A September 2006 trip
to Pensacola by Emily May
Quote: Pensacola is both a surprise and a disappointment. Take a look at the restaurants, culture, beach, and more.
Restaurant | "McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery"
A pleasant mix of Irish and American food, McGuire’s offers fare for the unadventurous. You can get a good steak, a good plate of fried jumbo shrimp, and an excellent Shepard’s pie. All of the food is reasonably priced for this type of atmosphere and restaurant. Entrées can range from mid teens to high 40’s (lobster and steak). There are four or five rooms, each with a different theme (think of it as Clue): the library, the wine room, and the average room with all of the booths for eating.
This is a favorite hangout, or at least the starting place for many Pensacolans (at least the Navy ones). It gets quite busy on Friday and Saturday night; expect a wait of an hour or so. While waiting, sit back or stand at the bar and enjoy the live music and an Irish Wake. It’s a genius concoction generally guaranteed to get your night off to a good start. Made with a variety of liquor to include whiskey, it’s tart and sweet (that’s the lemons), and you get your own souvenir glass jar to take home.
You may have noticed the "Brewery" in the title; yes, the pub makes its own beer. This is pretty much the only "brewed" beer you will find in Pensacola. They offer the range of beers, stout to wheat, each decent in its own way. I am more of a lager/ale drinker and I was not disappointed.
On your way to the bathroom, look out! I will not ruin the surprise.
If you’re in town for a Tuesday and like to run, McGuire’s hosts a running club on Tuesday Nights. A group of middle-aged and younger people come out to run 3 to 6 miles and then drink a few hours away. You don’t have to be a speed demon, but you should probably be faster than a turtle. If you can make it six Tuesday nights, you get a free running club T-shirt.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2006
McGuire's Irish Pub
600 East Gregory Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
Dubbed the "World’s Most Beautiful Beaches," northwest Florida is blessed with white sandy beaches and light-blue to aqua-green water. The surf can vary from calm to light, and rough in times of hurricanes. Nothing more than a body board for the maybe 3- to 4-foot waves on occasion. In the springtime, the algae moves in just as the weather gets warmer. I’m told this is why the area is called the "Emerald Coast." It’s not harmful, just a little bit gross. The first 3 feet of the water is dark with the green stuff.
Jellyfish come and go. In spring and late summer, they are more popular, as they come in to feed. It’s just something we live with. Numbers can vary daily. They are small to medium-sized and sting; it hurts for about 10 to 15 minutes and then leaves a small red welt. Dolphins or porpoises are frequent visitors to the beach area. They can often be seen from the beach.
The main beach area has more than enough space for everyone to lie out and marvel at the wonder of nature. The beach spans about a half-mile and is 100 yards wide at points. Play some Frisbee or football, or set up your own volleyball net.
Ravaged by Hurricane Ivan, much of Pensacola is still recovering, and the beach is no exception. Although most businesses have returned, there is still construction and some vacant buildings. Eat at one of the many beach bars/ eateries. Grab a beer and relax.
No pets, or glass on the main public beach. If you need to bring your dog or have a longneck, go down to the residential section, farther along the main road, and hide your beer when the beach patrol comes zooming by on an ATV.
There is a state park located on the island, Picken’s Gate. It’s an old fort. Due to Ivan, it had been closed, but it’s open now. Get some education in while you're sunbathing. Take a right when you get to the first stop light and drive. This is also a good direction to take if you are looking for a bit more solitude away from the crowds. The only problem could be parking. There is no designated area along the way, but there is some in the State Park Area.
Attraction | "Going Out? Seville Quarter"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2006
130 East Government Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502