Great Cocktails on Anna Maria Island

While you’re vacationing on Anna Maria Island, you’re in for some of the best dining of your life. Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, indulgent Italian, comforting American classics, or mouth-watering desserts, you’ll find it here! One of the best parts of the Anna Maria Island food scene is the cocktail bars. There are several different spots to choose from depending on your mood, but no matter where you pick, you’re always guaranteed to have a unique and refreshing drink with your closest friends. Here are five of our favorite cocktail spots near our Anna Maria Island rentals.

Group enjoying cocktails on Anna Maria Island

The Doctor’s Office

Many tourists get confused when they find out that The Doctor’s Office is a cocktail bar, but there’s a good reason for the name. Since the 1950s, the space was an office and surgery center for several different doctors on the island. Proprietors Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins have turned The Doctor’s Office into one of the most popular cocktail spots on the island. Their cocktail menu is full of refreshing mixes like the Bee’s Knees, Penicillin, and Dr. Feelgood. You’re also welcome to sample from their wine and beer list, so there’s truly something for every palate. If you get peckish, The Doctor’s Office also offers bar snacks, toasts, sandwiches, desserts, charcuterie, and more.

Hurricane Hank’s

If you’re looking for a casual atmosphere with delicious food and unique cocktails, Hurricane Hank’s is the place to be. You’ll be welcomed with a smile and will enjoy dining and drinking with a stunning view of the surrounding beaches. Hurricane Hank’s has a wide array of cocktails and craft beer selections to go with their lunch or dinner food offerings. The happy hour specials simply can’t be beat, so you’ll be getting a great meal at an even better price!

Fruity cocktail with a lime and flower

Lazy Lobster

Located on Longboat Key, Lazy Lobster has been a staple of the community since 2007. The regular menu boasts mouthwatering starters, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees featuring the freshest seafood around. You can also select a pint or quart of ice cream to take with you! As far as cocktails and the wine menu, there’s a bit of something for everyone. Every dish and drink is made with the freshest local ingredients, so you know you’re in good hands here.

Drift In of Manatee County

Drift In, located in Bradenton Beach, is one of the longest-standing and most well-known spots on the island, dating back to the 1930s. It was originally owned by baseball legend Babe Ruth and still stands as a favorite place of locals today. Come in to experience happy hour, daily drink specials, and nightly entertainment at the new full-service Tiki Bar.

Beach Bistro

If you want a cocktail in a more upscale environment, head to Beach Bistro. This award-winning dining spot provides a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico and is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a drink with your sweetheart. Indulge in fresh seafood that is elevated with local ingredients, or head to the bar for a cocktail or wine selection. They also have a special bar menu with some exclusive dishes!

Any of these locations is a great option for experiencing a drink with your loved ones. There are countless options including the most casual of environments to the most upscale of restaurants, so you can try them all out depending on your mood each day. At the end of the day, head back to your Anna Maria Island rental to relax and get ready for a new adventure tomorrow! Contact us today to learn more about our vacation properties.