What’s better than your ass in the sand and a cool drink in your hand?
You may have read my first blog, 10 Dive Bars You Must Visit: Ski Country Edition. Well I’m back, and this time I’ve got 10 more dive bars for you to add to your bucket list.
Like I said before, “if you’re anything like me finding a good hole-in-the wall après bar to belly up at is just as much of a priority as making it out for first chair.” Well the same goes for the beach, except getting out for first chair is replaced with an early morning paddle or surf.
So here it goes, 10 more of my favorite dive bars, (in no particular order) on some of the most beautiful beaches from California all the way to the Carolina coast and down to the Florida Keys.
1. La Mariana Tiki Bar– Honolulu, HI
Let’s start our dive bar adventure over on the west coast, all the way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii at the La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant.
Opened in 1957, this flash-back tiki bar serves as a historic reminder of the days when Hawaii was still pineapple fields, and holds many artifacts from the most famous Tiki themed restaurants of the past like Sheraton’s Kon Tiki Room or Don The Beachcomber.
Known to be laid-back or “unhurried” the La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant offers up some of the best dining in Hawaii and if you’re lucky enough to visit, be sure to try one of their famous Mai Tai’s or Zombies – you definitely won’t be disappointed.
The La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant is open daily from 11:00am-3:00pm for lunch and 5:00pm-9:00pm for dinner with pupus and drinks available from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
2. No Name Pub – Big Pine Key, FL
The oldest bar in Big Pine Key, FL and the 2nd bar on this list – the No Name Pub is known as “a nice place… if you can find it” (there are zero signs to point you in the right direction from US 1 and good luck getting cell service).
Dating back to 1931 when it was a simple general store and bait & tackle shop, the No Name Pub brings decades of history that make it the unique, fun, hidden bar that it is today.
Fast forward to now, and even though the jukebox is gone the walls are still covered with dollar bills and the pizza is still made with the same recipe that was hand written on the kitchen wall over 50 years ago.
If you find yourself in the Florida Keys, trying to find this joint is a must. They are open every day from 11:00am-11:00pm so you have plenty of time to catch a drink while you’re in town.
3. The Beachcomber – Wellfleet, MA
If you find yourself in New England, or better yet Massachusetts – you better find yourself heading to The Beachcomber. This classic seaside restaurant and bar dates back to the late 1800’s and is located in the dunes on Cahoon Hollow Beach.
In 1961 President JFK created the Cape Cod National Seashore and luckily for The Beachcomber (and us) it was grandfathered in, allowing it to remain within the National Seashore as a privately held commercial property.
To this day The Beachcomber offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and is known as the only truly oceanfront (Atlantic side) restaurant and club in Cape Cod.
This gem features two bars, the indoor bar that was once home to a former U.S. Lifesaving Station and the outdoor bar that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. They also have two cottages that can be rented out weekly if you want to spend a little more time enjoying this seaside gem.
The Beachcomber is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (weekends only Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun until mid-June, then 7 days a week from 11:30am-1:00am until Labor Day Monday).
And keep in mind, kids are totally welcome at The Beachcomber but only until 9:00 or 10:00pm on weekdays, and 8:00 or 9:00pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. After that you must be 21+ to enter.
4. The Fat Pelican – Carolina Beach, NC
Known for its giant walk in cooler and annual 4th of July bikini contest, The Fat Pelican or “The Fat P” as the local’s call it is located on a sandy strip of Carolina Beach tucked between local coffee shops and restaurants.
This ram shackled and sagging little bar was opened in 1986 by Key West native Jim Kelly. When The Fat Pelican made its mark it didn’t operate as a bar, but a beer and wine store to accompany the only Liquor Package store on the island.
In 1992, Jim sold his first beer to consume on premises and that’s when the legend that is The Fat Pelican began. Jim operated his bar like all of his patrons were one big family – to feed and host everyone. When Jim decided it was time for new adventures he sold the bar to Danny McLaughlin who, if you have the time, is worth chatting to while you kick back with an ice cold drink in hand.
The Fat Pelican has survived over 50 named storms and hurricanes over the 30 years they’ve been in business and are open daily from 11:00am-2:00am Monday- Saturday, and 12:00pm-2:00am on Sunday’s for you to enjoy.
5. Flora-Bama Lounge – Perdido Key, FL/Orange Beach, AL
The Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar originally opened as a small bar and package store on the new state line in 1964. Let me tell you, it’s a sight to see – this bar is a must if you’re vacationing in the Gulf Shores.
Located famously in Orange Beach, AL and Perdido Key, FL this landmark bar has live entertainment 365 days a year. They have 5 different stages for music and feature everything from country to beach tunes.
They also have several beach-front bars where you can put back a couple of the Flora-Bama’s World Famous Bushwacker’s and enjoy the people watching (trust me there is plenty to see).
Today, the Flora-Bama is often known as the Country’s Best Beach Bar with its wide array of music from local favorites to platinum selling artist. They host chili cook-offs, fishing rodeos and even annual mullet toss.
This family-friendly joint is all ages until 6:00pm, after that you must be 18+ to enter. Ages 18-20 can stay all night as long as they get their butts in the door by 10:00pm. The Flora-Bama Lounge is open daily from 10:00am-2:30am.
