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Waterfront bars you won’t want to miss in St. Pete and St. Pete Beach

Waterfront bars you won’t want to miss in St. Pete and St. Pete Beach

The outdoor patio at Doc Ford's
Photo courtesy Doc Ford's

Welcome to the sun-drenched shores of St. Pete, where the Gulf’s waves meet the vibrant city life. From the beachfront bars along the Gulf Coast to the watering holes by Tampa Bay, the Sunshine City offers a treasure trove of spots that are perfect for anyone looking to sip, savor, and soak in the coastal vibes.

So, grab your sunglasses, leave your worries behind, and unwind at St. Pete’s waterfront bar scene. Cheers to sunsets, sea breezes, and the sweet taste of paradise on the tip of your tongue!


Beach Bar shack at Postcard Inn under palm trees on a sunny afternoon.
Postcard Inn’s Beach Bar | Photo via Postcard Inn on the Beach

Postcard Inn

Postcard Inn is reviving the golden era of sandy toes and sun-soaked adventures on St. Pete’s sugar-sand beach. A favorite spot for locals and visitors, you can head straight to their Bach Bar for live music and unforgettable sunsets. Without straying far from the sand or pool, you can indulge in beachside bites and drinks with poolside service. Their bar epitomizes the essence of “beach bar,” inviting you to relish in every moment of vacation mode with tacos, bowls, and, of course, frozen drinks. PCI is more than just a place for weekend fun; it’s a lifestyle, tempting you with the laid-back charm of St. Pete’s beach life.

6300 Gulf Blvd

Bongos Beach Bar and Grille

Located within the Bellwether Beach Resort, Bongos is the ultimate paradise for beach lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Every moment is an opportunity to savor the flavors of the coast with their menu, featuring everything from seafood platters and zesty fish tacos to margaritas. Each day, Bongos comes alive with the rhythms of live music, hosting a lineup of local artists who perform top 40 hits, country tunes, reggae, and more. It’s not just a meal or a drink at Bongos; it’s where the best of beachfront entertainment unfolds.


5250 Gulf Blvd

A waterfront bar at night
Enjoy an evening under the stars at La Cabana Waterfront | Photo via La Cabana

La Cabana Waterfront

Next time you need an escape, head to La Cabana Waterfront, an enchanting Tampa Bay oasis. With outdoor-only seating, La Cabana provides uninterrupted views of the bay’s waters, framed by a lush landscape of palm trees. At sunset, the area is transformed by soft lighting and the soothing rhythm of music. This is not your average bar. It’s a sanctuary where world-class cigars meet top-shelf bourbon, and you can have your pick of signature cocktails, wine, beer, and coffee. Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the simplicity of an evening well spent at La Cabana.

13090 Gandy Blvd N

Paradise Grille

No trip to Pass-a-Grille Beach is complete without a stop at Paradise Grill. Perfectly positioned just a breath away from the Gulf, this is the prime location for taking in the sunset. Whether you’re lounging in the sun, seeking solace in the shade, or floating on the waves, Paradise Grille symbolizes beach life lived to the fullest. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options all on the menu, there’s something for everyone. You can order classic beachside drinks, from daiquiris and margaritas to mimosas and wine. And don’t forget the live music. On the weekend, kick back to the sound of Tropical Rock from national and international touring musicians.

6850 Beach Plaza

Outdoor patio with chairs, umbrellas, and tables surrounding a live stage.
Sit back and relax at Jimmy B’s Beach Bar | Photo via Jimmy B’s Beach Bar

Jimmy B’s Beach Bar

Embrace your inner beach bum at Jimmy B’s Beach Bar, where every day feels like a slice of paradise. Here, the promise of great times is complemented by beach bites, cold beers, and unmatched views of the Gulf. At the heart of Jimmy B’s is exceptional live music. With an open-air stage and a late-night indoor stage, they feature some of the best live acts in the region. Daily performances mean you’re always in for a treat. So what are you waiting for? Order up a drink and soak up the island vibes under the stars.

6200 Gulf Blvd

Undertow Beach Bar

For casual beach drinks and a dive bar atmosphere, head to Undertow Beach Bar. Tiki huts, volleyball nets, and white sand between your toes makes this a bar you won’t want to miss. As a local’s favorite, expect a no-frills style with drinks served in plastic cups. Stay for a while and appreciate the beachfront views, play a round of pool, or watch a sports game on one of their many TVs.

3850 Gulf Blvd

The exterior of a seafood restaurant
Photo courtesy Doc Ford’s

Doc Ford’s

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, a regional favorite, is a local success story, and any visit shows why the literary-inspired restaurant has had so much success. Their opening alongside the St. Pete Pier in 2020 was met with so much fanfare that the need (and demand) for a West St. Pete location quickly became evident.

8790 Bay Pines Boulevard; 600 2nd Ave NE

sunset view from a waterfront patio
Photo via Fresco’s

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro

Frescos is a laid-back dockside spot serving global eats & drinks in casual digs featuring a deck with bay views. It’s often regarded as the top waterfront fine dining destination in downtown St. Pete.

Pier Teaki

Welcome to your new go-to destination for every sunset occasion. Positioned at the top of the St. Pete Pier, it offers an unforgettable spot to watch the sun dip below the horizon, framing the St. Pete skyline in a magnificent display. If you happen to get there before the sun sets, cool off with one of their frozen cocktails and lobster empanadas while you mingle.

800 2nd Avenue NE

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