By Nancy Foster
Allegiant passengers will find no shortage of places to kick back and recharge on Clearwater Beach. From casual beach bar walkups to high-end resort lounges, dozens of spots tempt with local atmosphere, great food and thirst-quenching drinks. Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.
JIMMY’S FISH HOUSE AND IGUANA BAR
Combine stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from an expansive deck, colorful umbrella tables and evening musical entertainment and you have a recipe for fun. With an extensive selection of beer and tropical cocktail choices, and a menu offering seafood, burgers and sandwiches, everyone in your group will be happy here. True seafood mavens might dare to order the Seafood Martini, assembled in an oversized martini glass filled with jumbo gulf shrimp, snow crab legs, oysters and sesame seared rare ahi tuna— this starter is definitely big enough for two. Complement it with Jimmy’s Famous Bloody Mary served with a jumbo shrimp and vegetable skewer. Tip: join the camaraderie at their nightly sunset ceremony. Jimmy’s Fish House and Iguana Bar is located inside the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach Resort and Suites. jimmysfishhouse.net
TOUCAN’S BAR & GRILL
This pub conveniently sits across the street from Pier 60 Park. Choose to people watch at a street side table or venture inside to watch the game on wide-screen TVs. Quench your thirst with handcrafted cocktails, spirits and craft beers and choose delectable jumbo wings, burgers, po’boys and steaks from the large menu. Seafood favorites include the signature Gulf Grouper, which is grilled and served with champagne sauce. The Grouper Sandwich comes blackened, grilled or fried and is served with fries and coleslaw. Bring your appetite! At night, prepare for a dance party with the in-house DJ. facebook.com/ToucansBarAndGrill
TROPIX ISLAND TIKI BAR
Claim a bar stool with views of the Gulf of Mexico at this beach favorite and plan your next move over casual food and drink selections. You’ve found the home of the 32-ounce Tropix Rum Runner, so chill out, enjoy live entertainment nightly from 3 to 7 p.m. and stay long enough to see the sun go down. A full beverage menu is available as is light fare, including mouthwatering nachos, wings, burgers and wraps. Tropix Island Tiki Bar is located at the rear of the Quality Beach Resort on the south end of Clearwater Beach. qualitybeachresort.com
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