Last updated on November 17th, 2021 at 07:01 am
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.
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.
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
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.
Things to do near Archie’s Seabreeze
Elliott Museum, a funky collection of old cars, antiques and local history.
Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, the last house of refuge of 10 originally built along Florida’s coast to aid shipwreck victims. For lovers of history, this 1876 cottage is a window into the world of Florida as a wilderness where hurricanes blasted ships onto the reefs without warning and survivors wandered Robinson Crusoe-like on empty beaches.
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Bob Rountree is a beach bum, angler and camper who has explored Florida for decades. No adventure is complete without a scenic paddle trail or unpaved road to nowhere. Bob co-founded FloridaRambler.com with fellow journalist Bonnie Gross 12 years ago.