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finally have yourself a decent nightlife. It’s been two years since we introduced our first Lush Bar Guide, and all we can say is, “Wow, what a progression.” With this year’s additions of The Leisure Club, Play, Wine World Wine Bar and 5 1/2 Bar, the Palafox grid has become the centerpiece of downtown bar entertainment. In addition, Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille and Elise Coastal Dining—both also located on Palafox—offer Pensacolians upscale but low-key alternatives for wining and dining. Add new downtown music venues Vinyl Music Hall and Sluggo’s (new location) for both the music lover and the lush, and you end up with a heck of a lot of choices, whatever your type, taste or fancy. For this year’s guide, we’re giving you a taste of what Pensacola’s bar scene has to offer—the best signature cocktails, words of wisdom straight from the mouths of your favorite local bartenders, where to lush it up during your lunch break without being judged, and more. Just remember—if you're going to be drinking (and we know you are) do it at local establishments, ok? Cheers!

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Hang In There 13 Bartender Wisdom 14 Happier Hour 15 LUSHworthy Events 16 LUSH Directory 17



IN A PICKLE Intrepid IN Writer Samples Pensacola’s Most Unique Drinks By Kate Peterson


f you look around the Pensacola area, you can find some truly tasty signature libations. These are just a few of the creative, unique drinks available at various establishments.

The Dillinger, 5 1/2 Bar At the 5 1/2 Bar, they have a drink called The Dillinger, which is similar to a Pickle Back shot, says bartender Patrick Bolster. It consists of a locally-made custom pickle juice with cider vinegar, Hendricks gin, mashed cucumber, and a squeeze of lemon-lime, shaken and strained over fresh ice. Also, it has a slice of cucumber and fresh cracked black pepper. The Dillinger has a cucumber green color and tastes light and savory. 5 1/2 Bar 5 E. Garden St.

The Boomer, Surf Burger

comes in a dirty old mason jar from the cemetery, which ye can keep. Because of the deadly potency of the drink we have a limit of three per person.” An Irish Wake contains the following: 151 rum, dark rum, blue curacao liquor, freshly squeezed orange juice, and red and green cherries. The bartender squeezes the oranges in front of you on a stand-up juicer. All the ingredients are mixed together and served up in a mason jar that you get to take home. McGuire’s Irish Pub 600 E. Gregory St. 433-6789

Shipwreck, Peg Leg Pete’s It was a dark and stormy night—literally—when I visited Peg Leg Pete’s on Pensacola Beach, which made the experience of drinking something called a Shipwreck even more realistic. When you drive into the parking lot you see the pirate flags flying, and once inside, the nautical theme explodes. The Shipwreck is served in a black, 20th anniversary cup that you get to take home. It’s loaded with spiced rum, coconut rum, 151 rum, pineapple, orange juice, Sprite and grenadine—refreshing no matter what kind of day or night.

Surf Burger, on Pensacola Beach, features their signature take on a traditional Bloody Mary. Their version is hand mixed and poured into a battery-operated, flashing, Surf Burger cup. It’s hard to look into the cup when you’re consuming the beverage. Like it hot? They’ll make it as spicy as you want it. Surf Burger 500 Quietwater Beach Road 932-1417

Bushwacker can add 151 rum, regular rum, banana, chocolate flavoring, cherry liquor, strawberry flavoring or coconut rum to make your own customized version. It can be served to you in a souvenir cup—the sealed bottom of the cup is filled with sand and other beach trinkets, which makes an excellent keepsake of your Bushwacker experience. Sandshaker Lounge 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211

Irish Wake, McGuire’s Irish Pub When you walk into McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola, the first thing you notice is that you are surrounded by green– money that is. Naturally, they would feature a green drink called an Irish Wake. Clearly stated on McGuire’s menu it says, “This will knock you dead, but everyone enjoys an old fashioned Irish Wake. It


You know you’re on the beach when the bar and restaurant employees greet you wearing a uniform of Hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts. Eat, drink and flounder, it says on the sign at Flounders on Pensacola Beach. There you can do all of the above. The signature drink is a Diesel Fuel, and you can get many different varieties of these high-octane beverages. A unique choice is called a Grateful Dead. To make that one special, they take the original mix and add pineapple and black raspberry syrup. The original Diesel Fuel has vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, sweet and sour, Coke. Flounders Chowder House 800 Quietwater Beach Rd. 932-2003

Peg Leg Pete’s 1010 Ft. Pickens Rd. 932-4139

The Dillinger

Diesel Fuel, Flounders Chowder House

Bushwacker, Sandshaker Lounge

The Striped Marlin, The Grand Marlin

Everyone knows that when you want a Bushwacker, you go to the Sandshaker Lounge on Pensacola Beach. The Shaker began selling Bushwackers in 1975, and it continues to be their top selling drink to this day. The main ingredients are Kahlua, cream of coconut, crème de cocoa, milk, some secret ingredients and ice. Those main ingredients are mixed by hand and placed in a machine to keep that part of the secret recipe frozen. You

The Striped Marlin is just one of the many marlin species you can try, in drink form, at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach. They also offer Blue, Black and White Marlin on the drink menu. The one pictured is a cool, creamy and chocolaty mixture of vodka, dark and milk chocolate liqueur over ice, served in a martini glass. You can use this drink as an accompaniment to dessert. It is very refreshing.


