#176 of 199 Destin Restaurants

Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar

Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar – Your Destination for Live Music, Great Views, Exceptional Drinks, and Tasty Meals: TEMPORARILY CLOSEDd
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar is an open-air restaurant that serves tasty, simple foods and creative cocktails. Located on Okaloosa Island, this beach club offers a stellar view of the Gulf of Mexico and is a great place to relax with a drink or meal while listening to live music and enjoying the view.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Are you looking for great food and fun times overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from Okaloosa Island? Stop by Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar. Along with some of the best views in the area, you’ll also enjoy craft beers, handmade burgers, and live music. Al’s Beach Club is the ultimate party destination for tasty food and family-friendly entertainment.

What makes Al’s Beach Club a unique place to visit is its open design. Rather than a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, the entire structure is open to the Gulf breezes. Consequently, as a true beach eatery, it only stays open during the warm weather season from March through October. Plus, most seats give you great views of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.

The warm weather operation allows the club to offer various attractions for families that other restaurants don’t have. A splash pad, jumbo board games, and corn hole are some of the fun activities you’ll find at Al’s Beach Club.

Live music and events create another source of entertainment at this eatery. Most weeks during the summer, live music acts, fireworks displays or luaus could happen at Al’s Beach Club. Check out their social media pages to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.

The family atmosphere continues with the menu offerings. Options for kids and adults include classics such as hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, fries, and macaroni and cheese. Plus, the restaurant serves decadent milkshakes for kids and adults and great cocktails and alcoholic beverages for those over 21.

While Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar boasts of its burgers, its menu has something for everyone. Check out the following highlights from the menu:

Al’s Cheeseburger
Al’s Cheeseburger stacks the restaurant’s signature beef blend patty on a brioche bun with red onion, pickles, and lettuce. You also have your pick of Swiss, pepper jack, cheddar, or American cheese. It also comes with a side of tomato relish. Previous visitors customized their cheeseburgers to replace the bun with a gluten-free alternative or add avocado and bacon to the standard sandwich. No matter how you personalize your cheeseburger, you will have one of the best burgers on Okaloosa Island, according to other diners.

The Island Chicken Sandwich
The Island Chicken Sandwich is a tasty alternative for those who don’t want to eat beef. This sandwich dresses up a grilled chicken patty with bacon, sweet chili soy sauce, grilled pineapple, and cilantro. The blend of flavors on this burger makes it a well-balanced sandwich that surpasses expectations and the chicken sandwiches from other places. If you’ve never had grilled pineapple, don’t leave it off this sandwich. The sauce gives it a salty, sweet flavor that enhances the taste of the entire sandwich.  

Signature Shakes for Kids and Adults
The milkshakes at Al’s Beach Club stand out for two reasons. First, the standard milkshakes use extra-creamy frozen custard instead of ice cream for a richer taste. While the non-alcoholic shakes include standard flavors such as strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel, don’t miss the chance to try one of the signature shakes. These upscale shakes include additions that take the milkshakes to the next level. For instance, the Key Lime Pie milkshake includes pie in the shake, and the Peaches and Cream shake uses real peaches in the mix.

Second, the restaurant serves adult shakes in unusual flavors, such as Rum Float and Salted Caramel Whiskey. You can choose to have these shakes with or without alcohol.

When on Okaloosa Island, visit Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar when you’re craving hearty foods, great drinks, a stunning Gulf view, and live music.

Insider Tip:
Call ahead or visit the website before you travel to Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar carefully. The restaurant is only open seasonally from March through October and adverse weather may close the restaurant during the operating season for a day or two.