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Sarasota is one of the top beach destinations in the entire world - and we're also quickly developing a reputation for the hottest, fun-filled nightlife as well. Here are some of the best places to hit up for a perfectly lit evening in the 941 with your favorite squad: 

The Gator Club

This historic building in downtown Sarasota blends architectural treasures like exposed brick walls and leaded glass with a vast whiskey selection, the latest in artisanal cocktails, and drink specials to get the party started. Known throughout the area as a top live music venue, the Gator Club rocks several nights a week with a variety of high-energy bands - and it's one of the best places to see and be seen by the beautiful people of Sarasota. One of the hottest clubs for nightlife in town! 

Pangea Alchemy Lab

Nestled in the heart of downtown, Pangea Alchemy Lab serves up the finest American mixology in a European-style lounge setting. Pangea is definitely the place to enjoy the first-class ambiance while sipping on some of the finest libations in Sarasota - and they've also got a delectable gastro-lounge menu, featuring tasty tidbits such as upscale chicken & waffles and rabbit tacos (we hear it tastes like chicken).

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The Five O'Clock Club

Head a bit south to Hillview Street and check out the dive bar vibe with local flavor at the Five O'Clock Club. This low-key, old-school watering hole has been a Sarasota staple since 1955 and keeps the party going with live bands, affordable adult beverages, and killer atmosphere. 

Smokin' Joe's

A rustic and welcoming neighborhood joint in downtown Sarasota, Smokin' Joe's features nightly drink specials, a charming outdoor area, and some of the area's best theme parties and events. Kick back with a tasty top-shelf whiskey and peruse Smokin' Joe's impressive cigar collection, or dance the night away while you enjoy a wide variety of local and national craft beers. 

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The Beach Club

Get down in true Florida fashion at The Beach Club on Ocean Boulevard! Featuring national acts and top DJs seven nights a week, this is a great place to dance your cares away, with an awesome happy hour and a huge dance floor with New York style club lighting. Another hot club for nightlife in Sarasota! 

Sarasota Sky

Located on Ringling Boulevard, the Sky features an experienced & friendly staff creating only the best artisanal cocktails made with local, seasonal fruits and top-shelf spirits created right here in Florida. With an expansive main floor and intimate balcony area, the Sky is the perfect spot for both a wild night out with the girls or a relaxed evening with your favorite coworkers. 

Sarasota is getting hipper by the minute, and new bars, clubs, and restaurants open frequently - stay on top of all the best places to party in Sarasota by logging into 941area for all of the latest updates. It's free!