Beginning Monday, May 11, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants are permitted to offer on-site dining provided tables are spaced at least six feet apart. Customers are expected to practice social distancing and wear a mask when in close proximity to others, and party size is limited to no more than eight people. Many restaurants will additionally continue to offer takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. We recommend you check with the restaurant of your choice to learn what service modifications are in place. Details and exceptions regarding masks can be found on our Coronavirus update page.
Additionally, bars and restaurants are required to stop selling alcohol by 11pm, and all alcohol must be consumed by 11:30pm. They may remain open after that time, but patrons cannot consume alcohol.
Nightlife: Bars & Clubs in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach aren't just for lounging in the sand and relaxing under the sun. If you want to add some excitement to your vacation, be sure to check out the nightlife in Gulf Shores. Here's what you can expect when you hit the town.
If you want the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach local experience, visit some local bars. Take a seat at the bar and order a Bushwacker while getting to know the locals and others visiting from out of town. If you're looking for a place to kick back and relax, you'll find lounges and sports bars where you can do that.
You can't visit the Gulf without enjoying at least a few great meals. Visit one of the many Orange Beach and Gulf Shores restaurants in the area for a delicious meal that you'll remember long after your vacation is over. Look for outdoor seating where you can enjoy your dinner while watching the sun go down, or find a restaurant with great views of the water. Look for culinary festivals during the fall and delicious, fresh Gulf Coast seafood year-round.
There's always music playing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From country singer-songwriters to Cajun dancing music, you'll find some of the best of the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach nightlife scene. Be sure to check the Calendar of Events to find out what live entertainment you can catch when you're in town. If you're visiting at the end of May, try to make it to the Hangout Music Festival. Past performers have included The Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
After a couple of drinks, you'll probably be in the mood to hit the dance floor. Both live bands and DJs will be playing music that will keep you up and moving through the night. If you're feeling extra brave, look for the bars offering karaoke and open mic nights. Take your turn performing and show off your talent to the crowd.
Girls or Guys Night Out
Get the group together and plan your night out. From bachelor parties to birthday blowouts, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer the perfect spots for celebrating. Check out the cigar bar, order a round of fruity drinks at a tiki bar or toast to your vacation together with a craft cocktail.
Family Friendly Fun
The Gulf Shores nightlife isn't just for the adults. If you're looking for family-friendly after-hour activities, you're in luck. When visiting during the summer months, you'll find that many attractions stay open later. Enjoy a family game of mini golf, visit the amusement park rides and check out the water parks. Many have later hours of operation in the summer.
Whether you're looking for a casual evening out or some late night fun, you'll find the Gulf Shores nightlife spot for you. Order your 2018 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Vacation Guide to see what else you have to look forward to during your next vacation. Book your lodging today with a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach hotel, condo or house rental this season!