My family and I moved to Destin in October from Franklin,Tn via Chicago Il.
Having been making vacation trips to Destin for 16 years I was ready for the full time move. We have been to all the night spots in and around Destin and one day while walking the harbor we stumbled upon Baby J's -
The place sits on the docks on the water, and you can choose between outside and inside seating. Once inside, there's another choice between upstairs and downstairs. Thier is a semi-circular staircase to an open-air bar and outdoor deck, which offers a view of the yachts gathering salt in the post-season harbor. Downstairs, reminds me of an old-fashioned riverboat salon,
From the very first time we walked in we were greeted with smiles that were genuine.When I moved down here I was looking for a "locals" spot where I could enjoy a cold beer either alone or with the family - i could have a beer in Nashville or any chain type bar here in Destin so it was important that it must have a view and at BABY J's I can assure you offers the best view to watch a sunset...( although ts been nippy of late and they do have the weatherproof clear windscreens up )
Wanting to fit in as a local, i was greeted like one the very first day-not only by the staff but by the bar patrons.The staff Roy and Stephanie go out of thier way to serve you. The owner(s) make it a point to say hello and sit down with you ( that is sincere)
The crowd has its locals with a mix of snowbirds and vacationers
from young to old.I know they have music on weekends and it varies but if you hae a chance make sure you check out sax man IKE BARTKEY , if ya thought Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen could play..............
AM i looking forward to the tourists to invade my new local drinking spot , and to take up all the tables and bar space heck nope not at all but as someone that enjoys a good place I do highly recomend BABY J's - to those dreaded vacationers coming this summer it is a great place to bring the kids during the day ......... the owners -staff and other locals have made me feel like a local and more importantly they are like family
if you like the boathouse you will really enjoy baby j's
ooooppppps my wife says to order
oysters on the half-shell, a sushi roll, and a smoked fish dip. All were at a reduced price duringhappy hr., and a good value.
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