5 Places to Grab a Cold Beer Downtown

It’s August. It’s hot, humid and we are always looking for ways to cool down. We can think of only a couple of ways that we’d rather cool down than enjoying an ice-cold beer.

Check out these places to pop into for a nice, cold brew.

Head to Joachim Street into Alchemy Tavern and enjoy 42 taps of craft beer to go along with over 100 different whiskeys, including a true top shelf that is unrivaled in the area.

 

 

If a cold one at a neighborhood pub is your thing —Callaghan’s Irish Social Club is the place to go.Callaghan's Music

 

 

 

If you love a variety of beer {over 36 beers on tap} and are a sports-enthusiast, then DraftPicks Taproom is the spot for you.Draftpicks

 

 

With over 102 beers on tap and over 100 bottled beer selections, LoDa Bier Garten is an excellent option! Not to mention — you’ll be able to experience Mobile’s only authentic German pub.

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If a trendy, laid back lounge style is your type. Then take a seat, grab a cold one and listen to a live pianist at the Royal Street Tavern.Royal Street Tavern

 

This is just a couple of options to wet your whistle — but there are plenty more beers to drink in Mobile. Click HERE for more!

 

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PokemonGo in Mobile!

 

If you haven’t heard about PokemonGo — let’s get you up to speed real quick. PokemonGo was only announced {in the U.S.} just a little over a week ago and has taken us by storm. It’s interactive, addicting and has us all running around crazy over Pokemon! It quickly jumped to the #1 {free} app on I Tunes and is currently still holding the #1 spot.

This is a big deal, y’all. A big and very fun deal!

Since everyone is going crazy over PokemonGo — we asked our hotel, restaurant and attraction friends to help us point y’all in the right direction on catching as many Pokemon as your hearts desire.

Here’s what we have found out so far. {This list will be constantly updated as more information rolls in.}

Bellingrath Gardens and Home has three Gyms, at least 17 PokeStops and a lot of Pokemon to catch. Of those Pokemon found, there are quite a few that are incredibly rare, including the Magicarp (apparently only found near water) and then a couple of his friends — Exeggcute, an Eevee, a Paras and an Ekans.

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One of their many Poke Stops

Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the entire island itself is a hot spot for all Pokemon Go. The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is one of two Gyms on the east end of Dauphin Island- Fort Gaines being the other. The Estuarium Living Marsh Boardwalk includes several PokeStops and several Pokemon.

Pokemon at the Sea Lab

Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery has one PokeStop. So grab a margarita and get to collecting some PokeBalls to take down the Pokemon you find!

Gulf Coast Exploreum & Science Center has a PokeStop and some elusive Pokemon to catch!

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Gulf Coast Ducks has access to 18 PokeStops. In order to get to all of the PokeStops in Mobile — you have to get on the water. So, hop on a duck and let them give you a tour of Mobile AND rack up on some PokeBalls or catch those Pokemon that can only be found on water.

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico  has two PokeStops. One is the Museum and the other is the Fountain at the Museum. The Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center is the closest Gym– so you can stop by GulfQuest, travel through Cooper Riverside Park (which has a few PokeStops) and then battle the Gym leader at the Convention Center.

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Found this guy lingering outside of GulfQuest

Hank Aaron Stadium {home of the Mobile BayBears} has 3 PokeStops and a gym. In fact, they are staging a PokemonGo Night during their game this Saturday where they will be releasing lure modules throughout the game.

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History Museum of Mobile has 1 PokeStop and the Fort Conde Welcome Center  has 4!

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Caught this guy at the Fort Conde Welcome Center

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park has PokeStops all throughout the ship on all decks.

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Kids exploring the USS ALABAMA while catching Pokemon.

Downtown Mobile has the greatest concentration of PokeStops and Pokemon to catch in Mobile. So get downtown to visit our restaurants, bars, attractions and catch them all!

To help get your bearings — the darker patch of green in the images below is Bienville Square.

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Closest patch of dark green is Bienville Square the furthest is Cathedral Square!

Fish Taco Frenzy

Here’s the deal – we love a fish taco.

Soft, crispy, baked, fried, blackened.

Garnished with arugula, spring mix or cabbage.

Topped with fresh mango salsa, fiery hot salsa or smooth tomatillo salsa.  

There just isn’t a fish a taco we don’t want to dive into! 

And… we did.   We ate our way through the fish taco scene and happy to report, that although our waistline is a little bigger, we have some SCRUMPTIOUS options when you visit Mobile!

OK Bicycle Shop

*Two words: Avocado cream. We almost asked for some in a bowl so we could just eat it with a spoon.

