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Downtown Pensacola’s Must-Visit Bars

Date Posted: Sep 18, 2021

After enjoying a fun day at Foo Foo Fest, it’s easy to keep the party going well into the night in Pensacola. Downtown Pensacola is extremely walkable and is home to a variety of late-night bars and hotspots that are serving up creative cocktails and a nightly dose of fun and games. Here are some of downtown Pensacola’s most unique watering holes that are a must-visit after a fun day at Foo.

O’Riley’s Irish Pub

O’Riley’s Irish Pub is downtown Pensacola’s only traditional Irish pub. This family-owned establishment has an elaborate beer and cocktail menu and an award-winning food menu that includes Irish-inspired dishes along with a variety of American favorites.

Hub Stacey’s

Top off any fun-filled day or a late night out with a stop by Hub Stacey’s. The downtown establishment is a local institution that is known for its delicious unique sandwiches. Any of its long list of brews is made even better with one of the local favorites, the Tarragona or the Government.

The Kennedy

There’s not a spot in town that melds together the nostalgia of mid-century and the modern era in a cocktail better than The Kennedy. Classic cocktails reign supreme here, but its creative and knowledgeable mixologists have put together a carefully crafted drink menu that’s as innovative as it is delicious. In addition to its lively drink menu, The Kennedy also offers an equally deliciously unique mix of culinary items as well, including a delectable dessert list.

Old Hickory

Named one of Garden & Gun Magazine’s Best Cocktail Bars of the South, this original is located right in the heart of Palafox Street. Old Hickory isn’t just another whiskey bar. It’s the whiskey bar that serves up more than 700 whiskeys and seasonal craft cocktails. The whiskey menu literally includes whiskeys from around the world, from typical American varieties to limited-edition whiskeys you probably won’t find anywhere else.

The Well

Lots of thought and planning went into The Well Floridian Lounge, which opened earlier this year. An extension of the Perfect Plain Brewing Company family, The Well is a mixed-culture Exploratorium that’s all about celebrating cocktails, beer, and the Sunshine State. Its carefully curated and charming space provides just the right ambiance for anyone and everyone to enjoy its Old World libations or latest wood cellar beer.

The 5 Barrel

The 5 Barrel is so much more than a bar. It’s actually a brewery that pays homage to Pensacola’s interesting past. Along with its list of core beers, the 5 Barrel features an upscale food menu that includes charcuterie and gourmet bites.

Garden & Grain

Garden & Grain is an extravagantly beautifully cocktail garden located just behind the Perfect Plain Brewing Company. The space used for Garden & Grain is rather historic as it was originally mapped in the 1700s to serve as a spot for a Pensacola family to plant a garden (at the time, any resident that purchased land was given a companion parcel to use as a garden). Today, the lush and lavish Garden & Grain is an incredibly designed cocktail space to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail.

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