While in Bradenton on Anna Maria Island in May 2013 the Bridge Tender Inn effectively became our local watering hole as it was only a 10 minute stroll from our condo (or a 20 minute stagger back depending on how you look at it!)
They have an outdoor Tiki bar across the street with bar seating and some additional tables and chairs, this is RIGHT next to the bay with great views and a cooling breeze at times.
The main bar has some shaded outdoor seating and indoor seating with bar stools at the bar. Its more like a sports bar with a few TV's here and there and some decent live music on an evening but during the visits we made it never became rowdy.
Heaven for me was Landshark on draft by the pitcher and they have some great wings, quite large and crispy and the blue cheese dip has big chunks of blue cheese in it, I guess its home made-delicious. The coconut shrimp is also probably the best I have ever had-large shrimp with a great coconut breading all home made not frozen garbage. Served with a lovely sticky sweet mango salsa.
We were well looked after by our servers if it was lunch or dinner or just an afternoon drink to escape the heat. The only cocktail I had was a Long Island Tea and it was very well made, the flavor was spot on and nice and strong.
What can I say, if you want somewhere unpretentious to relax, good food and nice cold beer then this is the place in Bradenton.
I will be back!
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