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Best Bets for Nightlife

After a day spent exploring, relax with a tropical drink to the lilting sounds of a reggae band or local songwriters’ riffs on their island paradise.


Cold Beer, Cool Bars

A Room with a View

Two resorts feature lofty bars perched perfectly for a view of the western sky: JoJo’s on the Beach at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa (275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL), on Fort Myers Beach and Charley’s Cabana Bar at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa (17260 Harbour Point Dr., Fort Myers, FL).


On the Waterfront

Looking for a casual, laid-back place to have a beer? Try Gramma Dot’s ( 634 North Yachtsman Dr.,Sanibel, FL), Cabbage Key Inn (don’t forget to stick your dollar to the wall) Intercoastal Channel Marker 60 26 39 24.162 N – 82 13 20.635 W. Pineland, FL 33945), Flippers on Lovers Key (8771 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL), RumRunners in Cape Coral (5848 Cape Harbour Dr., Cape Coral, FL) or Doc’s Beach House (27908 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL).


Local Favorites

Where do the locals go to unwind? Find them the first Wednesday of each month at Yacht Club (5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL) Community Park’s “Sunset Celebration on the Pier,” with food, fun and live performances in Cape Coral (1st Wednesday of every month). Funky Bert’s Bar & Grill (4271 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha, FL) on Matlacha melds low-key lifestyles with a view of enchanting Matlacha Pass. Miceli’s in Matlacha Pass (3930 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha, FL) has great food and Entertainment.


Sunset View

Watch the sun set with your toes in the sand at the Outrigger Tiki Bar on Fort Myers Beach (6200 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers, Beach, FL), The Mucky Duck on Captiva (11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL). Uninterrupted views abound from the Beached Whale(1249 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL), and South Beach Grill near Times Square and the Pier on Fort Myers Beach.


The Sound of Music

Piano & Jazz Bars

Southern gentility and old standards are on the menu at Ellington’s Jazz Bar and Restaurant features live jazz seven nights a week (937 East Gulf Dr., Sanibel, FL).

Dance the Night Away

Junkanoo on the Beach on Fort Myers Beach(3040 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FLis a casual, open-air family restaurant with a tropical feel. Get in the groove to the reggae beat.

Musical Musings

Gotta love a bar called The Cottage (1250 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL). Tucked away off Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach, this local hangout has a deck overlooking the beach and features live music by local musicians.


For the Chic Crowd

Downtown Cool

World Famous Cigar Bar, on Hendry St. in downtown Fort Myers, is a trendy spot for the hipper than hip. Long, sweeping, dynamically decorated bars take center stage at Cru in 13499 US 41, Fort Myers, FL in Bell Tower Shop and Blu Sushi in Fort Myers on 13451 McGregor Blvd. Unit 23). Patrons are as sleekly dressed, martinis in hand, as these soigné lounges are designed.

Fort Myers Beach

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, located directly on the water just before the Sky Bridge to Fort Myers Beach, is famous for hosting a wide array of local bands, from rock n’ roll to reggae. Open 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week (708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL).The Cottage Bar on Fort Myers Beach (1270 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL) is a tradition for anyone visiting the island. Situated right on the Gulf, the action on the outdoor deck is fun, festive, affordable and rocks with live music until 2 a.m. every night (with Karaoke on Sundays). Open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. Stroll along the beach then stop at South Beach Grille on Fort Myers Beach located by the pier.

Fort Myers

The Edison, on palm-lined McGregor Boulevard just one mile south of The Edison-Ford Winter Estates, is the place to see and be seen any night of the week, but especially on Wednesday Ladies Nights when ladies drink free. It’s the hip hotspot for locals. Open 11 a.m. to midnight (3583 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL).

Bistro 41, nestled in the courtyard of the Bell Tower Shops, is ideal for cocktails and people-watching (13499 US 41, Fort Myers, FL in Bell Tower Shop). The bar has a European feel, while the inviting outdoor tables charm guests with umbrellas and white linen tablecloths. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Sundays noon to 8 p.m.

Downtown Fort Myers / The River District

The Veranda in historic downtown Fort Myers (2122 2nd Street Fort Myers, FL) boasts a popular piano bar and a reputation for the best martinis in the River District. A local favorite, the converted mansion has been going strong for over 30 years. Open Monday through Saturday until 10 p.m.

Spirits of Bacchus (1406 Hendry St., Fort Myers, FL) is famous for its bustling happy hour and friendly bartenders. During downtown’s Art Walk, held the first Friday evening of each month, art lovers gather for good conversation and cold drinks before or after strolling the neighborhood galleries. Open 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. Fort Myers Music Walk will happen each month on 3rd Fridays with live music at over a dozen downtown Fort Myers venues. Starts at 7pm. Experience local talent at restaurants, bars, galleries, and more!

Gulf Coast Town Center

Blu Sushi in Gulf Coast Town Center (9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers, FL ) near Florida Gulf Coast University attracts the young and the young at heart as DJ’s get the dance floor grooving with ‘80s music on Wednesdays and bartenders mix signature “outrageous cocktails” seven nights a week. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Miller’s Ale House, Bar Louie’s and many more establishments just a short walk from Blu Sushi, is where a casual crowd gathers for fun. Open seven nights a week.

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