Florida offers an array of sunny outdoor locations that attract people from all over, and Sarasota's tiki bars definitely top the list. Tiki bars epitomize the vacation mindset that we all crave whether we're actually on a beach getaway or briefly escaping from daily life. There are plenty of options in this beachside town, so we've narrowed down the best tiki bars in Sarasota.

Oleary's Tiki Bar & Grill

Located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Oleary's Tiki Bar is reminiscent of a tropical island even though it's not on the beach. Without the mess of sand, this tiki bar provides the fresh, breezy feel of a beach bar with gorgeous water views as it's on the bay. They have an extensive menu with ice cream treats for the kids if you bring them along!

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Lido Key Tiki Bar

Across from a public beach, Lido Key Tiki Bar is a favorite among the locals. They specialize in a few terrific cocktails that are fun to sip on with little umbrellas just like you would imagine enjoying on vacation. If you want to grab a bite to eat as well, try their fish sandwich- it won't disappoint!

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Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Bar

A twist on your typical tiki bar decor, the Casey Key Fish House and Tiki Bar has Asian-inspired accents while still maintaining a tropical theme. Although the drinks are great as you would expect at a tiki bar, the food is as equally impressive and affordable. If you're not sure what to try, the friendly servers will recommend their favorites, and they've yet to steer me wrong!

Pop's Sunset Grill

A personal favorite, Pop's Sunset Grill is a cozy, waterfront tiki bar that's so fun and relaxing you'll want to stay all day. They have some of the best margaritas in Sarasota, which is partly whey they're busy year-round. The best time to visit Pop's is on a chilly fall or winter evening because they have inviting tables with fire pits in the middle, creating a perfect atmosphere to enjoy some drinks and hang out with friends.

Nokomos Sunset Hut

Newer to the tiki bar scene, Nokomos Sunset Hut is another waterfront tiki bar to visit in Sarasota. They have an upstairs area that overlooks the glistening waters with a choice of sitting at the bar or small tables. This location is great for happy hour and appetizers; their homemade cocktails and fish dip are absolutely scrumptious. Nokomos has a variety of quality cocktails you've never had before, so you have plenty of excuses to keeping going back here!

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

The busiest and most active tiki bar you'll find in Sarasota is the Siesta Key Oyster Bar. This location is in Siesta Village where all the locals and tourists go to enjoy an evening and late night out. You'll especially have fun if you love people watching and crowds. The Siesta Key Oyster Bar has live music, making it a fun place to let loose and enjoy your vacation.

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Whether you're on vacation or a lunch break, the best tiki bars in Sarasota will make you feel like you're on your own island.

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