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Central Florida Is Getting A New Waterfront Tropical Tiki Bar & Grill This Spring

It's gonna be serious drinks with a view goals!

Probably one of the best parts about Florida: the beaches. Stretches of white sandy coastlines that overlook the crashing waves are already a treat alone but add bites, booze, and a place to kick off your shoes and you're in true paradise. All that is coming soon with a new tiki bar near Tampa.

Whiskey Joes Bar & Grill made a name for themselves in Tampa, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale, and they're about to bring their drinks with a view just a short drive away in Ellenton —right on the Manatee River.

The new location will be on the waterfront off of Trooper JD Young Bridge and Highway 301. Meander off the busy expressways and you'll find it at 5315 19th St E.

While an opening date hasn't been officially announced just yet, the laidback location is expected to open sometime this spring in the month of March.

What should you expect to find on your plate here? 

You'll find a little bit of everything from bar bites like quesadillas, wings, and nachos to super seafood selections including crab cakes, gator bites, grouper tacos, oysters, and shrimp.

You can even get brunchy noms like waffles and sandwiches, or fill up for dinner on burgers, pasta, and pizzas!

Baskets and apps are also available on the beachfront menu.

The drink menu features signature tropical cocktails like margs and mojitos as well as offering frozen drinks to beat the Florida heat, wines, brews, and White Claws too.

And that's just a little taste of their massive selection.

Their laid-back atmosphere enables guests to kick off their flops, sink their toes into the sand to enjoy live entertainment and fire pits while you drink in the views — like one giant beach party.

While we'll have to wait until it opens to know for sure, this spot sounds like it's going to be the perfect place for a casual dinner date or weekend getaway chill space with the BFFs.

Whiskey Joes Bar & Grill Manatee River

Price: 💸💸

Opening: Anticipated in March, 2020 — Official date TBA.

Cuisine: Seafood, bar bites, and beers with a view.

Address: 5315 19th St E, Ellenton, FL

Why You Need To Go: A barefoot tropical tiki bar that will give you the best of both worlds: delicious bar bites and boozy drinks with breathtaking waterfront views.