Unleashing Clearwater Nightlife - 7 Best Entertainment Ideas

Clearwater Nightlife

Clearwater Beach is a tropical paradise full of activities and attractions to fill up a day of fun in the sun. However, if you’re searching for Clearwater nightlife to create a great night of excitement with your friends or family, then you’ve come to the right place!

There are tons of things to do in Clearwater at night, whether you’re searching for something in the northern or southern part of Clearwater Beach, there’s something fun for everyone across Clearwater Beach Island.

You’ll find delicious craft beer and food nearly everywhere you go from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach, not to mention the fun night you can have in a game room or one of the many dive bars with pool tables!

Check out all the fun Clearwater Beach nightlife that awaits you here in Florida!


1) Kick Off The Nightlife Festivities With A Sunset Cruise On Clearwater Bay

The nightlife in Clearwater Florida starts to gear up as soon as the sun goes down, and here at The Tropics Boat Tours, we love to help residents and visitors alike start their fun night in Clearwater Beach with a sunset celebration cruise!

Climb aboard our expertly captained boat to set sail through the Clearwater Bay and Clearwater Pass to the Gulf of Mexico where you’ll see the sun dip beneath the horizon like never before! You might even see the famous green flash if you’re lucky enough!

We provide drink packages starting at just $6 per person and offer snack purchases on board. Families are always welcome to join us which means the kids don’t have to miss out on the fun! As long as guests are 21 and older, we’ll have a complimentary champagne toast available as the sun sets.

Contact us ahead of your trip to Clearwater Beach so we can help you plan a memorable night with your loved ones.

Memories Of Clearwater Bay Boat Tours


2) Get The Party Started With The Best Views Of Tampa Bay And Clearwater Beach

If you’re ready to see what nightlife in Clearwater is really like, but you’re not quite ready to leave the fresh air coming from Tampa Bay, then make your way to one of the many rooftop bars available across Clearwater Beach.

Rooftop clubs and bars are an excellent way to experience the best nightlife Clearwater has to offer while enjoying a few drinks and dancing with your friends or significant other. Many not only have a great view of Clearwater Beach, but they also have happy hour deals you won’t want to pass up.

Here are just a few of the places that offer vibrant nightlife here in Clearwater Beach:

  • Jimmy’s Crows Nest

  • Soiree Rooftop

  • Tropico Rooftop Cantina

These establishments not only provide an exciting rooftop experience with craft beers and cocktails, but you can also find some of the most delicious food in Clearwater to keep you energized for a night of partying under the stars!

Pro tip: Many rooftop bars are located on top of popular hotels. If you book a room at a hotel with a bar on the roof, you won’t have to go far after a fun-filled night with friends when you’re ready to call it a night.

 Vibrant Nightlife in Clearwater Beach


3) Discover One Of The Most Popular Dive Bars In Clearwater

You don’t have to spend the evening at a fancy restaurant or bar to enjoy a few drinks with your friends in Clearwater. The Shipwreck Bar is amongst the best dive bars around with a lively atmosphere full of color, little rubber duckies, and a nautical theme you’ll enjoy all night long.

They have tons of craft beer available along with colorful cocktails, frozen drinks, and bar fare to keep your hunger at bay. There’s more to do at this bar than just sit at a table or stool and enjoy drinks and conversation. Head to one of the pool tables to kick off a rousing game of billiards or grab a partner and hit the dance floor while the DJ or live music plays.

Enjoy Drinks With Your Friends in Clearwater


4) Catch Live Entertainment And Music Every Night At Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar & Grill

Here in Clearwater, it’s not difficult to find something entertaining to fill an exciting night out with friends or family. A popular local spot to kick off an evening of fun is Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar & Grill in South Clearwater Beach. They offer amazing food, craft beer, and cocktails, but there is so much more to enjoy here.

Every night of the week Shephard’s hosts live music or entertainment ranging from relaxing Reggae beats to lively national acts and beloved local entertainers. Whether you’re looking for something a bit more refined than the dive bars or you simply want a relaxing night of live music or entertainment, this is the stop for you!

One of our favorite things about Shephard’s is the available open-air seating! Not every bar gives you entertainment and a way to enjoy the evening air here in Tampa Bay.

Fun Filled Evening And Fresh Air In Tampa Bay.

5) Hop On Board The FlowRider Indoor Surfing Experience

Have you always wanted to try your hand at surfing but are too afraid to hit the real waves? The Flowrider Indoor Surfing experience is a wonderful, safe way to enjoy this pastime without fear of being swept away or embarrassing yourself in front of a beach full of people.

