If you’re talkin’ Florida Panhandle cookin’, you’re talkin’ fresh seafood. One of the best places to find it is in the town of Eastpoint, across the bay from Apalachicola and St. George Island. Eastpoint is lined with rustic seafood houses, serving freshly harvested Apalachicola Bay oysters just hauled in by the weathered skiffs outside. And the oysters come with an extra dose of friendliness as many of these restaurants are now into the fourth generation of family ownership.
Panama City offers a variety of nightlife options, among them the multi-venue musical jam called “Music Matters.” Corner Pocket is a billiards hall that serves the largest variety of craft beers and wines in Panama City as well as some great karaoke to go along with it. You can boogie all night at Dance Life Dance Studio. And if you prefer to hear your music sitting down, you can listen to it at concerts performed around town by the 2.00-person Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews.
Neighboring Panama City Beach is a flip-flops town during the day however, when the sun goes down, its partying side comes out. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a branch of Nashville’s world-famous honky-tonk, and Club La Vela is actually the largest nightclub in America. You can hear live music at places like Spinnaker Beach Club and Pineapple Willie’s. And keep your throat moist, because in this town, there’s a good chance you’ll be using it for karaoke at night.
In the town of Bonifay, you can find good food and sports at Sam’s Place, and pool tables and camaraderie at La Cue Billiards . Come fall, Hammack Farms & Corn Maze is the perfect family evening out. There’s a five-acre corn maze, a mini-hay-bale maze for the kids, hayrides, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, a playground, and a down-ho me-fun atmosphere.
The picturesque seaside town of Destin may bring back memories of that famous ’50s song, Harbor Lights. HarborWalk Village and the Harbor Boardwalk are the most romantic strolling spots in town, with great shopping and cool boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs, pub crawls, live music, and dancing amid those harbor lights and lapping-waters.
In Pensacola, nightlife often revolves around performing arts companies like the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Ballet and the Pensacola Little Theatre, the oldest continuously operating community theater in the southeastern US. The Seville Quarter is a huge venue offering seven rooms of nighttime entertainment, with DJs, pool tables, dance club, restaurants, live music g and dueling pianos.
And downtown’s Palafox Street is an exciting strip lined with restaurants, bars and clubs.