Orange Beach, Alabama is one of my absolute favorite beach towns. The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to the most beautiful white-sand beaches and is a favorite among beachgoers during the summer months. Orange Beach is the perfect vacation destination for couples and families because of the various activities available in the area. And if you are wondering about the nightlife in Orange Beach, Alabama, let me help you out. Orange Beach, and its nearby twin Gulf Shores, is a great choice if you’re looking for a fun and relaxing time for the entire family. You will be happy you chose the Alabama Gulf Coast if you’re on the search for good times, a great atmosphere, and lasting memories!
After you’ve had a great day with your crew on the beautiful beaches, relax a bit and then head out to explore some of Orange Beach’s favorite nightspots for those looking for social activities and entertainment while visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast. I’ll also be including some Gulf Shores faves as well, since it’s only a short drive away from Orange Beach. (And because, frankly, Gulf Shores nightlife offers lots of fun, too.)
This trip was hosted by Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts and The Beach Moms, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. That means I will receive a small commission for any purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you.
What is the nightlife like in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores?
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are beautiful and lively during the day and both cities keep that same energy at night! You don’t have to look very far to find live music, a fun happy hour, great food, a dance floor, or other live entertainment. Great meals, pool tables, craft cocktails, fresh seafood, and cold drinks are within minutes of you at most locations in the area.
The nightlife in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores isn’t just for adults. I’ve visited the area several times while my kids were younger and while they were teens and we’ve always been able to find family-friendly entertainment for everyone in our party. Whether you prefer live bands or if trivia night is more your speed, you’re in luck at the Alabama Gulf Coast. You’ll find everything from a fun beach bar to a restaurant with the best local seafood in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
Where to stay in Orange Beach, Alabama
If you are looking for a beautiful, comfortable, fun, and conveniently located place to stay while you’re in Orange Beach, let me tell you about Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts! Turquoise Place is perfect if you’re traveling with your entire family with units that have all the comforts of home while you’re away on vacation.
You can easily book your stay at Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts online using their beautiful and easy-to-navigate website or using their convenient mobile app! I absolutely loved being able to manage my reservation, check-in, learn all about the resort amenities, contact the front desk, and check-out right from my smartphone!
Here is a quick tour of our 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom unit:
And if you’re like me, you love a deal! Booking directly through the resort gives you access to these extra perks:
*Onsite charging privileges
*Complimentary daily breakfast (seasonal)
*Access to Spectrum Club Lounge (seasonal) NOTE: The lounge is exclusive for guests renting through Spectrum Resorts
*Discounts on resort purchases
*Complimentary beach towels waiting for you in your condo
*Access to all resort amenities
Booking directly through Spectrum Resorts also gives you the assurance that you have the Clean Bed Guarantee. This means that duvets and/or coverlets are washed before every arrival.
My favorite perk of Turquoise Place are the breathtaking views of the gulf. Each unit gives you a front seat to amazing sunrises and sunsets. You won’t want to move from the balcony! (Did I mention that there are hot tubs on every balcony?)
Booking a unit a Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts is the first step in creating a memorable beach vacation for your family.
Nightlife in Orange Beach, Alabama
There are a variety of activities available to you in the Orange Beach area. Here are a few to choose from:Ferris Wheel at The Wharf by Cherith Fluker
Visit The Wharf
The Wharf is a popular location in Orange Beach. It’s a great place to go in the evenings for good food, shopping, and entertainment. On Monday nights, during the summer months, you can catch a spectacular fireworks show. Grab your family and find a spot along Main Street to enjoy the show.
Some people think of The Wharf as a shopping center, but it’s so much more than that. There’s also a Ferris Wheel at the Wharf that lights up after dark, providing an awesome view and a fun time!.
The Wharf is also home to The Wharf Amphitheater where you can catch some local musicians or sometimes you might find some big names playing! The Wharf Amphitheater also hosts other special events, so make sure to check the local calendar of events to see if there are any exciting events planned during your stay.
Every night at The Wharf, you can catch SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular, a choreographed light and sound show. During the summer, SPECTRA includes a mini-show made just for kids! You’ll definitely want to catch this free presentation that’s sure to lots of fun!
Grab a drink and listen to music at Sandshaker at The Wharf
If karaoke, DJs, and live band performances are your thing, you’ll love Sandshaker at The Wharf. In addition to great music, Sandshaker boasts that it’s the “home of the ‘original’ Bushwacker.
