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It’s the same way every time. You’re in country almost five minutes and you’re looking for a cool spot to sit and ponder the next move over a frosty dosty. Local restaurants and bars create the backdrop for many vacation destinations. Some of my most precious memories happened directly over an immensely large fried fish and a rhythm taco (rum, tonic, lime, ice). Often, fantastic places are discovered by accident, like Slinkys or Florida. One of the problems is that you don’t know your way around. The other is that goiter. Sure, you’ve read a travel book or looked online. Maybe a friend whose visited there told you where to go. “It’s this bar with sand floors and monkeys that climb all over you. Be careful, if they take a picture of you with the monkey on your back, they’re gonna try and sell it to you.” And even that’s better than having to visit another chain restaurant. I don’t need to enjoy Cracker Barrel in Nicaragua. If you can’t get on board with black beans for breakfast, you may well be need the comfort and safety of a familiar Friday’s. Fort Myers has places like that, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
Where are the best bars in Fort Myers, Florida? Where are the best bars anywhere? Somebody knows. Likely, that cantankerous old coot with the beard and the stained Lou Fuji cap. Likely. The Nail Travels restaurant/resort/spa review team has combed the the four corners of the globe for the best food and drink and Fort Myers is no exception. Our trained and dedicated staff has spent countless hours in bars and pubs. Just ask their divorce judges.
Be forewarned, these bars don’t come with the typical five stars. You might find yourself sharing space with a tattooed biker or a shrimper, but you’re sure to walk away with a new story.
Three Of The Best Bars In Fort Myers, Florida
The Half Shell
Three generations of men in my family have patronized The Half Shell, and we’re all still waiting for the free beer tomorrow. Pam has made this neighborhood bar a place where friends can come together for great food and cold beer. It’s all beer and wine and they showcase wooden nickles and second-to-none bar food. Be sure to try the Savannah, a fried chicken sandwich with ham and cheese and a Nail Travels favorite. Always try to leave with one wooden nickel in case you run into hard times on the horizon. It’s always nice to have a free beer token in your front pocket.
Isn’t it time you made it back to church? Sunday morning fellowship includes one dollar bloody Mary sacraments, outlaw confessions, and jukebox devotional. Mermaids sits right on the Gulf of Mexico, so like the rest of Fort Myers Beach, clothes and rules are optional. Take a stroll out to the water to see what the sun worshipers are spraying. No food here but their liquor bar will help you forget about food. If not, bring it in togo style. No worries. Sit out front and enjoy the parade of motorcycles and some of Florida’s best girl watching. Don’t feel you have to plan everything. A couple hours at Mermaids and the party will find you.
Welcome to flip flop season. Take the detour under Matanzas Bridge before Fort Myers Beach and find the coldest beer in Fort Myers. This beer and wine bar sits right on the back bay so be ready to join in with the local salty dogs and critique other captains docking their boats. Great food and live music make this a local favorite. Bring your fishing pole and enjoy some sun and a cold brew while you fish for lunch. They will even cook it for you. Welcome to heaven. You may still feel the need to go back up north for some of the year, but eventually, that will surely pass.
— Jason Nail (@NailTravels) June 22, 2016
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