Flora-Bama Christmas Day potluck buffet in Orange Beach, Alabama.By John Mullen

December 21, 2018 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) - At least 13 OBA Community Website restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and three of those will be serving on Christmas Day as well.

Those three are iconic names on the Gulf Coast with Doc’s Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar and the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar in Orange Beach and Hazel’s Nook in Gulf Shores open on the holiday.

Serving on Christmas Eve will be three Tacky Jack locations in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, Bill’s By the Beach, Brick and Spoon, The Ruby Slipper, Bayes Southern Bar and Grill, Barefoot Island Grill, Duck’s Diner and Gilbey’s Seafood and Steak.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will also over a good variety for dining at the beach for the holiday.

At the Flora-Bama the Christmas Day potluck and the buffet for Polar Bear dippers on Jan. 1 are traditions years in the making with the dip’s 35th edition coming on New Year’s Day. On Christmas diners bring a dish to share and the Flora-Bama will provide entrees of turkey and ham. The New Year’s Day event will include black-eyed peas and a buffet full of traditional fare.

CHRISTMAS EVE

GILBEY’S

For appetizers, Gilbey’s is offering Crawfish and Chorizo wontons, among others, and a featured entrée of roasted turkey with dripping gravy and a honey-glazed pineapple ham. House entrees are also available including ribeye steak or blackened grouper. Check out the full menu here.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

Noon Years Eve LuLu's in Gulf Shores, AlabamaLULU’S

Start off by making the kids happy with one of the most fun and unique beachball drop at LuLu’s Noon Year’s Eve https://lulubuffett.com/gulf-shores/noon-years-eve-dec-31st/ celebration. Doors open at 10 a.m. and activities include free family fun with arts & crafts, sandcastle building contest, “safe” fireworks, balloon artists, face painting and live music from the Red Clay Strays.

FLORA-BAMA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Come don your New Year’s Eve hats, tiaras and other party favors including in the price of your ticket. It’s $40 for those 21 and older, $50 for 18-20-year-olds. You can get tickets here.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Flora-Bama in Orange Beach, Alabama.Doors open at 6 p.m. and your ticket includes access to the buffet under the tent in the Oyster Bar. On the menu are raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, low country boil, steak skewers, coconut shrimp, vegetable medley, island rice and Greek Feta Pasta.

The breakfast buffet will start at midnight and include scrambled eggs, chicken and waffles, bacon, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pork sliders. Champagne will be available 11 p.m.-midnight which will be ushered in with fireworks. The celebration includes surprise giveaways throughout the night.

MULLET DROP AT OLE RIVER GRILL

Midnight will be rung in with a mullet drop with Flora-Bama personality Big Earl aka Jack Robertson at Ole River Grill. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on Dec. 31. Get tickets online here. www.florabamaolerivergrill.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Manna Food Pantry

New Year's Eve mullet drop at Ole River Grill in Orange Beach, Alabama.The fun starts with New Year’s Eve hats, tiaras and other party favors at 6 p.m. There will be live music and champagne will be given out from 11:30-midnight downstairs.

On the dinner buffet from 7-10 p.m. upstairs will include beef tips, mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits and a taco bar. The Hangover Cure Buffet will start at midnight with sriracha chicken bites, corn dogs, nachos and pizza rolls.

Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores, Alabama, will have a balloon drop at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve.TACKY JACKS GULF SHORES

Ring in the New Year without staying out all night as Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores will host its Annual New Year’s Eve Bushwacker Drop for those wanting an earlier celebration to bring in 2019. The party starts at 6 p.m., with live music by the Barstool Surfers. Bushwacker and balloon prize drops are scheduled at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person which includes a buffet and drink specials will be available. RSVP reservations to (251) 948-8881.

PERDIDO BEACH RESORT

This beachfront paradise offers revelers a memorable evening featuring a world-class culinary experience in either the Grand Ballroom or Voyagers, with the hottest music, lights, and tastes on the Gulf Coast!

Pyrotechnico, a nationally recognized pyrotechnic show with amazing light displays and special effects, will be running the largest laser light show on the Coast. The Mixed Nuts, a 10-piece band from New Orleans, will play classic rock with a touch of soul reflective of the band’s Louisiana roots.

Party responsibly and stay the night with two impressive packages to choose from. For more info, visit perdidobeachresort.com or call Guest Services at 251-981-9811 for more info on all of PBR’s holiday options."

