This bar's upstairs locale affords patrons incredible views of Venetian Village, the bay and it's waterfront homes as they sip their favorite libations. The downstairs Cafe venue is perfect for an early or late supper, and diners have the pleasure of being serenaded by a pianist on Friday and Saturday nights. The Upper Deck Bar affords a casual, laid-back atmosphere in an open-air setting and also features live entertainment every day but Monday and Tuesday seasonally. Well-rounded menus both upstairs and downstairs cover all the culinary bases for nightlifers looking for sustenance. The clientele is mostly mature adults, so don't expect late-night revelry.
Recommended for Live Music because: It makes for a most pleasurable afternoon and early evening party spot for those looking to drink in a watery view with their cocktails.
Chelle's expert tip: Head to the Upper Deck, when the weather permits, for great views along with live music.
A true locals hangout, this East Naples bar keeps guests entertained with sports TVs and live bands every Friday and Saturday night, plus other nights during the winter season. Blues, rock, funk, pop and country tunes sound off the small stage in a get-comfortable, red brick setting. Who else is hanging out? A tribe of stuffed blue monkeys. Literally, they are hanging all over the place from the bar and open ceiling. Folks come for the food as much as the music. The all-day menu covers all the bases you'd expect from a bar: nachos, wings, ribs, pizza, burgers, steak, pasta, shrimp, and other seafood. Check the web site for daily drink and food specials. Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with special pricing on drinks and munchies.
Recommended for Live Music because: Live bands play all flavors of music on weekends.
Chelle's expert tip: On Monday, get a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two dinner entrees.
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 structures for the best local color. The chickee at Snook Inn overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and hosts live island music daily - what could be more purely Floridian? Whether a soloist or a small band, the music starts at 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime attracts an older crowd that comes for seafood with their rum punch and dancing. The music plays until 10 a.m., and the dinner-time crowd becomes younger and more local.
Recommended for Live Music because: Live music daily under the chickee and on the water - this place screams Florida party.
Chelle's expert tip: Get there around noon on weekends, when the thatched-roof chickee bar fills early with drinkers and diners.
Naples residents and visitors who love jazz head to M Waterfront Grille for its refined atmosphere, water views, fine cuisine and terrific live music. Mid-week, patrons relax in the lounge or on the outdoor veranda for Wine on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., which features smooth jazz music, wine and drink specials and discounted appetizer specials. The musicians perform from 5 to 8 p.m. The restaurant also hosts live jazz on Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in season and at Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can dine inside the restaurant or order something from the lounge menu.
Recommended for Live Music because: Mellow live music entertains dining and drinking patrons on certain days of the week.
Chelle's expert tip: Call ahead or watch the web site for a live jazz calendar, which changes seasonally.
You could sum up the fishing town of Goodland in one word: idiosyncratic. Likewise the Little Bar, one of three 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 Live Music because: This is party headquarters for Goodland with regular live entertainment.
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.
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 $29 and include a three-course dinner, the cover charge and dancing. The Stage opens at 5 p.m. for cocktails at the bar, and the first dinner seating starts at 5:45 p.m. The tribute band du jour takes the big stage at 7:30 p.m. and the kitchen serves dinner until 9:30. Those who do not wish to purchase dinner can enter for a cover charge, which changes depending upon the popularity of the band.
Recommended for Live Music because: Tribute bands perform the music of such artists as Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and the Eagles.
Chelle's expert tip: For the best seating, make reservations up to 60 days in advance. There's a $10 upcharge for preferred seating.
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 well-crafted seafood dishes, polished decor and expansive views of the wild Cocohatchee River and its resident birds. Patrons can hear live music - often tasty blues and jazz licks - every night Wednesday through Saturday. The Tierney's Bar area boasts - as does the entire restaurant complex - tasteful nautical decor, and the tavern has a cozy brick fireplace ideal for a casual evening with friends, cocktails and mellow melodies.
Recommended for Live Music because: The Bay House Restaurant is a local favorite for its music and sophisticated ambiance.
Chelle's expert tip: With its newest addition of a crab-obsessed bar, Bay House ups the "bar" on its seafood dining, so plan on dinner with your musical evening.
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 Out. 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 Live Music because: This is one of Naples' liveliest hot spots, attracting both young and old with live and DJ music.
Chelle's expert tip: Go before 11 p.m. for a mature, 50+ crowd; after 9 a.m. for a young millennial crowd.
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. 7th Avenue Social serves food from 4 p.m. until close. It's known for its fresh and local ingredients, creative tacos and Southern-Caribbean flair.
Recommended for Live Music because: The bar at 7th Avenue Social stays open until 1 a.m. most nights and hosts live musicians four or more nights each week.
Chelle's expert tip: The Bee's Knees cocktail blends St. George Botanivore Gin - made with 19 different botanicals, plus lemon juice and honey syrup.
An out-of-the-box steakhouse, its courtyard seating area turns into a hot music and dance arena as night falls. The Continental also touts its reputation for craft cocktails, some of which fill glass orbs overhanging the outdoor bar. They include the 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: 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 "Reserve List" bottles. Bar and late-night menus serve out-of-the-ordinary bar food until midnight.
Recommended for Live Music because: In season, The Continental hosts live music nightly in its courtyard.
Chelle's expert tip: The award-winning Follow the White Rabbit cocktail blends citrus vodka, triple sec, fresh raspberries and rosemary, and pickled blackberries.