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Sarasota Area Nightlife

Sarasota • Siesta Key • Longboat Key • Lido Key • Venice

There is plenty of nighttime fun in Sarasota, Florida after the sun sets. The area’s combination of bars and restaurants present numerous options for an exciting night on the town.

Happy Hour and Live Music

Kick off the evening before dining out by enjoying a couple Happy Hour drinks and appetizer specials. After dinner, take advantage of area restaurants and bars offering nightly beer, wine, and well specials. Mix in some live music and you’ve got a recipe for fun. 

You’ll find dancing, late-night menus, and a variety of live music ranging from DJs playing a mix of today’s top hits, to island style acoustic, contemporary rock, and jazz.

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Must Do Sarasota Area Nightlife

Mattison's City Grille. Enjoy dining, drinks, and live entertainment at this Sarasota, Florida Main Street outdoor covered restaurant and bar. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Mattison's City Grille

Drinks, Live Music, Dancing, and Late Night Dining This downtown Sarasota outdoor patio restaurant and bar is a nightlife hot spot offering an extensive wine list and a full liquor bar and live music. Grab a chair at the covered bar or one of the patio tables. View Mattison's City Grille Events and Live Music schedule. Happy Hour drink and dining specials are offered from... Read More
O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill is a laid-back, tropical-themed, family-friendly downtown Sarasota, Florida restaurant and bar that is located in Bayfront Park near Marina Jack and features live music daily. The restaurant is dog-friendly, plus you can arrive by car or boat! Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill

Enjoy a meal, a cold beer, cocktail, or wine under an umbrella with your toes in the sand or under the open-air, waterfront Tiki Hut. This laid-back, tropical-themed, dog-friendly downtown Sarasota bar and restaurant is located in Bayfront Park and features live music daily. Plus you can arrive by car or boat! Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. O'Leary's menu features a variety of breakfast favorites,... Read More
Livingston's Amusements Daily Happy Hour, Billiards, and Late Night Dining. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Livingston’s Amusements

Daily Happy Hour, Billiards, and Late Night Dining Spend a fun night out at Livingston’s Amusements with an ice-cold beer, signature shots, or premium cocktails in a smoke-free environment. They also have great homemade pizza, billiard tables, and HD TVs. Read Livingston's featured blog article here. Happy Hour 7 days a week! Happy Hour drink specials include 2 for 1 cocktail, beer,... Read More
Deck Sauce original Daiquiri Deck/Big Top Brewing Hazy Guava IPA available at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants in Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, and Venice, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

More Than One Dozen Frozen Daiquiri Choices Visit the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Siesta Key Village, south Siesta Key, on St. Armands Circle, or in Downtown Venice and cool off with a frozen daiquiri, enjoy delicious fresh oysters and shooters, or dig in at the Deck with classic American fare. Enjoy Live Music Each Weekend and Happy Hour Daily From 3 to 7... Read More
Marina Jack Sarasota, Florida waterfront restaurant and bar offers spectacular views of Sarasota Bay. Dine indoors or al fresco and enjoy live bands to solo musicians. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Marina Jack

This waterfront restaurant and bar offers spectacular views of Sarasota Bay. Dine indoors or al fresco and enjoy live bands to solo musicians. Marina Jack Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill Relax in the recently renovated Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and dine al fresco in a family friendly setting. Open daily at 11:15 a.m. The Patio menu features a variety of appetizers,... Read More
McCurdy's Comedy Theatre has been bringing comedy to the Sarasota area since 1988. Their new downtown Sarasota location features comfortable cabaret-style seating with a majority of the seats less than thirty-five feet from the stage. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

Hilarious Stand-Up Comedy Shows Year-Round McCurdy's Comedy Theatre has been bringing comedy to the Sarasota area since 1988. Their new downtown Sarasota location features comfortable cabaret-style seating with a majority of the seats less than thirty-five feet from the stage. A few of McCurdy's past performers includes Chris Rock, Larry Miller, Elayne Boosler, Soupy Sales, Larry “The Cable Guy, Tom Arnold, and Kevin Nealon. Other... Read More
Captain Curt's South Siesta Key Bar and Restaurant Features Nightly Entertainment Dozens of TVs offer an opportunity to watch your favorite sporting events. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Captain Curt’s Backroom Saloon

South Siesta Key Bar Features Nightly Entertainment Dozens of TVs offer an opportunity to watch your favorite sporting events. BINGO on Sundays (with prizes all night long!) and a Beatles tribute band every Monday night make Captain Curt’s Backroom Saloon a great way to experience Sarasota nightlife. Captain Curt's Outdoor Tiki Bar Serves Food and Drinks Until 2 a.m. Relax with an ice cold beer... Read More
Dance the night away with live nightly entertainment and DJ's at The Gator Club bar downtown Sarasota, Florida. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

The Gator Club

Live Music and Dancing Downtown Sarasota Dance the night away with live nightly entertainment and Sarasota's best-known DJ's at The Gator Club in Sarasota, Florida. View The Gator Club's events page. Tuesday is Ladies Night featuring $3 wells and $3 domestics! Features 125 Single Malt Scotch Brands! The Gator Club's beautifully restored original brick building is located on the corner of Main... Read More
The Beach Club features, pool tables, a large dance floor and a club-like atmosphere which makes it the spot for dancing on Siesta Key, Florida. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

The Beach Club

Nightly Music and Dancing in Siesta Key Village Local bands and DJs present live entertainment nightly. The Beach Club features a large dance floor and a club-like atmosphere which makes it the spot for dancing on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., nightly themed drink specials, special events, and popular annual bikini contest. The Beach... Read More
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