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EXPERIENCE BRIDGE STREET — BRADENTON BEACH, FLORIDA

While you are enjoying your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  enjoy a few hours, the day or an evening on Bridge Street. Any day is a great day to visit Bridge Street and being only a five minute walk from your vacation rental you will probably visit more than once! From our condo you can walk south along Gulf Drive to the roundabout or, enjoy a beautiful stroll on the white sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico; when you reach the bright blue building “The Moose Lodge” you will know you have come to Bridge Street.
Anna Maria Island is known for its laid back Florida charm and as you walk along Bridge Street you will experience that feeling first hand.

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A little bit about Bridge Street …. Bridge Street is a walkable community with spectacular water views from the both the pier and the gulf beach. To the East at the end of Bridge Street, is the Pier which at one time was a wooden bridge and the only way on or off Anna Maria Island from the mainland. Now there is a beautiful fishing pier in place of the bridge with wonderful views of Sarasota Bay and Cortez. Historic Bridge Street is an active, beautifully landscaped street spanning from beach to bay where you will find minutes turn into hours, Shopping – Dining- or Playing. With no high-rise condos or shopping malls on Bradenton Beach, here on Bridge Street you will find quaint buildings with a mix of boutique style shops, restaurants and bars.
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The Pier is always a place we make a point to go. This pier is free and is nice to walk, to fish or watch others fish. You can rent fishing equipment and there is a fish cleaning stations with places for multiple rods. For those not wanting to fish there are places to sit in the shade with some old fashioned wooden swings at the end inviting you to sit and stay awhile. You will see lots of fish, we have often seen dolphin and there are pelicans and cormorants and many other types of birds as well. Just watching the boats pass by while the Cortez bridge goes up is so relaxing.
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Fish Hole Adventure Golf is home to our annual family golf outing. This unique miniature golf course is an old Florida fishing village themed course on Bridge Street. They have a ‘fish fact’ plaque at each hole and it is neat to read about the different type of fish. It has misters, which are really nice on a hot day. It is fairly priced and at the end you have a chance to win a free game which we have been lucky enough to do.

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Bridge Street Interiors – I absolutely love this store. This shop is deceiving, looks small from the outside, but once inside you will be surprised how much stuff is packed in. The store has lots of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, the best mermaid jewelry, home accessories, original prints, incredible wall art, scents, candles and tropical apparel.

They offer interior design services and are happy to help you with your decorating needs. Find a piece that won’t fit it in your luggage? That’s okay, they ship!I have been visiting this store for more than 25 years and purchased many treasures here. It is actually one of my favourite stores not just on Bridge Street, but in the whole Bradenton/Sarasota area.
Bridge Street Jewellers – a hidden treasure on Bridge this shop is definitely worth going into. The selection of jewelry is wonderful. It has some exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as sea life and other fine jewelry. You will see some amazing custom make pieces here. Every time we visit we find the staff to be very helpful, always taking their time with us and eager to answer any questions we have.
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Bridge Street Bazaar is such a cute shop with lots of beachy things, summer shoes, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and those delish coconut patties you can only get in Florida!

Back Alley Treasures is funky little spot. It’s like walking into a treasure chest full of original little treasures you won’t find at home. The Back Alley is home to several local artists’ work, unique jewelry, handmade gifts, great coffee and tasty treats. They don’t just sell home brewed coffee, they also serve espresso creations either hot or cold, island smoothies, frozen lemonade, as well as craft beer & fabulous wine.Live music on popular Bridge Street happens nightly and often in the afternoon as well. On any given day you might hear rock, blues, country, steel drum, and even Irish music. With a lot of great local talent on Anna Maria Island there is always a spot on Bridge Street to sit back and relax or get up and dance. The great thing about Bridge Street is if you don’t care from one s few minute walk will take you to another that’s more suited to your taste.

