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My Pensacola—Matthieu Rodriguez

Name: Matthieu Rodriguez
Day Job: Ticket Manager at DeLuna Fest and 5 ½ Bar Cocktail Stylist
Pensacola Resident Since: 2003

Good Eats: Time does not allow me to name all of my favorites, but I will try my best to get the right people out there.  My crew’s favorite choice restaurant is Sake Café.  We always find our way there for hibachi, and always leave with a sake bomb buzz.

The lamb lollipops from Global Grill are “slap-yo-momma good.”  I also think that New York Nick’s, Atlas Oyster House, Hub Stacey’s, and Hopjack’s are always worth the trip.

Watering Holes: Here’s my weekly, preferred schedule: Monday – Awesome Mondays at 5 ½ Bar; Tuesday – Angela at Atlas Oyster House for ½ off Sushi; Wednesday – Billy at Hub Stacey’s; Thursday – Buck Thomas at Seville; Friday – The best trio in town, Chris, Patrick and me at 5 ½ Bar or Vinyl; Saturday – Mike Ashby at Intermission; Sunday is football day with Mike- aka Raul- at Play.  Each of the bartenders on this list will make you a regular at his or her respective location, I guarantee.

Nightlife: Whether you find yourself on Pensacola Beach or downtown, there are plenty of good spots to get into.  When I travel to the beach, I generally find myself at these five spots: Sandshaker, Capt. Fun’s, Islander, Paddy’s, and The Break.  Good music and cold drinks are always on the menu for these spots.  For downtown, I will say that anywhere between a four-block radius to the east of Palafox street.  There are awesome nights, bingo, karaoke, trivia, skee ball leagues, and even cocktail classes available.  But let’s be honest, it is all about the company you keep.  So as long as you have someone special or a special diverse crew around then you will always have some adventure to discover.

Arts & Culture: Tuesdays are free at Pensacola Museum of Art—I like that.  Vinyl Music Hall just featured 10,000 Maniacs, Wye Oak, and Okkervil River, plus they’ve got Los Lonely Boys coming up — those kind of bands never disappoint.  The Pensacola Seafood Festival is a favorite event of mine at which to find unique trinkets.  Gallery Nights are always good and the one in October is going to be extra special — it will feature a real-life wedding given to the winner of the recent Block Party Wedding Giveaway.  Plus, I never go anywhere without consulting my local guide, the IN, for all my info.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: The largest event in Pensacola is coming Oct. 14-16: DeLuna Fest. It’s bringing a load of talent and people to Pensacola Beach.  Easily the biggest band ever to grace Pensacola will be in attendance: Linkin Park.  Three of my must see acts include: Cake, Ghostland Observatory and The Shins.  Also, in attendance, will be Big Boi, Cut\Copy, Weezer, Girl Talk, Diplo, and The New Pornographers.