Vacationing on Clearwater Beach: A Guide for Singles Vacationing in Clearwater Beach with a group of friends and want to know the best places to meet people? Here is a guide to some of the top places in the Clearwater Beach area – perfect for a night or a day out with friends. The Venue Though it’s actually in Clearwater, rather than Clearwater Beach, the Venue is one of the top upscale dining spots and nightclubs in the Tampa Bay area. With two world-class restaurants – Takari Sushi Bar and Viaggio inside, your taste-buds will be 100% satisfied before hitting the dance floor, or the bar. Also features a separate wine room, the Ultra Lounge, and a Martini Bar. Happy Hour is on weekdays from 4 – 7 pm so you can get the party started early. Looking to dine or club on a budget? Come in for Takara Sushi Tuesday for all-you-can-eat, or on Saturday nights where it’s $3-$5 drink specials and no cover for ladies all night long. Just off of I-275 and not far from U.S. 19, it’s a great way to kick off your vacation heading in from Tampa International Airport or St. Pete Clearwater Airport. Just make sure you do some primping in the airport first. This place has a pretty strict dress-code and it’s not uncommon to spot celebs frequenting the VIP area. Tropix Tiki Bar A casual beach bar right on the Gulf, so it’s perfect for those looking to cool off in the afternoon before heading back out to the beach. Best known for its fruity drinks including daquiris or its own Tropix Rum Runner, Tropix also offers live music daily. A great place to people watch and enjoy a drink with friends. Jimmy’s Fish-House Iguana Bar This is the place to go to for a casual sunset-dinner out with friends if you’ve been basking the sun all day and don’t feel like “going out.” This super casual, come-as-you-are, Caribbean-themed waterfront bar features excellent seafood, including Caribbean crab, oysters, crisp salads, and more. Drink specials and live music every night. Serves over 40 types of rum and tequila. Located within walking distance of several Clearwater Beach Condos. Shepard’s One of the hottest party spots in the Tampa Bay area, Shepard’s is legendary among vacationers and locals. This longtime fixture on Clearwater Beach features a restaurant, night club, a lounge, and an outdoor tiki bar. During the day and into the evening, the waterfront Tiki Bar and Margarita Grill features tons of live music, beautiful beach bodies, and thirst-quenching tropical drinks seven days a week. Relax to sounds of reggae and cool off right in the Gulf. If you’re really into music, the Sunset Lounge may just be your thing – from high energy hits to 70’s and more. At night, head back to your Clearwater Beach Hotel (Shepard’s is within walking distance of several) to get cleaned up for dinner. Shepard’s Restaurant, which features waterfront breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, specialty buffets and more. Their Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet is available every night from 4 – 10 pm. After dinner, head inside to the Wave Nightclub for a night of dancing that includes two levels of fun, with live DJs spinning top 40’s hits and more.