After watching the final sliver of sun disappear over the sparking Bay, Sarasota residents shouldn’t be retreating home, waiting for the next warm beach day. Whether you’re a dance-floor devotee, a cocktail aficionado, or a live music junkie, Sarasota’s nightlife will keep you up well after the sun goes down.
Where to Dance the Night Away
Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village, Beach Club’s vibe is more Margaritaville than Miami. Surfboards hang on the walls, and a gigantic shark dangles menacingly above the dance floor. Drinks are strong and, especially on the weekends, the dancing can get rowdy. For those who didn’t bring their dancing flip-flops, there are pool tables and bar games, too.
Where to See and Be Seen
With its stunning modern design, Social Eatery & Bar could easily be mistaken for an art gallery or a Hollywood Hills dream home. In actuality, it’s a cozy, hip spot for splitting wood fired pizzas and sipping craft cocktails with friends. (It’s also the surest bet for celebrity sightings in Sarasota.) Menu items like the Grapefruit Old Fashioned give classic drinks a modern, Florida twist; the sharing plate of pretzel-dusted calamari is traditional Italian food for the 21st century.
Another Sarasota hotspot with atmosphere that’s as trendy as its clientele is Clasico Café and Bar. The charm of Clasico lies in the details: a sliding library ladder aids bartenders in retrieving shelved liquors for summery specialty drinks like the gin basil and cucumber cocktail; black and red chalkboards hang like art from the building’s subway-tiled pillars. A DJ keeps EDM humming on the weekends, and the dining area transforms into a dance floor.
Where the Locals Go
Few destinations in Sarasota are as venerated among locals as the Gator Club. Housed in the oldest building on Main Street, this 100-year-old bar and dance club carries a scandalous past of illegal gambling, Prohibition-era whiskey production, and an upstairs brothel. The present-day Gator Club has cleaned up its act, but don’t think that translates into a boring night. With live music, strong drinks, wall-to-wall dancing, and two floors of packed-tight partiers, this place draws a nightly crowd of both visitors and residents. An evening spent at the Gator Club is as essential to a Sarasota County itinerary as a sun-filled day on Siesta Key Beach.
Where The VIP’s Go
Coming home doesn’t mean the night has to be over. Sarasota’s latest residential high-rise, BLVD Sarasota, features a highly-innovative amenities program that is sure to be the new talk of the town.
On the 5th floor, the 11,250sf area includes both indoor and outdoor common areas with a social room, featuring a pool table, game areas, bar, full service kitchen and an expansive, state-of-the-art fitness facility. Unique to BLVD, the area also includes a pet lawn and full-service grooming facility, wine cellar with two temperature controlled wine vaults with private lockable showcases, and an indoor driving range to refine your game anytime you want.
On the rooftop, a 1,200 sf zero horizon pool highlights the 10,000 sf amenity space fully equipped with a covered outdoor summer kitchen with a pair of gas cooktop stations, a gas fire pit, private cabanas and landscape for outdoor yoga and fitness. BLVD also offers an onsite, high end dining and entertainment venue which encapsulates the sought after nightlife of Sarasota without ever having to leave the building.
With an incredible location among all the vibrancy of the Boulevard of the Arts, BLVD is surrounded by the best that Sarasota has to offer, including the world-class Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Art Center Sarasota, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Film Festival, Players Theatre, Sarasota Orchestra, Ringling Museum of Art and many more diverse arts organizations. With all these sophisticated cultural venues, you’re living in a community of art lovers, just minutes from Sarasota’s famed white sand beaches and the gentle Bay waters.
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