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Archie’s Seabreeze in Fort Pierce: 7 decades of no shirt, no shoes, no problem

Archie’s Seabreeze has been serving beer at this spot along A1A in Fort Pierce since 1947, and the iconic beach bar hasn’t changed much.

“No shirt, no shoes, no problem” has always been its motto, and it has continued to draw a mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of Hutchinson Island.

It’s always been a family-owned business with a staff that hustles to deliver the food and drinks despite frequent crowds.

Archie's Seabreeze, located across A1A from the beach, opened in 1947. It offers an expansive open air dining area and bar. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Archie’s Seabreeze, located across A1A from the beach, opened in 1947. It offers an expansive open air dining area and bar. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

While a true beach bar, Archie’s Seabreeze is located across the street from the Atlantic ocean. Because of the dunes, there is no view of the beach from here, but the seabreeze in the name? It’s the real thing.

The place is rustic with a dive bar vibe.

Hutchinson Island is a popular weekend cruise for motorcycles, and Archie’s Seabreeze is a favorite stop after a day on wheels or visiting the dozens of pristine beaches along A1A.

There are just as many family SUVs in the parking lot as there are Hogs, however. Readers of a local paper voted it the best child-friendly restaurant in Fort Pierce.

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. At Archie's Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce, what you wear at the beach is just fine to wear at the bar. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
At Archie’s Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce, what you wear at the beach is just fine to wear at the bar. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

The atmosphere buzzes, especially on weekends, with a backdrop of live music every afternoon or evening, from solo balladeers to surf bands and hard rockers. (In season, there is live music daily.)

Archie’s Seabreeze can pack in the crowds, with visitors scattered throughout the extensive grounds, tucked in and around shacks or under tiki roofs.

The menu has an unusual system for setting your expections for the speed of service. It warns about long waits at peak times and suggests if you don’t want to wait, order the items that will be served quickly, which have a special icon on the menu

Every inch of wall is filled with license plates and miscellany at Archie's Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Every inch of wall is filled with license plates and miscellany inside at Archie’s Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
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Archie’s Seabreeze in Fort Pierce across from the beach on A1A. (Photo: Bob Rountree)


Archie’s has been around since 1947, when it was opened by Archie Summerlin as a military shack that served beer to post-war coastal-watch soldiers serving on Hutchinson Island. The current owner, Patty McGee, has owned it for decades and is known for her support of local charities.

They've got a thing for pirates at Archie's Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce. Behind the pirate, you see the dunes of the Atlantic beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
They’ve got a thing for pirates at Archie’s Seabreeze on A1A in Fort Pierce. Behind the pirate, you see the dunes of the Atlantic beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

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

Things to do near Archie’s Seabreeze from Florida Rambler

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KENT TUTHILL

Monday 21st of February 2022

I enjoy eating there. I only get to Fort Pierce every 5 years or so. I graduated from Dan McCarthy HS in 1970.

Brandee Summerlin

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Get facts straight. Archie Summerlin open Archie's Seabreeze in 1947.

Bonnie Gross

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Sorry. The info on printed materials at the restaurant was incomplete. I'm updating the story.

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