Gallery Night

I love happy hour.  I think people at happy hour are innately social.  And happy.  One of the best things about Pensacola is so many happy hours are outdoors and on the water.  Gorgeous locations push happy hour to a whole new level of happy.  I love to try new places and happy hour is the perfect way to get a feel for a place without committing to an entire meal there.  This weekend we tried a couple of new happy hours: The Fish House Deck and Hopjacks.  I loved both!  The weather here has been gross the last couple of days but the storms always seem to pass by the time happy hour rolls around πŸ™‚
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I also love happy hour because I feel like it introduces you to new things.  I am famous for saying “let’s just go to happy hour and see what happens” and then bopping from place to place and wanting to stay out all night.  I always seem to find myself in other people’s conversations, making mental notes of places to try and things to do.  Our gem of a waiter at Hopjacks mentioned something about being off for Gallery Night on Friday so of course I grilled him for details.  Thank goodness I did; Gallery night turned out to be amazing!
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Gallery night is held seven times a year in downtown Pensacola.  They shut down the streets, which fill with people drinking buckets of rum punch and tall boys of beer.  Each restaurant brings their bar outside and tents of food, art, and craft vendors fill the sidewalks.  Bands play on street corners, and restaurant patios and decks.  Anything from marching bands to roller derby girls parade down the streets.  It is insane and I love it.  I am so so glad we heard about it from our waiter and already wrote the rest of this years dates in my planner!
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Saturday, Rob had his first golf tournament for the Golf Channel AmTour.  We drove to Foley, Alabama bright and early and spent all day on the course.  While he didn’t win (this one!), I am so proud of him for getting out there and can’t wait to see what happens at the next couple tournaments.
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After spending EIGHT HOURS in the humidity sun, bushwackers were a necessity.  These were from Bimini Bob’s at The Wharf and definitely are high on our bushwacker list.  No ice chunks and JUST like Wendy’s frostys! (Excuse my appearance in the next picture, my hair isn’t quite sure about this Alabama humidity thing yet!)  It was a jam-packed but lovely weekend.  Now we are getting ready for our first visitors….Rob’s parents come on Wednesday!
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  • Weekends in the summer are the best – thanks for sharing yours!

  • I wondered when you have been! Looks like yall had a fun weekend! I hope everything is going well in Pensacola!

  • Your happy hour outside looks amazing!

  • I don't think I knew you live in Pensacola!! My husband and I lived there for a year and a half for the military and just moved a couple of months ago. We absolutely loved it there! The Fish House was the best! If you're into sushi, Kappa is one of Pensacola's best kept secrets I found! So good!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://anchorsaweigh-ouradventure.blogspot.com/

  • Ah loved the photos from your weekend! It looks amazing! I'm a bit jealous. xx

    Amanda
    http://www.rhymeandribbons.com

  • I love Pensacola so much! I live about an hour away in Mobile. My boyfriend is stationed at the Air Force base in Destin so we hang out in P-Cola a lot. The Blue Wahoos baseball games are a lot of fun if y'all haven't been to one yet.

    Chelsea
    http://msotsblog.blogspot.com/

  • I had to double take because downtown Pensacola looked like New Orleans for a second! Ben and I are the same way, we just head out and see where the day/night and our car takes us. Chatting it up with people at a bar is the best way to learn about the area too – it's scientific. πŸ˜‰

  • That awesome, Chelsea. We are definitely loving Pensacola! We just bought tickets to our first Blue Wahoos game for Sunday…my in laws will be in town and love minor league games!

  • I do love a good happy hour! The Gallery night looks awesome, what a great find!

Key Lime Pie Stuffed Key Lime Cupcakes
Blue Wahoos Game