This is a true beach bar, on the sand in Fort Pierce
~Archie’s anchors the action on Hutchinson Island.
This iconic beach bar draws an amazing mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of the island, and the staff here really hustles to deliver the food and drinks with chaotic precision. They really earn their tips.
Hutchinson Island is a popular weekend cruise for motorcycles, and Archie’s Seabreeze is the perfect stop after a day on wheels or visiting the dozens of pristine beaches along A1A. And there are just as many cross-over SUVs in the parking lot as there are Hogs, so even families with children are comfortable with this eclectic crowd.
The atmosphere is pure buzz, especially on weekends, with a tuneful backdrop of live music almost every afternoon or evening, from solo balladeers to surf bands and hard rockers. Visitors are scattered throughout the grounds, tucked in and around shacks or under tiki roofs.
The times I’ve been there, mostly on weekends, the inside and outside bars were hopping, and during the season, it’s hard to find a seat, even though there are bar stools and tables everywhere.
The menu is standard beach-bar fare, the prices are reasonable and the food is good. Sandwiches and shrimp baskets are all under $10, and the tasty BBQ pork sandwich can be had for $7.99. A half-pound of peel-n-eat shrimp is also $7.99. A popular app is the Munchies, a pair of hamburger sliders for $3.99. Draft beer is $2.25. During happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. weekdays) draft beers are $1. Only beer, wine and soda is served. (No liquor.)
They even host church services on Sunday mornings before your ride.
Archie’s has been around since 1947, when it was opened as a military shack that served beer to post-war coastal-watch soldiers serving on Hutchinson Island. It’s behind the sand dunes, across A1A from the beach, so you can’t see the ocean. But who cares!
You surely will be entertained whether there’s a band on duty or not. The bartenders, waiters and waitresses are all characters, and all business. Archie’s may be the No. 1 spot for people-watching on the Treasure Coast. Indeed, it already boasts being the No. 1 sales outlet for Budweiser.
401 South Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949, (772) 460-3888
Open from 9 a.m. until Midnight, 7 days a week
Things to do in Fort Pierce area
There are dozens of pristine beaches on Hutchinson Island, some popular and crowded, while others are more isolated with sand-pack roads to parking behind the dunes. Just watch the signs on the ocean side of A1A and pick your spot. I’ll be writing an article soon with more details on the beaches.
One of the reasons there are so many pristine beaches on Hutchinson Island is the lack of development around Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie nuclear power plant in the middle of the island. FPL invites visitors to stop by and learn more about the plant at its Energy Encounter Visitor Center. Admission is free, but you must call ahead at 772-468-4111. Self-guided tours take about an hour. (The exhibits are closed on weekends and holidays.)
A favorite scenic drive: Florida Rambler story on Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach,along the west side of the Indian River Lagoon
The national Navy Seal Museum.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is only a few miles away, north of the Fort Pierce Inlet.
Horseback riding on the beach is permitted at Frederick Douglas Park, but only on Sundays, about four miles south of Archie’s.