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Sunday December 17th 2017

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Best of the Coast 2017—Bars, Drinks & Nightlife Featured Winners

The Cabaret
101 S. Jefferson St.

What inspired you to get started?
The ability to give back to a growing community by daily challenging myself with new opportunities.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Seeing Customers smile and knowing we provide a safe place for expression.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
An uber neighborhood bar with a chill, week day vibe and a night club aesthetic during the weekend evenings.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Enhancing a more fluid and ergonomic floor plan that will allow more nightly events.
Answers by:
Paul Dye

chizuko
506 W. Belmont St., facebook.com/chizukopensacola

What inspired you to get started?
We had always imagined having a place of our own and were beyond ready to make it happen. The timing was right and we just went for it. Haven’t looked back.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Each day at chizuko is different. It keeps it exciting. We have so many ideas that we want to bring to life; it’s easy to stay motivated. We also love our loyal clientele and we want to make sure they’re always happy and having a good time.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
chizuko has a little something for everyone. We are a bar, a music venue, a comedy club and a dance party. We have a great beer selection and yummy bar food. There’s definitely a family vibe here, so when you come, you are bound to make some new friends.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We are always dreaming of ways we can make chizuko bigger and better. We are very excited for the holidays. Keep up with us on Facebook to find out what we have up our sleeves.
Answers by:
Daisy Doyle and Jess Laws, Owners

NYN’s Badlands Roadside Bar
23 S. Palafox, nynbadlands.com

What inspired you to get started?
I have several family members in the business, so my first job was a busboy in my uncle’s restaurant. I knew then this is what I was going to do.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Every day is a new adventure in the service industry.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
A comfortable, non-assuming bar.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Becoming the go-to spot downtown.
Answers by:
Nick Zangari, Owner

Old Hickory Whiskey Bar
123 S. Palafox, oldhickorywhiskeybar.com

What inspired you to get started?
Shortly after finishing graduate school at UWF, I realized a 9 to 5 job was not for me. I turned to my passions—history and whiskey— to create a career that encompassed creating an environment for people to connect and enjoy life.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Passion. Whether it be for the love of whiskey or the people that work at OHWB that have now become family. We all love, wholeheartedly, what we do every single day. Serving guests and making people’s day better is why we’re in the hospitality business.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Old Hickory has one of the largest collections of whiskey in the country, with upwards of 625 different labels. However, if whiskey is not your libation of choice, we do have a full bar with rotating seasonal cocktails created by our bartenders.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Maybe another Old Hickory in another city? Maybe an entirely new concept here in Pensacola? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Answers by:
Katie Garrett, Owner/Founder

Pensacola Bay Brewery
225 E. Zaragoza St., pbbrew.com

What inspired you to get started?
Ever since my first batch of home brew I thought I would like to be in the brewing business.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our customers keep us going. Their love for our beers keeps our quality on point.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
We are a small boutique brewery in the historic Pensacola village. We have great beers backed by a great ambience.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
To keep up the good work and steady growth in our small facility.
Answers by:
Mark Robertson, Co-Owner/Brew Master

Play
16 S. Palafox, iplaypensacola.com

What inspired you to get started?
The arcade was born into the bar back in 1971. We brought it back home. We wanted a comfortable place for the neighborhood that brought back good memories and created new ones. Great music, good people, delicious drinks and fun games. Simple.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
We love our employees and their families. It feels good to know that Play can sustain them. Our motivation is driven by creating success, so our employees can focus on what’s important to them. And our customers are an extension of that family.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Play is a bit old school vintage arcade, meets a neighborhood bar, that feels like its there just for you. Its a dope house party with a great game room, the best DJ, better booze and you don’t have to take off your shoes (unless you want to).
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
We’d like for the DIB to quit charging for the Jefferson Street Parking Garage, which makes our parking the only paid parking downtown after 5 p.m. It’s kind of unfair to the businesses on our block.
Answers by:
The ownership and management team at Play

Seville Quarter
130 E. Government St., sevillequarter.com

What inspired you to get started?
Downtown Pensacola is the inspiration for Seville Quarter’s start. We love the people of Pensacola and the beautiful location.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
We just celebrated 50 years of business and we look forward to 50 more years.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Seville Quarter is located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. We are the Gulf Coast’s go-to entertainment destination since 1967.  We have seven rooms of fun , seven nights a week.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
The opening a new steakhouse across the street from Seville Quarter. We hope to add to the great line-up of restaurants downtown.  We are also very excited about all of the new residential properties opening in our neighborhood.  Downtown is hot, and we are right in the heart of it.
Answers by:
Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director

The Vineyard
1010 N. 12th Ave., Suite 111, thevineyardpensacola.com

What inspired you to get started?
Watching the revival of East Hill was the  motivation to open a restaurant with lots of community events catering to all ages, demographics and family types.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our customers.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
The Vineyard is a restaurant with daily events catering to a community or all people in order to have a good time while eating great food. Come chill in East Hill.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
The fall and winter are packed with events such as the Star Wars series on movie night, bicycle scavenger hunts on Wednesday nights and lots of live music on Friday and Saturday night. Don’t forget about our incredible East Hill Sunday brunch.
Answers by:
Glen Hill, Proprietor

Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox, vinylmusichall.com

What inspired you to get started?
We saw a need for Pensacola, and downtown Pensacola in particular, to be home to a top notch, mid-level club venue where local, regional, national and international musicians and entertainers could perform for the people of our city.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
The number one answer would always be the fans in Pensacola and the surrounding areas. Over seven, years we’ve learned just how enthusiastic folks around here are about seeing some of their favorite bands and entertainers in this setting.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Vinyl Music Hall is a live venue first and foremost. The draw here is who and what is on our stage. It’s similar to a House Of Blues type concert hall, we just don’t happen to have a restaurant attached.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Always moving forward. More shows, bigger shows, better shows and even more diversity in the type of shows, from format to genre.
Answers by:
Harry Levin and Evan Levin, Owners with Chris Wilkes, Talent Buyer