New Kids on the Block
In the last year, we've welcomed the addition of new live music venues, bars and restaurants. Their opening has given our area's nightlife a shot in the arm and has proven that we still want to have fun--tough economy be damned.Blazzues200 S. Palafox, 696-2290Blazzues is one of a growing number of live entertainment venues in downtown Pensacola. The bar features blues, jazz and big band swing and also offers a tapas menu. You can enjoy happy hour prices Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. In addition, daily specials include Martini Mondays ($4 martinis), Tequila Tuesdays ($3 tequila drinks), Cup Night on Wednesdays ($1 drafts if you bring in your $2 Blazzues novelty cup), 25 percent off of wine by the bottle on Thursdays and shot specials throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar5153 Bayou Blvd., 471-2989, buffalowildwings.comBuffalo Wild Wings' menu features offers wings, wraps, burgers, ribs and flatbreads, but the restaurant also features a full bar, including draft and bottled beer, wine, specialty cocktails and signature drinks. Mellow Mushroom5175 Bayou Blvd., 475-7575, mellowmushroom.comA few of us here at IN have had the privilege of enjoying Mellow Mushroom pizza in some of our respective college townsGainesville and Tallahasseeand are ecstatic that the restaurant has found its way to Pensacola. Mellow Mushroom offers a variety of salads, pizza, calzones and hoagies, but it also has a full bar and 72 beers on tap.The Ready Room22 Palafox Place, 912-8644, willcallsports.com, The Ready Room, another one of Pensacola's newest live entertainment venues, each week features local and up-and-coming entertainment and features a large, 7,500 sq. foot entertainment area and full bar. In addition to its special events, Ready Room features Monday night karaoke with $3 drink specials, and Blackhawk Entertainment presents Open Mic Night every Tuesday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. with $5 Bud Light pitchers.Coming SoonThe North Drop Bar at The Grand Marlin400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., thegrandmarlin.comTaking its name from an underwater canyon north of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, one of the world's premier billfish fishing holes, the North Drop Bar will have sweeping views of Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The bar's Web site boasts of impressive cocktail and wine lists, amazing dishes by chef Gregg McCarthy, live music and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We can't wait to check it out for ourselves when the bar and restaurant open in March.Sluggo's 2403 W. Cervantes St., 435-1541, myspace.com/sluggos(New location as of March 6: 101 S. Jefferson St.) The Pensacola vegan eatery and music venue will be moving to downtown Pensacola in early March. Owner Terry Johnson said the music venue will have its last show in its West Cervantes Street location on March 5 and hopes to open at the site of the old Reverie Bakery on Jefferson Street by March 6. At the new location, Sluggo's will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday with outdoor seating and a deli express.Vinyl Music Hall2 S. Palafox Place, The Masonic Building, vinylmusichall.comCompletion of Pensacola's newest mid-size live music venue is slated for sometime in April. Located in the Masonic building on the corner of Palafox and Garden streets, Vinyl Music Hall will cater to national and regional acts in all genres that have bypassed Pensacola because of a lack of a mid-level venue. Vinyl will offer a full bar, will fit up to 400 and will employ about 40.