The Gulf Coast is a party paradise for country music fans.
It’s safe to say that winter has lasted long enough, and we all deserve to be on a beach soaking up the sun right about now. In an effort to make your destination decision a little easier, we’ve scouted out nine great party spots along the Gulf Shore from Texas to Florida that rock your favorite country music and will cure any wintertime blues.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar – Orange Beach, Ala.
Located at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., there is no better party destination for a country fan than the bar founded by country party-man himself, Toby Keith. It’s a safe bet that “Drunk Americans” and “Red Solo Cup” are staples at this bar. With line dancing, trivia, karaoke, and national acts, this place has everything!
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, Ala.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Destin, Fla.
The tunes of Jimmy Buffett have a way of transporting you from the most mundane of places to instantly sitting beachside sipping on a margarita and soaking up the sun. Do yourself a favor and ditch the fantasy vacation, road trip down to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Destin, FL, and take in the sun and sand firsthand while listening to great local country musicians.
76 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Panama City Beach, Fla.
Get a taste of Music City right in Panama City Beach at the second location of the World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, an offshoot of the legendary honky-tonk in downtown Nashville. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge has a constant flow of top-notch country singer-songwriters straight from the country music capital of the world.
Pier Park, 700 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, Fla.
C. Sharks Seafood Market Waterfront Café and Tiki Bar – Tampa Bay, Fla.
With two 600-foot Tiki Bars, I.C. Sharks is a great place to enjoy local musicians and spend the day enjoying the freshest Florida seafood Tampa Bay has to offer. If you want to head out on the water, they also handle boat rentals, so you could plan your entire day around this Tampa Bay tiki paradise.
13040 Gandy Blvd. N. Tampa Bay, FL
The Getaway – Tampa Bay, Fla.
Located conveniently right next door to I.C. Sharks Seafood Market Waterfront Café and Tiki Bar, you can get double the waterfront experience by checking out The Getaway. Like I.C. Sharks, The Getaway boasts two enormous tiki bars, and one of them is more than 1,600 square feet, so it’s quite the sight to see. Also offering a cozy fire pit area, waterside tables, as well as nearby kayak and paddleboard rentals, visiting The Getaway would be worth your while.
13090 Gandy Blvd. N, Tampa Bay, FL
The Back Porch Bar – Port Aransas, Texas
Located right on the pier, The Back Porch Bar offers a little bit more of a relaxing atmosphere (hence it’s name), and is always packed with local residents and tourists looking for a great night filled with Texas Country music.
132 West Cotter Street, Port Aransas, Texas
Waterin’ Trough Dance & Saloon – Pinellas Park, Fla.
Get the full country western experience at the Waterin’ Trough Dance & Saloon with line-dancing lessons, frequent themed evening events, and as much two-steppin’ as your legs can handle on the dance floor!
12333 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi, Miss.
Any Hard Rock Hotel & Casino would be a great place for a night out on the town, but in Biloxi, they take it to another level with live band karaoke, Boogie Nights, and the country music fan favorite, Road House Live every Friday and Saturday night.
777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss.
Flora-Bama Lounge and Package – Pensacola, Fla.
This legendary waterfront bar is THE party spot on the Florida/Alabama state line. Founded in 1964, the Flora-Bama hosts music 365 days a year and has long been a country party destination. In 2014, country superstar Kenny Chesney chose to play his one and only concert of the year to a sold-out crowd of over 40,000 people, taking the bar’s popularity to new heights.
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Fla.