The Swamp: The Swamp
The Swamp is a unique club in that its atmosphere drastically changes from night-to-night and between seasons. When it is very crowded (during high season), its a great place to dance, hang out, and have fun. They do have live bands, but a majority of the time dance music is played. However, when it's very slow (off season), The Swamp heavily features local bands -- making it more of a hang-out spot, with less dancing. The bands are usually garage-style punk and grunge bands. If you aren't into that type of music, do not go to the Swamp unless it's packed with people!
What I like most about The Swamp is it's layout. It is very spacious, with many bars spread out all over the place. There is a central dance floor with a stage, but also many, many places to chill with tables. There is an upstairs with has additional tables, bars, and places to dance. No matter how packed the Swamp gets, you can always find some area to relax in.
There are two downsides to this club. First, the cover is the one of the most expensives. It is $15 for 21+, and $20+ for 18-20. However, this cover does include free admission into A.J.'s, Howl-At-The-Moon, and Nighttown -- so if you're planning on club-hopping the price isn't too bad. This only applies to those 21+ -- all underagers have to pay separate covers for each place. The second downside to the Swamp is that it is VERY hit or miss. I have had amazing nights there, and other times it was horrible. Either the crowd is great, they are playing great music...or the crowd sucks, the music is amatuer punk bands, and its generally sucky. If there is a long line to get it, usually that indicates it'll be a good night. Otherwise, don't bother (unless you just want to hang out and listen to that type of music -- then it'd be fine).
A.J.'s: Live music on the Harbor
A.J's is a restaurant and bar located right on the Destin Harbor. They have live music every night, and it's a great 21+ nightspot (especially on Saturday nights!). Locals and active military get in free, otherwise cover is $5-10, which is really cheap for this area.
It features numerous bars and a dance floor on an outside deck, which has an incredible view of the harbor. A.J.'s has the most diverse crowd of any club in Destin. The majority of the crowd ranges in age from mid-twenties to early thirties, although there are always some older people kickin' it back (45-60+)!
Since most of the crowd consists of vacationers, the atmosphere is very laid-back, fun, and outgoing. The dance floor is very small in comparison to the deck area, so there is a ton of space to hang out with your friends. Don't worry though, the dance area is def big enough for a whole lotta fun (thats usually where I am)!!!
Dress Code: Very casual! You will see everything from girls in trendy club wear to aging men in short-shorts and floral shirts. Anything goes at A.J.'s!
The Village Door: Village of Baytown Wharf
This nightclub is located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, which features other bars, restaurants, and shops. It has a decent size dance floor, and a live band is playing every night. A second floor has an additional bar, and some seating. There is a huge outdoor deck located on the water, with yet another bar.
The crowd is a bit older than the one found at Fudpuckers, Nighttown, and Swamp. The Famous Door is 21+, and the crowd is a mix of 25-40. If you are a girl, this club is perfect. There is always a majority of 21-30 yr old guys, while most of the women tend to be 35+! Therefore, if you want to have your pick of men, this is the nightclub for you.
I like this club for several reasons. The band is great, and during their breaks, dance music is played. This club has a great atmosphere; very upbeat and fun. Even if you aren't into dancing, there are plenty of areas to just hang out with your friends. The outdoor deck is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy yourself.
Every time I come here, I have a blast! Most of the people are on vacation, so they are very friendly and outgoing. I've met a lot of fun people at the Famous Door; I've even danced on stage with them! The only potential downside to this club is that it's a bit of a drive from Destin, and especially from Ft. Walton (however, there is free parking!).
Dress Code: Very casual dress code. The guys usually wear jeans or shorts and a polo/collared shirt, and the ladies wear anything from skirts/cute shirts to shorts/t-shirt. You can basically wear whatever you want!
This is the only "true" nightclub in destin, meaning it is not on the water, very smoky, very dark, and has horrible techno music. I would only recommend going on very busy nights, such as Halloween, New Years, or during Spring Break. Otherwise, this club is DEAD and attracts an unappealing crowd.
In addition, it has the most expensive cover in Desin. Unlike AJ's, locals do NOT get in free, and unlike Fud's, military do NOT get in free. They charge $20 for 18-20yr, and $15 for 21. Most other clubs only charge $5-10 for 21!
Dress Code: This club is a bit more dressy...I would feel very out of place in shorts/beach wear. Most people wear trendy club clothes, but jeans and a nice shirt are fine.
