Friday, March 1, 2024

Top 10 Things to Do | Gulf Shores Locals' List

Gulf Shores Public Beach
Top 10 Things Locals Love
Gulf Shores goes far beyond just its beautiful beaches. Prepare for an unforgettable vacation with these 10 things locals love to do.

1. The Beach, of Course: Begin with the iconic Gulf Shores public beach, an oasis with miles of soft, powder-white sandy shoreline and soothing waves. Whether you prefer sunbathing, swimming, building sandcastles, or strolling along the shore, this beach beckons you back for more. For a more natural beach experience, explore the Gulf State Park Beach, surrounded by a wildlife haven with walking trails, picnic areas, and the public fishing pier.

2. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge: A haven for nature lovers, Bon Secour, meaning “Safe Harbor” in French, is a sanctuary for migratory birds, sea turtles, and endangered species. Take a hike through pristine landscapes, marshes, and dunes to witness Mother Nature's wonders up close.

3. Dolphin Cruise: Embark on a thrilling dolphin cruise, where you can get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Watch as they playfully leap and surf in the waves alongside the boat, creating unforgettable memories. There are numerous dolphin cruise providers departing from marinas at The Wharf, Bear Point, Sportsman's, and more. 

4. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: For family-friendly fun, visit the recently expanded Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, offering a variety of animals, interactive exhibits, and a safari-themed playground for the little ones. Lions, tigers, giraffes, and more await your discovery, along with a delicious African-themed restaurant.

5. Exciting Water Sports: Gulf Shores is a water lover's paradise, offering activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing. Feel the thrill as you glide across the water, making the most of your time in this coastal wonderland. You'll find many resources online for watersports rentals and activities.

6. Unwind at the Wharf: Experience a fusion of shopping, dining, and entertainment at The Wharf. This vibrant destination boasts boutique stores, delicious restaurants, and an amphitheater hosting year-round concerts and events. Don't miss the stunning Ferris wheel for an unparalleled view.

7. Tee Off at World-Class Golf Courses: Golf enthusiasts can rejoice in Gulf Shores, home to several top-notch golf courses designed by renowned architects. Practice your swing amid breathtaking landscapes, providing a unique golfing experience.

8. Saltwater Fishing: Gulf Shores is a fisherman's paradise, especially from May through August. Charter a trip with some of the most experienced Captains for the thrill of a lifetime, enjoy big-game fishing tournaments like the Blue Marlin Championship and the Billfish Classic where you can watch proud fishermen bring in their massive catches during public weigh-ins at The Wharf.

9. Eat like a Local: There are “touristy” restaurants and then there are the restaurants locals love. Plan to eat like a local with the help of this advice.

10. Day-trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab: During your stay, particularly if you have children with you, take a day trip on the Mobile Bay Ferry to Dauphin Island, where you can visit the Dauphin Island Sea LabThe drive-on ferry offers a 40 minute scenic ride across the scenic bay where you then drive off to visit the Sea Lab complete with interactive exhibits and touch tanks filled with fascinating sea creatures.

As we conclude our exploration of the best things in Gulf Shores, consider these additional "Honorable Mention" points of interest such as Fort Morgan for Civil War history buffs, the USS Alabama battleship in Mobile and the Pensacola Naval Air Station museum for Naval warfare enthusiasts.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Easter in Gulf Shores | What to Do

Easter in Gulf Shores | What to Do
Wondering what to do for Easter in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? There is an assortment of festivities spanning our beaches, resorts, and dining spots. From the iconic skydiving Easter Bunny at the Flora-Bama to breakfast encounters with the Easter Bunny at Tacky Jacks, and the tranquil sunrise service at The Hangout, residents and tourists are invited to come enjoy the holiday. With offerings ranging from classic egg hunts and creative crafts to delicious brunches and live entertainment, the week ahead promises a harmonious blend of enjoyment and tradition to celebrate Easter.

GULF SHORES

Gulf Shores hosts its annual Breakfast with the Bunny on March 23 at the Erie Meyer Civic Center at 8 a.m. Priced at $5, the breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon, with opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will also have a selection of animals on display.