The Boomer

Spocktail and Vampagne, Elbow Room

The Striped Marlin The Grand Marlin 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 677-9153

In 1963, the Flynns turned Maggie’s Café into the Elbow Room. Since then, the establishment has been taken over, in part, by a very nice couple that felt the Elbow Room needed to keep going. The previous owner is still fully involved. There are a number of rules printed on their menu such as “respect the establishment”, “contrary to popular belief the yard dog does indeed bite” and “live long and prosper”. The menu is loaded with scrumptious offerings as well. They have signature champagne and juice drinks. Here are two of the varieties: the Spocktail– pomegranate, blueberry and champagne; and Vampagne–blood orange with Brut champagne. Both are delicious. Elbow Room 2213 W. Cervantes St. 434-0300

The Blitz, Sidelines Sports Bar What better name for a sports bar drink than a Blitz? Sidelines Sports Bar serves this rum-laden drink in a footballshaped glass. It contains liquor 43, coconut rum, passion fruit puree, pineapple juice and cranberry juice over ice. It has a very tropical flavor. Be sure to collect a set of football glasses for your next football party.

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The Cherry Popper, The Break Beach Bar The Break Beach Bar on Pensacola Beach is the home of the Cherry Popper. According to long-time bartender Randy, the Popper replaced another orangeflavored vodka slushie they used to serve. The Popper is another tasty frozen concoction consisting of vodka, Gatorade and various flavors of Kool-aid. For some added punch, it can also be served with cherries soaked in Everclear. The Break Beach Bar 65 Via De Luna Dr. 932-0864

Blues Devil Blues Devil, Five Sisters Blues Cafe In the heart of downtown Pensacola you can find a Blues Devil, the very cool and tasty signature drink prepared by Five Sisters Blues Café. In 2010, Five Sisters restaurant opened in a reconstructed building that used to house Gussie’s Record Shop. They call this drink their take on a classic Red Devil, but as they say, they put their foot in this one. Vodka and Southern Comfort are the main perps. Five Sisters Blues Cafe 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856

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Liquid Lunch Cool lunchtime spots to curb your appetite and wet your whistle By Rob “Bubbs” Harris ere at the IN, we’re all about having a good time, and we encourage our readers to do the same. Let me start by saying that we don’t, in any way, condone drinking on the job. However, if you aren’t bound by the restraints of the daily grind, or a lawyer, you may be interested in knowing about some of the places here in town that not only have fantastic grub, but also serve up some frosty, cool adult beverages. For those of you who slave away at those nine-to-fives each day, stay with us. You’re still going to want to know about these great lunchtime destinations to grab a quick and tasty, um, bite—you know, to take the edge off.


O’ZONE PIZZA PUB 1010 N. 12th Ave., Suite #111 433-7336 O’Zone Pizza Pub is a neat little joint located in historic East Hill in the old Sacred Heart Hospital building. For years, O’Zone has been serving up some of the best pizza pie in town, along with a wide selection of frothy brews and stiff mixed drinks. This place is a hot nighttime spot, especially on Mondays when the large pies are half off, and Ladies Night on Thursdays, but the real deals are found during lunch hours. After wondering why lunches were so hit-or-miss, lead pizza chef Ryan Brock had an epiphany. “Pizza isn’t exactly something that you can make really fast,” says Brock. “During the day, people want fast meals so they can eat and get back to work. The owners and I got to talking about pizza by the slice, and it seemed like the perfect plan, and so far, it has been doing really well.” You just read that right: the mighty O’Zone is selling their famous pizza by the slice—and for dirt cheap. You can order up a slice of delectable cheese pizza for just a buck, or customize your order with all the toppings you want for just a quarter a piece. “You really can’t beat


