Get Your Party Started Early in Naples, Florida



With its reputation as a haven for rich retirees, Naples’ early entertainment scene comes as no surprise. Miami Beach this is not, so do not expect nightclubs that hit their stride in the after midnight hours. You are more likely, instead, to find folks partying in the middle of the day at beach and chickee bars such as the Snook Inn and others throughout the area.  In most cases, the music ends after the dinner hour, around 10 p.m. or earlier.

The area also has a reputation for live performance art at a variety of venues from Bonita Springs to Marco Island. Musicians, dancers and theater troupes from the community and across the nation make appearances at performance arts halls such as Sugden Community Theatre in downtown Naples and the Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Their performances typically end around 10 p.m.; furthermore, many of the venues host matinees on weekends.

This list directs you to the best of the Naples early live entertainment options. Those who like to plan their evenings for an early retreat back to home base will find everything from jazz quartets and  youth drama performances to indy films and opera. 




Dinner, live music and dancing: It all happens in one spot at The Stage in Bonita Springs. It features live performances by a number of different national tribute band acts. Tickets start at $25 and include a three-course dinner, the cover...  Read More


Wine Loft of Naples
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The gorgeous parlor setting at the Wine Loft Bar & Restaurant feels at once elegant and homey. It hosts live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus jazz musicians for its Sunday brunch each week. Of course fine wines are the...  Read More


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Old Naples Pub
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The Old Naples Pub is located in the thick of one of Naples's leading shopping zones. Folks trying to avoid the sticker shock and relatively formal air of Third Street restaurants and bars head here for a casual setting indoor and out. The lunch...  Read More


Center for Performing Arts
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A newcomer to the Naples area live performance scene, it hosts a variety of entertainment in its Hinman Auditorium and Moe Auditorium & Film Center. Shows range from musical acts and improv to dance and performances by the center's youth...  Read More


Sugden Community Theatre
Photo courtesy of Naples Players


Do not be fooled by the "community" in the theater's name - the Naples Players troupe that performs here is anything but amateur in quality. During its more than 50 years of performing, the company became so popular, it was able to raise...  Read More


Bay House Restaurant
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Naples visitors looking for live jazz and other genres of music love the Bay House Restaurant not only for its musical selection, but also for its wonderful seafood dishes, polished decor and expansive views of the wild Cocohatchee River and its...  Read More


H B's On the Gulf
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Part of the 100-plus-year-old Naples Beach Hotel, H B's draws fans from beyond the resort for drinking and dining with a fabulous view of the beach, gulf and sunset. For nearly 10 years, its wine list has earned the Award of Excellence from...  Read More


M Waterfront Grille
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Naples residents and visitors who love jazz head to M Waterfront Grille for its refined atmosphere, water views, fine cuisine and terrific live music. On Wednesday, patrons relax in the lounge or on the outdoor veranda for Wine on Wednesday from...  Read More


Bayside Seafood Grill and Bar
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This bar's upstairs locale affords patrons incredible views of Venetian Village, the bay and its waterfront homes as they sip their favorite libations. The downstairs Cafe venue is perfect for an early or late supper, and diners have the...  Read More


Snook Inn
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Chickee bars are a signature form of the Naples area party scene. Because of the destination's close proximity to Seminole and Miccosukee Indian tribes, many resorts and restaurants hire local tribesman to construct the open-air thatched...  Read More


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Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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