6. Ercoles 1101 – Manhattan Beach, CA
Ercoles 1101 is the perfect place to catch a delicious burger and an ice cold beer after a long day in the sun. This cozy dive has been left un-touched and its well-worn booths and stools welcome you to sit down when you step in the door.
Back to the burger – Ercoles 1101 gets their premium beef patties from Manhattan Meats next door. And when cooked offer up a savory and juicy burger that is loaded with toppings in a slightly small bun for a sloppy feast that’s worth the mess.
Unfortunately you can’t get lobster for 50-cents or a tenderloin for 75-cents any more but, Taco Tuesdays bring 3/$5 tacos and that delicious burger is only $6.25 on Wednesdays. And as always, the drinks are cheap and the pours are heavy.
Ercoles 1101 is open daily from 10:00am-2:00am so there is tons of time for you to get your burger and booze fix at this Manhattan Beach favorite.
7. Toms Burned Down Café – Madeline Island, WI
Only accessible by ferry, Toms Burned Down Café is located on Madeline Island in Wisconsin and is known as “a place to hear about” (It’s not uncommon for stories about Tom’s to find their way across Wisconsin and into the depths of the Midwest).
This unique watering hole was born out of the remnants of a previously standing bar, named Leona’s after it burned to the ground in 1992. That’s where Tom came in – he somehow managed to create one of the best-beach bar experiences by simply adding a trailer, a crap-ton of beer and any other you could find to hang on the walls.
If you’re hungry, Tom’s usually has some food trucks hanging around the joint ready to serve you all types of food to compliment your ice cold drinks.
So, when is Tom’s Burned Down Café open? Well, whenever Tom says it is – but posted hours are 11:00am-1:00am daily.
8. Beach Break Grill – Hilton Head Island, SC
So this one isn’t really on the beach but it’s close enough, and after living on the island for quite some time the Beach Break definitely became one of my favorite dives in the small town of Hilton Head, SC.
Beach Break Grill is located about 5-minutes inland from the South End of the island’s Coligny Beach, and is known for having great local music and even better deals. And don’t worry, flip-flops and bathing suits are more than welcome.
This fun little dive has a pretty extensive menu for the size of the establishment. Nothing at the Beach Break costs more than $10 – meaning you can get a Grouper or Mahi-Mahi sandwich made to your liking for $9.95. Probably one of the best deals on the island for a delicious fish sandwich.
Beach Break doesn’t offer any draft beers, but they do serve up their bottles fresh with a coozie and there are several chairs out front where you can kick back with a cold one and blend in with the locals (they’re all pretty friendly).
You’ll have plenty of time to hang at the Beach Break they are open for lunch, dinner and drinks from 11:00am-2:00am daily!
9. The Drunken Clam – St Pete Beach, FL
Let’s head a little further south to St Pete Beach, FL where The Drunken Clam is serving up beach-side drinks to wet your whistle.
Known for the best wings on St Pete Beach, this divvy joint uses fresh wings for each order so they take a little longer to come up but are definitely worth it. They have a wide variety of sauces and rubs but the Cajun Parmesan Garlic Wings take the win almost every time. 10 piece for $8.25 or 20 piece for $13.95.
As for drinks – well, The Clam has some of the best deals around, especially with happy hour running every day from 11:00am-7:00pm serving up $3.00 well drinks. On Tuesday’s it’s “Margarita Tuesday’s” where you can get a well glass for $2.50 or a pitcher for $10.00. They also have a full service Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Don’t worry beer drinkers The Drunken Clam has a large bottled beer selection as well as cans, including the local Jai Alai IPA from Tampa for $7.50. The on tap selection is nothing to scoff at either, Drunken Clam Red and PBR are always $2.25. They also feature all of your domestic favorites if that’s what you’re into.
Whether you’re stopping in after a long day at the beach, or you’re more of the late-night type The Drunken Clam will be open. Their hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00am, Thursday-Saturday from 10:00am-3:00am and Sundays from 11:00am-2:00am.
10. Seven Seas Bar – Miami, FL
Step back in time when you walk into the Seven Seas Bar in Miami, FL. This old-timey bar is relaxed, full of beach-town antiques and cool drinks on hot, hot days.
This unique little bar has Trivia-Oke (Trivia from 8:00pm-10:00pm and karaoke from 10:00pm-CL) on Tuesdays and karaoke Thursdays and Saturdays (10:00pm-Close). So if singing is your thing than this little joint is definitely your place and the heavy-pours and ice cold beers are flowing on the daily – so you’re sure to sound good no matter what.
They don’t serve food but they do have a vending machine in the corner that takes cash just like the bar, so be sure to stop at an ATM before wondering over. And if you’re lucky there might be a food truck or two outside to satisfy your palate.
The Seven Seas Bar is open from noon-1:00am Mondays and Wednesdays, from noon-2:30am on Thursdays and Saturdays, from noon-2:00am on Fridays and from 1:00pm-1:00am on Sundays.
So although their hours vary, they are always open early enough, and late enough for you to enjoy some time singing and dancing and drinking.
Whew – that was a long one, but trust me it’s totally worth it to check out one or all of these fun, friendly little dives.
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