that price, and our customers are very happy with how fast they can get in and get out at lunchtime now,” Brock states. “The full menu is still available for those with plenty of time.” If the pie wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, you can wash down those delicious slices of perfectly crafted pizza with an equally magnificent crafted brew from a wide selection of top notch taps and bottles. Or, you can ask daytime bar wizard Caleb Carter to whip you up a stiff cocktail from the full bar to put you where you want to be. O’Zone also offers $5 Miller Lite pitchers all day, every day. If you dig a hip atmosphere, good music, great people and quality New York-style pizza—not to mention a nice spot to post up and tie one on, no matter what time of day—head over to the foot of East Hill and stop in to the groovy little pub with a big personality. DOG HOUSE DELI 30 Palafox Place (Downtown) 432-3104 35 Via De Luna Drive (Pensacola Beach) 916-4993 There are some of you who might be thinking, “I’m stuck downtown,” or “I’m all the way out here on the beach.” Well, don’t worry, we have you covered too. There’s nothing quite like a good hotdog. Nothing beats a quality wiener, except maybe washing it down with an ice cold beer. Luckily for us, we can find both of those things at two convenient locations. Dog House Deli is an old fashioned hotdog parlor that boasts a wide array of tasty concoctions that will not only fill your stomach, but won’t empty your wallet. And nothing says “Ohhhh yeahhhh” like a fully-loaded chili-cheese dog with slaw and onions, washed down clean with an ice cold Red Stripe. This place does it all, and the recent addition of cold beer has folks craving a Dog House special even more. “Here at the downtown location, we open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and offer a


variety of all the breakfast staples. We also have daily lunch specials ranging from pork loin with all the trimmings, to hamburgers and Philly steaks. Of course, there are always our terrific dogs and outstanding red beans and rice, which is a good seller. We also offer some hotdog specials that come with a beer; a lot of folks like that we started serving beer, but most of the downtown crowd are taking a break from work, so they don’t do too much drinking. That’s what the (Pensacola) beach location is better suited for,” owner Jim Holler explains. The Dog House 2 is located right on the strip on Via De Luna Drive, and is the perfect spot to hang out and enjoy the “salad days,” as they say. Jim’s son Nate will fix you up one of his legendary dogs and keep the cold bottled domestics—or Red Stripe and Corona—coming so you can wear sandals all day long and get as Buffett as you want to be. The beach location has limited hours during the winter (11 a.m.-3 p.m. MondayThursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday), but that makes it a perfect place for a liquid lunch expedition. Check out the Dog House locations and see for yourself how a good hotdog, a frosty beverage and damn friendly service can make any day a little bit brighter. THE CRAB TRAP 455 W. Main St. 912 -8775 The Crab Trap has been doing business in Pensacola for well over a year now, and it’s hard to imagine it ever not being there. This quaint seafood restaurant on the bay is one of the busiest lunch spots in the city, due mostly in part to its friendly staff, breathtaking view and succulent seafood creations. It isn’t just the daily food specials and smiley servers that keep ‘em coming back again and again; there’s also a full bar surrounded by HDTVs with nonstop sports on all day, every day, which makes it a popular happy hour destination from 4-6 p.m.— but we’re talking about lunch here.

“We have a pretty good lunch crowd at The Crab Trap,” says bartender and server Olivia Wiscombe. “We’re very popular among the downtown business folks, but we also have a lot of regulars, too. People love our daily food specials that start as low as $6.49, but we’ve also added some great daytime drink specials, including two-for-one Smirnoff mixed drinks and $2.50 Bay Breezes from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every day. This is a first for us and we expect it to be a big hit with people who like to have a drink with lunch. We’re very excited about it.” If you love seafood, you already have a solid reason to visit The Crab Trap. If you like to tack a cool buzz onto an already splendid dining venture, then you have no excuse not to stop in and make yourself at home. CACTUS FLOWER CAFÉ 3425 N. 12th Ave. 432-8100 With all the mention of pizza, hotdogs and seafood, along with the beer and liquor, we have yet to mention how a nice wine buzz can keep anyone in good spirits. If the nectar of the gods is what you like to sip while enjoying some extremely tasty food, look no further than the Cactus Flower Café. This unique restaurant that puts a hip and healthy California spin on classic Mexican fare is one place that you must try—especially for lunch. One bite of anything on the menu will send you into a tailspin of sheer ecstasy, and the fact that you can get the same portions as the dinner menu for almost half the price makes Cactus Flower an absolute lunchtime must. You can’t go wrong with a Mexican chicken salad or the monstrous burrito—we promise. Put a cap on the experience with a perfectly made margarita, or a carafe of sweet wine from a lovely selection. This place is just too good not to make mention of.

