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Sarasota County beach bar named one of the best in Florida

Sarasota County beach bar named one of the best in Florida

This Sarasota County beach bar has been voted one of the best in Florida for “sun, surf, and stiff drinks.”

A popular waterfront restaurant in Sarasota County has been named one of the best beach bars in Florida.

Southern Living, the lifestyle magazine that debuted in 1966, recently published an article titled “The 12 Best Beach Bars in Florida for Sun, Surf, and Stiff Drinks.” The Sunshine State is represented from the Panhandle to the Keys.

The list includes two favorites from the Tampa Bay area: Jimmy’s Beach Bar on St. Pete Beach, which was named to our USA TODAY Network’s 2021 Best Beach Bars list, and Salt Shack on the Bay in Tampa, which was recognized on The New York Times list of best restaurants in 2023.

For Sarasota and Manatee counties, Southern Living chose Venice’s famed food and beverage destination, Sharky’s on the Pier.

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Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice named one of the best beach bars in Florida

Previously voted Florida’s Best Beach Bar, Sharky’s is a Venice landmark dating back to 1987. Located at the foot of the Venice Fishing Pier, first built in 1966, Sharky’s places guests right on the sands of Brohard Park beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to spectacular sunsets, Sharky’s offers live music most evenings.

Sharky’s serves a full food menu with popular items such as fried shrimp, chicken fingers and their “famous grouper wrap.” However, they are probably best known for their drink roster which includes some signature frozen drinks such as their list of margaritas.

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Southern Living recommends this margarita at Sharky’s on the Pier

Southern Living praised Sharky’s for serving “seafood and stiff frozen cocktails” and recommends the Megalodon Margarita (tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, sour mix and fresh Florida orange juice). into the sunset, or you can watch it from the lower level with your toes in the sand,” reads Southern Living.

Did you know?

Sharky’s more upscale sister restaurant, Fins at Sharky’s, is next door and also offers views of the Venice Fishing Pier and the Gulf of Mexico on the south side of Venice Island. Opened in 2013, Fins features outdoor seating and indoor dining behind polished windows overlooking the water. Open for lunch and dinner, Fins is best known for its steak and sushi.

If you go

Sharky’s on the Pier is located at 1600 Harbor Drive S. Venice. For more information or to make a reservation, call 941-488-1456 or visit

Wade Tatangelo is ticket editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Florida Regional Dining and Entertainment Editor for the USA TODAY Network. Follow him further Tweet, Facebook and Instagram. He can be reached by email at [email protected]. Support local journalism by subscribing.