Is there a more perfect pairing than brews and sports? If your answer is a resounding no, you’ll love visiting Salty Duck. A Fort Walton Beach favorite, this bar goes big on the brews by offering 40 different beer varieties at any given time. They rotate their selection weekly, so you never know exactly what you’ll find when you come by. There are shots of liquor, cocktails, sake, and wine, too, if that’s your thing.
Then, to sweeten the deal even more, they have seven sports games playing on their seven screens at all times. Football. Baseball. Soccer. Basketball. Hockey, even. You name it, and they’re happily streaming it for all their patrons’ pure enjoyment. Leather couches and other comfortable seating allow you to kick back and relax while you watch each game at your leisure.
Many people prefer to sidle up to the bar, however, and have a chat with the bartenders. At the Salty Duck every staff member is as friendly as they come and thrilled to talk about the latest happenings in the 30A. Want to know more about the brews they have on rotation? They’re highly knowledgeable about that as well. Just ask them about whatever variety suits your fancy, and they’ll give you the inside scoop.
Whenever you’re in the mood for a little friendly competition, hop out of your seat to play a game of your choice. They have darts, Skee-Ball, giant Jenga, cornhole, table shuffleboard, beer pong, giant Connect Four, foosball, and many other games going all throughout the day. If you prefer to compete against your own high score, simply play arcade games or give indoor hacky sack a try instead.
The Salty Duck menu changes often, but look for these favorites:
Bells Expedition Stout is a coveted Russian Imperial Stout with a bold flavor profile. Complex chocolate tones create the base flavor, while dark fruit malt comes through beautifully in every last sip. At 10.5% alcohol by volume, this brew packs a powerful punch. So, while you might end up thirsty for more, it’s often best to move on to your next choice after getting a taste.
Highland Gaelic Ale
Well known as Asheville’s first beer, Highland Gaelic Ale is worth trying, if not just for the history alone. The flavor profile also makes it all worthwhile, though, as it tiptoes between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. At 5.5% alcohol by volume, it’s a brew you can sip on without having to call it an early night.
Rivertown Soulless is a sour beer that’s light enough on the flavor for newcomers but keeps its loyal followers satisfied with its taste. The flavor profile dances across the tongue, bringing a splash of toffee and caramel notes here and there. A modest 5.4% alcohol content makes it a brew you can enjoy all night long if you wish.
Although this Salty Duck doesn’t serve food, you don’t have to go far for a bite to eat. All you have to do is step outside, and you’ll see a half dozen restaurants in your midst, serving lumpia, burritos, and more. Craving donuts? You’re in luck. There’s a donut shop just down the street as well.
-If you’d like a peek at Salty Duck’s current beer list before stopping by, just go to their website. They update the list weekly to keep everyone well-informed on what they have to offer.
-This bar does not have a happy hour, so their prices stay the same all day long.
-You’re welcome to bring your own food if you’d like to avoid having to leave the bar to eat.
-After 10 pm, the vibe changes from low-key to downright rowdy as the younger crowd slowly takes over.
-There’s no smoking allowed inside Salty Duck.