By Scott Miller
Football, they say, is the ultimate team sport; having played for many years myself, I agree. However, there are some individual performances worthy of mentioning. So, be sure to check out our January Football Guide for a list of this year’s standout award winning college football players.
No matter who you are rooting for, one thing remains: Destin has some of the absolute best places in the world to take in all the action. Your front row seat is waiting at any one of these incredible sports bars and restaurants right here in our backyard:
Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill
Ready to shake it up a little, and we mean literally—Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill has quickly become a local favorite. Stop in today and let them serve up some of their world class jumbo-sized Margaritas, sure to set the mood to watch your favorite football game. Tequila’s Sports Bar has some of the best seats in the neighborhood. Listen to live music every Friday and Latin Saturdays where you can dance the night away! A fusion of sports bar food and delightful Mexican dishes, lunch specials offered daily Monday through Friday for $8.99. 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. EAT, DRINK, FOOTBALL, FIESTA!! OPEN 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
850.279.6402 | 11225 U.S. 98 W. Miramar Beach | sandestinsportsbar.com
Tailfins Alehouse and Oyster Bar
With stunning views of the Destin Harbor and your favorite foods and drinks, Tailfins’ Entertainment Complex delivers an incredible mix of friendly and fun atmosphere along with breathtaking views. A magical combination for football watching and entertainment with Live Music seven days a week. Tailfins offers three levels of indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the Destin Boardwalk so come back again and again to experience all they have to offer.
There are Huge Big Screen TV’s everywhere you look so you can watch your favorite teams all season long. Be sure to try all of the Scrumptious Early Bird Specials M-F from 4 -7 p.m. including Tailfins’ famous Alaskan Snow Crab ~ Steamed Crab Clusters with New Potatoes & Corn, $19.95. And if that’s not already enough to bring you by, Tailfins offers a Double Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to closing from Mon. through Fri. with $15 Domestic Bottle Buckets and $7.99 Pitchers, House Wines and Well Drinks. We’ll see you there.
850.650-1200 | On the Harbor in Destin | tailfinsdestin.com
Island Wing Company Grill & Bar
Voted Best Wings 4 years running, Island Wing Co. is calling your name. Come in and find your favorite beer among the 58 selections on tap or enjoy a cocktail and savor some of the tastiest food you’ve ever eaten, all while watching your favorite teams on the many Big Screen TVs situated throughout this clean, open atmosphere. The playoffs are in full swing and Island Wing Company invites you to experience the best Sports Bar and Grill in Destin; Back to watching, cheering, eating and drinking with all the other true, passionate wing eating, beer drinking fans that have made this the locals favorite place to gather.
981 U.S. Hwy. 98, Destin | (850) 837-2999 | www.islandwing.com
Boathouse Oyster Bar
Boathouse Oyster Bar has been one of Destin’s favorite best kept secrets; but the word is out! Located in the heart of Destin on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse specializes in making oysters a delicacy, a great accompaniment to great football! 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 been voted Best Oysters and Best Gumbo for the past 30 years. Visit the website for details. Come by and enjoy live music, watch your favorite teams play, and take in the amazing and prized views of the Harbor at Boathouse Oyster Bar.
850.837.3645 | 288 Harbor Blvd. Destin | boathouseoysterbardestin.com
Are you ready for some Football? Hungry, thirsty, maybe a little of both? Come in and visit Landshark’s Pizza. Owners Brian and Sue Hassmann have created the local’s favorite pizza, buffalo wings and sports pub and bar that serves great pizza AND awesome wings plus many other scrumptious eats for folks of all ages. There’s plenty of seating for everyone and TVs galore, plus fun and games all week long. Weekly specials and fun include Music Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; $.69 cent Wing Wednesdays; Sports fans from all over come and watch all their favorite teams on countless regional and national sports networks including College & Pro Football. And there’s a fully stocked bar with 95 different bourbons and 30 beers on draft!
850.424-6743 | 300 Harbor Blvd. Destin | landsharkspizza.com
The Beach House
Located next to the Hilton Sandestin, you’ll enjoy the magnificent view of the white sandy beaches and emerald waters from every seat, indoors or out! And, the game is always on one of the large TV’s. And there are a variety of delectable dishes including Grouper tacos, perfectly charred chicken wings or the, we’re sure, soon to be famous Beach House burger. And don’t forget your dessert—the mini mason delights are a must try! You can dine in the newly remodeled restaurant and bar or watch the stunning sunsets, and your favorite team, while you eat on one of the many outdoor escapes! Join for live music several nights a week. Interested in booking a private event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
850-608-6300 | 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach | Thebeachhousesd.com