Bud & Alleys


Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida,—famous for its sunset celebration toasts—marks its 35th anniversary in 2021. Soon, Bud & Alley’s foodie fans can lift a glass at the daily sunset celebration toast on a newly renovated Roof Deck. “With care and consideration for the past and to honor the original building Bud & Alley’s remain largely the same, save some minor interior restoration. Thankfully, architect Dhiru Thadani was up to the delicate challenge of marrying the old and the new,” founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb says. The resulting design is a perfect match. A new entrance plaza flanks Bud & Alley’s to the east and west with a tree-lined walkway to the north. With 850 additional square-feet, the rooftop deck affords both a stunning Gulf view and a panoramic view of Seaside’s Central Square. A new full-service bar fronts 30A, a stunning three-story tower entrance to the roof deck is now equipped with an elevator, and 10 restrooms have been added. A gleaming hand-crafted wood bar rail leads guests from the back-deck area to the beach via a beautiful beach boardwalk. Bud & Alley’s daily sunset celebration was enhanced, too. “The new tower is poignant,” Rauschkolb says, “Finally, there’s a proper place to house the vintage sunset bell we’ve had all these years.” Still, the tradition remains the same. If you guess the exact time the sun sets, you are treated to a complimentary cocktail and get the honor of sounding the bell. “I am so... Read More



BUD & ALLEY’S PIZZA BAR + TRATTORIA PRESENTS 2017 FOUR-COURSE WOOD-FIRED FALL HARVEST WINE DINNER FEATURING SWICK ALL NATURAL WINES, NOV. 16   Seaside, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2017) — Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria on 30A in Seaside, Florida, celebrates the fall season with a Fall Harvest Wine Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16 […] Read More



BUD & ALLEY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT IN SEASIDE HOSTS THE 27th ANNUAL SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL VINTNER DINNER Seaside, Florida (Oct. 18, 2017) — Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida, ushers in fall with a festive kick off the four-day 27th annual Seeing Red Wine Festival by hosting the highly-anticipated Vintner […] Read More


And the Winners Are … 30A Hot Spots Poll Results Released

You nominated them. You voted for them. And now, it’s time to reveal the winners of this year’s 30A Hot Spots Awards! Almost 1,750 of you cast 52,000 votes across 31 categories, and we are pleased to present a list of your choices for the hottest spots in South Walton. With hundreds of amazing local businesses in […] Read More


FRIDAY: Don’t Miss CVHN’s Hurricane Party at Bud & Alley’s

Bud & Alley’s will host the 12th Annual Hurricane Party on Friday, September 23, benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. The party runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and includes entertainment by 4 Barrel Funk. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud and Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. “The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of Children’s Volunteer Health Network”, said Executive Director, Zach Billingsley. When the Founding Members of CVHN were planning the very first fundraiser for the organization back in 2004, hurricane evacuations threatened the success of the event. The event organizers personally called the invitation list asking people to come back into town for the Hurricane Party. The community showed up in a big way raising more than $40,000 and the name stuck. Now in its 12th year, the Hurricane Party has become a must-attend event for locals and visitors of the Emerald Coast. Listen to the story and learn more in this 30A Radio exclusive: “We are so pleased to be hosting the Hurricane Party benefiting CVHN again this year at Bud & Alley’s,” said Dave Rauschkolb, owner of Bud & Alley’s. “We are drawn to this cause because the heart of this organization is about enriching children’s lives.  Providing free, essential health and dental services to uninsured and under-insured children lessens suffering and builds stronger, more productive and happy children in our area.  Together we can make a tremendous and meaningful difference for these children. Please join us for this important event.” The evening festivities will build up to a live auction where exclusive trips, private dinners with local chefs and more create a bidding frenzy each year. All proceeds from the event go to CVHN, which spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs that help kids in Walton and Okaloosa counties to sustain the CVHN mission for their three major programs: a 34’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and other local charities, a network of volunteer providers and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with heavy creole hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are limited and will be $100 in advance and $125 day of the party. Guests will be able to purchase tickets online or by phone beginning August 1st. For more info on sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, visit cvhnkids.org/hurricane or contact Amy at 850.622.3200 ext. 101 or admin@cvhnkids.org. Read More


