Cool Bars, Live Music and Buzzing Clubs Define Nightlife in Fort Myers

Fort Myers and the Gulf Islands that surround the city, offer some of the best nightlife in Southwest Florida. One of the best stops for the party crowd looking for options is downtown Fort Myers. The brick streets are lined with funky dens, wine bars, pubs and clubs. The area really gets cranking during the monthly Music and Art Walks.

Another hot destination for the bar hopping bunch, is Gulf Coast Town Center. Even though it's extremely popular with the college crowd, there are spots that cater to every age and any taste; from Tequila bars to cigar bars, and sushi bars to piano bars.

Vacationers looking for a more relaxed island-style vibe will enjoy sipping a beer or cocktail at one of the many beach pubs on Estero and Sanibel Islands. If you're looking for a party on Fort Myers beach, the Cottage Beach Bar consistently delivers a good time. It's directly on the beach with live music nightly, and it is right next door to the Spring Break party mecca of the Lani Kai Island Resort, if you're feeling adventurous. 

Whether you want to chill to live music or dance to a DJ, you'll find a spot to embrace in this 10Best list. 

Cape Coral

Nevermind's moniker is "Awesome Bar and Eatery", and that it is. One of the hottest spots in downtown Cape Coral and the brainchild of successful Southwest Florida restaurateur Shannon Yates, Nevermind is a small space so it fills up fast. Good...  Read More

Fort Myers Brewing Company
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One of the first local breweries in the area, this one has grown to become the biggest and most popular by far. Expanding its facility in an odd, off the beaten path industrial park, Fort Myers Brewing Company has more than 20 taps, TV's to...  Read More

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At nearly 15,000 square feet, Society is a big open space with a cool vibe. You'll find several bars, both indoor and out, with a 360-degree video wall system in the dining room. While much attention has been given to the dining and cocktail...  Read More

This former Chinese restaurant has morphed into one of the most infamous local bars in the Fort Myers area. You'll know you are in the right place by the giant statue of Buddha, sitting in the parking lot. A couple of things you can be sure of...  Read More

The Cottage is cool, a favorite spot for locals year round. As part of the more civilized and recently remodled Gulfshore Grill, the Cottage is a casual, outdoor beach bar with an unobstructed view of the water. People come by car, by boat and...  Read More

The Roadhouse Cafe
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The owners of the Roadhouse have connections and they use them, to the extreme delight of music lovers. The family of famous trumpeter Louis Colombo, opened the cafe in 2007, inspired by their successful restaurant in Cape Cod. Colombo had quite...  Read More

The Downtown River District of Fort Myers really comes alive during the monthly Art Walk (first Friday of the month) and Music Walk (third Friday of the month). Galleries, museums and shops stay open late, with special exhibits, activities and...  Read More

You don't have to wear cowboy hats and boots to get into this country themed club, but you will fit right in if you do. You'll also do well if you like to, and know how to line dance. However, the Dixie, as locals call it, wants everyone to join...  Read More

The Firestone is a four-story entertainment and restaurant complex in an historic building, facing the renovated waterfront in downtown Fort Myers. The Martini Bar on the third is known to locals as the "Brick Bar", home to live bands playing...  Read More

Gulf Coast Town Center (GCTC) is one of the hottest dining and drinking destinations in Fort Myers. The sprawling village-like layout has watering-holes in every corner making it a one-stop party shop. No matter what the crowd or what your mood,...  Read More


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