May is such an amazing time of year. New life is everywhere. The birds are singing, the fish are biting, and the locals are ready to eat, drink, play, sing along and dance. Here in this blessed, beautiful place we call home, every day is a great day! Looking for some places to go and enjoy the best food and entertainment you’ll find anywhere? We’ve got you covered…
Mother’s Day is May 12 and what better way to treat mom to a weekend right in our own backyard that she’ll remember forever.
Tailfins Alehouse & Oyster Bar
With a mesmerizing view of the Harbor, your favorite foods and live tunes daily, Tailfins delivers with three levels overlooking the Destin Boardwalk and water with live music on the top deck and full bar. It’s a popular stop for local favorite bands and from all-over bands that love to perform here. Tailfins’ Entertainment Complex offers an incredible mix of great atmosphere, excitement, delicious food and drinks along with the stunning views, a combination that’s hard to match.
Be sure to catch the scrumptious Early Bird Specials M-F from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t miss the Double Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to closing from Mon. through Fri. with $3 Bud Light Pint, $15 Domestic Bottle Bucket, $5 Long Island Teas, House Wines and Well Drinks. All during May you can come and enjoy live music on the docks and Dueling DJs every Fri. & Sat. night.
850.650.1200 | On the Harbor in Destin | tailfinsdestin.com
Bric a` Brac Restaurant & Night Club
Voted “Best Crab Cakes in Destin” five years in a row, Bric a` Brac is the true definition of something for everyone…a family friendly, kid friendly, American-style restaurant. Bric a` Brac is well known for its super tasty food selections served up in a fun, artsy atmosphere by a truly professional and friendly staff. Locally owned and operated since 2014 by twin brothers Rodolfo and Fernando Petit, their hands on, fun loving style, engaging charisma and true passion set them apart. But it doesn’t stop there. Want great food coupled with great fun? Enjoy delicious entrees while you listen to some fun tunes. Live entertainment starts at 7 p.m.; Karaoke on Thursday night, live music performances by Jones & Company on Friday and Teal Magnolias on Saturday!
Still want more? ~ LATE NIGHT~ Latin Night Fridays & Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. will keep the party going. There is truly something for everyone at Bric a` Brac in Destin.
Shoreline Village Plaza | 824 Hwy. 98 E Destin | 850.424.6369 | bricabracdestin.com
Owners Brian and Sue Hassmann have created the local’s favorite pizza, buffalo wings and sports pub and bar that serves both great pizza AND awesome wings for folks of all ages. With plenty of seating and TVs everywhere you look, they have all you need for a great time out. The wings are a must, the pizza is outstanding, the bartenders are amazing, the atmosphere is exciting and the choice is easy to make. Weekly specials and fun include Music Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; 69-cent Wing Wednesdays; Come watch NBA Playoffs, soccer and all the Sports Networks; Weekends – Golf and Nascar and there’s a full-service bar with 95 different Bourbons and 30 Beers on Draft! Landshark’s Pizza has something for everyone including plenty of parking out back. Bring your friends for great food and a great time!
850.424-6743 | 300 Harbor Blvd. Destin | landsharkspizza.com
The Melting Pot
Truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience, The Melting Pot provides an unforgettable, interactive night out that turns moments into memories. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped to when the last nibble of dessert is savored, you’ll learn something new. The menu has fare for every taste, a delicious meal guaranteed, you can count on it. No matter the choice you will not be disappointed. Owned and operated by Lucinda Hollis and her fiance, Auburn Bridge, this restaurant is the one place where the owners encourage their diners “to play with their food.” “It’s a real joy” says Lucinda, when witnessing customers’ first time experiences. So if you haven’t already, be sure to “dip in.”
Visit meltingpot.com/destin-fl to view the full menu or make reservations.
11394 U.S. Hwy. 98, Miramar Beach | 850.269.2227
Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill
Tequila’s has become a local favorite. Margaritas, live music every Friday (a great way to kick off the weekend), and Latin Saturdays where you can dance the night away! A fusion of sports bar food and Mexican dishes this locally owned option for delicious Mexican Cuisine in Miramar Beach combines traditional authentic Mexican recipes with local coastal tastes and bar type fare. Lunch specials offered daily Monday through Friday for $8.99. Some locals’ favorite menu options include Quesadilla Mexico and Tequilas Bowl sure to satisfy any appetite. Try an order of the garlic parmesan wings then top it off with an order of garlic shrimp that comes with rice and refried beans – delightful spicy goodness. And, on beautiful days, enjoy a beautiful meal, great food and drinks on the outdoor patio!
EAT, DRINK, FIESTA! OPEN 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
11225 U.S. 98 W. Miramar Beach | 850.279.6402
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
A long-time local Destin hub, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar sports a live band or DJ every night of the week during the spring and summer. And there’s plenty of outdoor seating right in front of the “gi-nourmous” Jumbo-Tron and stage. Club Bimini, AJ’s venue for live music and night-time drinks, rocks it later in the evening. You can savor beer and oyster specials coupled with picturesque views of the Destin Harbor. This now-famous-with-the-tourists Destin Harbor restaurant offers a waterside Tiki Village experience out back. Upstairs, Club Bimini Stage is a popular local venue for top 40 and rock bands. Oh, and bring your dancing shoes as Club Bimini becomes one of the Harbor’s hottest night clubs. Popular local bands can be found playing all week long. Come in for Prime Rib Thursdays where AJ’s famous tender, juicy Prime Rib is served – $16.95, 4 p.m. to close every Thursday.
850.837.1913 | 116 Harbor Blvd., Destin | ajsdestin.com
Boathouse Oyster Bar
Boathouse Oyster Bar is one of Destin’s favorite best kept secrets. Located in the heart of Destin on the Destin Harbor, it specializes in making oysters a delicacy. Boathouse’s Gumbo recipe was written by Mama Gumbo herself.
And, of course, the oysters are raw, steamed or baked just the way you like ‘em! Boathouse has even been voted Best Oysters and Best Gumbo for the past 30 years. Come down every weekend and enjoy our delicious crawfish boils until we run out. Don’t miss our Slacker Sunday Brunch and our very popular “Slacker Series” events benefitting Panhandle Animal Welfare Society. Register now for our annual East Pass Slacker 0.5K coming up on May 25th designed specifically for those “underachievers” cold beer and the shortest walk possible. Walk, run, skip, crawl…however you’d like to get around to our partnered bars and complete their challenges. First to cross the finish line takes home a basket of alcohol worthy prizes. Visit our website for details.
850.837.3645 | 288 Harbor Blvd., Destin | boathouseoysterbardestin.com
La Famiglia Restaurant
It didn’t take much for Pino Tozzi to decide to sell his successful businesses in Rome, Italy, uproot his young family and emigrate to America—just a vacation to Destin in 2005. The rest is history… no hustle and bustle here; just relaxed, the ambiance reflecting the central Italian heritage of the owners, indoors or outdoors. La Famiglia has earned a reputation for serving some of the finest homemade Italian dishes on the Emerald Coast, including Veal Parmesan, homemade pastas and raviolis, and antipasto. Not to be missed, La Famiglia is a local favorite for authentic, brick oven Italian pizza, topped with a variety of traditional and specialty ingredients, including the Margherita, a classic combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. A big appetite? Try the hand-stretched, 2 ft. pizza on for size! Simply a great place to take the family out for a genuine, Italian pizza experience and memory-making. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., offering a lunch menu till 3 p.m.
850.279.4527 | 16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste 114 | Destin | lafamigliadestin.com