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Best Happy Hour in Destin, Florida

Best Happy Hours in Destin, Florida

Here is a list of the best happy hours in Destin, Florida as well as some nearby in Miramar Beach and Fort Walton Beach. The deals at these bars and restaurants are as of February 2023 and subject to change at any time. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additions or changes.

Destin has some fantastic bars and restaurants. But when you leave the beach or pool, you might want to hit up a happy hour before dinner. There is no shortage of happy hour specials in the area that include beer, mixed drinks, oysters, and even a 2-for-1 dinner at Marina Cafe.

If this list is helpful, then you might want to also check out my lists of Best Breakfast in Destin and the Best Restaurants in Destin.

Destin

The Craft Bar

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The Craft Bar has one of the best happy hours in Destin. They also have great cocktails and excellent beer menu.
The Craft Bar

Happy Hour 2-6pm Monday to Friday

  • $8 food that includes Nashville hot chicken, Mac & cheese, soft pretzels, and pulled pork quesadilla
  • $5 Selection of Craft Cocktails and has the best beer menu in the area even though it isn’t included in happy hour.

The Craft Bar has a total of four locations in Destin, Fort Walton, Miramar Beach, and Panama City. It’s mostly pub style food, and with around 30 craft beers on tap, they have perhaps the best beer selection in the area.

McGuires

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McGuire's is one of Destin's best happy hour places. They have live music and great food.
McGuire's

Happy Hour runs 4-6pm and 11pm-close every day

  • Half priced draft beer, house wine, and well drinks

McGuires is perhaps Destin’s most famous bar and Irish restaurant. The steaks are fantastic, they have traditional Irish fare, and brunch comes with a free Irish coffee. They also do Ladies Night on Thursdays with even cheaper (and sometimes free!) drinks. Plus, McGuires offers various drink specials throughout the week such as Margarita Monday’s, double shot martini Tuesdays, etc.

Add in the live music every night of the week, and McGuires is a Destin favorite.

Marina Cafe

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5-7pm Everyday in the Bar only (not available in dining room)

  • 1/2 Priced Wines, Domestic Beers, cocktails, and martinis
  • Specially priced Sushi and Appetizers

The best part just might be the something that technically doesn’t count as happy hour, but rather their “Buy One Get One” free entrees from 5-6 pm. Marina Cafe is one of Destin’s best restaurants, and this is a great way to try it at a big discount. This is only available on the dining room and not at the bar. Reservations required for the BOGO in the dining room.

790

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The happy hour at 790 can often be the most complicated in town. Sometimes there is a single, discounted appetizer for each night, but for now these are the food and drink specials. 

3-7pm Every Day Half-Priced Appetizers and Drinks

  • Miniature Muffaletta, only $7 (Reg $14)
  • Zydeco Shrimp, only $7 (Reg $14)
  • Gulf Shrimp Quesadilla, only $8 (Reg $16)
  • 790 Florentine, only $7 (Reg $14)
  • Chicken Quesadilla, only $7 (Reg $14)
  • Smoked Tuna Dip, only $7.5 (Reg $15)
  • Margarita On the Rocks with Tres Agaves Reposado Organic Tequila, only $4.25 (Reg $8.50)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, only $4.25 (Reg $8.50)
  • Chardonnay, only $3.75 (Reg $7.50)
  • House Champagne, only $3. (Reg $6)

Beach Camp Brewpub

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3-5 Every Day

  • $5 Flights
  • $4 Beach Camp Drafts
  • $5 Bites: pretzel bites, fried pickles, smoked wings, 1/2 size beer cheese nachos, pimento & pickles

Jackacuda’s

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Happy Hour 4-6pm Every Day

  • $6 craft cocktails (Basil Smash, Old Fashioned, Pink Senorita, Mango Spritz, Fl Sunshine)
  • 2 For 1 well drinks and house wine
  • $1 Off domestic drafts
  • $2 Off Select sushi rolls
Jackacuda’s also has an all you can eat sushi lunch from Monday to Friday for $29.95

Pompano Joe’s

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Happy Hour 2-4 Every Day

  • $7.50 margaritas
  • $3.50 domestic draft beer
  • $7.50 PJs punch
  • $5.00 house wine
  • $10 appetizers (smoked tuna dip, pork nachos, calamari, cheese sticks)

Soleil

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3-5pm Every Day

  • $5 well cocktails and all beer
  • $2 off wine by the glass
  • Food specials
    • Petite Wonton Chicken Nachos $12
    • Pesto Pizzetta Individual Sized $12
    • Charcuterie Board Chef’s selection $14
    • French Onion Soup $6
    • Truffle Fries $8
    • Chicken Wings $10
    • Fried Fish Bites $8

Mimmo’s

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Mimmo's is a popular Italian restaurant that also has one of the best happy hours in Destin.
Mimmo's

Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday-Friday

  • $2 off all beer
  • $5 wines
  • $6 cocktails & martinis
  • Various appetizer specials ($5 garlic rolls, $6 focaccia, etc)
  • Other food specials include pizza, bruschetta, mussels, and shrimp

Mimmo’s is a locally owned Italian restaurant that is a Destin favorite. Come early and sit at the bar before the dining room gets busy.

