Play combines the creature comforts of childhood with those of adulthood: arcade games and beer. Taps and cans dispense an ever-rotating reservoir of 20 microbrews—more than enough liquid confidence to attempt high scores on the rows of coin operated games such as Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and Galaga. All around, the thumping bumpers of pinball machines mingle with the clack of pool balls and the hiss of air hockey tables. But beneath the flashing surface of Play is a drive to bring people together.
When not wagering the next round of drinks on a game of hoops, or butting heads in a DJ-accompanied skee-ball tournament, guests can team up to test their mental mettle during trivia night. Karaoke evenings arm friends instead with microphones so that they can belt out a duet or practice eulogizing each other in front of a rapt audience. Quieter interaction can be found in an '80s-inspired nook, where an original Nintendo and a VHS-player revive summer afternoons spent playing Super Mario Brothers and writing love letters to John Cusack.
Pensacola Little Theatre (PLT) is a nonprofit community organization and we are entering our 75th season! We strive to draw many community members into the creative process- to move them, to change their lives, and possibly the world, in the process of making ART.
After enjoying a pint of craft beer at Hopjacks Filling Station, there’s a good chance you’ll find a cold one in their refrigerator, ready to be taken home. This hybrid retail store, beer garden, and café has 33 handpicked taps and hundreds of specialty beers and wines from around the world. Servers fill glasses and growlers with favorites from Pensacola Bay Brewery and limited seasonal and obscure beers alongside plates of casually upscale pub fare. Seated at tall chairs, patrons enjoy bites of charcuterie plates and toasty sandwiches, from genoa salami to roasted duck, at long, glossy tables in the center of the room. Diners can also wander outside to eat, drink, and set off post-meal bottle rockets on the patio.
Nippon Sushi and Grill's expansive lunch ($10.49) and dinner buffets ($12.99) abound with sushi, rolls, hot dishes, and other delicacies inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine. Nippon's sushi shamans hand-roll specialties such as the Green Dragon roll, deliciously crafted from cream cheese, spicy crab salad, and a fried crab stick, topped with avocado and roe. The cucumber and crab White Tiger roll sports a crown of white fish, tuna, and tempura, and the Ninja Turtle roll's core of cream cheese and crab comes cinched with avocado and a black belt of barbecued eel. Refreshing libations ($1.89) stand by with straws in hand to hose down potential wasabi fires.
Woodshed Grill and Brew Pub—an official UFC sports bar—is a favorite hangout for regulars. As juicy burgers and saucy chicken wings delight taste buds, eyes can turn to more than 20 flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports. Meanwhile, bartenders mix cocktails and serve an extensive selection of beers, including 101 on tap and more than 100 in bottles.