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Nightlife on Anna Maria Island

While our quaint 7-mile paradise on the Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island, is known for its quiet simplicity and relaxing vibes… We also know how to cut a rug and have a good time! There are so many fantastic options to sip a drink, do some dancing, befriend some locals, or catch live music. In fact, you can find all of that and more at these nightlife spots we’re highlighting on Anna Maria or very close by! We also tried to mostly list places that are open past dinner hours. Alright, let’s get this island party started!

Nightlife

Casual and Classic

Our first suggestion has to go to our dear neighbors at Hurricane Hanks. In fact, if you’ve rented with us we’ve probably sent you to Hanks before— we love their team and their offerings! Some other casual and classic bars on Anna Maria we love are Slim’s Place, Duffy’s Tavern, and Freckled Fin Irish Pub. They all serve some of the very best pub food, too! Freckled Fin often has some great live music and the others are a go-to place to catch some sports on TV.

Bridge Street

Arguably the busiest area for nightlife on Anna Maria Island is along Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. It has something for everyone! Everything from local dives (we’ll get to those below!) to frozen tiki drinks to family-friendly places to dance to live music. You can easily walk down Bridge Street and see what fits your night’s plans. Head to Daiquiri Deck for a sweet daiquiri, or stop in to Blue Marlin or Island Time for some delicious dinner and family-friendly dancing to live entertainment. Another mention, The Kokonut Hut is a bit further up in Bradenton Beach but is truly right on the beach!

Night Life

Crafty and Comfortable

This place is all about good vibes and great products. Slicker’s Eatery in Cortez is the place to try a fun craft cocktail (we recommend the Smoked Old Fashioned), sip some local beers, and try something from their fresh and eclectic menu. Slicker’s is quickly becoming known as a favorite place to have an exciting drink and some great laughs. They even make all of their syrups in-house with natural ingredients!

Upscale Ambiance

Want to start your night with some upscale ambiance and exciting cocktails? Check out The Doctor’s Office or The Waterfront Restaurant. They have some fun drink menus that really show off the skillset of their inventive bar staff. These are particularly great nightlife spots for a nice date night on AMI.

Dives Anna Maria

Local Dives

To us, a “dive” is a term of endearment especially when talking about these local watering holes. When referencing the local-renowned DCoy Duck’s in Holmes Beach it has been said: “Wherever you start, this is probably where you’ll end up.” The same could be said for some other local favorite bars like Sports Lounge, Anchor Inn Pub, Tommy Knockers Saloon, Bortell’s Lounge. They each offer something different and are beloved and frequented by the locals for many years so definitely belly up to the bar and keep in mind you’re visiting a local stomping (and often) dancing ground!

Important things to keep in mind:

  • There is never an excuse to drink and drive, especially with how easy safe transportation is to find on the island. There is a free trolley that runs from 6am-11pm every day, but if you’re out past that there is always the Monkey Bus or Uber/Lyft rides are available as well! Check out our transportation tips here!
  • Almost ALL of the above suggestions have live music at some point so we recommend heading to their individual Facebook profiles or giving them a call for the most up-to-date entertainment offerings!

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The Center of Anna Maria Island

The Center of Anna Maria Island

After the last year of spending more time at home than usual, it makes sense that you and your family may be itching for some extra activity. We’ve all probably learned that intentional socialization and having exciting things to look forward to is paramount to our mental health and overall happiness. That’s where The Center of Anna Maria Island comes in.

Since the 70’s The Center has been a vibrant hub of action here on Anna Maria. Especially with the new building expansion and update in 2008 and recent developments through enthusiastic leadership, The Center has really grown into a gathering place of very diverse offerings. From youth sports to outdoor concerts, dances to adult fitness classes, personal training to summer trips – The Center offers something for everyone in a positive environment.

The Center of Anna Maria Island

Ultimately, The Center strives to truly serve our whole island community and gather our residents and visitors for a sense of togetherness and growth. With Summer upon us, The Center is a great place to look to keep your family busy – they offer recreational sports teams for kids and adults alike, summer camps for ages 5-14, teen summer trips, and fun family events like concerts and socials. During the school year they even have before and after school care for children. You can become a member and dive right into the many offerings, get a daily/weekly pass if you’re just visiting, or just pop-in for a special event.

Don’t let the “I’m bored” whines during the first weeks of summer stress you out – just check out the frequently updated Events Calendar on the Center of Anna Maria Island website… and don’t let your last year of staying at home keep you lonely, there’s always a friend and fun at The Center, a true gem of our beloved island.

Photos from Center of Anna Maria Island

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On Anna Maria Island
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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