Rest, relaxation and spectacular views are yours for the taking when you book a beautiful getaway experience to Florida’s scenic panhandle. Fort Walton Beach is a fan-favorite when it comes to places in the area to call your home away from home, offering up plenty of sun, sand, and surf as well as access to the entertainment that awaits in nearby Destin. While many travelers that come this direction do so in the name of time spent soaking up the sun’s rays, getting out on the water or making the most of shopping stops along the way, this area is brimming over with options for savoring flavors, no matter what you might be in the mood for. If you’re ready to sample a tropical cocktail or two, its only a 15-minute trip east to Destin to find some of the area’s most vibrant and savory bars. Here are a few Destin bars to add to your itinerary that your taste buds will thank you for.
Red Door Saloon
When you’re craving a stop where you can settle in as you are and enjoy a drink in a laid-back atmosphere, there’s no better Destin destination than the Red Door Saloon. Situated at 240 Harbor Boulevard, this welcoming, yet cozy stop is a great place to grab a beer, wine or cocktail and pair it up with a hot dog, sandwich and a side of great company and conversation. Dine indoors at the bar or make your way outside to enjoy patio seating. Red Door Saloon is an anytime bar that’s open from 11:00 am until 4:00 am daily.
The Red Door Saloon enjoys two additional locations in Nashville, Tennessee for those who find their travels take them from south to north any time of year. All function under the same name which was inspired and chosen when the bar was first established in 2002. The brainchild of an owner of Irish descent, the Red Door Saloon earned its name from a time when Ireland was in constant conflict with neighboring England. During this period, those willing to open their homes up as safe havens would paint their doors red. The color would indicate to passerbys that it was safe space to enter, and they were more than welcome. Saloon was added to the name in honor of the wild west of 1816—a period of time that always appealed to the owners of this inviting bar. In much the same way that Irish homes with red doors were welcoming places of respite, the Red Door Saloon is designed to be an inviting place where guests can kick back and enjoy sensational flavors in the company of family and friends.
Happy hour is on Monday through Friday at Red Door Saloon between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday, beers and wells are available between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. When you drop by, be sure to ask about the wide variety of handcrafted cocktails available which are sure to please and always come with a touch of customized flair. If you find yourself at Red Dog Saloon with a more robust curbing to crave, it’s fair to say that their red door pizzas are well worth tasting for yourself. While Hawaiian and the specialty Red Door pizza are popular fan-favorites, there are always options to create your very own by mixing and matching a collection of topping options. On Sundays from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm Red Door Saloon offers up a full brunch menu which features items like chicken and waffles, eggs, bagels, burritos, English muffins, and more. If your experience here is one-of-a-kind and you want to commemorate the adventure, be sure to ask about purchasing a custom Red Door Saloon t-shirt which is readily available at all bar locations.
Island Wing Company
Grab your friends and head over to Island Wing Company, one of the top bars in Destin FL, when you’re in the mood for some fantastic food and time enjoying cocktails around a spacious and welcoming bar. Island Wing Company is located at 981 98 Palms Boulevard and has earned a reputation as a super savory stop thanks to the chicken tenders, burgers, tacos, and mac n’ cheese they serve up in generous portions. If you prefer to settle in at the bar, you’ll have a cozy seat as well as options that range from strawberry daiquiris and Pina Coladas to margaritas, martinis and mojitos.
McGuire’s Irish Pub
For a sports bar style environment with Irish flair, head over to McGuire’s Irish Pub and make the most of everything from bold Guinness and craft beer to handcrafted cocktails upon request. This Irish pub and steakhouse is open daily from 11:00 am until 2:00 am and can be found at 33 US-98. While the beverages served up a McGuire’s Irish Pub are sure to be palate-pleasing, this exciting stop is also known for it’s regularly lineup of live musical performances hosted out on the spacious patio! Make it a drinks and entertainment experience when you head this way and enjoy time with family or friends. If you find yourself here with a hankering for a delicious drink and would like to pair it with some traditional Irish fare, it’s not a hard goal to achieve. McGuire’s Irish Pub serves up everything from homemade meatloaf and Shepherd’s Pie to Yankee pot roast and fish and chips upon request.
Enjoy the Best Destin Bars
When your travel plans bring you to the Panhandle, be sure to contact the team at The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach to make sure you’re booked into beautiful accommodations and to learn more about bars in Destin FL.