After a fun day at the beach, the good times are far from over! Sarasota has a rich and varied nightlife scene centered around the heart of downtown, the city’s urban core. You’ll find everything from chic martini bars to down-to-earth pubs, Broadway-style shows to amateur hours. We’ve got the lowdown on seven of the best Sarasota nightclubs and bars for you to try on your next night out.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
Laughter is the best kind of medicine for boredom. Treat yourself to a hilarious adults-only stand-up comedy show at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. The new downtown location has comfortable cabaret-style seating that puts most audience members less than thirty-five feet from the stage. Some well-known comedians have performed at the theatre, including Chris Rock, Tom Arnold, and Kevin Nealon. Grab a drink or bite to eat and mingle with other showgoers in The Green Room East End bar before or after the show. You can also order from a full bar menu and food menu in the showroom.
JDub’s Brewing Company
JDub’s Brewing Company is a craft brewery offering tours and a taproom, plus a rotating selection of food trucks parked out in front. The brewery puts a weekly rotation of small batch beer on tap alongside their most popular brews. At night, outdoor globe lights bathe the large outdoor space where you can enjoy the locally brewed taps under the stars. Board games and huge connect four tables will keep your whole group entertained for hours.
Beach bums and babes flock to Siesta Key’s world-famous Daiquiri Deck. It’s as popular during the hot summer days as it is at night for its delicious frozen beverages. Eat like a local at the restaurant and raw bar, where you can find an incredible selection of oysters, plus seafood and other treats. At night the outdoor deck bar gets even more rowdy, with live music, beer pong competitions, and fun beach-themed events like the “Bikini Bunny Fashion Show.”
Pangea Alchemy Lab
Try something a little off the beaten path and head to Pangea Alchemy Lab. To reach the speakeasy, you must walk through a sandwich shop until you reach a curtained entrance. Once you step in, you’ll be greeted by a cozy little nook of a bar with a relaxed atmosphere. The bartender can expertly mix you up a prohibition-style cocktail while you nibble on boozy cereal or duck spring rolls.
Beach Club Siesta Key
Put on your dancing shoes and head to Beach Club Siesta Key for a night of fun on the dance floor! A live local band performs before the DJ takes over and spins popular tunes that keep the crowd moving all night long. A VIP area can be reserved if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just want to have your own space to party. This is the only true dance club in Sarasota, so you’ll find a lively crowd of all ages and backgrounds.
If you want to hang out with Sarasota locals in a fun and friendly environment, The Shamrock is the perfect place. The Shammy, as locals have affectionately nicknamed it, is a small, hole-in-the-wall joint with great craft beer. While the bar doesn’t serve food, it hosts taco and pizza trucks at times to feed hungry patrons. A jukebox is on site to play your favorite tunes, and you can also catch local musicians playing live on certain nights.
The Starlite Room
Ditch the usual dinner and a movie date night and head to The Starlite Room for cocktails and cabaret. The Starlite Room is a New York supper club style restaurant. The food is delicious, whether you choose an appetizer like the deviled eggs or a main dish like the crab cakes. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the dessert-style Pink Squirrel cocktail, or sip on your favorite wine, cocktail or craft beer. Jazz music and theatrical decor set the mood for an entertaining evening.
Make the most of your nights in Sarasota by giving these seven hot spots a try! Let us know if we missed one, or if you’re looking for a specific recommendation – we’re always happy to give our two cents! And if you’re looking for a new apartment home in the area, we’d love to have you visit our temporary leasing office for a hard-hat tour. You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online or give us a call at (941) 328-2400.
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