GULF STATE PARK

From March 25 to 30, Gulf State Park presents the GoldenEggstravaganza, featuring hidden golden eggs throughout the park with redeemable prizes. Guests can register online for a chance to win the grand prize and participate in an Easter egg hunt at the campground amphitheater for children aged 10 and under at 9 a.m.

LULU’S AT HOMEPORT MARINA

At LuLu’s, adorned in tropical attire, the Easter Bunny will delight children on Easter Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. An exciting Easter EggDash, featuring over 6,000 hidden eggs throughout the complex, will commence at 1 p.m., with opportunities for memorable photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

FLORA-BAMA LOUNGE

Continuing its long-standing tradition, the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar will host Easter services on the beach and the thrilling descent of the Easter Bunny fromthe skies on March 30, commencing festivities at 11 a.m. with kids' crafts and face painting. An exhilarating Easter egg hunt will kick off at noon on the beach, followed by the opportunity for snapshots with the Easter Bunny.

TACKY JACKS ORANGE BEACH

A beloved Gulf Coast establishment, Tacky Jacks Orange Beach invites guests to indulge in Breakfast on the Bayou with the Bunny on March 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event includes the lively Bunny Hop Dance party, arts and crafts, and complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny. Specials feature a choice of short stack or French toast sticks priced at $6.99. Registration is available via the provided link.

GTS ON THE BAY

Overlooking the waterfront, GTS on the Bay presents an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a tempting array of dishes such as eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, pork loin, chicken fried steak, and shrimp and grits. Priced at $26 for adults, $13 for children aged six to 12, and $6 for those five and under, the brunch includes access to the salad bar, with additional offerings including sausage links, hashbrown casserole, and delightful desserts like lemon bread pudding with blueberry sauce.

COBALT THE RESTAURANT

Easter Brunch at Cobalt The Restaurant offers an enticing Easter buffet spread featuring prime rib, pork loin, shrimp and scallop cakes, lamb, and an omelet station. Side dishes include an assortment of vegetables, mac and cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts, grits, salads, and a delectable selection of desserts.

PERDIDO BEACH RESORT

Perdido Beach Resort invites guests to savor an Easterbrunch by the seaside, commencing at 11:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Priced at $48 for adults, $20 for children aged six to 12, and complimentary for children five and under, the brunch experience includes a seaside service at 10 a.m., a kids' crafting room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music by Lisa Zanghi in Nancy's Lobby Lounge, and opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny.

COASTAL ORANGE BEACH

Embark on a delightful meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny on March 30-31 at Coastal Orange Beach, the Gulf Coast's newest beachfront dining destination. Additionally, on March 30, Sand Castle University will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering expert tips and tricks for crafting impressive sand sculptures.

ZEKE’S RESTAURANT AND LANDING

Festivities at Zeke's Restaurant and Landing begin at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday with a brunch featuring live music from noon to 4 p.m. AnEaster egg hunt, with a Hangout Fest ticket as the grand prize, is scheduled for 2 p.m., alongside opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BEAR POINT EGG HUNT

On Saturday, March 30, the Easter Bunny will make a specialappearance at the Bear Point Community Association Community Center at 1 p.m., hosting an egg hunt for children aged 0-10. Prizes will be awarded for each age group, and refreshments will be provided for participants. Please ensure arrival by 12:30 p.m. for registration.

Photo by J. Triepke

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Spring Break 2024 Travel Guide


Spring Break 2024 Gulf Shores Orange Beach AL
Photo by Bill Sutton
Gulf Shores
/Orange Beach, Alabama stands out as a top spring break destination, drawing thousands of visitors with its extensive white sand shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico and pleasant springtime weather. Whether you seek adventure, history, culture, or relaxation, the Alabama Coast offers a diverse range of activities year-round, and spring is no exception.

Weather

Springtime along the Alabama Coast generally boasts near-perfect weather, with temperatures ranging from 75-80 degrees. Mornings and evenings can be cool, so it is advisable to bring clothing you can layer. Plus, springtime is not generally a rainy season for the area.

