The right bar makes a good night great. From raucous to romantic, these are some of our favorites.
Michael's On East Soft music and heavy hitters mingle at the piano bar at Michael's On East restaurant. Great spot for late-night nosh. 1212 East Ave., Sarasota.
Bahi Hut A kitschy, smoky throwback to '60s Sarasota, the Bahi Hut and its potent mai tais draw a wildly eclectic crowd. 4675 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Cafe Epicure/Jolly Martini Bar Stylish and packed with beautiful people. The sliding glass doors opening onto Main and Palm heighten the see-and-be-seen quotient. 1298 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
Pangea Dark, intimate and famous for exotic cocktails. Big fave of the after-work restaurant crowd. Adding to its mystique: Entrance is in the back. 1564 Main St., Sarasota.
Shakespeare's Your friendly neighborhood English pub, complete with fish 'n' chips, dart boards and a massive selection of draft and bottle beers. 3550 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota.
Ophelia's This tiny corner in Siesta's best restaurant is charming, with its red-painted counter and rows of glass bottles. Perfect place to start a love affair. 9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key.