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Restaurants are plentiful on Bridge Street. A few of our favourites are:
Bridge Tender Inn – Indoor or outdoor dining with live entertainment. Great food and entertainment too! Right on the water overlooking Sarasota Bay with awesome views, great tropical drinks and good service.

​-​Island Creperie – We love this restaurant. Great food and service. Serve breakfast and early lunch and only open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
​-​Island Time – Right across from the beach this is a fun place to grab some food, drinks and listen to music. Nice indoor or outside seating. Always good live entertainment.
​-​Bridge Street Bistro – We have always had excellent meals here. The food is awesome with good drinks and a nice wine menu. Nice dining room with white table clothes. Located on the second floor offers a great view, a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Parking is limited on Bridge Street, so we recommend leaving your car at the condo and walking or using the FREE island trolley (there is a stop right in front of our condo).
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St. Armands Circle

SHOP & DINE ON ST. ARMAND’S CIRCLE – A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE

From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  to St. Armand’s Circle is a beautiful drive straight south along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Enjoy the picturesque water views of the Gulf and see stunning mansions, golf courses and wildlife. This is a favourite of ours and on our must visit list every time we are on Anna Maria Island.
Once you get to the lushly landscaped Circle you will see it surrounds a quiet tree-covered park, known as Circle Park. The outside of the large circle is lined by shops, restaurants, and other businesses in a unique circular configuration. With more than 138 merchants including boutiques, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants, many restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating. The area was founded by circus magnate, John Ringling, and you will see 33 museum quality statues. Many of the statues date back to the 1920’s reflecting John Ringling’s desire to bring art and culture to the city of Sarasota. If time permits take a walk around the park to see the “Circus Ring of Fame”, a commemorative to outstanding circus performers.
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The boulevards in St. Armands Circle have wide medians with a park-like setting, on either side are shops, restaurants and businesses.
Parking on and around St. Armand’s Circle is free. Depending on when you go, you might have to drive around the circle several times to find parking.  I have found this to be a good way to acquaint myself with the area. There are a couple of parking lots within a short walk from the Circle. I discovered these on one of my recent trips as it seems I find something new on each occasion.
The area is all outdoor walking and stores have covered awnings for those that want a break from the sun. All stores and restaurants are air-conditioned. Shops line the Boulevard of the Presidents, John Ringling Boulevard, and St. Armands Circle. The intersection formed by the Boulevard of the Presidents and John Ringling Boulevard give the area four quadrants, each with a different themed color. You will see signage that lets you know what quadrant you are in. You can match this up with maps and directories in the area so you don’t get too turned around after walking around the circle too many times.

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After shopping and dinner our family loves to wander around St. Armand’s Circle;  it’s great exercise after a delicious meal and there are many really fun shops to go in and out of. Some of our clothing and restaurant favourites are – Tommy Bahama Restaurant and store, Columbia Restaurant, Crab & Finn Restaurant , Daiquiri Deck-music, food/ drinks and Shore just to name a few. For a sweet treat try Ben & Jerry’s or Big Olaf’s ice cream.

St. Armand’s Circle offers something for all ages and is very walkable. It’s also a good place to people watch and see tourists and locals alike.

However, I think a day is not enough time for you to enjoy this Sarasota gem. So, as you plan your next visit with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you can include another trip to “The Circle.”

You might even encounter some famous people visiting the circle.


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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH A CULINARY EXPERIENCE ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm come and enjoy a different culinary experience while supporting START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide).

START’s Earth Day Culinary Celebration will feature delicious local, sustainable seafood selections and tropical libations created by the event’s primary sponsors: The Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants.

Beach House Restaurant just a few minutes walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

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The Celebration is being held at The Studio at Gulf and Pine located at 10101 Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island. The Studio has plenty of free parking and is north of the condo, about a 10 minute drive. Or, leave your car and ride the Free Island Trolley north to Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

Tickets for the event are available for $30.00 each by calling 941-713-3105.

The event is appropriately scheduled for Earth Day to support the highly successful local Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling and Renewal program (GCORR) in the coastal waters of Manatee County. It is a working partnership formed with a grant from the Tampa and Trolley Bay Estuary Program that includes START, The Chile’s a Group of Restaurants-The Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants, the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department, the University of Florida’s IFAS Program, and the Gulf Coast Shellfish Institute.

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A brief background of the program: GCORR began as a one-year pilot program in 2017 and is focused on extending the program through 2018 and beyond.  As part of the project bins were purchased for the participating restaurants to store the used live shells and a trailer to haul the shells from the restaurants. The employees at the three Chiles Group participating Restaurants, the Beach House, Mar Vista and The Sandbar dutifully collect the shells, clean them in the restaurants’ dishwashers, store them in the holding bins and deliver the shells once or twice a week to a storage area at Perico Preserve. Employees from the Parks and Recreation Department then store the shells for curing and prepare them for delivery to the seeding area. Sounds like a lot of work, but by doing so the project keeps the used oyster shells out of landfills and instead uses them as the hard bottom base to grow new oyster reefs. In its first year 40,000 pounds or 20 tons of oyster shells were recycled. We are all aware of the importance of sustainability and GCORR’s  approach is doubly sustainable as it reduces shells going to landfills and also reduces the need to dig up fossil shells as a base for new oyster reefs.

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Earth Day 2018 at The Studio, bring your friends and family or come alone and mingle with other visitors. Stations will be set up offering culinary creations created by the team of chefs from the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants. While there, take a look at the local art which will provide the backdrop at the Studio. Special door prizes will be given out and there will be a number of silent auction items available to bid on. Silent auction items featuring Anna Maria Island products, gourmet meals and vacation opportunities.

Sounds like a fun evening, combining good food with support for a worthwhile program.

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HARRY’S GRILL – GREAT FOOD & MUSIC ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND FLORIDA

9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, FL — 941-567-5999

Over the years many guests have asked us for restaurants recommendations. We have an extensive list of recommended restaurants and Harry’s Grill is definitely one to add.

Just a short ride on the free trolley from – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

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We have been on Anna Maria Island for the last 2 months and have dined out often. Last evening we wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before and decided on Harry’s. So glad we did!

We had the option to eat inside or on their outdoor patio. Seeing as we are heading back to the cold north soon we like to spend as much time outdoors as possible so that was an easy decision for us. When we arrived around 7:00 pmthere weren’t a lot of people, but it did fill up quickly. The patio is to the side of the restaurant so you can watch people walking the Main Street. It was a beautifully warm evening and was nice to see so many people out and about. The outdoor ambiance is casual — palm trees with twinkle lights, string lights and patio heaters adorn the area. Speakers were pumping out relaxing vacation tunes. The inside is small but features a large bar and several tables.

We happened to pick their Karaoke night which was also fun. We were not aware Tuesday evening from 6:30-9:00 is Karaoke Ladies Night. There was a list of good singers and a singing group from Bradenton that were particularly good. A couple of the girls working at Harry’s took to the microphone and were amazingly good. It was a lot of fun and very entertaining listening to such unknown talent.

Our server, was friendly and efficient. She advised us of the various toppings, sauces, sides very pleasantly. She also explained that because the menu items are made to order sometimes wait times can be long especially when the place is busy. We were one of about 5 tables seated so there was not a long wait time for us.

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Our food was delicious. The menu offers a varied selection and we both ordered cheeseburgers. I can easily see why Harry’s was voted best Burger on Anna Maria Island. My usual dining companion/husband ordered fries for his side and said they were very good, thick and spiced. I opted to substitute fries for the house salad with a small up-charge and the salad was good and much larger than I expected.

There was a large selection of beer on tap and they have great craft beers from Bradenton and Sarasota.

Overall, I would say the food, drinks, service and prices rate a 4.5/5 stars.

