When it comes to beer, wine, and cocktails, the best options aren’t found only in big cities. In the small, Southwest Florida coastal towns of Punta Gorda, Englewood, and Port Charlotte, there are many places (well-known and unheard of) where you can wet your whistle and have a good time. Here are some of our favorite places for beer, wine and cocktails in the beautiful area known as Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach:

Beer Lovers Unite

Charlie Foxtrot Brewing, the newest brew spot in the area, offers a large variety of craft brews, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and more. Even better: there's a food truck right outside 6 days a week!

Beer being poured at IceHouse Pub in Punta Gorda, FloridaWhen it comes to European-inspired pubs, Punta Gorda has them. “Proudly not serving premium domestics,” the Celtic Ray Public House serves many high-quality imports in a traditional Irish pub atmosphere.

The British-style IceHouse Pub offers beers from around the world, local brews, British and American cuisine and bar games.

The Belgian Monk is a quaint pub with a welcoming atmosphere that serves unique craft and import beers and European fare from their “Munchies Menu.” 

There’s Always Time For Wine 

Wine Display at Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine StoreFor a hands-on experience, make and bottle your own wine at the Gilded Grape Winery or enjoy live music, trivia or karaoke in their wine bar with a glass of house-made wine. Stop in to unWined Wine & Beer Bar and relax with wine and craft beer tastings, antipasto, periodic live music, and more. Visit Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine for a vast selection of wine and beautiful hand-crafted chocolates that make the perfect gift, to yourself or to others. 

D’Vines Wine & Gift Emporium features a wine and coffee bar, wine-themed gift shop, and wine tastings, and Vino Loco Gourmet is a great combo wine bar/gourmet tapas restaurant/bottle shop with a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Keep Calm, Have a Cocktail

Bartender presenting a Berry Cocktail at Farlow's on the Water in Englewood, FloridaFor creative and tasty cocktails in Englewood, visit Farlow's on the Water and Magnolias on the Bay. For alcohol-free options, head to Downtown Kava in Punta Gorda.

Whiskey-lovers will want to belly up at Leroy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar for down-home cooking, handcrafted whiskey cocktails and cold local brews.

The local spirits scene has many hidden gems, and finding them is part of the fun. Check out our Nightlife & Entertainment page and peruse the delicious-looking refreshments below for inspiration!