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“Best Burgers & Beer in town”

Shakespeares Craft Beer and Gastro Pub
Ranked #206 of 1,038 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $17
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: A Craft Beer and Gastro Pub with an English flair. Popular with locals and visitor alike for over 11years
Sarasota, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Best Burgers & Beer in town”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

I have been to Shakespeare's twice and have never branched beyond the Burgers and beer because they are the best I have ever had. It is a local hole in the wall, dark, tiny, man cave-ish, a pub to the core. The burgers go way beyond your typical katsup, mustard, pickle & onion. The first time I got a Spicy Thai Burger that was fantastic and last night went for the Portobello mushroom and swiss, it was equally fantastic. The buns are some fantastic homemade roll, I do not know that they bake them but they make the burger even better. They have more beer choices than you can imagine and its a lot of fun to go with friends and try everyone beer pick. So far #80 the Brazilian beer is my favorite. This is a wear anything casual kinda place, not yuppy, not stuffy, not slimy or dirty.... Its just right.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Good for excellent beer choices”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

The dinners I have had were good (vegetarian)my husband not as impressed...but says it's good. BUT the BEER!!! Any beer you could ever think of from any country you have or have not even heard of is represented here! English Pub feel. Always comfortably filled with friendly clientele. Off of the main road with seating indoors or out. Service was very Good.

Visited May 2012
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1 Thank Francine220
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London
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“home from home”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Stopped for couple of days around Sarasota and had to visit this Pub. Like being back home in England. Lovely food and atmosphere and enjoyed the meal

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank HunterJacksonLondon
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
383 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Best Burgers in Sarasota!”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

The black and bleu burger is simply delicious and perfect! Comes with lettuce, tomato, and onions on a perfect bun and served with fries, too. Juicy and tasty, the way a burger was meant to be! Plus, there is an a massive selection of beers from around the world and some local brews, too. Add to the atmosphere, dark walls, dark booths, plus a huge bar gives the place a mysterious feel. The wait staff knows their menu and their beers. This really is not a wine place. Come with a group and you can play with the dart boards or come with a date and enjoy the intimacy of the booths. Relaxing locals make it a fun place to enjoy a beer and a burger. Mind you, the fish and chips are really a hit on the menu, too.

  • Visited April 2012
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Florida
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“This pub is great”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

I have been to Shakespears on many occasions, most recently last week, and have never been disappointed. The food is wonderful always fresh and delicious and their fish and chips are to die for. The burgers are the best in Sarasota, especially the Brie and caramelized onion burger which I believe was voted best burger in Sarasota and without a doubt my favorite, although the Bombay burger and the Thai burger for me come a close second. I also love the atmosphere, dark rich wood, dim lighting, friendly bar crowd and great staff that make you feel like you are in a British "Cheers" They also have 27 plus drafts on tap and 80 odd bottle beers so you have plenty to pick from. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who likes cold beer and great food

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank Funforsome
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