Who says nightlife in Clearwater Florida has to be at a bar or dance club? Head to Surf Style – Flowrider on Clearwater Beach to start an unforgettable night of safe surfing with your friends or family. Kids are always invited to come along with their parents, which makes this a memorable experience for the entire family. The only catch is that each rider has to be at least 42 inches tall to ride!

Pro tip: Hop on a board and test your skills on a soft-bottomed surfing simulator by yourself or with the entire family; up to 6 surfers can ride at once on the simulator!

 Surfing Simulator Excitement In Clearwater Bay


6) See The Sites And Sounds Of Palm Harbor Near Clearwater Beach

Situated near Clearwater Beach is the small beach town of Palm Harbor. While there are tons of things to see and do during the day here, you can also have a ton of fun and create an unforgettable night of dining, shopping, and more.

Head to the Snappers Grill & Comedy Club for a night full of good food and giggles, or visit one of the other lounges and bars for live entertainment, dancing, and drinks with friends. Here are just a few of the nightlife hot spots to be found in this somewhat upscale beach town:

  • Seabreeze Lounge

  • Rum Runners Bar

  • Smugglers Island Pub

One of the perks of visiting or staying so close to Clearwater Beach is that you’ll have full access to all the high-end amenities in this part of town. There are lush golf courses to see during the day, water attractions for families, shopping, and dining at every turn, and you won’t have to contend with as many crowds as Clearwater Beach.

Fun And Adventure For The Whole Family In Clearwater Fl


7) Catch A Nighttime Thrill At Clearwater Beach Game Rooms And More

Escape rooms are by far one of the most thrilling ways to spend your evening with friends or family in Clearwater if you’re not into drinking and dancing. Escape rooms are essentially live-action puzzles where you have to use your wits to solve riddles and find clues to find your way out of different scenarios.

From diamond heists to murder mysteries, there’s an escape scenario for every group looking for a thrilling night of fun in Clearwater. Here are some of our favorite spots to solve these immersive scenarios:

  • The Exit Games FL

  • Escape Thrill

  • Game Over

  • Beach Escape Game in St. Pete Beach

Escape scenarios like these are great team-building activities if you need something to bring your family circle of friends or coworkers closer together. Don’t forget that most of these escape rooms also have a way to get a hint from the staff if you’re stuck on one part of the puzzle!

Thrilling Escape Scenarios With Friends Or Family In ST Pete


Start The Night In Style With Us

There’s no wrong way to enjoy the nightlife here in Clearwater Beach. Between the many bars and club scenes available, you can dance the night away or drink deep into the night with your friends. There are countless attractions to help you capture the exciting family-friendly side of Clearwater after dark, and countless ways to stay entertained with live performers and musicians alike.

At The Tropics Boat Tours, our favorite way to kick off a night of fun after the sun goes down is to climb aboard one of our ships with you and your friends to watch as the stars come out over the Gulf of Mexico! We have drinks and snacks for purchase on board, and our expert staff are always ready to teach you something new about our beloved Clearwater Beach.

Head to our website to learn more about our tours and to book your excursion today!

Making Unforgettable Memories With Us In Clearwater Bay


1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Dolphin Exploration Tours

Our Dolphin Exploration Tours will take you from Clearwater Bay out Clearwater Pass on the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting) in search of the Sun Coast’s favorite….the Bottlenose Dolphin.

In addition to offering Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings*, your Captain will highlight some fascinating facts about the natural wonders our Gulf Coast offers as well as point out celebrity mansions along the way.

The tour offers something for everyone, including educational information on our area and our wildlife, and optional drink upgrades including unlimited beer and soft drinks for the adults!

Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

1 hour 45 minutes
Group Size
Up to 126

Sunset Celebration Cruises

The Tropics Sunset Celebration Cruise will take you from Clearwater Bay through Clearwater Pass to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico (weather permitting).

Sail the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you view a breathtaking Florida sunset and — if you’re lucky you may witness the legendary green flash.

Your crew will point out some interesting facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast as well as popular sights along the way. We are pleased to include a Complimentary Sunset Champagne Toast for all guests 21 and up."

Group Size
no limit

Tampa Bay CityPASS®

Family fun starts with Tampa Bay CityPASS®! Save 53% on Tampa Bay's top 5 attractions. CityPASS® includes a Dolphin Exploration Tour or Sunset Celebration Cruise with The Tropics Boat Tours. You’ll also have admission to Bush Gardens® Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, Zoo Tampa, and a 4th attraction of your choice. Choose which attraction as you go. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over 9 days.

Adult CityPASS®: $139
Child CityPASS® (ages 3-9): $124
CityPASS prices are tax inclusive

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