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Crispy Fish Taco

 

Wintzell’s Oyster House

*Perfectly blackened fish with cold pico de gallo and fresh purple cabbage. It’s a perfect taco.

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Blackened Fish Tacos

 

The Royal Scam 

*We weren’t sure if it was the pickled cabbage or the lime cilantro crème fraiche  but something about this taco made us want to jump up and do a happy dance.

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Lightly Blackened Fish Tacos

 

Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery

*This is a big ole mess of the best kind. SO much of everything. It’s a thick piece of delicious Mahi-Mahi with a heaping mound of jicama slaw topped with a spicy cilantro aioli that starts to drip down your hand. And, you’re okay with that because it’s literally finger-licking good!

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Mahi-Mahi Baja Tacos

 

Von’s Bistro

*This taco is quite different from the above mentioned….but equally amazing. {If you like cilantro -this will be your best friend.} The Asian flavors really come through with  this dish and the cool cucumber really hits this taco out of the park.

Von's Fish Tacos

 

There you have it –there’s our round-up of Fish Tacos for you to devour! But.. these are just starting points because there are plenty more fish tacos to eat in Mobile! Take a look at all of our restaurants to really dive into the Fish Taco scene!

-Visit Mobile

5 Things To Do In Mobile This July

From food truck festivals to fishing tournaments — July is going to heat up Mobile!

We’ve made a list of some July highlights–but don’t worry–our extensive calendar with all of the awesome activities you can do in Mobile this July {and every other month} is on our website {here}!

Saenger Theatre Summer Classic Movie Series 

Saenger Theater

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Music in July 

Calli's July Music Schedule

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo  – July 15 – 17

Mobile Bay; Water; Fishing Poles

Dauphin Street Vault – July 16

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Bay Bites Food Truck Festival – July 20

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-Visit Mobile

Vote Visit Mobile in the 2016 Nappies!

In case you haven’t heard the news, Visit Mobile is nominated for a 2016 Nappie Award!!

Every year our favorite local weekly paper, the Lagniappe, rolls out a wide variety of categories for their Reader’s Choice Awards {aka the Nappies}! The cool thing about it? Lagniappe announces the categories but the readers get to write-in their favorites. From there, the fine folks at the Lagniappe narrow it down to the top choices in each category and then releases the final list.

Our ‘Born to Celebrate’ video is among the finalists for Best Local TV Ad!

Check it out if you haven’t seen it.

At Visit Mobile, we have the best job. We get the share the incredible stories and experiences that make Mobile such a special place to live and visit.  Our ‘Born to Celebrate’ video shows the spirit of Mobile and that spirit makes us want to celebrate ALL. DAY. LONG!

While we are excited to be among the finalists, we want to take home the win. With your help, we can make it to the top!

Click HERE to vote. Voting is open now until June 29! You can vote every hour.  Share with your friends too!

 

Nappie Promo

-Visit Mobile

Splish, Splash!

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Quack Quack Quack—Gulf Coast Ducks is officially open!

Mobile’s newest attraction operates amphibious tour vehicles that provide an entertaining land and water tour for kids and adults alike!

The whole experience is all about entertainment, folks!  The energetic tour guides bring hilarity and fun to their interactive tour.  Trust us, you don’t want to miss out!

So, come on, hop aboard the Gulf Coast’s only land and water tour and experience Mobile Bay, the Mobile River, and Downtown Mobile like you’ve never seen them before.

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Gulf Coast Ducks take off from USS ALABAMA  Battleship Memorial Park and are open for tours 7 days a week!  Get your tickets, here!

-Visit Mobile

All Hail Dad!

We have all heard the saying, “The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” While that is definitely true, we think it should be modified a bit.  We think it should be, “The fastest way to a man’s heart is with a big ole’ juicy steak!” Now, we’re talking, right?

With Father’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to make that dinner reservation to treat Dad to a deliciously deserving meal. Plus, you want to be child of the year, right? If you’re an only child, you’re always child of the year so extra brownie points never hurt!

We’ve taken the liberty to make planning much easier by giving you some mouth-watering options to choose from!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Filet Mignon cooked to perfection on a 500° sizzling plate

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NoJa

Pan seared, oven finished Filet Mignon

Noja; Steak Dinner

SAISHO

Rib Cap Steak

Rib Cap Steak - Saisho

The Harbor Room 

Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola

Harbor Room - Renaissance Riverview

Dumbwaiter Restaurant

“Tensaw Tournedos”

Two filets of beef in a bourbon-peppercorn sauce

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The Trellis Room

8 oz. Filet with Brined & Roasted

The Trellis Room

Now that your stomach is rumbling from hunger. Pick up the phone and make a reservation at any of those places — we know Dad will love it!

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