New York City may claim to be the city that never sleeps, but as Pensacola continues to grow its thriving entertainment scene, its culinary scene has become quite the night owl, too.
No matter your craving, get a taste of some local favorite late-night snacks in this not-so-sleepy beach town.
High-end to your evening
Who says the witching hour must come with casual food? Downtown Pensacola chefs make sure you end your weekend evenings high-end. Let’s iron out those late-night details at Restaurant IRON, which introduces a beautifully done (slightly more crispy) late-night menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. of house cut truffle fries, garlic butter escargot and gnocchi, crawfish boudin balls, crispy cornmeal duster oysters, or a vegetarian plate to veg out on.
Across the street, stumble into The Kennedy any time before 2 am, which serves 1960s-inspired vibes, cocktails, and a hearty menu, to soak up those First Lady teas you’re bound to be sipping. (Because what goes better with a proper sip than house-cured jerky, a pressed pimento cheese sandwich, deviled eggs or Elvis bread pudding?)
And just down from ole JFK himself, enjoy Pot Roast & Pinot while you eat and drink your late-night dreams until 1am. (And by pot roast, we mean Nashville hot chicken, egg rolls, or chicken and waffles partnered with a $5 special shot.)
But casual means later
And if you’re looking more to the 3 a.m. hour on the weekends, then keep your grub grungy. Palafox Street’s newest pizza joint Graffiti Pizza serves you by the slice, by the pie, or even a handful of healthier snack and salad options. Or BYOB to Jordan Valley to end your night with a Mediterranean meal and hookah lounge (advertising the best gyros in town – guaranteed!)
If you’re looking to fuse bites and break out the dance moves, then shake it over to Seville Quarter, whose kitchen may close before you stop the beat, but their beloved hotdog stand outside is a Pensacola staple. (A must’ard try, I’d say!)
Only on the days that end in Y
Maybe you’re more insomniac than bar fly, which means your late-night cravings go beyond the weekend. So then you go to Chizuko, where live music meets dive bar meets vegan snacks. (Yes, “dive bar” and “vegan snacks” were used in the same sentence.) Open Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 5 p.m. til 2:30 a.m., most Pensacolians will either say they’ve “never heard of it,” or call it the “best-hidden gem in town.” But if hipster vibes, low-dim lights and a vegan snack and nightcap are your thing, then Chizu’go soon. If you need to sober up, Chizuko makes a killer double-decker peanut butter and Nutella sandwich with strawberries, bananas and potato chips…
Keep those cool vibes alive Tuesday-Saturday at Elbow Room, which doesn’t even open until 4 pm, so you know their jukebox, video games, and an assortment of hotdogs and pizzas are trippy. Opened in 1963, time stands still and bar food lives on in the red hues of yesteryear at the Elbow Room.
Back downtown, tacos and tequila are ever-present at Taco Agave, which boasts “until?” hours Monday through Sunday, typically shutting down around 2 am. Right in the center of Downtown Pensacola, Taco Agave doesn’t even end happy hour until 11 pm, so you know their nights are something to taco ‘bout.
And finally, over the bridge and through the toll to Flounder’s Chowder House, we go! These quintessential late-night beach bites are what you’ll definitely need after a day on the water. Their entertainment is just as lively as their menu, and the service is described by their management as “excellent food and drinks prepared and served by friendly employees who give a damn!” So if you’re up for a midnight snack, look no further than Flounder’s on Pensacola Beach.
And while any chain can compl’eat those long Pensacola nights, I challenge you to try these local late-night finds to satisfy your next after-hours craving.