Elegant outdoor dining at The Captain's Table on Charlotte HarborAround here, a watering hole can be defined as a great spot with water views...or any place offering cool—or ice-cold!—drinks in a stylish space.

In fact, there are so many great establishments that qualify, it may be hard to choose, so this list aims to start you off on the right foot. We invite you to visit and create your own list though!

Peruse our list and check out this inspirational video for our recommendations for the Top 5 watering holes not to be missed:

5. The Captain’s Table on Charlotte Harbor

Sitting right on the beautiful waters of the Peace River where it meets the harbor, The Captain’s Table offers astounding vistas and unparalleled sunset views to go along with their stellar menu of “Land Fare,” “Sea Fare,” and inspired dishes you won’t find anywhere else.

4. Magnolias on the Bay

With a constantly-evolving menu and their amazing location right on Lemon Bay—that’s also just steps from Englewood Beach—Magnolias is the place to go for a deliciously upscale yet relaxed experience. Watch the chefs prepare the food in the open-concept kitchen, cozy up to the bar, or sit outside and enjoy the views of the water.

3. TT's Tiki Bar

Everyone’s favorite spot to chill out with a refreshing cocktail and a tasty bite, TT’s is the place to go! 

Enjoy live music and dancing, beach volleyball and other games, gorgeous sunsets and boat watching, and most important: your recommended dose of sandy toes

2. IceHouse Pub

There’s a lot of history and culture in the term British Public House, and the IceHouse Pub embodies it all. This authentic spot offers a welcoming vibe, 26 beer taps, traditional pub games like Shove a Penny, darts, and more, and a varied menu offering bona fide British pub food and American classics.

1. Village Brewhouse

Smack dab in the heart of Fishermen’s Village, at Center Court, sits the Village Brewhouse. Patrons are drawn to this spot for the creative menu, refreshing cocktails, excellent water views, frequent live music and entertainment, and their convivial vibe. They also have indoor seating so you can follow your favorite sports teams.

Plan to raise a toast at any (or all!) of these great restaurants to make your trip unforgettably delicious!

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