Best Places to Catch a Happy Hour Buzz on 30A
By: Greg Castleberry – 30A Escapes Guest Services
30A is home to the Gulf Coast’s finest dining experiences, so it’s no surprise that they deliver where it counts: Happy Hour! Buzzing with bargains on booze, appetizers and entrees, 30A has a full spread of restaurants teeming with deals. Here’s just a few to get you hooked on Happy Hour.
This post was updated on 3/29/2018
Grayton Seafood Co. – Enjoy ‘Half Shell Happy Hour’ from 4 to 6 pm $8.95 per dozen at Grayton Seafood Co in Grayton Beach, FL. Join the ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’ from 4-8 pm which includes live music, tap takeover with Grayton Beer & Oyster City also Jambalaya & Gumbo are served. Looking for a great Sunday Brunch? If so, you’ll really enjoy the ‘First Sunday PJ Brunch’ (first Sunday of every month) at Grayton Seafood Co. Make sure to wear your PJs and get 3 free mimosas with the purchase of lunch.
723 Whiskey Bravo – Located in Seagrove Beach, hosts their Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 – 5 PM offering half-off beer, wine and liquor up on The Roof. Featuring fire pits and glimpses of the gulf, you really can’t go wrong with Whiskey. Downstairs dining offers 2 for 1 entrees from 5 – 6 PM Monday through Friday.
Shades Bar and Grill – Located at the loop in Inlet Beach, Shades is the top sports bar in the area. Shades happy hour special is Monday – Friday 3 – 6 pm and consists of $5 select wines, $5 select cocktails (Lady Marmalade, Made in the Shade, Reyka Mule), $5 select beers (Blue Moon, Yuengling, Fat Tire), 1/2 off all appetizers (with the exception of Crab Cakes). Also, on Thursday nights get $1 off local beers on draft such as Grayton Beer, Oyster City, Destin Brewery and Idyll Hounds. Shades is right on the edge of Rosemary Beach so it’s a great option for anyone staying on the east end of 30A.
45 Central Wine Bar – located in the heart of Seaside, Florida, 45 Central Wine Bar’s happy hour is one of the best on 30A. The happy hour special at 45 Central is every day from 4 pm to 6 pm and every glass of wine they offer is half price. Also, they have some of the best tapas and small plates you’ll find in SoWal so make sure to give 45 Central in Seaside a try.
Amici 30A – Located in Inlet Beach at the 30Avenue development, Amici has one of the best Happy Hour specials in the area. Amici 30A Italian Kitchen’s happy hour runs from 3 – 6 pm every day and in addition to drink specials it includes $10 pizza, meatballs, and pasta!
Great Southern – Located in Seaside, The Great Southern is one of the best restaurants on 30A that just so happens to also have a fantastic happy hour special. Happy hour at Great Southern is from 4-6pm and you’ll get 1/2 off all liquor, 1/2 off wines by the glass, $1 off beer. You’ll also get ‘Alligator Oysters’ out of Apalachicola for just $10 a dozen!
The Bay Restaurant – For those people looking for a waterfront restaurant in South Walton, look no further than The Bay Restaurant located at the foot of the 331 Bridge right on the Choctawhatchee Bay. They have indoor/outdoor seating, delicious sushi, appetizers, entrees and some of the best cocktails around. Let the kids play on their private beach while the adults enjoy drinks overlooking the water. The Bay offers live music many nights, bonfires on their beach, and different happy hour drinks specials all the time. If you’re in the 30A area and looking for a happy hour spot on the water then The Bay is for you.
Bud & Alley’s – Located on the beach in Seaside. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s has been a popular gathering place since 1987 for good food, good people, good times! Guess the exact time the sunsets and win a free cocktail!
Caliza Pool Happy Hour in Alys Beach – Super chic and swanky. Go see how the other half lives! Stop in for Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials by the pool (casual poolside attire is appropriate, swimsuits and cover-ups for the kids). Call for Happy Hour times. Somewhat dressier attire when sitting at a restaurant table. Not a view of the gulf, just a view of the pool and the elegant surroundings.
Cuvee 30A – Located in the brand new 30Avenue in Inlet Beach, Cuvee 30A’s Happy Hour runs from 5 – 9pm nightly. Their Happy Hour specials include $6 Martinis, half-price beer, discounted wine and 40 – 50% off all Bar menu items! Cuvee 30A is a laid back upscale establishment with tons of TVs around the bar, live music and amazing food.
Cafe 30A – Every Tuesday and Thursday you’ll find $5 Martinis all night at Cafe Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach.
Barbacoa Mexican Grill – Also located at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach, Barbacoa is a delicious Mexican Grill with fantastic Happy Hour specials. Large draft beers for 2.50, half price Margaritas, Nachos and more! Their happy hour special changes from time to time but you can always count on getting an awesome deal at Barbacoa.
Local Catch – Located on the western end of 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, Local Catch is always a great place for Happy Hour specials. Their drinks are made in the large old-fashioned cocktail glasses and the staff is super friendly. Often times they will have live music and their Game Day $2 Draft and .75 cent wing special is hard to beat.
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill – If you like oysters, cold beer and a great atmosphere then Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill in Grayton Beach is your perfect Happy Hour destination. Hurricane’s happy hour runs from 3 – 6pm daily and features $2 drafts, $8 pitchers, $16 towers, $2 off raw oysters, $5 margarita’s and much more!
The area is freckled with restaurants on 30A bordering the beaches, most offering deals on drinks and food at some point in the day. These are only a few examples to get you started on your happy hour hunt. Make it your mission to seek out the rest of the deals, and feel free to share your finds with us in the Comments section below. Happy hunting!