Burrito del sol is located on the bluff next to The Boathouse, Dockside, KJ's, and The Red Door Saloon. The food is baja style Mexican food served out of a 1968 Airstream Trailer. They serve several items such as blackened fish tacos, shrimp quesadillas, and chicken burritos. Their hours are usually from 6-9 p.m. and 11:30-3:30 a.m. The line can get long around 2:30 a.m.
Dress Code: This is Destin, no dress code necessary.
The Swamp has live bands as well as a DJ spinning techno and general dance tunes. They mix in both by letting the band play a short set and then go to the DJ. Back and forth they go! Kind of weird, but it allows people with different tastes in music to enjoy themselves every 20-30 minutes. The bands that I have seen there have been MUCH better than a normal cover band.
Dress Code: 18 to get in, 21 to drink
Shorts and jeans are fine, as well as sandles. You're at the beach!
McGuire's irish pub is a second location of the famous McGuire's in pensacola. McGuire's is the best replica irish pub in northwest florida. they brew their own beer which is quite good. McGuire's is also an excellent restaurant. a fun place to eat and drink in destin.
Dress Code: casual.
pat o'brien's destin is a replica of the famous pat o'briens on bourbon street in new orleans. pat o'briens is world famous for their "hurricane" coctails. a fun place to eat and drink in destin.
Dress Code: casual.
fudpuckers has two locations in the destin area. the original fudpuckers is located in downtown fort walton beach and they have a new and larger location on US 98 in destin. this huge bar and restaurant has a key west style beach bar theme. a fun place to eat and drink in destin.
Dress Code: casual.
This is the place we went when we wanted grown up time. The music was good...my huband really enjoyed it more than me. The crowd is mixed...some old, some young. It gets crowed later on in the night. Drinks are expensive, but that is expected. Great view of the harbor. People are very friendly.
Dress Code: Anything goes. I saw dressy dressed, shorts and flip flops, and jeans and nice shirts. So I think it's pretty much whatever.
One of Destin's most popular destinations, McGuire's offers food, music, beer, and fun. McGuire's brews their own beers on premises including McGuire’s Light Ale, McGuire’s Irish Red Ale, Wild Irish Raspberry Wheat, McGuire’s Porter and McGuire’s Irish Stout, as well as several seasonal beers. Ads for food, they have received many awards including numerous Golden Spoon Awards, as well as being listed in "Florida's Top Restaurants" and earning recognition as "One of America's Great Steakhouses." Besides the excellent beer and food, McGuire's has live Irish bands most nights of the week, and it's within easy walking distance of several other Destin nightspots such as AJs and the Boathouse.
The Boathouse became famous for its Jimmy Buffet down on the waterfront atmosphere. Though it still holds true to its roots in a tiny little shack on the water with a guy and his guitar, its popularity is having a negative impact. These days it is still fun, but it's always packed making it almost impossible to get a drink day or night. My last visit, I waited for 20 minutes and even stood at the bar for 10 minutes trying to get a drink and failed, so I ended up leaving. They are also famous for oysters on the half shell. This spot is also popular in the early afternoon for alcoholic fishermen to cool their heels between drinking binges.
During the day this is a quiet dockside restaurant and bar. At night it transforms into one of the best club venues around. With 3 bars, including two outdoor areas, along with live music and people on top of people this has always been my favorite place to try to impress the ladies. The circular bar under the trademark straw roof is usually the most popular as it is next to the band and it stays dry when it rains. The other bar on the upper deck is often a little quieter, but a better place for conversation. All-in-all a great spot.
Cover charge here is $10 per person, I think, but with military ID you can get in for a reduced price if not for free.
Hogs Breath Saloon has been one of my favorite places in Destin for years. This bar/restaurant tends to attract a more blue collar and older crowd than many of the places in Destin. At the same time, prices are lower ($2 domestic beers during happy hour) and service is often better. They also have a live band 5 nights a week in the summer and a few pool tables upstairs. Even more, you can walk to AJs, the Boat House, Harbor Docks and other good places from here. This is also one of the few spots with a decent amount of parking.
Barley's is an enormous bar located on Hwy 98 in downtown Ft. Walton Beach. It's a great place to hang out with your friends and shoot some pool. There are several other bars in the same strip, making it an ideal location for bar-hopping.
The Funky Blue's Shack is located on Hwy 98 next to Grafitti's. It has a very intimate, unique atmosphere and is definently more of a local's hangout. They have live jazz and blues music almost every night and great drink specials.
Dress Code: Casual Casual Casual!
During the summer/spring, at night there are always groups of people having little parties on the beach. Everyone is friendly in Destin, so feel free to join in and meet some new people. I love going to the beach after a night out dancing and either going swimming or just hanging out with friends. You should try it!
Bluepoint is located in the Destin Commons and is a surprisingly popular nightspot. They feature live music, great drink specials, and an unique environment. There is no dance floor - instead people mill around and socialize, or sit outside in one of the many tables. Its a great place to hang out with a bunch of your friends -- and a great place to start your night.
Dress Code: This is one of the more "dressy" clubs in Destin. While you could literally wear shorts and flip-flops to A.J.'s, Fud's, or Baytowne Wharfe, you would feel very out of place doing so at Bluepoint. Most guys wear jeans/khaki's and a nice shirt. The girls wear dresses, skirts, and jeans.
At first I was skeptical - how could a family restaurant turn into a nightspot! But, Fudpucker's quickly proved me wrong, and is one of my favorite places to go out in the summer.
The best thing about Fud's is the music. Their house band, Black Eyed Blonde, is consistently amazing. They play everything from Outkast's "Hey Ya" to "Blister In the Sun" and it all sounds great. They will get you up and dancing! At other clubs, the bands don't really play dance songs, you have to wait for them to take a break for the dance music to come on. That is NOT the case at Fud's -- they can play everything, and do!
The crowd is a lot younger than the one at A.J.'s and the Village of Baytowne Wharfe. While there usually a few older people there (40+), the vast majority of the crowd is in their 20-30s. It's 18+, which naturally attracts a younger crowd.
The best time to go to Fud's is thursday night during the summer. I always have a good time there -- I've never had a bad night! During the fall/winter it gets VERY dead, so I usually go to A.J.'s. But during the spring/summer, you can find me at Fud's!
Random tip: All of the nightclubs stay open until 4AM in Destin, except for the Village of Baytowne Wharf which closes at 3.
Dress Code: Very casual.