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Top Places to Recharge with a Cocktail in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota attracts many with its desirably warm weather, riveting sunsets, pristine beaches and endless activity. In addition to these vast appeals, Sarasota offers abundant restaurants and bars with refreshing cocktails that perfectly end an ideal evening in paradise. Listed below are The Founders Club’s favorite places to cool off with a cocktail after a long day in the Florida sun.

Selva Grill

Famous for their ceviches de la casa, Selva Grill offers exotic appetizers that complement their specialty cocktails perfectly. Inspired by Latin American and United States cuisine, Selva Grill offers rich flavors that will pique the palate.

Try The Selva Mojito with muddled orange, simple syrup, mint, a splash of pineapple juice and champagne to experience a burst of refreshment.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar

Nothing completes a sweeping Florida sunset quite like a tropical cocktail with a quaint umbrella accessory. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar features a second story dining room with a panoramic view of Sarasota’s incredible sunsets and a wide variety of tropical specialty drinks.

While basking in the view, try a classic Mai Tai with Bacardi, Orgeat, Orange Curacao, Scratch Sour, pineapple and dark rum. Celebrate the tropics with this ideal cocktail and recharge in the restaurant’s relaxing atmosphere.

Social Eatery and Bar

Inventive and original, Social Eatery and Bar offers specialty drinks made of organic and fresh fruits, juices and preserves and a large selection of beers. For the best of both worlds, try their divine “beer cocktails.”

The Mexican Firing Squad is a fan favorite and includes tequila, house-made pomegranate syrup, lime, and aromatic bitters served over ice.

M.A.D.E Restaurant

A restaurant made of Modern American Delicious Eats, M.A.D.E offers contemporary flavors to beloved American classic cuisine. Not to be missed, try to M.A.D.E Manhattan with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth and Amerena cherry juice served with a cherry and a lemon twist.

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

Discover an elegant and enchanting world of wine at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar. Featuring selections from around the globe and from the old and new world, Pomona offers a vibrant glass of wine with pairing options to the perfect appetizer, entrée or dessert.

If the menu is too vast to choose, select the Riesling, C.H. Berres, ‘Wehleneer Klosterberg Kabinett, an ’02 from Mosel Germany.

Pangea alchemy lab

An intimate setting with eclectic design, Pangea Alchemy Lab offers cocktails that combine flavors ranging from calm and rich to robust and invigorating. Perfect for chatting with friends long into the evening, Pangea Alchemy Lab provides flavors for every tastebud.

Try the Sir Sazerac which includes: Earl Grey Infused Bourbon, Absinthe Rinse, Demerara Syrup, Orange Bitters, and a Maple Syrup Ice Cube.

Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie

Lively and casually sophisticated, Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie welcomes Sarasota diners time and time again to enjoy delicious food and refreshing beverages. A local favorite, Libby’s uses only fresh-from-market ingredients and tolerates only the best service.

Try the Sarasota Lagoon with Titos Vodka, Chamomile, Lemon, Lime, and Blue. Positively refreshing, this cocktail will recharge and invigorate much like visiting a resort quality spa would.

Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar

For over 20 years, Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar has been serving delicious Italian classics and handcrafted cocktails. Come in for a large glass of Pinot Noir or a delicious specialty cocktail and pair it with an authentic pizza. Nothing satisfies quite like a glass of wine and a slice of pizza while enjoying a stunning Florida sunset.


A unique dining experience with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, Indigenous is an ideal location to bring friends and family to enjoy a fine glass of wine. The restored restaurant compliments the surrounding historic Towles Court district in Downtown Sarasota and provides a sophisticated ambiance.

Sit outside, enjoy Sarasota’s beautiful weather and sip on a glass of Quintessa. An ‘07 proprietary red blend from Rutherford CA, the Quintessa has extraordinary flavors that flood the mouth with the essence of Cabernet with ripe blackberries, black currants, raspberries and mocha. The spicy finish lasts a full minute and the flavors win over even the most critical wine enthusiasts.

Find it all at the Founders Club and discover luxury living at its finest. As Sarasota’s premier golf and country club community, the Founders Club offers 700 beautifully landscaped acres minutes from beaches, shopping and dining. Each home includes breathtaking views of either the golf course; lake or nature preserves, and is part of a small intimate community of only 262 homes.

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