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Down, Set, Hike: SoWal Football Hotspots

September 23, 2015 by Sarah Robertson

While we may not call it America’s Pastime, a legion of frenetic fans get silly-excited when football season finally rolls around. Whether you bleed school colors for your college alma mater or revel in the heroics of the NFL, watching games bar side is always good action. Here’s the South Walton starting lineup in our latest SoWal List!

Local Catch Bar & Grill

All the locals love Local Catch - great food, great music, great people and GREAT football! The food really is outstanding and the vibe of the place is exciting and yet laid back at the same time. It's a SoWal institution. Located in Santa Rosa Beach


The Hub

Get ready for a big time at The Hub! Every Saturday college matchups can be viewed larger than life on their 25 foot LED Jumbotron and Sundays will be the NFL’s turn. Plans are in the works to turn The Hub into a tailgate party on Saturdays – with sections designated for meeting fellow fans of your school. With even more TVs in Mile Marker Fifteen Restaurant & Bar and on the West Pavilion, Happy Hour deals, and buckets of beer, The Hub is going to be buzzing with football fever. Located next to Watersound Beach


723 Whiskey Bravo

Whiskey Bravo has dozens of TVs inside as well as a couple roof top, giving folks plenty of options to cheer on their favorite team. Be sure to come hungry as their appetizers are outrageous. I am talking fried mac and cheese sticks with chipotle aioli or sweet chili calamari for starters. Or stay traditional with their crispy buffalo-style wings and classic burgers. Either way, a day spent here will be a W. Located in Seagrove Beach (top photo)
Sandestin Marina Bar & Grill
Welcome to “Sailgating!” Can you think of a better backdrop to watch exciting football matchups than bayside? On Saturday evenings, games will be projected on Sandestin Marina Bar & Grill’s deck. Relax in the breeze while sipping on daily draft specials and munching on their buffalo wings, golden fried calamari, and yummy tacos filled with freshly-caught fish. This beautiful setting for gridiron gatherings will make you pinch yourself. Baytowne Marina at Sandestin

Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill

This friendly, lively bar scene hosts a popular rockin’ Happy Hour from 3-6 pm every day of the week and is a stellar spot for catching games. $2 off all their house specialty, oysters, and $1 domestic draughts are just two of the deals you should score every time. Located in Grayton Beach


Steamboat Bar & Grill

With two locations – both on and off 30A, call Steamboat Bar & Grill our sleeper picks. With local sports fans ready to chat you up and pool tables for a half time break, Steamboat is a great game day hang and is family friendly too. (Insider tip: my husband swears by their wings and he’s tried a few dozen in his day.) Located in Seagrove and Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach


Acme Ice House

Acme Ice House has 13 high def flat screen tvs airing ALL the games, ALL day Saturday and Sunday. That’s a whole lotta football! Their new bar menu offers perfect game day nibbles including three different flavors of wings, oysters served raw or baked, and a variety of tasty wood-fired flatbreads. Be sure to grab your ID, as bar guests must be 21 or over. Located in Seacrest Beach


World of Beer

All the pro and college games will be on and the incredible specials at this Destin Commons hotspot will make you hope for OT. Their Bottomless Wings deal is just $12.99 per person on Mondays between 6-10pm. And on Saturdays and Sundays they serve bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Beermosas from 11-3pm. Score! Located in Destin


So what are you waiting for? Hustle, hustle, hustle! The beers are chillin’, the crowd is roarin’ and all that’s missing is you. Be sure to check out our Dining Guide for more places for football fun. Face paint optional.


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After years of May and October visits to South Walton, Sarah Murphy Robertson and her husband and young son made the leap to become locals in March 2011. Along with long lazy days spent beachside, Sarah also loves watching documentaries, voracious reading, spinning a witty pun, and homemade bread just out of the oven.

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