Essentials to Pack:

Layered clothing

Flip flops

Comfortable shoes

Light rain jacket

Beach necessities (sunglasses, sunscreen, swimsuits, etc.)

Outdoor Enjoyment

For active families or groups, spring is an optimal time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. With lower temperatures compared to summer and vibrant foliage, spring provides an excellent backdrop for exploration.

Parks and Trails to Explore:

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Gulf State Park

Wade Ward Nature Park

Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway

Eastern Shore Trail

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Spring Events & Festivals

Experience several notable annual events during spring:

Orange Beach Festival of Art: March 9-10, 2024

Annual Outdoor Art Show at the Eastern Shore Art Center: March 15-16, 2024

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship: May 3-5, 2024

Orange Beach Billfish Classic: May 14-19, 2024

Photo Credit: Bill Sutton

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Valentines Day Planning

Valentines Day Beach Sunset
Gulf Shores Beach Sunset
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide an idyllic setting for a romantic retreat, surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters that create an ambiance of tranquil serenity. The mild temperatures, exceptional dining choices, and the natural beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast come together to offer a Valentine's Day experience unlike any other. Here is your guide to planning a getaway you'll never forget.

Select a Room with Scenic Views

Indulge in a room with a view for you and your valentine during your romantic beach escape. Fortunately, February marks the off-season, bringing fantastic deals on accommodations. Seize the opportunity to pamper yourselves with the room you've always desired for your couples' getaway, ranging from beachside cottages and luxurious hotels to resorts and spacious condos. Check out these local favorite places to stay.

Delight in Beachfront Fine Dining

Valentine's Day calls for a delectable meal, and what could be better than a memorable dining experience at one of the finest beachfront restaurants? Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, mouthwatering steaks, or handcrafted cocktails while relishing waterfront views, live music, and breathtaking sunsets. Explore the array of upscale dining establishments along the beach, and prepare for an extraordinary culinary experience. Check out these local favorite restaurants.

Book a Relaxing Couples Massage

Indulge in a bit of self-care during your couples' vacation with a rejuvenating massage at one of the outstanding spas in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. Select from a comprehensive menu and relish a morning, afternoon, or a full day of pampering, including spa and beauty salon services for you and your valentine. Check out this local favorite spa.

Embark on Unique Experiences

While the beach may be a familiar destination, your vacation doesn't have to be ordinary. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a plethora of distinctive activities and attractions to make your visit unforgettable. Explore the waters on a guided dolphin and wildlife kayak tour, interact with the furry residents at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, or indulge in an intimate, upscale dining experience with a meticulously crafted menu. Discover the signature experiences available and craft an unforgettable Valentine's Day trip. Check these local favorite things to do.

See the Sunset

Sometimes, the most meaningful moments come at no cost, and the sunsets on the beach are genuinely mesmerizing. Experience the romance of holding hands while strolling the beach in anticipation of a gorgeous sunset, or savoring a cocktail at dinner as the sky lights up in pinks and oranges over the water. Cherish these simple yet enduring moments that will become fond memories—moments that will always hold a special place in your heart. The best sunset viewing spot for Valentine's Day is Jesse's on the Bay (the downstairs bar is an ideal after dinner sunset spot) but here is a list of all the best local favorite fine dining restaurants. Make RESERVATIONS early if you want to get in!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

State Record Caught from Shore

musgrove bluefish, Alabama state record, surf fishing, shore fishing
Photo by Chris Vecsey
A local resident has caught the apparent new state record bluefish from the shore near Alabama Point/Perdido Pass. Rustin Musgrove, a resident of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, fishes regularly – and successfully - from the shore for pompano, bluefish, and redfish just after dusk. 

Caught on the evening of January 26th, Musgrove’s massive bluefish measures over 37 inches and, pending formal certification, will surpass the existing Alabama state record by 4 ounces. Perhaps more impressively, the fish was not weighed until 60 hours after being caught while Musgrove sought a certified scale.

When finally weighed, the bluefish came in at 17 pounds, 8 ounces at the Alabama Marine Resources Office in Gulf Shores. Research indicates that a bluefish of this size is likely 12 to 14 years old and nearly doubles the typical mature Alabama bluefish length of 18 inches.

