Casual welcoming fly-fishing décor demonstrates Bar Fly’s slogan of “think like a fish – drink like a fish” and it is easily adhered to. Located at 100 Main Street (Suite 106) Bar Fly is a beacon of fresh seafood, local draft and handcrafted signature cocktails with rum from the Florida islands.
Bar Fly Safety Harbor, Florida Information
A cozy environment with a happy mix of locals and tourists opened up in 2012 after owners Celeste and Jeff moved to the Safety Harbor area with their young son. An expansion in December 2012 introduced the Saltwater grill, supplying the bar side with:
Local fresh Bar Fly raw-bar favorites such as:
- Oysters on the half shell
- Jumbo peel-n-eat shrimp
- Mahi fish tacos
- Cedar Key Clams
Inspired by their extensive travels along the waterways and hitting up tiki bars throughout the Florida Keys, Cayman Islands and Bahamas the couple wanted to provide the local Safety Harbor area with fresh seafood tacos, cocktails and raw-bar bites reminiscent of their adventures. Their first experience of the Florida Keys was on their honeymoon, cementing their love of the area and all it has to offer locals and tourists alike.
What to Drink at Bar Fly?
Gaspar’s Porter by the Florida Beer Company
Some of those local offerings are the many popular brews available by the bottle and can and coming straight from the Sweetwater Brewery.
Craft draft available on tap such as:
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- Happy Ending – Imperial Stout
- Whiplash – white IPA
Sourced from the Florida islands as well is the premium liquor available for consumption in Bar Fly’s handcrafted cocktails. Locals often opt for the signature rum punch a recipe perfected by the owners while on a fishing vacation in the Bahamas.
Bar Fly Drink Specials
Rolling promotions, and Bar Fly Cocktail Specials one to watch for is the weekly Sunday special from 11:30 – 3:30 pm dubbed on their social media accounts as #barflybadassbloodymarybar.
Bar Fly Menu
The Bar Fly Safety Harbor menu includes:
Pub fare appetizers can be found from nachos to wings, with a unique Bar Fly seafood twist:
- Grouper bites
- Conch Fritters
- Smoked Fish Spread
And on many of their sandwiches such as:
- Island Fish Reuben
- Lobster Grilled Cheese
- Catch of the Day Fish Sandwich
Authentic 1/1.5 pound buckets are available in varieties of:
- Old Bay Shrimp
- Cedar Key Clam
- Snow Crab Legs
Gluten free options and green salads are available with protein add-ons of:
- Catch of the day
Meals come with choice of down-home sides like:
- Loaded Black beans and rice
- Island Coleslaw
- Beer Battered Fries
To finish off, desserts are available for $5. Options include a slice of key lime pie or Oreo key lime pie.
Bar Fly Safety Harbor Hours
Open every day at 11:30 am until as late as midnight on peak Friday / Saturdays. Garnering a “Certificate of Excellence” on Trip Advisor from positive customer reviews and ranking #2 out of 43 restaurants in the Safety Harbor area.
Critics Closing Thoughts
One of the things that really strikes me about Bar Fly Safety Harbor is that the owners truly nailed their mission. From the decor, which made me feel as if I was back in Kew West with my family, to the rum bar offerings that made me feel like I just landed in the Caribbean. All of it is brought together with great service amongst friendly patrons for a memorable experience.
I haven’t had a chance to eat at Bar Fly Safety Harbor yet, but it’s on my to-do list. As soon as I enjoy some of their fresh seafood you can be sure I’ll share my thoughts here on Bar Critic.
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