#159 of 160 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Christo’s Sports Bar and Grill

Christo's Sports Bar & Grill – Where to Savor Local Seafood and More in Panama City Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you simply need affordable drinks, local seafood, and sports galore, you cannot go wrong with a trip to Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill. This Panama City Beach favorite goes big on the culinary delights and icy cold drinks while ensuring you feel right at home. So, look beyond the gas station and stop by for the ultimate dive bar dining experience.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Imagine this: Local seafood and bar favorites, $6 pitchers of beer, and every sports game you can imagine playing on 25 flatscreen TVs. Can it get any better than that? If not, then you need to plan a visit to Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill. This Panama City Beach dive bar promises to keep you well-fed and entertained, no matter how long you want to stick around.

As you plan your visit, there’s one thing you should know. This restaurant has rather unconventional surroundings. It’s nestled within the backdrop of a gas station, making it easy to overlook its true charm. However, if you peer past the fuel pumps, you’ll discover culinary delights and icy cold drinks to remember.

Upon walking through the doors, you’ll be greeted with a hearty hello and a homey atmosphere that invites you to relax and unwind. But first, take a moment to soak in the authentic sports bar aesthetic. Team flags draped across the ceiling signed jerseys on the walls, and dozens of TVs broadcasting the latest games set the stage for a memorable dining experience.

Once you’ve taken it all in, find yourself a seat at the bar or grab a table wherever you feel most comfortable. Your friendly server will promptly swing by once you’re settled to hand out menus and get you started with a drink and appetizer. Do yourself a favor and grab one of their famous $6 pitchers of beer to start. Then, take your time exploring the menu.

The menu is truly something to behold. It goes beyond the usual bar food favorites to offer a range of unexpectedly upscale dishes. For example, the Boom Boom Tuna appetizer features the finest seared Ahi Tuna drizzled with scratch-made aioli. And their salads go beyond basic iceberg lettuce, treating you to a medley of mixed greens, fresh veggies, and all the best dressings and toppings around.

Despite these upscale offerings, this restaurant never forgets its roots. You’ll still find plenty of beachside bar classics on the menu, including fish and shrimp tacos, po’boy sandwiches, and mile-high cheeseburgers. You cannot overlook the sides either, ranging from freshly made onion rings to potato salad.

You absolutely need to try these dishes at Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill:

She Crab Soup
The She Crab Soup is an appetizer you must try at least once. It’s a local favorite, featuring succulent crab fresh from the Gulf Coast. The recipe remains a secret, but you can trust that it’ll be endlessly good from the first bite to the very last.  

Seven Seas Greek Salad
Although you might not think of salad when coming to a sports bar, the Seven Seas Greek Salad might just win you over. This dish features specialty mixed greens topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, and pepperoncini. Then, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and Greek dressing add even more flavor. You can even add chicken, shrimp, or tuna for an extra charge.

Sudden Death Burger
If you like it spicy, order the Sudden Death Burger without hesitation. This dish features an oversized beef patty grilled to perfection and topped with pepper jack cheese. Once the cheesy patty lands on the bun, sauteed jalapenos join the party, followed by all the fixings. You also get your choice of sides, including fresh fries, potato salad, and pasta salad.

Although you might be tempted to fill up on starters and entrees, leave room for dessert to enjoy the full dining experience. Their sweet treats change regularly, so you never know what you’ll find when you come in. You might discover brownie ala mode, apple pie, or cheesecake waiting for you. Ask your server when you arrive to get the inside scoop.

Insider Tips:
-Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill can be rather loud at times. For a quieter dining experience, take your meal to the picnic tables outside.
-Every day brings new food and drink specials. For example, you can get Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Long Island Iced Tea at a discount every Monday. Check their website or the chalkboard behind the counter to see what’s on sale daily.