Fishing with a frozen finger mullet on the bottom using a "Carolina rig" with a monofilament leader to target redfish, Musgrove unexpectedly hooked the colossal bluefish. Musgrove said the battle with the fish took him nearly 1,000 feet along the east jetty, with the fish making two spectacular jumps clear of the water. Fortunately, the circle hook secured the fish in the corner of the mouth, preventing the monofilament leader from encountering its razor-sharp teeth.

LEARN MORE about fishing in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

Monday, January 15, 2024

Margaritaville Restaurant/Bar Coming Soon

Margaritaville Gulf Shores
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Gulf Shores is getting a new highly anticipated attraction. Jimmy Buffet’s world-renowned Margaritaville restaurant/bar company will be opening a new Gulf Shores location in 2024 or early 2025, putting Gulf Shores on par with other top destinations around the world that enjoy the Margaritaville experience. It will be located at the also brand-new Legendary Marina and Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Waterway just west of the Hwy 59/Gulf Shores Parkway bridge. The full-service marina will feature:

- Onsite fuel dockings

- Launch requests through an app

- Indoor boat storage for boats up to 50 feet

- Complimentary waste pump-outs

- Complimentary freshwater fills

- On-site service and parts department

Located on the water with beautiful views of the marina will be the new Margaritaville restaurant/bar will feature:

- Island themed décor

- Coastal-inspired, made-to-order food

- Hand-crafted cocktails

- 5-0’Clock Somewhere Bar

- Great live music & fun party atmosphere

Situated just west of the famous LuLu’s restaurant & marina by Jimmy Buffet’s sister, LuLu, the new Margaritaville restaurant/bar will give Gulf Shores’ visitors the opportunity to experience the full Buffet Family experience.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MARGARITAVILLE

LEARN MORE ABOUT LEGENDARY MARINA & YACHT CLUB

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Pedestrian Bridge Delayed

Gulf Shores pedestrian bicycle bridge
Pedestrian Bridge
Gulf Shores is planning a pedestrian/bicycle bridge that will run parallel to the Hyw 59/Gulf Shores Parkway Bridge that will cross the Intracoastal Waterway just east of Lulu's and Tacky Jack's restaurants in Gulf Shores. The bridge is part of the ongoing development of Gulf Shores' "Waterway Village" the goal of which is to create a "second waterfront" in Gulf Shores that will attract more restaurants, bars, boutique stores, entertainment attractions, art galleries, and the like. 

The idea is create a beautiful park-like area where visitors can park their cars and spend their time walking from place to place, perhaps with a drink in their hands, enjoying food, shopping, live music and other entertainment similar to what you find in cities like New Orleans or Nashville. The pedestrian/bicycle bridge is the key element connecting the new village's northern and southern banks along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Unfortunately, there has been significant delay in the project because construction bids have come in far above what the City estimated. The key factor in the cost of the bridge is the requirement that it be at least 72 feet tall to allow commercial vessels and tall-mast sail boats to pass beneath it. 

The beginning of construction was originally planned for this year, but it is now delayed until 2025 with a target of completion in 2026.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

New Year's Eve in Gulf Shores | Orange Beach |2023

New Year's Eve in Gulf Shores | Orange Beach | AL
The Wharf New Year's Eve
It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution that's both refreshing and easy to uphold this year. Begin by ushering in the New Year with a rejuvenating vacation in the picturesque Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

While things might be winding down in your locale, the New Year in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is just gearing up. Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day surrounded by sandy shores, crashing waves, and delectable food and drinks, setting the tone for a promising and inspirational start to the new year.