We found Harry’s to be a casual, fun place to visit.

We will definitely return.

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TripAdvisor Reviews

1. We stop here every time we visit Anna Maria. We opted for a very late lunch/early dinner. We had to wait 15 minutes to get a menu, which was the only thing negative about our meal. I’m sure that was because of change of shifts Our food was delicious and the server was very attentive to our needs. New to us this year was live music. We thoroughly enjoyed this music with our meal.

 

2. Went on a Monday. Live entertainment. Wow! Had to go back the next Monday just to see the same entertainment. George Worthmore, look him up! He’s amazing!

Food, delicious. Big portions. Try the fried green tomatoes!
There’s outdoor seating so you can bring your dog.
Our waitress was great! Go there, you will love Harry’s!

3. We stop here every time we visit Anna Maria. We opted for a very late lunch/early dinner. We had to wait 15 minutes to get a menu, which was the only thing negative about our meal. I’m sure that was because of change of shifts Our food was delicious and the server was very attentive to our needs. New to us this year was live music. We thoroughly enjoyed this music with our meal.
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SEVEN NIGHTS, SEVEN RESTAURANTS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

For our guests at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, the following list of seven restaurants are all on Bradenton Beach and a 10 minute or less walk from your condo. You can ride the Free Island Trolley that stops on Gulf Drive right out front of your Condo or call Island Monkey, which offers no charge, tip only service 941-565-6542. We do not advise driving as parking is very limited along Gulf Drive and the Bridge Street area.
 
Beach House Restaurant — Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach – 941-779-2222
This location just minutes from your condo and is directly on the beach. Waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Great, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees. Have dinner at this beautiful oceanfront restaurant while enjoying the beautiful Anna Maria Island sunsets.
Blue Marlin — 121 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
As you walk along Bridge Street you can’t miss Blue Marlin’s vibrant blue color of this historic 1920s cottage. The inside feel is one of a charming seafood house in coastal Maine. The black and white room displays black & white photos of locals and their fish catches. The atmosphere is intimate with antique ship lanterns, fish mounts and oars scattered throughout.
Blue Marlin’s main focus is the fresh fish from nearby Cortez caught daily, it also offers a variety of dishes including steaks, chicken and other landside features. The fish dishes include grouper, snapper, cobia and hogfish prepared many different ways. A must is one of their daily specials and house made dessert specials.
On Friday and Saturday nights there is live entertainment, with a different weekly band playing in the courtyard.

As I mentioned earlier, parking is very limited on historic Bridge Street. If you do drive and cannot find a spot to park just pull to the front door of the restaurant drop off your party and follow their golf cart driver to their off site parking. The golf cart driver will then shuttle you from your car to the restaurant.                                                                                                                                     Reservations strongly recommended all nights.

Bridge Street Bistro — 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on historic Bridge Street right in the heart of all the activity on Anna Maria Island.
The atmosphere here is relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. This is an out of sight spot that could be missed because it is on the third floor above Island Time Bar and Grill. They do have an elevator, for those who don’t desire to climb stairs.
Their food is consistently good and staff gives you a personal touch service. We often order steak or Cedar planked salmon and and have not been disappointed.
They offer indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor terrace with tables overlooking the Gulf of Mexico offers a fabulous view of the amazing sunsets.
A quiet atmosphere with a well appointed menu at reasonable prices Bridge Street Bistro continues to exceed our expectations at every visit.
Bridge Tender Inn —  135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – 941-778-4849
Located very close to the Bradenton Beach Pier you will find this very nice Waterside restaurant.  Enjoy dining as you watch the many boats go by all while listening to live music. They offer indoor seating, covered patio seating as well as dockside bar seating. Food is great!
Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour food – Late-night food – Comfort food
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on the Bridge Street/Gulf Drive circle on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. The bar is on the ground level below the fine dining restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro.
This open-air bar with a patio features cocktails, seafood & upmarket bar fare in a laid-back setting.Known for the area’s best live entertainment and a relaxed tropical setting their menu is an eclectic combination of American dishes paired with the freshest seafood.​ The outdoor patio offers a view of the Gulf of Mexico. As well, you will enjoy – Live performances · Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour drinks – Great bar food.
Oma’s Pizza — 201 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-788-0771
A great assortment of Italian entrees, calzones, all served in a casual environment.
All pizzas are hand made to order. Two crust styles, the hand tossed and an inch thick Sicilian. Their pizza is the best!
Lunch – Dinner
Eat in, take-out and delivery available
 
