Iconic beach bar on A1A in Fort Pierce

The outside bar at Archie

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.

Archie’s Seabreeze, 401 South Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949, (772) 460-3888. Reviews on TripAdvisor


Things to do near Archie’s

Exploring Hutchinson Island with Florida Rambler

A favorite scenic drive: Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach

Navy Seal Museum.

The Smithsonian Marine Station

Manatee Observation and Education Center

A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery

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