Quality Inn Bayside
322 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: (850) 275-0300
Fax: (850) 275-0315
Bars & Cafes
Located in the historic downtown area, the Coasters is a dive bar. This casual bar offers a relaxed atmosphere to its patrons and is the best place to hang out after work. It serves variety of drinks ranging from beer, cocktails to whiskeys. As far as entertainment is concerned, Coasters boasts off jukebox, pool tables, dartboards, foosball and host of other arcade games too. For complete details, call ahead.
Open from breakfast to dinner, the Sandestin location of the Emerald Coast Coffee and Grille specializes in coffee and tea. The cafe also serves delicious food items throughout the day. Menu items include breakfast items, paninis, salads, kebab platters, baked goods and more.
Rock and country music blasts out of the sound systems and bartenders dance on the bar - plus, they know how to make a good drink. Coyote Ugly is just that kind of bar. Free shots are awarded to every woman who dares to show off her dance skills on the bar. Unsurprisingly, you'll find mechanical bulls on the outside patio. Pool tables are available in a less crowded section of the bar.
AJ's is truly a one-stop-shop when it comes to the complete seafood dining experience. Enjoy gorgeous views of the harbor while you get your fill of delicious seafood cooked however you like it in the restaurant, or stop by the Oyster Bar to savor oysters prepared in various ways. AJ's has a full bar and offers live music seven days a week starting at 4p. AJ's also schedules cruises and snorkel trips from their ships which are docked at the marina in front of the restaurant. Bar open late.
Rather than tourists, it is outgoing locals and bikers that flock to The Red Door Saloon to have a beer or two. Especially off-season, the place has a divey feel to it. With both an indoor and outdoor bar and a huge dance floor there's plenty of space to have a good time and show off your dance skills. Also, drink specials and costume parties make for an unforgettable Destin experience.
Destin's Dockside Ale House is the place to kick back and relax. Situated at the harbor's waterfront, this open-air bar would fit in perfectly in Key West. Every weekend, local bands rock the stage with live performances. With 26 beers on tap and huge TV screens all around, watching your favorite games has never been this much fun. You never have to drink the same beer twice as they change their extensive beer selection regularly. Ask nicely and the bartenders might allow beer tastings first.
Back in the day, Harbor Docks was nothing more than a little harbor cottage with six picnic tables. People would come in for ice cold beers and oysters; nothing fancy, but a great atmosphere. Nowadays, Harbor Docks is home to several sushi bars and an elevated deck with beautiful views. The picnic tables, however, are still here retaining the restaurant's casual and authentic atmosphere. Their made-from-scratch menu is both delicious and healthy, containing the most amazing fish dishes and Thai delights. Right on the water, hidden away in the harbor, you'll dine among locals here.
If you are craving some of the local seafood delicacies that this area famous for, then make your way to the Funky Blues Shack in Destin. You are bound to mistake the restaurant as an art gallery at first as the walls are decorated with colorful artwork. However, it is the food that brings in the locals and tourists here in large numbers. This restaurant is known for their seafood pizzas, Blackened Snapper and lobster ravioli. With its calender packed with performances of well known artists and bands, you are in for a great time here.
Located on the Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin, Club LA has given rock music it's due by staging the concerts of independent rock artists and bands. Among the first ones to do so, it's no wonder that music lovers walk in here religiously to listen to the original tunes. Apart from live music, the club also hosts DJs on weekend nights with the parties stretching till wee hours of the morning. Show off your dancing skills on the huge dance floor, or challenge your friends to a game of pool or ping pong in the play area of the club. The steady flow of drinks ensure that the spirit of the house never looses its vibrancy. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
With 26 lanes, Hurricane Lanes is Destin's premier bowling alley. Come during the day to perfect your game or at night for black light bowling with music. But there's plenty else to do if you aren't a fan or get too tired to bowl. Hurricane Lanes is also home to Rupert's Billiards and Blues Sports Bar and boasts TVs showing the latest game, music, 14 pool tables, a full service bar, an arcade and a cafe. Check the website for current drink specials and upcoming events.
Selling the best selection of hard-to-find wines and craft beers between Tallahassee and New Orleans, Chan's Wine World is a true gem. With their competitive prices and attentive staff, this place makes you want to come back at least once a year (to try their great seasonal beers). Alternatively, look around in their liquor store or enjoy the gourmet lunch and dinner menu and special cheeses. In fact, you'll easily spend the whole day in this great little Destin retreat. There are four other locations throughout the Emerald Coast area.
O’Quigley's Seafood Steamer offers something for everyone. With 61 video screens, comfortable seating, and a large selection of beers, this bar has been voted best sports bar on the Emerald Coast nine years in a row. Surprisingly, they serve dishes that are better than most bar food. O'Quigley's is conveniently located down the Destin strip, away from crowds of tourists.