Take a toast Pensacola. You 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!