Hang In There Local Bartenders, Servers and Bar Regulars Share Their Best Hangover Remedies By Kiley A. Bolster servers and bar goers (and a few people who fit into all three categories) who have become most familiar with the unfortunate side effects of too much drinking, a list of tried-and-true hangover remedies has been developed to ease the collective suffering of those who dare to be productive the day after. KEEP DRINKING By far, the most popular hangover remedy is to keep drinking. For some, the effect of excessive alcohol consumption can only be cured by continued alcohol consumption. A stiff Bloody Mary or easy-on-the-OJ Mimosa first thing in A stiff Bloody Mary can cure what ails you the morning will cure what ails you by tricknybody who dares to ing your mind and imbibe has woken up the body into believing that the brief interval morning after an evening of sleep experienced was only a break in of good times punctuated the drinking Olympics that is more comby cocktails, beer and shots monly referred to as “the weekend.” with the dreaded hangover. The usual symptoms present during diagnosis are HYDRATE & TAKE YOUR VITAMINS one or more of the following: a splitting Hydration and vitamin intake are headache, nausea, exhaustion, general integral to assuaging the negative effects self-loathing derived from analyzing of a night of hard drinking. The most comevery single beverage—and the accommon hangover cures feature hydration and panying calories—that was consumed, vitamins in conjunction. Especially in cases and a half-hearted swearing off of the of additional fluid loss from a night spent offensive alcohol for the rest of one’s life, hugging a toilet bowl, the body needs or at least for the rest of the week. to replenish more than just water. Barri According to a panel of seasoned Horan, bartender at the Wisteria, suggests drinkers and survivors of some of the worst “tomato juice or orange juice and water.” imaginable hangovers ever, it is unrealistic The science behind the secret is that the to swear off alcohol for the rest of one’s life. body needs electrolytes and vitamins, So, from the lips of those lively bartenders, specifically potassium, to cure the dehydra-


tion that occurs from too much drinking. The earlier water and nutrients enter the equation the better, so try to remember to “chug a Pedialyte before you pass out” as recommended by Fish House server Jennifer Medina. Don’t have a Gatorade in the house? Pickle juice and beef broth are both vitamin rich and will work in a pinch. EAT GREASY FOOD There is some truth to the notion that greasy foods will stall the effects of alcohol. Wine aficionado and Aragon Wine Market employee Karamy Ford accurately suggests that the combination of “champagne and French fries” works wonders on a hangover. Though likely shunned by any health food nut, these foods do help slow the rate your body absorbs alcohol by greasing the lining of your intestines. Clearly, the 2 a.m. craving for Waffle House hash browns or Whataburger taquitos is rational. REST & TIME Recommendations from the panel for “sleeping it off” are just as prevalent as they are for “drinking it off.” Fish House bartender Sonya Gray recommends “sleeping it away” while Rachel Helms, cocktail waitress at the Deck Bar, states that time is the only cure to a hangover. Though local artist Ashton Howard wholly recommends continuing to drink is a good cure, he also contends that “two movies, shut blinds and couch” works just fine. The body needs time to heal before it can function properly and if you do not have anything important to attend to, simply rest until the nausea, headache and self-loathing subside. After all, next weekend is just around the corner, and you need to feel better enough to forget how bad the hangover was. Otherwise, you simply will not fully enjoy the frontend perks of drinking. Whether you try one or a combination of all of these methods to cure your hangover, remember that the best cure for a hangover is prevention. By pacing yourself, guzzling water between cocktails, and not over-doing the drinking, you should be just fine.



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Bartender Wisdom Local Barkeeps Spill the Beans By Kate Peterson artenders, barkeeps or mixologists—whatever you call them, they can be your best friends. Whether you’re looking for a night on the town with friends or a nightcap, they are there for you. We spoke to a few bartenders and asked them to share a little bit of their bartender knowledge.


Stephanie MikesellHankins, 27 Jackalope’s Saloon Bartending 4 months

Patrick Bolster, 31 51/2 Bartending for 5 years "Try something new."

“People skills are number one–not the mixing or pouring of the drinks.”

Terry Kranefuss, 40 Peg Leg Pete’s Bartending for 8 years

Pam Randall, 50 The Grand Marlin Bartending over 30 years

“Hear no, speak no, and see no evil; that is the key to my success over the past eight years. Discretion is key.”

“If you know the bartender, you are never alone.”

Randy Blackwell, 36 The Break Beach Bar, Bartending for 9 years and bass player with the band It Starts Today

Dedrick Harmon, 32 Flounders Chowder House, Bartending 4 years

Rachel Bryan, 21 Surf Burger Bartending off and on for about a year

“You get what you ask for with bartending. When someone asks how much should I tip you? I always say, I take $100s. You never know what will happen."

“We keep all our TV’s tuned to sports to keep the topic off politics. Political discussions are taboo for bars.”

Nate Wheeler, 30 The Dock Bartending 9 years “My words of wisdom are; keep your tip jar cleaned out. Be fast and smile.”

Shana Lycus, 32 McGuire’s Irish Pub, Bartending for 1 year

Ashley Foreman, 43 Sandshaker Lounge Bartending for 14 years “No politics or religion at the bar—that is a key to keeping the peace.”

Mia Bolden, 30 Five Sisters Blues Café Bartending for 15 years “My best advice–drink responsibly.”

“Treat your bartenders right, they are looking out for you. They can serve you, or they can cut you off, either way it is in your best interest.”

Sean Deaton, 26 Peg Leg Pete’s, Bartending for 5 years “No politics at the bar. A reporter from NPR came in here and wanted to get a quote from me about a recent visit by Michelle Obama, and I would not do it. Political discussions are not allowed at this bar.”



