We made the 17th annual Bayfest Festival. There was over 125 bands playing on 9 stages.
We managed to see some of Ludicris, Shaggy, Hinder, Three Doors Down, Thiompson Square, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Clarence Carter.
There was a stage called the launching pad. It is for local bands that are trying to get noticed.
The one time we passed by the stage a band called the John Hilton Band was playing. AMAZING Blues. The harp player was fantastic.
Dress Code: Anything. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy music all day.
Address: Downtown Mobile
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Mobile is a large city located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Alabama. It has a population of over 200,000, is the largest city in this part of Alabama, and is the county seat of Mobile County. Mobile was formed as Fort Louis de la Mobile in 1702 and was named for an Indian tribe. The city is famous for the battle of Mobile Bay and has a very interesting history with lots of nice museums, parks and interesting historic buildings. The people are friendly too.
Dress Code: Casual is the norm.
Address: 5460 Inn Road, Mobile, AL
Phone: (251) 662-7543
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the grand central is a downtown mobile institution. the grand central is one of the oldest bars on dauphin street. the grand central offers live music, a good beer selection, pool and darts. a fun casual place to drink and listen to music in downtown mobile.
Dress Code: casual.
Address: 256 dauphin street
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There are countless options to eat and drink in downtown Mobile, mostly along Dauphin St.
Due to local ordinances, many bars will have to sell you memberships at the door (for a couple dollars) so that they can stay open later as a 'members only' club. Some bars are exempt and ones that serve food can stay open.
Hopjacks is a perfect mix of bar and restaurant, is open until later and does not charge a cover. The left side is a bar and beer taproom. There are about 40 beers on tap and about 150 bottles available. Possibly the best selection in town.
The right side of the venue is the pizza kitchen, with no wall or window separating them from the patrons, so you can see everything happening in front of you.
Open 11a~2:30a everyday. (kitchen closes at 2am)
Live music is common on Friday's and Saturday's. Check web page link for calendar.
Dress Code: The dress code is reflective of the environment, completely casual.
Hopjacks is half bar, half lounge and half restaurant. Thats a lot of halves, but it works.
Address: 251 Dauphin Street, Mobile
Directions: Corner of Dauphin and Joachim, old downtown
Phone: (251) 445-6000
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when is the mobile area many people travel 50 miles southeast to perdido key to drink at the florabama lounge. this historic beach bar is located on the alabama/florida state line. the florabama is a fun rowdy beach bar that gets a "redneck" cleintelle. the florabama is a very unique place to visit on the alabama gulf coast.
Dress Code: casual.
Address: 17401 perdido key drive.
Directions: from mobile take I-10 east to SR 59 south in the direction of foley alabama. past foley go to gulf shores alabama then east past orange beach to perdido. from downtown mobile the trip takes a little more than an hour.
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this bar on dauphin street caught my attention because it is named after a character in harper lee's "to kill a mockingbird". boo radley's offers live music and a good beer selection. on wednsdays they have a free crawfish boil at 5 o'clock. a fun casual local bar in downtown mobile.
Dress Code: casual.
Address: 276 dauphin street
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the royal street tavern is located in the historic battle house hotel. this restaurant and bar is a great place to meet with business associates in downtown mobile. the tavern's refined decor caters to a more older clientelle than the younger bars on nearby dauphin street. a great place to have a relaxing drink after work in downtown.
Dress Code: business casual.
Address: 26 n. royal street
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Here are some more of my favorites. And let me just say that I also have to have decent food to eat, too. Also, service is terrible in Mobile everywhere. We are in the midst of a severe shortage of labor in all those areas. I think they are doing the best they can, so relax and still give a decent tip.
Liquid- on Dauphin Street by Wintzell's. Wonderful Sushi, awesome atmosphere, and all my favorite alternative music from the 80's played not too loudly. If you have a group , you'll need to make reservations. They do have a courtyard. Try the Sante Fe roll. There is also Samuri J's on Bienville Sq. which I've heard is also good, but I'm loyal to Liquid.
Battle House's new bar (street level) on Royal Street. Well-heeled locals. They serve food from the Trellis Room, but it is pricey. It is beautifully served even if most of us don't know what we are ordering! Tuscan Bean Soup is good although small ($9! & that's the least expensive). Maybe you should just drink here.
Hero's is a good spot with outside seating overlooking beautiful Cathedral Square (Dauphin & Jackson Street). Sandwiches, etc.
Drayton Place is long gone, replaced by Cafe Royal..Haven't been yet.
In the Oakleigh Garden District:
Callaghan's Irish Club- have best burgers in town & I like their Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Special atmosphere here, corner of Marine/Charleston (about 3 blocks from Government St.)Sunday nights they have music. A lot of locals go here, but you will be welcome here. Look for my favorite photo on the wall: the one with two well-dressed older ladies with pearls in the 60's out for a ride in their boat. My grandmother did stuff like that.