Wicked Cantina — 101 7th Street North , Bradenton Beach 941-281-2990
This restaurant is about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is a favourite of mine.
A great spot to enjoy the sunset and listen to live music.
Modern laid back atmosphere and if you enjoy great Mexican food you will not be disappointed. Their food is made from scratch daily in their kitchen. They serve complimentary chips & salsa and are known for some of the best Margaritas on the Island! Portions are very large and reasonably priced.
Dining inside or on their outdoor patio with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Live nightly entertainment.
Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Happy hour MondaySaturday 12-6 pm and All Day Sunday
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LOOKING FOR A CULINARY AND HISTORICAL TOUR?

Book a WALKING & HISTORICAL TOUR OF BRADENTON, FLORIDA with Taste Dining & Travel.
Located just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.
Tuesday or Thursdays enjoy a walking tour of downtown Bradenton and see some of its historic neighbourhoods. Combined with visits to some popular and unique restaurants makes for a fantastic day!
Here’s what you can expect… The walking tour is 1.5 miles so dress appropriately, rain or shine and wear comfortable shoes. You will receive food from each restaurant, included in price.  Price also includes non-alcoholic beverages. A beer is provided at Motorworks. Gluten and vegan dietary restrictions are not available.
Tour #1 on Thursday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore The Village of the Arts which is a charming mix of art, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants in houses built from 1920 to 1930. Full of interesting and uniques finds in these early 20th century bungalows add an interesting touch to this quaint community. You will enjoy cuisine sampling’s at Arts & Eats Restaurant, Ortygia and Sugar Cubed.
Meet at the Motorworks Brewing-1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL in the beer garden. Cost is $45 which includes brewery tour and a craft beer.
Tour #2 on Tuesday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore Old Main Street, a rivertown with an energizing history. See the classic buildings that have endured for more than a century, a 1926 shopping arcade and Carnegie Library. At The Fish and Sage Biscuit Cafe sample some of the chef’s specialties.
Meet at the South Florida Museum at 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL for a tour which is a $19 value and finish with desserts served by Sugar Cubed artisan bakery.
Cost is $55
Reservations are a must for all tours and must be paid prior to your tour. Call Taste Dining & Travel 941-366-7950 or visit their website www.tasteweb.net
 
TripAdvisor Reviews
1. During our tour, we visited several studios/galleries and three local, privately owned restaurants — all stops were fantastic! We enjoyed food samples from Arts and Eats, as well as Ortygia and Sugar Cubed. Each sampling was unique and outstanding! Our tour concluded at Motorworks Brewery with a beer (included in the tour price) and a behind-the-scenes brewery tour. Neal Finelli, with Taste Magazine, put together an amazing tour and provided a memorable afternoon. Looking forward to joining another tour in the near future!

2. Tour #1 is the Artistic Foodie Tour offered on Thursdays. A group of 8 of our friends just completed this wonderful outing. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides escorted us on a scenic walking tour of the Village of the Arts, introduced us to local shop owners and included plenty of photo ops. The outstanding food and beverages were generous in amount, creatively presented, well-balanced in flavor, and the chefs were very attentive and engaging. This Foodie tour is a true value, well worth the price of admission!

