To see what's on, check the Naples Daily News (www.naplesnews.com), especially the "Neapolitan" section in Friday's edition.
The Performing Arts
Known locally as "The Phil," the impressive Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., at West Boulevard (tel. 800/597-1900 or 239/597-1900; www.thephil.org), is the home of the Naples Philharmonic, but its year-round schedule is also filled with cultural events, concerts by celebrated artists and internationally known orchestras, and Broadway plays and shows aimed at families. Call or check the website for the seasonal calendar.
A fine local theater group, the Naples Players, holds its winter-season performances in the new Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S. (tel. 239/263-7990). Tickets can be hard to get, so call well in advance.
The Club & Bar Scene
Naples is not South Beach, nor does it pretend to be. It does, however, realize that some people like to party past early-bird hours, and, as a result, there are a few good spots here to get your groove on.
The restaurants and bistros along 5th Avenue South are popular watering holes, especially for young professional singles who make the area a meat market on Friday nights. McCabe's Irish Pub, 699 5th Ave. S. (tel. 239/403-7170), features traditional Irish music nightly. For a lot of camp with your cabaret, the Ridgway Bar and Grill, 3rd Street South and 13th Avenue (tel. 239/262-5500), is a hot spot, thanks to pianist Jim Badger, whose bawdy shows bring in crowds of all ages (not recommended for those 17 and under). New to the scene, The Jolly Cricket, 720 5th Ave. S. (tel. 239/304-9460; www.thejollycricket.com), is a gastropub with live entertainment, food, and, of course, an unabridged menu of beer, stouts, ales, and ciders.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.