Episode 80 – Finding Unique Bars in Florida

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What’s up this week?

Exploring sometimes means finding a theme and digging in. This week, we decided to explore the unique bars you can find all around Florida. We discovered everything from live music to craft cocktails. The way we look at it, you can explore any town for just about any themed idea. These are certainly some of the most famous bars in Florida. Unique bars are a popular place to find local craft beers! Sit under tiki torches at a beach bar. Explore all Florida has to offer in Unique Bars.

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Lourdes Library in Melbourne is speakeasy-style bar fronting as a library. You can go “check out a book” and get a library card from the librarian. Order one of their signature cocktails of Love Potion No. 9.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair was a popular suggestion, located on the rooftop of the Hanson Building in a former shoe repair shop, which had Orlando’s first electric sign. This is also a speakeasy in downtown Orlando and you’ll need a daily password to get in.

There are actually several speakeasies to be found throughout the state:

  • HandleBar in Mt. Dora this unique little speakeasy is a favorite Bar in Mt. Dora. With great service from a mixologist tossing creative cocktails, you will have a good time on this bar scene.
  • Ciro’s Tampa Inspired by a Hollywood bar of the same name, Ciro’s, located inside the historic Bayshore Royal Building. They pride themselves creative cocktails in one of the best towns in Florida, Tampa.
  • El Carajo in Miami which is hidden inside a Mobil gas station.
  • Coyo Taco Miami which is hidden inside the restaurant.
  • Unit B – in Fort Lauderdale where you get your own personal access code
  • The Saint in St. Pete Reserve your confession time now!

Tiki bars

You can never go wrong with a Tiki Bar in Florida. And there are plenty to be had.

Holiday Isle Tiki Bar at Mile Marker 84.5 is said to be home to the original Rumrunner. It’s near Islamorada, one of my fav parts of the keys.

Conch House in St. Augustine is another combo tiki bar, marina, and hotel.

Guanabanas in Jupiter where you can enjoy a lush tropical dining setting.

Beach Bars

Much like Tiki Bars, you can find unique bars on just about any beach in Florida.

Caribbean Club in Key Largo – home to the filming location of Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart.

HogFish Bar & Grill Step back in time to the way the Florida Keys used to be. Get yourself some strong drinks in their waterfront setting. Good food and a friendly staff is not a problem here.

Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West – this is one of those places you might call a dive bar, which means it’s amazing for its atmosphere. Dollar bills are stuck to the walls and the rafters are filled with signed bras.

Golden Lion Cafe is rated one of the top 10 beach bars in Florida.

Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is the oldest bar in Florida and is known to have been visited by the Carnegies, the Rockefellers and I’m sure, the Flagler’s. Opened in the late 1800s, it operated as an ice cream parlor during prohibition.

Nearby you can also find the Doctor’s Office, located in the space that was where many of the islanders would go to the doctor. Another great beach vibe.

Mather’s Social Gathering was also another suggestion, originally a vintage furniture store in the late 1800s, the building still retains the dark wood and exposed brick. What I liked about this is that it wants to remain a classy joint, so they have social gathering rules like a dress code and no loud obnoxious talking.

Cocktails and Screams was suggested by my friend Leesa, just in time for the spooky season as a spooky-themed restaurant in downtown Orlando. Their drink menu is a lot of fun with drinks themed for classic monsters and witches. They also have a Cereal Killer brunch on Sundays.

Norwood’s Treehouse Bar and restaurant in New Smyrna Beach is the ultimate for treehouse vibes and views. They often have live bands and live music.

Argonaut Bar in Tavares for that 20k league under the sea feeling.

Arcade Bar is filled with retro and new arcade games, these are starting to pop up all over. 

Play Money Pinball in Stuart Florida

Game over Retro Arcade and Bar in Melbourne

Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is what else, alcohol! The Florida Cane Distillery uses local ingredients to make world-class spirits and is the only craft distillery to have developed over 32 sports and five brands. The owners were also integral in making sure micro-distilleries in Florida could sell to the public and be located in commercial areas, by working with lawmakers to make changes in our prohibition-era laws. 

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