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We Love the Nightlife

You've spent the day at the beach and enjoyed a delicious dinner. Now what? You hit the town of course! In recent years, Pensacola has become an unstoppable force when it comes to nightlife buzz, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re bar hopping through the downtown scene or looking for that beach bar bungalow, there's an adult watering hole somewhere in town that will fit your "off the clock" vacation perfectly.

For post-dinner drinks, duck into the popular World of Beer featuring daily rotating taps ranging from new and rare craft beer to well-known classics. Or visit its sister liquor bar, Blend, for both traditional and creative modern cocktails. 

The Wine Bar lives up to its name with a wine list as long as the Gulf of Mexico horizon is wide, and a rustic, urban atmosphere. It's the ideal spot for refined palettes.

Or check out Seville Quarter, a nineteenth-century warehouse that’s been converted into an entertainment complex housing seven themed bars, each with its own personality. Grab a game of billiards at Fast Eddie’s, have a relaxing cocktail in the Victorian courtyard of the alfresco End O’ the Alley Bar, or drop by Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium for some Dixieland jazz and their famous Flaming Hurricane with souvenir glass.

Aficionados of artistically created, hand-crafted cocktails have options, too. Old Hickory Whiskey Bar with its massive wall of liquor, and swanky, high-style 5 1/2 Bar are two establishments worth visiting. Sharing the same building as 5 1/2 is Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola's premier live music venue that hosts local and national bands. It's a rockin' space to enjoy some original music while sipping a cold brew.

Another hot scene for live music and drinks is Sluggo's, the alternative and unassuming vegetarian café that turns into a hipster, punk-rock joint by night. It's a hole-in-the-wall worthy of your vacation itinerary.

Near Sluggo's is a charming and friendly bar called Cabaret, an eclectic and progressive locale that’s a popular meet-up spot for the LGBTQ community. You're sure to find a fun, mixed bunch here for happy hour, karaoke, live music and comedy shows. Hob nob with your pals here for a bit before they head off to the larger gay clubs in town, The Roundup or Emerald City.

If a country bar is more your style, gather your herd and head over to Wild Greg's Saloon to dance the night away on one of the largest dance floors in the area, or take a ride on the infamous mechanical bull.

Play is a favorite among arcade and bar-game junkies. If you're looking to reenact your childhood, but still enjoy the best beverages of adulthood, make sure to plan a stop here – or your whole night.

Three doors down from Play is Beef O’Brady’s, a superfan sports bar, and the place you want to be during any big game.

If you're in the SOGO area, you’ll likely spy a big beer barrel hanging above a door, which means you've stumbled upon O'Riley's Irish Pub. The two-story bar has the perfect layout and atmosphere to attract the nightlife crowd. Select your brew and cocktail of choice in the upstairs or downstairs bar rooms, complete with billiard tables, dart boards and multiple TVs.

If you're near Olde Seville Square, give Hub Stacey's a whirl. It's a classic hometown destination for locals and tourists alike for live music and a few cold ones with outdoor, dog-friendly seating.

Sometimes the evening calls for a dive bar excursion. If so, check out Intermission, The Handlebar, The Azalea, The Wisteria or The Magnolia. While they may not be the most glamorous hangouts, each local bar imparts its own bit of storied history into the Pensacola community. You'll definitely have a story or two after a visit to these late-night joints.

And let's not forget the beach scene. If you're making your way over the Pensacola Bay Bridge in the late afternoon, do yourself a favor and stop by The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze. It is the best place in town to view the sunset over the Bay. Once on the beach, you'll have quite the array of bars to choose from. Whether you start your night off on the rooftop deck of The Sandshaker, play a few games of pool at Paradise Bar or The Break, or sip a nightcap at Flounder's, good times await you with our friendly, laid back beach attitude.

For those staying on Perdido Key, there’s no excuse to miss the Flora-Bama Lounge. Beach meets country in this honkytonk roadhouse gem, the home of the infamous Interstate Mullet Toss. The iconic watering hole, which straddles the Florida-Alabama line, is a true piece of Americana: having been sung about by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Young and Blake Shelton. The Flora-Bama’s signature cocktail is the Flora-Bama Rum Punch. The fruity, rum-based beverage is dangerously good.

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