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5 Best Tiki Bars on Clearwater Beach

The Best Tiki Bars on Clearwater Beach
Plus the Best Rooftop Bars on Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, located on the stunning Gulf Coast of Florida, is known for its beautiful white powder sand beaches and exuberant atmosphere. Tens of thousands of visitors make Clearwater Beach their destination annually.

We are fortunate – we live here. You will have our insight to the best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach. Two of them are on Florida Travel Blog’s Best Tiki Bars in Florida.

Besides lounging on one of the best beaches in Florida, visitors love shopping on Mandalay Avenue, visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, watching the sunset at Pier 60 and looking for the best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach.

We have to wonder about vacationers and what they think about anticipating their upcoming trip to one of Florida’s best beaches. It is easy to see visions of the cool breezes under the overhanging thatched roof of a Clearwater Beach tiki bar.

Tiki bars on Clearwater Beach hold a special place in the hearts of beach visitors. Alluring thoughts of toes in the sand, a refreshing beachside drink and the thrill of just living the carefree beach lifestyle – even if it is just for a few days.

Memories are made for a lifetime at these tiki bar refuges from life’s challenges.

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Walking out on Pier 60 and looking back on Clearwater beach gives you a perspective of a good part of the beach.

If you’re looking for the best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach, here is Florida Travel Blog’s list:

Sandbar Tiki & Grille

Situated on the south end of Clearwater Beach, The Opal Sands Resort Sandbar Tiki & Grille offers a spacious outdoor patio with tiki hut bar and a lively beach atmosphere. With an extensive drink menu featuring tropical concoctions and a variety of beers, you’ll find the perfect beverage to quench your thirst. Enjoy live music, beach games, and a friendly vibe.

We believe the grouper sandwich is the best on the beach! The burger is darn good too! This is Florida Travel Blog’s favorite tiki bar on Clearwater Beach.

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

Located right on the beach, Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar is a classic tiki bar that has been a favorite among locals and visitors for over 90 years. Sip on a refreshing cocktail or enjoy a cold beer while soaking up the sun on their outdoor patio. They also offer a diverse menu of seafood and American cuisine. 

Once “The Palm” was nothing more than a hotdog stand. Today it is the largest of our tiki bar recommendations on Clearwater Beach.

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Sunset view from the Tropix Tiki Bar on Clearwater Beach.

Tropix Island Tiki Bar

Located at the Quality Inn Beach Resort, Tropix Island Tiki Bar provides a fun and relaxing setting to enjoy a tropical drink. Situated right on the sand, this tiki bar offers stunning beach views and a casual ambiance. Sip on their specialty cocktails while listening to live music or watching the beautiful sunset. 

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The Tropix is right on Clearwater Pass where boats enter and leave the Gulf of Mexico. Located on south beach not far from the Sand Key Bridge, you will love the vibe at Tropix.

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If you want the true feeling of a beach tiki bar, Tommie’s Tiki behind the Hilton Hotel is a perfect place to put a few toes in the sand.

Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar

Located at the iconic Shephard’s Beach Resort, Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar is a lively hotspot with a large outdoor patio overlooking the beach. This tiki bar features live music, DJs, and a dance floor where you can groove to the beats while sipping on tropical drinks. 

They also have a menu offering a variety of food options. Shephard’s has long been known for its daily entertainment from early afternoon to the wee hours.

Tommie’s Tiki

We purposely saved one of the best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach for last. Tommie’s Tiki behind the Hilton Hotel is a classic tiki bar. You sit at the bar with toes in the sand right in the middle of the beach. All the beach activity from volleyball, corn hole, and other fun sports are all around you. The only negative with Tommie’s is it is small. There is always competition for the dozen seats. However, it is our second favorite tike bar on Clearwater Beach.

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View east of Island Estates and downtown Clearwater from The Vue 360 at Courtside.

The best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach will have you wandering around north to south.

While roaming the beach, here are the best rooftop bars on Clearwater Beach. Each of these rooftop bar locations has a different view. We can’t decide which is our favorite. It will probably take some more in person research!

The Best Rooftop Bars on Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach has another visitor obsession – rooftop bars. Clearwater Beach is blessed with numerous rooftop bars with various views.

Here is our list of the best rooftop bars on Clearwater Beach:

  • Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest at The Pier 60 Hotel – one of the oldest and best views east, west, and north.
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    View from the Deep End at the JW Marriott Hotel. Looking south across Clearwater Pass to Sand Key.
  • The Deep End at JW Marriot Hotel – the newest of the rooftop bars. Great southern panorama view.
  • Vue 360 Rooftop Bar at the Courtyard by Marriott – great views east. Despite the name, no 360 view.
  • The Tropico Rooftop Bar at the Hyatt Hotel – right in the middle of the beach with great Gulf views.
  • Jimmy’s on the Edge at The Edge Hotel – One of the top views of all north beach. Large and good for crowds.
  • Evy’s Terrace Bar & Grill at the Hampton Hotel – they have a great view of Clearwater Pass and south. Not as crowded as the others.
  • NEW! -Sielo Rooftop Pool Bar OPENED APRIL 2024at the Hiatus Hotel by Hilton in the middle of the beach.

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Our newest addition to the list of rooftop bars in Clearwater Beach. Opened in April 2024, the Hiatus Hotel has their Sielo Rooftop Pool Bar.

There you have it. The best places to visit on Clearwater Beach. Five tiki bars and six rooftop bars will make a good scavenger hunt on Clearwater Beach.

Two of the best tiki bars on Clearwater Beach made our list of the best tiki bars in Florida

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