10 Best Cocktail Bars in Florida

Creative cocktails in Florida are experiencing quite a popularity boost. While the tried and true classics will always be in style, mixologists are on a mission to develop amazing new concoctions that look and taste unique and are totally delicious. These 10 best cocktail bars in Florida are serving up Instagram-worthy libations you won’t find just anywhere. 

The Courtesy Bar, Orlando, FL

This speakeasy style cocktail lounge is chock full of imaginative drinks that are miles from ordinary. They’ve pushed the boundaries on what cocktails should look and taste like, and their collection of liquors and mixers are a testament to this: you don’t find things like Shochu, pumpkin butter, and dark chocolate behind just any bar. They also offer cocktail classes that put you behind the shaker so you can learn how to master mixology techniques. 

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Proof Cocktail Club, St. Petersburg, FL

This unique cocktail concept is one of the best kept secrets in St. Pete. It’s the go-to spot for handcrafted cocktails made right in front of you, from scratch, with no shortcuts on quality. The drink quality (and potency) is unmatched anywhere in the city.

Stache Drinking Den and Coffee Bar, Fort Lauderdale, FL

One of the top speakeasies in the state, this cozy cocktail bar is serving up a heaping dose of nostalgia with every libation. They’re focused on craft cocktails made from scratch just like in the good ol’ days, including all the classics. The bartenders always put on a good show, too.

The Doctor’s Office, Holmes Beach, FL

Unwind after a long week with a well-made cocktail. Sometimes, it’s just what the Doctor ordered! At this bar, the selection is nothing short of intricate, including a handcrafted selection of zero-proof options. 

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State Street Eating House & Cocktails, Sarasota, FL

Their award-winning cocktails are served up in rustic chic digs, and the combination is inspiring. They’ve paid attention to every detail, from fun glassware to tasty garnishes and fresh ingredients that never compromise drink quality. You can join in one of their cocktail classes and learn the secrets behind mixing the perfect drinks. 

Sidecar, Gainesville and Jacksonville, FL

The locals’ favorite place to grab a crafty cocktail, this place has a lot going for it. Their cocktail menu is among the most eclectic and original you’ll find anywhere, offering flavors to suit every palate and combinations you never knew existed. They make sure that every drink looks as amazing as it tastes. 

Repeal 18, Tampa, FL

Named for the Prohibition Era controversy of the 18th Amendment, this cocktail speakeasy is like a step back in time. Their lengthy list of handcrafted libations offers a range of taste, from strong to nutty to spicy and beyond. The atmosphere is uplifting and just as unique as the drinks they create—you’ll want to sit and stay awhile.

Infinity Lounge, Wilton Manors, FL

Upscale, swanky, and refined, this cool-hued cocktail bar is redefining what a cocktail should taste like. They’re known for using all fresh fruit in their drinks, giving each drink a refreshing twist. They’ve carefully planned every detail of the experience and can easily become your new go-to place for a drink.

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Odd Birds Bar, St. Augustine, FL

Combining the best of creative cocktails and interesting eats, you’re in for a rare experience. Every item they serve is a work of art, from over the top drinks and garnishes to gourmet bites that satisfy and delight. You’ll want to try everything on the menu simply to see what fun new creation they can come up with next.

Pangea Alchemy Lab, Sarasota, FL

This tight-knit lounge is redefining what you thought a cocktail could be. Award-winning bartenders combine their talents to create unusual flavor combinations using world-class techniques. They’ve raised the bar high (figuratively speaking) and you’ll appreciate the scientific work they’ve put into crafting a standout selection of drinks.

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