New Year's Eve at Live Bait in Orange Beach - Celebrate the New Year at Live Bait with live music, a mid-night countdown and a champagne toast. Club will be open with late night food and karaoke in the Tiki Bar.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVE BAIT'S NYE PARTY

Experience the 12th Annual Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's in Gulf Shores—an event filled with fun for both kids and adults. Engage in crafts, enjoy kid-friendly "fireworks" (made from bubble wrap), and participate in a lively sandcastle-building contest. When the clock strikes noon, witness a colorful beach ball drop, followed by live music, face painting, balloon animals, and more at LuLu's to kick off your New Year's celebration.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LULU'S NOON YEAR'S EVE

For a high-energy New Year's celebration, check out Reelin' in the New Year at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The carnival vibe comes alive with activities for kids, including bouncy houses, a mechanical bull, camel rides, rock climbing walls, face painting, and more. Top DJs provide the soundtrack, and live music sets the tone for a memorable New Year's Eve. Don't miss the epic fireworks display and the midnight Marlin Drop as the calendar turns.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WHARF NEW YEAR'S EVE

Experience Flora-Bama's Non-Stop New Year, where celebrations extend from New Year's Eve through New Year's Day. Enjoy the New Year's Eve Bash with an all-you-can-eat buffet, free breakfast sandwiches, complimentary champagne, cool party favors, souvenirs, and three stages of live music. The festivities continue with the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip on New Year's Day, featuring a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico followed by a unique spread of ham, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and various sides.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FLORA-BAMA NEW YEAR'S EVE

Brave the Annual Kiwanis New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip starting at noon at The Hangout. Dry off and recharge with complimentary hot chocolate and chili, and join the after-dip party with live music, a customized New Year menu, football on the big screen, and Polar Bear Dip merchandise—all while supporting charitable donations to the Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club and Alabama Special Olympics.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW YEAR'S POLAR BEAR DIP

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

What Gulf Shores Restaurants Open on Christmas?

Gulf Shores Restaurants open Christmas
Image from Doc's Seafood & Steaks
Wondering what Gulf Shores restaurants will be open over Christmas? Look no further! Here is what we know about dining opportunities during your beach holidays:

HANGOUT HOSPITALITY GROUP

During Christmas Eve, The Hangout, Sunliner Diner, and TheGulf will remain open, while Picnic Beach will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. All establishments will be closed on Christmas, with the exception of Sunliner Diner.

FLORA-BAMA LOUNGE AND OYSTER BAR

Join the longstanding Christmas Day potluck dinner tradition at the iconic Flora-Bama. Bring a side dish for 10-12 people, and the Bama will provide ham and turkey. Serving starts at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.

DOC’S SEAFOOD SHACK AND OYSTER BAR & DOC’S SEAFOOD AND STEAKS

Both sister restaurants, Doc's Seafood Shack and Doc's Seafood & Steaks will open at noon on Christmas Day, serving from their regular menus.

BUBBA’S SEAFOOD HOUSE

Bubba’s Seafood House will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, featuring a special menu with options like New York strip, a seafood tower with crab legs, shrimp, grilled oysters, mussels, and Conecuh sausage. Notable dishes include the royal reindeer, a grouper filet fried and topped with Hollandaise, a skewer of shrimp, and lump crab meat. Specialty drinks include the Grinch Hopper Bushwacker and the Salty Santa with vodka, Irish cream, caramel drizzled glass, and a sea salted rim.

WOLF BAY LODGE

Both Foley and Orange Beach Wolf Bay Lodge locations will be closed on Christmas Day, but the Orange Beach location is offering to-go meals daily during the off season. For $35, feeding four to six people, you can choose from entrées like shrimp and grits, chicken or plain Alfredo, beef medallions with mushroom gravy, country fried steaks and white gravy, chicken tenders, chicken Parmesan, and a soup of the day. All meals come with a choice of house salad or Caesar salad and bread, with individual sides available for $12 per quart.

BOLO STEAKS AND SEAFOOD

Bolo Steaks & Seafood, a new addition to the beach restaurant scene will host a special dinner on Christmas Eve, offering a choice of three appetizers and three entrées, including duck confit, Beef Wellington, or Trout Almondine, along with two desserts for $60 per person.

