Best Bars in Naples

Best Bars in Naples, Florida: From the Beach to the Streets

Nightlife is not the first thing that comes to mind when Naples pops up as a vacation option. Yet surprisingly enough it has quite the vibrant bar-hopping scene downtown on and around Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South - particularly on weekends - and in North Naples at the Mercato Shops entertainment and shopping complex. Try The Bevy downtown and The Pub Naples at Mercato. 

In those two spots, you will find the largest concentration of fun bars, with live entertainment going on at some. However, many of Naples most popular watering holes are well-loved for their views and day-life rather than music and nightlife.

Wherever there's water in Naples - which is practically everywhere - you will find a bar that takes advantage of the view. These range from the sandy, barefoot scene at Sunset Beach Bar and Kane Tiki Bar & Grill to the backwaters of Little Bar.

This list siphons out the best bars by scoping the range of types, price and location. Some make the list because of their fine selection of beers, liquors and mixed drinks; others because they reflect the true party spirit of Naples - yes, a little more restrained than you will find in some Florida towns, but nonetheless indicative of the destination's location and demographics. 


Little Bar
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You could sum up the fishing town of Goodland in one word: idiosyncratic. Likewise the Little Bar, one of four watering hole restaurants that tourists love as much as the (idiosyncratic) locals do. Many visitors arrive by boat during the daylight hours for some typical Everglades eats such as frog legs and stone crab claws. Come nightfall, the scene becomes more of a local party, with live music and drinking on the bayside porch or indoors. The interior is cobbled together with salvaged wood from a historic boat, pieces of a pipe organ, stained glass and various components with an interesting past.

Recommended for Bars because: There's nowhere else in the world like this; it epitomizes the location and its lots of fun.

Chelle's expert tip: For a true taste of Little Bar, come in summer for Spammy Jammy. Think people in pajamas competing with Spam culinary and architectural creations.

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Kane Tiki Bar & Grill
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Part of the JW Marriott branding upgrade in 2015, Kane constitutes the resort's main beach bar. Its open, tiki design works well with its Polynesian menu and white-sand and gulf views. A focus on rum travels to a different region - the Caribbean - but the fruity cocktails and flight tasters work regardless. Kane's adept bartenders pour nearly 70 brands of fine rum from Barbados to Brazil. The bar also carries Florida craft beers on tap. On the food side of things, finger foods, healthy bowls and sliders satisfy beachy appetites.

Recommended for Bars because: It has the best view of any bar on Marco Island and is popular with beach-goers as well as resort guests.

Chelle's expert tip: Try the PuPu Platter and rum flight tasting for a sampling of what Kane is all about.

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Old Naples
Bar Tulia
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Billing itself as an Italian gastropub, Bar Tulia grew up next to big brother Osteria Tulia, a noisier and younger version with a more active bar scene. Unlike typical British or Irish pubs, the focus here is more on craft cocktails and fine food than beer. It DOES have "Birra" from Italy, Florida and beyond. The craft cocktails run the gamut from classics to creative ventures with names such as Don't Call Me Pina, Basil Advice and Devil's Backbone. Some favorite noshes: fried pig ears, grilled fennel sausage, charred octopus, fish tacos, beef short rib burger, pizza and pasta.

Recommended for Bars because: Bar Tulia is the nightlife hot spot on Fifth Avenue South.

Chelle's expert tip: The Roman Ramen puts a hip spin on that old dorm-room standby with pork belly, sausage, mussels and shrimp.

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Blue Martini Naples
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One of a chain of upscale bars nationwide (but mostly in Florida), Naples' Blue Martini has bars both outside and inside that fill nearly every night. Happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. discounts all drinks 50 percent. Live bands typically play from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at which time the house DJ takes over, spinning the hits until 2 a.m. The bar also offers weekly specials such as Wednesday Girls Night. The over-sized Blue Martini is the signature drink - made with blue curacao and Cointreau and served with a glow stick. It matches the flashy glow of the inside bar, where the dance floor fills with party people all night long. Food from light nibbles to full-blown dinners are available throughout the night.

Recommended for Bars because: It is a hot spot in North Naples for all ages.

Chelle's expert tip: Go before 11 p.m. for a mature crowd, after 9 a.m. for a young vibe.

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The Pub Naples
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A modernized, Americanized notion of the British pub institution, it nonetheless is popular among lovers of beer, fine liquors and pub food. It lies along a strip of bars at Mercato Shops, a lively and youthful shopping and entertainment complex. Like many of the others, this is a chain, and it feels a bit cookie-cutter. It does take its tipples seriously, however, featuring more than 23 English, Irish, Belgian and American beers on tap, including rotating local craft beers. Its selection of single-malt scotches and small batch and single barrel bourbons is also quite impressive. In the food department, you will find classics such as Shepherd's Pie and Bangers & Mash, but also burgers, salads and sandwiches.

