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6 Best Cocktail Bars in Sarasota

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Whether you’re looking for an alternative and creative drink or a luxury experience, cocktail bars in Sarasota are a great option!  While breezing through Downtown Sarasota, these cocktail bars are a great stop on your night out.  

Check out our master guide on the best cocktail bars in Sarasota and let us know what your favorite spot is!

Cask & Ale

Cask and Ale is a trendy cocktail bar in the busy Downtown Sarasota area.  We love their artfully concocted cocktails, especially during brunch!  Their Bloody Mary is the most popular drink or their bottomless mimosas.  Served with a cheesy Croque Madame ham sandwich, you cannot go wrong with a boozy brunch at Cask and Ale.  This is a dog friendly place as well, so feel free to bring your puppy along to hang out!

Check out their website for details on Happy Hour!  Cask & Ale signature cocktails are priced at $6, with appetizer favorites at $5!  We recommend the Cucumber Basil Smash – a light and refreshing drink that will give a buzz without weighing you down.  

Sunday | 11AM–12AM
Monday – Thursday | 5PM–12AM
Friday | 5PM–2AM
Saturday | 11AM–2AM

📍 1548 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sage SRQ

Sage SRQ is a Sarasota cocktail bar serving up an innovative selection of creative drinks.  The two story historic building’s space is beautiful, with rooftop dining and an intimate downstairs dining area.  This is the perfect place for a dinner and drinks date, as their interior design creates a moody atmosphere.

The bartenders at Sage SRQ are extremely knowledgeable, able to suggest a special cocktail to fit your craving or a wine that will meet your flavor profile.  The prices are reasonable, and definitely won’t break your bank like other luxury cocktail spots.

We recommend making a reservation for this popular spot as local Sarasota residents visit this spot for an evening out.  Ask the host or hostess for seating on their outdoor patio and balcony area!

Tuesday-Thursday | 5PM-10PM
Friday-Saturday | 5PM-11PM

📍 1216 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Pangea Alchemy Lab

Pangea Alchemy Lab is a speakeasy style cocktail bar, the first craft cocktail lounge in Sarasota.  This spot creates custom cocktails using fresh juice, local citrus, and flavorful syrups made in-house.  We love that their drinks menu changes with each season, so there is always something new to try!  They also have snacks and small plates made by the chefs at their sister restaurant – Melange – which also has a big focus on supporting local farmers and ingredients.  

The space at Pangea Alchemy Lab is very hip and follows the theme of their bar’s name.  With a science lab theme, the interior is adorned warm light shining through glass beakers and flasks.  Serving as the perfect setting for having drinks with some friends, we recommend their Vanilla Chai cocktail or their Gas Mask shot – where you will get cut off from drinking after an hour by the bartenders, just by how strong the drink is!  

For more info on other Tampa Bay restaurants and speakeasies, check out more information on UNATION here!

Sunday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Saturday | 6PM–12AM

📍 1564 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Rudolph’s at Sarasota Modern

Rudolph’s is on of the Sarasota cocktail bars, located at The Sarasota Modern – a beautiful boutique hotel in the Downtown area.  We love that they focus on creating a dining experience for visitors and group dinner parties.  They have an amazing wine list that their servers can pair with your meals! 

While their interior is beautifully decorated with a modern Florida feel, we recommend that you make a reservation on their outdoor patio.  You’ll get to enjoy your drinks while enjoying their unparalleled view of boutique hotel’s pool and the tropical streets of Downtown Sarasota.

Check out their website for details on their live music acts!  Locals from all over the Sarasota area flock to their lounge area to sit back, relax, and enjoy some drinks while listening to their in-house jazz band.

Sunday-Saturday | 7AM-10PM

📍 1290 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

State Street Eating House & Cocktails

State Street Eating House & Cocktails is a Napa Valley inspired cocktail experience in a dark, masculine setting.  The interior is beautifully furnished with leather pieces and dark wood bookshelves – creating a “hunter’s lodge” type feel.  We love this setting for birthday parties for the guys in your life!  

You should definitely try one of their daily specialty cocktails listed on their chalkboard above the bar!  This will be the bartender’s creative concoction of the day, a great option if you like to try something fresh and new.  Try their Mezcal cocktail with their yummy duck appetizer!

Sunday – Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 5:30–11PM
Friday – Saturday | 5:30PM–12AM

📍 1533 State St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Jack Dusty at the Ritz Carlton

Jack Dusty is a trendy restaurant and cocktail bar lounge located in the Sarasota Ritz Carlton hotel.  We love their nautical themed space and their Instagram worthy cocktails!  This is the perfect spot to catch up with friends at the bar and enjoy some super cute drinks with ice creations and flavor combinations.  We recommend their tropical Mai Tai; it is great to see a luxury spin on a cocktail classic!  The Siren Cocktail is a must try as well, as it was featured on the Forbes Bucket List – with 4oz of liquor for $25 in a huge goblet style wine glass.

Service at Jack Dusty is top notch, as it is held to the Ritz Carlton standards.  This is a great spot for dinner dates as well, with hearty meals like steaks, Salmon Crudo and Grouper Fish and Chips.

Sunday-Saturday | 8AM-9PM

📍 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Best Cocktail Bars in Sarasota

Excited about exploring different cocktail bars in Sarasota? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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