AJ's: Crowded and fun
I've found that AJ's provides the best option for going out on a Destin night. The stage always features a live band -- when we went it was a great Atlanta band (go Atlanta!) that kept the crowd dancing. The dance floor is small and the bar and deck large.
AJ's also includes a seafood and oster bar. You can easily spend your entire night here.
When you pay for your $10 cover, you also get free cover to three other clubs (The Swamp, Howl at the Moon and Nightown). I have a harilous story about almost getting kicked our of Nightown for busting out an old 1980s dance move. You'll can just ask me about it later.
Dress Code: Wear what you want but the pick-up scene is always in full force. I'd suggest something cool since the crowd makes the southern humid night even warmer.
AJ's: Your Generic Beach Bar
Aj's is a restaurant by day, bar by night establishment. I cannot speak of their food from experience, but can comment on the nightlife. AJ's was the most packed place of all the bars we have been to in Destin. That said, if you like a laidback atmosphere stay away, but if you enjoy the company of a couple of thousand drunk strangers then this is the place for you! The music swings between hip-hop, lifeless techno, and rap. They do host live music and that was the best thing about AJ's that I can remember, along with the view of the beach. All said, I didn't like this bar, but it was free with the purchase of admission to the other clubs in town, so what's to lose?
Dress Code: Either beachwear or clubwear.
Destin maybe 20 minutes from the beach house we stay in. The main party spot is a place that includes three clubs: Howlin' at the Moon, The Swamp, and Nightlife. If you buy admission into one club, you get in the other two for free. 3 for 1 baby! Now, only if they did the same thing for drinks...
Here is a website where you can get $5 off the admission!
Dress Code: Jeans are the norm, but shorts are defintiely NOT out of the question with the heat. Not too many people are dressed up more than that.
As you can tell from the picture, The Swamp can get REAL crowded.
Capt. on Dave's the Gulf: Nighttime Entertainment
AJ's Seafood &Oyster Bar
1/4 mile east of Destin Bridge,Tel:837-1913
Party at Club Bimini atop AJ's over the Destin Harbor.Live entertainment includes jazz, blues, beach rock and reggae.
On the island boardwalk, Beachside Super Club, Tel:796-1305
You must be 18 to enter "The Swamp".Concert live touring bands and dancing. On the Boardwalk Okalosa Island,
paty 'till 4a.m.
Dress Code: Capt.on Dave's the Gulf
Casual Gulf-Front Dining
No reservations.Dinner $16-$23, child menu. Casual dress. Non smoking available! Spectacular gulf view.Freshest seafood on the beach.Full service lounge.Open daily at 4:30
Located near Sandestin,open for lunch and dinner.
125 Poinciana Blvd, Destin. Tel:837-2627
My very favorite the locals call it their neighborhood beach place POMPANO JOES seafood house, great seafood excellent service, great price! Serving the area's freshnest seafood for both lunch and dinner.
Sorry no reservation!
Marina Cafe: Marina Cafe
Locals bar . . . Great feel . . . Wednesday night is Ladies night . . . Ladies drink for $1.00 . . . Thursday night is martini night . . . $3.00 martinis . . . Great entertainment . . .
Donny Sundal . . . Thursday thru Saturday from 7:00 till 11:00 . . . A must see
Dress Code: Dressy to Dressy casual
The Red Bar: The Red Bar
Quality music, often from local musicians . . . You will find an eclectic group of people anywhere from hippies to old folks . . . Not a local's bar, and not a tourist trap . . . It bridges the gap
Dress Code: Dressy casual
the beach: the beach
well since im 17 and cant get into any clubs...i know that right outside my condo is a great night spot. all of the teenagers hang out on the beach til all hours of the night, listening to music and meeting people from all over the country. people are drinking and dancing and i have seen a few play guitar on requests from others.
Dress Code: casual fun!!!!
But if you want to start your...
But if you want to start your night go to :http://www.howlatthemoon.com/ in Destin
Anyone who delight a in good music will have a wonderful experience.
Plus...http://www.nightown.com/ and http://www.swampclub.com/
Dress Code: whatever!!!
hog's breath saloon: key west style
the hog's breath saloon in destin is a replica of the famous hog's breath in key west. this key west style beach bar is a fun place to eat and drink in destin.
Dress Code: casual.
Best pickup spot in town...have dinner before you go; the food isn't great. Live music until ?????
Dress Code: Very casual
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