5 Things to Know About the Drinking Culture in Florida

Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is one of the world’s most dreamed-about destinations. It is here that the sun shines every day, the water always sparkles, the drinks are constantly being refilled, and the locals and tourists alike just want to live life.

No wonder it is called the Sunshine State!

If you are planning a trip to Florida, here are five things to know about the drinking culture.

1. There is an epic craft beer scene.

Over the past couple of years, the craft beer scene in Florida has exploded. All around the state, visitors can find microbreweries that are producing their own unique pours.

Funky Buddha Brewery is currently the largest brewery in South Florida and has a wide array of exclusive beers on tap. Cigar City Brewing is perfect for those who want to combine their craft beer with a renowned cigar. If you want an award-winning brewery, head to Tequesta Brewing Company.

Or, if you prefer to just see where the road takes you, head to Tampa Bay, Marco Island, and Boca Raton for some more innovative microbreweries.

2. But, cocktails are also a must-drink.

However, it isn’t just beer that Floridians have to be proud of; the Sunshine State is also known for a variety of famous cocktails. Thanks to the year-long sunshine, plenty of beautiful spots on the water, and a vibrant Cuban and Latin community, cocktails are something that this state takes very seriously.

To truly get a taste for local life and culture, while you are in Florida, you need to try:

The Rum Runner, a Margarita, a Key Lime Martini, a Cuban Mojito, a Fuzzy Navel, a Pina Colada, and a Daiquiri.

3. Pool parties are the thing to do.

Florida is hot, really hot, for the majority of the year. That is why you can find locals and tourists alike heading to pool parties as often as their schedule permits.

If you are going on holiday to Miami, there is a good chance that you are going to be on the hunt for the perfect pool to dive into. Some local spots include Venetian Pool (a gorgeous pool in Coral Gables with caverns and waterfalls), McDonald Water Park (has water slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool, which means it is good for all ages), Shore Club Sundays (an adult-only pool with DJs), and Soho Beach House (only accessible to house members and hotel guests).

4. It isn’t just about Miami.

Miami is known around the world for being an ultimate party destination, and it deserves this reputation. Miami is another world. After all, you have the stunning beaches, the vibrant culture, the delicious food, and the fascinating history.

Some of the best bars in Miami include 1930s House at Thompson Miami Beach, Blackbird Ordinary, and The Broken Shaker. Also, The Standard is a classic go-to spot to watch the sunrise with a drink in hand.

But, it isn’t just all about Miami. Florida is filled with plenty of other amazing cities, towns, and beaches that can be just as fun and dynamic for a vacation.

Some of the most popular beaches (in addition to Miami Beach) in Florida include Sarasota, Clearwater Beach, Bahia Honda, Marco Island, and Cocoa Beach.

Other cities or areas to consider traveling to include Orlando, Key West, Anna Maria Island, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.

5. But, the rules are strict.

Alcohol rules in the United States are strict, and that is true in Florida. While every state in the United States has a minimum legal drinking age of 21, other alcohol laws differ among state and city. Before you arrive at your Floridian destination, make sure you read up on the rules.

For the most part, the latest hour alcohol is allowed to be sold is 2 a.m.

Have you ever partied in Florida? Where were your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments below!


Richard Bantock is the President of Liquor License Consultants, Inc. (formerly known as The Liquor License Guy) which specializes in the purchasing and selling of Florida liquor licenses. For 20 years, he successfully operated liquor store, nightclub, bar and restaurant companies, gaining first-hand knowledge of business planning, financial negotiations and the liquor licensing process. Liquor License Consultants, Inc. reflects his insight and expertise.