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Best Nightlife



Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Destin nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Destin Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Ocean Club


Elegant and upscale, this dimly-lit bar caters to a mixed clientele but is especially popular with a slightly older crowd. During the early evening, the Ocean Club is a stylish restaurant, but later on, a talented pianist entertains patrons with a mix of classics and contemporary music (including an incredible rendition of "The Phantom of the Opera"). A dance floor is available if the spirit moves you, but for the most part, guests simply enjoy listening to the beautiful music, which plays several nights each week. Ideal for an after-dinner cognac, too.

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Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill


Raised on pilings, this multi-level restaurant and bar is adorned with grafitti, so much so that it's become an unofficial trademark. Inside, the island decor depends heavily on flotsam and jetsam, giving the place a studied casualness. Popular with tourists and a favorite of locals, Fudpucker's serves good food and live music with equal dexterity. Bands play a variety of styles (mostly rock and beach music), and patrons flock to hear the best. The bar adds liquid refreshment to the mix, and an outdoor deck invites lounging and nighttime conversation. Locations on Okaloosa Island and in Seagrove Beach too.

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Seagrove Beach
Cafe Thirty-A


Gulf Coast architecture figures prominently in this yellow clapboard building, trimmed in white and topped by a metal roof. Inside, exposed rafters and ductwork are painted white, and market umbrellas hang from the ceiling. The menu features oak-fired oven pizzas, and main dishes include grilled swordfish, sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna, grilled rack of lamb, and filet mignon with truffle aioli and foie gras bordelaise. Fishbone, the restaurant's bar, serves up specialty martinis and has a terrific wine list with a number of good champagnes. Outdoor dining is available on the bar's open deck.

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Hogs Breath Destin


This local hang-out looks like it's had its share of loving over the years. In classic bar style, it sports dark wood, brass rails and neon beer signs, but you know you're at the beach by the surfboards suspended overhead. Very laid-back, it always entertains a gang at the bar, and at night, patrons gather to play pool and listen to live bands. Rock music and cover tunes are most popular, but you'll also hear blues, jazz, and island music. Inside, several levels corral bar-goers, but if you don't like the cigarette smoke, there's an outdoor deck. The place also serves food, including appetizers, steaks, seafood and sandwiches. Raw bar, too.

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The first thing you notice when you step inside this brewpub is the thousands of dollar bills that hang like foliage from the ceiling. Signed by pleased patrons, they add extra green to the Irish memorabilia already on display. The restaurant's dark wood and brass accents aptly furnish a place where Irish folk music plays and beer is made on the premises. Pub fare, such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage, will placate purists, but the menu also offers steaks, pastas, burgers and seafood for those who haven't been initiated into the pleasures of Irish cuisine. Try them with one of the house brews, which include a light, a red, a stout and even a non-alcoholic root beer.

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AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar


Club Bimini, AJ's venue for live music and night-time drinks, is the party choice in Destin. An expansive wooden deck, with a tiki-hut bar and terrific views of the harbor, hosts hordes of tourists and locals. Beer specials are a perennial favorite, and when the bands aren't playing, DJs spin island music and classic rock. Vacationers mingle easily and conversations take off as quickly as the breeze. If you're hungry, order a few oysters or one of the seafood baskets. If not, just nurse your drink and enjoy the evening. There's plenty to do, and if you've arrived early enough to get a parking space, life is nothing but good.

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