Advice for what ales you: Locals recommend the best place to grab a beer in Manatee County

Sometimes, a day calls for an unexpected stop at the bar.

Whether you are celebrating a small victory, cheering yourself up after a hard knock or just catching up with a friend, it’s best to know a few good places to grab a beer.

We asked members of the Bradenton Herald Facebook “Manatee Eats” for suggestions on which local taps to frequent in case of such an emergency.

Here’s where they recommend:

3 Keys Brewing Beer Flight 2
Ryan Ballogg rballogg@bradenton.com

3 Keys Brewing and Eatery

3 Keys Brewing offers constantly rotating taps pouring a plethora of craft beer styles. There’s something standard for the traditionalist and something unusual for the adventurous.

You won’t be drinking on an empty stomach either. The restaurant offers a full menu featuring plates like burgers, pizza and salads that pair perfectly with a cold beer.

3 Keys has indoor and bar seating, plus an outdoor patio with picnic benches that is perfect for a casual hang out on cool weather days.

Details: 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery is at 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. 3keysbrewing.com.

The back patio and lawn at Motorworks Brewing is the setting for live music, events and a monthly bazaar. Photo courtesy of Motorworks Brewing

Motorworks Brewing

Motorworks offers great beer and what is probably one of the prettiest spots to hang out in downtown Bradenton.

The beer garden is complete with a spacious deck, a shady illuminated oak and a stage for live music.

The brewery’s taplist offers reliable staples like the “V-Twin Vienna Lager” as well as rotating seasonal selections like “A Bizzare Gardening Accident,” a tart and refreshing Berliner Weisse.

Details: Motorworks Brewing is at 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. motorworksbrewing.com.

loaded barrel beers.jpg
The Loaded Barrel Tavern

The Loaded Barrel Tavern

A craft beer drinker and a domestic beer drinker walk into a bar.

If it’s Loaded Barrel, they’ll both feel at home.

The tavern has an extensive list of domestic draughts and every kind of craft beer imaginable on tap or in bottles and cans.

Loaded Barrel’s pizza is also to die for; make sure and check the special board for the pizza of the week.

Know before you go that it’s definitely a smoker’s bar.

Details: The Loaded Barrel Tavern is at 450 12th St. W., Bradenton. loadedbarreltavern.com.

Other recommendations:

Clancy’s Irish Sports Bar, 6218 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom, 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton.

The Good Liquid Brewing Company, 4824 14th St. W., Bradenton.

Cortez Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

Corporate Ladder Brewery, 4935 96th St. E., Palmetto.

Wolves Head Pizza and Wings, 1837 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton.

Naughty Monk Brewery, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton.

Anchor Inn, 3007 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach.

Caddy’s at the Pointe, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton.

The Banana Factory, 6916 14th St. W., Bradenton.

Woody’s River Roo Pub, 5717 18th St. E., Ellenton.

Acapulco Restaurant, 1833 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton.

Gecko’s Grill and Pub, multiple locations.

Slim’s Place, 9701 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria.

Not a member of Manatee Eats? Join the group today to join in on the local food and drink discussion.