I've always thought of myself as the type of gal who digs dive bars. Â But now I'm second guessing myself. Â Everyone raved about Shipwreck Bar as the "best dive bar in Clearwater" but I just wasn't a huge fan.
From the outside, the decor looks a little cheesy. Â But I was still interested in seeing if the inside had the same pirate theme. Â It did. Â Sorta. Â It was kinda like a bar that actual pirates would have hung out in. Â Which was kinda cool. Â I guess.
There were four of us in our group and we were able to get a table near the bar, which had a fish tank on the one side of it (which was awesome). Â Beers were pretty cheap and the bartender was very friendly. Â The patrons all looked like locals, unlike the four of us who were obviously Yanks (with our accents and our pale skin and our incessant Phillies conversation). Â
This bar also had a pool table and a jukebox for those who are looking for that sort of thing. Â The men in our group noted that the major game on the night (whatever that means) wasn't being shown on the TVs. Â One thing to note- there is smoking in this bar. Â Unfortunately I was wearing the only long pants and only jacket I brought with me on this trip. Â Sooo... I smelled like smoke for the next three days. Â Just something to keep in mind if you visit!
Overall, this is a very divey dive bar, so if that's your bag, you'll enjoy this spot.
I absolutely love this bar. Â I venture down to Clearwater beach 2x a year for birthday parties (I live in St. Pete)..... this bar is always a must go to on our list. Â The bartender is super friendly and attentive. The four times I've been there the bartender was amazing.... beers are served in mason jars which is pretty cool.
There is a DJ who plays requested music and just the hits. Â He even let my friend and I do karaoke here one night! Â
There is one or two pool tables, they have that blow me test to see if you should be driving. Â Bathrooms are super clean. Â
Bar is smokey and dark as I saw in someone else's review. Â
This is for sure a locals bar, but everyone is super friendly and you'll strike new friends in a matter of minutes. Â Everyone talks to everyone and everyone has an amazing time. Â
This is a dive bar, so don't except some fancy place. Â The interior is in a pirate type of mode which is pretty cool. Â They were advertising an 80s party the weekend we went down there, but we didn't make it to the party. Â I heard it was pretty good though.
Good place to stop if you don't want to pay the tourist prices for drinks, and want a chilled laid back night. Â We usually stay near the Hilton and walk to the bar which is about 15 minutes, and then call the free beach cab to get us back to the main drag. Â It's a safe walk for sure.