Top 12 Bars for vacationers and locals along the Emerald Coast!

Bar on the Beach

After the sunsets along the Emerald Coast nothing finishes off a relaxing day at the beach better than a cold drink from a local bar. Would you like to party like a local? Read on, because this article is right for you!
Out of all the bars in the area, we narrowed down 12 best options for you with the most appeal and the best reputations. These places promise a great experience and a taste of the city that you just can’t miss.

Boathouse Oyster Bar
288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
As a Boathouse originally, there have always been wooden walls and rafters where the customers, local and tourists alike, would write their names on and then staple up a dollar bill. People come back every year to find their dollar bill still there. The Boathouse is a local hotspot and they love their visitors.

AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
AJ’s is best known for live music and night-time drinks! It is the party choice in Destin. An expansive wooden deck, with a tiki-hut bar and terrific views of the harbor, hosts hordes of tourists and locals. Live music & Local Bangs!

Red Door Saloon
240 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
The Red Door is very Popular among locals and visitors alike and located  in walking distance from the beach! The location is known as “in the harbor, above the boat house” along the Florida Gulf Coast! Each Red Door Saloon boasts a full bar, great food, unique decor, exceptional staff & an ambiance you’ll instantly take to. There are total of 3 bars along the United States. So, we are proud to have one!

Hogs Breath Destin
541 US-98, Destin, FL 32541
This local hang-out looks like it’s had its share of loving over the years. In classic bar style, it sports dark wood, brass rails and neon beer signs, but you know you’re at the beach by the surfboards suspended overhead. Very laid-back, it always entertains a gang at the bar, and at night, patrons gather to play pool and listen to live bands. Rock music and cover tunes are most popular, but you’ll also hear blues, jazz, and island music. Inside, several levels corral bar-goers, but if you don’t like the cigarette smoke, there’s an outdoor deck

The Back Porch
1740 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541
This place has a very casual vibe with folks in swim suits wandering in from the beach to sit at the inside bar. The view is great! There’s a nice bar area outside as well. Make sure to check it out! Since it is located right on the beach with beach access it is very popular spot for tourists and locals.

Harry T’s Lighthouse
46 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
Harry T’s restaurant was opened in 1987 in honor of the famous trapeze artist Harrison Baben, who was also known as “Flying Harry T.”  The restaurant was originally located on the ground floor of the tallest building in Destin! In 2008 it was moved to a two-story lighthouse at the Emerald Grande Condominium tower in Harbor Walk Village. The décor of the restaurant is circus themed coupled with memorabilia from the sunken luxury cruise ship, Thracia, and a huge stuffed giraffe stands outside the lighthouse. Despite its playful atmosphere, Harry T’s offers breathtaking views of the ocean that can be enjoyed from every table.

140 Palmetto St, Destin, FL 32541
Nightown is Destin’s hottest nightclub in the area. Open from 9 PM to 4 AM Fridays and Saturdays, Nightown has been the nightlife destination on the Emerald Coast for over 30 years. Join them for the ultimate party atmosphere. Fresh of a recent remodel, they’ll sure you love what you see. There are various dance floors and more than one bar with variety of drinks to pick from. You can spend the night moving from one room to another making the evening interesting or you can keep the evening more private in one of their “rooms” that allow a small group or couple to separate from the crowd.

Rum Runners Grill/Piano Bar
130 Fisherman’s Cove, Destin, FL 32550
A fun, lively ambiance pervades this piano bar where the pianists lead the music and the evening. Guests sing along in unison, and each group attempts to out-perform the other. Even the staff joins in on the melodic competition, which includes people of all ages and backgrounds. And don’t forget the Village’s only sports bar upstairs. It makes a great happy hour spot with outdoor patio seating overlooking the Events Plaza.

Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar
9300 US Highway 98 W, Destin, FL 3255
Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar, the famous New Orleans daiquiri and frozen drink bar. Enjoy frozen concoctions like 190 Octane or the Hurricane – each blended, chilled and served to cool the summer heat.

Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille
137 Fisherman’s Cove, Destin, FL 32550
Hammerheads Bar & Grille is the best Destin bar to watch the sun set over the bay. Enjoy their casual atmosphere and an open grill that serves up some seafood, chicken, burgers, as well as a variety of chowders and ice cold beer

The Village Door
136 Fisherman’s Cove, Destin, FL 32550
The region’s finest sound and light show, great DJ music, and the world famous Dream Band, adds up to one of the most exciting entertainment experiences anywhere in the US! The Village Door caters to the upscale crowd and features a DJ playlist of the best dance music. Chances are you’ll be singing along with every song they play! Enjoy the excitement from either level of the nightclub, or relax outside at the bar overlooking the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.

Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack
109 Cannery Lane, Destin, FL 32550
One of the most popular Destin bars is the Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack. After dinner, just head next door and get funky to some of the best live local, regional and national blues performers, don’t forget to ask their latest drink specials.

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