Gulf Gate: Part of the Heart of Sarasota

Posted by Julian Yates on Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 1:40pm.

Photo courtesy of Visit Sarasota County.

There's an old saying about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. And although Gulf Gate has seen plenty of change over the years, it remains as one of the best places in south Sarasota to celebrate with friends, eat great food, do some shopping, and just live an all-around good life. 

Gulf Gate Village has some of the best watering holes in town, and their close proximity makes for some really fun pub crawls. Neighborhood bars such as The Thirty Turtle and Hurricane Mike's Saloon are great places to meet the locals, and with live music at Chester's Reef, the game rooms at the West End Pub, and a contender for Sarasota's longest happy hour at Badda Bing!, both days and nights in Gulf Gate Village are always filled with fun. The "no crap on tap" policy at Mr. Beery's and microbrews at Sarasota Brewing Company make Gulf Gate a beer drinker's paradise.

For those who like to eat, the Village does not disappoint. Home to the first Word of Mouth Cafe, Gulf Gate is a great place for breakfast; with Munchie's 4:20 Cafe open for the late night crowd, Gulf Gate Village offers great food around the clock, a fairly rare find in the Sarasota area. If you're looking for a good pizza, between Il Panificio, Pasta la Pizza, Baby!, Rico's Pizzeria, Sal's Pizzeria and Pasta House, Oh Mamma Mia!, and Solorzano's Late Night Pizzeria (open until 4 a.m., seven days a week!), you can get just about any style of pizza imaginable. For subs, salads, and more, there's the Piccolo Italian Market & Deli, and the Italian beef sandwiches at Tony's Chicago Beef are astoundingly good. 

Of course, you can't be this close to the gulf and not have great seafood. Off the Hook Seafood Co. has a great menu of fresh local catches, and Monk's Steamer Bar has some of the best oysters around. For Asian cuisine, cross the street to Thailand Sushi & Steakhouse, or head to the Sarasota Pavilion for New York-style Chinese at China 1. Speaking of Sushi, Gulf Gate boasts two of Sarasota's finest sushi houses: Kazu's 2.0 and Vizen. You'll need to follow this great food with some sweet treats, and there are tantalizing baked goods at Heavenly Cupcakes or Jim's Small Batch Bakery, and the Chocolate Bark Company is chock full of mouth-watering goodness. 

Many of the eateries in the village, such as The British Corner Shop, also feature gift shops, just the beginning of the many places to shop in the area. Think outside the box stores of the Sarasota Pavilion shopping center: Gabriella's Chic Boutique specializes in quality women's consignment, and the Boho Cottage Market has a little something for just about everyone. Jeffrey B. Jewelry offers a grand assortment of bling, and the new Wild Ginger Apothecary is quickly becoming a community favorite with their variety of non-toxic cosmetics and healthy beautification alternatives.

To keep you feeling healthy, Gulf Gate Village also has its own pharmacy, two chiropractors, a massage therapist, and a dentist to clean up those pearly whites. Since looking good is important to feeling good, you can also stop by Erick & Dawn's Barbershop or the Grooming Lounge Barber Spa for a shave and a haircut, or just for some nice pampering. And with four different pet spas, your four-legged friend will love it, too.

Gulf Gate Village is a sublime little microcosm of Sarasota that caters wonderfully to the Gulf Gate Estates neighborhood fanning out from it. With its winding and walkable streets, a good part of the quiet community hosts a fantastic golf course that weaves its way through. Is there anything problematic about Gulf Gate? Well ... many who come to visit never want to leave.

Does Gulf Gate sound like the place you want to be? Click here to explore properties that are currently available. If you have questions about other similar properties in the Sarasota area, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist

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