5 ½ BAR
Winner: Best Bar to Drink Alone, Best Martini, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Place to Eavesdrop
Runner Up: Best Bar Menu, Best Bar Overall, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best Bar-Downtown Pensacola, Best Dark Corner for PDA, Best Margarita, Best New Bar-Escambia County, Best Selection of Wine by the Glass, Best Bar Personality-Matthieu Rodriguez, Best Bartender-Matthieu Rodriguez, Best Bartender-Patrick Bolster
The quiet little bar next to Pensacola’s hottest music venue, Vinyl Music Hall, scored big this year, topping several Best of the Coast categories. This cool, intimate bar is located in the back of Vinyl with its own entrance on Garden Street. The bartenders are skilled and up to any drink-order challenge. Drop by and tell them the IN sent you.
Winner: Best Daiquiri
Runner Up: Best Bushwacker, Best Day-Drinking, Best Place To Shake Your Stuff, Best Food Event-Crawfish Fest
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 passersby.
COYOTES SPORTS BAR
Winner: Best Bar-Cordova Area
Established in 2004, Coyotes is a sports bar next to Monterrey’s Mexican on Bayou Boulevard and near Cordova Mall. Sports, live music, karaoke and $5 pitcher specials won the hearts of IN readers. The $1 pints, $1 PBR and $1 Kamikazes for Monday Night Football didn’t hurt either.
Winner: Best Bar for Getting Flat-Out Drunk, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular,
Best Cover Charge Worth Paying, Best Place You Can’t Take Your Parents, Best Bartender-Christopher Peterson
Runner Up: Best Bank for Your Buck, Best Bar to Hook Up, Best Bar to People Watch, Best Late Night Spot, Best Nightclub, Best Place to Eavesdrop, Best Place to Shake Your Stuff, Best Bar Personality-Bunnie Hopson
Emerald City is the Gulf Coast’s premier high-energy dance bar, whether you’re gay or straight. The drink specials, music and entertainment have made Emerald City a favorite of IN readers, placing this night spot at or near the top of every bar category. Christopher Peterson walked away the very competitive and coveted Best Bartender award.
HOPJACKS PIZZA KITCHEN & TAPROOM
Winner: Best Bar Menu, Best Bar-Downtown Pensacola, Best Selection of Beer on Tap, Best Selection of Bottled Beer, Best French Fries, Best Late Night Eats
Runner Up: Best Bar Overall, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best College Hangout, Best Happy Hour, Best Late Night Spot, Best Military-Friendly Bar, Best Place to Meet Friends After Work, Best Pizza, Best Local Place to Follow on Twitter, Best Shot-Sky Bomb
Hopjacks delivers one of the more unique atmospheres in Pensacola. Stocked with more than 200 beers—111 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.
NEW YORK NICK’S
Winner: Best Sports Bar, Best Restaurant for Sports Fanatics
Runner Up: Best Chicken Fingers, Best Wings, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters
What’s Nick got that others don’t? All the games, of course. Palafox’s top sports bar has flat-screen TVs everywhere you turn—offering games and sports that nobody else carries, including lacrosse. There is not a better place in town to catch college football or March Madness.. The wings and sauces are made in-house and the Stoney sauce is heaven on anything it touches. We recommend the Best Damn Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Char-grilled wings. You won’t be sorry. If you become a regular, Nick might even smile at you and let you change the channel to your favorite show, but it better not be Lifetime Television or “Jersey Shore”.
THE OAR HOUSE
Winner: Bar-West Pensacola/Perdido Key
Runner Up: Best Military-Friendly Bar, Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Pet-Friendly Bar, Best Fish Sandwich, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Restaurant with a View
Pensacola loves outdoor dining, and The Oar House with its big deck is a crowd pleaser. This little restaurant and bar is one of IN readers’ favorite hot spots with its relaxed atmosphere, cold drinks and excellent food. They have live music on the weekends. Located at the mouth of Bayou Chico at the former site of the Barrancas Avenue drawbridge, The Oar House has a Key West feel that is only minutes away from downtown Pensacola. Gather with friends, have a drink and enjoy one of The Oar House’s almost famous fish sandwiches, salads and seafood.
PADDY O’LEARY’S IRISH PUB
Winner: Best Shot-Irish Car Bomb, Best Bar for Poker
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 New Bar-Escambia County, Best Place for Bar Games
Runner Up: Best College Hangout, Best Jukebox, Best Pet-Friendly Bar, Best Shot-Big League Chew, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters-New Orleans Saints, Best Karaoke Night
Edwin Banacia and Albert Lao know how to create a bar that IN readers enjoy. With rotating microbrews, a combination of vintage and new arcade games, pool tables and skee-ball machines, Play is Pensacola’s favorite neighborhood bar with a side of fun. You want to make this one of your regular weekly stops.
Winner: Best Bushwacker, Best Bar-Pensacola Beach, Best House Drink-Bushwacker
Runner Up: Best Bar for Getting Flat-Out Drunk, Best Bar for Poker, Best Bar to People Watch
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 and enjoy live music, karaoke and other events throughout the week. Don’t forget the 151 shot of rum!
Winner: Best Bar Overall, Best Bar to Hook Up, Best Bar to People Watch, Best College Hangout, Best Military-Friendly Bar, Best Nightclub, Best Place to Shake Your Stuff, Best Bar Personality-Buck Thomas, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters
Runner Up: Best Bar for Live Music, Best Bar for Poker, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best Bar-Downtown Pensacola, Best Cover Charge Worth Paying,
Best Ladies Night, Best Local Tourist Attraction, Best Chicken Fingers, Best Salad Bar, Best Music Venue, Best Cigar Shop, Best Wine Tastings, Best Reception Venue, Best Running Club, Best Bartender-Buck Thomas, Best Regular Gig-Dueling Pianos, Best Special Event Space, Best Shot-Key Lime Pie, Best Karaoke Night
Since opening in 1967, Seville Quarter has been a staple of Pensacola nightlife. Originally owned by Bob Snow, the entertainment complex is now under the guidance of the Mitchell family. Seville Quarter is a jack-of-all-trades establishment, offering food, drinks and a variety of entertainment options. From the dance club vibe of Phineas Phogg’s to the Dueling Pianos of Rosie O’ Grady’s, this Pensacola institution serves up every flavor of conceivable nightlife nightly. Seville Quarter is no slouch when it comes to special events, either. They regularly bring in national and regional acts and host dozens of weekend festivals and events throughout the year. The great thing about Seville is its ability to please everyone, so it’s no wonder Seville Quarter sits atop the bar and nightclub throne again this year.
Winner: Best Selection of Wine by the Bottle, Best Selection of Wine by the Glass, Best Way to Get “Cheese-y”-Cheese Plates
Runner Up: Best Bar Menu, Best New Bar-Escambia County, Best Place to Eavesdrop, Best Place to Meet Friends After Work, Best Sandwich, Best New Restaurant-Escambia County, Best Wine Tastings
Downtown Pensacola has become the dining, shopping and entertainment district that the IN has always envisioned. The Wine Bar is a key player, which IN readers love. Wine Bar features over 350 different wines available by the bottle, 40 wines by the glass, a gourmet cheese shop and a menu consisting of sandwiches and small plates.