Pensacola, Florida
Saturday October 20th 2018


BOC ’10: Bars

5 1/2
Winner: Best Bartender-Patrick Bolster

The quiet little bar next to Pensacola’s hottest new music venue, Vinyl Music Hall, scored a huge win in landing the IN readers’ favorite bartender, Patrick Bolster. This cool bar is located in the back of Vinyl with its own entrance on Garden Street. Drop by and tell Patrick, the IN sent you.

Winner: Best Bar Ambiance
Top 3 Finishes: Best Jazz/Blues Bar, Best Martini, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Selection Of Wine By The Glass, Best Brunch

Low-key sophistication with just a touch of Jazz. Focusing on providing fine wine, martinis and scrumptious tapas in an environment draped with soothing jazz and blues music, it’s no wonder 600 South Wine & Tapas Bar, inside New World Landing, has been voted Best Bar Ambiance by IN readers for the third consecutive year.

Winner: Best Bang for Your Buck-Heaviest Pour, Best Dark Corner for PDA
Top 3 Finishes: Best After-Hours Spot, Best Bar to Drink Alone, Best Jukebox, Best Place to Eavesdrop, Best Place You Can’t Take Your Parents

Looking for a Pensacola original with impeccable drink specials? IN readers have just the spot for you. The Azalea pours ‘em high and isn’t afraid to warn you about asking for a double. This bar, which is located just north of Cervantes, is a favorite among locals, from young professionals to old coots, and is very inviting to those who just want to escape from a long day at the office.

Winner: Best Daiquiri
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bushwacker, Best Day Drinking, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff

Bamboo Willie’s is the Portofino Boardwalk’s spot for drinking, dancing and behaving like an island tourist. Grab a frozen concoction at the bar while grooving to Banana Republic on stage. Be sure you wear your sunglasses so you won’t get caught oogling the passerbys.

Winner: Best Jazz/Blues Bar
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bar for Live Music, Best Bar Overall, Best Music Venue

This is one of Pensacola’s hottest downtown spot for the very best in blues, jazz and funk. Whether it’s salsa dancing, live music or just a place to have a drink with friends, Blazzues has you covered. Make sure to get there early to take advantage of the drink specials—and find room at the bar.

Winner: Best Bar to Drink Alone
Top 3 Finish: Best Karaoke Night

Billed as downtown Pensacola’s most progressive bar, The Cabaret pours over 217 fine liquors, 20 different bottle beers and eight draft beers. Their friendly staff provides a place to relax and offers videos, all genres of live music, game nights and karaoke.

Winner: Best Jukebox, Best Place for Bar Games
Top 3 Finishes: Best After-Hours Spot, Best Bar Ambiance, Best Late Night Eats

The true test of any local is whether they have eaten at The Elbow Room. If Jimmy has ever poured you a beer there, then you get a gold star. Although the large selection of beer, board games and menu items are a plus, the retro-lighting, wall memorabilia and jukebox are enough to keep you coming back again and again.

Winner: Best Selection of Beer on Tap, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Selection of Bottled Beer
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best Bar to People Watch, Best Bar-Downtown, Best Drink Specials, Best Place to Meet Friends After Work, Best Bar for Trivia

Where else can you go to sip an exotic beer, play bar trivia, listen to a band and sing karaoke, all in one night? Hopjacks delivers one of the more unique atmospheres in Pensacola. Stocked with more than 150 beers—36 on tap—in a bar that spans much of the establishment, you’ll never get thirsty—or bored. While the bar selection is top-notch, so is the pizza and their world-famous fries. The best part of all is they serve food ‘til the wee hours of the morning, just when those post-drinking munchies set in.

Winner: Best Bar-Downtown Pensacola, Best Bar Where It Pays to be a Regular
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bang for Your Buck-Heaviest Pour, Best Bar Overall, Best Place for Bar Games, Best Bartender-Mike Ashby

Intermission is the heart and soul of the downtown bar scene. IN readers have long loved the bar atmosphere, games and bartenders at this hotspot across from the old Escambia County courthouse.

Winner: Best Margarita
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bar with a View, Best New Bar-Escambia County

Get your fins up and come to Pensacola Beach’s newest bar to enjoy a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico, listen to great music and enjoy the Best Margarita on the Coast. We recommend trying out Wing & Sing Wednesdays with 50-cent wings and karaoke.

Winner: Best Shot-(Irish Car Bomb)
Top 3 Finishes: Best Bar for Poker, Best Bar-Pensacola Beach

Paddy O’Leary’s fame is derived from its “Irish Car Bomb” shot. Once a Paddy patron reaches 100 shots, they are added to a plaque at the bar. We recommend spreading the shots over more than one day.

Winner: Best Bar-Pensacola Beach, Best Day Drinking
Top 3 Finishes: Best Hotel Bar, Best Margarita

There is no better place to sip on a margarita, kick off your sandals and leave the world behind than the open, relaxed environment of Paradise Bar & Grill. It’s also a place where you can dock your boat, grab a bite to eat and let the kids play in the sand. Paradise has long been a favorite of locals, and once again IN readers have named it their favorite place to drink on Pensacola Beach—morning, noon or night.

Winner: Best Bushwacker
Top 3 Finish: Best Bang for Your Buck-Heaviest Pour, Best Bar for Live Music, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best Bar-Pensacola Beach, Best Daiquiri, Best Day Drinking, Best Ladies Night, Best Shot-151 on Bushwacker, Best House Drink-Bushwacker

There’s no other bar on Pensacola Beach where you’ll find a more diverse crowd than the Sandshaker. The outside deck and observation tower complement the beach bum atmosphere for which this iconic bar has always been known. Grab a Bushwacker—from the place where they originated—and enjoy live music, karaoke and other events throughout the week. Don’t forget the 151 shot of rum!

Winner: Best Night Club, Best Club DJ, (DJ Lao) Best After-Hours Spot
Top 3 Finish: Best Bar Ambiance, Best Bar to Hook up, Best Cover

Charge Worth Paying, Best Dark Corner for PDA
Three years ago, Edwin Banacia and Albert Lao brought a “new experience” to downtown Pensacola. Suite created the standard for nightclubs and big city-like promotions—featuring the best DJ in town, a great ambiance and overall place to party late into the night. Sadly, Suite closed its doors earlier this month leaving a void in the local club scene.

Winner:  Best Neighborhood Bar
Top 3 Finish: Best Bar to Drink Alone, Best Jukebox

Known by locals as simply the “Wis,” the Wisteria has been East Hill’s favorite neighborhood bar since the 1930s. After 75 years, the Wisteria Tavern has gone smoke free, ending the only complaint we have heard about this Pensacola institution nestled on 12th Avenue.