5778 Clark Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 921-7750
Fax: (941) 925-2474
Bars & Cafes
Located on the Clark road, Jake's Tavern is not your typical watering hole. Here, one can listen to performances of independent artists/ bands on one night, dance to the music churned out by the DJs and participate in karaoke events on other nights; all of this without missing out on your favorite games in action. The drinks on offer ranges from locally craft beers to delightful cocktails and martinis. Shoot down a glass of tequila or sip on the tasty bottomless mimosas with your friends. A number of pool and foosball tables, dart boards and a juke box machine are there at Jake's Tavern to keep one occupied. Call ahead to know more.
Situated across South Packinghouse Drive, the J.R's Old Packinghouse Cafe is a local cafe. Earlier in 1920s, it was a packing house for celery and now it has been completely transformed into a swanky dining establishment. It serves excellent short eats like sandwiches and tasty meals complete with desserts; and you need not worry about your kids as it has a special menu for children. Apart from good food and great atmosphere, this cafe is known for its live music concerts that features local artists and at times even enthusiastic diners who try their hands at singing. For more details, call ahead.
A casually upscale eatery, Libby's Café + Bar has some delicious American fare on its lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus. This spacious restaurant has many dining areas you can pick from; wherever you choose to sit, you are bound to have a good time. Small plates of deviled eggs, meatloaf sliders and pigs in a blanket make way for more filling offerings from the land and the sea. Blackened jumbo shrimp, grilled mahi crispy tacos, rotisserie half chicken and veal marsala are a few of the entrées to enjoy. There are two bars where you can sit back with a drink and catch the live sporting action.
Shamrock Pub is an affable neighborhood bar with an old-worldly charm to it. It is one of the best places in town to sip a beer or an Irish drink. Their bar features a curated list of over 70 craft beers which includes bottled and can varieties as well as on tap. It also hosts regular jam sessions, making it even more a livelier place to be in. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted
The brick-fronted entrance to Sarasota Vineyard, hidden between the colorful facades of other eateries on either sides, is easy to miss if not for the black canopy, boldly advertising its presence. Step inside, and the exposed brick-wall theme follows, now blending beautifully with the woodwork on the interiors and thoughtful lighting accentuating it. The eclectic wine bar and restaurant, established in 2008 delights with its selection of close to a 100 wines, and a revolutionary self-serve wine dispensing system that lets patrons enjoy practically any selection from their list by the glass. The wine menu throws up some great choices and should excite everybody from casual drinkers to wine lovers. The delectable food menu is built around wines and has varied European influences. From cheese and charcuterie platters to hearty bistro-style plates, the menu offers quite a lot. Regular live music is a delight in the evenings. Check website for more.
Blue Rooster celebrates Southern joie de vivre in the heart of Sarasota. This rustic-chic restaurant serves up delicious Southern American comfort food with signature cocktails and spirits. Savor Crazy Cajun Shrimp, Blue Rooster's Famous Fried Chicken and Creole Pappardelle Pasta on their community tables and enjoy the live entertainment. The best of its kind in town, their eclectic schedule features Gospel nights, country music gigs and more by local talent and touring acts.
Highly acclaimed The Bijou Cafe is a well known name in the culinary circles of Sarasota. The French restaurant is a must visit for its food, wine and the cozy environment it offers. Dining here one can also pick up a lot of information about the goings-on in the area. Bijou's Famous Pepper Steak, as the name suggests is a popular dish and worth tasting for its unbeatable flavor and spices. Other outstanding dishes include the Chicken Paillard, Mushroom Ravioli and Bijou's Famous Pommes Gratin Dauphinois. The service is top-notch and welcoming enough to make the diner want to return again and again.
This beautifully decorated intimate venue provides a classic dining experience in the heart of Sarasota. The traditional Spanish cuisine offers diners a chance to partake of the exotic dishes that are lovingly prepared by the chefs. It serves delicious salads and sangria that are the highlight of the menu. Another favorite is the Spanish Bean Soup. There is a full tapas menu too, that one can explore. A part of the chain of Columbia Restaurants in Florida, it maintains the same degree of excellence in its service and food. There is an outdoor patio for basking in the gentle sun. Do not miss out on exploring the on-site gift shop to pick up some interesting souvenirs.
With sweeping views of the Sarasota Bay, The Old Salty Dog is a popular bar and restaurant that serves American cuisine. Enjoying a loyal patronage of locals, it is a busy place with diners crowding the tables, enjoying the delicious burgers and hot dogs. Feast on the Admiral's Platter that contains fried shrimp, oysters and fish and chips, and wash it down with the chilled beer. The City Island Po'Boy is another fond favorite of diners. Try to get a seat at the patio and bring your pet along to enjoy the fresh breeze.
Cafe Venice on the Island is a place that is explored by locals and tourists alike. The cafe is known for their impressive tapas dishes, extensive wine list and cozy ambiance.
The Old Venice Pub is a haunt for the locals but this place welcomes tourists with equal warmth. It has a good selection of potent cocktails and the bartenders are generous with their pours.
Brewhouse Sports & Grill has an impressive line up of beers for you. The place is at its euphoric best when a good game is on.