Local Experiences

Experience the Night Life in Ocean Springs

5/31/2018 | Tricia McAlvain

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Experience the City of Ocean Springs, where every night of the week feels like the weekend. This coastal city knows how to treat a tourist 24/7, morning, day, and night. Each day when the sun sets, a transition occurs when the posh boutiques and the must-see museums shut down for the day, the night life begins and the scene transcends.

Imagine soft lights strung from huge historical old oak trees, and the southern sounds of live music being performed by over-the-top talented local artists. Enjoy an eclectic splendor of smells to delight and entice your palate that will make you hungry even when you are not. 

Discover everything from local breweries, every type of bar & grill possible, a night club, and a few fine restaurants that stay open late. Enjoy covered patios, a bandstand and sometimes a dance floor, and of course you will find a good old Mississippi juke joint. None of these pubs are the fly-by-night or only open for a season kind of place. Find favorite local spots creating traditions and the abundance of fun to help make Ocean Springs such an amazing destination. 

Many late-night spots are located in the downtown district of Ocean Springs and are within walking distance to each other. Like an unplanned pub crawl, you will spend the evening strolling from place to place mingling and making new friends who are visiting and are full of excitement doing the exact same thing. Or pick out one local pub; hang out with the locals for delicious food, drink, specials, bar games, charity events, live music and dancing all in one spot. Stay casual and have a great time while you work your way all the way down to the bayou to enjoy the view and for a one-of-a-kind coastal experience!

City of Ocean Springs Nightlife Guide:

Lynchburg Landing
1005 Thorn Street *Opens 9AM
Local dive bar where the beer is cold, the people are great, and there is no such thing as a stranger. Enjoy the neighborhood feel with bar games, dancing, and fast service. 

The Beer House American Pub
1006 Government Street *Opens 11AM
Get your beer on here. Enjoy all beer all the time, cigars, a patio, and 45 selections on tap. 
Mosaic Tapas Restaurant & Bar
1010 Government Street *Opens 11AM
Cozy restaurant featuring mouthwatering fresh global tapas, specialty cocktails, wine & imported beers, plus a live music venue and a huge covered patio. Happy hour food specials and late-night food are available. Latin Night is the last Friday night of every month. Dance away until the sun comes up.

The Hideaway
1013 Government Street *Opens Noon
This place is fast becoming a local favorite place with casual coastal style atmosphere. Enjoy the patio where you can listen to live music, and enjoy service with a smile. Build your own wrap or salad for a healthy choice.
1019 Government Street *Opens 11AM
The steak & oyster bar in this fine dining restaurant has happy hour food, a good variety of wine selections, and delicious desserts. Prime rib tacos and crawfish bread are among the local favorite menu items. Reservations are recommended.

Government Street Grocery
1210 Government Street *Opens 11AM
Known to have the best Ocean Springs bar burgers, sandwiches and beer are served in a neighborhood setting with patio seating and phenomenal good live music always supporting and playing a key part in the local artist scene. Daily happy hour food and drink specials make this a local favorite spot.

Murky Waters 
1212 Government Street *Opens 11AM
BBQ dishes to die for, with big portions. Bourbon and craft beers are highlighted at this low–key locale with live Mississippi blues music. Get in on the happy hour comfort and late-night food with consistency you can count on.

Maison De Lu
626 Washington Avenue *Opens 11AM
Visit this French restaurant in Ocean Springs serving healthy options.  Find items such as lamb chops, ciabatta, and goat cheese torta.  It is hard to choose where to sit; inside service or outdoors on the patio near the waterfall fireplace with attentive waiter service and knowledgeable staff. Reservations are smart, great for groups, and take out is an option.

Crooked Letter Brewing Company
503 Porter Avenue *Opens 11AM
Local family owned and operated brewery Est. 2012 in Ocean Springs. New location now offering a full bar and grill with good food, cocktails, beer and wine. Let the brew masters work their magic while you taste some interesting flavors and chow down on the infamous crack chicken.

