It’s the prime time of season and your spare bedroom – ahem make that couch for some – is occupied with visitors escaping the frigid temps sweeping the country. It’s hard not to take out-of-town guests to touristy places because let’s face it; they are in Florida, near the beach, and want a cocktail in hand, preferably at a tiki bar. We’ve pinpointed one spot that seems like a tourist trap, but is truly a hotspot with the local set. It’s not easy to miss the authentic-looking Lido Key Tiki Bar on the southern end of Lido Key. We happily stumbled upon it because there is public beach access nearby. It’s part of the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, and has retained it’s original self before the Ritz-Carlton moved in and instead of knocking it down, took ownership of it. You can expect the best in quality and service, yet with a laid back vibe.
Menu items include typical beach-bar fare and hand-crafted tropical drink concoctions, as well as beer and wine. My sister, visiting from out of town, declared the fish tacos were the best she’s ever had. We loved the relaxed authentic feel, while still getting top-notch food and drinks. They outfitted the bar area with a few picnic tables for dining and with a few Adirondack chairs perfectly situated to watch the stunning sunsets. They close nightly right at sundown and we could think of no better way to end the day with visiting family and friends.