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FAVOURITE 5 BARS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

1.  Doctors Office – 5313 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL 
The bar is intimate and dark with interesting decor and black and white movies playing in the back room.
*Reviews – 1. The bar is a MUST when visiting Anna Maria Island. Our bartender Sherry was awesome! Super friendly and gave great drink recommendations! The menu is super fun and witty, you can tell a lot of thought when into creating this unique atmosphere. My friends and I ordered a ton of small plates, everything was great. Hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the pimento cheese spread and the tacos! After several drinks we thought it would be fun to order the Fire and Ice beverage. It’s served on fire in a giant bowl….it was awesome!

10/10 would visit again, I wish I was there right now!

2. You must stop here when on Anna Maria Island. It is tiny, intimate place with superb service and top-notch drinks. Stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy. After waiting awhile the four of us were able to get a seat at the bar.

Sherry, our bartender, was friendly, accommodating and was able to point us in the right directions regarding drink choices and menu selections. She was the BEST!
We ordered almost all the small plates that the Doctors Office offers and my favorite was the beer cheese and the charcuterie (get the lavender goat cheese!)
If you’re looking for a place with a great selection of well mixed drinks…look no further!
3. A must place to visit when on Anna Maria Island. Excellent, delicious and creative cocktails. Bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable. Beer and wines also on menu as well as creative small bites.
2. Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL 
Laid back setting with an open-air bar; lots of seating inside and an outdoor patio. Happy hour, late night food, live entertainment. Dancing!
*Reviews – 1. Great, convenient place on Bridge Street. Met Jay on my first day there, who allowed me to hang out with my luggage until my apartment was ready. Went back everyday during my vacation and found that all of the staff were just as friendly as he was. Shout out to Stephanie, Hailey (good luck on your new position there; I’m sure you’ll do fine!), and the girl with the cool earrings. Sorry, I forgot your name. 😉 Food was excellent both downstairs in the laidback area as well as the upstairs, little more dressy restaurant. Great job, Island Time! You’ve earned a patron for life!
2. Had some great live music pretty reasonable beers and Cocktails nice sitting along the ocean just across the street fun place for all ages of adults.
3. Nice laid back place just off the gulf. Listening to some great music and relaxing. C’mon down
3Bridge Tender Inn– 135 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 
Large restaurant on Bridge Street close to the Bradenton Beach Pier. with lots of bar seating inside and at the dockside bar. You will find great food, drinks and live music.
*Reviews– 1. One of the best places on Anna Maria Island. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The dockside bar offers a great view of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the Bradenton Beach Pier.
2. From the moment you step in to the moment you exit, you are treated with love. Had not visited the “Dock Side” of Ana Maria yet and was pleasantly surprised to walk in whilst wearing my twinkling New York style cap and shimmering top which caught the attention of the lovely owner. Cocktails are fine and appetizers big. Had order 2 thinking it would not be enough to satisfy my hunger. Ended up taking a doggie bag. Great atmosphere, live music, and attention. Thank you!
3. Great outside or inside seating. The outside bar is a great place to hang out. They usually have some form of entertainment. One of our favorites. The mix of locals, visitors, boaters always makes for a fun time. The duck with raspberry sauce is terrific and the sashimi is always a great starter.

4. Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island is offers the most traditional Anna Maria Island experience. It is a sports bar by reputation, there is much more here than what meets the eye. You will hear some of the best stories from the locals while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the Island.
*Reviews –  1. Good, solid pizza bar. Waitresses and bartenders were friendly and attentive. Pizza was delicious, even though a bit pricey. High energy level on Saturday evenings.
2. Wonderful service. Food was awesome. Cheesesteak was great, Mac and cheese great. Pizza is good too. Had a grilled shrimp app that was tasty. Best place on the island to find your sporting event on tv. Plenty of space and parking. Will definitely come back.
3. Solid local bar & grill. The atmosphere is very laid back, with slightly older patrons. Good, fast service. Sunday ticket for NFLgames, $3 yuengling or buds. Great wings & olive tapenade, hummus, sampler. Kids menu available.
5. The Ugly Grouper – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
A fun place on Anna Maria Island. Great food and drinks.
*Reviews – 1. Great place for a cocktail and live music in the food is okay. The bartenders were all friendly can be crowded but it it is fun. There is a wonderful sculpture that is displayed there was made for this restaurant it’s worth a look anyway. Like I said the music is good I’ve heard some wonderful Bluegrass here you just have to check the schedule the cocktails are good you have to get here sometimes too early to get a seat the food is okay but it’s just a fun kind of Island Experience. I would recommend it for a night out when you’re on the island. There are also games for kids and adults to play like corn hole and Jenga while you’re checking out the atmosphere
2. Great place to hang out. Music is always great. Especially Tony and his toys. Grouper tacos and fries awesome and great bartenders especially Bee. Love this place!
3. Found this little gem while searching for a place to eat! The food was delicious and seemed really fresh. At the time, there was live music to enjoy by the outdoor seating. The wait staff helped one another out and made sure to meet all expectations by guest. Our server, Jeremy, was busy at the time but made sure to take great care of us. Definitely will return again. A great place to hangout, take scenic pictures, and play outdoor games.
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RESTAURANT GRAND OPENING MARCH 1, 2018 — FRECKLED FIN IRISH PUB & MUSIC HALL — ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Located at 5337 Holmes Beach, FL. 941-251-3930
Just a short ride on the free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
The new 2,500 square-foot Freckled Fin Irish Pub will seat about 150 people with a planned opening date of March 1, 2018.

The old restaurant in Bradenton Beach was sold in August 2017 and the new Freckled Fin, Holmes Beach, offers many changes. One major change is an neoprene stage which faces the bar with the back wall painted to resemble Ireland’s flag. Customers will be able to walk up to the bar to order food. The Freckled Fin has a full liquor license and the pub will offer 12 Irish and craft beers on tap. They will often just live music events with a fabulous lineup already scheduled. They promise friendly waiter service and outdoor seating. When on Anna Maria Island we all love sitting outside breathing in the fresh Island air.

With an extensive menu including loads of appetizers, fresh salads, burgers, wraps and gourmet pizzas. Main entree items vary from Grilled Seafood Platter, Gulf Grouper dinner, Salmon, Steak and more!

Call ahead for reservations and walk-ins are always welcome.

The Freckled Fin also offers take-out, delivery and catering.

On your next visit with us at Anna Maria Condo Rentals this might turn out to be your favourite restaurant. Trust me, with so many restaurant choices it will be difficult to pick a favourite. (We have many favourites). Try it for dinner and an evening of music entertainment. Only a five minute drive north from the condo. Or, take the Free Island Trolley which stops right out front of the condo.

We are looking forward to visiting this new restaurant right here on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

More Things To Do On Anna Maria Island.

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FIVE FUN THINGS TO DO ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

​1:​Paint a Sand Dollar – The Shiny Fish Emporium is one of my favorite places to go on Anna Maria Island. The owner’s vision was a place that children could enjoy as much as their parents. When you enter the store you will see for yourself that vision is a reality with a shop decorated in whimsical decor featuring unique heirloom quality toys, hand curated clothing and gifts for adults. The owner shares her art with youngsters in art classes, painting sand dollars and other projects. We painted sand dollars and the staff set us up on a large table and provided smocks and 100’s of colors of paint and encouraged us to get creative. You cannot leave without trying their fantastic ice cream. I usually go for Hawaiian Bubbles and hang out on the couch.  I love the owners style and have bought so many of her clothing, most of which I have never seen anywhere else. A hidden gem on Anna Maria Island and one that can be enjoyed by toddlers to teens, and even mom and dad!
​2:​Get Donuts – You will need to make at least one trip to The Donut Experiment while you are on the Island.  We first discovered Donut Experiment during spring break 2016. Since then, we’ve visited many times and brought lots of family and friends – all have loved it. We absolutely love the donuts and all the combinations. We’ve tried many! Don’t be surprised to see a line-up, but don’t worry, it moves fast. The donuts are always fresh because you place your order and watch as they are being made right in front of you. You have the choice of multiple glazes and toppings. The wonderful staff is friendly and helpful. The ordering process is easy and efficient. It is a fun atmosphere too – eating donuts right on the front porch. The donuts from Donut Experiment are simply the best!

