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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Old Naples
Bar Tulia
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Billing itself as an Italian gastropub, Bar Tulia grew up next to big brother Osteria Tulia next door, a noisier, younger version with a more active bar scene. Unlike typical British or Irish pubs, the focus here is more on craft cocktail and...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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 and one...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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