Nothing marks sundown and the start of an evening of fun better than a daiquiri!
This rum-based fruit cocktail was apparently invented in Cuba but quickly found its way to the USA in the 1902. It was an instant success in New York bars and the recipe even found its way to Key West where Hemingway was said to be a fan.
For a well-mixed daiquiri to counter the Florida heat, the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar on St Armand’s Circle is definitely the place to go. Head to this lively watering hole any afternoon or evening and enjoy one of their frozen daiquiris on the deck. The wall of daiquiri machines makes it hard to choose just one!
Take advantage of their drink specials offered each day between 3 and 7 p.m. it’s the perfect way to chill out with friends or family before ordering from the extensive menu.
Visitors and residents don’t have to travel far as there are two additional Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar locations in the Sarasota area. Their first and original location can be found on Ocean Blvd in the village on Siesta Key, and their newest location is in downtown Venice (on W. Venice Avenue).
A Dozen Ways to Serve Oysters!
The Daiquiri Deck has not only perfected the art of cocktails, it also has a fine reputation for seafood. Oysters in particular can be enjoyed, and there’s a wide choice. Connoisseurs each have their own particular favorite for character and flavor. Work your way through local Apalachicola Oysters straight from the Gulf waters or try Eagle Creek Oysters from the Pacific. This specialist raw bar also imports Kumamoto Oysters from Japan and Blue Oysters from Columbia to give their loyal diners the best choice.
As with any good raw bar, the Daiquiri Deck serves up oysters in the customary fashion on the half shell. However, you may prefer then steamed or served as Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Casino, Oysters Moscow or Oysters Mignonette.
If you want oysters in liquid form, try an Oyster Shooter when these slippery morsels are served with vodka in a Bloody Mary. More appropriately named for Florida, the Gator Attack includes oysters mixed with chilled citrus vodka, blue curacao and fresh lime. The talented mixologists will also mix other oyster shooters to suit your mood and taste!
Steak, Seafood and More
Moving on, the raw bar does a full range of family favourites when it comes to seafood. Try their peel-and-eat shrimp, tangy ceviche or king crab legs for a delicious lunch or dinner entree. For starters there are coconut shrimp or gator bites served with a dipping sauce. If you are more of a carnivore, the Buffalo style chicken wings are equally good, but watch out for that optional “R-U-Crazy?” hot sauce. You’ll certainly need a frozen daiquiri after that to put the fire out!
Traditionalists will find plenty on the menu to suit them with salads, soups, burgers and of course surf and turf.
Flame broiled New York strip steaks with crispy onion rings or apple-smoked bacon-wrapped fillet steaks are tender and tasty, exactly as they should be.
Just to complete the ambience, there’s regular live music, crazy competitions and even a crazy Deck Dash on the second Monday of every month, just to keep the action pumping. Runners making it across the Ringling Bridge and back to the Daiquiri Deck’s St. Armands Circle location get a complimentary daiquiri, but you may prefer to forego the dash and pay your own way!