Gil's Fish Camp
1024 Legion Lane *Opens 11 AM
Get it done at Gil's. Voted "Best Dive Bar in Mississippi” and proud of it. Get your southern fix with all-you-can-eat crawfish, boiled shrimp, and fried fish. Get your buzz on fast when you try the famous bushwhacker. Get happy with daily happy hour specials and always fast and neighborly service.

Inn Zone Bar & Grill
1815 Bienville Boulevard *Opens 11AM
This is a small local hole-in-the-wall style bar off the beaten path with a great jukebox, bar games, excellent service, low drink prices, and a cozy atmosphere. Mud Bug Monday is a favorite day. "The Zone" is one of the best kept secrets in Ocean Springs.

DaBayou Bar & Grill
2411 Beachview Drive *Opens Noon 
This is a great spot to cool off with a wonderful waterfront view. Favorite local bar and grill with a huge open covered patio deck seating. Plentiful portions of fresh coastal seafood, awesome service, live music or karaoke, happy hour and late-night food.

J & T's Stagecoach Country Bar
6600 Rose Farm Road *Opens 1PM
Feel at home in the country & western lounge/night club. Enjoy live bands every Fri & Sat night, jam sessions, karaoke, bar games, dancing, and know all the beer is kept on ice, just the way you like it. Dance the night away with locals at the Stagecoach.

Sweets Lounge
421 Porter Avenue *Opens 2PM
One of the oldest local lounge bars is known for their ice-cold beer, bar games, and friendly fast service. Sweets stays open until the wee hours of the morning. Find time to unwind with a fish fry, when you throw a dart or enter a pool tournament. 

Julep Room Lounge
1217 Washington Avenue *Opens 4PM
This dark and cozy bar is a little hidden jewel with a waterfront view of the Gulf Coast.  Find fun in the cellar of the gorgeous home of Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant. They provide some of the best assortments of sounds in the region. 

Office Bar & Lounge
1000 Government Street *Opens 4PM 
Go to the Office for upscale lounge with patio seating on the street, outstanding bartenders, happy hour every day, and often times live music. For a treat, they open at noon on Saturdays with infused bloody marys and mimosas.

Kwitzky'S-The Dugout
1025 Government Street *Opens 4PM
For those of you who are pet lovers, this is one cozy coastal dog-friendly bar. Enjoy the outdoors open-style seating, fast, friendly service and several TV's to view. Before you leave you will be planning your return trip. 

Kahuna OS Bar & Grill
1415 Bienville Boulevard *Opens 4:30PM
Local sports/karaoke bar with a grill, bar games, late-night food, and happy hour drinks. This is not your mamma's karaoke bar. Hear untapped local talent singing that sounds more like professional. 

Boots and Spurs
702 Bellande Avenue *Opens 6PM Wed-Sat
This country & western night club is hidden on the back side of the heart of downtown Ocean Springs. Just one street over from Government Street makes for a fine strut in your cowboy boots and daisy dukes. This is a favorite local club featuring top country entertainment and dancing. Great cocktails, line dances, pool tables, and a front covered patio. 

The Juke Joint
1911 Government Street *Opens 5PM
This is a true Mississippi juke joint located at the end of Government Street. Just on the outskirts of the downtown district enough and under some of the largest old oak trees you will ever lay your eyes upon create the feeling of escaping reality for a brief moment. Enjoy jam sessions inside and a huge stage outside with seating. Make new friends within the different areas outside, one even with a natural fire pit.

2114 Bienville Blvd, Open 24 hours
Easygoing local favorite bar known for its burgers, with a menu of classic bar food, served in a casual environment. Open 24 hours, this favorite local spot never closes. 

Ocean Springs caters to the early bird and to the night owl with all hours of entertainment including Castaways, which is always open. With so much to do, you’ll never get bored with this coastal city’s nightlife, making it worthy of anyone’s wanderlust bucket list.

Tricia McAlvain