The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Bars



Cape Coral

Fort Myers

Ft. Myers Beach

Key West

Lake Buena Vista


Punta Gorda

Vero Beach




21st Street Taphouse
390 21st St.
Vero Beach ,  Florida 32960
(772) 217-2936

21st Street Taphouse was created to be a neighborhood bar, in the tradition of those from the working towns such as Chicago , Detroit , or Cleveland .
It was intended to be a spot where locals could come and get a bite to eat, watch a game, and drink with their friends.
Aside from a full bar, the Taphouse boasts 48 taps, with many being local brews hailing from such Florida breweries as 3 Daughters, Big Storm, Cigar City, Due South, Funky Buddha, and others.
When in Vero Beach , and looking for a large selection of Florida beers under one roof, 21 st Street can't be missed.





The Lodge
2278 First St.
Fort Myers , FL 33901
239-433-BREW (2739)

The Lodge is a large restaurant and bar in Fort Myers .
The motif at The Lodge is that of a Colorado Rockies hunting or skiing lodge with lots of wood paneling, heads of mounted game animals on the wall, snowshoes, skis, and the like.
Draftwise, The Lodge features a Self Tap wall, where a customer can pour any of 12 draft microbrews him- or herself. You pour as much as you want, and pay for what you pour.
Available also are about 8 beers known as the Frostbite Drafts…served at a cool 28° and purported to be Florida's coldest beers.
Lumberjack Drafts include Heineken, Guinness, Stella and a few others that you have heard of.
Anybody that still can't decide can choose from about a dozen bottled selections.
There is a lot to like at The Lodge…most of them being sports, beer, and barbeque.



Stillwater Grille
13451 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 791-8554

Stillwater Grille is a bar and restaurant in Fort Myers .
Aside from the bar, Stillwater has a more formal dining area that specializes in prime beef and seafood, and a private event room that can be booked.
There is also an attractive patio for outdoor seating.
We were here for the beer.
Stillwater has 48 taps, the vast majority of which rotate.
For those who want to try a sampling, $7 will get three
4-ounce pours.
The patron who can drink 48 different beers at Stillwater becomes a member of The 48 Club .
Hopefully, this does not have to be accomplished in one evening.





House of Brewz
201 Old San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach FL 33931
(inside Zushi Zushi)
Tel: (239) 244-9485

The House of Brewz is a beer bar several hundred yards from the sand in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
On the tourist street near the bridge, it is tucked between several other bars and souvenier shops.
The tap selection leans heavily on American macros, but with 50 taps there is room for some good craft and import beers.
They also offer 200 different bottle beers.
Modest in size, the bar sits maybe 10 with seats for perhaps 20 in a diner atmosphere, and the big windows make it quite bright inside.
There is a partition which separates this space from an adjoining sushi restaurant.



Ford's Garage
1719 Cape Coral Pkwy E.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904 239-540-FORD (3673)

Ford's Garage is a small chain of eateries that advertise themselves as beer bars.
The restaurant is very large and divided into two rooms, both with large bars and lots of space.
Décor is old timey auto garage, yet it has the corporate feel of a large chain.
Although the bottled beer list is over 200 strong, the 25 beers on tap are what one would expect.
Service was okay, but the prices were outstanding!
With the all day happy hour, pints of beer were $4.00, and burgers with choice of two sides for less than $7.00.



South Street Grill
1410 Pine Ridge Rd
Suite 4
Naples, FL 34108
TEL. (239) 435-9333

South Street is a beer bar in an old strip mall near downtown Naples.
The one large room is dominated by a very large bar. There are also some tables.
South Street has over 40 taps, mostly craft beer.
The menu is pub grub and pizza and is quite reasonably priced.



KEY WEST, FL 33040

Sloppy Joe's, established December 5, 1933, was the first bar in Key West, Florida. It moved from Greene Street to Duval Street in 1937 when Joe's rent increased from $3 a week to $4, and there it has remained. Inside is exactly what you'd expect from a Duval Street establishment - several bars, a stage with live music, plenty of dancing, and, on weekends, barely enough room to move. The ambiance is perfect for your traditional raucous bar fan; it's loud, it's dark, and there's plenty going on. On the walls you'll find dozens of framed pictures of fighter jets, autographed by the pilots who flew them. You'll also find several images of Joe Russell himself.
If you're in the mood for craft beer, upon which there does not seem to be too much emphasis in Key West, try Joe's Tap Room. Same building...better beer. The Tap Room features 10 well-chosen drafts and HD big-screen satellite TV.



Raglan Road
Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island
1640 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Orlando Florida 32830

Raglan Road is a cross between a dark, mellow Irish pub and a large, boisterous German beer hall. Located in the Disney World mall - also known as "Downtown Disney "- it serves Irish-like food and a small but tasteful set of beers. We had the scallop forest appetizer because it was an odd looking foodie gimmick - still, very good eats. On tap at the two bars were Irish standards (Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp and Murphy's), hometown beers from the Orlando Brewing Company (blonde, pale ale, brown ale), and an assortment of the usual beer suspects. In the spirit of drinking locally we tried the brewing company's offerings; all were pretty much brewed to style. During our visit a small band performed Irish music and a Irish dancer performed atop a small table in the middle of the cavernous main dining area. If you're looking for a comfortable place with decent beer and food, and you don't mind waiting for a seat, then this is your place in Disney World.



The Ice House Pub
408 Tamiami Trail North
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

The Ice House Pub is the nearest thing to a beer bar in the Punta Gorda, FL, area. 
In an historic building, an Icehouse, the bar has a British pub theme.  There is a large bar area and an equally large game area. 
They have 24 beers of the world on tap and a bottled selection of about 160. 
The limited pub grub menu was moderately priced.