Best of the Coast 2016: Bars, Drinks & Nightlife Featured Winners
Bamboo Willie’s Beachside Bar
400 Quietwater Beach Road, bamboowillies.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We opened in July of 1998.
What sets you and your business apart? We have always looked for opportunities to create new and exciting experiences for our guest. Playing the best live music on the beach makes for a more enjoyable time for all, too.
What inspires you? Talented people who have the ability and great attitude to act and innovate.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? All the festival’s that this area has to offer, the incredibly talented chefs in the local restaurant scene and the gorgeous beaches.
Answers by: Robert Gleim, General Manager
Casino Beach Bar & Grille
41 Fort Pickens Road, casinobeachbar.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? Casino Beach Bar & Grille opened in June 2014 on iconic Pensacola Beach.
What sets you and your business apart? Definitely the views—we have the best view of our sugar-white beaches and emerald gulf waves, and it doesn’t get any better than this, no matter what time of year it is.
What inspires you? The main source of inspiration for Casino Beach Bar is that feeling you get when you’re on vacation. The relaxed, easy going, and good-vibes feeling that everyone loves (and needs more of).
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Fish tacos—everyone loves a good fish taco and Pensacola has some of the best. We also enjoy hanging out with our friends at World of Beer and Blend Lounge in downtown.
Answers by: Joey Lanier, General Manager
Old Hickory Whiskey Bar
123 S. Palafox, oldhickorywhiskeybar.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? Three years
What sets you and your business apart? Besides the obvious of having over 550 whiskeys to choose from, our bartenders are some of the most knowledgeable in town. Not sure what you like? Talk to them. We’re here to give you the best drink of the night, even if that’s a vodka and soda.
What inspires you? Our guests are why we come to work everyday. We can craft up the most delicious drinks, but if no one is here to drink them… well, then we’d be drunk. But seriously, making people happy and giving them an outlet to have a good time is what we love.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? Restaurant IRON for an amazing dinner, 5 1/2 Bar for delicious drinks, The Magnolia for a cozy night with friends, and Beyond Barre Pensacola to work off all those calories.
Answers by: Katie Garrett, Owner
16 S. Palafox (2nd Floor), iplaypensacola.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We’ve been playing since 2010.
What sets you and your business apart? Everyone is a big kid at heart, so that’s why we’ve created a full-service bar with a vintage arcade.
What inspires you? We are inspired by all things that give you warm fuzzy feelings from the past. From vintage arcades to ‘Hip-Hop Hooray’ and everything in between, Play is inspired by great memories and the pursuit of creating more.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Sky’s Pizza Pie, Papa’s Pizza and Intermission. We also happen to think ole NY Nick is an American treasure. Good luck on your new bar, buddy
Answers by: The people who pour you drinks
130 E. Government St., sevillequarter.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? Seville Quarter has been in business since August 16, 1967. Next year we will be celebrating 50 years as Pensacola’s party headquarters.
What sets you and your business apart? A team of loyal, long-term employees, led by a family of dedicated, hands-on owners. We also love serving great food at a fair price, prepared in the southern tradition with an upbeat attitude.
What inspires you? We get a lot of inspiration from our loyal customers and our dedicated employees who have made Seville Quarter their local neighborhood nightclub for the past five decades. We are motivated by the everyday challenges and the great results that we have achieved everyday by making our customers happy.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? All of downtown Pensacola is the leader of our “best” list. We are encouraged by all of the investment that is going on in downtown right now and are very excited to see that the best is yet to come.
Answers by: Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director
World of Beer
200 S. Palafox, worldofbeer.com/pensacola
How long have you been in business/practicing? World of Beer Pensacola opened in July 2012.
What sets you and your business apart? Our goal is to provide the best experience for our customers. The atmosphere, product knowledge, and customer service are the three things we always try to focus on to accomplish that.
What inspires you? The people I work with. We are so lucky to have two awesome owners in Scott and Matt and a phenomenal staff at all of our locations that work hard everyday. They are what make it happen and it is such a joy to be a part of this team.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Hub Stacy’s, Blend Lounge, The Grand Marlin and Peg Leg Pete’s.
Answers by: Kelly Hogrebe
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox, vinylmusichall.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We opened on August 28, 2010—so just over six years now.
What sets you and your business apart? We strive to be a first class venue for seeing and hearing some of the best live music on the planet. We are a concert hall, first and foremost. We aren’t just a bar with a stage.
What inspires you? The revitalization of downtown Pensacola. From bars and restaurants to retail and more. We’re constantly wowed by others ideas coming to fruition and seeing everyone’s success.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? Bowling at Liberty Lanes, karaoke at Sir Richards, pizza at O’zone, record shopping at Revolver Records, movies at Treehouse Cinema and tattoos at Hula Moon.
Answers by: Chris Wilkes, Talent Buyer