OK, so you’ve tried all the ways to make new friends as an adult without resorting to hanging out at the local bar, and you are still coming up short. Much has been written recently about how hard it is to get to know new people once you are out of school, toiling in the workaday world, or raising kids, or whatever. Where are the places you can relax and be yourself, and as a bonus, meet people of like persuasion, or even radically different from yourself, but on neutral turf?
Those of us over a certain age will remember a very popular sitcom of the 1980s called Cheers, about a corner pub in Boston where assorted characters bared their souls for a half hour, and all problems were neatly wrapped up by the time the last ad had to run. Underlying this were the constants of inter-character friction and quirks, and some of the characters were so successful they managed to spin off shows of their own (i.e., Frasier, with Kelsey Grammer). The Cheers bar was a place where everybody knows your name, as the title song reminded us every time we tuned in for eleven seasons. Few remember that the show almost didnt get past its first season in 1982 because of low viewer ratings (even though it was critically acclaimed), but it ended up being so popular that the final episode, One for the Road, was viewed by over 42 million people when it wrapped up the series in 1993.
Fast forward to Shalimar, FL today. Owner Jeb Hohl re-creates the flavor of a home-grown, friendly neighborhood pub, where the menu says, We may not know your name, but were glad youre here! Tucked back behind ERA American Realty, and today hemmed in by the new Marriott Fairfield Inn on Richbourg Avenue, perennially popular Cheers Shalimar Pub does a thriving business at 1270 Eglin Parkway from unit B11. The cozy bar is just the place to meet friends for lunch or after work, and if you have a hankering to try new types of beer, watch their specials because you will find a great selection of on tap and bottled beer from around the world. Each goes on special on a rotating basis.
You can see what Cheers looks like inside as well as on the outside patio by going here: Shalimar Cheers Pub. Some of the food specials include oysters on Wednesday at only $3.95 per dozen (and as usual, a dozen really means 13 of the best-tasting Apalachicola oysters around). Monday means wing night – $0.40 per wing, any way you want them. Tuesday you can get a pitcher of domestic beer for six bucks, and your choice of 10 wings any style or a 14 pepperoni pizza, six bucks each, to go with it. Besides oysters, Wednesday offers $1 domestic beer by the mugful, and live music from 5 to 9 pm. Stick around after 9, and you can try your pipes on the karaoke machine until closing. Thursday features happy hour prices all day, and Friday repeats the live music gig from 6 to 10 pm, with karaoke following until closing. Saturday the karaoke mike is open from 8 pm to midnight, and Sunday you can watch NFL Ticket football while enjoying happy hour prices all day again.
Cheers Shalimar Pub is truly a gem of a place to meet old friends and make new ones. Just minutes away from the West Gate of Eglin AFB, and conveniently close to VPS Northwest Florida Regional Airport, this local hot spot is an institution worthy of its reputation of providing Beers From Around The World.