The right bar makes a good night great. From raucous to romantic, these are some of our favorites.

At the bar at Michael’s On East (

At the bar at Michael’s On East (

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.