Lesa Touchette, 36 Elbow Room, Pensacola Bartending for 2 1/2 years “If you appear to be intoxicated, you are.”

“The bartender is your friend. Even if you don’t know what you want, your bartender can help you make a choice. We know our products, what is popular and how to mix it up right.”

Happier Hour A Guide to Pensacola’s Best Happy Hours By Kiley A. Bolster here is something about a happy hour that makes everyone, well, happier. Cheap drinks and good company before it gets too late are necessary factors for a great happy hour. Whether you want an inexpensive drink with dinner or have a hankering for a cocktail and don’t want to wait for the weekend, consider these locations for daily drink specials Monday-Friday that will put a smile on your face.


Upgrade your wine glass to a quartino without an additional charge or receive two-for-one draft beer and mixed drinks from 4-7 p.m. Carrabba’s Italian Grille 311 N. Ninth Ave. 438-0073 Stop in the bar “where everybody knows your name” for $1 off drinks from 4-8 p.m. Coyotes Sports Bar 5030 Bayou Blvd. 857-1500 Flash your local I.D. and receive a Yuengling or Miller Lite draft for $1.50 from 4-11 p.m. Crown Plaza-Cavu Club 200 E. Gregory St. 433-3336






Mix it up with the who’s who of Pensacola with buy one get one free drinks during The Fish House’s Big Mix from 4-6 p.m. every day. The Fish House 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 Splurge on the Belgian fries because the martinis are half priced from 5-7 p.m. Try one of the house-made vodkas in your martini, and you won’t regret it. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom 10 S. Palafox 497-6073 Enjoy two-for-one house wines and well drinks while satisfying your craving for barbeque from 4-7 p.m. The Happy Pig Cafe 200 S. Alcaniz St. 912-8480 Bring a friend and try a different beer or cocktail every day of the week from 4-7 p.m., when the drinks are buy one get one free. Ladies also drink half off all day, every day. Hub Stacey’s Downtown 312 E. Government St. 469-1001

Staple a dollar to the wall or kiss the moose as you enjoy two-for-one drinks from 4-6 p.m. McGuire’s Irish Pub 600 E. Gregory St. 433-6789 Watch a game or share some nachos from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., when well drinks are only $3 and house wines are $4. Miller’s Ale House 5906 N. Davis Highway 505-2670 Appreciate a beautiful view of the sunset on the bayou while enjoying domestic drafts for $1.50, and house wines and well drinks for $2.25 from 4-6 p.m. The Oar House 1000 S. Pace Blvd. 549-4444 Compete with your friends at foosball, skee ball or Pac Man while fueling up with two-for-one beer and cocktails from 4-7 p.m. Play 16 S. Palafox If you prefer sampling wine to guzzling a beer or cocktail, check out these locations

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2011 LUSHworthy Events Here are a few of the events we’re looking forward to in 2011 FEBRUARY 2.18 ‘LYRIC LIBATIONS’ PRESENTED BY THE CHORAL SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA 5:30-8:30 p.m. A gala evening of food, wine and entertainment. In addition to a variety of heavy hors d’ oeuvres and fine wines, you’ll also enjoy live entertainment by talented singers from the Choral Society of Pensacola Chorus, and also by Choral Society Artistic Director Xiaolun Chen. $25 per person. Dollarhide Music Center, 41 S. Palafox. 484-1806 or

MARCH 3.4 KREWE OF LAFITTE MARDI GRAS PARADE Begins at Spring and Garden streets. The only illuminated nighttime parade in Pensacola. Expect to be entertained with marching bands, lighted floats, great throws and fantastic people watching. 436-7638 or 3.5 PENSACOLA GRAND MARDI GRAS PARADE 2 p.m. Begins at Spring and Garden streets. 436-7638 or pensacolamardigras. com. 3.6 PENSACOLA BEACH MARDI GRAS PARADE 2 p.m. Keep the party going at the Pensacola Beach parade. 436-7638 or 3.8 MARDI GRAS PRISCUS PROCESSION & PRISCUS BALL Check out the annual Fat Tuesday procession in the streets of Downtown Pensacola where participants party in the streets. The festivities begin at Seville Quarter. Then board buses and trolleys and proceed to various downtown Pensacola bars and night spots. Anyone 21 and over can celebrate Fat Tuesday at the annual Mardi Gras Priscus Procession and Priscus Ball. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or 3.12 34TH ANNUAL MCGUIRE’S 5K PREDICTION RUN Forget the pre-race breakfast. The best part of the McGuire’s Run is the post-party shenanigans featuring Rich McDuffs Irish Sing Along, Irish fare, Irish Wakes, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. Believe us, you’ll want to finish the 3.1 miles in a hurry. Register at or 3.16 COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND COCKTAILS: COOKING WITH ARTISANAL CHEESES 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Join Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse as he leads another series of cooking classes. The cost is $40 per person, which covers the cooking demonstration, tastings of the recipes, wine pairings, and a take-home recipe booklet so you can try your hand at Miller’s recipes in the comfort of your own home. Reservations required. Call 217-2347 or 469-9898 to reserve your space. Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox. jacksons. 3.16-3.20 GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND Almost a week filled with live entertainment, drink specials, food, music and special events that culminates in the Annual St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl. 932-1500 or 3.17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION AT SEVILLE QUARTER 11 a.m. The fun starts with an Irish-themed lunch with Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, followed by nickel green beer from 4-5 p.m. in Lili Marlene’s. Throughout the day there will be specials on Irish beers and ales and plenty of Irish whiskey to go around. The fun will continue with an Irish jig contest in

