5 Best Places To Go For Live Music and Entertainment in Destin, FL

December 11th 2020
Mike Fisher
5 Best Places To Go For Live Music and Entertainment in Destin, FL

Destin is known for white sand beaches, world-class seafood, and rockin’ entertainment. Afternoon or night, it’s easy to find great live music and entertainment in Destin, FL, no matter where you are in this beautiful beach town.

With live concerts being one of the top things to do in Destin, FL, rock, reggae, blues, and practically every genre of popular music can be found on any given day. And with lots of free venues, concerts, and limited cover charges, it’s easy to enjoy the best entertainment during your beach vacation, even while keeping to a budget. Keep reading and discover the 5 Best Places to go for Live Music and Entertainment in Destin, FL!

Table of Contents

  • MAXIMUM Magic Theater
  • AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
  • Funky Blues Shack
  • Hog’s Breath Saloon
  • Club LA



MAXIMUM Magic Theater


magic show in destin florida

According to a recent Traveler Story, MAXIMUM Magic Theater is a show the whole family can enjoy


HarborWalk Village is one of several popular places to go for live music and entertainment in Destin. Their intimate theater hosts entertainment of all varieties. Noah and Heather Wells, for example, present their Vegas-style Destin magic show MAXIMUM Magic Theater there several nights a week!

MAXIMUM Magic offers illusions, special effects, and comedy, perfect for both children and adults. This exciting magic show in the heart of Destin is as mystifying as the emerald Gulf waters, and will leave your family with plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” courtesy of Noah Wells and his wife/partner Heather Wells. Audience participation is a major part of the spectacle, giving lucky ticket holders a chance to be part of the illusions and mentalism displays. Famous and rarely seen magics you may see include the:

  • Head Mover
  • Seeing Through a Woman
  • Sword Box

These, and a few other illusions seen at MAXIMUM Magic Theater, are performed by only a select few magicians in the world! And Noah isn’t the only accomplished magician either, as Noah’s partner Heather also shows off her mentalism skills with a mind-reading act you’ll have to see to believe!

The excitement doesn’t end at the stage, though, as the harbor hosts a whole bunch of restaurants, bars, and gift shops. Although primarily a venue for music concerts, the HarborWalk Village Theatre also hosts comedy, dance, and even more magic shows year-round!

{Read Reviews & Book Tickets to MAXIMUM MAGIC Theater Online}


AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar


AJ's live music venue in destin

Located right next to AJ’s Water Adventures on the Destin Harbor, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar is a Destin, FL, staple and a must-visit when in town! Image by mario via Flickr


Great food and fun are both to be found at the famous Destin Harbor restaurant. For many travelers, this is the first stop for the finest live music in Destin, FL. AJ’s offers a double dose of musical bliss, with two separate areas to either kick back your feet, or kick back a sweet dance move.

AJ’s waterside Tiki Village mainly books solo and duo artists, providing the perfect soundscape for your Destin Harbor experience. The Tiki Village is located right next to Aj’s restaurant, and is open to the public with an optional drink and food menu.

The upstairs Club Bimini Stage is frequented by top 40 and rock bands, accompanied by two fully stocked bars, and a dance floor ready to be trampled by your feet. At night, Club Bimini becomes one of the harbor’s hottest night clubs with the freshest DJs and live bands.


Funky Blues Shack


live music at funky blues shack in destin

Funky Blues Shack, pictured above, is one of the top places to go for nightlife in Destin! Image courtesy of Funky Blues Shack


A staple in the Emerald Coast live music community for years, and one of the top places to go for live music, Funky Blues Shack recently moved from its Sandestin location to the heart of Destin, FL. The brand new location is in proximity to such awesome landmarks as Destin Commons, Crystal Beach, and the Scenic 98 beach road.

Nightly bands specializing in funk, blues, and rock bring the noise, and tasty drinks and Italian food ordered fresh from the on-site restaurant Graffiti add a delicious twist to your night out.


Hog’s Breath Saloon


hogs breath saloon live music venue in destin fl

With live music, barbecue, and delicious cocktails, visiting Hog’s Breath Saloon is one of the best things to do in Destin at night. Image courtesy of Hog’s Breath Saloon


You’ll know you’re getting close to Hog’s Breath Saloon when you’re hit with the smell of mouth-watering barbeque, the sound of ear-pleasing tunes, and the sight of the ever-inviting patio sports bar.

Hog’s Breath Saloon gives music lovers the option of two stages; head to the outside patio around dinner time to grab a bite to eat and catch acts playing relaxing acoustic hits, and move inside at night for body-rockin’ full bands.

Past Hog’s Breath Saloon performers include the lead singer in Austin, TX, band Backseat Soundtrack, as well as Nashvile studio musician and producer Ken Martin.


Club LA


live music venue club la in Destin, fl

View Club LA’s upcoming shows and concerts at https://www.rockdestin.com


Club LA is Destin’s only music venue devoted to original rock music. While the club is known to hire entertainment ranging from DJs to Dixieland Country, rock is what they do best. Many megastar groups have taken the stage at Club LA including:

  • Chevelle
  • Everclear
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • 10 Years
  • Hinder
  • And MORE!

Regional acts from rock to reggae regularly put on high octane shows there, as well. Catering to all types of music lovers, Club LA is truly one of the best places to go for live music in Destin. Make sure to check Club LA’s event schedule before heading to town, as tickets go quick for many of the concerts featuring popular touring acts!



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