By Jack Smith
The French are known for their cuisine, the Italians for their fashion, the Scottish for frugality, and the Germans, well BEER. They make it, they sell it, they drink it, hell, they even celebrate it. Oktoberfest started a long time ago when some dude married some princess, anyway it was pretty boring and we’ll skip that part. The festival begins when the mayor of Munich taps the first keg and then all hell breaks loose. Last year alone the people of Munich downed over 6.7 million liters of beer. The beer mugs in the tents don’t carry the brewers logo, only stamped “Munich Beer.” For medical treatment of intoxicated tourists, the German Red Cross operates a medical facility on festival grounds. Where are these guys during Mardi Gras? (Asking for a friend.)
Barefoot On The Beach
11703 Front Beach Road, PCB | (850) 249-2442
Barefoot has a great assortment of domestic and imported beers, plus craft beers from around the great state of Florida. Ask your server for our latest selections and our specials. Relax in an open-air setting with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.
14854 Bay View Circle, PCB | (850) 230-0005
Located under the mighty oaks on the Intracoastal Waterway just 5 minutes from the beaches in West Bay, Boon Docks offers you a delicious array of local and regional seafood, which may be prepared in a variety of ways. We use a special blend of spices that gives our grilled items a taste like no other! Our unique breading recipe gives our fried seafood a special and original flavor that will bring you back for more! And we’re always serving ice cold beer.
1701 S. Pier Park Drive, Suite 155, PCB | (850) 235-4632
Our mission is to introduce the local food, flavors, and fun of the Gulf Coast to our guests at an affordable price with superior service. Come celebrate Oktoberfest at the Angry Tuna, where it’s happy hour everyday from 2-5. Bud regular and Bud Light are only $1. Enough said. Every Friday and Saturday, come listen to live music with great food and friends.
Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill
2903 Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 708-1878
Where the beer’s cold, the food is fresh and everybody’s treated like they’re part of the family. Voted as one of the “Top 3 Sports Bars” in Bay County, we’ve got 25 Flat screen televisions to watch all of your favorite teams, jumbo wings and burgers, ice-cold beverages and full selection of spirits.
Mike’s Cafe and Oyster Bar
17554 Front Beach Road, PCB | (850) 234-1942
Our family opened Thomas’ Donuts on the west end of Panama City Beach in 1971 and we have been serving old friends and making new ones ever since. Mike’s Diner was opened in 1986 with a commitment to providing friendly service and the best quality food. In 2011, we changed Mike’s Diner into Mike’s Cafe & Oyster Bar.
5121 Gulf Drive, PCB | (850) 235-3555
The German word ‘Oktoberfest’ translated to English is: ‘It’s time to drink a lot of really good beer!’ Since it’s always a great time to drink a lot of really great beer at Schooners, you can celebrate Oktoberfest any time you feel like it! Really good, cold beer and really great food… right on the beach. Make your own Oktoberfest at Schooners!
Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant
5551 N Lagoon Drive, PCB | (850) 234-2225
Anyone who knows Capt. Anderson’s knows that the owners are Greek, and proud of it! So… you won’t find any classic German Oktoberfest dishes on the menu, but you can celebrate Oktoberfest at Capt. A’s with the perfect pairing of chilled German Riesling and their classic Greek style grilled fresh Grouper. OPA!
Paparazzi Gourmet Deli
2810 Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 588-8244
Along with the fabulous food, Paparazzi’s offers a fine selection of beer and wines, including several locally brewed craft beers. One of the more popular craft beers is 30A Beach Blonde Ale from Grayton Beer Company. This ale has a subtle citrus taste with a mild sweetness to go along with the beach atmosphere.
9875 S Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 235-0928
World Famous Pineapple Willy’s™ is the Panama City Beach Seafood restaurant where it all began! Since 1984, William Buskell, (aka Pineapple Willy) has remained true to his mission of great food, great cocktails and great staff. Today, we still serve the best ribs on the beach, the staff is as friendly as ever, and the music & drinks at Willy’s Live just get better every year!