We Floridians are well known for our love of kitsch and color and we make no excuses. Laugh and tease us all you want – we fly our freak flag high and proudly. Our beach bars are some of the best places to find larger than life art. I almost put the word “art” in quotation marks, as if it’s not truly art. But it so very much is.
We love to reach beyond pelicans and parrots (no offense, Margaritaville.) While some Florida beach bars have the expected names and mascots – there are approximately 28 Florida beach bars with some kind of fish in their name – others enjoy hauling in various and sundry statues, icons, and puzzling references to, well, hell if we know. But we love all of them.
Beverage Boulevard! JD’s Restaurant and Lounge in Indian Rocks Beach; read more about Indian Rocks Beach, here
We’ve barely just begun in our quest to showcase more of the funky unique kitschy awesomeness of Florida beach bar art, so please let us know where to go next in the comments below. The weirder and more anomalous (like puzzling Ms. Roller Derby) the better!