The Back Porch

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Happy Hour 3-5 Every Day

  • $3.50 domestic Drafts
  • $3.75 Domestic Bottles
  • $4.50 well drinks and house wines
  • $5.50 Margaritas and Bloody Mary’s
  • $9.99 Peel & Eat Shrimp

The Back Porch has the same owner as Pompano Joe’s and Louisiana Lagniappe and has been here on the beach since 1974.

Bitterroot

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Bitterroot is one of the best restaurants in Destin and also has a good happy hour.
Bitterroot

Happy Hour 3-6pm Every Day

  • $6 Wine
  • $5 Mich Ultra
  • 30% off selected food (flatbread, Birria Hand Pie, Szechuan Wings, Snack Board)

Bitterroot has great cocktails and is one of my top choices for dinner. It’s a little more hidden off of Rt 98 and is one of the town’s best date restaurants.

Brotula’s

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Happy Hour 2-6pm Every Day

  • 1/2 priced wine, draft beer, well drinks
  • $5 margaritas
  • $8 select appetizers

Although not a happy hour special, Brotula’s also offers a “You hook it, they cook it”

Tailfin's

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Due to a recent fire, Tailfin’s is temporarily closed. I hope they are able to rebuild and open again soon and that their employees are able to find work elsewhere for the time being.

Previous happy hour specials are listed below.

4-6pm Monday-Friday

  • $5 Long Islands
  • $5 House Wines
  • $3.50 Bud Light draft
  • $5 Well Drinks
  • $20 Domestic Buckets

Tailfin’s has outdoor tables and a small stage with love music in the afternoon and evening.

Red Door Saloon

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Red Door Saloon is the best local's bar in Destin that also has a great happy hour.
Red Door Saloon

Happy Hour 3-6:30pm Every Day

  • $2 domestic beer
  • Other beer $1 off

This is a local’s bar and is my favorite bar in Destin for well-priced beers and wings.

Vin’tij Food & Wine

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Vintij is a wine shop, wine bar, and restaurant in Miramar Beach, FL. They do a Wine Down happy hour with half-priced wine.
Vin'tij Food & Wine

3-5pm Monday-Saturday

  • “Wine Down” 1/2 priced wine by the glass

Vin’tij is a wine shop and wine bar that also has great food. In between lunch and dinner service they offer half priced glasses of wine. If you want to go for dinner, I recommend you make a reservation.

Harbor Tavern

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Harbor Tavern is an open-air restaurant that has live music and a good happy hour.
Harbor Tavern

Happy Hour 3-5pm Monday-Friday

  • $2.50 Domestic Bottles
  • $3 Well Drinks
  • $5 Titos

O’Quigley’s

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With pool tables and plenty of TVs, O’Quigley’s is one of the best sports bars in the area.

Happy Hour 2-7pm Monday-Friday

  • $1 off all draft beer.
  • $3.50 House wines
  • 2 for 1 house drinks

Harry T's

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Happy Hour 11-6pm Monday to Friday

  • $2 off all beer and cocktails
  • 2 for 1 house wines

Good Vibes Bar (At Palms of Destin)

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3-6pm Monday-Friday

Happy Hour features half-priced:

  • Wines
  • Draft Beer
  • Appetizers (Bangin Shrimp, Mac & Cheese bites, Chips & Queso)
  • Desserts
This bar is located on the first floor of the Palms of Destin, a condo building that I have loved staying in. While I like the casual outdoor atmosphere here and some of the live music at night, I think the coffee shop is great and is the best part about here.

Miramar Beach

Austons on 98

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Happy Hour 3-5pm Mon-Fri

  • $2 off wine, beer, liquor, cocktails
  • $3 off dozen raw oysters

Kenny D's

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Kenny D's is a popular bar in Miramar Beach that has a good happy hour.
Kenny D's

Kenny D’s is a casual spot for fried seafood baskets and other seafood. And even if you aren’t hungry, it’s a great place to stop in for an afternoon drink. Plus the karaoke night is fun.

Hapy Hour is 3-5pm Every Day

  • $4 Domestic Bottled Beer, Well Drinks, & House Wine

Mezcal Mexican Grill

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Happy Hour 2-5pm Every Day

  • $5 Beer, Wine, house liquor
  • $5 Margaritas
  • $5 Tacos
  • $5 Appetizers

The Beach House

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Happy Hour 4-6pm Every Day

  • $4 Well Drinks & House Wine
  • $2 off all Draft Beer
  • $3 off all non-seafood appetizers
Plus, on Fridays they offer complimentary light appetizers on the deck from 4-6.

Taste Tapas & Wine Bar

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Happy Hour 4-6pm Every Day

  • 1/2 priced wines by the glass
  • $1 off draft beer and cocktails

KC's Sandbar & Grille

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Happy Hour 3-7pm Every Day

  • $3 Well Drinks
  • $12 Beer Buckets
  • $5 Crown-n-Down (anything same shelf as Crown Royal or below)

Perhaps my favorite bar in Fort Walton Beach. They have live music several nights a week and an outdoor area covered in sand

Rick's Crab Trap

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Happy Hour 3-7pm Mon-Fri

  • $3 Well Drinks & House Wine
  • $1 Off all Beer

Even though they aren’t a happy hour special, do yourself a favor and order the grouper nuggets.