The Best Cocktail Bars in Sarasota

Sometimes we want to sit down at a nice place and sip on a few drinks with friends rather than doing some activity. If today is one of those days, you should consider going to a bar. Even if you’re alone, you will start exciting conversations with a stranger you meet here. Who knows, you might have more in common than you thought. Many cocktails are available at each bar listed below, so take your pick!

7. Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant Bar Sarasota

Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant Bar Sarasota

An upscale and classy spot for you to drop by with your family, Mattison’s Forty-One restaurant has its roots in Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine. The place offers you appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, and sandwiches with a separate lunch and dinner menu. On average, each dish is priced between $10 to $20. So this won’t be too heavy on your pocket. Sourcing ingredients native to the area and freshly produced, the chef brings you delicious dishes to dive into. Their chefs’ special soup and pot roast reconstructed is a true burst of flavors for your palette. They also have vegan and gluten-free options.

The bar has a few food options and specially crafted cocktails. ‘Spicy Blackberry margarita,’ ‘Paradise punch,’ and ‘South Beach Iced Tea’ are a few options. The latter mixes absolut vodka, Beefeater gin, Bacardi rum, peachtree schnapps, orange liqueur, lemon sour, sierra mist, and cranberry. So it does pack a punch in each sip you take. Although cocktails have limited options, you can try out their beer, wine, and spirits section. Happy hour from 3 to 7 pm daily gives you a discount on all house drinks.  

The location is also a famous spot for hosting weddings or receptions. You can also have any other private event here. All of their customers have left great reviews afterward. This is an ideal place for a wedding with a setting of 210 people, plus the outdoor patio that would accommodate about 40 more people. The Galleria can accommodate approximately 150 people if you want to host a cocktail party with a private bar also available. The outdoor garden terrace adds a beautiful touch of freshness and color to the place.

6. Legends Sports Pub Bar Sarasota

Legends Sports Pub Bar Sarasota

Do you want good drinks while watching any game of your choice? Then Legends Sports pub is the place to be at. You can request any game channel, and they will put it on for you on TVs scattered across the pub. It is a casual sitting area where the vibe is super chill. You can drop by any time of the day. The bar is crowded on game days, with lots of people coming in to have a drink with their friends while supporting their favorite team. The game spirit is high those days. 

They have 26 beers on their tap list. There are also 51 bottle options for you, including your all-time favorite Budweiser and Corona. Their cocktail options are limited to ‘Hillview Passion Fruit Smash’ and ‘Osprey Pomegranate Smash.’ The latter mixes pomegranate, pineapple, coconut, lemon juice, ginger juice, honey, filtered h2o, fresh blueberry, rosemary, agave nectar, and white claw pure. The wine list has 19 different tastes for your palette. They have Coastal Vines Pinot Grigor and Freakshow Chardonnay that you can sip on while you chat with friends. You can get any of these options Monday through Sunday from 12 pm to 2 am. 

The place is family-friendly and has a lovely outdoor sitting area where you can sit if the weather is nice. You can also text “Pub2” to 51612 to get a Buy 1 Get one same drink offer! This is a great deal if you plan on watching the whole game here. The bartenders are a good sport and strike up a great conversation if you’re in there alone. There are also games like darts, pool, and Golden Tee that you can try out and see if you will be lucky today!

5. Livingston’s Amusements Bar Sarasota

Livingston’s Amusements Bar Sarasota

Livingston’s Amusements has 30 years of experience with fun games, food, and drinks packed under one roof. Open 365 days a year, it offers you billiards, bumper cars, go-cart racing, bazooka ball, rock climbing, and many arcade games. You can book this place for birthday parties, corporate game days, and a fun party with your friends. The location is generally smoke-free, but if you’re 21+, you can smoke outdoors or in the Royal room and play billiards in the 21+ environment. 

The decor is classy and vintage, with wooden furniture all around. The carpet in the billiard room is funky and colorful, adding character to the whole place. The wall is painted green and yellow to match the colors of the floor. Frames are put up as decor on them. The chandeliers hanging above are made of stained glass with colorful paint. Old school televisions hang from the ceiling. 

Cocktails include ‘The 8 Ball,’ ‘Purple Nerd, ‘Hennything,’ and ‘Starburst.’ The 8 Ball is a mix of their top secret blend of 8 liquors, featuring Southern Comfort 100 proof, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, and a combination of 6 other flavored liquors topped off with a sweet & sour and Sprite. There is also rum, brandy, vodka, cognac, gin, tequila, bourbon, whiskey, and scotch. There are also a few wine options. Draft beer and bottles are also available to sip on while watching a game. If not alcohol, you can grab a lemonade or a red bull.

4. Daiquiri Deck St. Armands Deck Bar Sarasota

Daiquiri Deck St. Armands Deck Bar Sarasota

Overlooking the picturesque view of St. Armands Circle, Daiquiri Deck offers the best daiquiris in the area. Accompanied by live music and tasty bites to eat, the daiquiri is a mix of lime juices squeezed over sugar with a few ounces of rum. Previously this was all poured over ice, but now it is shaken up with shaved ice. This drink became more popular in the 1940s and has been one of the all-time favorites since then. 