          

Live Bait in Orange Beach, Alabama, will celebrate New Year's Eve in the restaurant and the dance club.LIVE BAIT

The Live Bait party includes a dinner buffet, live music, party favors and champagne at $75 per couple, $40 for singles or $15 to just enjoy the party.

The buffet will come with a prime rib carving station, steamed shrimp, grilled fish, blackened chicken, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, broccoli casserole, rice pilaf and oven-roasted potato medley. It will be open from 7-8:30 p.m. with the Legend Band kicking off afterward.

Admission includes a reserved table, buffet, beverage, bottle of champagne and party favors. You must RSVP to get in on the buffet and reserved seating by calling Brandi or Shyrel at 251-974-1612 or stop by the restaurant to reserve your spot.

The restaurant will close at 1 a.m. but The Club, Live Bait’s onsite dance club will keep the party going until 3 a.m. It begins with the local band Whyte Caps playing until 12:30 p.m. followed by DJs Coonzy and Meachie blasting out tunes until 2:30 a.m. Join the part at The Club for just $15 which includes party favors, champagne at midnight and countdown with a balloon drop.

Cobalt in Orange Beach, Alabama, will be open on New Year's Eve.COBALT

The restaurant overlooking Perdido Pass will start a special New Year’s Eve menu at 4 p.m. including an array of its popular dishes. Entrees available will be rack of lamb, pork tournedos, seared filet, yellowfin tuna, bronzed Gulf grouper and free-range breast of chicken.

Start the meal off with either firecracker shrimp, duck pizza, tuna poke or mushroom ravioli. A house, Caesar or wedge salad will also be available. Top it all off with some sweet with baked Alaskan or chocolate avocado truffle.

COSMO’S

Cobalt’s sister restaurant is also breaking out a special menu for the holiday. It will offer andouille-crusted grouper, filet mignon with lobster, grilled bone-in pork loin chop, bucatini with jumbo lump crabmeat, seared sea scallops or roasted Cornish Hen. Starters include royal red shrimp cocktail, fried green tomato stack, quail breast with bacon skewers, lump crab ravigote or cornmeal-fried oysters.

Two soups available will be duck and andouille gumbo or sweet potato bisque. Salad offerings include a Cosmo’s house salad or a roasted red pepper Caesar.

GT’S BY THE BAY

Another sister restaurant to Cosmo’s and Cobalt, GT’s will be open New Year’s Eve and serving its regular menu. There will also be the regular daily special at GT’s.

FIN AND FORK

Be sure to call ahead for reservations for a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu. There will also music until midnight.

Perdido Key Sports Bar will celebrate the new year all weekend long.PERDIDO KEY SPORTS BAR

Party all weekend on the key with the Perdido Key Sports Bar celebrating New Year’s Eve on Friday, Dec. 28 with the Whyte Caps taking the stage. College playoff games will take over for Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 will be a day of NFL football.

New Year’s DJ Michael Zavison will spin tunes from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight. A free food buffet will open at 10 p.m.

The Perdido Queen will sail on New Year's Eve at 9 p.m. in Orange Beach, Alabama.HUDSON MARINA

Bring in 2019 with a dinner cruise on the Perdido Queen out of Hudson Marina. It’s a three-hour cruise featuring deluxe cuisine, live music, dancing, party favors at midnight champagne and fireworks. There will be a cash bar available and boarding begins at 9 p.m.

The Perdido Queen is also planning three other holiday cruises. Have dinner as part of the Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and meet Santa on cruises on Dec. 9 and Dec. 15 starting at 1 p.m. Check out all the details for Hudson Marina events here or call Hudson Marina at 251-981-4127.

 POLAR BEAR DIP

Shake out the cobwebs from a night of revelry with a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Mexico at noon on New Year’s Day. Party down at the Flora-Bama where those who fully submerge will get a free draft beer and a free New Year's lunch of ham, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread.

In Gulf Shores, the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, Bill’s by the Beach and the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run present the Annual Polar Bear Dip at high noon at Gulf Place directly south of Bill’s at the Beach.

Bayes Soutnern Bar and Grill in Orange Beach, Alabama.BAYES SOUTHERN BAR AND GRILL

Bayes is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve and will have a special four-course menu featuring crawfish beignets as one appetizer and grouper or a filet for an entrée. Check out the full special menu here. The regular dinner menu will also be available.

COTTON’S

This staple of the beach cuisine will open on New Year’s Day for the first time in 25 years and offer black-eyed peas and greens as sides with a special dinner menu to be announced.