Recommended for Bars because: This place is nearly always busy and boasts impressive lines of beer and liquor.

Chelle's expert tip: People-watching is best from the patio; the inside is dark and overly air-conditioned.

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Pelican Larry's Raw Bar & Grill
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You need not be a Green Bay Packers or Florida State University Seminoles fan to enter, but duly note that you will be in the minority here, where Packers and 'Noles memorabilia hang in between dozens of sports TVs. The two indoor bars and one outdoor bar pour more than 12 draft beers alone. Pelican Larry's, which has spinoffs in East and North Naples, wins awards for its raw bar and chicken wings. It is also proud of its seven varieties of burgers, sliders, fried baskets, Neapolitan pizza, grouper Reuben, Philly cheesesteak and spicy taco queso dip. The three seating areas are spacious but crowded when the big games air.

Recommended for Bars because: Pelican Larry's is the place to watch the game and get your fill of pub grub.

Chelle's expert tip: This is one long happy hour: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

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Enjoy your 7th Avenue Social experience around the bar or out on the patio with an Albino Manhattan (made with white whiskey and vermouth plus a dash of orange bitters) or a craft IPA from its extensive list. Whether you choose indoors or outdoors, the setting pleases. Mismatched tables and chairs make the bar funky and fun. There is a youthful vibe, although people of all ages find their way here for the good food, craft cocktails and live music. Food service begins at 4 p.m., except Sunday when brunch opens at 11 a.m. The kitchen is known for its fresh and local ingredients and Southern-Caribbean flair.

Recommended for Bars because: Vibrant with live music, it stays open into the wee (for Naples) hours.

Chelle's expert tip: A special bar menu gaps the time before dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. with snacks such as lamb meatballs and yucca fries.

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Old Naples
The Bevy
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This new downtown hot spot wears its drink-and-party mission proudly, making no excuses that the smart, U-shaped bar dominates the restaurant, both conceptually and architecturally. Okay, so it uses the verbiage Sip + Socialize, which fits better with the classy, sleek design of the new building on 12th Avenue. But that doesn't mean the kitchen wants. Yes, the General Pepper martini (green chili vodka and prickly pear liqueur) and other clever craft cocktails, such as the Cedar Fire Old Fashion with maple syrup and candied bacon - create the buzz at The Bevy (short for "beverage"), but wait until you try the apple and prosciutto flatbread, beet salad with carrot ginger dressing, lamb ragout (with pappardelle and whipped goat cheese), or Hot and Crunchy Trout with corn flake and plantain crust. Then you will know that food is no afterthought. Open-air dining rooms flank the bar, which gets packed as soon as doors open at 3:00.

Recommended for Bars because: Downtown Naples' newest hot spot makes drinking seem classy again.

Chelle's expert tip: Craft beer-lovers will find local brews on tap. Order your favorite flavor from Naples Beach Brewery.

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The Continental
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An out-of-the-box steakhouse, its courtyard seating area turns into a hot music and dance arena as night falls. It also touts its reputation for craft cocktails, some of which fill glass orbs overhanging the outdoor bar. They include the smooth Continental Innovation, blended with Death's Door gin, Cocchi Americano Bianco, Carpano Bianco and grapefruit bitters. Made to order craft cocktails include a Sazarac stirred with Old Overholt rye whiskey, yellow chartreuse, absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters; and The Church Key, a blend of Four Roses small batch bourbon, blueberry-sage shrub and lemon. The Continental's savvy wine menu lists 25 by the glass and devotes one page-plus each to "Chardonnay in Every Style," "Burgundian Descendants" and other categories. Bar and late-night menus serve out-of-the-ordinary bar food until midnight.

Recommended for Bars because: The Continental is known for its craft cocktails and impressive wine list, plus there's live entertainment.

Chelle's expert tip: The Continental's burger blends scraps from its fine steaks. Divine!

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Sunset Beach Bar & Grill
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Part of the 100-plus-year-old Naples Beach Hotel, Sunset Beach Bar & Grill 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 Wine Spectator magazine, plus the bartenders have a flair for tropical drinks. Have a seat at the bar with a clear view of the sea or get even closer at a row of chairs lined up outside the flung-open windows on the porch. Hungry? Lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Wednesday through Saturday a guitarist entertains.

Recommended for Bars because: It has the best seats in town for toasting the sunset.

Chelle's expert tip: It has the best seats in town for toasting the sunset. Get there early to get front-row seats.

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