​3:​Play Miniature Golf – The Fish Hole Adventure Golf is a great course with nice features throughout including turtles and fish. It is well laid out with some areas of shade for anyone wanting to escape the sun. A great activity for all ages, even littles ones. Not only is it a fun little course, but it is on Bridge Street only minutes from the condo.  Bridge Street has lots of shops and restaurants so you can spend a whole morning or afternoon there. While there take a walk to the Bradenton Beach Pier at the East end of Bridge Street. Taking in the scenic view looking over Sarasota Bay, you will see plenty of people fishing and families stopping to watch the boats pass by.

​4:​Dining with your toes in the sand – Seat yourself with your feet in the sand while your food is being creatively prepared. The Sandbar Restaurant is the only place on Anna Maria Island where you can actually eat on their large outdoor patio with your toes in the sand. A casual atmosphere where kids can run and play in the sand while waiting for their food. This locally owned eatery uses goods grown in their own farm, serves fish fresh from the docks at Cortez and they make their own breads. Beautiful beach view literally yards from the water directly on the beach.
​5:​Go to the Beach!  This is my #1 fun thing to do. Our favourite and a favourite for everyone is to spend lots of time at the beach. The beauty for our guests is that you just cross the street and you’re there. No packing up the kids and having to load up the car to drive. Gotta love that! Bradenton Beach is long and flat with plenty of clean, beautiful, white sand and lots of shallow water for young kids to play in. We take our beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas that give us a nice amount of shade and perfect for little ones to play under.
The free Anna Maria Island trolley which stops nearby, will take you to all of these fun things while taking away the worry of driving and looking for parking. Riding the trolley itself is another fun thing to do and a fun way to see the Island.  Kids and adults love it.

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Looking for a dinner suggestion?

A Must try – The Island Creperie – 127 Bridge St,Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida
Located just a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.
For dinner, considering there are so many fantastic restaurant options on Bradenton Beach, sometimes it is tough to choose. One evening recently, as we walked along Bridge Street we were having a difficult time deciding where to dine. It seemed someone must had overheard our conversation because much to our surprise our favourite breakfast restaurant was in front of us and open.  Island Creperie is a small, quaint cafe previously open only for breakfast and lunch. We have eaten there many times and each time enjoyed many of their delicious crepes.
Once we were seated, our server explained the restaurant had just recently opened for dinner, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Looking over their extensive menu, we started with some appetizers and ordered bruschetta and Ahi Tuna.  Both were delicious. A nice variety of entrees offered, another tough decision. We were both happy with our choices, Half roasted duck and Marsala salmon, delicious! We didn’t have room for dessert, but from what I saw being served to other tables I had a pang of regret. I will make sure to save room for dessert next time. We were pleased with their nice selection of affordably priced wine. Our red wine complimented our meal very nicely.
The service was fantastic! Our server, Joni was outstanding and her friendly conversation added to our dinner enjoyment. We didn’t meet the owner personally, but she was there and always smiling in the background.
We love the atmosphere at The Island Creperie. I can describe it as casual and cozy, but maybe “Perfect” is a better word.
In our opinion, The Island Creperie serves some of the best food on Anna Maria Island and we will be returning soon. We highly recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Tip-Parking is challenging in the area. My advice is to walk or take the Free Island Trolley. It is about a five minute walk from the condo and one minute walk From the Trolley stop located at the corner of Gulf Drive & Bridge Street.

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