# of 198 Destin Restaurants

The Harbor Tavern

The Harbor Tavern – A Lively Bar & Restaurant at Destin Harbor
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Located near the Destin Harbor Boardwalk in Destin's downtown area, the Harbor Tavern is a fantastic spot to go and enjoy a good drink, good food, and a good atmosphere. Go for the fun cocktails and you are apt to stay for the music and welcoming crowd (and maybe those savory buffalo wings!). 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Aptly named, The Harbor Tavern is a wonderful bar and restaurant located on the water. It’s a good place to go when you want to catch the latest sports event, grab a quick sandwich and brew, or enjoy some good local music.

You will find The Harbor Tavern located within Downtown Destin with their parking lot open on Harbor Boulevard and their patio offering views of Destin Harbor. That patio is, in fact, quite large and when you visit The Harbor Tavern, it can feel as though the patio and the inner dining room merge together as often the doors are open between the two and everyone enjoys the fantastic weather of Panhandle Florida.

Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas at The Harbor Tavern have a laid-back, old Florida-type of decor. The inside features wooden tables and chairs with air plants hanging along the walls and a plethora of large TV screens above tables and along the bar area. These television screens are often tuned to big and local sporting events. In fact, The Harbor Tavern is often busiest during sporting events as locals opt for this to be their go-to sports bar thanks to its comfortable atmosphere and good drinks. The outdoor patio area is covered and sports a nice array of bar-top seating and tables. 

In addition to that nice array of seating, the outdoor patio area boasts a small stage area. Most weekends and throughout the week on busy tourist weekends, The Harbor Tavern frequently hosts live acts; some musicians serenade diners, and others bring out the dancing bug in all.

Then, of course, there is the food and drinks. The Harbor Tavern is a full bar, meaning they offer beer, wine, and liquor drinks. For those who like the latter, we recommend checking out the Specialty Drinks menu at The Harbor Tavern. These drinks come served in a standard-sized Pompano Joe’s cup, but you can also go big and opt for your drink served Bucket Sized, which upgrades that cup to a hefty 32-ounce one. 

Popular specialty drinks at The Harbor Tavern include:

The “Big Ed” Tropical Sensation
This is a unique take on a mango rum punch. Here, you’ll get mango rum mixed with dark rum, banana, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

Caribbean Woo-Woo
This drink features Pinnacle Peach Vodka blended with Cruzan Coco Rum, pineapple, and cranberry. 

But while the drinks are tasty, the food here is arguably even better! At least, it nicely pairs with your fruity cocktail! Popular entrees at The Harbor Tavern include:

Gyro Pita
The Harbor Tavern has seven types of pitas to choose from, but certainly the most popular is the gyro one. This dish features gyro meat served within a large signature flatbread and topped with tomato, cucumber, pickled onions, feta, and tzatziki sauce. It, as with all their pitas, comes served with chips. 

Bone-in Wings
What’s a sports bar without wings? Habor Tavern offers both boneless and bone-in wings, although we naturally prefer the bone-in! You can order them plain or have them tossed in Sweet & Spicy, Korean BBQ, or Buffalo sauce.

Insider Tips:
-Ask for parking validation! Parking here can be tricky and those not in the know may find themselves with a parking fine during certain times of the day and night. To ensure your visit doesn’t end with an expensive ticket, make sure to ask your server about parking validation before ordering. 
-Drinks come in to-go cups. When you order a drink at the Harbor Tavern, you aren’t stuck at the Harbor Tavern. Enjoy that to-go cup on the move as you can walk right on over to the bustling Destin Harbor Boardwalk with your drink in hand. Of course, you might find yourself enjoying the views, crowd, drinks, and food just fine at the Harbor Tavern too!