Grab Your Boards, It’s Time For YOLO’s Relay Series

Each year, YOLO Board hosts one of the most fun outdoor activities you can find in South Walton — the YOLO Board Relay Series. The three-part, family-friendly event is open and encouraging to paddle boarders of all skill types. (Believe me, I should know, I raced last year and it was my first time on a board!) It’s carefree and friendly competition, offering an opportunity for people of all skills to get involved, spectators to cheer on their favorite teams and for everyone to learn more about the increasingly popular water sport of stand-up paddling. This year, the ninth installment of the series, is presented by Garden of Life and again held at The Bay restaurant on the beautiful shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  All races start at 4:30 p.m. The final race will be held July 21 at 4:30 p.m. Check out this video from the 30A Team at last year’s race: The 2015 men’s race: This year’s edition will feature team relay-style competition in three recreational divisions: men’s, women’s and coed along with the return of a division dedicated to Special Olympics Florida-Walton County and Special Olympics Florida-Okaloosa County athletes. The event also includes giveaways, live music, refreshments and kids’ activities. “Each year we are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation of the local SUP community for the race series,” said Jeff Archer, founder of YOLO Board. “When the series began, we had no idea that it would still be a highlight of our season nine years later. Adding the Special Olympics athletes has been such a rewarding experience for all involved. “I love how this sport brings joy and empowerment to everyone who tries it!” For more information regarding sponsorship or team registration, please visit www.YOLORace.com, call 850.424.6852 or email info@YOLOBoard.com. Receive race updates by joining the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/ 945811502161318. Find more info and how to register here. Check out these awesome photos by Shane Sauer from last year’s races: Read More