Facing the street, there are tables placed outside and indoors as well. Purple-colored umbrellas stand above each table. The chairs are a pale yellow with purple tables indoors. The marble top bar runs through the length of the whole place on one side. A few TVs are placed all around the bar and even behind it. Some walls have huge photographs of drinks to add color to the place. Lights hang from the high ceiling. The second floor has even more tables, and booths placed all around the place for bigger groups. There are also tables set on the terrace for an open-air experience. There is another bar on this floor so you can place your orders here too. 

Open all seven days of the week; happy hour is every day from 3 pm to 7 pm. Frozen daiquiri options are divided into fruity, creamy, tart, sweet, and virgin options. The ‘Rum Runner’ is the island favorite. It’s a rum base with strawberry, raspberry & banana. It is topped with 151-proof rum. There are also combos of these drinks available, which will surely pack a punch of flavor. They also have specialty shots, mocktails, and their take on classic drinks. 

3. Cask and Ale Bar Sarasota

Cask and Ale Bar Sarasota

As soon as you step in, wooden furniture welcomes you from all ends. The tables, chairs, bar and stool, and even the shelves are in a deep wood. The wall on one side has a geometric design made of wooden panels. The lights are yellow and add softness to the eyes. On the back end, there’s an interesting mural painted on the wall. There’s live music here where local performers and bands play tunes for you. 

What makes this place a must-visit is that their yummy drinks also offer fantastic food, from tacos dripping with sauce to juicy burgers and colorful salads for you to pour the dressing over and enjoy. The menu is carefully curated with specific ingredients. The drinks are served on a wooden board. They are served aesthetically with salt-rimmed glasses and lemon wedges with vibrant colors so vibrant it’s hard to resist taking a photograph. 

There are local craft and artisan beers and some imported options. They are made with chocolate, honey, wheat, and many more. You are also offered sample shots for those confused about what to get. You have ‘Dragons Breath,’ ‘Linda Listen,’ ‘Cask Old Fashioned,’ and ‘Sidestep.’ ‘Dragons Breath’ is a mix of Vida mezcal, redemption rye, brown sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters, and smoke. Priced at $12, it’s a blast of flavors. There are also wines by the glass, bottle, or keg. 

2. Melange Bar Sarasota

Melange Bar Sarasota

Melange offers you a mix of cuisines with a creative twist. Open since 2007; the dining experience is very well curated for all its customers. It is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. The name itself is a French word that means a mixture of things,’ and the place lives up to its name. Inspired by traveling, the chef offers you dishes from around the world with their flair. The menu isn’t too vast, but they offer soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees. Tier classics are beef short ribs and duck brie crepes, which have been on the menu since 2007. Each dish and dessert is beautifully plated.

Their cocktails are made with fresh ingredients, and the skills of their mixologists are unbeatable. They know just the right ingredients to bring together in a cocktail. Some cocktails are ‘Blue Mule,’ ‘Melange,’ ‘Not Michael’s Twist,’ and ‘Cat Daddy Flip.’ The Melange mixes bourbon, fresh lime juice, demerara sugar, aromatic & Peychauds bitters, fresh mint, and Dr. Loosen sparkling riesling. It is priced at $12, the average price in the area. 

Your next date night, get-together, party, or birthday can be here. The place is casual yet elegant. Small plant pots sit on each table. You see black and white in décor all around you. Local artists’ work is put up all around you. The place also supports local farmers by getting their produce from them directly.

1. State street eating house + cocktails Bar Sarasota

State street eating house + cocktails Bar Sarasota

Located on the quiet side of the town, State Street offers you comfort while being chic. It is famous for its contemporary twists on classic comfort food like macaroni and cheese. The place is closed on Mondays, and timings vary daily, so look at their website before you drop by. Happy hour is daily from 5 to 6 pm. 

The ceilings are high, with lights hanging from the top. There are big glass windows with wooden furniture around you. The decor is minimal and fresh, with lots of open space. There are printed wallpaper and cane-like bar stools. It looks like a supper club and is very warm and inviting. The bar area is big with lots of sitting and mixologists waiting to get you something of your taste. Cocktails, beer, spirits, and other non-alcoholic drinks are available. The staff is very knowledgeable and will make your choice more straightforward if you’re confused. Order any drink, and they will make it with housemade syrups, muddled fruit, and craft liquor. It is a very fantastic experience. Their signature ‘Bramble’ uses muddled blackberries, simple housemade syrup, lemon juice, lemon gin, and creme de mure, which results in a sweet yet sour drink. Perfect pre-dinner. 

For food options, you can try their lobster rolls or fried okra. Their entrees range from fresh salads to flounder to gnocchi. Their slow-roasted whole chicken is a classic! They also have dessert options like carrot cake or a peanut butter pie, fulfilling your cravings for something sweet. Just know that you won’t be able to finish it independently. 

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Sarasota has some fantastic ingredients grown and produced locally for all the cocktail fans. All of the bars mentioned above use these to mix up more flavorful concoctions as the ingredients come in fresh every day. Mixing fresh juices with alcohol from around the world will result in a blast of flavor in each sip you take. Most of these places are open throughout the week, so do try them out!

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