Fort Walton Beach has plenty to offer for entertainment after dinner. Whether you're looking for family fun or adult-oriented entertainment, you're sure to find something here, from miniature golf to enjoying cocktails with a waterfront view.

    You can head to a sports bar and shoot a round of billiards, go bowling, catch a live music performance, or play a round of challenging putt-putt golf in a historic and quirky setting. In Fort Walton Beach, the fun doesn't have to end when the sun goes down — in fact, it's just getting started. Here are the 10 best things to do after dinner in Fort Walton Beach.


    Goofy Golf

    Play a round of putt-putt on a historic course

    • Unusual

    Goofy Golf is a historic, family-friendly miniature golf course that is the oldest surviving Goofy Golf brand of putt-putt golf. Built in 1958 by Jimmy Hayes, it still boasts its iconic 23-foot-tall dinosaur, Hammy, who collapsed in 2003 but has since been restored to his full glory.

    For over 60 years, this family-friendly entertainment venue located city centre has attracted visitors from all over the nation with its quirky collection of space aliens and dinosaurs combined with a selection of challenging holes over 2 different courses.

    Location: 401 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +1 850-862-4922


    Papa Joe’s Hideaway

    Shoot some pool, watch some sports, and have a brew

    • Food

    Papa Joe's Hideaway is the place to go to kick back with a brew, some good bar food, billiards, friends, and fun after dinner in Fort Walton Beach. This laid-back sports bar is about 10 minutes north of the Gulf. It offers pool tables, a jukebox, pub bites including their speciality spicy hot wings, and all the late-night fun you can handle.

    If you're still hungry after dinner, you can munch on everything from chicken tenders to garlic cheese curds, egg rolls, jalapeno poppers, and loaded fries. It's also a good takeaway option if you're heading back to your hotel or beach house.

    Location: 104 Perry Ave SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 3 am, Sunday from 11.30 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 850-244-5599


    The Block

    Try your hand at riding a mechanical bull

    • Nightlife

    The Block is a nightclub just a few minutes north of the Gulf that offers a little bit of everything, from sports bar TVs to live entertainment and old-fashioned honky-tonk surroundings. It may be the place to go if you're not sure what you want to do after dinner in Fort Walton Beach because of the diversity of entertainment.

    This nightclub offers multiple rooms with different attractions. In one room there's a laid-back bar. In another, the best local and national country music acts perform live. In yet another, you can sing karaoke or watch TV. You can also hit the dance floor or even try your hand (and balance) at riding a classic, old-school mechanical bull.

    Location: 113 Eglin Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Wednesday from 6 pm to 2 am, Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 6 pm to 4 am (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 850-301-9393


    Salty Duck

    Enjoy a craft beer at a local brasserie

    • Nightlife

    The Salty Duck is a sports bar and brasserie with an extensive offering of craft brews from some of the best breweries as well as big-screen TVs and video games. It's a laid-back environment just a few minutes' walk from the shore with plenty of options to keep you coming back, whether it's to spend hours playing the classic arcade games or just kick back to watch your favourite sports teams.

    If you're looking for a great selection of craft brews that isn't overshadowed by house offerings, the Salty Duck is a solid choice for your after-dinner activities in Fort Walton Beach.

    Location: 209 Ferry Rd SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +1 850-374-3881


    Fort Walton Beach Bowl

    Throw 10 frames and grab a snack

    • Nightlife
    • Families

    Fort Walton Beach Bowl is a few minutes north of city centre and offers 24 lanes of open bowling nightly as well as other entertainment options. The snack bar serves up typical fare of pizza and burgers if you're still hungry for a late-night bite.

    On weekends, karaoke offerings liven up the place and let you try your hand at singing your favourite hits on the lanes. You can kick back with friends, hit the billiards room to shoot some pool, or try to score that perfect 300 over 10 frames.

    Location: 745 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, USA

    Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 1 am, Sunday from noon to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 850-863-5603


    The Bevador Room

    Try a craft cocktail with fresh, top-shelf ingredients

    • Nightlife

    The Bevador Room bar is a solid option for enjoying an after-dinner craft cocktail or craft brew. It's a relatively new addition to the Fort Walton Beach area that's located right in the heart of city centre.

    The lounge offers an outstanding drink experience, from crafted artisanal cocktails to microbrewed local craft beer and fine spirits from vodka to whisky and more. Their claim to fame is that they use only fresh ingredients and top-shelf liquor while employing a personal approach to getting to know their customers.

    Location: 214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 850-664-6899


    The Green Door Music Hall

    Catch the latest up-and-coming live music acts

    • Nightlife

    The Green Door Music Hall showcases the best in local, regional, and new music acts from a wide range of genres. Whether you're a fan of country western, hip-hop, rock, metal, or any other kind of music, you may well find a concert here to suit your tastes.

    It's right next to the waterfront Landing Park and focuses on the best up-and-coming local bands. Its doors are open to young musicians to hone their craft in front of a crowd for the first time. Head here to support the local Fort Walton Beach music scene and catch the next star.

    Location: 158 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE c, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 6 pm to 4 am, Saturday from 6 pm to 12 am

    Phone: +1 850-226-8307


    Starcade Billiards

    Shoot a round of 8 ball with your friends

    • Nightlife

    Starcade Billiards is a city centre pool hall that serves just beer and wine, as compared to bars that focus on drinks but might have a pool table or two. You can set up at any of the many open tables in the hall, grab a cue or bring your own, and shoot to your heart's content.

    If you need some help or tips, the staff is approachable, and there's a community of friendly regulars who are always willing to give some advice. Starcade Billiards hosts regular tournaments as well. It's also very much a locals' place that's not often frequented by other travellers.

    Location: 34 Eglin Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Sunday–Tuesday from 2 pm to 2 am, Wednesday–Saturday from 2 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +1 850-244-2349


    Swizzle Stick Lounge

    Grab a martini in a 1950s-themed bar

    • Nightlife

    The Swizzle Stick Lounge is located on Santa Rosa Island and is the place to go for a high-class and swanky night out on the town. Everything about this cocktail lounge is posh, glamorous, and classy.

    The wide range of cocktails available at the lounge is focused on craft martinis and beach drinks, and the atmosphere evokes that of a 1950s martini bar. One wall is dominated by a bright and vibrant mural painted by a local artist, and the framed collection of swizzle sticks adds to the unique vibe.

    Location: 380 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 12 am

    Phone: +1 850-243-9444


    Enlightened Studios

    Kick back in bohemian surroundings

    • Food
    • Nightlife

    The Enlightened Studios Sound Cafe is a laid-back classical café that's open late to cater to the night owls of Fort Walton Beach. It's right across from the beachfront Landing Park and specialises in craft coffee and espresso drinks, but it also offers cocktails, beer, wine, and sangria as well as paninis and light snack fare.

    The venue has a mission to encourage artists of every type to monetize their talents by offering an open platform for them to present their wares. If you're looking for a bohemian and artistic vibe for your after-dinner relaxation, this is a solid place to visit.

    Location: 142 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Mary Esther, FL 32569, USA

    Open: Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm, Monday–Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm, Wednesday–Thursday from 8 am to 10 pm, Friday from 8 am to 12 am, Saturday from 9 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 850-499-6969


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