Want to enjoy some live music while you dine? Or how ‘bout some dining while you jam to some live music?
Local musicians liven up our dining scene here in the Pensacola area. So we gathered a list of some of the popular places to find your groove, from Buffett at the buffet to a bluesy cafe and a rip-roaring state-line honky tonk that just happens to whip up some good eats.
Pensacola Beach Eats and Beats
Crabs We Got ‘Em — Beachfront casual dining with crabs as the specialty. Grab some crab cakes and groove to steel drums during brunch, and the live strummers on the weekend.
Flounder’s Chowder House — A massive, sprawling complex of outside and even some inside dining (inside at Flounder’s? never tried that!) Casual seafood and lots of fried platters. Dance in the sand with a diesel fuel to music from Buffett to reggae and even some acclaimed traveling bands, like Fly by Radio and more.
Paradise Bar and Grill — One of the most laid-back weekend spots, with live music and eats on the Santa Rosa Sound. Chill out on beach loungers and enjoy burgers and peel ‘em shrimp while you’re serenaded.
The Grand Marlin — Amazing fresh fine-dining seafood and cocktails with a view of Santa Sound. Enjoy the acoustic musicians on the covered decks.
Peg Leg Pete’s — Famously fresh raw, steamed or baked oysters, grouper nuggets and sandwiches. Live variety music down below in the Down Under Bar.
Landshark — A true beach bar, through and through, as part of the Margaritaville Hotel. Casual food and cold beer with fire pits, volleyball and live acoustic jams.
Pensacola Bluesy Brunches and All That Jazz
Seville Quarter — Jazz brunch in the courtyard, with jazz — oh, and brunch!
Fish House Deck Bar — Inside, there’s a fine-dining feel and with a Southern flavor (Grits-a-YaYa). Outside on the deck, you can shake your tail-feathers and watch the pelicans dive in the bay. Acoustic covers in the evening and rocking bands at night.
The Oar House — Sitting on the dock of the bay along Bayou Chico. Live music from Buffett and beachy classics to variety. Great casual food including a massive grouper sandwich and thick, tender filet.
Single Fin Café — Waterboyz Surf and Skate shop created the Single Fin Cafe, with fresh Acai Bowls, Mahi tacos, vegan tacos and steak quesadillas. Dang, those surfers can whip up some great casual food. Live music and open mike night on Fridays and at Sunday brunch.
The Vineyard at 12th Avenue — Weekend live music as you dine under the stars in the courtyard of the 102-year-old Old Sacred Heart building.
McGuire's Irish Pub — Famous for the steaks, burgers, batches of Irish Red brew and 18-cent bean soup — even more famous for Rich McDuff and other Irish-inspired crooners imploring you to “Kiss the Moose.”
The Global Grill —Amazing tapas and a soothing cello, or sometimes a delicately plucked Spanish guitar. The music is pleasant. The food is amazing.
Five Sisters Blues Cafe — The Jazz Brunch puts a soulful flavor to downright authentic Southern eats. Try the New Orleans Napoleon — a puff pastry encasing eggs and Andouille sausage and hollandaise sauce. Did I mention the blues? The smothered pork chops? Can’t decide which I like more!
Whiskey Runner Saloon — Modern stage and sound, live shows from top Gulf Coast country and rock bands, with regional and national artists. Line dancing. Ride the mechanical bull. Fuel up on the food trucks.
The Boatyard — The famed reality show “Bar Rescue” made this little eatery into a great casual dining hotspot, with self-serve craft beers on tap, smoked tuna dip, club sandwiches, burgers and more. Live music and special events.
Hub Stacey’s — Indoor and outdoor dining, with a killer Cuban sandwich and sandwiches named after Pensacola landmarks (we are still awaiting THE Visit Pensacola Club). Live variety music and Karaoke.
Keyboards on the Key (Perdido Key)
Hub Stacy’s at The Point — The western waterfront cousin of Hub’s is on Galvez Landing at Innerarity Point. Beautiful view and great casual eats. Live music weekly.
Flora-Bama Lounge & Package — We all know about the honky-tonk bar on the state line where mullet fly and everyone’s cares go away. The Flora-Bama offers live music 365 days a year for decades. And they serve food! The beachfront oyster bar serves up burgers, wraps, po-boys and, um, oysters - like baked Oysters McClellan.
Sunset Grille — You can get there by car, boat, or flip-flops. Spectacular view of the sunset from Holiday Harbor Marina. Casual seafood and land eats with live music outside on those balmy eves.
Flora Bama Yacht Club — As an eatery, it’s a convertible. Relaxed dining on the beach with creative seafood dishes, cocktails and live music. They had me at beach.
Surely, there’s a place you love to dine and get your groove on. We would love to hear from you!