Nightlife in Downtown Sarasota & Siesta Key
When most people think of Sarasota and Siesta Key, they think of beaches, sunshine, and watersport activities. However, there is a whole other side to these cities that comes alive at night.
From live music and dancing to bars and clubs, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant nightlife scene. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the top places and activities for a night out in Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key.
The Top Clubs and Bars in Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key
Let’s start by looking at some of the best places to enjoy Sarasota and Siesta Key’s nightlife scene:
1. The Gator Club
The Gator Club is the perfect place to start your night out in Downtown Sarasota. This legendary club has been a staple of the Sarasota nightlife scene for over a century. Of course, it has undergone some changes over the years, but it remains one of the city’s most popular clubs.
If you’re looking for a more low-key atmosphere, The Gator Club also has a lounge area where you can relax and enjoy a cocktail.
2. Captain Curt’s Sniki Tiki Bar
This open-air bar in Siesta Key Village is the perfect place to enjoy a tropical drink and listen to live music. Captain Curt’s is known for their Mai Tais, but they have a full menu of delicious cocktails to choose from.
Be sure to check their website for upcoming shows. They are constantly booking new talent, and you’re sure to find a band that you’ll enjoy!
3. Livington’s Amusement
If you’re looking for more of a dive bar atmosphere, look no further than Livingston’s Amusement in Sarasota. This local favorite is known for its cheap drinks and pool tables. It’s the perfect place to grab a beer and shoot some pool with your friends.
The bar is also attached to a go-kart track. So if you want to bring along your family or friends who are under 21, they can still enjoy themselves!
4. The Beach Club
The Beach Club at Siesta Key is the perfect place to enjoy a night out. This open-air bar overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy live music, dance the night away, or simply relax with a cocktail in hand.
There is also a full menu of seafood and American dishes available if you get hungry. The Beach Club is the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy the area’s nightlife scene.
5. Marina Jack Restaurant & Bar
This waterfront restaurant offers breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a sunset dinner or drinks with friends/family.
Marina Jack also offers a variety of entertainment options, including live music and dancing. It’s quite popular among both locals and tourists, so be sure to make a reservation if you plan on dining here.
The Top Nighttime Activities in Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key
Now let’s take a look at some of the most popular nighttime activities in Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key:
1. Take in the Sunset
Sarasota and Siesta Key are located on the Gulf of Mexico. This means there are plenty of opportunities to catch a beautiful sunset at the end of the day.
Lido Beach is one of our favorite places to watch the sun go down. The beach is lovely, and there’s also a playground and pavilion where you can picnic or BBQ.
Another great option is Siesta Key Beach, where you can enjoy the Sunset from one of the many restaurants and bars near the beach. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a sunset cruise on one of the many tours that depart from the marina.
2. Enjoy the Arts After Dark
The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota hosts “Art After 5” each Thursday. This weekly event offers after-hours admission to the historical museum, as well as summer cocktails in the courtyard. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some culture and unwind after a long day of fun.
Admission for “Art After 5” is just $15 for non-member adults and $5 for children. This is a significant discount from the regular admission price, making it a great option for budget-minded travelers.
3. Visit a Park at Nighttime
If you’re looking for a free nighttime activity that you can enjoy with your whole family, head to one of Sarasota’s or Siesta Key’s parks. Many of these parks offer free concerts, movies, and other events during the summer months.
One of our favorite parks to visit after dark is the marina at Island Park in Siesta Keys. For a romantic evening, take a stroll along the boardwalk, or enjoy the view from one of the nearby restaurants. The possibilities are endless!
4. Listen to Some Live Music
There is no shortage of live music in Sarasota and Siesta Key. From local bars to world-renowned concert venues, there’s something for everyone.
Sarasota’s Siesta Key Drum Circle performs each Sunday night on Siesta Beach and is a must-see for all music lovers. This weekly event draws drummers from all over the world to enjoy an evening of community, rhythm, and dance. If you’re feeling especially festive, bring your own drums and join in on the fun!
For a more intimate live music experience, check out one of the many bars and clubs in Downtown Sarasota. Live music can be found nearly any night of the week, so be sure to ask around or check online for listings.
5. Book a Helicopter Tour
One of the most unique ways to see Sarasota and Siesta Key at night is from above. Book a spot on a helicopter tour, and you’ll get an aerial view of the city’s skyline, beaches, and parks.
There is no better way to witness a Sarasota sunset than from a helicopter, and you’ll be sure to create some unforgettable memories. However, keep in mind that reservations are required, so be sure to book ahead of time.
Looking to Book a Helicopter Tour?
If you’re interested in taking to the skies, Sarasota Helicopter Tours has you covered. We offer a variety of tour options to suit your needs, and our experienced pilots will ensure you have a safe and memorable experience. You’ll see Sarasota and Siesta Key like never before, so don’t wait – book your tour today!