Cheers to the New Year: The Nightlife of Anna Maria Island

| December 28, 2023

There is no better place to ring in the New Year than on Anna Maria Island. But you don’t have to wait for a Holiday excuse to enjoy the growing nightlife community on this beautiful island. Looking for a pick-me-up cocktail at the end of a long day? Anna Maria Island is home to many fantastic cocktail bars and lounges. Looking for trivia? Or maybe a game of pool? No problem. Anna Maria Island has you covered. From dancing and live music to the best mixed drink you’ve ever had, the nightlife on Anna Maria Island will surely delight. There are plenty of places to enjoy a night out on the town and celebrate life to the fullest every day! 

These are a few of our favorite nightlife hot spots around the island. 

The Kokonut Hut 

900 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 7 AM-1 AM

Just in case the name didn’t give it away, this open-air (and dog-friendly) bar is housed under a traditional-style tiki hut and has a gorgeous island view. Sit back and enjoy several unique cocktails, frozen drinks (Try the Dirty Banana), seemingly endless beers on tap, generous appetizers, and more. The Kokonut Hut also had live music and dance nights for those of you looking to spice up the night a little more. 

The Anchor Inn 

3007 Gulf Dr Holmes Beach, FL Anna  Maria Island  34217
Hours: 7 AM- AM

Maybe you are looking for more of a traditional dive bar vibe. Look no further than The Anchor Inn. The Anchor Inn has been a part of the AMI community since 1994 and is a favorite with the locals for good reason. Gather around the bar and take a look at the extensive drink menus from domestic bottles, imports on tap, and fine bourbons; there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. They also have pizza for those of you who might be feeling snackish between a round of pool or your next go at darts. 

The Ugly Grouper 

5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 11 AM-10 PM

The Ugly Grouper made our blog earlier this year as a must-visit for those looking to experience the island’s unique charm. But we love this place so much, that we had to mention it at least once more time this year. The Ugly Grouper is an utterly unique dining experience, and it is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to explore the AMI nightlife. Craft cocktails, mouthwatering seafood dishes, and live music every night will surely have you dancing your cares away. 

Dcoy Ducks 

5410 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Do you want drinks? Dcoy Ducks has got you covered. But they are so much more! This dive-bar-reminiscent establishment has a fun activity and drinks special scheduled for nearly every day of the week. Poker nights are every Monday, and it is time to brush up on your useless knowledge, because every Tuesday is Trivia Tuesday at Dcoy Ducks. This low-key bar also offers live music, pool, and darts and is sure to score a bulls-eye on your heart as one of your favorite haunts of Anna Maria Island. 

The Doctor’s Office

5312 Holmes Blvd. #B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 5 PM-11 PM

Are you looking for a classy night out or hoping to impress that special someone while on Anna Maria Island? Check out The Doctor’s Office, an intimate cocktail bar and restaurant sure to delight. The Doctor’s Office is divided into three separate dining areas, “The Dining Room,” “The Garden,” and “The Bar.” so you can craft the perfect experience for you and your party. Most menu items are gluten-free, and they have vegan/vegetarian options readily available upon request. You won’t want to miss your appointment at The Doctor’s Office during your time on Anna Maria Island. 

Bonus: Cheers to the New Year!

Looking for something extra special to ring in the New Year? These locations boast specialized New Year’s menus so you can greet 2024 in delicious style. RSVPs may be required.

Mademoiselle Paris 

9906 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

This award-winning restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and offers a five-course meal explicitly designed to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Starting with an amuse-bouche of French onion puff pastry bites through to a main course of coq au vin and finishing with dessert profiteroles, this meal is sure to delight. Set in an intimate space, Mademoiselle Paris will ensure your small party will be ready to ring in the New Year with a glass of sparkling champagne and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Euphemia Haye 

5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Euphemia Haye is back again for another fantastic holiday menu. Carefully curated and executed by the in-house Chef Ray. The daily menu will also be available a la carte, but you will want to take advantage of the holiday specials. Note that all reservations for NYE are prepaid, and a minimum of $125 is required, including food, beverage, dessert, tax, and gratuity. 

We can’t wait to be a part of your 2024. Check out our properties on Anna Maria Island and book your stay with Serendipity for the coming year. 

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