the End O’Alley Bar and “Sexiest Redhead” contest. 434-6211 or 3.18-3.19 BEULAH FEST Enjoy some of Nashville’s hottest country music stars, up-and-coming acts, arts and crafts, carnivalstyle rides and of course, beer and sausage. $12 general admission, $20 weekend passes and $50 family fun packs. Escambia County Equestrian Center. 944-3167 or 3.26 ELBERTA GERMAN SAUSAGE FESTIVAL 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus entertainment for adults and children, along with 250 arts and crafts booths. Other foods will include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. Live entertainment includes The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band, North End Stompers, cloggers, carnival rides, and polka, country and German music. Elberta City Park, Highway 98, Elberta, Ala.

APRIL 4.02-4.03 PENSACOLA JAZZ FEST The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form. Jazz Society of Pensacola works all year to present this festival, which includes local, regional and national performers. Seville Square Park at the corner of Alcaniz and Government streets. 433-8382 or 4.02-4.03 REGGAE FESTIVAL AT SEVILLE QUARTER Enjoy a weekend of live reggae music. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or 4.13 COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND COCKTAILS: SPANISHINFLUENCED CUISINE 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Join Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse as he leads another series of cooking classes. The cost is $40 per person, which covers the cooking demonstration, tastings of the recipes, wine pairings, and a take-home recipe booklet so you can try your hand at Miller’s recipes in the comfort of your own home. Reservations required. Call 217-2347 or 469-9898 to reserve your space. Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox. 4.14-4.16 PENSACOLA WINE FESTIVAL Sample wines from around the world while Pensacola’s top restaurants lead cooking demonstrations. Additional details to be announced. 434-5371 or 4.28-5.1 25TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL Four days of unique events include private dinners, auctions of rare and distinctive wines, seminars and wine tastings of over 800 wines from around the world. Visit for detailed ticket information for various events. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin. (850) 267-8110 or


4.29-5.1 NINTH ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL Visit Bamboo Willies on Portofino Boardwalk for the Ninth Annual Crawfish Festival, with three stages of live music, Kids Zone and Merchants Sidewalk Sale. Over three tons of crawfish will be sold. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-1185 or 4.29-5.1 27TH ANNUAL INTERSTATE MULLET TOSS Perdido Key’s Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line hosts this wacky annual mullet-tossing tournament. Enjoy live music, food and drinks throughout the weekend. 492-0611 or 4.29-5.1 27TH ANNUAL PENSACOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL The annual festival celebrates the Cajun influence in the community with one of the largest crawfish boils in Florida and brings a little of the Louisiana bayou to Pensacola. Patrons enjoy great music straight from the bayous of Louisiana. Bartram Park. 433-6512 or


SEPTEMBER 9.2-9.4 JAMAICAN FEST The annual festival will feature live music, The Kids Zone, sidewalk sale and the “Anything that Floats” race in Santa Rosa Sound. Portofino Boardwalk. 9321500 or 9.9 EMERALD COAST BEER FESTIVAL 6 p.m. Distributors and brewers will be pouring samples of beers inside and outside Seville Quarter. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about home brewing, micro breweries and the art of craft-brewed beers and ales. Advance tickets are $20, $30 at the door. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or 9.23-9.25 34TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Sample a variety of seafood dishes and beverages, enjoy live entertainment, and shop at the many arts and crafts vendors. Free. Seville Square. 433-6512 or

OCTOBER 10.1-10.2 4TH ANNUAL ART AND WINE WEEKEND Enjoy wine tastings and local art. Trolley service available. 932-1500 or

5.18 COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND COCKTAILS: BOLD SOUTHWEST FLAVORS 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Join Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse as he leads another series of cooking classes. The cost is $40 per person, which covers the cooking demonstration, tastings of the recipes, wine pairings, and a take-home recipe booklet so you can try your hand at Miller’s recipes in the comfort of your own home. Reservations required. Call 217-2347 or 469-9898 to reserve your space. Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox.

