Fort Myers' Best Beach Bars Deliver Entertainment, Cold Drinks, Good Food

It doesn’t seem like a day at the beach is complete until you’ve stumbled upon a good bar with cold libations and some entertainment to boot. The beaches of Fort Myers have more than a few establishments that cater to the bikini and board short crowds, still salty from the surf, as well as those who want to stay in their street clothes, but still enjoy the balmy Gulf of Mexico air.

A longtime favorite with locals and tourists alike is The Cottage, part of the Gulfshore Grill on Fort Myers Beach. With a both a bar on the sand and one on a second story deck, the menu is full of variety and the establishment offers great entertainment, all day and night.

Centrally located on Fort Myers Beach, the Junkanoo is a bigger, all around type of bar experience with live music, volleyball nets and watercraft for rent.

On Captiva Island the Mucky Duck is tucked between sea grapes and palm trees, a great find and a good time, especially for sunset.

While most of these bars don’t require shoes, a couple of them have a modest beach dress code. Regardless of what you wear, you’re bound to have a good time at these 10Best beach bars.

The Mucky Duck is the only bar (or restaurant) directly on the beautiful white sand of Captiva Island. The former beach house has become a favorite spot for both locals and tourists who want to enjoy a cold cocktail while watching the sun slip...  Read More

Junkanoo Beach Bar and Dance Club

You can't create any more of an island atmosphere than the one at Junkanoo! This beach bar during the day/dance club at night, enjoys more than its share of popularity with residents and visitors. The outdoor bar is a great place to get out of...  Read More

One of the most popular events at this Fort Myers Beach bar, is Sunday Church. Every Sunday the bar is lined with cups of spicy Bloody Mary mix and sweet orange juice, just waiting for the ice and booze to be added. The production line is...  Read More

Beached Whale

It's downright impossible to miss the turn for this time-tested establishment on Fort Myers Beach, with signage that boasts a pink-skinned beachcomber, frothy ale held aloof, sitting atop a purple whale. Such good-natured quirkiness is what has...  Read More

Find Cabana's Beach Bar at the DiamondHead Beach Resort, where locals, tourists and guests come together for a fun time with a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. Cabana's was remodeled and expanded at the beginning of 2014, with more tables in...  Read More

Smokin Oyster Brewery, SOB
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Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach, the Smokin' Oyster Brewery, or S.O.B., has been shucking oysters since 1997. The beach cottage has live entertainment on the open, front patio with a good sized bar to...  Read More

Pincher's Tiki Bar provides the best chance for finding excitement on the southern part of Fort Myers Beach. Located at the Wyndham Garden Beach Hotel, this tiki bar is operated by a popular, local seafood establishment. Not only will you be...  Read More

The Lani Kai is a legendary party spot on Fort Myers Beach. People come by car and boat to see what is going on, and there is always something. It's not fancy but it's fun, at times downright raucous, with live music, games lots of skin and lots...  Read More

Bonita Springs

A Bonita Springs legend if ever there was one, Doc's has been an immensely popular place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner for longer than most locals can recall. The location helps; right on the water and right beside the public beach. Doc's...  Read More

This beach bar has been a favorite spot for locals for years, and year round. Part of the Gulfshore Grill, the Cottage is a casual, outdoor beach bar with an unobstructed view of the water. One of the bars here is right on the sand, serving...  Read More


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