Anna Maria Island Nightlife

Island life and nightlife go together quite well. Like peanut butter and jelly or fireworks and beer, there are few better places to spend the night out then right up along the water.

Anna Maria Island nightlife is riveting, thrilling, and adventurous. From the atmospheric dancing to the great Anna Maria happy hour specials, every block offers something to make your evening memorable.

It is all right here and ready for you to explore on your next island getaway. Read the below for an overview of the best places to eat, dance, drink, and have an all-around amazing time when the sun settles below the horizon line.

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Island Time Bar and Grill

Location: 111 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Island Time Bar and Grill knocks that laidback beachside patio atmosphere right out of the park. It is located on the ground level of the exuberant and exciting Bridge Street Bistro.

You can escape from a night of fine dining to the colorful and vibrant ambiance of Island Time. It stands as one of the most popular and energetic Anna Maria Island bars.

You can find live music just about every single night. Visit the website calendar for the full lineup. The bar stays open to about midnight every night of the week and opens at 11:30 a.m.


Location: 120 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

First and foremost, Drift-In is not a restaurant. It is a bar through and through, offering a cozy dive bar atmosphere, fruity and tasty island drinks, stereo music, moody lights, and a whole lot more.

Few places are open as often as Drift-In. If you stop anytime throughout the night or early morning, you are bound to hear some music drifting out of the Drift-In, welcoming you in with some waterside jams, pleasant attitudes, and affordable drinks.

Everyone has an opinion about something, but Drift-In is almost universally agreed-on as a top place to be for Anna Maria Island nightlife. It’s fun but subdued, energetic but welcoming. You get every piece of that island living style, with live rock music throughout most evenings.

Drift-In is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. every day, excluding limited hours to midnight on Sundays. Overall, it is the most accessible bar on the island, with a funky and eccentric attitude you will come to love.

Bridge Tender Inn

Location: 135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Skip on over to Bradenton Beach to soak in the area’s most stylish dockside bar. It’s all atmosphere, all the time, with the massive deck, the rambunctious music, draft and bottled beer, and the essential Florida attitude.

You will see a bar are covered in memorabilia, odd little décor items, and art from all over Florida. The menu includes fish delights, including grouper fingers, shrimpcargot, tuna sashimi, and other finger foods. They blend wonderfully with Heineken, Stella, Goose IPA, and hundreds of other bottled beers.

This lively bar is open to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight every other day of the week.

Cortez Kitchen

Location: 4528 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

This beachside kitchen restaurant has live music every Friday and Saturday night. Come by for the jams, appreciate the gourmet food, and soak in every minute of some gorgeous water views. Favorites include the chicken salad and the handmade soup. Don’t miss out ordering your favorite cocktail from the full bar.

Cortez Kitchen is a mix between a casual evening restaurant and nightlife-oriented bar. Cortez Kitchen is open to 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Sundays, and closed Mondays. You can typically find a lot of people out and about at Cortez in the early evening before transitioning to the island for some later nightlife.

You can also visit downtown Bradenton for even more nightlife opportunities and places to eat and see.

Anna Maria Island hasn’t monopolized the nightlife in the area, but plenty of great options await so you can enjoy a fun evening out near an island vacation rental without having to travel.

Give us a call at (941)-778-4178 to learn more and plan your next vacation to Anna Maria Island.