Top 10 Beach Bars in Clearwater Beach

Top 10 Beach Bars in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is widely recognized as one of, if not the best beach, in the United States.  It’s white sand and warm gulf waters have been calling out to vacationers and visitors for years and years.  While South Beach and Daytona Beach get the majority of the notoriety, Clearwater Beach definitely has its devotees.

Besides having the “Best Beach” recognition, Clearwater Beach has some other reasons for the thousands of visitors it gets every year.  One of those reasons is the vast array of eating and drinking establishments up and down the beach.  And the thing is, we’re not just talking about dive bars here.  There’s a little something for everyone to choose from no matter what you desire. Whether you’re looking for a venue with live entertainment, a quiet little place with a great view of the sunset, a wild and crazy dance club, or a bar and grill serving cold beer and good food, it can be found here on Clearwater Beach.

We’ve put together a list of some the best places to get what you’re looking for if you’re planning on spending a little time here in Clearwater Beach.  The establishments below are listed in no particular preference or order.


Crabby’s Bar and Grill

Located in the heart of Clearwater Beach’s pristine Beach Walk, Crabby’s Bar & Grill has become a family tradition for locals and visitors alike. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the best Happy Hour on the beach, and stunning sunset views, Crabby’s Bar & Grill has everything you need to enjoy your stay on beautiful Clearwater Beach.

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night, plus live music daily, it’s a sure bet that Crabby’s Bar & Grill will soon be your go to beach spot. 


Surfside Taphouse

Clearwater Beach has long been a haven for year-round fun and is ranked the number one beach in the United States. The focus here is on Craft Beer with a wide assortment of local Tampa Bay area Breweries as well as unique Crafts from Florida and across the Country. We also pour the ABCs of the world’s best Macro Breweries.

The ambiance at Surfside Tap House is pure chill. Surfside Taphouse features an indoor/outdoor Bar, outdoor seating where you can bask in the sunshine and the gulf breeze, amazing live Entertainment daily and a spacious inside area with Hi-Def flat screen TVs perfect for sports and variety of entertainment including live music every night starting at 9p.  Surfside Taphouse is a great place to just kick back with some friends, enjoy some adult beverages and watch the sun slowly sink into the Gulf of Mexico!

Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grille

Where can you go on Clearwater Beach for a really fun time?  How about the BEACH FIRE Beach Bar & Grille!   Here you can enjoy a laid back, stress free environment that’s perfect for your beach vacation!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are served 7 Days a Week, featuring fresh, homemade, food.  Fully stocked bar with amazing Tropical Drinks and over a hundred craft beers, plus a huge selection of the best local & national brews.

There’s great live music most nights and sports on several big screen, HD TVs, so you won’t miss a minute of the big game.

Oh yeah, did I mention that they have Karaoke? (the ORIGINAL & BEST KARAOKE spot on Clearwater Beach).  Plus, there’s Open Mic Nite:  Showcase your talent or cheer on the next rising star.   

Located on the North End of beautiful Clearwater Beach, everything is cooked over an open wood fire.. Relax & enjoy the beach life! Watch the game on a big screen, or just watch the bronze bodies stroll by.  Icy cold brews, yummy libations, beachy tunes… it’s all here, waiting for you!!

Sharky’s Beach Bar    411 Gulfview Blvd.

Serving up cold brews, beach views and good times for everyone.  Sharky’s offers a variety of beers on tap as well as casual fare and beachfront atmosphere. Choose from their famous rum punch or the always popular bucket of brews and come dine on the beachside deck for a deliciously good time.  With music, great food, daily drink specials, and friendly staff, a stop by Sharky's will never disappoint! Check out what’s on tap for good times and other events happening in the Clearwater Beach area. 

Tropix Beach Bar    655 S. Gulfview Blvd.

Tropix Beach Bar & Grill says they’re  founded on three things: great food, great drinks, and great service. Add in daily live music and the stunning views of Clearwater Beach, and you’ve got the perfect beach getaway.

Here you will find some of the best local live bands, with performances daily. Sip the day away in one of our beachfront cabanas, or spend some time by the pool. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Try a Gulf Grouper sandwich or their Local Smoked Fish Dip and wash it all down with one of their world famous Rum Runners!  An evening spent at Tropix could be just what the doctor ordered!


The Shipwreck

The Shipwreck is an icon on Clearwater Beach since 1976... the oldest bar on the beach with a nautical theme~Its a full liquor bar with FROSTY cold beer, Pool tables, Darts, Golf, 12 TV's, the best DJ's, Awesome regular crowds, and a bomb-dog Staff!  The Shipwreck is a chill and relaxing locals joint, but always FUN and of course, they  always have room for new pirates!! COME GET ON THIS PARTY BARGE with the rest of the pirates. OPEN TIL 3 AM EVERY NIGHT!

NOTE: The Shipwreck is a SMOKING PERMITTED establishment.

The Sandbar

After enjoying a fun day on Clearwater Beach, a cocktail or two at the Sandbar beachfront Tiki Bar.  The Sandbar, has cool cocktails, great food, and lively conversation. Located a short walk down the dune off the south end of Clearwater Beach, Sandbar provides a relaxed atmosphere for a casual lunch or dinner. Sample a delicious variety of fresh Florida cuisine and some of the best drinks on the beach.  Pull up a chair or a stool and enjoy a million dollar sunset.  And soon, live entertainment will be happening at the Tiki Bar for the enjoyment of their guests.

Shepard’s Tiki Bar and Grill

Have the time of your life at this action-packed resort! Experience everything from inspired food, nonstop music and the most sensational sunsets. This versatile venue host local bands, national acts, and the hottest DJs on the circuit.

The dynamic Tiki Beach stage perched above the water hosts non-stop entertainment and action all day and night. You can get up and dance or simply sit back and savor the incredible sunset, a cool tropical drink, and great beach specialties at the Margarita Grill. Experience  the 11,000 square ft. Tiki Beach Bar and concert stage overlooking the white sand beach and Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy everything from relaxing reggae to national acts and concerts while indulging in cool cocktails and a bite from the Tiki Bar Beach Grill. Check out their events calendar for special events beach parties.


Jamminz is the hang out and party place for everyone, where locals party like tourists and tourists party like the locals. Jamminz offers the best drink specials on the beach all day and night and an awesome happy hour from 4:00 - 7:00. Perfect time to grab a drink after working hard all day on your tan. At 9:00 PM Jamminz transforms into the best dance party on the #1 beach town in America with live DJ entertainment 7 days a week.

If you’re looking for a place where you can party all night, Jamminz may be just the place for you.

Palm Pavilion Bar and Grill

It’s laid back and casual. Been that way since it opened in 1926. Here everyone’s somebody and nobody cares. The Palm Pavilion overlooks the Gulf of Mexico; the beach is just outside the front door and the sunsets are pretty darn terrific. There’s live entertainment most days, as long as there’s an extension cord to be found. Great seafood, sizzling steaks, chicken and seafood wraps, shrimp and crab chowder, smoked ribs and their famous beach burgers are all on the menu. Happy hour is Monday – Friday 4-7 p.m




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