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Downtown Entertainment

Although our irresistible beaches probably lured you to the Gulf Coast, Pensacola is home to an eclectic collection of other attractions and events that are rich in culture and unique to the Northwest Florida region. Here are a few additional sources of entertainment in Downtown Pensacola that may broaden your horizon.

Live Music

In 1967, the 19th century Pensacola Cigar & Tobacco Company warehouse transformed into the “Good Time Emporium,” or Seville Quarter.  Comprised of seven themed rooms, Seville Quarter offers an array of nightly live music. The restaurant and bar is home to a two-floor nightclub, a dueling pianos bar room, a billiards room, a karaoke room, and an outdoor bar and stage area. Seville hosts daily events accompanied by fine dining and tasty drinks.

Searching for a funky venue to listen to regional and nationally touring bands and musicians? Vinyl Music Hall is just the spot. Visit their website for a lineup of upcoming shows. Vinyl’s performance ballroom also connects to their urban-style lounge, 5½ Bar for double the fun.

Belmont DeVilliers is a historic neighborhood centered around Belmont and Devilliers streets in Downtown Pensacola that was created by a shared passion for jazz music, good food and entertainment. The Devilliers Cultural Heritage Museum was developed as a performing arts venue to showcase local and national blues, gospel and jazz artists. Five Sisters Blues Café serves rich soul food wrapped up in southern hospitality and also regularly hosts jazz artists and bands. And if you’re in search of some late-night, Southern-fried chicken–we’re talking as late as 3 and 4 a.m.–then be sure to stop by The Dwarf Chicken Stand on North De Villiers Street to get your fix.

Palafox Bar Scene

From Irish pubs to fine wine to specialty taprooms and everything in between, Palafox Street is the place for you. Feel like playing Skee Ball, shooting hoops or competing in a game of air hockey, all while sipping on a vodka tonic? Play is the bar for you. Play is an arcade and a bar combined into one downright fun experience.

Named after the 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson, the first Territorial Governor of Florida, the Old Hickory Whiskey Bar offers high-quality whiskeys and other spirits in an engaging atmosphere.

For a more relaxed night out, The Wine Bar on Palafox features an ever-changing wine selection that offers everything from fruity and sweet whites to crisp whites and zingy roses to big bold reds to sparkling wines. The restaurant also offers a creative menu of delectable dishes and plates to pair with any bottle you choose. Be sure to check out their weekly specials and happy hour.

Consider yourself a beer aficionado? World of Beer and Hopjack’s Pizza Kitchen & Taproom both feature hundreds of craft beers from around the world in a bottle and on tap. You can also find an elaborate beer selection and Irish-inspired dining at O'Riley’s Irish Pub,.

And for those needing to start their night off with a little mystery, Escape on Palafox is Pensacola’s first live escape game where teams get locked in a themed room of their choice for 60 minutes. In that time, you and your friends must find clues, crack codes and solve puzzles to successfully escape the room.

Block Party

Once a month on a Friday night, Palafox Street comes alive from 5 to 9 p.m. for Gallery Night – a block-party style event where thousands of locals and visitors flock to downtown Pensacola to enjoy arts, crafts, music and cuisine made by local artisans and vendors showcasing their merchandise. The free, monthly Gallery Night event has grown very popular and is a unique outlet for support of local businesses. 

The Pensacola Bay Center

The Pensacola Bay Center is an indoor arena that hosts a variety of shows, concerts, exhibitions, ceremonies and sporting events – it is even home to Pensacola’s very own professional hockey team, the Pensacola Ice Flyers. The Pensacola Bay Center attracts many national headliners throughout the year. Other activities such as ice-skating, Disney shows and Monster Jams are also open to the public and sure to keep spectators entertained. To see upcoming events at the Pensacola Bay Center, click here.

Fun for All

Searching for some old school charm? The Hill-Kelly Drive-In Movie Series shows a free family-friendly movie each month beginning in June until September in Maritime Park. Concessions are available and lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets are welcomed. Each movie begins at 8:15 p.m. and parking opens at 6 p.m.

Also at Maritime Park, you can find Blues on the Bay, a free summer concert series at the Hunter Amphitheater. This free event occurs on select Sundays throughout the summer months from 6 - 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and coolers while enjoying concessions and a gorgeous view of the Pensacola Bay. Pets and glass are not prohibited in the park at any time.

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