The fun doesn’t stop in Destin when the sun goes down. After you’ve enjoyed some fantastic local seafood, you can look forward to some great nightlife along the Destin Harbor at the many clubs scattered about through town.
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In this article, we’re going to share with you the best nightlife you’ll find in Destin, the places where the locals like to go, so you know you’re in for a good time. These places are not ranked in any particular order, so read about each one to decide which one will be the best for you.
AJ’s Club Bimibi
(Same location as AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar)
One of the most popular restaurants in town also happens to be one of the most popular nightclub spots for locals and visitors alike. This amazing venue is right on the Destin Harbor boardwalk and sits up high so even at night you have an amazing view of the boats on the deck and from the huge dancefloor. There is live music every single night at this venue, even most nights in the off season.
The reason it’s called Club Bimini is a bimini top, a thatched roof that sits overhead and the venue is actually open air so you’ll feel the cool breeze coming off the harbor as you dance the night away.
Right in the center of the room is the bar positioned to one side of the dance floor and on the opposite side is plenty of seating areas along the railing, with a seperate raised area with tons of tables and chairs for you to enjoy the music and dancing with a little separation.
The fun doesn’t stop until late, open until at least 2am and on the weekends the party can go on until 4am.
If you’re looking for everyone is going to be tonight, this is without a doubt the place.
Tailfins Seafood and Oyster Bar
(3 story building between AJs and Red Door on the Harbor)
If you’re looking for what is probably the best live music stage on the Destin Harbor, look no further than Tailfins. On the 3rd floor of this multi-bar, multi-restaurant establishment, this awesome venue has a huge bar with tons of seating and a great stage and dance floor with local and visiting bands playing frequently. The view of the Destin Harbor really can’t be beat from up here, both in the daytime and at night.
Although this isn’t a super late night establishment, the fact that they have a full menu available along with all the bar options right near the live music makes this place a great one to start the night off with and then move to some of the bars and clubs in this list.
This place is also great because the big parking lot lets Uber drives drop you off right in front of the door to the building so you barely even have to walk to start the party.
Red Door Saloon
This awesome bar is truly red when you walk inside the main door, and there’s also an outdoor bar with plenty of seating and it’s own atmosphere. Inside there are plenty of bar games like pool and darts, but these fill up quickly so don’t be surprised if it’s taken when you get there.
Located within walking distance of both AJs Club Bimini and Boathouse Oyster Bar, Red Door is open late until 4am every day of the week, so you can continue the party long into the night. Locals like coming here because the bartenders are great, the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is always great.
Near the outside bar is an area for cornhole with a nice balcony area overlooking the competition which is incredibly fun to play with friends and have the rest of the crew watching the game from above.
Red Door is definitely a bar that earns the moniker of “Hole in the Wall” so if you’re into the local favorites, you definitely need to come here.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
If you’re ready to turn the party knob up a bit, there isn’t many other places that hold a candle to Coyote Ugly. Also located on the Destin Harbor like Red Door and AJs, this place boasts bar-top dancing female bartenders, body shots, and wild fun. You and your friends can even get up on the bar to dance and entertain, sometimes you even get free shots for keeping the party going!
The outdoor bar has a live music stage with DJs who are generally super accommodating to music requests and also play tons of great music anyway. The party out here is bumping with loud music and lots of people dancing the night away.
Don’t be surprised if you come up to the door check and there’s a line waiting to get in, this place can be packed during the summer time. Be sure to check the current hours and what day of the week it is because although this place is open late, until 4am, their open days vary based on what time of year it is.
If you’re looking for a place with awesome energy where the party never stops, this is definitely the place to be.
Lucky’s Rotten Apple
Just up the street a bit from Coyote Ugly, Lucky’s as it’s known, has power hour where everyone from AJs, Red Door, and anywhere close by comes pouring in for $3 well drinks and beers and $2 fireball shots for the whole crew.
Power hour is from 11pm-midnight every Friday and Saturday and this place gets packed to the brim from even before power hour starts. There’s a live DJ stage playing great music and there’s also 4+ pool tables ready to be claimed for the night.
Popular not only for power hour but also the proximity to the other bars, Lucky’s is a place you can’t go wrong with. It’s big and wide open with a secondary room off to the side for a bit more privacy and a big outdoor seating area to hang out and enjoy the cool evening breezes.
Come for the hole in the wall grungy atmosphere, stay for the pool tables, great live music, cheap drinks, and end the night with a great story to tell from Lucky’s Rotten Apple.
Destin is lucky to have a bunch of great bars and nightlife located within walking distance of each other, right along the Destin Harbor. We hope you enjoy your night out in Destin and we’ll see you again soon!