music.”
47local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Water front tiki hut dining with bar and live music on Sarasota Bay. Gorgeous views!”
42local recommendations
Bar
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“Beachfront mainstay features seafood & island-inspired fare, plus deck seating. Amazing outdoor seating. Lots of bar space, eat dinner on the beach. Great for a romantic night out.”
36local recommendations
Seafood Restaurant
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“A great place to buy fresh locally caught fish and bring home to grill or enjoy a lovely CASUAL seafood dinner out! It is only a few miles from the cottage.”
27local recommendations
Nightclub
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“live rhythm and blues, top 40 and reggae. Upstairs bar more tranquil with 180 varieties of whiskeys. In Downtown Sarasota ”
26local recommendations
Movie Theater
“Best movie theater in town with a great bar. Dinner and a movie with recliner side service.”
39local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Siesta Key Restaurant Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar is famous for oysters, clam chowder, seafood & sandwiches. Casual indoor and outdoor dining.”
24local recommendations
Bar
“Varied New American menu, cocktails & live music presented outside in a tiki-inspired setting.”
28local recommendations
Bar
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“for some seafood and frozen cocktails (note: there’s also one on St. Armand’s)”
21local recommendations
Fried Chicken Joint
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“Sleek, high-energy option for Southern comfort food, live bands & down-home cocktails.”
27local recommendations
Café
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“Sophisticated hangout with elevated pub fare and specialty cocktails, plus brunch and lunchtime tacos. My husband and I were leaving a showing at the Sarasota Film Festival and walked by Clasico Cafe on our way to our car. We were stopped by the inviting outside tables individually situated under overhangs of lush bougainvillea. Great ambience. We both ordered martinis and salad. My husband had the asparagus salad with a fried poached egg! We had never heard of an egg done that way. It was delicious! I had the Cobb salad, which was the most beautiful and best tasting Cobb salad I've ever had. The chicken was done perfectly and the 1/2 avocado was thinly sliced and perfectly ripe. Martinis were great, too! Wonderful impromptu stop that will be a destination in the future.”
18local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Excellent locally sourced dining experience in an adorable bungalow house downtown.”
26local recommendations
Bar
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“One of the best kept secrets on Longboat Key. Up on the "old Sarasota" end of Longboat way past the golf courses and country clubs. Casual, outdoor dining dockside under the trees. Incredible, upscale food in a fishing village setting.”
24local recommendations
Nightclub
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“Nightspot featuring live bands 7 days a week, a rotating roster of DJs and weekly theme nights. This is probably the only place in America that you can be a 21 year old and bring your 80 year old grandpa and still be considered cool. There were all types of people dancing here, I loved it. And everyone accepted each other! I felt like I was on a different planet. The music was pretty fun and the drinks/bar was average but its a cool place to check out if you're in the area.”
11local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Tucked away, eclectic little beach spot. Nice change of scene from the typical beach bar vibe.”
16local recommendations