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  1. The Sail

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    However you arrive at the Sail Pavilion — by foot, boat, bike or car — just get there by sunset.What? Never heard of it? The Tampa Convention Center's circular bar opened on the Riverwalk in 2009. In-the-know cyclists and boaters find it, conventioneers and hotel guests wander over.  …

  2. Castile Restaurant and Rooftop at Hotel Zamora

    St. Pete Beach : 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Right out of the gate, Hotel Zamora, a stylish 50-room boutique, seems to be doing things its own way. It's not on the beach side of Gulf Boulevard, but uses its bayou-side setting to best effect with a ravishing waterside pool and patio (and it's constructing a full rooftop bar and restaurant t …

  3. Salty's Gulfport Bar

    Gulfport : 5413 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    The vibe: a bright and colorful beach bar on the Gulfport waterfront.Hours: 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur., noon-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-11 a.m. Sun.Read a review here.

  4. The Getaway

    Gateway : 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Waterfront tiki bar with a selection of local food trucks, deep water boat access. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-midnight Thur.-Sat.Read a review here.

  5. J's

    Gulfport : 3128 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until midnight Fri. and Sat.Read a review here.

  6. Tropix Tiki Bar

    Clearwater Beach : 655 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Behind the Quality Resort on the Beach. Relax with a beach drink like a rum runner at this beachside tiki bar, with live music Thursday-Sundays, cash only.

  7. Toasted Monkey Beach Bar & Sports Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Hours: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. lunch menu, dinner menu, 4-10:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. to close, ''after hours'' menu.

  8. Spinner's Rooftop Revolving Bistro

    South Pinellas beaches : 5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    High rise bar and revolving restaurant with panoramic views of the Gulf and surrounding beach.Restaurant hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, bar open later, many nights until 3 a.m.

  9. The Lookout

    Clearwater Beach : 381 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Patio bar on Hooters rooftop has outdoor couch seating for sunset-watching, or inside bar, serving flatbreads, buffalo sliders, beer, wines, classic drinks and frozen concoctions.

  10. Salty Rim Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Mulligan's, a longtime beach bar without a lot of culinary ambition, was replaced in 2010 by Ocean Breeze. In that transition it underwent a fairly elegant remodel, with an international small-plate menu that turned out not to be a perfect fit for this waterside locale. At the end of 2011 the sp …

  11. PCI Beach Bar

    South Pinellas beaches : 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Classic beach bar vibe, with tasty tropical drinks, appetizers, sandwiches.Read more here.

  12. J D's Restaurant & Lounge

    North Pinellas beaches : 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

  13. Sun House Restaurant & Bar

    Manatee beaches : 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach, 34217

  14. Ka'Tiki

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 8803 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    When Jimmy Buffett sang of lost salt shakers and days lost to tequila, he was probably thinking of the Ka'Tiki, where being a beach bum is still considered a respectable profession. Strong, $3 cocktails, awesome tiki setting, great live music (provided you have a strong tolerance for Margaritavi …

  15. Latitudes

    North Pinellas beaches : 13205 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

    It's a space with a pedigree. In the spot that used to house Dockside Dave's, a new three-story building has been erected at the edge of Madeira Bay Marina. It's the handiwork of a bunch of pros who know what they're doing when it comes to casual, waterfront dining heavy on the Jimmy Buffet soun …

  16. The Undertow

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3850 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    On weekends, its seems all of Tampa descends on this St. Pete Beach favorite. With two buildings, a patio in the sand and a strange running-water moat inset in the long oval-shaped bar, it's a delightful place to grab a rum drink and some wings. Some nights there's live reggae, some nights it's  …

  17. Gulfport on the Rocks

    Gulfport : 5413 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Waterfront but not beachy, it's just across from Williams Pier and Boca Ciega Bay. The thick fog of smoke inside is shorthand for "no food served here." You're ordering shots. Don't argue with us.

  18. Harry's Beach Bar

    South Pinellas beaches : 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Part of the Sirata Beach Resort, this is a mainstay among St. Pete Beach's Miracle Mile strip of beach bars, complete with Jagermeister shot machine and the Rum Runners restaurant next door. Any place that has Gale Trippsmith on its music lineup is perfect for us. And there's plenty of seating a …

  19. Bazzie's Beach Bar and Grill

    South Pinellas beaches : 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    An old-school beach bar to the fullest, Beach Bar is based at the Bilmar Beach Resort. Here, they kick it with a one-story concrete patio that leads into the bathroom-style tiled bar. The laid-back bar area is peppered with timeless high-top lounge chairs, while the restaurant area is made up of …

  20. Banana Boat

    Gateway : 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Since it's a waterfront bar, we'll forgive -- heck, embrace -- Banana Boat's dive-ocity. Wear shorts and flip-flops on the deck. Or cool off in the AC inside. No drafts here, but that's okay. Get a load of Banana Boat's makeshift gallery of antique humor, like the faux Great White hanging above  …

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