Best Tampa Bay Bars To Bring A Boat To

By Barbara Ann Kelley,

When you’ve been boating in the hot Florida sun there’s nothing better than tying up to enjoy a cold brew, food and live music. From swim suits to tiki bars and reggae music, we’ve got the complete scoop on the best bars in Tampa Bay to drink, eat and party with your boat.


The Getaway Tampa Bay
13090 Gandy Blvd N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

The Getaway Tampa Bay is a Florida Keys-inspired waterfront tiki bar and marina destination on Tampa Bay. Conveniently situated in St. Petersburg off of Gandy Boulevard with deep water access for boats of all sizes. Boat up to this tropical paradise with coconut palms and sugar sand and enjoy an ice cold brew or tropical drinks in your bathing suit and bare feet overlooking the mangroves of the Weedon Island Preserve. The Getaway doesn’t serve food, but they have different food trucks that stop by every day so you’ll never get tired of the same old food. They also offer paddle board rentals and other games for you to play. They even have live music for you to listen to as you sip on fresh squeezed island drinks at one of their two huge shaded kiki hut bars.


Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Bar   
7720 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607

Only Boat-up barefoot beach bar on the Tampa side of the bay. You can drive your small boat, waverunner or raft, right up onto the sand. Eat, party, play and suntan on their private beach. The tiki hut has plenty of TV’s to watch sports while downing a beer in your barefeet. Whiskey Joe’s has a full Bar with great seafood, oysters, sliders, po’boys and fish tacos. There’s Corn Hole, Firepits, live bands and booze specials. There is no other place quite like it. It’s young hot and fun.

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Shephard’s Beach Resort
619 South Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Shepard’s north of the Sandkey Bridge on Clearwater Beach is a popular bar for boaters and jet skiers. There are no docks only shallow anchorage. Local boaters just drop an anchor and wade in. Be aware of the currents they are usually strong. Shepard’s has a Tiki bar, food, live music and lots of hard bodies sun tanning on their private beach. Shepard’s is a 21 and up beach bar/restaurant. Can be wild and young.


Rick’s On The River       
2305 N. Willow Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607

Ricks On The River is a combination marina, local casual bar and grille. Boats up to 50 feet in length can dock there. It’s the perfect place party your sunburned butt off. after a day of boating. This place is not about the food which is OK – You can get all sorts of fried goodies like fish, gator, chicken, fries, heartburn – it’s about the boating Florida lifestyle. Their drinks will get you “toe up from the flow up”. That is one step above “tore up from the floor up”.  The weekend bands on the deck are loud, redneck and rowdy.  If your looking for a party coming in from the bay this is the best place in Tampa to TEAR IT UP with the boat docked. Overnight docking is available for ya’ll who want to over indulge.


Gators Cafe
12754 Kingfish Dr.
Treasure Island, FL 33706

Gators near Johns Pass is the largest waterfront boat bar in the world. Bring your boat – big or small and come party. Gators serves burgers, prime rib, seafood and Cuban sandwiches. If you hook it and filleted it, they’ll cook it for $8.95 pp. There are plenty of TV’s for sports watching, air conditioned room to cool off in and live entertainment. Call 727-367-8951 for docking and 727-367-3835 for the Marina.

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Island Way Grill
20 Island Way
Clearwater, FL 33767

Island Way Grill is a better choice if  you are looking for a less party animal experience. It’s located in Mandalay Bay Lagoon near Clearwater Memorial Causeway. At least six boats can tie up to restaurant’s sea wall. Inside they serve sophisticated seafood and steaks and sushi.  Their food on the deck includes salads, grouper sandwiches and oysters. On the weekends the deck and tiki bar have live music.


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