20 essential Tampa Bay tiki bars everyone should visit at least once
Frozen piña coladas, blackened grouper sandwiches, and mai tais are on the horizon.
Tiki bars are a Florida staple, and here in Tampa Bay we have quite a few, offering everything from sunset views, specialty cocktails and plenty of thatched roofs.
Whether you already have a go-to spot or looking to find your own, here are a few essential Tampa Bay tiki bars you should be drinking at this weekend.
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13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 727-317-5751
Featured on Netflix’s hit series, “Selling Tampa,” The Getaway is one of Tampa Bay’s most all-encompassing tiki bar experiences. The Key West-inspired waterside restaurant is accessible via both car and boat and is immersed amidst Weedon Island’s natural mangroves and wildlife for a true Floridian feel. Getway’s menu signatures include bahamian conch fritters, yuca fries, ahi tuna poke and crispy lobster tacos,
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7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 813-281-0770
If you’ve driven on the Causeway and seen a white-sand island decked out with beach chairs, umbrellas, tiki huts and drunk people, that’s Whiskey Joe’s. There’s nothing like a cold piña colada and a side of Joe’s pile of nachos, while sticking your toes in the water and tanning out in the summer sun.
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200 Second Ave. NE 5th Floor, St. Petersburg, 727-513-8325
Sitting atop the new St. Pete Pier, this modern tiki bar offers possibly the best skyline view of downtown St. Petersburg. The rooftop bar serves signature and frozen cocktails, draft beers, wine and rum along with a selection of classic bar bites. All guests must be over the age of 21 after 8 p.m.
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4675 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-355-5141
First opened in 1954, Bahi Hut is a piece of Floridian history and claims to be the oldest tiki lounge in the entire state. The hut’s interior design is full-blown Hawaiian, featuring giant tiki totem pole heads and statues, bamboo chairs, native art, neon lights and more. The cocktail lounge serves longtime favorite drinks like the Bahi Aloha, 1944 Mai Tai and the fiery Volcano Bowl.
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13025 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, 727-398-5401
Known as the “Boo” by locals and annual snowbirds, this John’s Pass tiki spot is one of the oldest bars still standing along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Enjoy live music and daily drink specials while munching on menu favorites like the smoked fish spread, coconut shrimp seafood basket, Bamboo burger and eggplant fries.
Photo via Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill/Facebook