Sarasota is the perfect spot for someone looking to decompress from the stress of school or work with its #1-rated beaches in the country. Siesta Key and Venice beach are both right in the Sarasota county for spring breakers to enjoy! Unlike Panama City Beach, Sarasota is the place for someone who wants to lay on a beach towel and read a book. Siesta Key is known for its white sandy beaches, but it also lies near Siesta Key Village with houses, shops, restaurants, and bars for beach-goers and spring breakers alike. It also has coral reefs and tidal pools for anybody interested in snorkeling or getting in touch with the sea life.
But for someone looking to still have a good time in Sarasota their many beach side bars and happy hours will satisfy your every need this spring break. Two of the most bustling places in Siesta Key Village are The Daiquiri Deck and Gilligan's.
The Daiquiri Deck is a bright green building with yellow and purple shutters and details; if you’re driving down Ocean Boulevard, it's hard to miss. With outdoor seating on both the ground floor and upper deck, it’s right in the middle of all the commotion. The daiquiris come from giant vats that are labeled by flavor and built into the walls of the restaurant. They have two-for-one daiquiris every day from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the restaurant gets even more fun after dark! With live music featuring a variety of local artists as well as sporting events, beer pong, and corn hole, they turn dinner into a party every night of the week. Spring breakers will also enjoy their affordable food and accessibility to the beach.
Right across the street from the Daiquiri Deck, Gilligan’s Island Bar and Grille is another spot that's popular for Siesta Key nightlife. Not only is it a bar, but it also has a club portion called the Rhino Room that has DJ’s, bottle service, and a dance floor. For spring break, they have bikini contests every Sunday night the entire month of March where girls compete to be the hottest girl on the beach. Thursdays are Ladies Night where ladies drink free all night long with a $5 cover. On Saturdays, there's no admission, and they drink specials along with live entertainment, which is usually either a local band or DJ.
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During Spring Break, there's bound to be at least one night that you and all of your friends want to go out and dance! The Beach Club is perfect for a night filled with dancing and drinking until your heart is content. It's a great Spring Break tiki bar atmosphere with live music and great happy hour specials!
The Terrace at Surf Shack is also ideal for spring breakers with happy hour every day from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when their drinks are all half-price.
The Seafood Shack is great for a lunch or dinner with your spring break buddies if you're looking for a nice oceanfront view! They have great drinks and a wonderful happy hour that all comes with quite the view! It's more of a restaurant with a bar but the older we get the less and less we want to get crazy anyways, right?
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Tsunami Sushi has a similar happy hour where if you are sat before 6:30 p.m., they give you discounted drinks for the rest of the night. Discounts are on special food items and sushi selections, too.
The Coolinary does two-for-1 drinks every day except Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Libby’s Cafe + Bar does happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with drinks specials including $3.75 martinis and $5 beers.
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The Hooters on Stickney Point Road also is famous for their annual bikini contest that goes on weekly throughout March. The last weekend of March is the final contest where the winners from previous contests come out to compete to be the best.
If you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur then JDub's Brewing Company is one place you'll need to check out during your spring break!
Calusa Brewing offers a tasting experience of a lifetime! So if you're a craft beer lover this is one adventure you should have during spring break. It's like bottomless mimosas, but with beer!
If you want to make the most of that week off in March, then head over to Sarasota's best bars and restaurants during spring break!
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