10.21-10.23 BAYTOWNE WHARF BEER FEST AT SANDESTIN The 4th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest will feature a craft beer tent, live entertainment and a retail tent. The main event on Saturday will feature more than 100 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be available to teach you about the different types of lagers and ales. Tickets are $20, $25 after Oct. 16. (850) 267-8117 or

5.21 PERDIDO KEY WINE AND ARTS FESTIVAL Enjoy samplings of wine paired with cheeses and fruits while perusing local artsand-craft vendors. 492-4660 or (DATE TBA) INDEPENDENT NEWS 12TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY. Help us celebrate another year of keeping Pensacola on its toes. Additional details to be announced. 438-8115 or

10.30 ELBERTA GERMAN SAUSAGE FESTIVAL 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus entertainment for adults and children, along with 250 arts and crafts booths. Other foods will include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. Live entertainment includes The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band, North End Stompers, cloggers, carnival rides, and polka, country and German music. Elberta City Park, Highway 98, Elberta, Ala.

JUNE 6.15 COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND COCKTAILS: THE FARMER’S MARKET 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Join Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse as he leads another series of cooking classes. The cost is $40 per person, which covers the cooking demonstration, tastings of the recipes, wine pairings, and a take-home recipe booklet so you can try your hand at Miller’s recipes in the comfort of your own home. Reservations required. Call 217-2347 or 469-9898 to reserve your space. Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox.

AUGUST 8.5-8.7 BUSHWACKER FESTIVAL AND 5K The festival is centered around Pensacola Beach’s favorite adult beverage—the milkchocolatey bushwacker. Quietwater Boardwalk. 932-1500 or

10.23 WSRE WINE & FOOD CLASSIC 7 p.m. Local chefs and their signature dishes are showcased, along with auction items. Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 2 Via Deluna Pensacola Beach. 484-1054 or

NOVEMBER (DATE TBA) PERDIDO KEY MARTINI FESTIVAL Enjoy live music, local artists, food and liquors available from the largest names like Grey Goose, Three Olives, Stoli, 42 Below and Bacardi while raising money for local charities. Additional details to be announced. Jellyfish Bar, 13700 Perdido Key Drive. 332-6532 or 11.14-11.16 52ND ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL Enjoy traditional Greek dances, gifts, entertainment and traditional dishes like baklava, gyros and spanakopeta. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 W. Garden St. 433-2662 or

LUSH Directory Special Advertising Section SOUTH PENSACOLA/DOWNTOWN

The Fish House Deck/Atlas Oyster House 600 S. Barracks St., 470-0003,

5 1/2 Bar 5 E. Garden St.,

The Fish House is actually three dining and entertainment experiences. The Fish House and Atlas offer some of the area’s best waterfront wining and dining. The Deck is 3,500 square feet of sun and breeze with cocktail tables, flat-screen TVs, bandstand and dance floor.

Open seven days a week from 4 p.m.-until, 5 1/2 Bar is located in the back part of Vinyl Music Hall. Stop by after work for a cocktail or hang out in the lounge all night. It’s got a cool, laidback vibe and awesome drinks. Daily Drink Specials: Monday: 5 1/2 ($5.50) martinis 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Monday-Sunday: 5 1/2 ($5.50) glasses of wine and call drinks.

Blazzues 200 S. Palafox, 696-2290 Blazzues has made a name for itself as a popular music venue with its live jazz music on the weekends. However, also be sure to check them out during the week for some great drink specials. Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Friday: Happy Hour 3-7 p.m. 25 percent off drink tab; Monday: $4 martinis; Tuesday: $1 drafts, $3 mixed drinks with mug; Wednesday: $3 well drinks; Thursday: $2 drafts; Friday and Saturday: Shot specials called by the band.

Elise Coastal Dining 22 N. Palafox, 332-7227, Elise offers a truly unique culinary experience with its openkitchen architecture allowing diners to see each dish being created. In addition to an extensive and unique wine list, Elise also has a variety of imported and domestic beers, including a few from Pensacola Bay Brewery. Daily Drink Specials: Monday and Tuesday: Free glass of house wine with your dinner.

Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Sunday: The Big Mix 4-6 p.m. Buy one get one free; Wednesday: Ladies Night. All drinks $2.

The Global Grill 25 S. Palafox St., 469-9966, With an intimate bar and the most distinctive menu in town, Global Grill is the drinks, tapas, dinner or dessert destination for anyone wanting an upscale yet relaxed dining experience. Global is also home to the IN Martini Night every Wednesday 5-8 p.m.

Hopjack’s Pizza Kitchen & Taproom 10 S. Palafox, 497-6073, In addition to appetizers, salads and killer pizza, Hopjacks offers one of the area’s most extensive beer selections, with over 150 beers and a full bar. Daily Drink Specials: Monday: $2 wells, $3 infusions, $6 bottomless mimosas 5 p.m.close; Tuesday: $3 Holla! 7 p.m.-close; Wednesday: Rotating drink specials every 30 minutes 9 p.m.-close; Thursday: Pint Night. 7 p.m., Half off all martinis and $3 Sweetwater drafts 7 p.m.-close; Friday: $2 Sweetwater drafts 5-7 p.m.; Sunday: Half off all 63 taps 11 a.m.-close.

Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 S. Palafox St., 4699898, For decadent dining, fabulous martinis and an extensive wine list in a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Jackson’s is your spot. The eclectic menu offers innovative dishes with southern charm, as well as some of the best steaks in the region. Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Friday: First martini during lunch on the house; Monday-Saturday: Two glasses of wine and appetizer for $20 after 5 p.m.; Wednesday: Half off all bottles of wine 5:30 p.m.-close.

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille 997 S. Palafox, 432-5226, One of downtown’s newest dining additions, Jaco’s is a superb lunch, dinner and happy hour destination (the restaurant includes a full bar), with a diverse assortment of salads, small plates, flatbreads and pastas. The sunset alone is reason enough to check it out for both wining and dining.

Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

Daily Drink Specials: Tuesday: $4 martinis; Thursday: $4 margaritas and mojitos; Sunday (beginning March 13) $2 mimosas and Bloody Marys beginning at 10 a.m.

The Leisure Club 126 S. Palafox, 912-4229, The Leisure Club is a one-stop shop—the bar and restaurant features: wine; craft brews; breakfast, lunch and dinner; coffee and teas; and live entertainment. Come early for your morning java, or stop by for a glass of wine after work. Check out their Facebook page for updated food and drink specials. Daily Drink Specials: Tuesday: Two-for-one house wines all night; Wednesday: Half off all bottles of wine; Sundays: Bottomless mimosas and champagne with brunch.

New York Nick’s

New York Nick’s 9-11 Palafox Place, 469-1984, New York Nick’s is known as the place on Palafox for “every sports fan.” The bar has every sports package, 40 HD televisions and a great selection of made-from-scratch food. Nick’s is open daily at 11 a.m. with a full bar and full menu. Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Sunday: Happy Hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday: $6 pitchers 7 p.m.-close; Tuesday: Two-for-one shooters 7 p.m.-close; Wednesday: $2.50 drinks 7 p.m.-close; Thursday: $2 longnecks 7 p.m.-close; Friday and Saturday: $2 Labatts bottle and draft 7 p.m.-close.

Play 16 S. Palafox, With over 20 rotating microbrews, a combination of vintage and state-of-the art arcade games, pool tables, skee-ball machines and more, Play is Pensacola’s favorite neighborhood bar with a side of fun. Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Sunday: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m.; Monday: $2 Sailor Smoothies; Tuesday: $2.50 wells 9 p.m.-close; Wednesday: BARE Night 7 p.m.-close. $3 all drinks; Thursday: $3 shot specials 7 p.m.-close; Friday: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. Two for one; Saturday: $1 drafts 12-7 p.m.; Sunday: $2 mimosas and Kamikazes.

Seville Quarter 130 E. Government St., 434-6211, Recently named to the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Top 100, Seville Quarter has been entertaining Pensacola for the last 43 years. Whether you’re looking for a low-key happy hour, wine tasting, dance party or karaoke, there’s something for everyone. Daily Drink Specials: Monday-Friday: Happy Hour 11 a.m.-8 p.m. throughout Seville Quarter; Wednesday: i100 Wednesdays 8 p.m.-close. $2 drinks, nickel beer after midnight; Saturday: Membership Night 8 p.m.-12 a.m. $3 Crown and Down, $2 beer.

GULF BREEZE/PENSACOLA BEACH Sandshaker Lounge 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, 932-2211, The Sandshaker is a Pensacola Beach icon. There you’ll rub elbows with millionaires, surfers, rednecks and politicians and be BFFs after a few bushwackers. Daily Specials: Monday: BARE Night 10 a.m.-close. Half off all drinks, $2 longnecks 7:30 p.m.-close; Wednesday: Ladies Night 7 p.m.close. $2 drinks; Thursday: T-Shirt Night 7 p.m.-close. Half off all drinks when wearing Shaker t-shirt; Sunday: $2.50 mimosas and Bloody Marys 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

FEATURED WINE SHOP LISTINGS Aragon Wine Market 27 S. Ninth Ave., 433-WINE Aragon Wine Market features fabulous wines from all over the world, specializing in small, exclusive boutique wineries for every budget. AWM has weekly wine tastings with world class winemakers and distributors every Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

The Wine and Gift Shoppe at Seville Quarter 130 E. Government St., 434-6211, The Wine and Gift Shoppe at Seville Quarter offers a handpicked selection of wines from all over the world and specializes in hard-to-find, artisanal wineries. The Gift Shoppe hosts weekly wine tastings every Friday from 5-7 p.m. All wines are available to purchase at special pricing.



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