Pensacola, Florida
Thursday April 19th 2018


My Pensacola—Kiley and Bill

Kiley and Bill
Day Job: owners, The Magnolia
Pensacola Residents Since: 1997 and 2000, respectively

Good Eats:
When we get a night off at The Magnolia, a stop at The Elbow Room is absolutely essential.  Lesa, Will and Melanie throw down with that Enterprise sandwich! Otherwise, we frequent Jerry’s Drive In for the fried grouper sandwich, Tu-Do for yummy Vietnamese food and Global Grill for lamb lollipops and Brussels sprouts. We also love the vibe (and lovely owners) at The Leisure Club, so when we need a jolt we head there and ask Phillip what the daily brew is. We’re hungry just thinking about these places!

Retail Therapy:
Aside from grocery shopping, the only shopping we do is for cars at Sandy Sansing Nissan. Ask for Ryan.

Watering Holes:
The Wisteria is one of our faves. We love playing trivia at Mellow Mushroom, drinking Blonde Bombshells at The Bridge Bar and visiting our favorite bartender, Patrick, at 5 ½ Bar for his Dillinger or Take a KAB drinks (ask him for one!). The views at The Fish House and Grand Marlin for mimosas and Bloody Marys at brunch are the best. Hopjacks is perfect on Sunday afternoons for cheap pints and a quiet atmosphere.

We generally lay low on our nights off, typically drinking a few beers and Cham-wows at The Elbow Room, or getting the entire Bolster Clan together for food and beers at Casa de Bruni.  Antonio makes the most incredible coconut milk soup you’ve ever tasted, and he could put your shoe on his smoker and make it taste so good that you will ask for seconds. Finish your meal with Bree’s Tres Leches and you’ll be ready for a nap. Otherwise, we set up the projector at our house and have everybody dress up for a movie-themed party. We lay out a Rug that Pulls the Room Together and pass Caucasians all around when we watch The Big Lebowski.

This time of year, nothing beats sipping beer and nibbling on s’mores while sitting around a roaring fire, typically at Ry & Val’s bonfire spot on the bank of Coldwater Creek.  You gotta know the password (and BYOB) to be invited to those.

Arts & Culture:
Live music. Anywhere we can get it, but usually at Vinyl Music Hall and Paddy O’Leary’s Pub.  If we can make it out to New Orleans, Fritzell’s European Jazz Club on Bourbon is a must.  Pursuing local artist Ashton Howard’s art collection is always awe inspiring.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:
We love going to Gallery Night to see what new businesses are open and run into friends and family.  Hot Glass/Cold Brew is always a good time at the Belmont Arts Center.  Beer, wine and martini festivals top our list, too.