If you’re looking for entertainment, Sanibel and Captiva Islands have a lot to offer both for the whole family and for adults! In fact, Sanibel and Captiva have some of the most fun and unique bars in Southwest Florida. Here are some of our favorite places to cool down with a cocktail.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill

Doc Fords Sanibel

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island OR
5400 S Seas Plantation Rd, Captiva Island

That’s right – Doc Ford’s has two locations within the islands! The concept for Doc Ford’s was created by island author-turned restaurateur Randy Wayne Wright. The restaurant’s namesake is the main character of Wright’s novels. The menu has been heavily influenced by Wright’s international travel to places such as South and Central America, Cambodia, South Africa, and Australia. In addition to the delicious travel-inspired cuisine, Doc Ford’s also offers a full bar, featuring their famous Island Mojitos! Grab your glass, have a seat, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy the live music frequently playing at both locations!

Mucky Duck

Mucky Duck Sanibel

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1546 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

Enjoy a piece of Captiva Island’s unique history while sipping your favorite beer or wine and watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico! The Mucky Duck (a common name for a British pub) started off as a teahouse known as the Gulf View Inn. Over the years it became a beach house and finally a restaurant and pub! The Mucky Duck has an awesome menu, and while they don’t serve liquor, they do offer a full selection of beer, wine, and refreshing wine based cocktails you’re sure to love. Want a sneak peak into the Mucky Duck experience? Check out their live BeachCam feed!

Cip’s Place

Cips Place Sanibel


2055 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

Named after long-time Islander and former property owner Jimmy Cipriani, Cip’s Place is a great place to relax, chat, and have a good time. Cip’s Place celebrates some of the great people who made Sanibel Island what it is. One of its most notable features is its Wall of Faces, depicting individuals who have been influential throughout Sanibel’s history. In addition to the good vibes, Cip’s is also known for its tasty menu, as well is its great happy hour specials. Be sure to try one of our favorites, the ‘Cip’tini, made with Malibu Coconut Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, pineapple and grenadine.

Sanibel Fish House

Sanibel Fish House

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1523 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

The Sanibel Fish House is a fun experience, whether you’re looking to entertain the family or just enjoy a night out among adults. The Fish House is known for its bright dining room, award winning menu filled with fresh seafood as well as its craft beers, signature cocktails, and fantastic happy hours specials.

Traditions on the Beach

Traditions on Sanibel

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3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

Drink, dine, and dance at the beautiful Traditions on the Beach all while watching the gorgeous Gulf sunset. Traditions offers a full menu of contemporary food (Sanibel style, as they say!), a full bar and lounge with a fireplace, and live entertainment. Being just off the beach Traditions has a unique atmosphere, that will keep you and your adult friends singing and dancing into the night. Catch their live beachcam here!

The Green Flash

Green Flash Sanibel

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15183 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island

The Green Flash touts itself as Captiva’s finest waterfront restaurant – and we know why! Excellent food meets an extensive wine list in a beautiful setting. Locals and tourists have been coming to this location, formerly occupied by a watering hold called ‘The Nook’, for over 40 years! The Green Flash serves up traditional gourmet dining with a European flair. The Green Flash has both full lunch and dinner menus, as well as an exclusive wine list. Check out what’s going on there now from their live stream.

We know, we know – after experiencing these awesome bars on Sanibel and Captiva, you’re thinking you’d like to be one of the regulars! If you’re thinking of moving to Sanibel or Captiva, check out our current listings or call Ann Gee at 239-850-0979 or John Jr. at 305-609-1087 to find your perfect island home.