Eat, listen to music, and play at Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s
A fan fave in Gulf Shores is Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s. I honestly can’t remember a trip to Gulf Shores that didn’t include a meal at Lulu’s! Lulu’s is owned by Lucy Buffett (the little sister of Jimmy Buffett) and is known for food, family, and fun!
At LuLu’s, you can have a delicious meal with a view of the water. The restaurant serves excellent seafood (the gumbo is my fave), burgers, salads, and more. Everyone (even picky eaters) is sure to find something they’ll like on LuLu’s extensive menu.
It’s hard to choose the best thing about Lulu’s. You have live music, an arcade, a ropes course, and the cool shop, making Lulu’s a vacation in itself!
Hang out at The Hangout
Located in Gulf Shores, The Hangout is one of the first places that welcomes you if you enter Gulf Shores on Alabama State Route 59. It offers lots of fun for the entire family during the day and at night. At night, you’re likely to be drawn in by the sounds of a live DJ or band performing on the stage. Whether you’re looking to relax by the fire pit, make a wish on the wish wall, put your toes in the sand, or dance to some amazing tunes, The Hangout will give you all of those options and more.
There’s also a full menu offering a variety of delicious food and drink options.
Eat and relax at The Gulf
The Gulf describes itself as offering “elegant rustic cuisine”, and I have to say I agree. The Gulf is seaside dining with outdoor seating that has an ambiance that makes it welcoming and fun!
The Gulf’s unique design features recycled building materials and shipping containers that go well with the palm trees, the sand, and the sound of the waves.
Evenings at The Gulf are so cozy! Grab your friends and family and sit around the fire enjoying a drink, delicious food, conversation and laughter. It’s the perfect place for a fun evening in Orange Beach.
Go on a sunset sailing cruise
There are multiple options for dinner and dolphin cruises in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. You are sure to find the one that’s perfect for you.
Walk on the beach
Take an evening walk on the beach with your favorite people. If you don’t have access to the beach from your beach rental, you can access the beach using one of the several public beach access points available.
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Enjoy some private dining
Want some delicious food, but don’t want to leave the comfort of your beach rental? Have The Beach Moms arrange a personal chef for private dining in your beach rental.
Who are The Beach Moms?
Imagine this: After driving hours to the beach, you enter your condo or vacation rental, and it is already fully stocked with all of your favorites. I’m talking snacks, beverages, and paper goods, and even cleaning supplies. Oh, and if it’s a special occasion, wouldn’t it be nice to have the place already decorated and ready for the fun celebration to begin?
Well, that’s exactly what you get when you call The Beach Moms!
And wait! The magic doesn’t end there! The Beach Moms can also make dinner reservations, plan fun outings for you and your family, and so much more!
I talk all about The Beach Moms in this blog post:
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Dine at one of the fabulous restaurants on Canal Road
Several tasty restaurants are situated on Canal Road in Orange Beach. No matter what your taste buds are craving, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your tummy. Some of my favorites on Canal Road are Cactus Cantina, Big Fish Restaurant, OSO Early, Cosmos’s Restaurant & Bar, Brick & Spoon, and GTs on The Bay. There are several other options available.
Other fun nighttime activities in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores
Change of Pace at Turquoise Place – Perfect for tropical drinks and poolside eats!
OSO at Bear Point Harbor – Great waterfront location to listen to local and touring artists, have some delicious drinks and food.
Pleasure Island Tiki Bar at Sportsman Marina – Pleasure Island Tiki Bar boasts itself as the best place for ice cold drinks, great food and an unbelievable view!
Big Beach Brewing Company – Great for local craft beers.
Live Bait – Known for great local seafood, awesome drinks, and live entertainment.
Pink Pony Pub – has been a beachfront staple of Gulf Shores for over 50 years!
Nighttime activities at Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts
If your day at the beach drains all of your energy, you can spend the evening relaxing in your spacious condo at Turquoise Place. The units are large and lend themselves well to having a family and friends game night, a fun movie night, a dance contest, and more.
You can also check the resort’s event calendar to find an evening activity to participate in. During the spring and summer months, you can find activities like family trivia, spikeball, hula hoop competitions, and Tic Tac Dash.
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores offer lots of fun during the day, but there’s a great nightlife in Orange Beach, Alabama, too. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. You’re sure to find an activity that you’ll love on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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