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My Pensacola: Mark Alvarez

Name: Mark Alvarez
Day Job: Legal Assistant
Pensacola Resident Since: 2009

Good Eats: Jordan Valley Café! Definitely a break from stereotypical lunch items and a great place to relax outside if you’re on lunch.

Retail Therapy: For shopping, nothing is better than being able to hit up the Silver Sands Factory Stores and then hit the beach afterwards. From Calvin Klein to Lacoste, I know I can get a good deal out there and it’s a weekend drive to get away.

Watering Holes: UWF Argo Galley is my favorite way to end a school semester and burn my last Argo bucks before they expire.

Nightlife: Holla Nights at Hopjacks! Great music, dozens of beer choices and good pizza can’t go wrong when you’re starting out your night. Afterwards, bar hop your way down Palafox through many of the other venues.

Outdoors: You can either catch me playing Beer Shoes on Pensacola Beach or Tennis at Bayfront Park. East Hill is full of parks if you’re ever looking for an afternoon stroll.

Arts & Culture: Besides one of the many art festivals going on downtown, Fort Pickens is one of my favorite places to bike through and tour if you’re able to fit it in your schedule. On top of that, the University of West Florida has kept up with The Historic Pensacola Village in the heart of downtown Pensacola. I’ll usually stop by Dolce! Gelato, Coffee & Confections after spending an afternoon out there to cool down.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: If you’re visiting Pensacola, you can’t leave without checking out Gallery Night and Bands on the Beach in the summer. Besides those events, I recommend checking out what Vinyl or Sluggo’s has on the books too, because you can usually catch a good concert there if you’re looking for an outing.