And here are several well-known Gulf Shores area restaurants that WILL NOT be open: Big Fish Restaurant and Bar will close from Dec. 17-26, reopening on Dec. 27. LuLu's Gulf Shores will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. De Soto’s Seafood Kitchen will be closed from Dec. 16-25 for maintenance and repairs, and Duck’s Diner will be closed on Christmas Day. COASTAL in Orange Beach will be closed on Christmas day. Finally, Bahama Bob's is still closed as they recover from a July 2023 kitchen fire.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Gulf Shores Lighted Boat Christmas Parade: Where to Watch

Gulf Shores Lighted Boat Parade | Where to Watch
Photo by LuLu's - Click to Enlarge
One of the coolest things we do here in Gulf Shores for the holidays is the annual lighted boat parade for Christmas. Local boat owners go all out rigging their boats with generators and tons of creative holiday lights for your enjoyment. The parade departs from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and travels east down the Intracoastal Waterway to The Wharf in Orange Beach. This year’s parade starts at dusk on Saturday, December 9th.

The map below shows where the best viewing areas are, along the canal, with plenty of parking. Of course you can watch the parade leave from LuLu’s and arrive from The Wharf, where the whole place is lit up with Christmas lights and decorations, too.

Where to View Gulf Shores Lighted Boat Parade
Lighted Boat Parade Viewing Areas


Thursday, September 7, 2023

Jimmy Buffet Meeting of the Minds 2023

Parrot Heads at Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head Gathering
Parrot Heads
The annual Jimmy Buffet “Parrot Head Gathering,” also known as “Meeting of the Minds,” is coming to Gulf Shores, AL October 25-29. In the late 90s, Jerry Diaz and Scott Nickerson initiated this event in New Orleans. This year, Gulf Shores, where Jimmy spent his formative years on the beach and where is sister, Lulu, still runs the popular Lulu's restaurant & bar, will host a fantastic gathering of Parrot Heads celebrating Jimmy's life. Registration closes on September 15th, and you can find more information at www.MOTM.rocks

Friday, September 1, 2023

Best Sports Bars | Local Favorites

Wondering where the best places in Gulf Shores are
The Sloop sports bar local favorite
The Sloop
to watch the NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, March Madness
, and all the other sports? There are several sports bars that offer the games (Google them), but the locals’ favorites (at least in this writer’s opinion) are listed below. So, read on and find your favorite spot to watch the big game like a local.

The Sloop is a locally owned unicorn (part dive, part fantastic food, part sports bar, part live music venue) with TVs everywhere, all the sports packages, and a crowd that is heavily local, friendly, and welcoming. Fair warning to get there EARLY on game days. The Sloop is not large, parking is not plentiful, and when people get their seats they tend to stay until their game is over (and longer).

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SLOOP

Island Wing Company sports bar Gulf Shores
Island Wing Company

Island Wing Company offers everything you expect from a quality sports bar. The food is good, the service is good, there are TVs everywhere, and the place is huge with plenty of parking, so you don’t have to worry too much about being able to get a seat to enjoy your game, even if you are running a little late. It's little bit up Gulf Shores Parkway/Hwy 59 from the heart of Gulf Shores, so plan (and pace) accordingly for that drive home after the game - better yet, consider using that ride-sharing app on your phone!

LEARN MORE ABOUT ISLAND WING COMPANY


Gulf Shores sports bars | The Cove Bar & Grill
The Cove
The Cove Bar & Grill is a nice little dive in Gulf Shores that locals love for its friendly atmosphere, great food, pool tables, and live music – but it also doubles as a great game-day spot with plenty of TVs and fans rooting for (and against) the teams that excite them. The burgers are especially good, and the drinks are cold and delicious. Tucked away on Cove Ave in the heart of Gulf Shores, the Cove is not a large place, nor is there a ton of parking, so if you want to watch the big game like a local, get there early.

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Big Beach Brewing | sports bar | Gulf Shores
Big Beach Brewing

Big Beach Brewing in Gulf Shores is a terrific brewery offering great locally made craft beers and wine. The atmosphere is classy, open-air (when it’s warm) and offers plenty of comfortable seating (including couches) inside and outside where you can watch your games in style. Its a laid-back place complemented by an on-site food truck for those moments when hunger strikes. Located across from Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores, Big Beach has more parking availability on-site and down the street than some of the other local favorites detailed in this article, but you will still want to be there early to secure you favorite seats. And one last bit of advice from this writer’s personal experience: Pace yourself! Those craft brews pack a punch!

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