11 Best Places to Grab a Drink with a View

By Caroline Giddis With so many gorgeous views and an impressive selection of delicious beers, cocktails and wines, it’s hard not to say “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” here in South Walton. Whether you’re looking for a view of the gulf, rolling dunes or a beautiful lake, there are so many places in the area that allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one. It’s even a cultural norm here to find a spot each night where you can see the sunset. Here are 11 places that are perfect for getting your drink-in-a-beautiful-place fix. Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge at The Pearl Hotel Located in Rosemary Beach, the Havana Beach Bar & Grill Rooftop Lounge provides visitors with an eclectic, relaxing feeling. Although the lounge overlooks the stunning European-style hotel pool, it has a breath-taking view of the gulf as well. The drink menu offers everything from Ernest Hemingway-inspired classics to Cuba Libres and Mojitos. The lounge has a variety of seating options from comfy couches and hammocks to high-top tables. Happy hour lasts from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunset Bay Cafe The gulf isn’t the only thing you can see from bars and restaurants. Located on the glittering Choctawhatchee Bay, Sunset Bay Cafe shows it’s appreciation for the Floridian lifestyle with a full bar, Tiki bar and outside dining. From the cafe, the view of the bay spans for miles. With a name like Sunset Bay Cafe, it’s obviously the perfect place to say “cheers!” and watch the sun go down. I’ll have one piña colada please! Bud & Alley’s When many people think beach bar, they think Bud & Alley’s … and they’re right. Nestled between the dunes and overlooking the gulf in Seaside, Bud & Alley’s is where families and friends go to experience what Kenny Chesney sings all about: beautiful views, great beer and no worries. A 30A go-to for over 30 years, Bud & Alley’s is a wonderful place to enjoy for a few minutes or a few hours. The best view for grabbing a drink is from the roof deck bar. Say hi to Mo the bartender who has been slinging refreshing beach cocktails for almost as long as the bar has been open. Try the Seaside punch, a mouth-watering blend of Stoli vodka, apple, peach and black raspberry puree, pineapple juice and house-made sour mix — a perfect beach-side thirst-quencher. If you’re there at sunset, join in the longstanding tradition of ringing the sunset bell and cheering as the sun sets into that beautiful gulf. It can’t be beat. The Porch at Old Florida Fish House For a more “hidden” hangout, check out The Porch at Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach. Overlooking Eastern Lake, The Porch is the ideal place to just chill. A number of big-screen TVs make it a great place to bring your friends when there’s a big game on. However, when you want to escape, you can just look out into the uncharted wilderness that surrounds the beautiful coastal dune lake. It’s the perfect hideaway. The Beach House Appetizers, moonshine and a gorgeous view …  what sounds better than that? Enjoy all three at The Beach House in Sandestin, which sits right on the beach and allows you to soak up some sun and soak in an incredible view of the Gulf. Enjoy a drink in their double insulated solo cups and listen to live music on Tuesdays during their open mic nights. You can find a wide variety of wines on their drink menu, including our 30A Chardonnay and 30A Red Blend, which both go really well with their shareable appetizers – YUM. The Bay Whether you get there by car, boat or paddle board, The Bay is a waterfront-lovers dream. Grab a seat inside, on the covered outdoor lounge,  or at a picnic table with your toes in the sand. A beer haven, The Bay has 12 different beers on tap, many brewed locally. Their Sunday Bayside Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is an especially great time to enjoy the scenery of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin For a unique right-on-the-dock experience, try Marina Bar & Grill. Sitting directly on the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin, the restaurant invites shoe and flip-flop wearers alike to join the party. Marina Bar & Grill celebrates sunset every day as if it were a special occaision, shooting off a cannon and ringing a bell as the sun goes down. Order a brew and watch the boats pull into the Marina with their fresh catches. What could be better than that? Growler Garage In a growing craft beer community, it’s important for there to be a place that focuses on the same passion — a good, cold beer. Hoppy, pale, blonde, however you like your beer, Growler Garage has it. Their focus is beer brewed locally or in different Florida micro breweries. With a constantly changing draft menu and a great view of the gulf from their patio out front, Growler Garage is beer heaven. Wanting to sip that beer a little closer to the waves? Fill up one of their signature growlers and stroll across the street to the beach. Plastic and stainless steel are available of course. Remember, no glass on the beach! Chiringo Here’s a little secret: Chiringo is the only place in Grayton Beach where you can drink a beer with a gulf view. With great open-air spaces, Chiringo aims to present its visitors with vibes of a Spanish beach restaurant. The building and furniture are covered in bright, inviting colors, which show off Chiringo’s desire for beachgoers to come on in and grab a drink. They have a variety of beers on tap and a even a fresh juice bar. Get yours virgin or spiked for the ultimate refreshing cocktail. Watermelon and vodka makes a great combo! Vue on 30A Like it says on their website, “as if the view was not enough,” Vue on 30A also offers a great cocktail or dining experience. Dolphins frequent the shore near the restaurant and the location is great for watching for boats on the horizon. Seasonal, import and domestic beers are all options to enjoy while watching the gulf. Or try a refreshing Emerald Coast Martini, a tricolor treat that mimics a gulf view with Malibu rum, Midori, Blue Curacao, house sour mix and a splash of Sprite. (Learn about more thirst-queching cocktails on 30A.) Brunch on Sunday runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is a definite chance to have a wonderful Sunday Funday. 723 Whiskey Bravo Another amazing rooftop bar, 723 Whiskey Bravo, looks over Seagrove Beach and celebrates a clean, modern atmosphere. Their Happy Hour lasts from 5 to 6 p.m. daily and is a great way to start off a night. Umbrellas are set up on the rooftop to block out any unwanted sun during the day, and the comfy lounge chairs help set the mood for relaxation station. Bravo! Caroline Giddis is a summer intern at The 30A Company. For more on this topic check out: Secret Bars of South Walton 15 Thirst-Queching Cocktails on 30A Read More