November 5, 2015

The Bahi Hut in Sarasota, Florida

The 1954 Bahi Hut is tucked into the tropical brush at the Golden Host Resort, less than two miles from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. And though more than 60 years have passed since it opened, this Sarasota stand-by is as popular as ever.

Outfitted with classic teak wood walls, Polynesian masks, and vintage art, this watering hole is a blast from the tropical island past. The Bahi Hut is most famous for its Mai-Tai―a drink so strong that customers are limited to just two and only a handful of people know the secret recipe.

You'll find quite a cast of regulars here, which only adds to the bar's historic vibe and local charm. Though, it's comforting to note that most of them have dropped their fur coats and jewels of yesteryear for more relaxed Tiki attire.

Thanks in part to this enduring loyalty, the menus and decor have managed to stay largely the same through the years.

But perhaps the most noticeable historic holdover is the bar's grandfathered allowance for smoking indoors. (No kidding.)

While no food is served, pretzels, cheese, and peanuts are always on hand.

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Location: 4675 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Hours: Monday - Sunday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.

You’re Having: The Tiki cooler. Or if you dare, the famous Mai-Tai.

Best Yelp Review: “When they say two Mai tai's they mean it. Great drinks, great company. A true local find!” – Canadian F

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Katharine Keane is a former editorial assistant at Preservation Magazine. She enjoys getting lost in new cities, reading the plaques at museums, and discovering the next great restaurant.

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