Guidos (corner of GEORGE/Savannah- 3 blocks from Government St.) has great food (Italian with Coast Creole influences) and now has a bar up in the attic.
Dress Code: Again, dress up. But you'll see people in all kinds of things.
I've only been once, but the food is so good. Reasonable. Eat here then go next door to Veet's bar for music and dancing. They don't serve food after 12 midnight.
Dress Code: Mobilians dress up, but not coat and tie. Smart Casual.
Address: Corner of Royal and government
Directions: Across street on Royal from River View Plaza HotelAdd to your Trip Planner
Vision's Twist is a place everyone can come to and be made to feel like a longtime friend. The atmosphere is as comfortable as your living room, and there is always new and exiting activities going on, including live music, dart tournaments, craw-fish boils, and much more, also the Twist is a dog friendly bar, with your furry friends having their own watering bowls. The Twist was also voted the nightclub with the friendliest staff in town. The club has an excellent happy hour crowd.
Dress Code: Dress is casual.
Address: 266 Dauphin St. Mobile, al. 36602
Directions: Mobile's Historic Entertainment District, downtown Mobile.
Website: http://www.visions-mobile.comRelated to:
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A lot of the older 35-45 year old crowd comes here. The drinks are very good, albeit pricey ($8-9) and they have entree-tizers. My favorite is the spinach dip with fried bow tie pasta. There will usually be a loud piano player. Nice , well-done interior. There are cool and cozy leather couches but they go quickly. Upstairs is the small dance club, Club Retro, and you can go out on the balcony to survey the fun Dauphin Street street scene below. It's like New Orleans Bourbon Street used to be before it got all touristy. Club Retro used to be a secret and we would have so much fun up there but now more people know about it. There are several other bars in this area to check out. Boo Radley's is also good, but i prefer Martini's. I wish there were more bars like this one. It's not a singles scene downstairs, so women could go there and feel safe, but I guess may be upstairs.
Dress Code: Dress nicely: It's expected. You are in a 300 year old town.
Address: Corner of Dauphin Street & Joachim St.
Directions: Downtown Dauphin Street.Related to:
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Clubs come and go in Mobile--it's hard to write nightlife tips because some of them change hands all the time. But Grand Central stays around and it's always crowded. Though I haven't been here since turning 21, it's always a popular place to go...good music, some great bands and for clubs, it's NOT expensive. If you're in Mobile and don't want the normal bar scene, this is a place you might want to try out--a few levels, always parties or events taking place and some decent beer on tap. Of course, the mixed drinks are decent too--good price on shots and stuff.
Additionally, there's pool tables and dart boards and stuff.
The nightlife scene is set up nicely in Mobile--you want wander from place to place and always come back if you want to.
Dress Code: People have a tendency to get dressed up in Mobile for no apparent reason. Though on their site, they are listed as a casual club, I think it's wise to dress up a bit. Also, most of the year, it's hot anyway...dress accordingly.
Address: 256 Dauphin Street
Directions: Take Dauphin Street downtown...Grand Central will be on the left hand side, pretty obvious.
There aren't that many places in west Mobile that are just bars. And even fewer I'd recommend, but this is a great place. i have no picture of it for some reason--we took one last time we were down there but I'm not sure if I deleted accidentally or what...but it's just a little bar in a strip mall. Strange place for a bar, but whatever...it's truly a fun place. There's nothing special about it other than it IS just a bar--somewhat unusual for Mobile. There are lots of clubs, martini bars, billiards places, restaurants/bars...but in Midtown, you'll find so few laid back, sit down, enjoy a drink and company with friends places. This is THE place!
Dress Code: Casual--another thing that's somewhat a rarity if you're going out in Mobile
Address: Airport Blvd
Directions: Once you've passed I-65 on Airport, turn onto the west Service Road, it's in a plaza on the west bound side.
Phone: 251-343-7711Add to your Trip Planner
The Florabama, appropriately named, is on the border of Florida and Alabama. It's a huge, multi-room, multi-atmosphere bar.
More than anything, it's funny. You have such a range of people there, mostly people who have lived in Alabama/the panhandle of Florida their whole lives. I like this place because you can go outside, down onto the beach, dance, drink, listen to music, play games...do everything.
Dress Code: No real dress code. in the summer, it's going to be HOT and humid, so you're better off w/ shorts, short skirts or dresses...
Address: Perdido Key Drive, P-Cola
Directions: From I-10, take rt 59 south toward Foley. Go past Foley and into gulf shores. Head east toward Orange Beach/Pensacola. When you see the "welcome to Florida" sign, look immediately to your right. It's right there--you cannot miss it
From food prepared from scratch on site, to the sophisicated bar, billiards or live piano entertainment, you can sit back and relax or just let go and have a blast. Which ever choice you make, let the fun begin!
Dress Code: Normal dress code is required.
Directions: 101 Dauphin StreetAdd to your Trip Planner
Open Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner