Emerald Coast Nightlife Hot Spots


By Gabriele Walkow

Home to brilliant sunshine and beautiful beaches during the day, things heat up even more at night at these fun party places in Destin and Fort Walton Beach on Florida’s dazzling Emerald Coast.


Photo by Tracy McCraw

Club Bimini features live music seven days a week

Ranked among the country’s top nightclubs, this Destin club features live music seven days a week. Rock to a mix of Beach-Reggae/Pop-Rock from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. After 9 p.m., a featured guest band and DJ’s keep you dancing until 2 a.m. An expansive deck and tiki bar offer a terrific view of the harbor. ajsdestin.com




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The Block’s mechanical bull Sugar awaits all challengers

Located in Fort Walton Beach, dance the night away on the largest dance floor on the Emerald Coast. Three separate clubs under one roof feature country, karaoke and high-energy dance music, and enjoy comedy every Saturday at 8 p.m. All three clubs are open Wed. and Thurs. (6 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and Fri. and Sat. (6 p.m. to 4 a.m.). theblockclub.com


Featuring the fun and fiery coyotes, these spirited bartenders dance on the bar and mix a powerful cocktail. Dance like a rock star to hip-hop, R&B, rock and country and western in this Destin hot spot. Two pool tables and a dartboard add to the fun from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily. coyoteuglysaloon.com/destin


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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville transforms into a late night party place

This laidback Destin restaurant transitions into a late night party place with dancing and live music nightly during peak season. With three unique bars, great island-inspired eats and two levels of outdoor seating, this place has it all. Chill out with a margarita on the Porch of Indecision. margaritavilledestin.com




Photo courtesy of Bric à Brac Restaurant and Bar

Bric à Brac is Destin’s #1 Latin hot spot

Destin’s #1 Latin hot spot, Bric à Brac Restaurant and Bar features a live band Friday and Saturday evenings. Later Friday and Saturday nights, the upstairs transforms into a high energy Latin nightclub. Doors open at 10.30 p.m. No coverage charge on Fridays! Every Saturday is Hip Hop Night downstairs, doors open at 11 p.m. bricabracdestin.com


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