10 Fantastic Beachside Bars

Where to go in the U.S. for sun, surf, sand... and cocktails

Sun, surf, sand — Hawaii is the epitome of paradise on earth. And, having been born and raised in Honolulu, I’m a bona fide island girl with some serious beach bar expertise. That’s right, I’ve imbibed at some of the very best waterside boites across the Aloha State and beyond.  

What makes a good beach bar in my book? Breathtaking seascape views, a sizzling scene, and stellar cocktails. Places like Honolulu's House Without A Key, which serves up a perfectly blended Trader Vic's 1944 Mai Tai, or The Bar at Private Sunset Beach, the scene-y seaside escape at Ian Schrager’s latest boutique hotel. 

In addition to the seaside gems found in my home state are other right-on-the-beach favorites like San Francisco's Beach Chalet, a 1925 original with a Bible-sized drink menu, and Cape Cod's Beachcomber, known for its jumbo-sized Goombay Smash. Picking just 10 was no small feat, but here they are, my quintessential hit list of ultimate beach bars.

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List could go on and on but how about northwest florida and the sugar sand, try Bud and Alleys in Seaside on 30A. Of course you have to sit up top.

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